Actress Robyn Griggs Wiley, best known to daytime fans for roles on Another World and One Life to Live in the 1990s, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 49 years old.
"With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce the passing of my friend and client, Robyn Griggs," the actress' rep wrote on Facebook. "However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. It was an honor to do so."
In an interview with Soap Central last year, Griggs shared some of her experience with the hope of helping others. "I learned so many things [about myself]. I can be strong, I can keep fighting, and I will continue to do so. I also learned how stupid I was not going to the doctor for checkups! It's so important to do this and to get the HPV vaccine -- very important. I beg all of you to look into it. I don't want anyone to go through this."
Griggs was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She got a very early introduction to acting, appearing in a production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House at the age of three. She eventually landed the role of Molly in the Broadway production of Annie. In 1991, Griggs returned to Pennsylvania -- in the fictional town of Llanview -- when she was cast as One Life to Live's Stephanie Hobart. She remained with the show through the following year. Her next daytime stop took her to Another World, where she played Maggie Cory from 1993 to 1995.
Outside of daytime, Griggs appeared in numerous horror films, including Abattoir, Aberration Boulevard, Demon Hunter, and Ghost Tour. In 2015, Griggs played the part of Crazy Scream Queen in Movie Night 2.
In 2020, Griggs revealed that she had been diagnosed with stage four endocervical adeno, a type of cervical cancer that, in her case, doctors said would most likely be terminal. Thanks to the overwhelming support from her family, friends, and fans, she has been able to stay positive through her ongoing cancer battle. In July of this year, doctors found four new tumors, but Griggs vowed to fight. "I told them whatever it takes, I'm in for the fight," she wrote on Facebook. On August 11, a post on the actress' social media page shared that Griggs had entered hospice care. "It is with deep sadness that we share the news from Robyn's Father that Robyn will enter hospice care today or tomorrow," the message read. "She has fought with determination, strength, and grace that is nothing short of inspirational."
Throughout her battle, Griggs wanted to make sure that those in her life were loved and appreciated.
"I'd like to say a special thank you to my amazing team of doctors: Dr. Rosados, Dr. Yamada, Dr. Ellen Roy -- you all are amazing and believed in me," Griggs told Soap Central. "I'll never forget them, my heroes. To my family: we stick together through everything, and our bond never breaks. Love you all! To my husband, Mark, and my dog, Ralphie: I love you and thank you for your help. I couldn't do it without you. I know I'm a pain, but I appreciate your love and tolerance. And to my fans and friends: you keep me smiling and make my days easier. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. And thanks to my publicist, Lisa Rodrigo: your help with getting my words out there, thank you so much. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it."
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