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Patricia Barry dead: Days of Our Lives, All My Children actress dies at 93

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Patricia Barry, a veteran of Days of Our Lives, All My Children, and Guiding Light, has died at the age of 93.

The actress passed away at her Los Angeles home on Tuesday, her publicist told the Associated Press.

Born in 1922 in Davenport, Iowa, Barry studied theater at Stephens College in Missouri, before moving to New York, where she worked with legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner. 

The young actress started onstage, but her big break came when she scored a contract from Warner Bros., after winning a Rita Hayworth look-alike contest. This led to her 1946 film debut in Her Kind of Man, then a string of other features including The Man I Love (1947), Riders of the Whistling Pines (1949), The Tattooed Stranger (1950), and costarring with members of the New York Yankees in Safe at Home! (1962).

While Barry worked steadily in film and television for years, she began a long, successful run in daytime soap operas in 1971 with an extended arc on Days of Our Lives as Addie Horton Williams. She eventually moved on to roles on All My Children, The Guiding Light, and Loving. Her last TV appearance was on NBC’s Providence in 2001.

As one of the early members of Women in Film, Barry was a strong advocate for equal opportunity in Hollywood. In 1999, the organization awarded her the Founder’s award for her efforts.

Her husband, television producer Philip Barry Jr., died in 1998. Barry is survived by her children Miranda and Stephanie, and two grandchildren.

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