Thayer was born in North Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Margery (née Schwartz) and William Paul Thayer, a former naval officer and business executive who was Deputy Secretary of Defense (1983–84) in the Reagan Administration. She studies acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school.
Thayer is best known for her work on television. From 1978-86, she played Jenny Wolek in the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live. Thayer assumed the role in August 1978 amid a contract dispute between Katherine Glass and ABC Daytime. For her role on the show, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1983, and Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama in 1986. In 1986, Thayer left One Life to Live and began a career on primetime television. She starred in two short-lived dramas for CBS: TV 101 from 1988 to 1989, and Island Son (1989-1990). In 1992, she joined the cast of the ABC legal series, Matlock portraying Matlock's daughter, Leanne MacIntyre, and was a regular cast member; she was previously a guest star in the 1991 episode "The Suspect." From 1997-98, she had regular role in the Pensacola: Wings of Gold. In film, Thayer co-starred in Hero and the Terror (1988) and Murder in Mexico: The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story (2015). She guest starred in a number of television shows, including Moonlighting, Murder, She Wrote, 7th Heaven, Diagnosis: Murder, JAG, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Castle, and How to Get Away with Murder. She had a recurring role in General Hospital as Kylie Quinlan in 1994. In 2011, she guest starred on Days of Our Lives as Susan Banks.
- ↑ http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=42072
- ↑ http://www.bhplayhouse.com/brynn-thayer
- ↑ http://www.filmreference.com/film/8/Brynn-Thayer.html
- ↑ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0857201/awards?ref_=nm_awd
- ↑ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-12-18/entertainment/9412180059_1_chicago-hope-matlock-northern-exposure
- ↑ http://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/brynn-thayer-days