Elizabeth Hubbard, As the World Turns' inimitable Lucinda Walsh, dead at 89

Posted Tuesday, April 11, 2023 12:05:18 PM
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Elizabeth Hubbard, who is known to daytime viewers as As the World Turns' Lucinda Walsh, has died. The actress was 89.

As the World Turns star Elizabeth Hubbard has died. News of the actress' death was announced on her son's Facebook page. The actress died of cancer in new Connecticut home on Saturday at the age of 89.

"I'm sorry to say with a broken heart mi mum passed over the weekend," Hubbard's son Jeremy Bennett wrote. "Thank you for being an unmovable rock that guided me through life. I will try to honour your memory for as long as I live."

Hubbard attended Radcliffe College where she graduated cum laude. After college she continued her education at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where she became the first American to receive the school's silver medal. Elizabeth studied with Harold Clurman and Lee Strasberg in New York and has studied singing all her life.

Hubbard served on the boards of several international humanitarian charities, including the Women's Commission on Refugee Women and Children.

During her 26 years on As the World Turns, Hubbard earned eight Daytime Emmy nominations for her work as Lucinda Walsh. Though she is best-known for her ATWT role, Hubbard began her daytime career as Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors. In 1974, Hubbard took home the Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series trophy for her work on The Doctors.

Hubbard earned eight for her turn as Lucinda Walsh on CBS' As the World Turns, a role she played from 1984 until the soap opera aired its final episode in 2010.

In 2015, Hubbard took her talents to the digital soap Anacostia. She was nominated in 2016 for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for the role.

Martha Byrne (Lily Snyder), who played Hubbard's on-screen daughter for more than 20 years and who shared a real-life friendship with Hubbard for 38 years, took to social media to share her thoughts on Hubbard's passing.

"First and foremost I want everyone to know I made sure she was aware of how much everyone loved her. I would share your comments from social media, videos and your fond memories of her as Lucinda, Althea, every time I saw her. She loved the audience and fought like HELL to bring truth and honesty to her performances," Bryne wrote. "On a personal level there aren't words to describe how much she meant to me. Only feelings, which override words in so many cases when it comes to love."

Byrne added, "I'll miss her every day but grateful the universe gifted me with such a force of nature, of which the world will not see the likes of again."

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Other As the World Turn alum also shared their thoughts on Hubbard's passing.

Scott Bryce (ex-Craig Montgomery): "She was astonishing. Liz RIP. Love you woman."

Terri Conn (ex-Katie Peretti): "[She] always fought hard for the truth of her character and the integrity of the story and I was always inspired by that.... She was a force and will be greatly missed!"

Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady, Days of our Lives; ex-Sierra Montgomery): "I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Elizabeth Hubbard for six years on As the World Turns, where she played my mother. What an amazing powerhouse this woman was ... always striving for spontaneity and keeping it real. My favorite times with her were riding in the car from Manhattan to Brooklyn the stories she would tell were so much fun. Rest in peace, sweet lady. #RIPLIZ #ATWT"

Lauren B. Martin (ex-Camille Bennett): "An incredible woman. A mentor, an icon. A vocabulary ad a wit, unrivaled."

Michael Park (ex-Jack Snyder): "If Liz was involved in a scene I was lucky enough to be in, I could always count on learning a little something and laughing a whole lot. She was a ferocious talent in love with her craft. One of the greats that will certainly be missed."

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin, General Hospital; ex-Keith Morrissey): "I had the great pleasure of spending a year on @CBSATWT and spent time with Elizabeth Hubbard and was time well spent a class act!"

Actor Alec Baldwin, who played Billy on The Doctors, also took time out to acknowledge Hubbard. "I worked on The Doctors with the great Liz Hubbard," he posted. "An amazing woman and remarkable actress."

The @CBSATWT Twitter account announced there will be a memorial event on Sunday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET on their Twitter account.

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