Dwyer was an actress best know for her work on daytime soap operas. Her roles included Mary Matthews in ANOTHER WORLD, Janice Turner in AS THE WORLD TURNS, Janice Turner Hughes, Ruth Jannings Holden in THE GUIDING LIGHT, Tracey Malone in YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE, Jane Edwards Ames in THE SECRET STORM, and Jocelyn Brentof in THE ROAD OF LIFE.
On March 28, 1975, Dwyer's Mary Matthews suffered a heart attacked and died, a controversial story decision by Paul Rauch/Harding Lemay killing off one of the original characters.
"I was doing very well as a radio actress when the 10-inch tube arrived on the scene," Dwyer recalled in a 1969 New York Times interview.
"But I went over to New York's Channel 5, then known as WABD Dumont, and volunteered to work in live drama for little more than the experience. The lights were so hot, my make-up melted on my leading man's clothes, but I was a television actress, and I've been at it ever since."
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Dwyer was born in Omaha on December 19, 1919. She was married to television producer James Fleming and later to television director Walter Gorman.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Fleming Moran; her grandson, Conor Moran; her sister, Jenny Lou Brink; four nephews and three nieces.
A memorial service is planned for October 13th in Tyringham, MA.