The ‘Soap’ and ‘Charmed’ actress was 73 – Deadline
Veteran stage and film actress Rebecca Balding, best known for her roles in television series Soap and the original Charm, died July 18 in Park City, UT. Balding died following a battle with ovarian cancer, her husband, actor-director James L. Conway told Deadline. She was 73 years old.
Born in Little Rock, AR, Balding studied acting at the University of Kansas. She began her stage career in Chicago before moving to Hollywood where she guest-starred on dozens of television series, but is perhaps best known for her role in Soap.
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Balding had a key arc during the first two seasons of ABC’s controversial parody of daytime dramas in 1977-79. She played conniving lawyer Carol David, who meets gay Jodie (Bily Crystal, in her breakout role) and quickly seduces him. Their one-night stand leads to her pregnancy. She later persuades Jodie to move in together – before admitting she is carrying his child. He then proposes in order to fulfill his paternal responsibility and she accepts – only to not show up at their wedding. Carol then gave birth to a daughter and would fight Jodie for custody, which he eventually won. Carol then kidnapped the child, but Jodie picked her up and Balding’s character left.
She also played Alyssa Milano’s boss in the original Charm, aired from 1998 to 2006.
Balding played Corky Crandall in the late ’70s sitcom Do thatas well as original journalist Carla Mardigian opposite Ed Asner in Lou Grant. She appeared in the first three episodes of the drama before the character was written for another reporter. She appeared the same year with Asner, playing his daughter Julie in the classic Christmas TV movie, The meeting, as well as the sequel to the film. Also in 1977, Balding joined Andy Griffith and James Cromwell as Amy Franklin in the TV movie. Deadly game. Her other TV credits include Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, DIY, MacGyver, Family Ties, Hotel, Matt Houston Cagney & Lacey, Starsky and Hutch and The bionic woman.
An early Scream Queen, Balding also starred in horror films silent cry and The Boogens. His last film appearance was in 2005. Dreams of yesterday.
Balding is survived by her husband, writer-director James L. Conway, her daughters Sarah and Kathleen, and her grandchildren.