Bridget Dobson, an award-winning writer and co-creator of Santa Barbara, dies at age 85

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Bridget Dobson, co-creator of Santa Barbara, passed away at 85 on January 3.

Born Bridget Hursley on August 31, 1938, to General Hospital creators Frank and Doris Hursley.

Joined GH's writing team after graduating from Stanford, later serving as head writer from 1973 to 1975.

Met husband Jerome Dobson in college, wrote infamous Phil Brewer murder mystery and created Laura Collins.

Moved to Guiding Light in 1975, then As the World Turns in 1980, creating notable storylines and characters.

Co-created Santa Barbara in 1984, a successful soap that gained international popularity but faced legal issues.

Santa Barbara ended in 1993; Bridget Dobson won Writers Guild Awards, Daytime Emmy Awards, and Outstanding Drama Series in 1988.

Tributes from soap actors like Nancy Lee Grahn, A Martinez, Lane Davies, and John Wesley Shipp poured in.

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