Even sadder times loom for As The World Turns fans as over the past weekend we lost the show’s longest-running matriarch figure, Helen Wagner, who played Nancy Hughes. She was 91. Nancy spoke the very first line on the show in April 1956: “Good morning, dear.“ Her role diminished very much so in recent years, but even in rare appearances her character was always there for her sage advice.
Nancy was last seen on the Bob & Kim anniversary show last month. I’ve not had much optimism with the people running As The World Turns lately, but I would certainly hope that there would be not only a look back at Helen’s life on the show, but the character as well. I would also say that the best time period for it would be around the show’s end. Such a shame she won’t be around to see the final episode.
Good night, dear. You will be missed by many.