Longtime “All My Children” regular Eileen Herlie died Wednesday, Oct. 8, in New York City of complications from pneumonia. She was 90.
She joined the cast of “All My Children” in 1976 and for more than three decades played the role of Myrtle Fargate, who became a second mother to Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) as well as to all the citizens of Pine Valley, offering her love, advice and wisdom.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Herlie worked for several years in the Scottish National Theater and in the English theater with Tyrone Guthrie. Among the hit London plays she appeared in was Jean Cocteau’s “The Eagle Has Two Heads.”
On Broadway she appeared as Queen Gertrude opposite Richard Burton’s “Hamlet” and played the same role in the film with Laurence Olivier. She also starred on Broadway with Ruth Gordon in “The Matchmaker,” with Jackie Gleason and Walter Pidgeon in “Take Me Along,” with Ray Bolger in “All American” and as Queen Mary in “Crown Matrimonial.”
Her other film credits include “Freud” with Montgomery Clift and Sidney Lumet’s “The Seagull” with Simone Signoret.
She guest starred as Myrtle Fargate on two other ABC daytime dramas, “Loving” and “One Life to Live.”
She is survived by a brother, nieces and nephews.