|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1922|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1985|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Charita Bauer, a popular daytime serial actress for more than 36 years, died February 28, 1985, at her home in Manhattan, of complications stemming from diabetes.
Miss Bauer had played the rôle of the matriarch, Bertha (Bert) Bauer, on the daytime drama, "Guiding Light," from the time it was a radio series.
Miss Bauer was was born on December 20, 1922 in Newark, NJ, and began her professional career as a photographer's model at the age of 8. She made her Broadway debut as a child actress in the play, "Thunder on the Left." Other stage appearances included "The Women," "The Life of Reilly," "Madame Capet" and "Good Morning, Corporal." In 1976, she toured in a production of "Plaza Suite."
She began her broadcasting career in radio with the children's fantasy series "Let's Pretend" and went on to appear in many other dramatic rôles, as well as numerous daytime serials. Miss Bauer joined the radio version of "Guiding Light" in the late 1940's as Bert Bauer. The similarities in the last names was coincidental. For four years after the television premiere of the serial she continued to perform in both its radio and television versions.
Through the character of Bert Bauer, the actress was able to touch and educate several generations of television viewers. In the 1960's, Bert Bauer's struggle with uterine cancer helped provide information to many women, an in 1984, complications from a blood clot required the amputation of her leg. When she returned to the show in March 1984, her character's life mirrored her own. After visiting Aunt Meta in New York, Bert returned to Springfield and began experiencing pain in her leg (which had been fitted with a prosthesis by this time and mostly kept off camera). She ended up having her leg amputated just as the actress who played her had. For the first time in decades, Bert had to depend upon others to wait on her hand and foot, resulting in one of the series' most memorable stories. (Bert, sitting in a wheelchair at Cedars Hospital, told Josh Lewis, who had been paralyzed recently and had given up hope, that life itself was a miracle and never to forget it.) In a moving scene, Bauer dropped a teacup. She tried to get it, but could not, and in sheer frustration, she burst into tears. As she went through rehab following her operation, camera shot closed in on her remaining leg as she learned to walk again, bringing even more realism to the storyline.
Miss Bauer received a posthumous Lifetime Contribution Daytime Emmy Award the summer after her death.
Miss Bauer was survived at the time of her death by her father, George; a son, Michael Crawford; a daughter-in-law, Lucy, and a grandson, Alexander.
(Information from the New York Times obituary printed March 2, 1985, and Wikipedia)
A wonderful tribute to Charita is available on youTube.
Robert Stanley Crawford (1914 - 2002)*
Cause of death: Diabetes
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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