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Daytime TV Mourns Loss: Soap Opera Icon, Dies at 75



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  • Meg Bennett, a veteran actress known for her role in CBS’s The Young and the Restless and a celebrated soap opera writer, passed away at the age of 75.
  • Bennett’s death on April 11 came after a valiant battle with cancer, as confirmed by her family in an obituary published in the Los Angeles Times.
  • In both acting and scriptwriting, Bennett had an impressive career. She wrote scripts for several successful soap operas, including General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, Santa Barbara, and Sunset Beach.

Meg Bennett, a respected actress renowned for her role in The Young and the Restless, has sadly passed away. Her family confirmed in an obituary that Bennett succumbed to cancer on April 11.

“Until almost the end, she was devotedly working with children, writing, and engaging with her widespread family and friends,” they stated in a heartfelt tribute.

Bennett’s significant contributions to the soap opera industry spanned several decades. She initially gained popularity as Julia Newman, the first wife of the infamous tycoon Victor Newman (played by Eric Braeden) in The Young and the Restless.

Her portrayal of Julia from 1980 to 2002 captured the hearts of viewers.

Bennett’s talents were not limited to acting. Her ability to enhance scripts in real-time led her to a successful career in scriptwriting. She utilized her writing skills not just for The Young and the Restless, but also secured roles in other popular soap operas.

Her noteworthy work includes General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, Santa Barbara, and Sunset Beach. Bennett’s work on General Hospital earned her a daytime Emmy Award in 1995.

Born and raised in Pasadena, Bennett attended John Muir High School before pursuing a drama major at Northwestern University. Her family’s obituary remembers her as the homecoming queen and a Miss America contestant, reflecting her early talent in performance.

Bennett is survived by her husband, Robert Guza Jr., a well-known figure in the industry who served as the head writer for General Hospital.

Her passing is undoubtedly a significant loss for daytime television, but her legacy both on and off the screen will forever be a part of soap opera history.


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