For more than half a century, As the World Turns was a fan favorite, enjoying 20 straight years as the No. 1 daytime drama in the United States and eventually becoming the second-longest running soap on television. And for nearly all of the soap opera’s tenure, actress Helen Wagner was there.
Helen Wagner as Nancy Hughes in 1956 and 2009
(Images via Wikimedia Commons/CBS
and Associated Press)
Playing Nancy Hughes McClosky, who brought good old-fashioned values to the fictional town of Oakdale, Wagner – who would have turned 95 today – set a record of her own. With her amazing 52 years in the same role, she holds the record as the longest-serving actor in an American soap opera. In fact, no American television actor has played a single character longer than Wagner did.
As the World Turns ended its run a few years ago, airing its final episode just months after Wagner’s death. But for ATWT fans, the world keeps turning. How much do you know about As the World Turns? Take our quiz and find out.
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Written by Linnea Crowther