Bold & Beau­ti­ful

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 16 AUGUST -

Rena Sofer and her strik­ing blue eyes have popped up on nu­mer­ous TV shows, like a 1997 stint on Se­in­feld (1989-1998), a run in 2006 and 2007 on He­roes (2006-1010) and play­ing Queen Eva in 2013 on Once Upon A Time (2011-cur­rent). But hope­fully she’s now found a per­ma­nent home on Bold (1987-cur­rent) as Quinn Fuller…

Rena’s dad Martin, a Jewish rabbi, raised Rena and her older brother David af­ter di­vorc­ing Rena’s mom in 1970. The 46-year-old was dis­cov­ered at age 15 by a New York Elite Model Man­age­ment agent and worked briefly as a model (for three weeks) be­fore tak­ing on act­ing. “I didn’t have a lot of self­con­fi­dence and my fa­ther thought that mod­el­ling would help me,” says Rena. The ac­tress grad­u­ally broke into the world of soapies, first with a small part on An­other World (1964-1999) as Joyce Aber­nathy in 1987, then a three­sea­son stint on Lov­ing (1983-1995) as Amelia McKen­zie Domeq from 1988. Af­ter mov­ing to LA in 1991, Rena got her big break in 1993 with the role of Lois Cerullo on the long-run­ning soap Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal (1963-cur­rent). She mar­ried co-star Wally Kurth (now Days’ Justin Kiri­akis) – Dr Ned Ash­ton on Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal – who was her char­ac­ter’s on-screen love in­ter­est in 1995. They di­vorced in 1997 and Rena said in in­ter­views that they were un­pre­pared for mar­riage and that they were blinded by the glam­our of play­ing a TV cou­ple. Wally and Rena had one child – 18-year-old Ros­abel Ros­alind Kurth. Her mid­dle name is a trib­ute to for­mer Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal ac­tress Ros­alind Cash, who passed away in 1995. Rena met her new hubby, pro­ducer San­ford Book­staver, on the set of sci-fi show The Chronicle (2001-2002). They mar­ried in 2003 and have one daugh­ter, nine-year-old Avalon Leone Book­staver.

See more on p32.

Week­days SABC3 18:00/om­nibus Satur­days 12:30

Stor­age Wars His­tory Chan­nel 19:40 And hello to you too,

pretty Rena Sofer.

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