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Name  Meg Bennett
Role  Television writer

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Spouse  Robert Guza, Jr. (m. 2004)
Awards  Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team, WGA Award for Best Daytime Drama - Television
Shows  General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful
Similar People  Robert Guza - Jr, Patrick Mulcahey, Beth Milstein, Christopher Whitesell, Gillian Spencer

Education  Northwestern University

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Meg Bennett is an American television soap opera writer and occasional actress. She is married to ex-General Hospital head writer Robert Guza Jr.


Early life

Bennett's real name is Helen Bennett. She is the eldest daughter of a printing company executive and a psychologist. She grew up in Pasadena, California. She majored in drama at Northwestern University, acted in summer stock during college breaks, and worked as a model (including an appearance in Life magazine, She changed her first name Helen to Meg, because there was already a "Helen Bennett" registered with Screen Actor's Guild.


In 1971, she was hired as the "Cadillac Eldorado convertible girl" for a New York auto show, which prompted her to move to Manhattan. There, she appeared on the game show Three on a Match, where she won $10K in prizes and was an undefeated champion. She also was part of the original cast of the Broadway production Grease, which led to her being cast on the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1974. She played the role of the good girl, Liza, for three years, when she decided to leave New York for California for better career opportunities.

She suffered from a bout of hepatitis, and once she recovered, she was cast as Julia Newman on The Young and the Restless in 1980. She played the role on-and-off for six years, during which time, she impressed Bill Bell, the creator of the show, with her on-the-set script doctoring skills. He asked her to write for the show in 1981, and she did double-duty by writing and acting on the show. Her writing career would eclipse her acting career, as she shared an Emmy award with the rest of the writing staff for General Hospital in 1995. She still occasionally acts, such as in the villainous role of Allegra on General Hospital.

She was fired in 2011 by Garin Wolf after he was promoted as Head Writer.

Personal life

She met her husband Robert Guza Jr. when they were both hired to write for a soap opera. They have partnered together and written for several soap operas.

They also bought a $2.8 million house (formerly owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck in Beverly Hills, California in 2003.

Positions held

The Bold and the Beautiful

  • Script Writer: 1987–1989
  • Executive Storyline Consultant: August 6, 2002 – October 2004 (hired by Bradley Bell)
  • General Hospital

  • Breakdown Writer: 1987–1989; 1994–1997 (hired by Claire Labine); 1999 – December 2000; April 3, 2009–July 2011
  • Actress: Allegra Montenegro (August 2005)
  • General Hospital: Night Shift

  • Script Writer: August 9 – October 4, 2007
  • Generations (hired by Sally Sussman Morina)

  • Writer: 1989–1990)
  • Santa Barbara

  • Breakdown Writer: 1991–1993
  • Actress: Megan Richardson 1989
  • Sunset Beach

  • Associate Head Writer: 1997
  • Co-Head Writer: October 1997 – August 1998
  • The Young and the Restless

  • Script Writer: 1981–1987
  • Actress: Julia Newman 1980-1987, 2002
  • Awards and nominations

    Daytime Emmy Award

  • Nomination, 2003, Best Writing, Bold and The Beautiful
  • Win, 1995, Best Writing, General Hospital
  • Nominations, 1995, 1997 and 2000, Best Writing, General Hospital
  • Nomination, 1986, Best Writing, The Young And The Restless
  • Writers Guild of America Award

  • Nomination, 1997 season, Sunset Beach
  • Wins, 1994, 1995 and 1997 seasons, General Hospital
  • Nominations, 1993-1997 seasons, General Hospital
  • Wins, 1991 and 1992 seasons, Santa Barbara
  • References

    Meg Bennett Wikipedia