Cathryn Damon

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Cathryn Damon
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Cathryn Damon in 1978
Born (1930-09-11)September 11, 1930
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died May 4, 1987(1987-05-04) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Ovarian cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1957–1987

Cathryn Lee Damon (September 11, 1930 – May 4, 1987) was an American actress, best known for her roles on television sitcoms in the 1970s and 1980s.

Life and career

Born in Seattle, Damon was raised in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School,[1] moved to New York City at age 16 to pursue ballet and ultimately appeared in several Broadway productions, including Shinbone Alley, Foxy, Flora, The Red Menace, The Boys from Syracuse,[2] The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Sweet Bird of Youth, and The Cherry Orchard. During the 1967-68 season, she was the Mame and Vera understudy for the Angela Lansbury-led tour of Mame.

Damon became familiar to television viewers as middle-class Mary Campbell on the primetime spoof of daytime soaps aptly entitled Soap from 1977 until 1981, followed by her role of Cassie Parker on Webster from 1984-86. Other television credits included guest roles on Matlock, Mike Hammer and Murder, She Wrote.[2][3]

Damon won an Emmy Award for Soap in 1980, but could not appear in person to receive the Award owing to an actors' strike; her former co-star, and TV husband Richard Mulligan referred to Damon and the strike-related absence when he received his own Emmy more than a decade later for his role as Dr. Weston on the television series Empty Nest (Coincidently, Empty Nest debuted a year after Damon's death, with Mulligan playing the part of a widower whose wife died a year earlier).

Illness and death

In 1986, Damon was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but continued acting in small roles up until shortly before her death a year later at age 56, on May 4, 1987.[2] Her final role, as Elizabeth McGovern's mother in the movie She's Having a Baby with Kevin Bacon, was released posthumously.[3] She was survived by her mother, Mary Cathryn Springer, and a sister. She is interred in Acacia Memorial Park near Seattle.[4]


Damon in August 1977


  1. "Some famous and notable graduates", The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington), September 9, 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Deaths in the news", Chicago Sun-Times, May 10, 1987.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cathryn Damon at the Internet Movie Database
  4. Cathryn Damon at Find a Grave