Soaps In Depth re­mem­bers Frank Parker and Peggy Mc­Cay, the stars who brought to life DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ Shawn and Caro­line

ABC Soaps In Depth - - In Memoriam - — Kelli M. Lar­son

when Frank Parker and Peggy Mc­Cay passed away this fall less than three weeks apart, it was both hard to be­lieve… and also kind of com­fort­ing. Be­gin­ning in 1983, the DAYS OF OUR LIVES stars had played the Brady fam­ily’s beloved pa­tri­arch and ma­tri­arch, Shawn and Caro­line, but they’d been sep­a­rated on screen since Parker left the show in 2008. So, in a way, it felt like they’d been re­united.


Born Mar­garet Ann Mc­Cay in New York City, Caro­line’s por­trayer took on the name Peggy pro­fes­sion­ally and be­gan her act­ing ca­reer in 1949 in the world of the­ater. Hav­ing stud­ied with the renowned Lee Stras­berg, she took home her first award, the OBIE for Best Off-Broad­way Young Ac­tress Of The Year for h er per­for­mance as Son ya in Un­cle Vanya.

Nu­mer­ous movie and TV roles fol­lowed. How­ever, day­time might have been her true home. She made her soap de­but in 1951 as Vanessa Dale on LOVE OF LIFE, then lath­ered up again in 1964 to star as THE YOUNG MARRIEDS’ Su­san Gar­ret. From 1967-’70, she was GH’s Iris Fairchild.

Fol­low­ing an­other long stint in prime­time, Mc­Cay was lured back to soaps to be­come the Brady sibs’ no-non­sense mom in 1983. She de­buted, along with Parker, at Ro­man and Mar­lena’s nup­tials, and in her fi­nal sto­ry­line in 2016, had the vi­sion that led to the dis­cov­ery of miss­ing great-grand­son Tate. Caro­line was last said to be soak­ing up the sun­shine in Cal­i­for­nia with her daugh­ter, Kim­berly.

Over the years, Mc­Cay re­ceived five Day­time Emmy nom­i­na­tions, most re­cently in 2016 for her brave

por­trayal of Caro­line’s strug­gle with mem­ory loss. She’d pre­vi­ously re­ceived three prime­time nods and won in 1991 for her guest ap­pear­ance on THE TRI­ALS OF ROSIE O’NEILL. The sin­gle ac­tress, who was also an an­i­mal-wel­fare ac­tivist, was 90 when she was said to have died of nat­u­ral causes on Oc­to­ber 7.

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