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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.

Pained to see how much his sick wife missed Meta, Papa told his family that he regretted driving his eldest child away. It was now his fondest wish to find Meta and bring her home before Mama died. What the Bauer family didn't realize, though, was that Meta was already back in Los Angeles. Jan Carter, Dr. Leland's roommate, was really Meta! Meta kept this secret until she found herself in a sad predicament -- she was pregnant by Ted White, a man she had used but did not love. Meta confided in Dr. Charles Matthews, the pastor at the Church of the Good Samaritan in Selby Flats, CA, and sought refuge at a convent in New York, where she gave birth to a baby boy whom Dr. Matthews and Dr. Leland arranged to be adopted -- by Charlotte and Ray Brandon. Unaware of the identities of their child's biological parents, the Brandons named their son Charles (Chuckie), after Dr. Matthews, and looked forward to a happy life. Meanwhile, Meta tearfully returned to the family fold on Mama and Papa's silver wedding anniversary and eventually told them her painful story. She also told Ted in hopes that they would marry and get Chuckie back. Ted had no use for Meta, so Meta and Ted each filed separate custody suits against the Brandons. Identifying with Meta, Charlotte came to believe that Chuckie would be better off with his biological mother. At this time, however, Meta and Ross Boling were beginning to have feelings for one another, leaving Trudy to bitterly resent her sister's return. However, Meta succumbed to family pressure to marry for Chuckie's sake, and she and Ted tied the knot in Las Vegas. Dr. Ross Boling, however, started to ignore Trudy and started pursuing Dr. Mary Leland -- who were both working at the new Cedars hospital at the time. Trudy herself was so resentful of Meta, even shortly after Mama died, that Trudy wouldn't be there to help Meta through her darkest hour—when Chuckie died and Meta killed Ted.