Peggy McCay, who played Caroline Brady on “Days of Our Lives” for 35 years, died Sunday of natural causes. She was 90.
Her “Days” co-star and close friend Deidre Hall made the announcement on Facebook, writing:
McCay studied with Lee Strasberg in New York and later assisted in setting up his west coast acting studio, which was attended by such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Paul Newman. Early in her theater career she won an OBIE for Best “Off-Broadway” Young Actress of the Year for her performance in “Uncle Vanya.”
Although she appeared in countless television shows, including “Maverick,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” “L.A. Law,” “Cold Case,” “Lou Grant,” and won a primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill,” she is best remembered for her role as family matriarch Caroline Brady on the NBC soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.”
McCay joined the cast of the daytime drama in 1983, during which time she was nominated four times for Daytime Emmys, most recently in 2016 at the age of 88.
Members of her soap opera family paid tribute:
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Well Peggy, this is unexpected. The last time I saw you, you talked about how eager you were to get back to work. You said it with such conviction and longing. Don’t worry, you gave the world plenty. Gave your audiences inspired performances and your fellow actors your strength and inspiration and absolute love of the work. I will miss you sweet, Peggy. I am so grateful for the time I had with you . Sending love to your loved ones. Rest In Peace. #days #mamabradyforever
Always a classy lady our Emmy winning Peggy McCay who cared about her craft, her fellow actors and the Life of Days. She reigned well in this most pressured profession of Daytime. pic.twitter.com/27EGzNkRWi
— Thaao Penghlis (@ThaaoPenghlis) October 10, 2018
I just heard the news that #PeggyMccay has passed. She was like a real grandmother to me, a mentor, a great source of encouragement, and she was so hilariously fierce. You are deeply missed Peggy! #RIPGrandmaCaroline ????#Days pic.twitter.com/EPZh7yt1Tf
— Jen Lilley (@jen_lilley) October 10, 2018
— Darin Brooks (@THEEdarinbrooks) October 10, 2018
Just heard Peggy took her Final bow. RIP love…you’re a star forever!
— Billy Flynn (@billymflynn) October 10, 2018
Peggy was a complete pro. Tough, caring, dedicated. I watch her on Gunsmoke reruns, Andy Griffith and so much more. RIP Ma Brady. @nbcdays @DaysofourLives #Days #DaysofOurLives #TheBradys @FremontCTheatre https://t.co/cE3ZMHA3XL
— James Reynolds (@JreynoldsJames) October 10, 2018
Peggy McCay was such a beautiful and tender woman. Her Presence was truly special to be around. Very honored to have shared precious time with her. Fly with the angels Ms. McCay. ???????????? #PeggyMcCay pic.twitter.com/HuiuT6mTMT
— Sal Stowers (@SalStowers) October 10, 2018