Daytime Emmy winner, Robin Strasser of One Life to Live shared exclusively with TV Guide Canada’s Suds Report her thoughts and sympathies at the passing of the original Dorian, Nancy Pinkerton Peabody, as the news broke earlier this week of the actresses passing on March 4th.
Strasser stated, “I feel enormous gratitude to Nancy Pinkerton because it was her great talent as an actress, her intelligence as a woman, and her humorous and feisty energy as a human being that birthed Dorian Cramer. I am playing the delicious part, due in large part to the unique and dedicated artist that Nancy was. I am the third and fifth actress to play Dorian. Nancy Pinkerton was the first, Claire Malis the second, I was the third, Elaine Princi the fourth, and then, I returned and became the fifth … a distinction that amuses me to note. We all bit into the role with the gusto and relish it truly deserves. But I think of the four of us who have played the part, Nancy and I were wired most alike. I was a big fan of hers, because yes, I watched One Life then.
I was handed her obituary by a crew member, and was saddened to learn she had passed so young. However, her solid relationship with her long-time partner, her activism in her community and business acumen, just validated what one might have predicted if you had known her only casually.I felt like a kindred spirit with her, even though it had been more than 30 years since we last spoke. I learned from her obituary that she was born on May 7. I wish I had known that bit of personal intel before so I could at least have once called to wish Nancy, “Happy Birthday! Now that I know, I won’t forget to light a candle in her memory. And I won’t forget because May 7 is my birthday, too!”