Jess Walton
Jess Walton (Jill Foster Abbott in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) Jess Walton was born on February 18 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was bitten by the acting bug when she performed in a summer camp production at the age of nine. Her budding career developed throughout high school and continued on to the Toronto Workshop Production's Repertory Theatre. During this period she appeared in such summer stock and repertory company productions as "Uncle Vanya" and "The Right Honourable Gentlemen." Her performances in Toronto led to many wonderful reviews and an appearance on the cover of Canada's TV Guide Magazine. Signed by the prestigious William Morris Agency she moved to Hollywood. As a Universal contract player she guest starred in many dramatic television episodes on programs like "Cannon," "Barnaby Jones," "Kojak," "Gunsmoke," and "Marcus Welby, M.D." She also starred in both television and feature films such as "The Fortunate Painter, "The Storm", "The Peace Killers," and "Monkeys in the Attic." 

Her stellar daytime career began with the role of Kelly Harper in the daytime drama "Capitol" on the CBS Television Network. She joined the cast of the number one daytime series THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in June of 1987. Her portrayal of the continuing character "Jill Foster Abbott" has gained her wide acclaim from both peers and audiences alike. Jess is married to John W. James, Founder of The Grief Recovery Institute and Author of the nationally acclaimed bestseller, THE GRIEF RECOVERY HANDBOOK (A step by step Program Moving Beyond Loss). They and their children live an event filled life in southern California. 

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