Back in the heyday of daytime soap operas in the 1970s and 1980s when people would set their VCR to record every second of drama, an on-screen presence was Bianca Ferguson.
From 1978 to 1987, the Region native played Claudia Johnston Phillips on the wildly popular “General Hospital.”
The actress was born Feb. 11, 1955, in Gary. Although best known for her soap opera role, Ferguson also appeared in “The Buddy System” and “Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal,” a 1982 television movie about environmental activism in the New York neighborhood known as Love Canal, which was built on a toxic waste dump.
Ferguson's credits also include an appearance on “What's Happening!” “Roots: The Next Generations,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Dream On,” “The Gifted” and on “ABC Weekend Specials.”
Ferguson was in the news again in 2014 when her husband, actor Meshach Taylor, died. Taylor—who attended high school in Indianapolis—also had a long acting resume. He was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier in the TV series “Designing Women” and as Hollywood in the movie “Mannequin” and its sequel.