Marnie Schulenburg

Marnie Schulenburg
Born(1984-05-21)May 21, 1984
DiedMay 17, 2022(2022-05-17) (aged 37)
Alma materDeSales University
Years active2007–2022
Known for
(m. 2013)

Marnie Schulenburg (May 21, 1984 – May 17, 2022) was an American actress[1] who was known for her role as Alison Stewart on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns (2007–2010).[2]

Early life

Marnie Schulenburg was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and was of German descent. She has an older sister, Corinna, a playwright and a older brother, Allan, a music teacher. She graduated from Barnstable High School in 2002.[3]

In May 2006, she graduated from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in theater.[3]

In September 2006, she moved to New York City and started auditioning for acting roles.[4] She joined Dramatists Guild of America where she took part in play reading and has also participated in The Flux Theatre Ensemble.[5]


In 2006, Schulenburg was cast in the role of Alison Stewart; she made her debut when the character made a crossover appearance on The Young and the Restless on February 22, 2007,[6] and later debuted on As the World Turns the following month.[7] Schulenburg and actress Adrienne Frantz were featured in the mini online soap opera titled Digital Daytime: L.A.Diaries.[citation needed] Schulenburg remained with As the World Turns until its final episode on September 17, 2010, becoming the longest-tenured actor in the role of Alison.[8] For her portrayal of Alison, Schulenburg earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2010.[9] In April 2020, she appeared on a virtual cast reunion hosted by Alan Locher.[10]

Schulenburg made her film debut in the romantic comedy Made for Each Other (2009). She had guest roles on the television shows Fringe, Divorce, Manhattan Love Story, Army Wives, Canterbury's Law, Elementary and Blue Bloods.[11][12] She appeared in Amazon Prime Video's series Alpha House as Crystal in the last two episodes of its first season.[12] Schulenburg played Sherry Tanner in three episodes of comedy-drama series Royal Pains.[11] She appeared in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival theater productions of As You Like It (2006) and South Pacific (2011).[3] She appeared in the documentary film One Night Stand (2011) alongside Cheyenne Jackson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Rachel Dratch.[13] The film follows the cast for 24 hours as they compose music, write a script and lyrics and learn lines, because the show will make its one night open and close at New York City's Gramercy Theatre.[13][14]

In 2013, she was cast as Jo Sullivan on ABC's soap opera One Life to Live.[15] In 2014, she began portraying ambitious actress Peyton Adams on Tainted Dreams that premiered on YouTube on December 30, 2013 and later moved exclusively to Amazon and Amazon Prime.[16][17] Created by Sonia Blangiardo, it is a "soap-within-a-soap" that follows the backstage drama of the fictional soap opera Painted Dreams.[18] In April 2019, she made a guest star appearance as Stacy on CBS's The Good Fight.[citation needed]

Personal life

Schulenburg married her boyfriend of 10 years, actor Zack Robidas, on September 15, 2013.[19] She gave birth to their daughter, Coda Jones on December 12, 2019.[20][21][22]

Illness and death

In May 2020, Schulenburg revealed that she had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, which doctors mistook for a mastitis diagnosis that is common to new mothers.[23][1] She described her cancer as the "most insidious kind, inflammatory breast cancer which doesn’t look like typical breast cancer, more aggressive, affects younger women, and disguises itself as a breastfeeding infection."[24] "How does one celebrate a birthday after a stage four breast cancer diagnosis in the middle of a global pandemic while raising a 5 month old?", she wrote in an Instagram post.[25] Her friends and family members set up a GoFundMe page for her medical expenses and the goal of $75,000 was raised in October 2020.[2] On May 17, 2022, four days shy of her 38th birthday, Schulenburg died from the disease at a hospital in Bloomfield, New Jersey.[26][27]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Made for Each Other[user-generated source] Wing's Waitress
2011 One Night Stand[user-generated source] Herself Documentary film
2013 Penny Dreadful[user-generated source] Holly Short film
2013 The Golden Scallop[user-generated source] Lindsay O'Hara
2014 Don-o-mite[user-generated source] Secretary Short film
2017 Digital Friends[user-generated source] Therapist
Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Young and the Restless Alison Stewart Episode: "Episode #1.8585"
2007–2010 As the World Turns 308 episodes

Nominated–Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2010)

2007 Digital Daytime: L.A.Diaries Web series
2008 Canterbury's Law Annabeth Mills Episode: "What Goes Around"
2009 Fringe Mom Episode: "Unleashed"
2010 Army Wives Megan Meyer Episode: "Scars and Stripes"
2010-2012, 2016 Royal Pains Sherry Tanner 3 episodes
2011, 2012 Blue Bloods Coreen Episodes: "Whistle Blower" and "Lonely Hearts Club"
2013 Compulsive Love Lucy Episode: "Leena, Lucy and Lyssa"
2013 One Life to Live Jo Sullivan 9 episodes
2014 Alpha House Crystal Episodes: "In the Saddle" and "Showgirls"
2014 Manhattan Love Story Ann Episode: "Let It Go"
2014–2017 Tainted Dreams Peyton Adams 15 episodes
2015 Dog People Liz Episode: "Double Dog Standard"
2017 Elementary Maureen Episode: "Fly Into a Rage, Make a Bad Landing"
2019 Divorce Dallas's Lawyer Episode: "Knock Knock"
2019 The Good Fight Stacy Episode: "The One with Lucca Becoming a Meme"
2022 City on a Hill Maggie Caysen Recurring role, 6 episodes
Year Title Role Venue
2006 As You Like It Celia Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
2011 South Pacific Nellie


  1. ^ a b "As the World Turns' Vet Marnie Schulenburg Gears Up for Breast Cancer Fight". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  2. ^ a b "As the World Turns' Marnie Schulenburg diagnosed with breast cancer". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  3. ^ a b c "Marnie Schulenburg". Soaps. 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  4. ^ Richenthal, Matt (2007-11-24). "As the World Turns Spoilers: November 26–30". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  5. ^ "Congrats to Marnie for 24 Hour Musicals". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  6. ^ SOD (February 26, 2007). "Crossover Steps". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  7. ^ SOD (February 14, 2007). "Our Aim Is True". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Marnie Schulenburg". Zimbio. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  9. ^ "The 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York: and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 12, 2010. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Locher, Alan (April 17, 2020). "Alexandra Chando (Maddie), Van Hansis (Luke), Agim Kaba (Aaron), Marnie Schulenburg (Allison), and Jake Silbermann (Noah) will be on hand to chat and answer your questions". YouTube. Retrieved October 16, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ a b "Marnie Schulenburg | TV Guide". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  12. ^ a b "Marnie Schulenburg: Movies, TV, and Bio". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  13. ^ a b CinemaSource, -courtesy of (30 January 2013). "ONE NIGHT STAND: Overnight Musicals". Style Weekly. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  14. ^ "Talent". One Night Stand The Movie. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  15. ^ Newcomb, Roger. "Marnie Schulenburg Joins ONE LIFE TO LIVE". Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  16. ^ "Meet the Characters | Tainted Dreams". 2015-09-28. Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  17. ^ "New Soap Opera Series TAINTED DREAMS to Premiere on Amazon Prime 12/26". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  18. ^ "First Look: An All-Star Soap Cast Shines in Tainted Dreams". TV Guide. 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  19. ^ Call, Myra Yellin Outwater, Special to The Morning. "DeSales grad Marnie Schulenburg is loving her Off-Broadway run". Morning Call. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  20. ^ Marnie Schulenburg [@marnschupip4] (2019-12-19). "On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Twelve hours of labor Eleven more at home Ten back massages Nine cups of water…"". Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 2022-05-18 – via Instagram.
  21. ^ Thomas, Michael. "Former Soap Star Marnie Schulenburg Welcomes First Child!". Soap Opera News. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  22. ^ "FIGHTING CHANCE". Magzter. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  23. ^ Mistretta, Amy (2020-06-01). "As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Receives Grave Cancer Diagnosis". Soaps. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  24. ^ "Former Soap Star, Marnie Schulenburg, Faces Breast Cancer". SurvivorNet. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  25. ^ Marnie Schulenburg [@marnschupip4] (2020-05-20). "On the eve of my 36th Birthday I contemplate, "How does one celebrate a birthday after a Stage Four Breast Cancer Diagnosis in the middle…"". Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 2020-10-16 – via Instagram.
  26. ^ "AS THE WORLD TURNS Alum Passes Away At 37". Soap Opera Digest. May 18, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  27. ^ "Marnie Schulenburg, Actress on 'As the World Turns' and 'One Life to Live,' Dies at 37". The Hollywood Reporter. May 18, 2022. Retrieved May 18, 2022.

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