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1980s 'All My Children' cast member, wife of Minnesota doctor, drowns off Cancun coast

MINNEAPOLIS Andrea Schenck, a cast member of "All My Children" in the early 1980s who left television acting and married a prominent Minneapolis doctor, drowned while vacationing in Mexico. Schenck was relaxing in the water off the coast of Cancu...

MINNEAPOLIS

Andrea Schenck, a cast member of "All My Children" in the early 1980s who left television acting and married a prominent Minneapolis doctor, drowned while vacationing in Mexico.

Schenck was relaxing in the water off the coast of Cancun on Jan. 13 and died in what husband Dr. Carlos Schenck described as a "passive drowning" while they were on their annual vacation there. She was 55.

Schenck, who went by Andrea Moar professionally, was floating on her back near the couple's vacation home, "gazing at the sun, doing what she liked best," her husband said today. "She loved the ocean."

Schenck's greatest prominence as an actress came during her three years in the early 1980s with ABC-TV's long-running "All My Children," portraying Carrie Sanders Tyler.

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"She very much embraced" having her soap opera role as her professional legacy, Carlos Schenck said. "But she was multidimensional."

He other acting credits included "The Women" at Park Square Theater in St. Paul in the late 1990s, nearly 60 other plays, a guest appearance in a "Remington Steele" television episode, and commercials for American Express and Kraft barbecue sauce.

Schenck left Los Angeles in the early 1990s following a major earthquake and as the AIDS epidemic was claiming the lives of several of her friends. She moved to the Twin Cities, where her mother and a sister were living.

Carlos Schenck said he met his future wife at Sweeney's Saloon in St. Paul in 1998 through a mutual friend.

"We had so much in common," he said, recalling that they compared notes about when they both lived on New York's Upper West Side during her "All My Children" days and may have crossed paths without knowing it.

"We talked [that evening] for about three hours," sitting near an open fireplace on a chilly April evening. "We just talked and talked. We were just like best friends immediately."

The two married in 2005 and lived in a home near Lake Harriet, with his work as a sleep disorder expert taking them to conference and other medical gatherings around the world.

Carlos Schenck, a psychiatrist at Hennepin County Medical Center and the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, and a University of Minnesota professor, said his colleagues "were always looking forward to not just meeting me, but her" at the various conferences in Japan, Morocco and elsewhere. "Andrea really lights it up."

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Andrea Schenck was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Princeton, N.J., where she was a standout high school tennis player. She graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a degree in English literature.

Along with her husband, she is survived by her mother, Dimitria Murphy, of Edina, sister Sheila Murphy Moar of St. Paul, and brother Douglas P. Murphy of Ivy, Va.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Weisman Art Museum. Memorials are preferred to be directed to the Guthrie Theater.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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