Rebecca Balding, ‘Soap’ and ‘Charmed’ actress, dies at 73


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Rebecca Balding, a veteran stage and film actress who appeared in “Soap” and “Charmed,” has died. She was 73 years old.

Balding’s husband, actor and director James L. Conway, confirmed her death to Deadline on Wednesday. He revealed that she died Monday in Park City, Utah after battling ovarian cancer.

According to the outlet, Balding was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She studied acting at the University of Kansas before moving to Chicago, where she became an award-winning theater actress. She eventually set her sights on Hollywood and moved to Los Angeles.

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Rebecca Balding was battling ovarian cancer.
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Balding launched her career on the West Coast as a scream queen. She appeared in horror films such as 1979’s “The Silent Scream” and 1982’s “The Boogens”, where she met Conway.

“I was casting the movie ‘The Boogens’,” the 71-year-old told People magazine. “Rebecca came to audition. We talked, she read, and when she left, I turned to the associate producer and said, ‘I could marry this girl.’

“Somehow she was cast,” Conway continued. “The first week of filming, we went out. That Saturday night, she proposed. And four weeks later, while we were still filming, we got married. Of course, no one thought it would last. That was it. 41 years ago.”

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From left to right: Rebecca Balding, Bob Seagren and Billy Crystal of "Soap."

From left to right: Rebecca Balding, Bob Seagren and Billy Crystal of “Soap”.
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One of Balding’s most memorable roles was as Billy Crystal’s girlfriend in “Soap,” ABC’s controversial parody of daytime dramas. The series aired from 1977 to 1981. She also played Alyssa Milano’s boss in ‘Charmed’ from 1998 to 2006. Balding appeared in many other iconic TV shows including ‘Melrose Place’, ‘Beverly Hills , 90210″, “Starsky and Hutch”, “The Bionic Woman”, “The Rockford Files” and “Family Ties”, to name a few.

Rebecca Balding is survived by her husband, daughters and grandchildren.

Rebecca Balding is survived by her husband, daughters and grandchildren.
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Balding’s last credited role was in a 2006 episode of “Charmed.”

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She is survived by Conway, as well as her daughters, Sarah and Kathleen, and her grandchildren.


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