Rebecca Balding, the veteran stage and screen actor best known for her roles in the classic ABC sitcom “Soap” and the original “Charmed,” died Monday after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Balding died in Park City, Utah, according to a statement from her husband, writer-director James L. Conway. She was 73.
Balding was born in Little Rock, Ark., and studied acting at the University of Kansas. Before moving to Hollywood, she lived in Chicago where she began her career as a stage actor.
Balding guest starred in dozens of television series for almost 30 years. One of her most memorable roles was playing Carol David on the ABC series ‘Soap’. Carol – who appeared in 19 episodes from 1978 to 1980 – is a lawyer who seduces gay TV commercial director Jodie Dallas (Billy Crystal) and eventually becomes pregnant.
Balding also appeared as Alyssa Milano’s boss Elise Rothman in the drama series “Charmed,” which aired from 1998 to 2006, and Corky Crandall in the ABC sitcom “Makin’ It,” in the late 1970s.
Her other TV credits include “Melrose Place”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Home Improvement”, “Designing Women”, “7th Heaven”, “MacGyver”, “Family Ties”, “Hotel”, “Matt Houston Cagney & Lacey,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Bionic Woman,” and “Lou Grant.” She played Ed Asner’s daughter, Julie, in the 1977 TV movie “The Gathering,” along with its sequel.
Known as an early scream queen, Balding starred in the horror films “The Silent Scream” as Scotty Parker and “The Boogens” as Trish Michaels.
Kalende is survived by her husband, writer-director James L. Conway, her daughters Sarah and Kathleen, and her grandchildren.