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    Lanna Saunders dead at 65

    Monday, April 02 2007

    Courtesy of NBC and
    Lanna Saunders who portrayed 'Sister Marie Horton' from 1979 to 1985 passed away on March 10 2007 at age 65 due to complications of Multiple Sclerosis.

    Mrs. Saunders was born in New York City and followed in the footsteps of her father and grandfather who were both actors. She started her career on Broadway at the tender age of 13, where she appeared Sunrise at Campobello, Milk & Honey, and was original member of the Lincoln Center Company under Elia Kazan and Robert Whitehead! She also appeared in 'After The Fall' by playwright, Arthur Miller. She was well known for her long term role as Sister Marie Horton. Saunders worked on Days of Our Lives up until she became too ill to work in 1985. She had been diagnosed with MS just three years previous. Although she was too ill to work, she remained an avid theatergoer.
    "As an actress, as well as a person, Lanna Saunders had an elegance and grace that bespoke the deepest qualities of her soul which made her character, Sister Marie, honest and believable, yet so easy to look at," said Ken Corday, executive producer of Days of Our Lives.

    According to Lawrence Pressman, who is the husband of the deceased, "She fought like a tiger and had the demeanor of a lamb."

    Saunders is survived by husband Lawrence Pressman and son David Pressman, who is also an actor.

    All of us here at would like to give our condolences to the Saunders/ Pressman family during such a difficult time.

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    Posted by fancy nancy at Monday, April 02 2007 01:14 PM

    iam so sorry to hear about the passing of lanna saunders

    what a shame. I remember watching her play marie horton on days of our lives. She will sorely missed.

    I also give my condolences to the family.

    Posted by moma at Monday, April 02 2007 03:02 PM

    I was very sorry to hear about Mrs. Saunders; I was just thinking yesterday what a lovely actress that she was in that chartacter. I did not know that she was ill; Family: SHE WILL BE MISSED!!! Iwas thinking yesterday that we needed her back to give Maggie some peer conversations. Maggie needs someone in her age group to have interplay with; Sister Marie was the first person I thought of. She left the show quite a while ago but she is still remembered as a fine artist; great at her craft; such a loss to our canvas. SHE WILL BE MISSED>>>>>>>DON'T RECAST HER!!!!!! IMPOSSIBLE TO DO SO!!!

    Posted by moma at Monday, April 02 2007 03:07 PM

    Well I just read in the spoilers that Sister Marie will not be recast..... SMART MOVE WRITERS!!! Don't mess with the GOOD ONES some are impossible to recast.. just as Tom Horton was!!!

    Posted by eriegirl at Wednesday, April 04 2007 06:20 AM

    I agree--Please do not recast would be a shame to have someone else take her place...cant be done. I remember Lanna playing Sr.Marie....a memorial show would be nice.....

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