- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 15, 2007

Lanna Saunders, 65, soap opera actress

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lanna Saunders, who followed her father and grandfather into show business and was best known for a long-running role on “Days of Our Lives,” died March 10 of complications from multiple sclerosis. She was 65.

Mrs. Saunders was 13 when she started performing on Broadway. She met her husband, Lawrence Pressman, while studying with Elia Kazan. Mrs. Saunders later joined Mr. Kazan’s Lincoln Center Company and performed under his direction in Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall.”

She joined the cast of the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” in 1979. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1982 and left the show in 1985, when she became too ill to continue, her husband said.

The couple have a son, David Pressman, who also is an actor.

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