Actress Marnie Schulenburg, who played Alison Stewart in more than 300 episodes of the soap opera ‘As The World Turns,’ died Tuesday in Bloomfield, New Jersey – two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter . She would have been 38 on Saturday.
“Please don’t say Marnie lost her battle with cancer. That’s just not true,” her husband, “Succession” actor Zack Robidas, wrote per Variety. “I’ve watched her kick cancer ass every day since diagnosis. She is incredible. We have chosen to attack his diagnosis with blind optimism. We only talked about the future and kept moving forward. I don’t know if it was good, but that’s all we knew how to do.
On Mother’s Day, Schulenburg posted a photo with her 2-year-old daughter, Coda, and her mom. She lamented being a “half-life version” of herself to her child, but felt optimistic about her prospects for survival.
“My mom showed up 100% all day every day for me growing up or at least it seemed like that. I want to give Coda the same, but I have to be kind to myself and remember that nothing is permanent,” Schulenburg wrote.
Schulenburg, a Cape Cod, Massachusetts native who earned a degree in theater from DeSales University in Pennsylvania, had her first regular role on the soap opera “As The World Turns” from late 2006 when the show was canceled in 2010, according to IMDB. She earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for the final season, which saw Alison get engaged, Variety noted.
She also appeared in nine episodes of the “One Life to Live” reboot in 2013.
Her most recent recurring role was on Showtime’s Kevin Bacon crime drama “City on the Hill,” which aired this year.