Soap Operas and AIDS: From Tragedies to Triumph
Stuart's Wife Cindy Dies on All My Children, 1989
In 1989, Cindy Chandler (Ellen Wheeler), the wife of Adam's (David Canary) kind-hearted twin Stuart (also Canary), succumbed to AIDS, leaving behind her son Scott for the Chandlers to raise. Cindy didn't only have to deal with the ravages of AIDS. She had to face paranoia and hate-mongering in Pine Valley, namely from Stuart's own niece Skye (Robin Christopher), who acted out in fear and ignorance. Luckily, Skye eventually saw the error of her ways, and Cindy had the support of Stuart, Brooke (Julia Barr) and Dr. Angela Hubbard (Debbi Morgan). Wheeler won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her powerful-yet-gentle portrayal of Cindy during this groundbreaking story arc.