Barbara Berjer

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Barbara Berjer
Barbara Berger

June 12, 1920 (1920-06-12)
DiedOctober 20, 2002 (2002-10-21) (aged 82)
Known forActress

Barbara Berjer (June 12, 1920 – October 20, 2002) was an American actress from Seattle, Washington. She was born Barbara Berger, but her surname was often mispronounced as "burger", so she changed it to "Berjer".[citation needed]

Among her many soap opera credits were her long-term roles as alcoholic actress Lynn Franklin on From These Roots (1958–1961); the fourth Claire English Lowell Cassen Shea (Ellen Stewart's mother) on As the World Turns (1965–1971); Barbara Norris Thorpe (replacing Augusta Dabney) on Guiding Light (1971–1981; she reprised the role for a few episodes in 1989, and on a recurring basis from 1995 to 1996); and Scottish nanny Bridget Connell on Another World (1985–1996) who raised both Victoria Love and Jake McKinnon. It was during her stint as Claire on "ATWT" where Claire married younger doctor Michael Shea who had an affair with the much married Lisa Miller. After Claire was killed after being hit by a car, she was cast as the younger Barbara on "GL". Because of her popularity on Another World, she returned several times for dream sequences after Bridget died. Berjer is one of the few actors in daytime history to be featured on two soaps at the same time ("Guiding Light" and "Another World", both Procter & Gamble-owned shows). Barbara also had a short term role as Irene Griffin on The Edge of Night in 1965. In late 1983, she had a one-day appearance on All My Children as the secretary Erica Kane talks to in vain in an effort to reach Adam Chandler.

Berjer died of pneumonia in New York City in 2002.

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