Marnie Schulenburg, 37-Year-Old Soap Star, Dies from Breast Cancer

The world stopped turning for those who hold Marnie Schulenberg dear after the actress died Tuesday due to breast cancer complications.

The late actress, who starred as Alison Stewart on CBS soap opera “As the World Turns” and Jo Sullivan on ABC’s “One Life to Live” reboot, passed away on Tuesday after a 24-month battle with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer at 37 years of age, her representative Kyler Luker told The Hollywood Reporter.

Schulenberg was diagnosed with the illness in May 2020, five months after giving birth to Coda, her and actor Zack Robidas’s daughter.

In an Instagram post on May 20, 2020, she revealed her diagnosis and called it “a most insidious kind, Inflammatory Breast Cancer which doesn’t look like typical Breast Cancer, is more aggressive.”

Less than a year after graduating from DeSales University in 2006 with a fine arts degree, Schulenberg debuted on “As the World Turns” and remained with the soap opera until its cancellation in 2010, the year she received a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

Schulenberg also made guest appearances on TV shows including Fringe, Manhattan Love Story, Army Wives, Divorce, Canterbury’s Law, Elementary, and Blue Bloods and appeared in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival theater production of “As You Like It.”

She recently told her Instagram followers that she was able to go home two days before Mother’s Day to spend time with her mother and daughter.

“I know that me being here for [Coda] is the best gift I can give her,” she wrote on Mother’s Day, “but right now, it feels like settling since she’s getting a half-life version of myself. My mother showed up 100 percent all day every day for me growing up, or at least it seemed that way. I want to give Coda the same, but I must be kind to myself and remember that nothing is permanent.”