Soap Star Dies: Rita McLaughlin Walter, Carol on As the World Turns

Rita Walter (née McLaughlin) handed away on Christmas.

On December 26, David McLaughlin, the brother of former As the World Turns star Rita Walter, reported that she had died a day earlier, on the anniversary of her exit from the cleaning soap in 1981 following an 11-year run as Carol Deming Hughes Stallings Andropoulos Frazier.

“My candy, loving sister Rita was known as to Jesus… on His birthday,” learn his message. “She was a well known actress in addition to devoted server of the Lord Jesus. 

“May you relaxation in peace, sis. I really like you perpetually,” he added. “You’ve taken my coronary heart with you.”

Walter, who has three youngsters along with her reverend husband, acquired her massive break in the Nineteen Sixties when she landed the uncredited function of Patty Duke’s double on The Patty Duke Show. Six years later, the budding cleaning soap star made her daytime debut as Wendy Phillips on The Secret Storm.

But it was the function of As the World Turns’ plucky Carol that basically put Walter on the map. Introduced to the Oakdale scene as a school scholar working for much-married Lisa, the heroine tied the knot along with her boss’ son, Tom, solely to have second husband Jay Stallings cheat on her along with her ex’s subsequent spouse, Natalie!

AS THE WORLD TURNS, Nina Hart, Jerry Lacy, Larry Bryggman, Swoosie Kurtz; Ethel Remey, Fran Carlon, Henderson Forsythe, Marie Masters; Peter Galman, Eileen Fulton,Phoebe Dorin, Rita McLaughlin; Santos Ortega, Don MacLaughlin, Helen Wagner, William Johnstone, (1971), 1956-2010. ph: Sheldon Secunda / ©CBS / Courtesy Everett Collection

That’s Walter on the proper, third row down.

Credit: CBS/Courtesy of the Everett Collection

Later, Carol, who appeared to draw calamities like flames do moths, wound up adopting Natalie’s daughter with Jay, who was killed in a building accident from which he may’ve been saved by colleague Steve Andropoulos, who, for sure, turned her subsequent husband. Following their cut up — Carol wouldn’t put her daughter’s neck on the line in order that Steve may conduct shady enterprise with James Stenbeck — artwork imitated life when she married a reverend and left city.

Since retiring from showbiz, Walter, 71 when she handed away, had been working as an optician. On this somber event, pay your respects to the different soap alumni we’ve lost in 2022 by way of the under picture gallery.

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