Happy Birthday to AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Colleen Zenk (Barbara), who turns 63 today!
The actress started on ATWT in 1978, and played the role continuously until the show left the air in 2010. Originally a musical theater actress, Zenk was actually still performing on Broadway alongside Chita Rivera and Donald O’Connor in Bring Back Birdie while on ATWT in 1980.
The multiple Emmy nominee is also an outspoken advocate for oral cancer awareness, having suffered through the disease herself. Currently, following multiple surgeries, she is in remission.
Barbara was a troublemaker who had her fair share of trouble, being shot, burned, nearly trampled by a bull, and kidnapped and married multiple times! Longtime fans recall her tumultuous history with ex-husband James Stenbeck, but when the soap went off the air, Barbara was happily married to younger man Henry.
Join us in wishing Zenk all the best and take a walk down Memory Lane in our gallery of ATWT photos from throughout the years! And to keep up with your favorite ATWT stars, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth!