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Penny’s Exit Severs Last Family Tie

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 7:52 AM | By Angela Rosa


Sydney Penny

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just as the Hubbard clan reemerges on “All My Children,” the Santos clan fades away.

Several weeks from today’s date, “All My Children” will be Santos free for the first time in over fifteen years. Sydney Penny, who plays Julia Santos, has been let go from the ABC serial.

Penny, now 36 years old, began her daytime career on NBC’s Santa Barbara where she portrayed incest-survivor B.J. Walker from 1992-1993. The actress then landed the role of Dr. Maria Santos (Eva LaRue) younger and troubled sister, Julia, on “AMC” and began airing in September 1993. Paired with Keith Hamilton Cobb, in the popular interracial pairing of Noah and Julia, Penny rose to the pinnacle of her daytime fame. The actress exited the soap in December 1996. Penny’s next contract role was on CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” where she played Samantha Kelly from 2003 to April 2005. Penny returned to “AMC” full-time in August of 2005.

The Emmy-nominated actress has also enjoyed shorter soap stints on NBC’s “Sunset Beach,” FOX’s “Beverly Hills 90210″ and the WB’s “Hyperion Bay.” At 12 years old, Penny appeared in the popular ABC miniseries “The Thorn Birds” as a young Meggie. Penny also appeared on “The New Gidget” and “TJ Hooker,” as well as a slew of made-for-television movies.

Sydney Penny married Robert Powers in 1995 and they welcomed their first child, Chasen August Powers, on May 31, 2007.

Watch for Penny’s exit to coincide with a tragic set of events that occurs after Jesse and Angie’s (Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan) May 21 wedding.

“All My Children” airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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