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At the age of 72, onetime casting director for The Young and the Restless, Meryl O'Loughlin, passed away on February 27, 2007 due to ovarian cancer.

Growing up in her hometown of Chicago, Meryl went on to attend UCLA where her degree enabled her to snag her first gig in 1964 as a casting director on the crew of "The Outer Limits."

Gone but not forgotten, Meryl leaves behind a very successful forty-year career as a casting director and executive in the television industry. In 1996, she started her work with The Young and the Restless and stayed with the show until 2000. Her long list of casting and executive contributions include the Jackie Collins made-for-TV miniseries "Lucky/Chances," "WKRP," "T.J. Hooker," "Alf," "Crazy Like A Fox," "Hart to Hart," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Fantasy Island," and "Lou Grant."

Having worked in the talent and casting field for such companies as Columbia Pictures Television, Vineland Pictures, Imagine Films and MTM Productions, her talents extended to film including such productions as 1996's "Tremors 2" and 1987's "He's My Girl."

Outside of the set, Meryl served numerous terms as governor of the casting peer group on the board of the Academy of Television Arts and Science and was a founding member of the Casting Society of America. For her work on The Young and the Restless, Meryl's co-founders at the Casting Society of America nominated her for the Artios Award in 1997 and again in 1999 for her outstanding achievement in casting.

Previously married to actor Gerald O'Loughlin, Meryl is survived by her son Chris, daughter Laura, a grandson and a sister. She was laid to rest on March 4, 2007 at Pierce Bros. Westwood Village in Los Angeles, California. Soaps.com wants to send our sincerest sympathy to the O'Loughlin family.