WORK'S A REAL SCREAM!
...but Christopher just loves
leaving her troubles at the set
The following article comes from an
Australian magazine, which appeared during the time that
Christopher was playing "Laura Asher" on SANTA
Having become sick and tired of playing
nice-girl roles, Christopher Norris now is having some
real fun - as Santa Barbara's Laura Asher, a manic
depressive with an alcohol problem. "As Australian
viewers will see in the coming months, Laura is a real
mess," says Christopher. "While it all sounds
quite awful, you won't believe how much fun it is to lose
it totally all day and then go home and be normal.
"It's a real challenge for someone like me who has
always seemed to have played those good, sweet, all
Santa Barbara is not Christopher's first soap. She made
her TV debut while she was still in her nappies as the
Ivory soap baby and, when she was 14, joined the cast of
The Edge Of Night. "I spent three years on that
show, but it didn't prepare me for the long days and
80-page scripts that Santa Barbara serves up."
Fans and friends have always been intrigued by that name.
Christopher once asked her parents why they chose her to
name her Christopher instead of Christine. The answer was
simple. "They liked the name and decided early in
the pregnancy that they'd name the baby Christopher
regardless of what sex it was," she explains.
"As a kid I hated it, but now it's kind of chic to
have an unusual name, so it doesn't bother me at
In 1980 Christopher married businessman Walter Danley.
They don't have any children together - but Walter has
five from a previous marriage. "Actually, our house
has become our baby," says Christopher. "I
virtually did nothing but supervise the builders for
three years. I designed the exterior and interior and
it's all worked out beautifully.
"I especially like my kitchen. Cooking is a real
passion of mine, so a practical, well-designed kitchen
was a must."
Many viewers will remember Christopher from her six years
as Nurse Gloria Brancusi on TV's Trapper John MD. Her
popularity in that role led to a line of Christopher
Norris nurse uniforms being designed and the sales from
that line continue to provide nursing scholarships, a
project of which Christopher is very proud.
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