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Eric Braeden Pays Tribute to His Y&R Wife, Meg Bennett


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The daytime community is continuing to mourn the passing of actress and writer Meg Bennett, who sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this month. In a touching post on Twitter/ X, her one-time THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS co-star, Eric Braeden (Victor), paid tribute to Bennett, whose Julia was married to his Victor back in the early 1980s.

“My first ‘wife’ Julia, played by my friend Meg Bennett, has passed away,” the Emmy winner wrote, noting that she “succumbed to the ravages of cancer.”

According to Braeden, the two had not spent much time together recently — but Bennett was one of the special guests who returned to Y&R in 2020 to celebrate his 40th anniversary with the soap. “She was such a bright and gentle lady,” Braeden recalled.

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Bennett played Victor’s first wife back in the ’80s.Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The actor also confessed that it was Bennett who gave him a crash course in daytime drama when they first began working together in 1980. “I remember she taught me about the history of soaps and the actors in it,” he shared of Bennett, whose first soap gig was that of young heroine Liza Walton on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW in 1975.  “She was very bright, and Bill Bell had her write for him!”

As the legend goes, Y&R co-creator and headwriter William J. Bell was so impressed with Bennett’s story notes that he hired her to be part of the show’s writing staff. From 1983 through 1987, Bennett pulled double duty, both acting in and penning scripts for the soap. After her time in Genoa City, she moved on to play Megan Richardson on SANTA BARBARA and Allegra Montenegro on GENERAL HOSPITAL, as well as writing for both those shows, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and SUNSET BEACH.

“She was a pleasure to be around and have conversations with; always very informed.” Braeden further said of Bennett. “I remember her infectious smile and gentleness. She was a beautiful woman. May you rest in peace, dear Meg.”

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