Lee Lawson dead at 81: Guiding Light star remembered as ‘down-to-earth, sassy, smart and beautiful friend’

GUIDING Light actress Lee Lawson has died at the age of 81.

The soap opera alum, who played Bea Reardon on the series, passed away on Sunday.

Actress Marian Hailey-Moss shared the sad news of Lee’s death on her Facebook on Monday.

She wrote: “My down-to-earth, sassy smart and beautiful friend LEE LAWSON is telling it like it is in a better place. 

“A fine actress and a super generous friend. I'll meetcha there LEE!! 1941-2022”

Lee had three children – daughters Leslie and Gabriella Bova and son Christopher Boal.

Leslie mourned the loss of her mother with a social media tribute post on Tuesday.

“My Mother died,” she wrote. “May 22, 2022.” 

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She continued: Thank you for having Chris, Me and Gaby so that we could have Gianna, Wilder and Sterling. 

“We love you. You fought Cancer and COVID-19 like a champ. 

“Rest, you brilliant, woman. Thank you, mom. R.I.P.”

Born in New York City on October 14, 1941, Lee got her acting start when she was in her early 20s.

Her first onscreen gig was with the long-running CBS soap opera, Love of Life.

The show ran from 1951 to 1980, and Lee held the role of Barbara Sterling for about 30 episodes in 1965.

After Lee’s run on her first soap, she went on to have guest roles on shows like Maude and Kojak.

She had a small role on ABC’s One Life to Live in 1979, before landing her biggest TV gig a couple of years later.

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