Beloved Days of Our Lives Soap Vet Peggy McCay Dead At 90
By Hope Campbell
October 9, 2018
Actress Peggy McCay, who played Caroline Brady on Days of Our Lives from 1983 until 2016 passed away on Sunday.
According to Soap Opera News, McCay passed away in her sleep of natural causes the morning of October 7. She had been ill for some time and not appeared on DAYS for nearly two years.
McCay was just weeks short of her 91st birthday at the time of her passing, having been born on November 3, 1927 in New York City.
McCay graduated from New York’s Barnard College and went on to study acting with Lee Strasburg. She landed her first big role in 1951 on the soap opera Love of Life, playing Vanessa Dale, a role she remained in for the next four years.
She went on to appear in a variety of primetime televisions shows and in films, as well as soaps General Hospital and The Young Marrieds.
But, the role she is most known for is Brady matriarch Caroline on Days of Our Lives. She originated the role in 1983, left the part briefly, but then played her continuously for the next three decades.
McCay was nominated a combination of nine times for both primetime and daytime Emmys, and won the award in 1991 for The Trials of Rosie O’Neil. The actress was also an avid animal activist.
Soap Hub sends its condolences to McCay’s friends, family, and loved ones.
McCAY, Peggy (Margaret Ann McCay)
Born: 11/3/1927, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Peggy McCay’s westerns – actress:
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1957 (Malvina Creel/Nekeeta)
The Californians (TV) – 1957 (Bess Cooper)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958, 1970, 1971 (Flora, Beth Cooper, Pene Lynott)
The Alaskans (TV) – 1959 (Madeleine Rondolet)
Maverick (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Meliss ‘Missy’ Maybrook, Polly Goodin, Melissa Bouchet)
Lawman (TV) – 1961 (Cassie Nickerson)
Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (Milicent Price)
Laramie (TV) – 1963 (Martha Halloran)
Redigo (TV) – 1963 (Anne)
The Virginian (TV) – 1963 (Helen Hammond Judson)
Bonanza (TV) – 1971 (Pat Griswold)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1978 (Maggie Taylor)