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Remembering Myrtle

Another daytime legend has passed away. Yesterday news broke that Edge of Night and Another World alum Irene Dailey had died. Today, Pine Valley Bulletinhas confirmed the passing of Eileen Herlie (Myrtle Fairgate, All My Children). She was 90.


Herlie joined AMC in 1976 as gutsy carny Myrtle, whose boarding house would prove home to generations of the show's young adult cast. Since the death of Erica Kane's mother Mona (the late Frances Heflin), Myrtle has served as a surrogate mother to La Kane (Susan Lucci) and grandmother figure for her daughters Kendall (Alicia Minshew) and Bianca (Eden Riegel). She has also been a constant supporter of Kendall's husband Zach (Thorsten Kaye).

In a surprise plot twist and history re-write a few years back, we learned Myrtle also had a daughter of her very own, Rae Cummings (Linda Dano) and a grandaughter, Skye (Robin Christopher), who had actually lived in Pine Valley alongside Myrtle for many years with neither the wiser.

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What Herlie and Myrtle will probably be most remembered for is were legendary battles with Phoebe Tyler Wallingford (the late Ruth Warrick). Those two taught Erica and Brooke (Julia Barr) how it was done. As of now there is now word as to how Herlie's death will be addressed onscreen. Our thoughts are with hers family as well as the cast and crew of All My Children.