All My Children Dedicates Episode to Original Cast Member Mary Fickett, Dead at 83

All My Children will dedicate one of its very last broadcasts to original cast member Mary Fickett, who passed away on Sept. 8.

“In memoriam, the network will dedicate the September 21 episode … which focuses on the Martins,” says a statement from ABC.

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Fickett originated the role of nurse Ruth Parker Brent, who at the time of the show’s 1970 debut was married to alcoholic car salesman Ted Brent. After Ted perished in (irony alert!) a car accident, Ruth grew closer to widower Dr. Joe Martin, and the two eventually wed.

In 1973, Fickett earned one of the first-ever Emmys for individual achievement in acting, coming off a storyline in which Ruth protested her son Phil being drafted into the Vietnam War.

In 1996, after Fickett expressed a desire to reduce her workload, she was replaced by onetime Miss America winner Lee Meriwether, but she would return in later years to occasionally reprise the role of Ruth, until her formal retirement from acting.

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“As we honor All My Children’s 41 years on ABC, we cannot help but recognize and remember Mary’s wonderful depiction of Pine Valley’s revered Ruth,” says ABC’s statement. “Ruth’s marriage to chief of staff Dr. Joe Martin provided the bedrock upon which the town of Pine Valley was built. Their marriage was always a stabilizing force that represented ‘home’ for many…. We extend our deepest sympathy and thoughts to Mary’s family and longtime fans.”

AMC airs its broadcast finale on Sept. 23. SOAPnet has a special marathon of classic episodes airing this coming weekend.

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  1. Mika says:

    She’ll always be Ruth to me?

  2. Christine says:

    Does anyone know when Sarah Michelle Gellar’s AMC episode is airing?

  3. topsyturvy says:

    I’m with you Mika (though without the question mark). When she left the show it was the beginning of the end. Meriwether was a terrible, terrible replacement, and she all but ruined the dynamic character Fickett created.

  4. Cathy Morton says:

    Is all my children going to continue online only?

  5. Hazel says:

    I have been watching All My Children for almost 30 years, where will I be able to watch it after next week.. shame on ABC for cancelling.

  6. D Cox says:

    please tell me were I can SEE a

  7. D Cox says:

    Tell me were I can SEE ALL MY CHILDREN. Seems like they are taking all the soaps off, not fair and then they are taking SOAPNET off! Whats fair with this?