Cathryn Damon

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Cathryn Damon
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Cathryn Damon in 1978
Born (1930-09-11)September 11, 1930
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died May 4, 1987(1987-05-04) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Ovarian cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1957–1987

Cathryn Lee Damon (September 11, 1930 – May 4, 1987) was an American actress, best known for her roles on television sitcoms in the 1970s and 1980s.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Seattle, Damon was raised in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School,[1] moved to New York City at age 16 to pursue ballet and ultimately appeared in several Broadway productions, including Shinbone Alley, Foxy, Flora, The Red Menace, The Boys from Syracuse,[2] The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Sweet Bird of Youth, and The Cherry Orchard. During the 1967-68 season, she was the Mame and Vera understudy for the Angela Lansbury-led tour of Mame.

Damon became familiar to television viewers as middle-class Mary Campbell on the primetime spoof of daytime soaps aptly entitled Soap from 1977 until 1981, followed by her role of Cassie Parker on Webster from 1984-86. Other television credits included guest roles on Matlock, Mike Hammer and Murder, She Wrote.[2][3]

Damon won an Emmy Award for Soap in 1980, but could not appear in person to receive the Award owing to an actors' strike; her former co-star, and TV husband Richard Mulligan referred to Damon and the strike-related absence when he received his own Emmy more than a decade later for his role as Dr. Weston on the television series Empty Nest (Coincidently, Empty Nest debuted a year after Damon's death, with Mulligan playing the part of a widower whose wife died a year earlier).

Illness and death[edit]

In 1986, Damon was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but continued acting in small roles up until shortly before her death a year later at age 56, on May 4, 1987.[2] Her final role, as Elizabeth McGovern's mother in the movie She's Having a Baby with Kevin Bacon, was released posthumously.[3] She was survived by her mother, Mary Cathryn Springer, and a sister. She is interred in Acacia Memorial Park near Seattle.[4]


Damon in August 1977


  1. ^ "Some famous and notable graduates", The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington), September 9, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "Deaths in the news", Chicago Sun-Times, May 10, 1987.
  3. ^ a b Cathryn Damon at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Cathryn Damon at Find a Grave