Lynn Benesch

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Lynn Benesch
Born Lynn Benish
Westchester, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–1987

Lynn Benesch, born Lynn Benish in Westchester, New York, aka Lynn Chester, is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Meredith Lord Wolek on the daytime drama One Life to Live from 1969 to 1973.[1][2] In 1972 she won praise for her portrayal as a mother who had twins and one was stillborn; this led to addressing the issues around postpartum depression which was still struggling to be understood as a legitimate medical concern.[3] She briefly reprised the role in 1987, when her character's sister Victoria Lord, having an out of body experience, took a trip to Heaven and reunited her with deceased loved ones.[4] As Lynn Chester her theatrical credits include "Wait Until Dark" with Shirley Jones and "Star-Spangled Girl" with Anthony Perkins as well as the television series "General Hospital".

A gifted singer and songwriter, she appeared with Skitch Henderson, and Wayland Pickard, with whom she co-wrote original songs which she performs in BBC-5's American import, radio soap opera "Milford-Haven" music episodes.[5] She was a kindergarten teacher before going into acting and when younger she put on shows for Vietnam vets who were confined to a VA hospital in the late 1960s and early 1970s along with a childhood friend.


According to All Media Guide/New York Times:


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  5. ^ Judith Robinson, "Whatever Happened To Lynn Benesch?", Soap Opera Digest, February 12, 1985.
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  11. ^ Planet of the apes: an unofficial companion David Hofstede
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  13. ^ Television westerns episode guide: all United States series, 1949-1996 Harris M. Lentz
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  16. ^ Science fiction, horror and fantasy film and television credits Harris M. Lentz
  17. ^ Television drama series programming: a comprehensive chronicle, 1975-1980 Larry James Gianakos
  18. ^ Television, 1970-1980 Vincemt Terrace
  19. ^ The motion picture guide, Volume 3 Jay Robert Nash, Stanley Ralph Ross
  20. ^ Motion picture players' credits: worldwide performers of 1967 through 1980 with filmographies of their entire careers, 1905-1983 Jeffrey Oliviero
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