Sarah Michelle Gellar played Susan Lucci’s daughter on All My Children, and she was good at her job. That’s when the Daytime Emmys curse put a wrench in their relationship.
After Lucci failed to score a nomination in 1994, she reportedly turned her frustration on Gellar, who was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actress that year and eventually won in 1995. The story goes that Lucci had her fired out of jealousy.
They were one of the biggest supercouples in soap history, but General Hospital stars Kristina and Jack Wagner were hard to keep up with off-screen. Were they dating? Did they break up again?
The duo went public with their love affair when she became pregnant with their first son, Peter, and married in 1995. They uncoupled in 2001, recoupled a few years later and then finally called it quits in 2006.
After originating the role of Jill Foster Abbott on The Young and the Restless, Brenda Dickson was fired from the show in 1987.
She filed a $10 million lawsuit against Columbia Pictures, asking for her job back. She claimed she had an affair with series creator William J. Bell, who blacklisted her after their affair ended and blocked her from ever working again.
Catherine Hickland loved playing the character of Lindsay Rappaport on One Life to Live. While it was her favorite acting job, she found the set to be a toxic one.
After the series was canceled in 2012, she told Soap Opera Uncensored that the show was always the “redheaded stepchild” to All My Children. The actors were gossipy, and the network rewarded their backstabbing behavior.
Benet took her own life by a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1982 after she saw her marriage to actor Bill Bixby end in divorce in 1980. A year later, the couple’s 6-year-old son, Christopher, died after a severe throat infection.
She never recovered from the depression that set in after two tumultuous years in her life.