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PORT CHARLES Writer Judy Farrell Dead at 84


Veteran television actress and writer Judy Farrell died on April 2 at the age of 84. Her son, Michael, told TMZ that she passed away in the hospital after suffering a stroke nine days earlier.

Perhaps best known for playing Nurse Able on the classic TV sitcom M*A*S*H — where first husband Mike Farrell played Captain B.J. Hunnicutt — Farrell also appeared in episodes of primetime series like EMERGENCY!, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, QUINCY M.E., BENSON, and FAME. The actress also enjoyed roles in movies like Intimate Strangers, Chapter Two, and Long-Term Relationship.

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Farrell put words into the mouths of the doctors of PORT CHARLES.Getty

In addition to her acting, Farrell also wrote for television, including an episode of FAME and the TV movie The Kid From Nowhere. She was also part of the writing staff of the GENERAL HOSPITAL spinoff series PORT CHARLES that ran from 1997-2003, penning multiple episodes of the soap.

After divorcing her first husband in 1983, Farrell married Joe Bratcher two years later in 1985. She is survived by Bratcher and her two children from the previous marriage, Michael and Erin. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

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