Elizabeth Hubbard, ‘As the World Turns’ Star, Dies at 89

The actress received eight Daytime Emmy nominations for her role as Lucinda Walsh

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Elizabeth Hubbard starred with Martha Byrne on "As the World Turns" (Getty/CBS)

Soap opera actress Elizabeth Hubbard, who dominated in the role of businesswoman Lucinda Walsh in CBS’ “As the World Turns,” had died. She was 89 years old.

Her son Jeremy Bennett confirmed the news in a Facebook post Monday, saying that she “passed over the weekend.”

“I’m sorry to say with a broken heart mi mum passed over the weekend,” the post reads. “Thank you for being an unmovable rock that guided me through life. I will try to honour your memory for as long as I live.”

Hubbard received eight Daytime Emmy nominations for her character on the soap opera, which told the fictional story of the wealthy Walsh and Stewart families of Oakdale, Illinois.

The actress won two Daytime Emmys — one award for Best Actress in a Daytime Drama for a Series in 1974 for the role of Dr. Althea Davis in “The Doctors,” and the other for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Special in 1976 for her role as Edith Wilson in “First Ladies Diaries.”

Hubbard began her soap career in 1962, portraying Anne Fletcher in “Guiding Light,” and she landed the role of Carol Kramer on “The Edge of Night” in 1963.

Her run on “The Doctors” as Dr. Davis lasted over 2,700 episodes from 1964 until the show’s cancellation in 1982. She went on the play Estelle Chadwick on “One Life to Live” before landing Lucinda Walsh in “As the World Turns.”

In addition to the eight Emmy nods she garnered for playing Walsh, she was also nominated for her portrayal of Eva Montgomery in “Anacostia” in 2016.

Actress Martha Byrne, who played Hubbard’s onscreen daughter Lily Walsh in “As the World Turns,” posted a tribute to Hubbard on Instagram.

“First and foremost I want everyone to know I made sure she was aware of how much everyone loved her,” Byrne wrote. “I would share your comments from social media, videos and your fond memories of her as Lucinda, Althea, every time I saw her.”

Byrne continued: “She loved the audience and fought like HELL to bring truth and honesty to her performances. On a personal level there aren’t words to describe how much she meant to me. Only feelings, which override words in so many cases when it comes to love.”

Other credits include characters like Vikki St. John in “The Bell Jar” (1979) and Ruth in “Ordinary People” (1980). Hubbard is survived by her ex-husband David Bennett and their son, Jeremy, who is 51.