Original ALL MY CHILDREN cast member Mary Fickett (ex-Ruth) died at the age of 83 on September 8, at her home in Callao, Virginia. She had a 50-year career that spanned radio, television and film, but perhaps her most popular role was the one she played for three decades on AMC. Fickett even received the first-ever Emmy Award given to a soap performer in 1973 for Ruth's emotional monologue about her fears for her son, who'd just been drafted to the Vietnam War. "It's my claim to fame," Fickett told Soaps In Depth in 2005. "I got the first Emmy they'd ever awarded to anybody in daytime [before the creation of the Daytime Emmy Awards]. Ruth thought that their son has been killed. It was important to me because we had very personal feelings -- all of us did -- about the war. And because Agnes wrote the whole storyline, it was beautifully done and very moving."
Fickett retired in 1996, but briefly appeared on AMC in 2000; the role of Ruth was later recast with Lee Meriwether. Look for ABC to dedicate the Wednesday, September 21, episode of AMC to Fickett.