Helen Wagner, ‘As The World Turns’ Actress Dies Age 91 (Photos)

Helen Wagner, “As The World Turns” Actress Dies Age 91 (Photos)

Helen Wagner, who holds the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the same role on a television show for the longest period of time, died yesterday – she was 91 years old.

Helen Wagner played Nancy Hughes on the soap opera As The World Turns for a record 54 years. In fact, Helen Wagner spoke the first words on the soap opera when As The World Turns launched on April 2, 1956.

In 2004, Wagner was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Wagner was married to Broadway producer Robert Willey for 55 years until Willey’s death last May.

Photos – Pictures of Helen Wagner