Eric Braeden pays tribute to Meg Bennett, his first wife from “The Young and the Restless,” who died of cancer

Eric Braeden pays tribute to Meg Bennett, his first wife from “The Young and the Restless,” who died of cancer
Eric Braeden pays tribute to Meg Bennett, his first wife from “The Young and the Restless,” who died of cancer

The actor wrote a message on social networks to salute the memory of his playing partner on the small screen for forty years.

After the death of Billy Miller, who played the character of Billy Abbott, last September and that of Jennifer Leak, who played Gwen Sherman, on March 29, the dark series continues for the actors of “The Young and the Restless”. THE Los Angeles Times announced the death of Meg Bennett on April 11 at the age of 75.

The actress had been fighting cancer for several years. She has acted in many serials like General Hospital Or Santa Barbara. She had especially played Julia Newman, the first wife of Victor Newman – played by the charismatic Eric Braeden – in The Young and the Restless and this, for more than forty years episodically. She started in the soap in 1980 and made her last appearance in 2020.

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Eric Braeden, very affected by the disappearance of his friend, published a beautiful tribute to Meg Bennett on his social networks. “My first “wife” Julia, played by my friend Meg Bennett, died. She succumbed to the ravages of cancer. I hadn’t seen Meg much in recent years, except for my 40th birthday. She was such a bright and sweet woman! I remember that she taught me the history of soap operas and introduced them to their actors. She was very intelligent and Bill Bell had her write it for him. It was a pleasure to be by her side and to have conversations with her, always very informed. I remember his contagious smile and his gentleness. She was a beautiful woman. May you rest in peace, dear Meg. Best regards Eric“, he wrote, adding a red heart to his signature.

In March 2023, the actor, who has just celebrated his 83rd birthday, announced that he was suffering from prostate cancer. After an operation and immunotherapy treatment lasting several weeks, he then reassured his fans last August. “I no longer have cancer. They found nothing”he wrote on social networks.

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A career as an actress and screenwriter

Meg Bennett was therefore not only an actress but also a screenwriter. As Eric Braeden wrote, she worked for Bill Bell, the creator of Flames of love and D’Love glory and beauty. She therefore wrote scenarios for the two series but also for other fictions such as Santa Barbara, General Hospital or Sunset Beach.

Born October 4, 1948, she grew up in Pasadena and competed for Miss America. She had a career as a model for a time before moving to New York to study acting. She took her first steps on the stage of Broadway in the musical Grease. She was married to the writer and co-creator of the series Sunset Beach Robert Guza Jr for 19 years.

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