For a 22-year span (1962-84), Ann Flood was EDGE OF NIGHT’s Nancy, whose 1963 marriage to Mike (Forrest Compton) made her matriach of the Karr clan.
Joanne “Jo” Gardner Barron Tate Vincente Tourneur (Mary Stuart, pictured with Terry O’Sullivan as Arthur), was the centerpiece of SEARCH FOR TOMORROW for the entirety of its 1951-86 run.
GUIDING LIGHT’s Bert Bauer, pictured in 1977, was proud mom to Mike (Don Stewart, c.) and Ed (Mart Hulswit); portrayer Charita Bauer debuted in 1950 when the show was still broadcast on radio and played her until 1985, the year she passed away.
As Nancy Hughes, Helen Wagner (far l., pictured in 1967 with Eileen Fulton as Lisa) was the grande dame of AS THE WORLD TURNS; she played Nancy from the show’s first episode in 1956 until her death in 2010.
On LOVE OF LIFE, Audrey Peters played Vanessa Dale from 1959-80.
Stephanie (Susan Flannery, with John McCook as Eric) ruled B&B’s Forrester family with an iron fist from 1987 to her death in 2012
A mother of four, CAPITOL’s Clarissa (Constance Towers, with Ron Harper as Baxter in 1985) steered the McCandless family.
Jeanne Cooper’s Katherine Chancellor, pictured in 1978, was the first lady of Y&R’s Genoa City from 1973 through her death in 2013.