‘Santa Barbara’ And ‘The Young And The Restless’ Emmy Award Winning Soap Star Has Passed Away


Helen Margaret Bennett was better known as Meg Bennett, an actress and writer who worked no numerous soap operas throughout her career including “Search for Tomorrow,” “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Santa Barbara,” “Sunset Beach,” “General Hospital,” and “General Hospital: Night Shift.” 

Bennett’s family recently announced her death which happened on April 11, 2024. In her obituary, her family explained that she “lost her battle with cancer,” but they did not specify what kind of cancer or how long she had been battling it. She was 75 years old.

Her family shared, “Until nearly the end she was devotedly working with children, writing, and engaging with her far-flung family and friends.” She is survived by her husband, Robert Guza, Jr, two step-daughters, four grandchildren, a brother, a sister and multiple nieces and nephews.

Bennett grew up in Pasadena, California. She went to college at Northwestern University where she majored in drama. After graduation, she moved to New York City and ended up in performing on Broadway in “Grease.”

She began her career working in soap operas in 1974 when she joined the cast of “Search for Tomorrow.” In 1980, she moved to Los Angeles to act on “The Young and the Restless.”

While acting on “The Young and the Restless” she also began writing for the show and ended up writing for many other soap operas as well including “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Santa Barbara,” and “General Hospital.”

In 1995, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for “General Hospital” along with the rest of the writing team. She received five Writers Guild of America nominations and won an award for both “General Hospital” and “Sunset Beach.”

Even though writing became a big part of her career, she continued to act as well. According to IMDB, her most recent acting role was in 2020 on “The Young and the Restless.”