Virginia DwyerShow Count: 4
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: December 19, 1919, Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: August 20, 2012, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Virginia Dwyer Gorman (December 19, 1919 – August 20, 2012) was an actress known for her roles in several daytime soap operas. From 1954 to 1962, she had roles on at least five daytime programs, including The Road of Life, The Secret Storm, Young Dr. Malone, Guiding Light, and As the World Turns. She was born in Omaha.
She was best known for her role as matriarch Mary Matthews on Another World, a role she played from the series premiere in 1964 until her departure in 1975. Although popular with the audience, she fell into disfavor with headwriter Harding Lemay, reportedly because she refused to learn her dialogue as written. Finally, LeMay had the Mary Matthews character die unexpectedly off-camera, thus eliminating Dwyer from the program. After being a regular performer on daytime television for over 20 years, Dwyer did not work on daytime again after leaving Another World.
She was at one time married to director Walter Gorman. She died in 2012 in Manhattan aged 92.
Broadcast: September 29, 1975
Added: Jun 30 2014