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Daytime Legend Elizabeth Hubbard Dead at 89


The daytime community has lost an icon. Soap star Elizabeth Hubbard has died at the age of 89. The sad news was shared by her son, Jeremy Bennett. “I’m sorry to say with a broken heart my mom passed over the weekend,” he wrote on Facebook. “Thank you for being an unmovable rock that guided me through life. I will try to honor your memory as long as I live.”

After graduating from Radcliffe College, Hubbard attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She began her career playing Anne Fletcher on CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT in 1962. The following year, she joined the cast of THE EDGE OF NIGHT as Carol Kramer. In 1964, she took on the role of Dr. Althea Davis on NBC’s THE DOCTORS, which she played until 1969, returning for two more stints from 1970-77 and then 1981 until its cancelation in 1982. This role also earned Hubbard the very first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

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Hubbard brought her powerful talent to daytime for decades.Loreno Bevilaqua/PGP

After THE DOCTORS’ cancelation, Hubbard joined the cast of ONE LIFE TO LIVE in the recurring role of society matron Estelle Chadwick from 1983-84. Then she moved back to CBS to play Lucinda Walsh on AS THE WORLD TURNS from 1984 until the soap’s final episode in 2010. There, she earned eight more Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress for her performances.

Outside of daytime, Hubbard could be seen in films such as I Never Sang for My Father, The Bell Jar, Ordinary People, Cold River, Center Stage, and The Treatment as well as primetime series like LAW & ORDER, THE JOB, HOPE & FAITH, and LIFE ON MARS. Her last role was playing Eva Montgomery in the streaming series ANACOSTIA, which earned her yet another Daytime Emmy Award nomination, this time for Outstanding Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.

Our thoughts are with Hubbard’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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