NAME: Charita Bauer
SOAP ROLES: Bert Bauer, GUIDING LIGHT (1950-1985); TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (1975-1976); Sarah, ROSE OF MY DREAMS; Fran Cummings, SECOND HUSBAND (1945); YOUNG WIDDER BROWN (1945); Judy, DAVID HARUM (1942); FRONT PAGE FARRELL; Gail Carver Macdonald, LORA LAWTON; ORPHANS OF DIVORCE; Lanette, OUR GAL SUNDAY; Susan Wakefield, THE RIGHT TO HAPPINESS; STELLA DALLAS
1985 Daytime Emmy Special Recognition Award for over 34 years of service
COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Alan Carter: Talk about someone melded to their character...viewers actually thought Charita was Bert...and the similarities in last names didn't hurt. Playing out her own amputation story...which could not have been easy, easily lands her on the list for courage and honesty.
Lynn Liccardo: Two scenes are seared in my memory: Bert defending her alcoholic, philandering husband, Bill, to her son, Ed, whose drinking, if I recall correctly, was already a problem. The other scene was with Robert Newman. Josh was paralyzed and Bert (and Charita) had had a leg amputated. Both scenes were raw and powerful.
Connie Passalacqua Hayman (Marlena De Lacroix): Charita Bauer and Mary Stewart. Mom and home for decades. The shoulder you still want to rest your head on. How we miss them.
Roger Newcomb: I loved the Bauer family growing up, particulary Charita Bauer, Don Stewart and Mart Hulswit. Despite all the craziness in Springfield there was something calming about Bert Bauer and Charita's performances. The scene I'll never forget though was of Bert helping Josh at physical therapy when he was venting his frustration at being paralyzed.
COMMENTS FROM CO-STARS/CO-WORKERS/INDUSTRY:
Robert Newman: (worked with Bauer on GL) Charita was one of the last of the great legends of daytime. I was in awe of her. She was there at the birth of soaps and carried with her great stature and power. She was honest and tough and smart and strong and all those things that make one an icon. She was very protective of all of us off-camera and would fight to the finish for our workers rights. Her work on-camera was true and pure. She was no-nonsense both on and off camera. She always treated everyone, even a newcomer like me, with respect. I loved her for that.