Veteran actress Joan Copeland, known for her roles in many daytime soap operas and the sister of playwright Arthur Miller, has died. She was 99 years old.
According to Variety, Copeland died on the morning of January 4 at her New York home. The longtime actress had been retired since 2011 after making her last screen appearance in the short film Love is like life but longer.
Having made its Broadway debut in 1948 in sunset beachCopeland would go on to star in several other Broadway productions, including detective story (1949), Not for children (1951), and Handful of fire (1958). She received much acclaim for her performance in the 1977 Broadway revival of Friend Joey and won the Drama Desk Award for The American Clock (1981), written by his brother Miller.
Copeland began his television career in the 1950s, making guest appearances on shows such as Suspense and The Web. She would go on to land lead roles in various soap operas, including Andrea Whiting on search tomorrowtwin sisters Maggie and Kay Logan on Love of lifeand Gwendolyn Lord Abbott on A life to live.
Her other TV credits include Chicago Hope, Emergency room, All in the family, The Patty Duke Show, Naked Cityand Law and orderwhere she played recurring character Judge Rebecca Stein.
Copeland has also acted in several films, starting with The goddess in 1958. She also appeared in the likes of In the middle of the night (1959), roseland (1977), Happy new year (1987), The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998), The last request (2006), and The private life of Pippa Lee (2009).
“Ever since I was a little girl, I had the performing bug,” Copeland said. The New York Times in 1981. “It was like a big dream, like children who want to go to the moon today. Maybe I was unconsciously influenced by my brother. He had. I was desperately trying to get out of the sadness I was living in.