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Her most enduring television role has been her portrayal of Ellen Lowell on the soap opera As the World Turns, a role she played from 1960 through 1995, taking the role over from actress Wendy Drew. Bruder grew in time with the character, as Ellen moved from a young woman into a mature matriarch, marrying respected doctor David Stewart on the serial (Henderson Forsythe). Bruder's major storylines centered on the murder of David's housekeeper, Franny Brennan, when Franny threatened to tell her son Jimmy (also known as Dr. Dan Stewart) the truth about his parentage. She went to prison where she met her best friend Sandy Wilson (Dagne Crane) who later married Bob Hughes (Don Hastings). Later storylines focused on being the moral support for daughters Annie and Dee.
In 1995, her character was written out abruptly and save for an appearance in 1998, she was never heard from (and was rarely mentioned in dialogue) again.
Miss Bruder continues to be a popular voice for voice-over work.
She is married to a physician, Charles Debrovner, M.D. with whom she has two daughters, Caroline and Diane and one granddaughter, Jane. When she is not acting, she enjoys playing the piano.
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