the 100 most memorable moments in soap history
In what has got to be the most creative way to kill off a major character in soap history, SB's poor Mary McCormack (Harley Jane Kozak) met her maker courtesy of a renegade letter 'C' when high winds dislodged the first letter of the sign atop the Capwell Hotel. July 14, 1986 wasn't the best day for former nun Mary anyway, as she found herself pregnant and estranged from husband Mark (Jon Lindstrom), who had raped her earlier after learning of her plans to leave him for Mason Capwell (Lane Davies). As Julia Wainwright (Nancy Lee Grahn) looked on, Mark and Mary fought on the roof of the hotel. Mary refused to leave the roof despite the terribly high winds. The next thing you know, the screws holding up the neon letter dislodged, and a C rendered Mary DOA. Of all the self-referential and humor-fueled plots it offered during its Emmy-winning tenure, this is the one most often remembered. In SB's case, C often stood for both creativity and comedy.