As The World Turns has lost one of its most prominent icons.

Veteran soap actress Helen Wagner passed away on Saturday May 1 at the age of 91. She had played the role of Nancy Hughes for 54 years. Wagner was with the show since its first episode in 1956 and even received a Guinness World Record title for playing the same role on a television show for the longest period of time. Over the past few years, her character has been seldom featured onscreen. She had two appearances in 2008, a memorable Thanksgiving appearance in 2009 and re-appeared for Bob and Kim’s anniversary this April.