Peggy McCay has died at the age of 90.
Diedre continued: 'I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I back her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care'. She fought that hard for all her causes.
Adding: 'Passionate and tireless. She landed her first big role in 1951 on the soap opera Love of Life, playing Vanessa Dale, a role she remained in for the next four years.
Peggy was born on November 3, 1927 in New York City; her birth name was Margaret Ann McCay.
McCay graduated from New York's Barnard College and went on to study acting with Lee Strasburg.
Her decades long career began in 1949 when the star was only 22 years old with a role in the TV series Kraft Theater. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life.
She continued to star in a variety of shows - as Myra Herbert in Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1957, 10 episodes of Matinee Theatre and also Maverick.
From 1964 until 1966 she starred as Susan Garret in 112 episodes of The Young Marrieds. She had been ill for some time and not appeared on DAYS for almost two years.
McCay was nominated a combination of nine times for both primetime and daytime Emmys, and won the award in 1991 for The Trials of Rosie O'Neil.
The actress had a Primetime Emmy nomination for her guest role on Cagney & Lacey as Mrs. Carruthers.
Peggy never married and has no children.
McCay's death comes just weeks after the death of her co-star and on-screen husband, Frank Parker.