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McCay graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University before accepting her first major role as the heroine Vanessa Dale on the soap opera Love of Life. The show premiered in 1951 and made McCay an overnight star. After four years of working five days a week on the series, she left in 1955 to pursue other options. She played in four feature films in the late 1950s before landing a lead role in the television sitcom Room for One More in 1962, playing the role of Anna Perrott Rose , who originally wrote a memoir on her family life.
McCay returned to soap operas in 1964 as one of the leads in ABC's sudser The Young Marrieds . When the show went off the air in 1966, she was written into the storyline on ABC's other serial, General Hospital, playing the role of Iris Fairchild until early 1970.
In the 1970s, McCay played parts in miniseries such as and How the West Was Won. She also played a major role in the movie and television series The Lazarus Syndrome . Today, McCay is best known for her role as Caroline Brady on the soap Days of our Lives. First appearing on the program in 1982, she signed a long-term contract with the serial in 1985 and has appeared on the show more or less ever since. She was nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards in 1986 and 1987.
McCay's only lengthy absence occurred in 2003 when the show's writers wrote a serial killer storyline and had Caroline Brady brutally murdered in a church. In 2004, however, it was shown that the murders were hoaxes and McCay has since come back to the program in a limited capacity.
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