October 20, 2008By Mara Levinsky Posted: Oct 20, 2008
Last week I made a bittersweet trip to the AMC studio for the taping of the show's 10,000th episode. That milestone was, of course, cause for celebration — and pretty much the entire cast and crew (and the show's creator, Agnes Nixon, who'll cameo in the ep when it airs) was on hand to toast the special occasion (albeit with cake, not champagne). However, the recent death of Eileen Herlie, a stalwart and beloved member of the AMC family since she joined the show as Myrtle in 1976, was clearly weighing on the minds of the many Pine Valley folks who loved her, both in front of and behind the camera. Thorsten Kaye (Zach) was especially emotional about Eileen; they shared a special bond that was obvious to anyone who saw the magical on-screen relationship between Zach and Myrtle. Fighting back tears, Thorsten made it clear that Eileen's presence at the studio remained. "She's still here," he said. "She was my girlfriend. What a woman. What a life."