Melba Rae

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Melba Rae (October 7, 1922 in Willard, Utah – December 30, 1971 in New York City) was an American soap opera actress.


Rae was a key figure in early daytime television, playing the wife of the couple next door on Search for Tomorrow for 20 years — from its inception in 1951 until her untimely death of a cerebral hemorrhage. Her character, Marge Bergman, was best friends with the main character of the series, Joanne (played by Mary Stuart).

Personal life

Rae, a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was married to Gilbert Shawn (1921 — 2005) from September 2, 1955 until her death. The couple had a son and daughter. Their son, Eric Shawn, became a reporter for Fox News Channel. Gilbert Shawn moved to Orlando, Florida later in life, where he died at the age of 84.


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