CLASSIC PHOTO: Legendary Helen Wagner
Posted by Roger Newcomb
We Love Soaps has received an outpouring of emails and comments today about the passing of Helen Wagner. I hope some of the articles and videos and classic photos have done a small part to help honor this legendary actress.
I was assigned to be Ms. Wagner's escort at the New York Mayor's Pre-Emmy event in 2004 when she, and nine other legends, were to receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards the following night. I honestly could not keep up with her. I was 33 and she was 85! I was in such awe of an actor playing a role for so long. My mother watched Nancy Hughes with her mother for 14 years before I was even born. President Eisenhower was still in his first tern when Ms. Wagner shot the AS THE WORLD TURNS pilot in November 1955. Incredible!
It's been six years since that Pre-Emmy event and Nancy Hughes was still going strong last month at Bob and Kim's anniversary party. Thank you Helen Wagner for making housewives cool decades before there was a TV show about it. Simply an amazing, one-of-a-kind talent, world-record-setting legend! We will never forget you.