In Memo­riam

DAYS stars past and present pay tribute to the late, great Peggy Mc­cay (Caroline) and Frank Parker (Shawn).

CBS Soaps In Depth - - Contents - — 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 her per­for­mance as Sonya 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 stor yline 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 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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