MUMBAI: Actress Eileen Herlie, who appeared on the daytime drama All My Children for more than three decades as the motherly Myrtle Fargate, died of pneumonia in New York City on 8 October. She was 90.
Herlie joined All My Children in 1976. Her character, Myrtle, became a surrogate mother to many of the show’s major characters, including Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).
Prior to All My Children, Herlie was a regular on Broadway. She made her debut in Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker in 1955, and also appeared in such productions as Take Me Along (1959), an adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! in which she played Jackie Gleason’s love interest, and All American (1962), opposite Ray Bolger.
She was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Take Me Along.
Herlie is survived by a brother, nieces and nephews.