The World of Mr. Sweeney

1954, TV Show

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As the World Turns' Helen Wagner Dies at 91

Helen Wagner, best known for playing Nancy Hughes on As the World Turns for more than a half-century, has died. She was 91.

Wagner, who acted up until her death, died Saturday, the show's New York-based production company, TeleNext Media Inc., announced. She spoke the first words on As the World Turns when it premiered in 1956, and holds the Guinness World Record for playing the same role on television for the longest time (54 years). She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2004.

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"All of us at As The World Turns are deeply saddened by Helen's passing," executive producer Christopher Goutman said. "She is loved by generations of fans and, while we will miss her greatly, Helen will always ...  Read Full Article

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As the World Turns' Helen Wagner Dies at 91

Helen Wagner, best known for playing Nancy Hughes on As the World Turns for more than a half-century, has died. She was 91.

Wagner, who acted up until her death, died Saturday, the show's New York-based production company, TeleNext Media Inc., announced. She spoke the first words on As the World Turns when it premiered in 1956, and holds the Guinness World Record for playing the same role on television for the longest time (54 years). She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2004.

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"All of us at As The World Turns are deeply saddened by Helen's passing," executive producer Christopher Goutman said. "She is loved by generations of fans and, while we will miss her greatly, Helen will always ... read more

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Premiered: June 01, 1954, on NBC
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Premise: A kindly general-store proprietor offers his customers advice to go with their groceries. After several months on NBC's nighttime schedule, `Mr. Sweeney' opened for business in daytime, ending with 345 15-minute episodes produced in 18 months. Series star Charlie Ruggles starred 20 years earlier in the feature film `Friends of Mr. Sweeney,' and later provided the voice of Aesop in the `Aesop and Son' segments of `The Bullwinkle Show.'

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