Barbara Esensten Passes

Barry Morgenstein

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the world of soaps lost a true legend in , who passed at age 75. Esensten co-created “The City” along with her more than 20 year long writing partner . The duo worked together on such shows as “,” “,” “,” “,” “” and “.”

In a posting on Esensten’s facebook page, former “Guiding Light” head writer said, “I think you know how much I love you and one of the many reasons is how much YOU loved your wonderful family – Mike, the kids, the grandkids – that great house of yours – and your good old partner Jim Brown. You were such a good boss/girlfriend and you always smelled so good. I miss you already.”

Former CBS News producer Joe Saltzman also said, “Historians now say she was the first woman to do a breast self-examination in the nude in the history of television. And doing so saved thousands of lives. R.I.P. Barbara. I will never forget you.”

Esensten’s funeral will be held on Sunday.