Former ALL MY CHILDREN actress Andrea Moar Schenck, who played Carrie Sanders Tyler on the soap in the early 1980s, drowned while vacationing in Mexico on January 13. She was 55.
Schenck was relaxing in the water off the coast of Cancun and died while she and her husband, Dr. Carlos Schenck, were on their annual vacation having just celebrated his birthday a day earlier.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Schenck was floating on her back not far from shore near the couple's vacation resort, "gazing at the sun, doing what she liked best" when she went under, her husband said Friday. "She loved the ocean."
Schenck's run on ALL MY CHILDREN included Carrie's marriage to Chuck Tyler (Richard Van Fleet).
Carlos Schenck said his wife "very much embraced" having her soap opera role as her professional legacy, "but she was multidimensional."
Her other soap roles included Julia on RITUALS, Anna on HOME AND AWAY, and Di on HEARTBREAK HIGH.
Her other acting credits included "The Women" at Park Square Theater in St. Paul in the late 1990s, nearly 60 other plays, a guest appearance in a REMINGTON STEELE, and commercials for American Express and Kraft barbecue sauce.
Schenck left Los Angeles in the early 1990s following a major earthquake and as the AIDS epidemic was claiming the lives of several of her friends. She moved to the Twin Cities, where her mother and sister, Sheila Moar, were living.
Andrea Schenck was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Princeton, N.J., where she was a standout high school tennis player. She graduated from Davidson with a degree in English literature and played varsity tennis there.
Along with her husband and her sister, she is survived by her mother and brother.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Weisman Art Museum.