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Nikki and Victor Newman. Inset: Y&R superfan Marie Dutter.

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A Y&R superfan weighs in on her favorite heroes, villains, weddings, and more.

By Marie Tierney Dutter

How long I have loved soaps? Well, I will be 90 next year and will continue to follow The Young and the Restless as long as it (and I) continue. A little background: My Austrian-immigrant mom—while raising three children and running a candy store in Brooklyn with my father—was devoted to the radio soaps of the 1930s and '40s. I grew up listening to them with her. By 1962, I was a stay-at-home wife and mother. I often joked that soap operas kept me sane during long afternoons of washing and folding cloth diapers while my son napped. I love this daily interlude with the people in Genoa City.

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