Jill Larson joined the cast of All My Children as wild, wacky and flamboyant Opal Gardner Purdy Cortlandt in 1989. Her performance earned her two daytime Emmy Award nominations (1991 and 1993) as Outstanding Supporting Actress.
She's from Minnesota and her passion for acting became evident early in life. As a child, Larson performed in the living rooms and basements of friends, family and neighbors, soon landing roles in summer stock theater productions.
Eventually, Jill started to produce her own plays and began working professionally at the world-renowned Children's Theater Company, where she was one of only two children among its founding members. During her five years with the company, she recalls one of her fondest memories as being at an appearance on a talk show (promoting a play) where she met Tony Bennett and sat on his lap.