Actress and soap star from ‘The Guiding Light’, ‘The Young and the Restless’, and ‘Another World’, known for “Yours, Mine and Ours”, passes away at the age of 76

Jennifer Leak, the first wife of Tim Matheson, passed away peacefully at her home in Jupiter, Florida at the age of 76 on March 18. She was battling a rare neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy in her final years.

Tim Matheson paid tribute to Leak on Facebook, calling her an incredible woman who was strong, lovely and incredibly talented. He expressed his deepest condolences to her husband of 47 years, James D’Auria, and their many friends.

Leak and Matheson met while playing step-siblings in the 1968 film Yours, Mine and Ours. In the movie, Matheson portrayed Mike, the son of Henry Fonda’s character while Leak played Colleen, the daughter of Lucille Ball’s character. The film revolved around a blended family of 18 children.

Born in Cardiff, Wales in 1947, Leak began her screen career in the mid-1960s with the Mike Nichols-directed pilot for Wojeck. She later appeared in soap operas such as The Young and the Restless, Another World, and Guiding Light.

In the mid-1980s, she transitioned to a career in real estate sales after largely retiring from acting. She was married to Matheson from 1968 to 1971 and then wed James D’Auria in 1977. Leak is survived by her husband James D’Auria and her brother.

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