Marnie Schulenburg, known for her roles on soap operas ‘As the World Turns’ and ‘One Life to Live,’ died Tuesday in New York City from complications from breast cancer, a rep confirmed to Variety. She was 37 years old.
Schulenburg’s husband, Zack Robidas, an actor known for his roles in ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ and ‘Succession,’ also confirmed the news via a Facebook post, in which he thanked his fans for their support after the diagnosis. from Schulenburg.
“Please don’t say Marnie lost her battle with cancer. It is simply not true. I’ve watched her kick cancer ass every day since diagnosis,” the post read. “She’s amazing. We chose to attack her diagnosis with blind optimism. We only talked about the future and kept moving forward. I don’t know if it was right, but that’s all what we knew how to do.
Schulenburg was born in Cape Cod, Mass., and studied acting at DeSales University. After college, she began her acting career, performing at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and for the Dramatists Guild of America in New York.
Schulenburg’s first television credit was Alison Stewart, her character in “As the World Turns.” She was the second actor to portray the character, after Jessica Dunphy left the show in 2005. She made her first appearance as Alison in 2007, in a crossover between “As the World Turns” and “The Young and the Restless”. Schulenburg then joined the main cast of “As the World Turns” and appeared for over 300 episodes until the show was canceled in 2010.
During his tenure on the show, Schulenburg’s most frequent stage partner was Billy Magnussen, who played his love interest Casey Hughes. Their character’s romance was a central part of the show’s later years, and the show ended with their fiancé and their intention to move out. Schulenburg received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performance during the show’s final year.
Three years later, Schulenburg starred in a short-lived revival of the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live”, portraying the character of Jo Sullivan. From 2014 to 2017, she starred in the meta soap opera “Tainted Dreams,” which followed the behind-the-scenes drama of a soap opera casting.
In addition to her soap opera roles, she also had recurring and guest appearances on shows such as “Fringe”, “Army Wives”, “Blue Bloods”, “Manhattan Love Story”, “Elementary”, “The Good Fight ” and “Divorce”. Additionally, she had a recurring role on the upcoming third season of the Showtime drama “City on the Hill,” starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge. The season will start in July.
Schulenburg is survived by Robidas and their daughter.