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Trudy Bauer
Helen Wagner.jpg
Helen Wagner as Trudy Bauer
Guiding Light
Portrayed by: Laurette Fillbrandt (1948-1949)
Charlotte Holland (1949-1951)
Helen Wagner (1952)
Lisa Howard (1957-1958)
Duration: 1948-1951, 1952 & 1957-1958
First appearance: September 27, 1948
Last appearance: March 14, 1958
Cause/reason: Left town with Clyde Palmer
Created by: Irna Phillips
Family: Bauer family
Gender: Female
Occupation: Unemployed/Housewife
Residence: New York, New York
Parents: Frederich Bauer
(father, deceased)
Unknown woman
(mother, deceased)
Siblings: Meta Bauer
(sister, deceased)
William "Bill" Bauer Sr.
(brother, deceased)
Marital status: Single; at death
Past marriage(s): Clyde Palmer
(dissolved) [1951-1974]
Aunts & uncles: Otto Bauer
(paternal, deceased)
Nieces & nephews: Charles "Chuckie" White
(nephew, deceased)
Michael "Mike" Bauer
William "Ed" Bauer Jr.
Hillary Bauer
(niece, deceased)
Hope Bauer
Frederick "Rick" Bauer
Michelle Bauer
Alan-Michael Spaulding
Jude Cooper Bauer
Leah Bauer
Robert "Robbie" Santos
Hope Santos
Cousins: Mary Bauer
Jack Bauer
Other relatives: John "Johnny" Bauer
Lacey Bauer
Romances: Ross Boling
(dated; 1948-1949, deceased)

Gertrude "Trudy" Bauer (formerly Palmer) is a fictional character on the CBS daytime soap opera Guiding Light.

Actress History:

  • Laurette Fillbrandt (09/1948-09/1949)
  • Charlotte Holland (09/1949-??/1951)
  • Helen Wagner (01/1952-08/1952)
  • Lisa Howard (03/1957-03/1958)

Character History:

Gertrude "Trudy" Bauer was the youngest daughter of Friedrich and "Mama" Bauer. Six years before Mama became ill with cancer and was being treated by Dr. Mary Leland, Trudy's older sister, Meta, fled the family home because Papa was an Old World tyrant who refused to allow her the freedoms enjoyed by typical American girls. Papa had since destroyed all pictures of Meta and forbade the family to ever mention her name. But now, Mama had cancer, and she longed to see Meta again. Trudy's brother Bill was a drugstore clerk in his mid-20s and engaged to his childhood sweetheart, Bertha (Bert) Miller, a spunky and outspoken young woman with an annoying penchant for social climbing. (They would soon be married though.) Trudy, the youngest in the family, felt like a plain Jane who'd always lived in the shadow of Meta's striking beauty but Trudy felt attractive around Dr. Ross Boling, the new doctor who rented the Bauers' upstairs apartment.