Elizabeth Snyder, a beloved figure in the world of soap operas, has sadly passed away at the age of 60 after a brief illness. As a longtime writer for Days of our Lives and other popular shows, Snyder made a significant impact on the industry. Let’s take a moment to honor her memory and celebrate her impressive career.
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A Passion for Storytelling
Elizabeth Snyder was born in Buffalo, New York, in January 1961 and later made her home in Pasadena, where she spent most of her adult life. Her journey into the world of soap operas began in 1987 when she joined General Hospital as a writers’ assistant. It wasn’t long before she transitioned into writing for daytime serials, leaving her mark on iconic shows like GH, Another World, Sunset Beach, Port Charles, and The Bold and the Beautiful.
However, it was at Days of our Lives where Snyder had her most significant impact as a writer. She crafted compelling storylines for the beloved Horton, DiMera, Brady, and Hernandez families, captivating audiences with her creativity and skill.
Snyder’s talent did not go unnoticed, as she received numerous accolades throughout her career. She was part of the Days of our Lives writing team that won two Daytime Emmys in 2012 and 2018. In 2021, she also received a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on the show. Additionally, she won a Daytime Emmy in 2010 for her contributions to The Bold and the Beautiful. Snyder’s talent and dedication to her craft were truly exceptional.
A Cherished Friendship
Marlene McPherson, former head writer of Days of our Lives and a close friend of Snyder, shared fond memories of their friendship. They met in their early 20s and instantly connected over their shared love for books and the beach. Over the years, they became writing partners, collaborating on many projects, including a series set in Kenya during the British reign.
Their journey together took them to Stamford, Connecticut, in 2013, where they became the head writers of the Prospect Park revival of All My Children. They tackled important social issues, such as the harrowing story of sex trafficking, with sensitivity and a desire to shed light on a grave problem. Snyder and McPherson also experienced success outside of soap operas, with their holiday movie, Christmas Getaway, charming viewers on the Hallmark Channel in 2017.
The Essence of Elizabeth Snyder
McPherson lovingly remembers Snyder as someone with whom she shared countless laughter-filled moments and inside jokes. Snyder’s warmth, infectious smile, and love for books, the beach, gardening, and a great cocktail will forever hold a special place in McPherson’s heart. She was more than a friend and writing partner – she was like a sister. Snyder’s loyalty, unwavering friendship, and genuine love for her family were at the core of her being.
A Lasting Legacy
Elizabeth Snyder leaves behind a loving family, including her husband, Clay Marquardt, her children Charlie and Anne, and her father, George L. Snyder. She will be dearly missed by her siblings, step-siblings, and extended family. The memories she created with her loved ones will forever be cherished.
In honor of Elizabeth Snyder’s memory, contributions can be made to the Writers Guild Foundation, an organization that preserves and promotes the history and craft of writing for the screen. Let us take a moment to reflect on the impact Snyder had on the world of soap opera storytelling and to send our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.
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