Written by Ashton Snyder on
 April 23, 2024

'Young And Restless' Icon Meg Bennett Dies At 75

Meg Bennett, an influential figure in American daytime television, has died. Meg Bennett passed away from cancer on April 11, her family has confirmed, Breitbart News reported.

Bennett was best known for portraying Julia Newman on the long-running CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless." Her character was the first wife of the notorious Victor Newman, played by Eric Braeden, which she portrayed intermittently from 1980 until 2002.

Her death was announced through an obituary in the Los Angeles Times by her family, who expressed their deep sadness at her passing. The obituary revealed her battle with cancer, which ultimately claimed her life at the age of 75.

Meg Bennett's Mark on Daytime Drama

Following her successful acting career, Bennett began writing for soap operas, significantly shaping the genre.

She contributed creatively to several prominent soap operas, including "General Hospital," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Santa Barbara," and "Sunset Beach." Her skillful storytelling earned her a Daytime Emmy Award in 1995 for her work on "General Hospital."

Bennett's early life was steeped in performance and pageantry. Raised in Pasadena, she was a prominent student at John Muir High School. Her passion for drama led her to Northwestern University, where she majored in drama and shone as both homecoming queen and a Miss America contestant.

Personal Life and Legacy

Meg Bennett leaves behind her husband, Robert Guza Jr., who is known for his role as the head writer for "General Hospital."

The couple shared a profound connection through their creative endeavors in television. Bennett's influence extended beyond her professional achievements, deeply touching her family and community.

The obituary penned by her family highlighted her commitment to enriching the lives of children and maintaining close ties with friends and family until her final days. "Until nearly the end she was devotedly working with children, writing, and engaging with her far-flung family and friends," her family wrote.

Her contributions to the soap opera world left an indelible mark on the genre, influencing storylines and characters that resonated with viewers across the nation.

A Beloved Figure in Her Community

Bennett's legacy extends far beyond the screens on which her works were broadcast. Her involvement in community service, particularly with children, showcased her dedication to making a positive impact.

Her artistic talents were not confined to the small screen but were also evident in her personal interactions and commitment to nurturing young minds. She remains a cherished figure in her immediate community and among the legions of fans who admire her work.

Many mourn Meg Bennett's passing, but her influence on American television and beyond will not be forgotten. Her story is one of talent, passion, and dedication, echoing through the many lives she touched on and off the screen.

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