Playing the role of Barbara Ryan since 1978, Colleen Zenk Pinter has seen her share of joy and tragedy on As the World Turns.

Colleen made her Broadway debut in the role of Rosie opposite Chita Rivera and Donald O'Connor in Bring Back Birdie, and her film debut in John Huston's adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie.

Colleen has toured extensively with the Army Special Services in Europe, as well as in national tours in productions such as They're Playing Our Song, Where's Charley?, Can Can, The Star-Spangled Girl, and Barefoot in the Park. She has worked professionally since the age of nine, and began to focus on acting while attending Catholic University of America, where she majored in theater.

Her husband, actor Mark Pinter, whom she met when they were both on As the World Turns, currently stars as Grant Harrison on the daytime drama Another World.

With her husband, Colleen has devoted much time to the national chapters of Easter Seals, the March of Dimes, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They have also volunteered their time and talents for Bread and Roses, an AIDS hospice/facility in Connecticut. For these charities and other causes, the Pinters have produced and/or starred in productions of Love Letters throughout the country.

She and her husband have four girls and two boys. Colleen's hobbies are evident in her home surroundings: they include interior design, 18th- and 19th century antiques, and gardening. She was born in Barrington, Illinois; her birthday is January 20