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Another World’s Carmen Duncan Passes Away From Cancer At 76

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Heartbreaking news this morning out of Australia.  Carmen Duncan, who played Iris Wheeler on Another World from 1988-1994 has died from cancer.  The Australian-born actress was 76.

Duncan had been receiving care at St Vincent’s Sacred Heart Health Service in Sydney.  In Carmen’s publicized and harrowing health journey, she had previously beat cancer three times.

An accomplished actress in a career in TV and film for films for over 60 years, Duncan appeared on  All Saints and in Bay City on NBC’s Another World, where she has taken over the part of Iris from Beverlee McKinsey, who has played the central role from 1972-1981.

Carmen received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work, before family lured her home to Australia.  She once said: “Despite the glitter and glamour of working in Hollywood and New York, I genuinely missed my family, my brothers and my baby sister Paula, which is why I called it quits and returned to Australia in the late ’90s.”

Carmen is survived by her two children, Duncan and Amelia.

Share your condolences and remembrances on Carmen via the comment section below.  But first check out this retro clip from Another World featuring Carmen as Iris opposite her on-sceen nemesis, Victoria Wyndham as Rachel.

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sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

She was magnificent. Rest in peace, good lady.

Wendy Irizarry
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Wendy Irizarry

My deepest condolences to Carmen Duncan family. She will truly be missed by many fans and colleagues. May she R. I. P.

jestin Mendenhall
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jestin Mendenhall

Condolences to the family of Ms. Carmen Duncan. A wonderful actress and soul…loved her as Iris number #2. “Rest In Him” Ms.Duncan.

Joel
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Joel

What a wonderful actresss she was. I was a kid when she was on AW, now in my 40’s and remember her fondly.

Pjc
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Pjc

So sad. I can still remember her scenes when she begged Mac, “daddy”, to forgive her for trying to take over Cory Publishing.

She played Iris differently that Beverly and in turn made it her own. She was stubborn, venerable, fierce and strong.

Along with Another World, she will be missed. Prayers to her family.

Jimh
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Jimh

Didnt like her as Iris at first and wanted Judith McConnel in the role but i think she was doing Santa Barbra at the time…but she grew on me and won me over…thought it would be great to see her and Rachel constantly battle over Cory over the years…

Steven M Webb
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Steven M Webb

Rest in peace, Carmen Duncan! You were fabulous as Iris Cory Carrington Bancroft Wheeler. Unforgettable!

Cherry
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Cherry

I really enjoy her character on AW. RIP Carmen Duncan AKA Iris Carrington. My condolences to the family.

Douglas Brown
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Douglas Brown

I thought she was a terrific Iris. Letting her go was one of the moves the killed Another World.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I am very sorry to hear this. She really was great when she played Iris on AW.

mike
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mike

Only a great actress could fill the shoes of Beverlee McKinsey, and she filled them well.

Barbara
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Barbara

RIP beautiful angel. You were a magnificent actor and were blessed with each performance. So young and such a fighter.

Jimh
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Jimh

We also lost Candace Early-ex Donna on All My Children…

Shay
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Shay

And Clive Swift, who played the much put-upon husband of Hyacinth Bucket (“It’s Bouquet!!!…”) on the beloved “Keeping Up Appearances.” Ohhhhhh, Richard!!!!

Richard Thurston
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Richard Thurston

Very sad news. My sympathies to her Children. Loved her as Iris, she made the character her own. With style , wit and grace. Beautiful lady

Tania
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Tania

Love the shoulder pads. RIP Carmen Duncan

Mark Y
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Mark Y

They don’t write scenes like that any longer. Carmen proved you can recast a role with great success. When AW was cancelled I always hoped Victoria would play Alexandra on GL.

Momo
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Momo

I watched her on AW. She did a great job. RIP

Boop
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Boop

I remember when Carmen replaced Beverlee as Iris ; however, I didn’t watch the show as much after Beverlee left. May God bless Carmen’s family.

GPB
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GPB

She was deliciously magnificent as Iris. She owned the role. AW had some of the most amazing actors and fascinating characters; Iris, Carl Hutchins, Donna, Rachel, Felicia & Cass & Wally, what a wonderful collection! May she rest in peace & her family in wonderful memories ♥

evan
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evan

Loved CARMEN DUNCAN AS IRIS HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HER AT THE opening of glengarry glenn ross gracious beautiful and kind rip

Rodd
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Rodd

What a powerhouse actress! She took over a very pivotal role on “Another World” from another powerhouse actress and put her own stamp on it. I am saddened to hear of her passing after her courageous battle with cancer. She was truly inspirational. Godspeed, Carmen.

mark
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mark

She was great and funny too!

Adam
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Adam

I’ve always like Carmen Duncan as Iris in the Another World episodes, youtube is a great way to watch these epic characters/actors and shows. She definitely held her own, it can be easy following the amazing Beverlee McKinsey.

Tina
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Tina

Sending condolences to Carmen’s family.
RIP Carmen

Harlee
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Harlee

I didn’t know of Beverlee’s Iris I just know Beverlee’s Alexandra Spaulding hellcat, but I was watching AW when Carmen appeared as Iris and fell in love with Iris character. She and Victoia W. had such chemistry together. RIP and God Bless you for the entertaining me.

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