Daytime mourns the loss of one of its most legendary names, Beverlee McKinsey, who died May 2, 2008 from complications of a kidney transplant. She was 72. McKinsey shot to fame as the original Iris Cory Carrington Wheeler on Another World and later the short-lived AW spinoff Texas. After her wildly successful decade's long run as Iris (1970-79 on AW, 1980-81 on Texas) McKinsey joined another Procter and Gamble soap, Guiding Light and created a role that would compete with Iris as the performance of her career, Alexandra Spaulding. McKinsey starred on that soap from 1984-1992. She briefly returned to the soap world in 1994 when she appeared as Myrna Slaughter on General Hospital.
"For my money, Beverlee McKinsey is the greatest actress ever to grace daytime drama." -TV Guide's Michael Logan.