Soap Star Joan Benedict Passes Away at 96 After Illustrious Career

Famous soap opera star Joan Benedict died on June 24, 2024, at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center due to complications from a stroke. She was 96.

Soap Star Joan Benedict Passes Away at 96 After Illustrious Career

Benedict, a beloved actress, entertained fans for decades in various roles. She was best known for her recurring roles as Edith Fairchild on General Hospital and Sally Gleason McDonald on CBS’s Days of Our Lives. A spokesperson for her family confirmed her death Monday.

An Illustrious Career

Benedict’s career took off in the 1950s when she joined the cast of Candid Camera. She then appeared on several notable shows such as The Steve Allen Show, The Smith Family, The Incredible Hulk, and Fantasy Island. Her impressive catalog includes roles in films like The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington, The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, and Dollhouse.

Soap Star Joan Benedict Passes Away at 96 After Illustrious Career

Recent Work and Legacy

Her more recent work included the 2006 film The Theory of Everything, where she starred alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Additionally, she appeared in the 2009 television show Dollhouse and the 2017 movie, Opus of an Angel.

A Life Beyond the Screen

Benedict shone not only on screen but also on stage. She played Leona Helmsley in the play Leona and starred in her solo autobiographical show, The Loves of My Life.

Soap Star Joan Benedict Passes Away at 96 After Illustrious Career

Benedict released her memoir titled Brooklyn Baby: A Hollywood Star’s Amazing Journey Through Love, Loss & Laughter in 2016, offering a deep dive into her fascinating life.

Soap Star Joan Benedict Passes Away at 96 After Illustrious Career

A Guiding Light Remembered

Soap Star Joan Benedict Passes Away at 96 After Illustrious Career

Benedict is fondly remembered by fans, friends, and loved ones who have taken to social media to share their memories.

Soap Star Joan Benedict Passes Away at 96 After Illustrious Career

The entertainment world loses another cherished gem with Joan Benedict’s passing, but she leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations.

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