After fighting cancer for two years, the former soap opera star Marnie Schulenburg has died. She was 37 and passed in hospital in Broomfield, New Jersey. Schulenberg was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer after the birth of her daughter Coda in 2019 and called the disease the “most insidious kind” of cancer while sharing the news.

Schulenberg’s husband, actor Zack Robidas, spoke about losing her, and her optimism while grappling with the disease, in a Facebook post. “Please don’t say Marnie lost her battle to cancer. It’s simply not true,” Robidas began his tribute. “She is incredible. We chose to attack her diagnosis with blind optimism. We only talked about the future and continued moving forward. I don’t know if this was right but it’s all we knew how to do.”

She was best known for her Daytime Emmy Nominated breakout performance as Alison Stewart, who she played for over 300 episodes of As The World Turns. This stretch was the longest tenure for an actress playing that character. While she was a daytime TV staple, Schulenberg appeared in many of guest or recurring roles on television series of all types and timeslots including DivorceBlue Bloods and The Good Fight.

Marnie Schulenberg was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on May 21, 1984. She was involved in theater, music and performance since high school, and graduated from DeSales University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in theater. She moved to New York City in 2006 to begin her career and booked As The World Turns that same year.

Schulenberg is survived by her husband and daughter, plus brothers Alan and Gus.

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