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Helen Wagner celebrates 50 years on As The World Turns

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2006 11:37AM
Helen WagnerWow, this is an impressive achievement, any way you slice it. Helen Wagner has played the same character on the same show for a half century!

Wagner has played the character of Nancy Hughes on As The World Turns since this show's debut on April 2, 1956. She is now 87 years old. Just think of all the TV shows where an actor might play the role for a year or three or five or ten. Take that, David Caruso!

Wagner uttered the very first line in As The World Turns: "Good morning, dear. What would you like for breakfast?" (His answer: "Your head on a plate, you selfish bitch!" I'm kidding, I'm kidding.) She is also the actress in that famous ATWT scene that was interrupted by Walter Cronkite breaking in to the soap and telling the world that JFK had been shot (they did the show live back then).

Congrats, Helen.

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I know that there are budget cuts, but the repetitive themes in the Y&R and ATWTs has made me stop viewing ATWT. Are the writers so naive to believe that that which "works" in one soap will "work" in the next. and the viewer won't notice? Also, I think that the gay element in the two soaps is an abomination. CBS: Stop trying to desensitize the viewers! ATWT is no longer on my t.v., and I ask other viewers to follow suit. The Y&R is next, if it doesn't clean up its act, literally.

August 08 2009 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Talk about stability. Most impressive.

March 31 2006 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Awwwwwwwwwww that's sweet

March 30 2006 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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