Remember when Sally and Stephanie got drunk and cut "Queenie's" Hair? (Soaps.com)

Bradley Bell, Head Writer and Executive Producer of Bold and the Beautiful had plenty to say about the beloved Darlene Conley upon hearing of her passing on January 14. “She constantly entertained us with every move, every breath, every inflection of her voice. Whether she was the villain, the damsel, the sexpot, or the comedienne, Darlene was brilliant.”

It was only a few months ago that Darlene learned that she had stomach cancer, and true to her nature, she fought it with all she had. The robust actress immediately underwent surgery and then began radiation and chemotherapy. Her prognosis was good,but Soaps.com has learned that she passed away in her home, on Sunday January 14. She was 72.

Darlene’s one-of-a-kind Sally Spectra burst onto the B&B
canvass in 1988. She garnered Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the years 1991 and 1992, and was also nominated for six Soap Opera Digest awards. Before Sally was “born”, Conley graced the storylines of other soaps including The Young and the Restless , Days of Our Lives , General Hospital , and Capitol. She felt that daytime TV was her home. “It is really the best medium today for women of a certain age to do something really flashy,” she has said. (Can’t you just see how animated she must have been while saying that?) Undoubtedly, it was Darlene’s love of being “flashy” that put her in the history books of world-famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum (in Amsterdam and Las Vegas). She is the only daytime star included in the collection! Before she found her home in soap fans’ family rooms every weekday afternoon for the past thirty (or so!) years, Darlene shared her talents in feature films (her first director was Alfred Hitchcock in The Birds!), TV movies, mini-series and staples such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Murder, She Wrote. Prior to that, she toured the country in classical theater companies and even appeared on Broadway next to the likes of Richard Chamberlain, Michael York and Jean Stapleton.

Ms. Conley will undoubtedly be missed by her son, Raymond Woodson, two sisters, ex-husband and several nieces and nephews.