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‘The Young and the Restless’ actress was 75

Meg Bennett, a soap veteran who acted on “The Young and the Restless” and worked extensively as a writer on “General Hospital,” has died. She was 75.

The former soap star died on April 11 after a battle with cancer, her family announced on Sunday.

“Until almost the end, she worked devotedly with children, wrote and socialized with her extended family and friends,” her family wrote in an obituary in the Los Angeles Times.

“The Young and the Restless” spoke about its “passion” for the soap opera genre in a statement to USA TODAY on Monday.

“All of us at The Young and the Restless mourn the loss of Meg Bennett, who graced Y&R both on and off-screen with her talents, beginning in 1980 as “Julia Newman” and continuing for many years as a member of the Y&R Writing Staff. “, the performance said. “She will long be remembered for her kindness and passion for the daytime drama genre. Our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.”

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USA TODAY has contacted “General Hospital” for comment.

Bennett played the role of Julia Newman, Victor Newman’s first wife, on “The Young and the Restless” intermittently from 1980 to 2002. In 2018, Bennett returned to the show on March 26 for its 45th anniversary, afterwards as Julia Martin. She returned again in 2020 to celebrate Eric Braeden’s 40 years starring as Victor Newman on the CBS soap.

California native Helen Bennett worked intermittently as a writer for “General Hospital” from 1993 to 2011 and has written 197 episodes. Her other writing gigs include “Generations,” “Santa Barbara,” “Sunset Beach,” “The Young and the Restless,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” On the latter, she is credited as writing 348 episodes, from 1987 to 1989.

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Bennett was nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards as part of the writing team for “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless.” In 1995, she won a Daytime Emmy for her work on “General Hospital.” Her work on “Sunset Beach” and “General Hospital” also won Writers Guild of America awards.

Bennett’s stage career included the off-Broadway play “Godspell,” and she starred in “Grease” as Marty, one of the Pink Ladies, in the original Broadway cast.

She is survived by her husband, former “General Hospital” writer Robert Guza, Jr., two stepdaughters and four grandchildren.