Veteran actress Deanna Lund has passed away at the age of 81 from pancreatic cancer. Best known for her role of Valerie Ames Scott in the cult classic Irwin Allen TV series LAND OF THE GIANTS, she also had a couple roles in daytime soap operas. In 1976, she played Peggy Lowell on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and from 1980-81, she played Virginia Keyser on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
Lund also famously was offered the role of Rosemary’s friend, Terry Gionoffrio (eventually played by Victoria Vetri), in the film Rosemary’s Baby, but was unable to accept the part because Irwin Allen did not believe she would be through filming in time for her starring role in LAND OF THE GIANTS.
On the big screen, Lund could be seen in films such as Hardly Working, with Jerry Lewis, and Stick, with Burt Reynolds, as well as horror movies such as Elves, Witch Story, and the horror comedy Transylvania Twist.
Lund with the cast of LAND OF THE GIANTS in 1969. (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Lund married her LAND OF THE GIANTS co-star Don Matheson, who also appeared with her on GH as Cameron Faulkner. She played his secretary and mistress during their time in Port Charles. They have a daughter, Michele Matheson, who is also an actress, though the couple divorced in the late ‘70s. In 1995, she dated Larry King, but while they became engaged, the two never married.
Our thoughts are with Lund’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.
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