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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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As viewers recently learned, Finn (Tanner Novlan) was adopted and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and she vowed to love him no matter who his bio parents were! But how will she feel when she finds out that his mother is actually Sheila Carter who has wreaked havoc on the lives of the Forrester family and everyone else in Los Angeles?

Soap Opera Digest spoke with Kimberlin on her exciting return where she shared: “When I found out that Finn was Sheila’s son, I was excited — I mean, terribly excited.”  Brown added on this next return to B&B, “Get ready, because the best is yet to come!’

Steffy and Finn’s nuptials are set for this Thursday August 5th and this Friday August 6th, where plenty of drama will play out.  How will Finn deal with finding out who is biological mother really is? Is there still a big twist on this yet to come?  Stay tuned!

So, excited to know that Sheila is back on the canvas as The Bold and the Beautiful and Kimberlin will be back on our-screens? Comment below.

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‘Port Charles’ Star Jay Pickett Dead at 60

UPDATED:  Just heartbreaking news over the weekend.  Former Port Charles star and soap veteran, Jay Pickett died suddenly while filming a movie.  His cause of death was not immediately known, although in a post on Sunday from Travis Mills it appears to have been from a heart attack. Pickett was 60-years-old.  On Sunday, former co-stars have shared their remembrances while mourning Jay including Michael Easton, Kelly Monaco, Michael Dietz, Marie Wilson, Kin Shriner and more.

In addition to his most remembered role on daytime as Frank Scanlon on the GH spinoff, Port Charles, where he appeared in over 762 episodes, Pickett also appeared on GH replacing Ted King as Lorenzo Alcazar and came back to the show in 2006-07 in the recurring role of Detective David Harper.  Jay also spent time on Days of our Lives as Dr. Chip Lakin and appeared on primetime’s Desperate Housewives and Queen Sugar countless other TV series and films.

Word of Pickett’s death first came via Facebook from Jim Heffel who is the film’s co-producer, who shared along with these images (see below): “Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner.”

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Michael Dietz, who played Pickett’s on-screen brother, Joe Scanlon on Port Charles shared his grief on the news on Facebook, expressing: “My greatest friend has sadly left this world. We met when we were cast as brothers on Port Charles many, many years ago. He played my big brother on TV but that carried over into real life and an amazing friendship that was one of a kind. He was an incredible husband, father, friend, and godfather to my daughter. Everyone that knew him loved him. I love you, Jay. Keep smiling my friend. All my love to his family, who truly became our family as well. You will be forever missed.”

Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) and Jay’s former co-star at Port Charles shared: “The sudden passing of my pal Jay Pickett Is very sad . He loved acting and Westerns , and when we got together we laughed a lot . R.I.P. Jay”

Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, PC and now Sam, GH) shared on her Instagram:  “My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jay Pickett. If you knew him, you loved him. Words can’t describe…”

Michael Easton (Ex-Caleb/Michael PC, and now Finn on GH) expressed: “Mourning the loss of our friend and colleague. I first met Jay in Margie Haber’s acting class in the late 80’s and was fortunate to get to work with him many times over the next thirty years. He was a wonderful actor but an even better person. My deepest condolences to his wife and his children, his friends and all of his fans. Rest in peace, Brother.”

Marie Wilson (Ex-Karen, Port Charles) shared: “This is one of the most difficult posts I’ve done. My heart is broken to hear that this incredible person has passed. Words cannot described how much you touched my life….your friendship, advice, and support made me feel so grateful and lucky. My first day on the set was with us having a water fight ….and the fun adventures continued from there. So happy to have shared all those moments with you. I will miss you my friend!”

Travis Mills from the film Treasure Valley, in which Pickett was filming at the time of his death, shared on Sunday morning this updated message on Facebook: “Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago. Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.  As so many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous. He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. It is difficult to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”

Jay is survived by his wife, Elena, and their three children, Maegan, Michaela and Tyler.

We will have more on this continuing story as remembrances for Pickett are shared, and updated on news of his passing.

Share your condolences and thoughts on Jay via the comment section below.

 

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So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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