Soap opera actress, writer is 75 years old

Daytime Emmy winner Meg Bennett doubles as an actress and writer on daytime soap operas. The Young and the Restless, General Hospital And Santa Barbara, is dead. She is 75 years old.

Bennett died April 11 after a battle with cancer, his family said declared.

Bennett portrayed Marty Marachino for more than two years during the original Broadway run Greece It began in 1972, and then began her long run in daytime by returning as Lisa Walton on CBS two years later. Look for tomorrowKevin Kline and Morgan Fairchild were castmates.

She joined CBS The Young and the Restless in 1980 as Julia Newman – the wife of Eric Braydon's Victor Newman – but as her role was written out, she was asked Y&R Creator Bill Bell stuck around as a writer.

“I had been on the show for almost two years when this happened, so I knew the characters,” Bennett said In a 1985 interview. However, she continued to appear as Julia for several years, finally in 2020.

Bennett wrote for NBC Santa Barbara 1991-93 (and starring writer Megan Richardson) and wrote for ABC General Hospital from 1993-2011 (and portrayed Allegra Montenegro as the villain).

He shared a Daytime Emmy for his work GH In 1995 he was nominated for writing Y&R In 1986, GH Again in 2000 and 2012 and Bold and beautiful In 2003. Also wrote for NBC Generations 1989-91 and NBC Sunset beach from 1997-98 and won a pair of WGA Awards in his career.

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Helen Margaret Bennett was born on October 4, 1948 and grew up in Pasadena. His mother, Margaret, is a psychologist at Pasadena City College.

Bennett attended John Muir High School in Pasadena and majored in drama at Northwestern University, where Shelley Long was a classmate — homecoming queen, Miss America contestant, model. Life An artist in magazine and summer stock.

She moved to New York to pursue acting after graduation in 1970, landing a modeling job for Cadillac and appearing Off-Broadway. Divine Mantra Before joining Greece. He also won cash, a car, three rooms of furniture, a sailboat and a trip to Jamaica on the NBC game show. Three in one matchHosted by Bill Cullen.

In his 1985 interview, he wondered whether focusing on acting or writing would have been enough. “I admit, acting sometimes drives me a little crazy: You wait for the audition. You wait for the part,” she said. “When you're writing, you're in control. I can initiate things on my own when I write.

Survivors include her husband of 19 years. Sunset beach They met — co-creator and nine-time Daytime Emmy winner Robert Cusa Jr GH and frequent writing partners in soaps – two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

She and Kuza bought a house in Beverly Hills in 2003 that was owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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