'Young and the Restless' Star Christopher Templeton Dies at 58

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Christopher Templeton, who starred on "The Young and the Restless" from 1983 to 1993, died on Feb. 15 in San Antonio, Texas, at 58, after a long battle with cancer, according to Daytime Confidential.

Her battle with cancer lasted over eight years. She reported on her own website, ChristopherTempleton.com, that she tried traditional, alternative, psychological and spiritual treatments to overcome the disease. She also traveled many places in search of healing and a cure, from the Ukraine to Mexico to various states around the U.S.

Templeton was born on Feb. 26, 1952 in Lake Forest, Ill. She suffered from polio in childhood and was forced to wear a leg brace as a result. She was often photographed by Hollywood from the waist up. When she was standing, it was often with a cane. Her disability was used in many of the roles she played, including her star-making turn on "The Young and the Restless."

On that show she played Carol Evans, the faithful secretary of Jack Abbot at Jabot Cosmetics. Her characte beat out the competition to get the coveted job with the esteemed company, and she beat out other suitors to marry heartthrob character Skip Evans. The two adopted a daughter, Skylar, and eventually left Genoa City. Terry Lester, the actor who played Jack during Templeton's run on the show, died at the age of 53.

Templeton's star power reached beyond the show as well. John Candy directed the actress in his only directing effort, a TV movie called "Hostage for a Day" that also starred George Wendt, best known for his role as Norm on "Cheers." She guest-starred on "Frasier," "Columbo," "Knots Landing," "In the Heat of the Night," "Charles in Charge," "Alice" and "Dallas," among many other hit shows. Templeton's last acting project was "Animals With their Clothes On," a thriller from 2005

Templeton was also a singer, something that was a lifetime dream. During the height of her fame on "The Young and the Restless," Templeton said that what she'd like to do next was something that involved singing. She got her wish when she recorded "The Music of My Heart." She also was an acclaimed photographer; she sold many of her photos on her website.

Perhaps the best memorial to the actress is her own blog, which chronicles her long, brave battle with cancer and other challenges in her life. Her last blog entry was written just before Christmas of 2010; she was still full of hope and determined to overcome her health problems.

According to Hollywood Life Magazine, she requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Healing Hartwork. The organization provides mammograms for women who cannot afford them.

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