This is a particularly sad week for soap fans because 'As the World Turns' will be airing its last episode on Fri., Sept. 17. One star who will not be appearing in the final week, however, is Martha Byrne. Martha created and will be forever known as Lily Sndyer ... but for the past two years Noelle Beck has played the role.
In an amazing revelation, Beck volunteered to step aside so that Martha could return to the show for continuity's sake and give Lily fans a fitting finale. It was a truly generous gesture -- one not taken by the soap -- but Martha Byrne heard about it. She told TV Guide, "I was aware of this offer by Noelle after the show was canceled. It was a very unselfish act on her part."