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Meg Bennett is an American television soap opera writer and occasional actress. She is married to ex- General Hospital head writer Robert Guza Jr.

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Early life

Bennett's real name is Helen Bennett. She is the eldest daughter of a printing company executive and a psychologist. She grew up in Pasadena, California. She majored in drama at Northwestern University, acted in summer stock during college breaks, and worked as a model (including an appearance in Life magazine, [1] [2] She changed her first name Helen to Meg, because there was already a "Helen Bennett" registered with Screen Actor's Guild. [3]

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In 1971, she was hired as the "Cadillac Eldorado convertible girl" for a New York auto show, which prompted her to move to Manhattan. There, she appeared on the game show Three on a Match , where she won $10K in prizes and was an undefeated champion. She also was part of the original cast of the Broadway production Grease , which led to her being cast on the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1974. She played the role of the good girl, Liza, for three years, when she decided to leave New York for California for better career opportunities. Bennett appeared as a panelist on Match Game in 1977.

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She suffered from a bout of hepatitis, and once she recovered, she was cast as Julia Newman on The Young and the Restless in 1980. She played the role on-and-off for six years, during which time, she impressed Bill Bell, the creator of the show, with her on-the-set script doctoring skills. He asked her to write for the show in 1981, and she did double-duty by writing and acting on the show. [4] Her writing career would eclipse her acting career, as she shared an Emmy award with the rest of the writing staff for General Hospital in 1995. She still occasionally acts, such as in the villainous role of Allegra on General Hospital. [5]

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<i>The Young and the Restless</i> television series

The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictionalized version of Genoa City, Wisconsin. First broadcast on March 26, 1973, The Young and the Restless was originally broadcast as half-hour episodes, five times a week. The show expanded to one-hour episodes on February 4, 1980. In 2006, the series began airing encore episodes weeknights on SOAPnet until 2013, when it moved to TVGN. As of July 1, 2013, Pop still airs the encore episodes on weeknights. The series is also syndicated internationally.

William J. Bell American screenwriter

William Joseph "Bill" Bell was an American screenwriter and television producer, best known as the creator of the soap operas Another World, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.

She was fired in 2011 by Garin Wolf after he was promoted as Head Writer.

Garin Wolf is an American television writer and playwright.

Personal life

She met her husband Robert Guza Jr. when they were both hired to write for a soap opera. They have partnered together and written for several soap operas.

Robert Guza Jr. is an American television writer and producer, and formerly held the position as head writer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital.

They also bought a $2.8 million house formerly owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck in Beverly Hills, California in 2003. [6]

Positions held

The Bold and the Beautiful

General Hospital

General Hospital: Night Shift

Generations (hired by Sally Sussman Morina)

Santa Barbara

Sunset Beach

The Young and the Restless

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Award

Writers Guild of America Award

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  1. Marian Christy, "Meg Bennett And Her Search For Tomorrow", United Features Syndicate in Reading Eagle , June 27, 1975.
  2. "Bold, Bright Outfits for a Colorful City", Life , Nov 11, 1966, p. 87 (describing her as "18-year-old Helen Bennett, a Northwestern freshman").
  3. "Meg Bennett's one of a kind career", Daily TV, 1985, reprinted in Santa Barbara: le site Français, Archived December 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine .
  4. Susan Champlin, "As Soap Star and Scriptwriter, Meg Bennett Faces Double Duty on the Young and the Restless", People , June 6, 1983.
  5. "A leg up on Allegra", Soap Opera Digest , August 29, 2005, archive copy here
  6. "Putting his castle on ice", Los Angeles Times , June 29, 2003.