Fake Books Only on Soaps June 2019

December 4, 2019

I was looking for a title of a fake book on Guiding Light and much to my surprise I couldn’t find a list. So I decided to create one and update it as I found more. I previously put together individual lists for Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless, but this is all soaps. Check my lists here of books from several soaps and please give me suggestions for updates if you know of any I’ve missed on any soap. I’d also like to give a shout out to the March 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest which published a short list of titles several I didn’t already had.

All My Children

Erica Kane worked to write her memoirs with ghost writer Mike Roy (who she then became involved with) in 1984. Her book was called Raising Kane.

Another World

Felicia Gallant was an acclaimed romance novelist.

Felicia Gallant’s assistant Julia Shearer wrote a successful romance novel called Savage Love in 1983.

As the World Turns

Seth Snyder was a successful novelist. His first published novel was called Sabrina after he had helped then fiance Frannie Hughes find her thought dead half-sister/full cousin of the same name. After romances with both Sabrina and Frannie fizzled he moved to New York to pursue writing.

Emma Snyder was tapped by her son’s publisher, Ned Simon, to take over the romance novel series that was ghost written under the pen name and series name Amber d’Amour.

The Bold and the Beautiful

A profile of Rick March 25, 2015 (technically a magazine, but gets credit for effort)

Cover 2015:

Magazine talking about Rick and Maya Forrester

Magazine talking about Rick and Maya Forrester


Read it here:

Dark Shadows

The Life and Death of Barnabas Collins, written by William Hollingshead Loomis. The blurb lists his other best selling novels: Pride of LionsGold Hatted Lover, and World Beyond the Doors. This is from their parallel time storyline.


Days of Our Lives

According to the January 14, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest, Kate Roberts was seen reading Ladies of the Lake. This isn’t a fake book but a real novel by Ken Corday the show’s executive producer.

General Hospital

Love in Maine by Connie Falconeri aka Kate Howard/Molly Davis. Molly wrote the original novel, but Connie stole it and edited it to make it steamer. It was published in March 2013 and the truth of the authorship came out later that year. Expanded from a script called Maine Squeeze (which IMNHO is a much better title).

Lust for Death by Lucy Cole.  Lucy came to town as a quiet librarian. She was involved with Kevin O’Connor who used her for an alibi in his murder case. After he dumped her, she wrote a tell all book for the money.

Man Landers is an advice book based on a popular advice blog of the same name. Nathan West became the front man, but the book and blog were actually written by nurse Amy Driscoll. Amy used the money from it to pay her veteran brother’s medical bills. It was published in 2017. The title is a Pile of copies of "Every Day a New Dawn"play on Ann Landers who wrote a long running advice column in direct competition to one written by her twin sister Abigail Van Buren aka Dear Abby.

The Severed Branch by P.K. Sinclair was published in early 2018. It’s a novel written by Faison’s son Hedrick aka Peter August. It uses one of Faison’s favorite false identies as a nom de keyboard.

When Kristina Corinthos-Davis was in the Day of Dawn cult in early 2019 they had a book called, Every Day is a New Dawn.

Guiding Light

The Pirate’s Woman – A romance novel Blake reads on her honeymoon

Stories from JennaBlake Marler’s Novels One True Love and Hearts Alone

The Novels of Phillip Granville Spaulding

“Prom Night” – A short story by Phillip Granville Spaulding

Phillip Spaulding’s Fake Fake books from Harley’s Fantasy

Phillip Spaulding’s biography of Lujack

Henry Bradshaw “Coop” Cooper Stories From Jenna

Barbara Norris (Holly’s mother) wrote a syndicated cooking column according to the December 30, 1986 issue of Soap Opera Digest.


Stacey Donovan wrote several successful novels including 1988’s Promises to Keep.

One Life to Live

Vicki Lord’s then husband Sloan Carpenter wrote a biography of Victor Lord called Lord of the Banner in 1993. (The Banner was the newspaper he ran.)

Santa Barabara

Megan Richarson was a successful romance writer when she came to town in 1989 to work on C.C. Capwell’s biography.

The Young and the Restless

A special shout out to E LeBrun who has a collection of props used on The Young and the Restless and very kindly took a photo of her fake books part of her prop collection.

Katherine Moore Shepard (Kay) Chancellor’s tell all autobiography (from her own point of view of course which means a lot of distortion) was called I’m Going to Live ‘Til I Die and was co-authored with Amber Moore. Of all the fake books on Y&R this is the one I wish I could read most (except Bumpy the Camel). Jeanne Cooper, the actress who played Katherine, did do a life story for real including backstage stories about her time on the soap. It’s called Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir.

Three books with book jackets for characters from "The Young and the Restless"

On the Wings of Idiots by Traci Abbott, A Cry in Thin Air by Nina Webster, I’m Going to Live ‘Til I Die by Katherine Chancellor – Photo courtesy of E LeBrun

Victor Newman was the subject of not one, but two biographies that only exist in Genoa City. Victor’s often referenced unauthorized autobiography is called Ruthless: The Victor Newman Story, and was written by Leanna Love under the pen name Nora Randall. His friend Douglas Austin was working on an approved biography, parts of which Leanna lifted and Austin never finished his book after that scandal hit. After Leanna got to know Victor (before he found out she had written Ruthless) she felt she hadn’t done him justice and published an authorized and more balanced biography under her real name Victor Newman – The Man and the Myth by Leanna “Love” Randolph. Scott Granger started work on a second official biography in 2017, but the storyline was scrapped while the book was still in the research stage. Like Jeanne Cooper, Eric Braeden who plays Victor has written his real life biography named after Victor’s favorite catchphrase, I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama.

While Nina Webster worked on at least one other book and did the initial draft for a movie based on Kay’s book Live Until I Die, I have only found the title of one of her published books. A Cry in Thin Air was based on Nina’s introduction story where she was pregnant by a juvenile delinquent named Jimmy and the home for pregnant girls she ended up in Geona City actually ended up being a front for a baby stealing ring (Rose Deville, criminal extraordinaire). Nina spent years hunting for her first born son in real time and eventually he was revealed in the person of federal officer Ronan. Ronan had read the book after discovering his true identity (a nifty feat since his adoptive parents were unaware of Nina’s name and identity and it didn’t appear on the paperwork) and used the information in the book to track down his biological father who had died of the same rare disease Ronan suffered from until he was cured by a transplant from his half-brother via Nina, Chance.

Traci Abbott published at least three novels. Echoes of the Past was a novelized account of her life of living in her sister Ashley Abbott’s shadow. Her second novel was called Epitaph for a Lover. Traci was working on a third novel when she moved to New York. No further progress has been reported on air and the title for the third book wasn’t included in the reference I found. Just recently I found another title. I’m not sure whether this was the third book she was working on when she moved to New York or if this was in fact a fourth novel, but thanks to E LeBrun we know there was a book by her used on a set called On the Wings of Idiots. Still waiting for a Work In Progress mention guys!

E LeBrun's collection of props used on "The Young and the Restless"

Prop Books as Used On Screen – Photo courtesy of E LeBrun


Lori Brooks wrote two known novels. The more well known is In My Sister’s Shadow which was a lightly veiled version of her story of her life with her famous pianist sister. The second was called Naked at Dawn.

There are also children’s books only for the children of Geona City. The children of Genoa City love the children’s series Bumpy the Camel. The author is still turning out new books in this wonderful series that has sold out on first day offerings at the local Geona City bookstore. The author does not live in Geona City.

Knots Landing

Capricorn Crude by Valene Ewing – based on her experiences with the Ewing family


Note: These are from movies not soaps, but Mental Floss also shared a list of Fake books.

Also, a personal favorite from TV, the Honeybunnies:


Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Make Baklava Like Eleni

December 2, 2019

One of the things Eleni Cooper does most is make Baklava. It was soon sold in the Cooper’s diner.

Get the recipe off the video or from this website. It’s what Michelle and Drew were eating when they meet at the 5th Street dinner near the beginning of the Manny story.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Sam Dietz

December 1, 2019

Revisiting Sam Dietz.

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Sam DietzIt was kind of a shock to realize I had overlooked Sam Dietz in my character descriptions.

Sam Dietz first shows up at Millennium looking for Mick on the night he was killed. Even Jesse could tell that Dietz was a guy who was connected. Dietz served as Carmen’s right hand man.  He was close to Mick during his final spiral out of control. He was the go to guy to do anything from shooting someone to setting a bomb to sabotaging a stairway, of course that doesn’t mean his efforts are successful. His loyalty to Carmen was complete and uncompromising, until he felt that Carmen had betrayed him utterly and he returned the favor.

Dietz was in a strange way like a bred to the bone English manor servant. His importance came from tending to the needs of the family and he lived to serve them. He always had…

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Full Episodes With a Date Updated November 2019

November 22, 2019

Full Episodes With a Date

There are a lot of Guiding Light clips on YouTube. Most of them aren’t full episodes and those that are don’t usually have a date associated with them. Sometimes through it’s able to find some and identify the date. Here are the full episodes I have dates that I’ve posted about. This will be an on going project so watch for more.

Nov. 2, 1979: Roger makes plans for plastic surgery in France with the beautiful surgeon Dr. Renee Dubois. Back in Springfield, Alan wonders who received the blind trust from his late father, Lucille Wexler plans another fatal “accident” for Ben McFarren, and the marriage of Rita and Ed Bauer is headed for the rocks.

April 16, 1992: Hampton Speakes’s Bachelor Party, Ben and Little Billy “Pure Boy” comment, All men episode

Jan. 26, 1994: Roger Thorpe returns to the land of living after hiding at Holly’s after he was shot

Dec. 20, 1995 – Dec. 25, 1995: Springfield celebrates Christmas, Holly and Fletcher discover Meg will have Down’s Syndrome, Vanessa and Bridget’s plan to share Peter is working well until Hart comes back, Roger is stealing money from his wife Dinah, Marian Crane is starting to unravel, Susan is in hospital after Marian attacked her, Santa Nick visits, Marah, Shayne, and Josh react badly to Reva’s Return, Special clips flashback episode from Dec. 25, 1995

Dec. 26, 1995 – Jan. 8, 1996: Springfield celebrates New Years with a Costume Ball at the Lakeland Country Club, A returned from the dead Reva makes her mark on Josh who is with Annie Dutton, Brent Lawrence/Marian Crane builds to crescendo, Rabby go on first unofficial date, Budig has a scene that defines her version of Michelle, Returned Hart has trouble with Roger, Dinah, Vanessa & Bridget, Marcus is in jail

Jan. 9, 1996 – Jan. 19, 1996: Brent Lawrence has Lucy Cooper held hostage, They discovered that Brent killed Nadine Cooper, J Chamberlain makes a successful play for his cousin Michelle Bauer (they stop at necking though), Reva, Josh, Annie, Marah and Shayne deal with the fact Reva isn’t dead and she’s with Alan Spaulding now, Dinah Marler Thorpe grows closer to Hart Jessup and then finds out his father/her husband Roger Thorpe set up her best friend Marcus Williams who is cleared of all charges relating to the Towers Robbery and Detective Cutter’s death. Rabby have a play date.

Jan. 22, 1996 – Jan. 26, 1996: Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but we get some great early Rabby and early Dart stuff. Also, Marcus is cleared, the Reva back from the dead custody fight is going, Matt is blackmailing Amanda into leaving Bloss alone over their experience in California with an escort service.

Jan. 29, 1996 – Feb. 2, 1996: Picking up from the last post Brent Lawrence still has Lucy. That’s the major storyline to me in this next section, but it’s interrupted for some more early Dart and kicking up the biggest story ever for the Grant family up a notch. Matt is still threatening Amanda about coming clean about the her escort service. Nola is still having problems with J and Bridget is trying to decide if she should go after Hart or not. Also, sort of tying in with the rescue attempts, but not really, Alan warns Annie that he thinks Jeva are starting to get back together and Buzz is making a move on Reva.

Feb. 5, 1996 – Feb. 9, 1996: LAM’s fathers, Alan and Buzz, have teamed up to save the kids in one of my all time favorite Alan-Buzz sequences. Reva and Nick McHenry also join in the rescue effort. LAM are finally rescued and A-M and Alan make peace. Hart has taken his revenge on Roger by bedding Dinah, but Dinah still believes they are the real thing – for good reason. Dinah confides in Ross and he starts divorce proceedings between her and Roger. Bridget is furious that Hart is intending to abandon his son. There is some Annie-Jeva stuff which feels more like a check in with the story rather than organically fitting with the characters’s actions in the other storylines right now. However there is one of the most important scenes ever for Reva when she tries to explain Jeva to Alan in the most clear headed way she ever did. Blake locks Amanda into the construction shed kicking off a great and colorful dream sequence.

Feb. 12, 1996 – Feb. 16, 1996: Rick confesses to Annie he still loves her and wants her back. Alan tells Reva to give up the custody fight or he’s leaving her. Reva picks her kids. With Alan out of the picture Buzz attempts to move in and ignores Hawk’s admonition that Reva and Josh will always find their way back to each other. The Jeva custody trial moves forward. LAM are back together and sorry to have missed their original wedding date and are in a hurry to arrange another. However, they aren’t as in as much of a hurry as Susan and Nick McHenry who will marry and move to Europe within the next week with little or no warning. Amanda is found locked in the construction shed and is dangerously ill. She’s rushed to the hospital meaning Alan has two children in the hospital right now. Dinah solidifies her friendship with Dinah – which is good they both could use a friend. Hart is still determined to leave town and heads for the bus station.

Feb. 19, 1996 – Some Undated Days – At least one day is skipped so until we hit the 1st of March we are uncertain about the dates – Annie isn’t taking her separation from Josh well and they throw a party to cheer her up. Reva tries to reunite with Alan, but he rebuffs her. Alex and Alan make up over her objections to his relationship with Reva. Nick McHenry and Susan Bates quickly wed and leave the continent. We learn Henry Chamberlain has died. Ross continues to work at getting Dinah’s money back from Roger. Vanessa reaches out to Nola over Henry’s death. Marah has run away to Reva’s house, offering to stay with Reva if she lets Josh-Shayne-Annie alone. About half the town rallies round to help find Marah. Quint comes back for the funeral, but tactlessly brings along his mistress. Michelle gives Abby romantic advice. Abby stops wearing her Goshen clothes and she has a play date with Rick.

Undated February – March 6 1996 – Henry Chamberlain’s Funeral – Henry’s family gathers around for the funeral. Quint shows up, mistress in hand. Not really the Quint we remember he seems undecided, but unwilling to face the current situation. He doesn’t want to divorce Nola, but doesn’t want to give up the chippy either. Most of Springfield shows up at the funeral and many give eulogies in Henry’s honor. Meanwhile the Roger/Dinah/Hart storyline gets more complicated when Roger fakes a heart attack to get back in Dinah’s good graces and to buy time for Leo Flynn to get fake accounts ready. Matt and Vanessa reunite and make a deal with Amanda to keep the story of her being Matt’s pimp out in California from going any further. Reva is working on a desperate plan to help Marah (which actually makes everything a lot worse for everyone).

Jan. 5, 1999: Danny has just discovered Michelle killed Mick, Susan had poisoned herself to stay with Harley, Buzz Remembers Jenna

April 5, 1999: Pilar Santos is introduced, Blake, Cassie, and Harley have a slumber party, Selena Davis is creating a fake dead mother for Drew Jacobs

May 8, 2001: Bauers find out Harley is working with the FBI against them

January 25, 2007: 70th Anniversary History recreated

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Great Manny Speeches Updated 2019

November 18, 2019

One of the great things about Manny were the powerful speeches/monologues. They some up the important pieces of the Manny story in a clear, powerful manner. Here are some of the greatest. The most famous are the first two, I Am a Man and One Thousand Guns, were separate statements of desire and love given by Danny and Michelle. Ray then explains why they should together. Danny gives a speech about forgiveness and the future. Then in the final Michelle speech she describes their journey and commitment to each other, best summing up of their story anywhere.

For each post find a description of the episode, the complete text of the speech (bolded) and a link to watch it. You may find other surrounding episodes in the same post, but watch for the bolding. Manny speeches will be a continuing project because I think there are others worth calling out and some of these deserve to be given a more devoted post so watch for more.

The Speeches

Danny – I am a Man (Feb. 10, 1999):

Danny – Saw Something Different/Wedding Night (Feb. 18,  1999):

Michelle – Thousand Gun (June 17, 1999):

Ray – Urges Manny to Reunite (Sept. 7, 2000):

Danny – Danny’s Speech to an Unborn Robbie (Oct. 31, 2000):

Michelle – Meant to Be Together (Feb. 9, 2001):

Danny –  innocent and beautiful and soft and pink, but underneath you’re like steel (April 17, 2001):

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

A Thanksgiving That Doesn’t Suck

November 17, 2019

Revisiting Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving was definitely not Michelle and Danny’s holiday. In fact, most of their Manny Thanksgivings in Springfield seemed cursed. In my fanfic “Springfield Bound” I have Michelle wishing for one Thanksgiving with Danny in Springfield that didn’t totally suck and I think a quick run down will show you why.

1998 – When Marina and Lizzie go missing, Michelle accuses Danny of kidnapping them and tells the police so. He was not only innocent, he found them in their hiding place and saved their lives. Michelle doesn’t apologize for suspecting him.

1999 – Michelle is literally on the way to Thanksgiving dinner at the Lewis house with Danny when she is arrested for Ben Warren’s murder for which Carmen was framing her.

2000 – Having just shot his mother to save Michelle and Robbie’s lives, Danny is thrown so deep into a pool of pain, torment, and guilt…

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Guiding Light Cast Roundup 83

November 7, 2019

This is the eighty-third entry in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

In the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest find photos from the 2018 Daytime Stars and Strikes. Read more about the event. Find photos of Elizabeth Keifer (Blake Thorpe Marler), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), Lauren B. Martin (Camille Bennett on As the World Turns), Sonia Satra (Lucy Cooper Spaulding, part of terrific LAM pairing, victim of Marian Crane), Elvera Roussel (Hope Bauer Spaulding #7), Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding #2, adult Phillip), Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer #5, the adult one we know and love), Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aituro), Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper), Margaret Colin (Margo Montgomery Hughes #1 on As the World Turns), and  Yvonna Kopacz-Wright (Mel Boudreau Bauer).

Bethany Joy Lenz (credited then as Joie Lenz) aka (Michelle Bauer Santos #4) was pictured at Lifetime’s holiday party at The Grove. See a gorgeous photo in the January 7, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Rebecca Budig (Michelle Bauer #3, part of the Messe pairing) has a role on the new show LA’s Finest. Read about it in the November 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. See a chain of photos showing the Christmas 1997 when Budig’s Michelle was blinded in the December 24, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1 of Marony fame) is fitting in well in his new The Young and the Restless role as Rey Rosales a cornerstone of the newly established Rosales clan. A feature on his character’s romance with Sharon Newman in the November 12, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Vilasuso answers a round up that he recommends the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho read why in the January 7, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Visit with Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos #1) and his family for Christmas in the December 24, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. He describes getting his The Young and the Restless role in the same issue. Read all about the new Geona City family in the November 12, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. He was also the Take Five focus with an awesome photo in the December 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Vilasuso is featured in the me and him contrasting his style with his character’s in the September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In the August 1973 issue of Afternoon TV Mark Hulswit (Ed Bauer #3) is interviewed. I think of him as 1970s Ed and honestly a lot of the time when someone says Ed I still think of him for a second before I think of Peter Simon (Ed Bauer #4). Here’s the thing though. Ed at the time was written as a twit. I always thought he was a twit even at the time. Apparently lots of people thought of him as a hearthrob. Not to be mean, but I just don’t see it. He was a twit. I think the article “My Wife is as Liberated as She Wants to be…” kind of sums up why I think so. The rest of the article deserves the title. It does include a line about having a dinner every month that “includes Charita [Bauer] (Bert Bauer) or Caroline [McWilliams] (Janet Mason) or Tony or Franny [Myers] (Peggy Fletcher)….I still keep in touch with some of the people who were on the show in the past, but have left. Mike Zaslow (Roger Thorpe), for instance.” An entire paragraph includes talking about how close he is to Stefan Schnabel (Stephen Jackson – Rick’s grandfather). including snow shoeing at “Steve’s cabin in Vermont.” This is kind of cool too, his two daughters were extras one day on Guiding Light “We went on location to a park in New Jersey. Tina and Jenny were supposed to be little children walking home from school. It was raining that day, and they spent five hours walking in the rain.” It seemed to cure them of the desire to be in show business.” So they must have at least occassionally gone on location in the early 1970s. I found the rest of the names he dropped and added last names and character names, but I honestly have no idea who Tony was. I don’t see a match on the cast list I have.

The September 19, 2018 issue of the CBS Soaps in Depth gives a recap of the 1998 storyline, The Nursery Rhyme Stalker – it was Holly as she fell apart after Fletcher took off with their autistic daughter Meg.

Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding #2, adult Phillip) is returning as Detective Asher in off-Broadway’s longest running play, Perfect Crime. He previously played the role last summer.  Robert Newman (Josh Lewis) has also done some time in the role. https://daytimeconfidential.com/2019/01/16/grant-aleksander-returns-to-perfect-crime?fbclid=IwAR28KyXbPurL8E9YQTrmgbiau6DRKw2VX1SfhJW-uo4vpCwmDq-KIxwyBoM

A roundup of costumes in soaps included really nice photos of Reva during the Civil War through the painting episode and Harley and Blake as Irna Phillips and her secretary Rose. Find it in the November 12, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest features a roundup of weddings where one of the principals is shot including Alan Spaulding and Doris Wolfe.

Scott Bailey (Sandy Foster, who started with the Mole puppet & then was falsely revealed to be Jonathan Randall) and his wife Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful) is pictured with his daughter at her birthday party in the January 7, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Taye Diggs (Sugar Hill, music producer involved in Dehlia and Drew Jacobs) is playing the coach in a new CW high school drama called All American. Read more about it in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Rebecca Staab (Jessie Matthews, of Jessie and Simon fame) is given a feature interview in the December 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. It talks all about her recent work making multiple films for the Hallmark Channel and that her current boyfriend is William deVry (Julian Jerome, General Hospital). Find it with multiple photos in the article.

Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Bourdeau with Christina one of the last great couples) recently had a son, Christian Lavelle. Read an interview about it in the December 24, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

When Sherry Stringfield (Blake Marler #4, the one who tried to marry Phillip) left the show back in 1992, Rick Hearst gave her a farewell party for her at Fleet Street a restaurant near the then Guiding Light studio. Stringfield then went to London for two months according to the August 25, 1992 issue of Soap Opera Magazine. A question reveals that Hearst appeared as Senator Paul Daniels on the first season of the Dynasty reboot. Read the details in the November 19, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer) was nominated with Cady McClain (Rosanna Cabot #2 on As the World Turns) for a directing Emmy for their work on the web soap series Venice the Series. See a photo in the June 11, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jerry ver Dorn‘s (Ross Marler) wife published a picture book called Moon Glows in 1990 (it was later also published in Spanish) and published a sequel called Day Breaks in 1992. Read more about it in the August 25, 1992 issue of Soap Opera Magazine.

Check out a photo of Peyton Spaulding with her parents Alan and Beth Raines Spaulding shortly after her birth in the December 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Matt Bomer (Ben Reade #3)stars in the new dramedy Papi Chulo on TIFF. See a photo in the November 12, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

They summarize the soap Love is a Many Splendored Thing which ran from 1967-1973 on CBS in the October 8, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Among the stars were Beverlee McKinsey (Alexandra Spaulding #1) and Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe).

Daniel Cosgrove (Bill Lewis #4, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) stars in the Lifetime series YOU as Joe’s creepy, spouse-abusing neighbor, Ron, and Michael Park (Jack Synder on As the World Turns) is Edwin Beck the estranged father of the leading lady. Read about it in the November 26, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Cosgrove is also interviewed in the October 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. They also talk about his role on YOU, but mention he is also recurring on Showtime’s Billions.

Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) is part of a Thanksgiving roundup about her favorites: “Sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top. Green beans, yeah, they’re a close second, but do they have marshmallows? No, they do not!” Find the rest of the stars in the November 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Rylan gives her beauty tips in the November 19, 2018 issue of Soap Opera DigestRylan shared a photo of her peg board (she’s big into crafts). See it in the December 3, 2018 in Soap Opera Digest. Over the summer she had surgery on her nose. Her son had accidentally broken it two years ago. Read about it in the Oct. 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Frank Grillo (the last Hart Jessup) is starring in the movie Boss Level. Read about it in the November 26, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau, Remy’s wife) gives a feature about having her baby. The baby is named Aurora Imani. Read about it in the  November 26, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy) had a son named Christian who was born just 4 days after Aurora. Mosley returned from maternity leave in November 2018, but her character’s husband didn’t return with her, Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) has announced that while he was willing to appear even sporadically the show had not been in touch and considering he wasn’t brought in for either Thorne or Hope’s (his character’s brother and sister) recent weddings, he doesn’t expect to be brought back soon. Their characters are divorced mysteriously off screen freeing up Mosley‘s character for new storylines. Read about it in the November 12, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Visit with her family for Christmas in the December 24, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Mosley gives her beauty secrets in the November 19, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Mosley appeared in The Bold and the Beautiful float in the LA Christmas parade, the one that inspired Gene Autry‘s hit, “Here Comes Santa Claus.” Mosley recommends the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown find out why in the January 7, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

See a photo of Scott Bailey (Sandy Foster, who came to town as a pseudo-Jonathan), his wife Adrienne Frantz (Amber Forrester of The Bold and the Beautiful) and their daughter Amelia in the November 12, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Frances Fisher (Suzette Saxon #2, Fisher took over the role for 6 months in early 1980s) has a supporting role in the Mr. Darcy movie series (a take on Pride and Prejudice set in the world of the dog-show circuit). The series stars Ryan Paevey (Nathan on General Hospital). Read about it in the June 11, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Murray Bartlett (Cyrus Foley, Jenna’s long lost son) joined Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City reboot as a recast of Michael “Mouse” Tolliver. Read more in the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

In a roundup of photos of November wedding through the years includes Mindy Lewis and Kurt Corday. Also Casey Peretti and Lyla Montgomery and Rosanna Cabot and Paul Ryan both on As the World Turns are pictured. See them in the November 19, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Joe Lando (Macauley West, a short term summer role while he was starring in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) played a judge in a short term on The Bold and the Beautiful. See a good photo of him as the judge in the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Roger Howarth (Jory Andros, Eleni’s brother in 1992) was the feature of the Take Five questions in the September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

John Wesley Shipp (Kelly Nelson) brought his Flash on as the father of the current Flash. https://www.cinemablend.com/television/2463861/the-flash-may-bring-john-wesley-shipps-90s-barry-allen-back-after-elseworlds-crossover

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Changing Shoes by Tina Sloan

November 6, 2019

Revisit Tina Sloan’s friend “Book.”

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, then Tina Sloan’s “Book” as she’s known among online fans, is already a familiar friend. You’ve seen her in photos, both my own and other people’s, in videos and from stories and frequent mentions. Now I’m finally getting around to actually doing a formal review just in time for CyberMonday if you still haven’t felt the absolute NEED to get a copy of Book, do it RIGHT now! I’ll wait.

Sloan, Tina. Changing Shoes: Getting Older – NOT OLD – with Style, Humor and Grace. New York: Gotham Books, 2010. Print.

Tina Sloan is well known to Guiding Light fans for portraying nurse Lillian Raines (mother of leading character Beth Raines) from 1983 until the end of the show’s run. As Sloan points out Lillian was still blamed by many fans for Maureen’s untimely death. [Thanks to her charming Twitter…

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Maybe It’s Because She’s Scared of the Truth Essay 18

November 4, 2019

Republisher’s Note: Republishing another one of the essays from the Rustle of the Sheets website. This one doesn’t seem to fit with a particular episode, but is in the timeline sometime right after the “Angel of Mine” dance.

Danny and Michelle Angel of Mine Dance

From The Rustle of the Sheets

Essay #18

“Maybe It’s Because She’s Scared of the Truth”By HollyJo — posted on the Mannyac Board.

Michelle has always been a bit afraid of the truth, even though she always demands it from those around her, she herself has a hard time facing it, and that’s because she’s basically scared of it.

I don’t know how to explain it, but here goes my effort of doing just that.

Michelle doesn’t respond well to change. I think it goes back to her mother’s death (although I’ve always thought she was a bit like that, I noticed it became a major part of her character after her mother’s death). Michelle developed this idea in her head of how life is or rather how it should be. Her father should be with a certain woman (after her mother’s death, she always thought Ed should be with Holly and went to great lengths to see that it happened. It didn’t work, but that’s what she wanted), Rick and Abby should be together and never fight. Meta should always be there for her.

And love … well … love should be this safe and ever-after happy thing … always there … always supportive … and never changing, evolving or growing. Another words … she believed in the final sentence of fairy tales … “and they lived happily ever after.” To her, that was what love was, she never looked past that to see if the prince and princess in the fairytale fought, had troubles, grew apart, etc. To her, once love was established, that was basically it … and it should remain there with no changes. And any deviance from this picture she had her mind, she refused to acknowledge, because she was scared of what that would mean.

Currently, the truth that she is scared of is her increasing feelings for Danny. While he can be sweet, loving, and protective (all very much princely attributes), he’s also has a wicked temper, a horrible mother, a strict code of loyalty and he has this sexuality and raw passion that seeps from every pore of his body. These things don’t fit into her idea of a fairytale prince. Jesse’s tame passion and gentle manner do fit those deeply enseeded beliefs.

So here she is … confused about her feelings, refusing to face them, because to her, they aren’t what she’s always pictured. Danny isn’t a fairytale. At times he can be a nightmare. But those feelings are there, and they aren’t going any where, no matter how hard she tries to ignore them, excuse them or get rid of them. It’s making her look at love and passion in a whole new light … and this represents change. Change in her outlook in life and love.

And as I pointed out … Michelle is terrified of change.



Who Killed Mick?

November 3, 2019

Just what DID really happen to Mick?

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Mick Santos

Let’s pause a little bit before Danny discovers the truth and consider the question, “Who killed Mick?” While Michelle killing Mick is incredibly important in terms of the Manny relationship, it was never supposed to be. The unstoppable force that was Manny took the writers by surprise and I think made the writers abandon an almost year long buildup where they were trying to turn Michelle, Jesse, Drew and Bill into the next generation of Four Musketeers. Originally they meant to rescue Michelle from the mob by discovering that while Michelle and Drew knocked Mick out, someone else came along and finished him off.

Here’s a quote from the time:

“It’s laying out there,” muses Head Writer Barbara Esensten. “We know who really killed Mick, and obviously it wasn’t Michelle and Drew. So yes, we do plan on using it at some point.” -from the September 21, 1999 issue of

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