Marnie Schulenburg, the Daytime Emmy-nominated actress known for her work on TV series including As the World Turns and One Life to Live, died Tuesday in a hospital in Bloomington, N.J., from metastatic breast cancer. She was 37. A representative for Schulenburg confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.
Schulenburg was born May 21, 1984, in Cape Cod, Mass. A former gymnast, she graduated from DeSales University and made her television debut in 2007, on The Young and the Restless. She played Alison McDermott Stewart, a role previously held by several child actresses, including Modern Family's Sarah Hyland.
Though the character originated on As the World Turns in 1994, Schulenburg made her debut in the role on a crossover episode of Young and the Restless. She would go on to play Stewart until the series finale of As the World Turns in 2010, becoming the actress who inhabited the role the longest. Her performance earned her a a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2010.
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In 2013, Schulenburg joined the relaunched One Life to Live as Jo Sullivan. Her other TV credits included The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, Elementary, and Royal Pains. She'll also be on the upcoming season of the Showtime drama City on a Hill, playing the recurring role of Maggie Caysen.
In May 2020, Schulenburg revealed that she had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Her friends and family set up a GoFundMe page to help with her medical expenses, which hit its $75,000 goal in October 2020. Earlier this month, she was released from the hospital to spend Mother's Day with her family, including her 2-year-old daughter, Coda.
"It's not my ideal to be a 38-year-old mom who needs an oxygen tank to survive right now," Schulenburg wrote on Instagram. "I want to be strong and beautiful for her. I want to show her how to move throughout this world with compassion, strength, vivacity, humor, and joy like my mother showed me."