ABC confirmed Mary Fickett, famous for playing nurse Ruth Martin, died Sept. 8 in her Virginia home.
Fickett played Martin continuously, from 1970 to 1995, following it up with brief stint from 1998 to 2000. It’s a role that also won her the first acting Emmy for work on a daytime soap opera.
Just two weeks shy of the series’ final episode on ABC, the network released a statement about Fickett’s death.
“As we honor ‘All My Children’s’ 41 years on ABC, we cannot help but recognize and remember Mary’s wonderful depiction of Pine Valley’s revered Ruth,” reads the statement. “Ruth’s marriage to chief of staff Dr. Joe Martin provided the bedrock upon which the town of Pine Valley was built. Their marriage was always a stabilizing force that represented ‘home’ for many.”
In honor of her contribution to the series, ABC plans to dedicate the Martins-centric Sept. 21 episode of “AMC” in her honor. The network’s final broadcast of the series airs two days later on Sept. 23.