Meg Bennett, Emmy-Winning Actress and Writer for 'The Young and the Restless' and 'General Hospital,' Dies at 75

Acclaimed soap opera actress and writer Meg Bennett, known for her roles on "The Young and the Restless" and "General Hospital," passed away at 75 after a battle with cancer, leaving a lasting impact on the daytime television industry.

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Meg Bennett, Emmy-Winning Actress and Writer for 'The Young and the Restless' and 'General Hospital,' Dies at 75

Meg Bennett, Emmy-Winning Actress and Writer for 'The Young and the Restless' and 'General Hospital,' Dies at 75

Meg Bennett, a Daytime Emmy-winning actress and writer known for her roles on the soap operas "The Young and the Restless" and "General Hospital," died on April 11, 2023, at the age of 75. Her family announced that she passed away following a battle with cancer.

Bennett had a long and successful career in the soap opera industry. She played the role of Julia Newman on "The Young and the Restless" and also appeared on "General Hospital," where she worked as a writer as well. Over the course of four decades, she had a recurring role as Julia Martin on "The Young and the Restless."

In addition to her acting work, Bennett was a prolific writer for several daytime dramas. She received multiple Daytime Emmy nominations and awards for her writing on shows like "The Bold and The Beautiful," "Santa Barbara," and "Sunset Beach." In 1995, she shared a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Writing for "General Hospital" with the show's fellow writers.

Born Helen Margaret Bennett in Pasadena, California, she graduated from Northwestern University with a major in drama before pursuing her career in New York City. Bennett got her start on "Search For Tomorrow" in 1975 and later transitioned into writing, working her way up to associate head writer at "General Hospital," penning 197 episodes.

Bennett met her husband, Robert Guza Jr., while writing together on "General Hospital." They would have celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this year. In addition to her husband, Bennett is survived by two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, her brother, her sister, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Tributes poured in from colleagues and fans alike, remembering Bennett as a kind and talented presence in the daytime television community. "Meg was a gifted writer and a wonderful, kind person," said "General Hospital" executive producer Frank Valentini. "Her creative contributions to the show and her friendship will be deeply missed."

Key Takeaways

  • Meg Bennett, Emmy-winning soap opera actress and writer, died at 75.
  • She played Julia Newman on "The Young and the Restless" and wrote for "General Hospital".
  • Bennett won a Daytime Emmy for her writing on "General Hospital" in 1995.
  • She met her husband, Robert Guza Jr., while writing for "General Hospital".
  • Colleagues and fans mourned the loss of a talented and kind presence in daytime TV.