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Wyndham first made a name for herself when she played Charlotte Waring Fletcher Bauer (née Tracy Delmar) on the soap opera The Guiding Light from 1967 to 1970. When she left The Guiding Light, she became a hot commodity in casting circles, with many soaps offering contracts to her.
Another World won out, and she started playing the role of Rachel Davis in 1972, succeeding Robin Strasser in the role. This role would prove to be lucrative for Wyndham and it is generally considered to be her most famous. Her character was a bad girl at first, but she reformed after finding true love with a much-older book publisher, Mackenzie Cory (Douglass Watson). The drama that surrounded this May-December romance , usually fueled by jealousy from Mac's daughter Iris (Beverlee McKinsey, then Carmen Duncan), made Another World a very popular soap in the late 1970s and set the stage for more drama into the 1980s.
In 1989, Douglass Watson (and his character) died, and Wyndham was left without a partner on the show. Her character ended up falling in love with, and marrying, reformed villain Carl Hutchins (Charles Keating). Iris became jealous, shot Carl, and was carted off to prison, never to be heard from again. With Carl and Rachel at the helm of much of the story on the soap, things stayed more or less the same for Wyndham as far as storylines were concerned until the show was canceled in 1999 (with one exception, in which Wyndham was asked to play an "evil twin" storyline involving a long-dead countess named Justine Duvalier. Soap Opera Digest criticized the storyline, saying that if anyone missed any part of it, that it would be no big deal, as it would be mocked on Mystery Science Theater 3000 anyway).
After the show ended, she continued to do Shakespeare off-Broadway with Keating, something she had started doing in the mid-1990s. In late 2004, rumors were published in Soap Opera Digest that Passions (the show that replaced Another World) was trying to sign her to a contract for a major role, but the show spokesperson denied it.
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