The daytime community was saddened to learn of the death of veteran actress Peggy McCay. Beginning her career on LOVE OF LIVE, she also played Iris Fairchild for years on GENERAL HOSPITAL before joining the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Caroline Brady in 1983. And as the matriarch of the Brady family for over three decades, many of her castmates took to social media to remember the beloved actress and share heartfelt tributes.
Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa) expressed her gratitude to McCay for her unwavering support over the years, recalling the first day they met on set. Stephen Nichols (ex-Patch) revealed that the last time he visited her she was eager to get back to work on DAYS. And Kate Mansi (Abigail) recalled the time on a press tour when the veteran actress decided to give the audience a rap performance!
You can see all the heartfelt messages shared by the DAYS stars in our special gallery below.
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Peggy Mc Cay Stephen Nichols
Stephen Nichols (Steve)
"Well Peggy, this is unexpected. The last time I saw you, you talked about how eager you were to get back to work. You said it with such conviction and longing. Don’t worry, you gave the world plenty. Gave your audiences inspired performances and your fellow actors your strength and inspiration and absolute love of the work. I will miss you sweet Peggy. I am so grateful for the time I had with you. Sending love to your loved ones. Rest In Peace."
Peggy Mc Cay Jen Lilley
Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa)
"I had a very special relationship with Peggy both on and off screen. She was Theresa’s only champion, and like a grandmother (albeit a feisty one) behind the scenes. She was tough as nails, in the most hilarious spitfire way. Kind, but not a doormat. Peggy lived her life from a place of approval, not for approval. She excluded confidence, but she was always kind. Like Grandma Caroline, she just had that Irish fire. I’ll never forget my first day working with Peggy. I was nervous because, y’all, she’s a legend! After our scenes, Peggy and Patsy Pease (ex-Kimberly) came up to me in the hall, and Peggy looked at me, as if she was about to give me a proper dressing down, and quietly said, “so Pats and I have been talking about your work” I swallowed hard, like oh God, I knew it. I didn’t do it well enough. She continued, “You’re one of us. You have old school work ethic, and I like you a lot. It’s a pleasure working with you” and then she bear hugged me, like Grandma Caroline would do to Theresa. I’ll never forget that moment in my life. Since that day, Peggy was a mentor. A friend, and a great source of encouragement and wisdom. We will miss you every day Peggy."
Peggy Mc Cay Alison Sweeney
Alison Sweeney (Sami)
"Every day working with Peggy was a win. She had such an incredibly colorful & often hilarious history in TV. I was so lucky to hear her stories. She was feisty, funny and ever so talented. She was very much a grandmother to me and will miss her so much. RIP."
Days Caroline Brady
Eric Martsolf (Brady)
"RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime."
Peggy Mc Cay Darin Brooks
Darin Brooks (ex-Max)
"RIP Momma Brady... What a truly wonderful woman. Blessed that I got to act opposite you. You will be missed and loved all of the days of our lives."
Days Caroline Victor Tony
Thaao Penghlis (ex-Tony)
"Always a classy lady, our Emmy winning Peggy McCay, who cared about her craft, her fellow actors and the Life of DAYS. She reigned well in this most pressured profession of daytime."
Peggy Mc Cay Greg Vaughan
Greg Vaughan (Eric)
"We where truly blessed by your spirit, grace & passion! I am grateful for all our time together & to say my Daytime Grandmother was the great Peggy McCay was a gift."
Days Caroline Kate
Lauren Koslow (Kate)
"'The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.' — Coco Chanel. Peggy McCay, you did that with style, grace, and passion. You are greatly missed. Rest in peace, fierce lady."
Peggy Mc Cay Kate Mansi
Kate Mansi (Abigail)
"Oh Miss McCay, there’s quite a bit I have to say. A word this morning came to me when I heard the news : chutzpah. When we first met, you weren’t so sure...but one press trip did it. We sat together & I listened as you practiced your rap. Yes a rap. I asked why rap? You said - 'Because I haven’t done it yet, have you?' I can still recall the way you fearlessly took that stage in your 80s, fearless & brave, to go beyond self comfort for the sake of growth & a good challenge. Every time I saw you in the makeup chair there was a giant ear to ear grin, a welcoming hug & then the same exact sentiment - 'so hows the work?' Peggy, you had an endless & intense love affair with acting. It inspires me to this day. Like a kid in a sandbox, she truly couldn’t wait to roll up her sleeves & get to work. Watching Peggy portray her character’s Alzheimer’s while I felt I was losing my grandfather to it, brought me understanding, patience, and comfort. We talked often about how important that storyline was & the loneliness of being trapped in your own mind. You set the bar high. And up there, heaven just got a hell of a lot more fun."
Days Caroline Marlena
Deidre Hall (Marlena)
“Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist, and a real scrapper! I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure she had the very best care. She fought hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. And how she loved being Caroline!”
Days Will Caroline
Guy Wilson (ex-Will)
"Working with Peggy McCay was a privilege and an honor."