Archive for the ‘As the World Turns’ Category

ATWT Last Day of Taping 2010

June 24, 2019

It’s been 10 years since Guiding Light ended, but 9 years since As the World Turns ended filming in late June. Let’s take a minute to look back.

Afterwards Soap Classics released the last episodes. Sadly the company is out of business, but you can still find these professional level recordings online second hand.

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.

TV Shows Only in Soapdom Update 2019

June 20, 2019

Thanks to tips from several different readers we have fleshed out our list. Are we still missing any? Exact names preferred, but if you can describe which characters were on it on what show that helps too.


All My Children

Erica Kane hosted the talk show Cutting Edge. Todd Martin also served as producer and host. A later show was later renamed New Beginnings.

Kane was also former producer and host of Nothing But the Truth

Another World

Felicia Gallant hosted the talk show Jam Session (formerly Breakfast with Felicia)

As the World Turns

Kim Hughes hosted a local talk show for a long time called Patterns

Katie Peretti and Brad Snyder hosted the talk show Oakdale Now

WOAK local news hosted by Molly Conlin and Katie Peretti (at different times),  produced by Henry Coleman

The Bold and the Beautiful

Pam Douglas and Donna Logan Forrester hosted the Spencer Publications produced fashion show The Catwalk.

Days of Our Lives

Jack and Jennifer Deveraux hosted the talk show In the House from their house in 2003. Jennifer had previously been a TV reporter.

General Hospital

Christina Comes for Christmas was a classic Christmas movie like Miracle on 34th Street. It also appeared on One Life to Live, it was a Ron C creation. Black & white clips were filmed and shown on screen.

Guiding Light

Chelsea Reardon and Johnny Bauer hosted the talk show One on One

Nadine Cooper hosted The Love Bug

Reva Shayne Lewis hosted the talk show The Reva Lewis Show (She was eventually fired because the owners thought she was too old, setting off a drinking spree, Josh bought the station to get her show back, but she decided she didn’t want to do it anymore.) Previously Reva had occasionally covered local news stories as a reporter.

The Law a rip off of Cops focusing on local Springfield police.

WSPR local news – Dinah Marler was the station owner and frequent on air talent

One Life to Live

Access Llanview was a tabloid type show hosted by Wendy Williams  and later Carolina Bermudez

Dorian Lord hosted The View on Llanview.

Fraternity Row was a long time soap within a soap

Don’t have a confirmation of this title but You Never Know Tomorrow was a rival soap to Fraternity Row

The Daisy Awards were the equivalent of the Daytime Emmys:

Christina Comes for Christmas was a classic Christmas movie like Miracle on 34th Street, also appeared on General Hospital. Black & white clips were filmed and shown on screen. See General Hospital section.

The Young and the Restless

In 2007, Jill Abbott and Gloria Baldwin Fischer Abbott served as celebrity judges on the fashion contest reality show Extreme Catwalk. See a photo and read about it in the April 17, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

GC Buzz is a local gossip show. After he didn’t like the new story Devon Hamilton purchased the show and installed his wife Hillary as the new host in 2016. Hillary got the entire show/network? in 2017 and renamed the show The Hillary Hour. However, it’s very confusing what this show actually is because it’s watched online, on TVs, and sometimes they act like it “airs” at a specific time and other times it seems like they release episodes or even single stories whenever they feel like it. It’s very confusing.



Temptation Lane was a soap that Richard Castle’s mother appeared on years ago and on whose set Caskett solved a murder. Included in the “cast” was Rebecca Budig and Corbin Bernsen.

Love Boat

Carol Channing guested as a leading lady who had been on Mercy Hospital for 6 months.


Vermont Today was Dick Louden (Bob Newhart)’s talk show.


During the second series Gus and Shawn solve a murder on the set of the telenovela Explosion Gigantesca de Romance. Shawn goes undercover joining the cast as “Chad” the delivery boy.

Twin Peaks

Invitation To Love was a soap opera the first season.


Can you think of any more TV only shows from Daytime or Primetime?

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.

Fourth Annual Afternoon TV Writers and Editors Awards

June 10, 2019

I believe that awards need to be recorded someplace people can find them or they’re meaningless. I really can’t believe how spradic such records are. So here is a list from one of my old soap magazines.

“The Fourth Annual Afternoon TV Writers and Editors Awards.” Afternoon TV, vol. 8, no. 8, Sept. 1976, pp 16-27.

It’s time again for the Afternoon TV Writers and Editors Awards – an event that’s become a tradition in the world of daytime television. In 1973, this magazine [Afternoon TV] established these awards almost as a protest against such institutions as the Emmys – which consistently refused to recognize the talents involved in afternoon TV. If they wouldn’t honor excellence in daytime television programming – we would – and did.

The status of afternoon TV has changed a lot in the past three years, and we like to think that we and our awards had something – and will continue to have something – to do with that. But, most important, we received such an enthusiastic response from producers, actors, and viewers alike to for our own awards – where professionals whose business is daytime television do the judging – that Afternoon TV decided to make them an annual event.

As in the past, we’ve polled our editors, photographers, contributing editors, and free-lance writers – individuals who are in constant touch with the afternoon TV scene and then impartially tabulated the results. No one award, of course, can possibly hope to reflect the choices of all viewers who watch daytime television regularly. But we do feel that the winners who appear on the following pages set a standard of excellence that does credit to the entire television industry.

[Blog Editor’s Note: I’m just going to put who won the awards. Each winners has a couple of paragraphs and a photo for each one. I decided just to put in the winners as a list, but if you want to read more and see photos you can find it in this issue. The descriptions, sometimes added a runners up so I added them.]

Best Written SerialRyan’s Hope
First Runner UpThe Young and the Restless

Best SerialThe Young and the Restless

Best Individual Serial Sequence – Jennifer Brooks’s mastectomy, The Young and the Restless

Best ActressHelen Gallagher, Maeve Ryan the matriarch of the Ryan clan on Ryan’s Hope
First Runner Up – Louise Shaffer, dual personality Serena/Josie Farraday on Edge of Night

Best Actor – Douglass Watson, Mac Cory torn between wife Rachel and daughter Iris on Another World
First Runner Up – Val Dufour, lawyer John Wyatt on Search for Tomorrow

Best Actress Single Sequence – Jaime Lyn Bauer, Laurie Brooks learns Stuart is not her real father on The Young and the Restless
First Runner Up – Dianne Rousseau, Diana Lamont on Love of Life who lost the only baby she’d ever be able to carry

Best Actor in a Single Sequence – John Clarke, Mickey Horton goes crazy when learning his son was really fathered by his brother on Days of Our Lives
First Runner Up – Lou Criscuolo, Danny Micelli learning about his wife’s past on The Edge of Night

Best Supporting Actress – Ilene Kristen, Delia Ryan on Ryan’s Hope (they brought her General Hospital as the same character to be Ava Jerome’s biological mother in the 2013)
First Runner Up – Julianna McCarthy, Liz Foster, Jill Foster Abbott’s mother on The Young and the Restless

Best Juvenile Actress – Andrea McArdle, Wendy Wilkins on Search for Tomorrow

Best Juvenile Actor – Doug McKeon, Timmy Farraday on The Edge of Night [Blog Ed. Note: On a personal note his photo looks freakily like one we have of my brother in 1980.]

Best Supporting Actor – Lou Criscuolo, Danny Micelli on Edge of Night
First Runner Up – Dolph Sweet, Police Chief Gil McGowan on Another World

Best New Serial Actor – Paul Gleason, David Thornton on All My Children
First Runner Up – Michael Levin, Jack Fenelli on Ryan’s Hope

Best New Serial Actress – Laurie Heineman, sadder but wiser Sharleen Matthews on Another World
First Runner Up – Kay Heberle, Joanne Curtis on The Young and the Restless

All-Around Favorite Daytime Performers – Don Hastings and Eileen Fulton, Bob Hughes and Lisa Miller Hughes et al on As the World Turns [Blog Ed. Note: The write up includes a wish that their characters would reunite soon, I also felt that way, sadly it never happened.]

Special Awards for Excellence in Daytime Serial Drama for 25 Years of ExcellenceLove of Life and Search for Tomorrow which both have been on the air 25 years at this point

Best Talk ShowGood Morning, America

Best Talk Show HostDavid Hartman

Best Game ShowTattletales

Best Game Show HostBert Convoy of Tattletales



Hughes Family Memorial Day A Tribute to Grandpa Hughes

May 29, 2019

Today I’m sharing the text of a tribute to Grandpa Hughes of As the World Turns. I’ve actually had this post in waiting for awhile. I decided that I need to finish it up in honor of Memorial Day. You see where the Bauer family’s big celebration was on July 4th as the Bauer BBQ became a byword, for a time the Hughes Family Memorial Day Picnic was just as well known. Sadly it ended when I was a little girl. There is almost no mention of it online and the number of people who remember it decreases every year.

Grandpa Hughes had passed on long before I remember. However, the role of Grandpa Hughes was similar to Papa Bauer on Guiding Light. Briefly his son Chris (husband of Nancy) went to law school. Chris was supposed to return home to the family farm and work in the nearby small town. Instead Chris got involved with the wealthy Lowell family and moved to Oakdale. Grandpa eventually followed and served as family patriarch, but one that had been pushed off center functioning in a social world that was not his and not of his choosing. As the World Turns Set-up

According to his page on Soap Central, most people called him Pa (everybody in my family always talked about him as Grandpa), but his real name was William. The farm I talked about in the last paragraph was apparently in Gilmore, Ohio.

Early Publicity shot of ATWT Cast

This keepsake/promotion was a card distributed by the then main sponsor of ATWT, Cheer detergent. The “characters” signed it below. I’m not sure if the actual actors did or not. In the back you can see Penny, Bob, Lisa, David, and Ellen. On the couch are Grandpa Hughes, Tom, Nancy and Chris (See Note).

According to the tribute article I give the full text of below, his actor Santos Ortega was a prominent radio actor. (Honestly I wonder if Old Time Radio people have any idea how much biographical information on radio actors I find in 1970s soap opera magazines.) His television work is commonly seen today is reduced to one scene. It was the scene in progress with then they broke in to say President Kennedy had been shot. They often show just that little bit. Nancy is talking to Grandpa Hughes.

So with that introduction to Grandpa Hughes, I hope you enjoy this article. It was written by a freelance writer who was a neighbor of Ortega‘s. As such she knew who to ask and probrably got better quotes from key people than anyone else could have.

Goldsmith, Melissa. “Santos Ortega, 1898-1976 As We Remember Him..:Friends and Associates Share Their Memories of a Beloved Man.” Afternoon TV, vol. 8, no. 8, Sept. 1976, pp 36-43, 68, 70.

Santos Ortega, Grandpa Hughes on As the World Turns for almost twenty years, died of cancer on April 19, 1976. Very few people enjoyed the success and long career that Santos did, having worked steadily for over 50 years.

He was born in New York City on June 30, 1898. His father, Raphael Ortega, was Spanish and died when Santos was only four years old. His mother, Isabella Corbett, was Irish and raised Santos and his older sister with help of two maiden aunts. Santos was married twice and had two children, Stephan, age 18, and Alison, age 13.

His career started in the old Hippodrome Theatre, where Santos ushers part-time while in high school. At 17 he auditioned for the chorus there – and that was his beginning. Santos always had a marvelous signing voice and loved to sing.

His first radio audition came when he was called to read for a main character part in a series called The Blackstone Plantation. Because he had the last name of Ortega the casting director just assumed that Santos naturally spoke fluent Spanish.

Or course Santos didn’t know one word of Spanish, but on the way to the audition he hurriedly read through a Spanish dictionary. It got him the part and he then made it his business to learn the language.

The list of radio serials and dramas for which Santos was well-known, seems to go on and on. He is especially remembered for his portrayals of detectives – such as Inspector Queen on Ellery Queen, Charlie Chan, Commissioner Weston on The Shadow, the first Perry Mason on radio, Nero Wolfe, Dr Barton on Crane City Hospitals, Big Sister, The Man I Married, When a Girl Marries, Eno Crime Clues, and The Affairs of Peter Salem.

Knowing that Santos had worked for Hy Brown from the late 1930s to just 5 months before he passed away, I first spoke to Mr. Brown about Santos.

“Well, as you know,” Mr. Brown said, “I produced Peter Salem and cast Santos for the lead – Peter Salem. Santos was a very great part of my growing up on radio, and he was one of the finest radio actors I ever worked with. he was the very best, no question about it. We worked together for over 40 years. I think I cast him for the very last job he did. It was just about 5 months ago when Santos wasn’t able to do much on As the World Turns and he called me. I immediately cast him for a radio drama I was doing and he did it.”

I asked Mr. Brown what the name of the last show was, but he couldn’t remember. He said that the whole world of nostalgia meant nothing to him – that he lives for today and holds little importance and no interest for what he was doing yesterday, interestingly enough, Santos felt very much the same way. He never kept any scrapbooks, he disliked pictures of himself, he rarely kept any magazine or newspaper articles regarding anything he had done, and he never kept any personal diary or log of his thoughts over the years.

What Mr. Brown did consider to important was that “Santos was a delightful person to work with, he never did a bad job for me in his life. He had the fantastic ability to project his voice for whatever was needed in the part we gave him. Weighing 170 pounds Santos could do as good or better voice for The Fat Man as Jack Smart the man cast for the part who weighed 350 pounds!” Hy Brown said.

Mary Jane Higby remembers Santos from radio days and from a cruise on the Queen Elizabeth II that several radio personalities took about 3 years ago.

In her book, Tune in Tomorrow, Mary Jane told about an incident concerning Santos and a man named Louis Van Rootin who played Santos‘s side kick – Dennis.

At the end of each Bulldrog Drummond episode, Dennis would say to Drummond (played by Santos) “How did you ever figure that out?” One night without warning Santos said to Louis, “Now you’ve been with me all these years, Dennis, surely you can tell ME!” Louis, of course, had to ad-lib.

Santos Ortega is respected by everyone we talked to. It seems equally important to mention that the man for whom Santos had the greatest admiration was Lawson Zerbe. Lawson was Santos’s idea of the greatest theater actor there ever was – and Santos was saddened because Lawson didn’t make the transition from radio to television in later years. Santos said many times that the world was missing a great talent when Lawson Zerbe retired from radio and chose not to try television. One of Santos’s most treasured possessions was a pipe that Lawson‘s father carved for him.”

“he was doing a show, Eno Crime Clues. Lawson Zerbe recalled, “Santos was a great actor. It’s funny what you remember when you try to think back. Santos was always smoking big cigars, and I always noticed when he lit up I had difficulty breathing. We worked together a lot, and I never said anything to Santos about the smoke bothering me, but several years later when I started gasping I had some tests done. Do you know that I’m highly allergic to cigar smoke?” Lawson said. Lawson‘s voice was sad. “I just can’t tell you how much I know Santos will be missed. I was deeply upset when I heard that he was gone.”

Leon Janny and Santos worked together for at least 20 years on an average of 30 to 40 times a year. Leon had the part of Number One Son on Charlie Chan and Santos played the part of Charlie himself. Leon had no difficulty reminiscing about his dear friend.

One time stand out in particular,” Leon said. “Santos had a magnificent calendar wristwatch – I believe it’s called a chronograph. It told the days of month, the year, the quarters of the moon, and it chimed! Anyway, Sandy put all his faith in that watch. I’ll never forget one day just before we were to go on the air with an episode of Charlie Chan, Santos had obviously looked at his watch, figured that he had plenty of time, so he left the studio for a few minutes. When it was time to go on the air, the announcer banged on the gong and said his opening remarks and we went into the commercial. Then our director noticed that Santos wasn’t around. He looked at me, point to the studio clock and motioned me to move up to the microphone. I had to do the next line – which was Santos‘s to do as charlie Chan – which was “Charlie Chan bids you good evening and a warm welcome…” and then I read the Confucius saying that he always did. Just as I was finishing that I looked up and Santos was coming through the studio doors. I’ll never forget it as long as I live, Santos looked at me quizzically…then he looked at his watch…then at the studio clock … his eyebrows went up…he shrugged his shoulder and that was that. No matter what happened Santos was never upset. He had complete composure at all times. He was one of the most polished and talented actors I ever worked with. He always had a delightful superiority about himself — and I don’t mean that in a demeaning way. Perhaps it was something just a little more than a sense of confidence that he felt, and it enriched whatever part he played. A glance from Santos was worth more than a thousand words sometimes. He had a quizzical expression that said he thoroughly doubted everything you said but would never want to offend you by saying so.

“You know,” Leon continued, “he had a love for words and fantastic vocabulary. he had a tremendous library and a love and respect for the written word, that I’ve never seen in anyone else. He almost TASTED the words – to the audience’s delight. I would love to have seen him in the title role of something like King George IV Santos had such an elegance in his speech.”

I too remembered Santos’s love for words. One day after he had finished a live show of ATWT he stopped by our house on his way home. He stopped often, three or four times a week and he would sit at the kitchen table and have a cup of coffee while I was getting dinner.

He came in with great excitement. It seems that he had the entire cast and crew on ATWT  in a state of confusion over a WORD he had heard discussed on the radio. (See Note 2) He proceeded to ask everyone what three words in the English language ended in -gry. With delight, as his eyes flashed, he told me everyone racking their brains trying to think of the words. One person called the New York City Library and another called his relative who was known for working the hardest cross word puzzles, however no one could come up with more than two words – angry and hungry. By the time ATWT was on the air everyone was still in suspense, so he told them what the third word was Very simply he said, “It is gry. It also only listed in the Oxford Dictionary – an English word meaning one, the grunt of a pig: and three , a unity of measure 1/10th of a line.” That was the kind of thing I can personally remember Santos getting a lot of fun out of. He always enjoyed a challenge and especially word games.

A long-time friend and radio personality, Paul McGrath, quite clearly remembered the first time he met Santos. “I first met Santos when he was on The Luck of Joan Christopher. Santos was a regular on that show and I played the part of Jimmy Mehin.”

Santos was always friendly and we worked together for more years than I can count… yet I never went to his house and he rarely came to mine. He really had no peer; he was at the top. I never felt anything but the best for him. We had a running joke going – Santos would say to me “Did you catch me today on When A Girl Marries? and I would say, ‘Gee whiz, no Santos, I’m terribly sorry I missed it’ and Santos would say ‘Oh, that’s all right — I’ve got a recording of it; come on over tonight and I’ll play it for you.’ and then he’d laugh.”

Virginia Payne, legendary as Ma Perkins, remembered his versatile and extraordinary voice: “My voice teacher was an avid radio listener, and of course had a highly developed musical ear. I always think of her comment that Sandy had quarter-tones in his voice. His was a remarkable and beautiful voice. I told Sandy what my teach had said, and we laughed about it. He said, ‘Perhaps I’ll lest that on my resume.'”

“When we were on the nostalgia radio cruise on the Queen Elizabeth II in 1974, we daily heard the beauty and the range of his voice. he was a great addition to the cruise – amusing, courteous, and gifted.”

After the invention of television many of the radio stars were immediately cast on daytime shows on the new medium. Santos was one of them. He first started on the 15-minute show of The Brighter Day. Then he was doing The Brighter Day and As the World Turns which was tricky. he only had minutes between shows and they were on different sides of New York. Finally Santos got tired of running across town and quit The Brighter Day to concentrate on As the World Turns.

A few years after the show started, Eileen Fulton was cast for the part of Lisa [Miller Hughes et al]. She remembered one of the first times she had a scene with Santos who played the part of Grandpa Hughes.

“I was new on the show,” Eileen said, “and I was so conscious of timing – everything was timed so close! We were on the air, doing the show live and I said my line to Grandpa, but he hesitated, and I thought that he had forgotten his line. So, I repeated my line, but in the form of a question, so he could pick it up if he had forgotten his. He picked it up and the scene ended. I walked off the set thinking that I had saved the day. Then as I walked by Santos I heard him say under his breath ‘Young whipper snapper… doesn’t give an actor a chance to do what he wants to do!'”

Santos was the sum of all the parts he every played, truly an actor,” Eileen said. “He was very gentle and always a gentleman from the way he dressed to the way he behaved. I never heard Santos use any profane language. He had a high regard for the public and for his image.”

Don MacLaughlin, who played the part of Santos’s son Chris Hughes since the inception of ATWT had many memories, too. “I was most impressed with Santos when I met him in radio days, way before we worked together on television. Santos was very young and very handsome, and of course he had that great voice. I’ll always remember him giving me some advice, Santos said, ‘In radio you don’t have time to develop a role. You’ve got to compensate – do the best with what a part MIGHT be and what you have time to make it.’ He was right you know,” Don said.

Of course this articles wouldn’t be complete without a memory or two from Helen Wagner, who played Nancy Hughes, Grandpa’s daughter-in-law. She probably had more scenes with Santos, in the Hughes’ kitchen than anyone else.

Grandpa and Chris Hughes

Grandpa and Chris Hughes

“He was in many ways a difficult person to know. He was a very private and a very shy man. For that reason, one didn’t realize how easy he was to work with, or how talented he was until he was gone. I don’t really think of any particular story in reference to Santos, just many little things – warm moments like the many chips in a mosaic. Moments flash through my mind, like when he would touch my hand after a scene had gone especially well, or a smile or a glance. Now I appreciate them more. It is sad but that is how life seemed to be. You don’t miss someone or something many times until they are gone.”

Santos offered so much more than any of us ever knew at the moment.”


Melissa Goldsmith is a New York based writer long association with the daytime television field, who for many years was a friend and neighbor of Santos Ortega.

Note 1: It’s kind of out of the scope of this article, but here’s a quick run down of the people in the photo. The people I care about anyway. Second in on the sofa in Grandpa Hughes (he signed Pa Hughes, but I normally heard him referred to at Grandpa by my family anyway). Next is his great-grandson Tom who will grow up to be one of the most recast roles in all of daytime and eventually part of the wonderful ToMargo pairing. Nancy and Chris Hughes were the linchpins of the show. Nancy continuing to be an important part of Oakdale until her actress, Helen Wagner, died during the last year of the show. It was Chris’s being torn between his immediate family and planned life in his small town and the world of the upper class Lowells that was the main focus of the show in the beginning. In the back see Bob Hughes, coolest guy in Oakdale for over 50 years as he was dubbed in the finale press coverage. The then Lisa Miller Hughes who would be a trouble making vixen for the rest of her time on the show. Finally David and Ellen Stewart. They had a rocky beginning before I came around, but they had one of the healthiest marriages on soaps (until his actor semi-retired and Ellen’s actress stayed behind without the show killing David – he went to Africa to work on AIDS research and later as a compromise moved to Atlanta to work on it at the CDC – so the long distance marriage took its toll on the show’s writing). Get a better run down of theses characters at my background info for the Tom Hughes Marries Margo Montgomery episode on the Soap Classics DVD.

Note 2: In A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court our hero eventually comes across someone telling a joke that was apparently even older than he thought and got on his last nerve – so he didn’t save the guy. I must admit that I have a similar feeling on coming unexpectedly on the -gry words riddle. This isn’t really a thing and it comes up ALL the time! Make it stop! Please! Here is the long answer which sums up as there are only 2 common words and if you start wandering into the obscure there are a lot more than 3. In Santos’s defense he’s right, one obscure one is indeed gry.

The Stars Who Remain in Our Hearts

May 1, 2019

I’ve been going back through an old soap magazine from the 25th Anniversary of TV soaps (which sounds kind of strange to me, but that’s what they said). One article is focused on stars who had passed away in the 10 years previous to 1975. Since the earlier the time, the worse the records, I wanted to get this out here. The original included headshots of many of people described. I’ve bolded any real person’s name that has both a first and a last name. I let first names, as in “and a wife Wilma” alone. The [Blog Ed. Note: ]s are mine. There are many old radio shows listed. I have only tagged the ones that I know are considered soaps. There might be more I missed.

The Stars Who Remain in Our Hearts

“The Stars Who Remain in Our Hearts: Major Daytime Actors Who Passed Away in the Last Ten Years.” Daytime TV Super Special, vol. 1, no. 2, 1975, pp. 57-61.

Peggy Allensby was a familiar voice to thousands of radio listeners in such serials as Mr. District Attorney, Little Women, and David Harum, throughout the 30s, 40s, and 50s. She also was in such Broadway shows as Maytime, The Bad Men, The Schemers, and Death of a Salesman. Then, in 1956, she joined a new TV serial, Edge of Night, playing Mattie. She was with the show until her death, after a brief illness, in 1966, at age 65. She left her husband of 34 years, actor John McGovern, and their children, Elanor and John, Jr.

Joan Anderson, British born actress, lost her gallant eight-year struggle with cancer in May 1974. Divorced from actor Craig Huebing, she was known for her roles as Nora Hansen on The Doctors and as Mary Mitchell on As the World Turns. She also did several episodes on the nighttime series, Daktari. Talented and dedicated, she inspired all who knew her.

Curtis Arnall was the voice of Pepper Young on the Pepper Young Family radio show from 1936 to 1942. He also performed in such popular serials as Just Plain Bill, One Man’s Family, and Buck Rogers. But he made national headlines in 1942, when, as Chief Boatswain’s Mate in real life, he was among 8 Coast Guardsmen who were lost for 21 days in the Atlantic on the yawl Zalda. Arnall was in command of that little boat as it was buffeted by hurricanes, gales, sickness and starvation. He guided it 3,000 nautical miles until the eventual rescue and was an overnight celebrity for that feat. He died on September 23, 1964, after a long illness, in Laurel, Maryland, at age 65.

Cliff Arquette, famed talk show guest and Hollywood Squares regular, succumbed on Sept. 23, 1974, in Los Angeles to a heart ailment that had dogged him for two years. An educated, urbane man whose hobby was Civil War history, he developed his lovable hayseed character Charlie Weaver that captured the hearts of millions of TV viewers. His first big break came when he became a frequent guest on the old Jack Paar Show in the late 1950s. Prior to that he had been on the Myrt and Marge radio show. A two-time victim of broken marriages, Cliff was getting set for his third try when a second, and fatal, heart attack struck him down.

Ed Begley was one of America’s best, though little-known actors, during his distinguished forty-year career. [Blog Ed. Note: This is Ed Begley, Sr. in pop culture today his son Ed Begley, Jr. is much better known as both an actor and as an environmental activist. He also did a cameo as himself at one of Liam Spencer’s ecologist conferences on The Bold and the Beautiful.] He began in the early 1930s playing Charlie Chan on Charlie Chan, Sgt O’Hara on The Fat Man, and Dr. Mildermaul on Joy Jordan, Girl Intern, and would up winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1962 for Sweet Bird of Youth. Born in Hartford, CT in 1901, Begley was a runaway child who dropped out of school at the 5th grade and worked his way around the country doing carnivals and fairs. He was a fine stage actor, who stunned critics when he played BOTH leading roles in Inherit the Wind on successive nights on Broadway. He died on April 29, 1970, of a heart attack, at 69.

Alan Bunce became famous in his role as Albert in the domestic comedy series Ethel and Albert, which he played on both radio and TV. An actor since his boyhood, Alan was the original Malone on Young Dr. Malone, and a star on the legitimate stage as well. He did 35 Broadway plays, including the Theater Guild’s Valley Forge, Kind Lady, and Mary, Mary. A resident of Stamford, CT, he died in April 1965, at 61.

Liza Chapman, who played Janet Matthews on Another World, died tragically 8 years ago when her car crashed on the Connecticut Turnpike. A graduate of Yale Drama School, she costarred with Peter Falk in Equity Library productions in New York and did Shakespeare and off-Broadway shows as well. Although she played an unmarried career girl on her daytime serial, she was a happily married mother of 3 when the fatal accident occurred. She was 37.

Les Damon‘s 21 year career in radio and TV serials made him one of the best loved actors around. He got his first job in Chicago in 1938 playing in the road company production, Of Mice and Men. It was also in Chicago that he met his future wife, serial actress Ginger Jones. For the 6 years before his sudden death in 1960, he was a regular on The Edge of Night and loved it.

Ethel Everett died in April, 1973, at the age of 63. A well-known radio actress in New York, she had over 10,000 performances to her credit. Her daytime dramas included The Guiding Light, Valiant Lady, and her last, As the World Turns, in which she portrayed Mrs. Brando. She also appeared on such TV shows as Studio One, The Robert Montgomery Show, and was the first woman to record Talking Books for the Blind back in the 1930s. She is survived by her mother, Sadie Leventhal, and her brother Alexender.

Ginger Gerlach‘s suicide on December 28, 1971, shocked and saddened everyone who knew her. A pretty russet-haired actress, with credits including Edge of Night, Guiding Light, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, and The Doctors, she seemed to have a bright future ahead of her. She is survived by her family.

John Gibson started out in Hollywood in a silent cowboy film in 1924. He was in films frequently after that, in addition to hundreds of plays and thousands of radio broadcasts, including Crime Photography and Terry and the Pirates. He was married to the former Alice Deshon of Philadelphia and owned a collection of 30 films from the silent era. During the early 1960s he played Joe Pallock on Edge of Night. He died in 1971.

Theo Goetz was a deeply respected and loved member of The Guiding Light since he began his long running role as Papa Bauer on the show’s radio version in 1949. A native of Vienna, Austria, he came to the U.S. in 1940 was a distinguished acting career behind him. Without a knowledge of English, he won stage roles simply by learning his lines phonetically. When he celebrated his 20th season on GL, he received thousands of congratulatory letters. In 1973 he took ill with a heart ailment and died Dec. 31 in New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital. He left a sister, Rose Henu.

Walter Greaza, veteran of films, stage, radio and TV, died June 1, 1973 at 76. Walter played Winston Gimsley in The Edge of Night and was the series only original cast member on EON which began on April 2,  1956. Born in St. Paul, MN, he majored in political science and business law at the U of Minnesota. During the 1920s he toured as a leading man, singer, and dance, making his Broadway debut in 1929. His TV credits ran the gamut from the U.S. Steel Hour to The Phil Silvers Show.

Stacy Harris‘ death came as a shock to his fellow performers on Return to Peyton Place on which he played Mr. Harrington. He was 54 when death came on March 13, 1973. Born in Seattle, WA, he was one of those actors you always recognize, but never knew their name. Harris started his career as a Broadway actor and won the Critics Award. An athlete, he excelled in boxing, archery,  swimming, skiing. He was felled by a heart attack in his home.

Bess Johnson, one of the true “daytime queens,” passed away last January 3, 1975. Fondly remembered for her many excellent portrayals on radio serials in the 1930s and 1940s,  she appeared as Joanne Barron’s mother-in-law, Irene Barron on Search for Tomorrow in 1951-51. When her role ended on Search she took the trip around the world had given up to do Search. She settled down in London, where her married daughter, Jane, lives. She died there of heart failure at 73.

Muriel Kirkland‘s career was long and distinguished. She is best remembered by serial fans for her portrayal of the title role of Mary Marlin, the woman Senator, on the CBS radio network’s daytime drama in 1943-1944. But her first starring role occurred in 1929 when she did the stage comedy, Strictly Dishonorable, on Broadway. She was in several Broadway hits after that and went on to do motion pictures and TV as well. Married to actor Staats Cotsworth for almost 35 years, she died on Sept. 26, 1981.

Richard Kollmar‘s show biz history reads like a Who’s Who of radio serials. He played Boston Blackie on Boston Blackie, Michael West on Bright Horizon, and Claudia‘s David Naught and had the John Perry role on John’s Other Wife. A man of many interest, he sang, dance, produced musical and was an amateur hypnotist. His man friends mourned his passing in January 1971. He was married to Dorothy Kilgallen.

John Larkin‘s squared-jawed, clean-cut features gave him the perfect look to play Edge of Night‘s tough lawyer, Mike Karr. On radio serials, listeners recognized him as the voice of characters on Ma Perkins, Pepper Young, Road of Life, and Perry Mason. A native of Kansas, he hoped originally to be a baseball player or reporter, only to wind up in so many different professions during his serial career. He was portraying Maj. Gen. Wiley Crowe on TV’s Twelve O’clock High when he died of a heart attack at 52 in February, 1965.

Athena Lorde made her New York stage debut in Bruno and Sidney and went on to find fame on scores of radio shows, including March of Time, Gangbusters, and Young Widder Brown. She made appearances on numerous TV shows and in such motion pictures as Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte and Fuzz. In May, 1973, her long bout with cancer ended and she left her widower, actor Jim Boles; a son, actor Eric, and two daughters, Barbara and Sue. Her home had been in Hollywood.

Frank Lovejoy passed away at 50, on October 2, 1962, the cause of death being a coronary thrombosis. At the time he was performing in the play The Best Man in Chicago. He played more than 4,000 parts in radio, television, and in the legitimate theatre. He was a regular on Gangbusters, This is Your FBI, Mr. District Attorney, and in several stage premiere dramas. He is survived by his wife Joan and two children, Judith and Stephen.

Agnes Moorehead died at the age of 67 on May 1, 1974 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her best known television role was as Endora the witch on Bewitched. She loved the role but did not really want to be known as a witch. We knew her versatility in radio, IV, on Broadway and in the movies. She played Eleanor Roosevelt in The March of Time, and also the wife of the famous Shadow [Blog Ed. Note: Margo Lane was the Shadow’s girlfriend, not wife]. She was a strong character actress and was nominated five times for Academy Awards. Married and divorced two time she is survived by her adopted son, Sean.

Claudia Morgan, Brooklyn born, died September 18, 1974 in New York City. She was 62. Theater was a natural for her, comedian Frank Morgan was her uncle. She began her career as Nora Charles in the 1940s popular radio show, The Thin Man. Television  audience will remember her in The Secret Storm and The Edge of Night. Her fourth husband, Kenneth Leone, is her only immediate survivor. [Blog Ed’s Note: Frank Morgan is best known as the person who played multiple roles including the wizard and the fake psychic in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.]

Conrad Nagel, a veteran stage actor, died in 1970. Well known for his leading Broadway and movie roles, he also appeared as a judge in the serial, Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Nagel was a respected and loved character actor who most often played ministers, lawyers, doctors, and judges.

Frank Overton‘s greatest successes came in various military roles during his long career. He first gained recognition when he succeeded John Ireland in the 1943 war drama, Counterattack, and he was playing Major Frank Stovall on TV’s Twelve O’clock High, when he died of a heart attack on April 25, 1967 at 49. He also was Search for Tomorrow‘s Nathan Walsh in 1959. He left his wife, actress Phyllis Hill, and a daughter, Jill.

Irna Phillips died at 72 in her native Chicago. The youngest of 10 children she made her mark on families across the United States by writing radio and television serials. She wrote as many as five a day, juggling at least 60 characters. Among her best known are Road of Life, The Right to Happiness, Young Doctor Malone, Another World, Days of Our Lives, The Guiding Light, and As the World Turns. Never married, she left an adopted son and daughter.

Ed Platt, an original cast member of General Hospital (as Dr. Miller), died of natural causes at age 54 in his California apartment. He had returned to GH in 1974 to play Mr. Chamberlain and he died on March 20, 1974, the first date after his last GH performance. A native New Yorker, Platt sang from Whiteman’s band and acted on the Broadway stage in Silver Whistle, Stalag 17, The Strike, and many others. He was the chief on the TV series Get Smart, from 1965 through 1970 and is survived by his widow, Suzanne, his daughter Anne, and their two sons, Jeff and Robert.

Melba Rae, a Utah-born actress, passed away at 40, on December 29, 1971. She began her career in radio on the West Coast, then moved to Broadway where she appeared in Janie, Happily Ever After, and Days of Our Youth. She was Marge Bergman on Search for Tomorrow and also played many other dramatic roles on TV. She left her husband, Gilbert Shaw, and their son, Eric.

Ann Sheridan‘s long, successful career began in her hometown of Denton, Texas, where she was going to North Texas State Teachers College. Her sister entered her photograph in Paramount Studio’s “Search for Beauty” contest, and shortly after, in 1933, she went to Hollywood. Her film career spanned 200 films, climaxing with her best known performance as Cary Grant‘s wife in I Was a Male War Bride in 1949. During the next decade, the titan-haired actress became a familiar face on TV on such dramatic series as Climax, Playhouse 90, and U.S. Steel Hour. In 1966, she took the role of Katherine Corning in Another World for several months and then switched to the situation comedy Pistols’n’Petticoats. She kept the fact that she was gravely ill secret from everyone except her closest friends, and on January 23, 1967, she died of cancer at 51.

Roy Shuman, known for his role as villainous Dr. Shea on As the World Turns, died of a heart attack in New York, July 30, 1973. He was 48. Shuman also played Sam Reynolds in Search for Tomorrow and Tom Walsh in A World Apart. Sioux Falls-born, Shuman was highly praised for his Broadway roles in A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler. Surviving are his widow, Alice, and his mother, Anne Shuman.

Fred Stewart died at 63 of a heart attack on December 5, 1970. He was jovially spoofing On the Waterfront with another actor when he died instantly. He played in The Girls in Room 509 and as a regular Love of Life as the retired pharmacist, Alex Caldwell. Stewart had a reputation in the theater world as a great character actor. A member of the Actors Studio since its inception, he served as actor, director and producer without pay.

Frank Sutton, who played the tough Marine Corps sergeant in the Gomer Pyle series, died at age 51, in Shreveport, Louisiana, on June 28, 1974. He suffered a heart attack just before he was to go on stage for a performance of Luv. Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, he started acting in high school. His first Hollywood success was in the movie, Marty. Sutton also starred in Love of Life and Secret Storm and was known on Broadway for his excellent role in the Andersonville Trial. He is survived by his wife Toby, a daughter Amanda and a son Joseph.

Luis Van Rooten died at 66 on June 17, 1974, in Chatham, Mass. His career as an actor spanned move than 35 years in the theater, motion pictures, radio and television. Born in Mexico City and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as an architect, he was on Broadway and appeared in 30 films and over 9,000 radio broadcasts, including County Seat, I Love a Mystery, John’s Other Wife, and Stella Dallas. He also made several guest appearances on TV. He retired in 1970 to a home he designed for his family and left his wife Catherine Gaylord Kelly; a son, Courtlandt, a daughter, Mrs. Joel Efrein, and one granddaughter.

Arlene Walker was a gifted actress whose diverse roles in some 1,500 radio programs and 500 TV shows included portrayals on Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow, and Kitty Foyle. She had an interesting career, which encompassed real-life duties as an Army Air Force Captain in World War II, ending with a job as a casting director for Young and Rubicam advertising agency. She died in April 15, 1973 at her home in New York, survived by a sister. She was 54.

George Welbes, who played Dr. Tony de Angelo on the afternoon serial, How to Survive a Marriage, died of a stroke in October 1974. He is survived by his son, Michael, and two sisters.

Nancy Wickwire, died of cancer in San Francisco, at 48. Miss Wickwire, a member of the American Conservatory Theatre, the Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Tyroone Guthrie Theatre, studied acting at Carnegie Tech and at the Old Vic in London. She starred in many Broadway shows, including Saint Joan and Under Milkwood. On television she appeared in almost all the leading dramatic series such as Kraft Theatre, Camera Three, Studio One, and the Dupont Show of the Month. Her last serial role was as Phyllis Anderson on Days of Our Lives.

Eugene R. Wood left many friends and admiring colleagues when he passed in 1971, the same year he played Mr. Blankenship on Love is a Many Splendored Thing. He had appeared in many distinguished Broadway plays, the Look Homeward Angel, Porgy and Bess and The Great White Hope. He was also a film actor and chairman of the Drama Department of Ithaca College in New York.

Ed Zimmermann, best known as Dr. Joe Werner on Guiding Light, died suddenly of a heart attack in York, Maine, in 1972. A New Yorker, who graduated from Columbia U. with a Master’s Degree in English, he was a TV, Broadway, and movie actor, as well as author of Love in the Afternoon, a novel about the backstage life of a daytime serial. His wife Jeannette, and a daughter, Sandy, survive.

As the World Turns in 1972

April 24, 2019

Here is another section from the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV. These are quotes spread across a couple of pages so I haven’t cited it fully. It’s from the roundup article “Latest News” by Paul Denis.

Pace and Irna Phillips

Eileen Fulton (Lisa Hughes on As the World Turns) says the show is moving along so rapidly that “it’s almost confusing” to some viewers. “I received a lovely letter from a fan who told me both she and Lisa had given birth to sons at the same time, but Lisa’s son is now a medical student and her son is in first grade. Eileen is worried that some day soon her son, in the story, may marry and have children, and that would make Eileen a grandmother (on the show). If that happens Eileen is going to be “very distressed.”

[Blog Ed. note – for many years fans of ToMargo (Tom and Margo) blamed Eileen’s feelings and subsequent clause in her contract for ToMargo fertility issues since Tom was her son with Bob. There WAS a clause in her contract to prevent them from making Lisa a grandmother for awhile. Eileen had seen other leading ladies be grandmothered to the point it was ridiculous to have them be as young as they were in real life and they written out accordingly. Personally I think it might also have been a publicity point for her or why would we know about it? However the clause was removed years earlier than commonly believed and it wasn’t really connected.]

Ah romance! Fulton received a letter from a fan who said she had once dated Eileen‘s Uncle Tokie, had married somebody else, and became a widow two years ago. Eileen mentioned the letter to her uncle, who then contacted the woman – and what do you think? Uncle Tokie and the lady married June 10 and Eileen‘s dad, the Rev. James B.. McLarty, came out of retirement to officiate at the wedding.

Irna Phillips, who created As the World Turns and is now again writing it even though she “retired” two years ago, says her philosophy is based “on the importance of family. We try with the Hughes family to say that the family is really a great influence in America and that it will return as a life style.” Despite the Women’s Lib movement and the new ideas about family, she insists, “I believe in family!”

Fake Books Only on Soaps April 2019

April 1, 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 Forrester 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 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 identities as a nom de keyboard.

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 Barbara

Megan Richardson 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:


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Odds and Ends 57

March 25, 2019

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

Find summaries of what happened on each current soap during 2018 in the December 31, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters, The Young and the Restless) is getting married again to Russian model Kseniya Mikhaleva according to the Oct. 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. — And then came a shock. St. John, who’d never gotten over the death of his son, died of alcohol poisoning and  was found dead at his home on February 2, 2019. Find several articles in tribute in the March 4, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Donna Messina 6 time Daytime Emmy-wining make-up artist at General Hospital died December 6, 2018 at age 59. Read more about her in the December 31, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane, Days of Our Lives) has discovered a shoe company that makes flats out of recycled water bottles. Learn more in the January 14, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Bob Lipton who played Jeff Ward on As the World Turns – the father of Annie’s quints – is the brother of Peggy Lipton of Mod Squad fame. His niece Kidada, whose birthday party he talked about attending in the August 1981 issue of Afternoon TV, is also the daughter of jazz musician Quincy Jones.

Find holiday letters from actors in the December 31, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest. They are: John McCook (Eric Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful), Ashley Jones (Bridget Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful), Sal Stowers (Lani Price, Days of Our Lives), Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis, Days of Our Lives), Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina Davis, General Hospital), Wes Ramsey (Peter August, General Hospital), Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott, The Young and the Restless), and Camryn Crimes (Mariah Copeland, The Young and the Restless).

Check out a feature of Genie Francis on her latest firing and rehiring from her iconic role on General Hospital in the January 14, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Christopher, the young son of Brena Benet (Lee Williams, Days of Our Lives) and Bill Bixby died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1981. The cast spoke of planting a tree in his honor, but I couldn’t find whether they did or not. Benet would pass on herself the following year. – Afternoon TV, August 1981.

Heather Tom (Katie Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful) is the subject of the feature interview in the December 31, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Katie Logan Spencer Forrester or at least her actress Heather Tom took a quiz on Katie’s history and did a great job! See the questions and answers in the October 15, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

What was the deal with the music box Jill Foster Abbott inherited from Kay Chancellor? After trying to get rid of it several times, it finally disappeared and then reappeared in an antique store. Inside a secret compartment was a letter explaining that Kay now acknowledged Phillip had loved Jill and she now returned a ring Phillip had bought Jill. Read more details in the October 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Hayley Erin (Kiki Jerome, General Hospital) describes her last day on the show and that her furniture in the December 31, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin, General Hospital) gives a tribute to the recently deceased Susan Brown who played his character’s step-mother, Gail Baldwin in the January 14, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Check out this tribute to the crew of The Young and the Restless in 2019. Sadly no names, but a really nice tribute.

A tribute to the recently passed Aretha Franklin in the October 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth talks about Franklin‘s professed long term passion for soaps including listing some of her favorites.

Marissa Tait (Becky, Amber’s cousin, Little Eric’s bio mom, CJ’s true love) wed Aaron Eaton. Former TV cousin Adrienne Frantz attended and Instagramed the event according to the October 22, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Catch up with what Ashlyn Pearce (Aly Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful) has done since her character died. Read about it in the October 15, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Follow through a photo tour of all the men in Phyllis Summer’s past on The Young and the Restless in the January 14, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Camryn Grimes (Cassie Newman/Mariah Copeland) on The Young and the Restless is a big Disneyland fan according to the October 15, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The designer sketches on The Bold and the Beautiful are done by their graphics department according to the Oct. 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful) talks about her time on the show, especially her start on the show in the October 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

For the 50th Anniversary of The Young and the Restless a time capsule will be opened on May 26, 2023. It’s supposed to be full of show memorabilia. Read about it in the Oct. 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Paul Davidson (Paul Williams, The Young and the Restless) talks about being cut from the soap he was on contract for for 40 years. Sometimes they wrote him as smart Paul, sometimes they wrote him as dumb Paul, but either is FAR superior to NO Paul. Read about his take in the October 15, 2018 in CBS Soaps in Depth. AND I’m pleased to add that as I publish THIS Paul’s back!

The classic primetime soap opera Peyton Place is now available on DVD through Part 3. Here’s Part One.

Check out the Shick (Sharon Newman and Phyllis Newman)’s almost wedding in October 2018. Read all about it and see photos in the October 15, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

A special photo filled special on great soap fights through the years in the October 1, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

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I’m all about Chapman, but today it’s all Yale! . ’s longtime Stage Manager is retiring today. Stage 31 will never be the same. 👏❤️

Read more about Mal Young leaving The Young and the Restless in the January 14, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Check out his views on The Young and the Restless before he left in the October 15, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Find out more about his departure in the January 21, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out the last Hevon (Hillary Curtis/Devon Hamilton) wedding on The Young and the Restless. It includes photos and their final words in the October 15, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

After Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott #1, The Young and the Restless) left the show, then executive producer Mal Young characterized her leaving as “a break.” Davidson went online and said although she had expressed willingness to come back for a party or something at a future point, she considered her departure permanent. There is some speculation that with Young out Davidson might be more willing to return, in fact she’s made her first two day return this month. However, for now Davidson is out.

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.

Odds and Ends 56

March 7, 2019

While looking for Guiding Light information, I sometimes find things that I think are of interest relating to other soaps. This collection of Odds and Ends related to various soaps that someone may want to know some time. Look for another odds and ends post soon.

Check out the history of the character of Rex Brady between 2002 and 2018 in the November 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith Newman, The Young and the Restless) also played a young girl version of Dolly Parton in a couple of movies about Parton‘s life. She appeared with Parton at a special media event announcing the Wildwood Grove expansion at Dollywood. See a photo in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Michael Mealor (Kyle Abbott, The Young and the Restless) talks about how working with Jess Walton (Jill Foster Abbott) only gives 50% during rehearsal, but then goes pedal to the metal during actual takes. Read the details in the September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

When Sarah Michelle Gellar (originally Kendall Hart on All My Children who went on to stardom as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer) returned in the build up to the end of All My Children in 2011 was in a new character who was apparently mentally ill and swore she saw vampires and was Erica Kane’s daughter as Kendall was. Read about it in the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The October 8, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest features an interview with Kelly Monaco who has been with General Hospital as Samantha McCall Morgan for 15 years. It reviews her character’s history on the show.

On the set of The Young and the Restless a wardrobe department always has a representative on the floor checking for continuity according to the June 11, 2018 issue CBS Soaps in Depth.

Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher, The Young and the Restless) spent a summer in college interning on Capitol Hill. Read about it in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful) got her start on The Young and the Restless as Gretchen a friend of Patty Williams in 1981. She has returned to Y&R as Brooke in 1999 and 2007. Read about it in the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

During 2018 at various times scenes from It Came From Beneath the Sea, Lost Horizon, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington were shown on The Young and the Restless. Asked who picks this movies “Sometimes a specific movie is named in a script, and sometimes, we choose the clip in post-production. The monster movie Mariah and Tessa watched was named in the script.” Check it out in the September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

On General Hospital Sammy Davis, Jr. played Eddie Phillips, the estranged father of Bryan Phillips, a Port Charles resident from 1978-1986. Read more about it in the November 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

A photo shows The Young and the Restless Headwriter/Executive Producer Mal Young introducing the Rosales family with photo in the October 29, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

The November 26, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest includes a half of page of who were the members of the Brooks family on The Young and the Restless and what happened to them.

Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman, As the World Turns) visited Cady McClain (Rosanna Cabot #2, As the World Turns) at Paint Made Flesh a play she directed. See a photo in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton Deveraux, Days of Our Lives) did an interview about her 30 years on Days, her early days on Santa Barbara, and her feelings about the current state of soaps in the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Heather Tom (Victoria Newman, The Young and the Restless, Katie Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful) has entered the CBS Director’s Initiative which leads provides apprenticeship for new directors. Read about it in the November 19, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott #1) talks about leaving The Young and the Restless including a couple of photos and quotes from her and Peter Bergman who played her brother Jack. Find it in the Oct. 29, 2018 in CBS Soaps in Depth.

Check out a round up of Halloween 2018 costumes on The Young and the Restless in November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest. The same issue has a roundup of six soap actors’s most memorable costume on their show. Find a roundup of classic soap characters in Halloween costume over the years. It also covers Days of Our Lives second annual Halloween dream episode. Also in the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Dick Christie (Charlie the security guard, The Bold and the Beautiful) was the father on Small Wonder (an old syndicated series where he invented a human looking robot that they raised as their daughter) and he often gets asks if there is going to be a reboot. There aren’t any plans he knows about, but he’d totally be on board for one. Read more in the October 29, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Sharon Case (Sharon Newman, The Young and the Restless) recalls her favorite moments on the show. Read all about them and see photos in the September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Get a detailed description of the almost wedding of Nick and Sharon Newman on The Young and the Restless in early November 2018. It fell apart when at the very last second Sharon found out that Nick had cheated with Phyllis (as I’m sure Nick would say they were on a break). Read about it in the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Michael Swan [Duncan McKecknie on As the World Turns] once worked in his family owned winery, the Joseph Swan Vineyards, and is a wine consultant.” (Soap Opera Magazine, August 25, 1992).

Bryton James (Devon Hamilton, The Young and the Restless) is in a feature article talking about his character’s life during and after his character’s wife, Hillary, died. Read it in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Read more in the September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Michael Damian (Danny Romalotti, a famous singer on The Young and the Restless) gives a feature interview about his work behind the scenes were he’s done a lot of work “In fact, High Strong: Free Dance is the fifth movie that he’s shot in Bucharest, Romania alone.” Damian says he’d come back to Y&R, but he’d want a strong story to do it. Check it out with photos in the October 29, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Eileen Fulton (Lisa Miller Hughes of As the World Turns) flew to Black Mountain, North Carolina, to help her mom, Maragaret McLarty, celebrate her 85th birthday. Several weeks ago, Margaret took a nasty spill and broke her elbow – but as Eileen puts it, she is “quite a feisty dame. She’s already out of the sling and back to driving all of her neighbors around town on their errands.” Now back in New York, Eileen is gearing up for her August 23 singing appearance at J’s in Manhattan. “I’ve changed my act a lot,” she told Soap Opera Magazine. “I now do a lot of jazz and blues.” (August 25, 1992)

Don Diamont (Brad Carleton, The Young and the Restless, Dollar Bill Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful) talks about his unusual connection with Muhammad Ali including a photos in the September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Andrea Evans (Patty Williams #1, The Young and the Restless, et al) brought her real-life daughter Kylie Lyn to the Hollywood Show. See a photo in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Get a set side description of the Brooke-Taylor cake fight at Hope and Liam’s November 2018 wedding.  It includes a photo. Find it in the November 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Read all about Thorne Forrester and Katie Logan’s wedding on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 wedding. Find more about The Bold and the Beautiful wedding in the January 7, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Find photos, the full vows, location, officiant, and guests.

John McCook (Eric Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful) recently had a reminder of a small role in Back to the Future that didn’t make it to the final cut. He played a doctor endorsing the healthy effects of cigarette smoking. Read more about it from McCook in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Find a full report on the Monday, February 26, 2018 wedding of Hope Brady and Rafael Hernandez of Days of Our Lives in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Find a full report including the vows, the champagne toast, and location.

Check out photos showing Alison Sweeney‘s life and career as Sami Brady on Days of Our Lives and beyond in the September 3, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Find a full photo overview of Courtney Hope (Sally Spencer II, The Bold and the Beautiful) and Chad Duell (Michael Quartermaine, General Hospital)’s summer vacation in the September 17, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. They traveled to a 14th century castle in Czocha, Poland which offers a wizarding college. It’s based on  J.K. Rowling Harry Potter (although I’m willing to bet it’s without permission). It’s some amazing photos.

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A Surprise Evening with Don

March 4, 2019

Iowans of certain age hold a great affection for Don MacLaughlin (Chris Hughes – Nancy’s husband) who moved into the role of patriarch on As the World Turns before turning the role of patriarch over to his character’s son Bob in turn. MacLaughlin never forgot he was from Iowa. He’d come back to visit and seeing Don — or even hearing someone had run into him — was a big deal. Honestly I only remember the very end of that time, but I heard the stories. I highlight a few sections of the article below in below.

The character of Chris played into the origin story of As the World Turns. Chris was from a farm family who sent him to law school thinking he’d come back into their farm community. Instead Chris got into a junior partnership in a prominent law firm in Oakdale thanks to his law school best friend. He never got back to that farm community and Nancy wanted to be upwardly mobile. The Lowells were already up there the early years of the show played on the relationships and tensions between the two families.

Maxx, Julian. “A Surprise Evening with Don: He’s Teaching the Stars How to Shine.” Afternoon TV. vol. 5 no. 8. August 1973. pp. 42-43, 72.

Don MacLaughlin Plays Chris Hughes on As the World Turns

Don MacLaughlin has been spending a lot of evenings away from home lately, but for an excellent cause. When he isn’t at the northwestern Connecticut farm he shares with Mary, his wife of almost forty years, he can be found in a downtown Manhattan classroom teaching aspiring television stars how to shine.

Don‘s course is given by AFTRA, the TV actors’ union, and his students include both professionals and novices. Teaching good acting technique is no easy business, but Don has a four-decade career in radion and television roles to back him up. Before creating the character of Chris Hughes on As the World Turns, so 17 years ago, he was a featured voice on many of radio’s top serials.

Although this is a new career for Don, the MacLauglin clan already has two full-fledged academicians. Don‘s older son, Douglas, teaches cyrogenics (the preservation of life by freezing) at the University of California and younger son, Briton, teaches political history at the University of Capetown in South Africa. The MacLaughlins, who are grandparents, also have a married daughter, Janet.

When it comes to introducing young performers to the intricacies of television soap opera acting, who could be more qualified than Don MacLaughlin, who has been starred in As the World Turns for more than 17 years?

And so it was no surprise to find Don at AFTRA (the union for all TV performers) headquarters one recent evening where he was about to instruct a class of ten professional actors and actresses on the art of soap opera acting.

“This is the first of five weekly two-hour seminars for AFTRA members,” Don told us when we met him shortly before the start of the initial class. “Performing on daytime television serials is an art in itself and it’s something which is not touched on in most professional acting schools or classes. I think the union is performing a marvelous service for its members with this seminar.”

Don, gray-haired and distinguished looking, could have passed for a typical college professor as he sat down with his new charages for the first time in one of AFTRA’s large meeting rooms.

The class was evenly divided between men and women. Their ages ranged from 18 to 45. One woman was a professional registered nurse who had previously appeared on a number of TV serials as a nurse. One young girl had worked as an “under five” (less than five lines to speak) on Don‘s own show just the week before. All of them had some acting experience either in school, summer stock, or even on TV Commercials. But none of them had ever worked on a soap opera for any length of time.

“I don’t have what you think of TV soap actors,” said Don at the start of the class, “and I really don’t care. However, I must tell you it is a a nice way to make a handsome living in the profession you have chosen.”

The class tittered.

“The soap opera has provided members of the acting profession with a forum in which they can display their talents while earning a handsome buck,” Don continued. “It also affords you the opportunity to learn more about your profession, and this added confidence will help make you a better performer.”

Don passed out various scenes from old As the World Turns scripts and divided the class into small groups geared to perform these scenes.

As the class separated to learn their lines and rehearse together, Don took a ten-minute break to talk further with us.

“There’s no way you can teach people how to act,” he explained. “It’s something that one is born with. What I or any other counselor can do is to help bring out whatever natural talents a person has. What these kids are learning now is how to digest a scene quickly and learn lines rapidly. These are two ‘musts’ for a daytime television performer.”

“The scenes I have selected for them to perform are what I consider to be typical soap opera scenes,” he noted. “There’s a kitchen scene, a living room scene and even an eating scene. One of the hardest things for an actor to learn is how to eat on camera while doing a dramatic scene. Until you get used to it, you can’t help but look awkward. If you’re sitting at a dining room table with a plate of food in front of you, you have to eat that food as you talk. It’s exactly what you would do in real life, but on-camera you have to look natural doing it.”

The class came together again and began performing their scenes. Don watched each performance closely, commenting only when he had something pertinent to say. Otherwise, he just let the kids perform.

Following the scenes, most of the “student actors” remarked on the difficulty they had memorizing the lines quickly and digesting their meanng.

“I’ve been doing this for 17 years,” Don remarked, “and that problem is still major for me, too.”

The class laughed.

“When I get home at night with a new script, I read through it and then tape the other actors’ lines on my small casette recorder. I memorize my own lines and then rehearse with this tape. I have found that this ist he easiest way for me to learn my lines.”

As the first season broke up, Don passed out longer scenes to members of the cast and asked them to rehearse them together on their own time during the week and to come to class the following week with these scenes polished.

“I love working with young actors,” Don said afterward. “They have such enthusiasm and high hope. And they’re all so talented. Their enthusiasm rubs off on me and helps rejuvenate my own acting prowess.”

Don had been enlisted for the AFTRA seminars by his good friend and fellow actor, Nat Polen, one of the stars of a rival soap, One Life to Live.

Don is one of the finest actors and gentlemen that I know,” Nat said. “He has the perfect disposition to teach. He is knowledgable, he is patient and he can communicate. And most importantly, he loves people.”

“He is one of the most polished and preofessional performers on television,” Nat added. “He always seems to be in complete command of himself, on matter the situation. He has been on television every week for the past 17 years, and I don’t think I have ever seen him give an inferior performance.”

Helen Wagner, who has been Don‘s television wife for 17 years, calls him, “a complete professional.”

“We have been on the show together from the very first performance,” she said. “We have a fantastic rapport. He always comes to the studio prepared to work. We’ve been a television husband and wife team for so long now, it’s almost as if we are really married.”

Both Nat Polen and Helen Wagner used the term “an actor’s actor” when discussion Don MacLaughlin.

Don was flattered and honstly overwhelmed by the “label.” “It’s great to be appreciated by the people who watch you perform,” Don said, “but it’s even greater to be appreciated by one’s own peers.”

At the conclusion of the five-week seminar, we discussed the results with both teacher and students.

One young actor remarked: “I feel more confident in my own talents now. Don, with his patience and guidance, helped instill that confidence in me.”

Another “graduate” called Don “the best acting instructor I’ve ever had. He knows how to make you feel relaxed. He is always able to find something good in your performance while pointing up some faults. But he always makes you feel relaxed. He is always able to find something good in your performance while pointing up some faults. But he always makes you feel that your good points far outweigh your bad ones.”

“There’s no sense beating these kids’ brains out,” Don said. “They all have ambition and a need to act. Of course, some of them are more talented naturally than others. But they all have the potential to be good solid performers if nothing else. It is not my place to tell any of them ‘go home and find something else to do.’ They have all chosen to become actors and they should be encouraged to go as far as their talents will take them.”

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