Monday, April 15, 2024

RIP Actress Ann Flood, 87, Heart and Soul of TV’s’ “Edge of Night” from 1962 to 1984


If you watched TV in the afternoons in the 60s, 70s, or even early 80s, Ann Flood, who played Nancy Karr on “The Edge of Night,” was a mainstay even if you flipped through channels. Nancy and her husband Mike (Forest Compton) were the central characters, the good guys in fictional Monticello, while criminals, deviants, and adulterers ran wild.

Ann Flood died October 7th, according to reports. She was married for 61 years to media mogul Herb Granath, at various times Chairman of the Board of ESPN, A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime Television, among other positions. Herb was also a trustee at the Museum of the Moving Image. Back in the day, well after the Karrs had solved their last crime, Ann and Herb were bi annual guests at MMI dinners. It was always fun to see Ann Flood, who seemed to never age, and joke with her about all the craziness on “Edge of Night.”

Among the actors who graduated from “Edge” to nighttime were Lori Loughlin, Holland Taylor, Frances Fisher, and Kate Capshaw. But Ann Flood — with her long neck and cool beauty — who was part of that rare group who held down the daytime mystery series for 22 consecutive years — she probably holds a record of some kind. After “Edge” went off the air, Flood appeared in plenty of other series, still without aging, including “The Cosby Show.”

RIP Nancy Karr, Ann Flood. Thanks for getting me through a lot of homework.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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