Rebecca Balding, 'Soap' and 'Charmed' actor, dies at 73 of ovarian cancer

Actress Rebecca Balding was best known for her roles on the TV series “Soap” and “Charmed.” Balding died on July 18, 2022, at the age of 73.
Actress Rebecca Balding was best known for her roles on the TV series “Soap” and “Charmed.” Balding died on July 18, 2022, at the age of 73.

Rebecca Balding, best known for her roles on “Soap” and “Charmed,” has died. She was 73.

Balding died Monday in Park City, Utah, following a battle with ovarian cancer, Balding’s husband James L. Conway confirmed to USA TODAY.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Balding made her television debut in 1976, appearing on the action drama “The Bionic Woman.” Two years later, she landed the role of Carol David in the dramedy series “Soap,” which also starred Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan and Emmy-winning actor Billy Crystal.

Balding was also something of a scream queen pioneer, starring in the horror thrillers “The Silent Scream” in 1979 and “The Boogens” in 1981. It was on the set of “The Boogens” that Balding would meet her future husband Conway, who directed the film.

"Rebecca came in to audition," Conway told People Wednesday. "We chatted, she read and when she left, I turned to the associate producer and said, 'I could marry that girl.' "

He continued: "Somehow she got cast. The first week of shooting we went out. That Saturday night, she proposed. And four weeks later, while still shooting, we got married.  Of course, no one thought it would last. That was 41 years ago."

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Throughout the ‘90s, Balding appeared on a number of TV series, including sitcoms “Designing Women” and “Home Improvement,” as well as soapy dramas “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place.”

In 1998, Balding scored the role of Aunt Jackie on the fantasy drama “Charmed,” starring Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs, which set into motion a nearly decade-long run on the show. Apart from Aunt Jackie, Balding portrayed Milano's boss Elise Rothman from 2002-2006.

Balding’s last television appearance was on the 2006 “Charmed” episode “Kill Billie: Vol. 2.”

She is survived by her husband Conway, her daughters Sarah and Kathleen, and her grandchildren.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rebecca Balding, of 'Soap' and 'Charmed,' dies at 73 of ovarian cancer