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Tall, attractive actor with a long face and light, clear eyes, in mostly minor features of the 1980s and 90s. Stewart broke into films when she auditioned for, and won the lead role in, the futuristic musical, "The Apple" (1980). The film, unfortunately, turned out quite poorly, but an undaunted Stewart moved to Los Angeles and copped the role of Kayla Brady on the daytime soap, "Days of Our Lives," in 1981. Soon thereafter, she played a small role in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Nighthawks" (1981) and made her first TV-movie, "A Killer in the Family" (1983).
Stewart took a leave from "Days" to play a role in the sci-fi fantasy "The Last Starfighter" (1983) and left the show for good when she played the lead in "Night of the Comet" (1984). An assured sci-fi satire, the film featured Stewart as one of a group of California "valley girls" who find themselves the only people left on Earth. Later assignments almost invariably found the sensuous and eager-to-please Stewart in leading roles, but the films themselves received very little exposure or, as with the silly "Psychic" (1992), went straight to video. Sometimes the films ("World Gone Wild" 1988) were watchable genre fare and sometimes ("Dudes" 1987) they were not.
Stewart's one hit was the sleeper comedy "Weekend at Bernie's" (1989), with Stewart as Jonathan Silverman's romantic interest. She did well to stay away from the sequel, focusing much of her energy in the 90s on TV-movies including "Passion and Paradise" (1989), and "The Sea Wolf" (1993).
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Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Made feature film debut in a leading role of the musical, "The Apple"
Moved to Los Angeles; landed the role of Kayla Brady on the daytime soap, "Days of Our Lives"
First TV-movie, "A Killer of the Family"
Took a leave from "Days of Our Lives" to play a role in the feature, "The Last Starfighter"
Left the cast of "Days of Our Lives" when she accepted the leading role in the feature, "Night of the Comet"
First TV miniseries, "Hollywood Wives"
Received some of her widest feature film exposure with the sleeper hit comedy, "Weekend at Bernie's"
Played role of Kyle Hubbard on her first TV series, the short-lived CBS drama, "Hearts Are Wild"
Returned to acting, joining the cast of CBS' "Guiding Light"