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CBS Soaps in Depth Turns The Last Page

April 27, 2020
Danny Santos

No. 40 Danny Santos

I’m very sorry to announce that as of April 23, 2020 I found out that the publication of CBS Soaps in Depth and its sibling publication ABC Soaps in Depth will cease publication after a final issue coming out dated May 4, 2020. CBS Soaps in Depth has consistently supported Manny by continued mentions and lists through the years.

I’m devastated to report that leaves Soap Opera Digest as the only remaining nation wide soap publication. There are websites that will continue to report soap news, but none with the structure, quality, and completeness that the two Soaps in Depth publications provided. The Soaps in Depth websites, which in my opinion had grown increasingly separate from the paper publications, will continue under their trademark. You can now find Richard Simms, the editor who previously tweeted the @soapsindepthabc and the @soapsindepthcbs, on his personal Twitter feeds @howrudeareyou and/or his second account @alltvallshade (where he mostly talks only about TV).

3 Random Issues of Soaps in Depth

The following is from Simms’s , personal Twitter feed on April 23, 2020. I am reposting with permission:

You’ve probably heard by now that Soaps In Depth magazine has folded. Our last issue will publish on May 4 [2020]. The news came down suddenly, so we didn’t really have an opportunity to say a proper farewell. I’d like to take a moment to do that now.

I started with Soaps In Depth when it launched back in 1997, and was fortunate enough to work with the most amazing staff you could ever hope to. Many of us have been there from Day 1 until today, when we put the finishing touches on our final issue.

On a near-daily basis, I had the awesome pleasure of live-tweeting soaps with thousands of you. Sometimes, if I thought about it too hard, it was a little mind-blowing that I’d somehow landed this incredible job.

I often joked that I had the distinct pleasure of working in two dying industries: soaps and magazines. Sadly, the crisis our country is currently faced combined to deal a pretty severe blow to both. But to paraphrase Sonny Corinthos, “It was a wild ride.”

I feel confident that the entire staff of Soaps In Depth will allow me to speak on their behalf when I say “Thank you.” Without you, the readers, we’d never have had the amazing run that we did.

Personally, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world. I mean, for a soap fan such as myself, could life be any better than to land a job working with my best friend, watching soaps, and interacting with other soap fans? I think not.

I’m sorry I’m having to tweet this from my personal account as opposed to the Twitter feeds we all spent so much time discussing, debating, disagreeing and, more than anything, laughing on. But those feeds are now the property of the Soaps In Depth website, which will continue.

I’m not sure exactly where I’ll land, or what I’ll be doing, but one thing you can count on: I’m not done with #SoapTwitter. Now, I’ll just be coming at it from the other side… as a soap fan with no pesky job through which to filter my thoughts!
For now, let me say one more time, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. This has been a dream job, and one I honestly never imagined lasting more than two decades. If you had half as much fun as I did, it was all worth while.
Richard Simms

[P.S.] It’s crazy how much life can change in the course of 12 hours. If you’d told me at 10:15 a.m. that at day’s end, I’d be going to bed newly unemployed, I would never have believed you.

The official feed put 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.


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.

All My Children Poem

October 10, 2019

From the Latest News column in the September 1974 issue of Daytime TV

Poem on All My Children

The beautiful poem quoted on All My Children is a section from a very long poem by William Wordsworth, “Intimations of Immortality” says Agnes Nixon, writer-creator of All My Children.

The lines used on AMC are:

What though the radiance which was once so bright,

Be now forever taken from my sight,

Though nothing can bring back the hour

Of splendor in the grass,

or glory in the flowers;

We will grieve not, rather find

Strength in what remains behind;

In the primal sympathy

Which having been must ever be:

In the soothing thoughts that spring

Out of human suffering;

In the faith that looks through death,

In years that bring the philosopher’s mind.

Odds and Ends Musical 5

October 9, 2019

One of the hardest things to track down later is what song was used with a scene. I try and catch references to specific songs and round them up. I’ve previously published Part 1Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Some of these are from old issues.

When Stephanie Forrester was dying – in a tribute to her actress’ Celtic roots – her husband Eric hired Celtic Woman to perform for them. The performed “Danny Boy” and “The Parting Glass” on the show. While Stephanie was actually dying Brooke sang “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.” Read more about it in the September 19, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

In the June 21, 2019 issue of (not sure which soap magazine, left it out originally, sorry) The Bold and the Beautiful Hope Logan Spencer listens to a song while thinking about her life with Liam it’s called “Think About You” performed by Molly McCook. It was composed by Supervising Producer Casey Kasprzyk and Senior VP Operations, Anthony Ferrari.

James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine on General Hospital) is the real life son of Chad Stuart, half of the legendary folk duo Chad and Jeremy. Chad raised both his sons hoping they would be singers. Neither were, but James decided to do an album in tribute. It’s called “The Apple Tree.” It will be out on digital distribution soon. Read all about it in the July 15, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Jamal playing on the piano at the end of Empire‘s March 13, 2019 episode ended with the song “Filling Spaces.” It’s available on Amazon and iTunes according to the April 15, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

According to Melody Thomas Scott, Nikki Newman’s very first striptease was to “Love to Love You, Baby” by Donna Summer. See a photo in the March 4, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Scott Reeves (the late Ryan McNeil on The Young and the Restless) appeared as himself on As The World Turns performing in his real-life country music duo, Blue Country according to the March 4, 2019 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

When Trevor and Natalie danced at their wedding on All My Children their first dance was “You and I” recorded by Michael Feinstein. (Soap Opera Magazine, August 25, 1992)

On Days of Our Lives Molly and Tanner on February 17, 1992 ice skated to “Hold Me Now” by Dan Hill. (Soap Opera Magazine, August 25, 1992)

On the 1992 special Days of Our Lives special “One Stormy Night” Bo and Carly’s theme was from Schascle‘s album Haunted by Real Life. (Soap Opera Magazine, August 25, 1992)

In 1992 on Guiding Light Nick and Eve took a bubble bath. In the background was “OSoave Fanciulle” from La Boheme. (Soap Opera Magazine, August 25, 1992)

Andy Dixon and Courtney’s couple theme on As the World Turns is “If This Isn’t Love” composed by Gloria Skieros and is on Jobeth Taylor‘s Album. (Soap Opera Magazine, August 25, 1992)

In 2015 both Sonny and Carly on General Hospital and Sharon and Nick on The Young and the Restless had montages to “Never Ending” performed by Fisher. Find it for sale on iTunes. Read about it in the November 2, 2015 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

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.


Couple Codes Update September 2019

September 5, 2019

Here’s my latest update on creating a list of couple code aka smoosh names aka the names people create for couples by combing their names. For example Manny is Michelle Bauer Santos and Danny Santos and Marony is Marah Lewis and Tony Santos. I’ve posted the list from other soaps before, but I’ve been trying to post quarterly updates to help get suggestions who I’ve missed. I’ve added more since last time, but please check for your favorites (or even the not so favorite couples you can remember). I’m a long way from having all of them for all soaps here. I think I have finally collected most of the Guiding Light couple codes, but I’m adding those below and am now branching out to collect other soaps. The shows and the names are listed in alphabetical order. All couples are eligible to be included if they are on a daytime soap opera and have a commonly used nickname or code.  I threw a few primetime ones on at the bottom too, just for fun. This list is by no means complete at this point, but I found with my work with the Guiding Light list that people tend to respond more after they see what you have.

I also have reserved a spot on the the list for anyone with a nickname that might be confused with a couple code. For example, on the Guiding Light list I’ve included Cleva for Clone Reva. So here are the couples whose name I’ve remember or had suggested to me so far. If you spot I’m missing one from any daytime soap, please let me know on Facebook, Twitter, in the comments below or by e-mailing me at

All My Children

BAM – Bianca Montgomery and Maggie Stone

Greenleo – Greenlee Smythe and Leo du Pres

Jamanda – Dr. Joseph “Jake” Henry Martin Jr. and Amanda Dillion

Jannie – Adam Chandler III and Adam Lavery

Minx – Bianca Montgomery and Marisa Ramirez, Binx was Bianca’s nickname.

Rylee – Ryan Lavery and Greenlee Smythe

Zendall – Kendall Hart and Zach Slater

As the World Turns

NutMeg – Meg Snyder once she went around the bend.

Benry – Barbara Ryan and Henry Coleman

CarJack – Carly Tenney and Jack Snyder

HEM – Hal Munson and Emily Stewart

Jacket – Jack Snyder and Janet Ciccone

Jolly – Jack McKinnon and Molly Conlan

Linden – Lily Walsh and Holden Snyder

LuRe – Luciano “Luke” Snyder and Reid Oliver

Lusty – Lucy Montgomery and Dusty Donovan

Nuke – Noah Mayer and Luciano “Luke” Snyder

PEG – Paul Ryan and Meg Snyder

PEM – Paul Ryan and Emily Stewart

Willen – Will Munson and Gwen Norbeck

The Bold and the Beautiful

$Bill – Dollar Bill – Nickname for Bill Spencer

Batie – Bill Spencer and Katie Logan

Beric – Brooke Logan and Eric Forester

Breacon – Brooke Logan and Deacon Sharpe

Bricky – Brooke Logan and Nick Marone

Bridge – Brooke Logan and Ridge Forrester

Brill – Brooke Logan and Bill Spencer

CaRidge – Caroline Spencer Forrester and Ridge Forrester

CarMas – Caroline Spencer and Thomas Forrester

DEric – Donna Logan and Eric Forrester

DeQuinn – Deacon Sharpe and Quinn Fuller

DUstin – Donna Logan and Justin Barber

Hott – Hope Logan and Wyatt Spencer

Kari – Katie Logan and Ridge Forrester aka Kridge

Kridge – Katie Logan and Ridge Forrester aka Kari (I don’t really acknowledge Kridge as it sounds like something you’d scrape out of a fish filter)

Lally – Liam Spencer and Sally Spectra II

Livy – Liam Spencer and Ivy Forrester

Lope – Liam Spencer and Hope Logan

Nicket – Nick Marone and Bridget Logan

Queric – Quinn Fuller and Eric Forrester

Quiam – Quinn Fuller and Liam Spencer

Quidge – Quinn Fuller and Ridge Forrester

Ramber – Rick Forrester and Amber Moore

Rashley – Ridge Forrester and Ashley Abbott

Raya – Rick Forrester and Maya Avant

Statt – Steffy Forrester and Wyatt Spencer aka Wyffy

Steam – Steffy Forrester and Liam Spencer

Still – Steffy Forrester and Bill Spencer

Tally – Thomas Forrester and Sally Spectra, Jr.

Thatie – Thorne Forrester and Katie Logan

Throoke – Thorne Forrester and Brooke Logan

Tridge – Taylor Hays and Ridge Forrester

Wally – Wyatt Spencer and Sally Spectra Jr.

Watie – Wyatt Spencer and Katie Logan aka WyKat

Wivy – Wyatt Spencer and Ivy Forrester

WyKat – Wyatt Spencer and Katie Logan aka Watie

Wyffy – Wyatt Spencer and Steffy Forrester aka Statt

Zencole – Zende Forester and Nicole Avant

Zensasha – Zende Forester and Sasha Thompson

Days of Our Lives

FauxBo – When Bo Brady was replaced by a duplicate

Gabby – When Abby Deveraux split into alters including a version of Gabi Hernandez

Abben – Abby Deveraux and Ben Rogers

Bope – Bo Brady and Hope Williams

Brave – Brady Black and Eve Donovan aka Breve

Bristen – Brady Black and Kristen Dimera

Breve – Brady Black and Eve Donovan aka Brave

Broe – Brady Black and Chloe Lane

Chabby – Chad Dimera and Abby Deveraux

Chabi – Chad Dimera and Gabi Hernandez

Cin – Ciara Brady and Ben Rogers

Dannifer – Dr. Daniel Jonas and Jennifer Horton

EJAbby – EJ Dimera and Abby Deveraux

EJami – EJ Dimera and Sami Brady

EJole – EJ Dimera and Nicole Walker

Elani – Eli Grant and Lani Price

Ericole – Eric Brady and Nicole Walker

Haiden – Hope Williams and Aiden Jennings

Horita – Will Horton and Paul Narita

Jaige – Jack “JJ” Devereux and Paige Larson

Jarlena – John Black and Marlena Evans

JenEric – Jennifer Horton and Eric Brady

Jeve – Jack “JJ” Devereux and Eve Donovan

JNJ – Jack Devereux and Jennifer Horton

Jresa – Jack “JJ” Devereux and Theresa Donovan

Keddie – Kate Roberts and Eduardo Hernandez

Luloe – Lucas Horton and Chloe Lane

Lumi – Lucas Horton and Sami Brady

Lush – Lucas Horton and Sheryl Connors

PaulSon – Paul Narita and Sonny Kiriakis

Phloe – Phillip Kiriakis and Chloe Lane

Rope – Rafe Hernandez and Hope Williams

Shelle – Shawn Brady and Belle Black

Stabi – Stefan O. DiMera and Gabi Hernandez

Stayla – Steve “Patch” Johnson and Kayla Brady

Thrady – Theresa Donovan and Brady Black

Tiara – Tripp Dalton and Ciara Brady

WilSon – Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis

General Hospital

Britch or The Britch – an unflattering nickname for Dr. Britt Westbourne, used by her enemies

Fluke – Fake Luke Spencer

HammyFinn – Hamilton Finn

AMor – Ava Jerome and Morgan Corinthos

Brew – Bobby “Franco” Franks and Drew Caine – A bromance

Brik – Britt Westbourne and Nicolas Cassadine

Bracas – Brad Cooper and Lucas Jones

CarJax – Carly Spencer and Jax Jacks

Carlina – Carlos Rivera and Sabrina Santiago

Chillow – Harrison Chase and Willow Tait

Cranco – Carly Benson Jacks and Sonny Corinthos

Carson – Carly Benson Jacks and Sonny Corinthos

DnA – Duke Lavery and Anna Devane

Dream – Drew Quartermaine and Sam Morgan

Driz – Drew Quartermaine and Liz Webber

Ducy – Duke Lavery and Lucy Cole

Ethina – Ethan Lovett and Kristina Davis

Fanna – Hamilton Finn and Anna Devane

Felxis – Hamilton Finn and Alexis Davis

Flelena – “Fluke” Luke Spencer and Helena Cassadine

FrAva – “Franco” Robert James Frank and Ava Jerome

Friz – “Franco” Robert James Frank and Liz Webber

GrAva – Griffin Monroe and Ava Jerome

Griki – Griffin Monroe and Kiki Jerome aka Kriffin

Hamexis – Hamilton Finn and Alexis Davis

Heydik – Hayden Barnes and Nicolas Cassadine

Hiesl – Hamilton Finn and Liesel Obrecht

Jandre – Jordan Ashford and Andre Maddox

Jarly – Jason Morgan and Carly Benson Jacks

Jasam – Jason Morgan and Sam McCall

JoMax – Johnny Zacchara and Maxie Jones

JosCar – Jossyln Jacks and Oscar Nero

Julexis – Julian Jerome and Alexis Davis

Jurtis – Jordan Ashford and Curtis Ashford

KevLar – Kevin Collins and Laura Spencer also spelled KevLaur

Killon – Kiki Jerome and Dillon Quatermine

Kriffin – Kiki Jerome and Griffin Monroe aka Griki

Lante – Lulu Spencer and Dante Falconeri

Lauruke – Laura Williams and Luke Spencer

LiRic – Liz Webber and Ric Lansing

Liason – Liz Webber and Jason Morgan

Lukanna – Luke Spencer and Anna Devane

Luke and Laura – Luke Spencer and Laura Spencer NOTE: Since they were big before couple codes they are generally just referred to as Luke and Laura.

Lutra – Luke Spencer and Traci Quatermaine

Mayan – Maya Ward and Ethan Lovett

McBam – John McBain and Samantha McCall

Miki – Michael Corinthos Quatermaine and Kiki Jerome

Mixie – Michael Corinthos Quartermaine and Maxie Jones

MorKiki – Morgan Corinthos and Kiki Jerome aka MorKi

Naxie – Nathan West and Maxie Jones

Nexis – Ned Ashton and Alexis Davis

Niava – Nicolas Cassadine and Ava Jerome

NiCo – Nina Clay and “Franco” Robert James Frank

Niv – Ned Ashton and Olivia Falconeri aka NOlivia

Niz – Nicolas Cassadine and Liz Webber

NOliva – Ned Ashton and Olivia Falconeri aka Niv

Patrina – Patrick Drake and Sabrina Santiago

Pristina – Parker Forsyth and Kristina Corinthos-Davis

RAM – Ric Lansing and Sam McCall

Rexis – Ric Lansing and Alexis Davis

RnA – Robert Scorpio and Anna Devane

Sakey – Sabrina Santiago and Michael (Mikey) Corinthos Quartermaine

Samtrick – Sam McCall and Patrick Drake

SAveus – Silas Clay and Ava Jerome

ScAva – Scott Baldwin and Ava Jerome

Scrubs – Robin Scorpio and Patrick Drake

Sexis – Sonny Corinthos and Alexis Davis

Shordan – Shawn Butler and Jordan Ashford

Siam – Silas Clay and Sam McCall

Sina – Silas Clay and Nina Clay

SnB – Sonny Corinthos and Brenda Barrett

Snelle – Sonny Corinthos and Nelle Hayes

Solivia – Sonny Corinthos and Olivia Falconeri

Spixie – Damian Spinelli and Maxie Jones

Tarly – Todd Manning and Carly Benson Jacks

Tolly – TJ Ashford and Molly Lansing

Valentina – Valentine Cassadine and Nina Clay

VAnna – Valentine Cassadine and Anna Devane

Vante – Valerie Spencer and Dante Falconerie

Guiding Light

Manny – Michelle Bauer and Danny Santos

Stenz – Paul Anthony Stewart and Joie Lenz  –  This is an unusual couple code in that it actually refers to the last names of the actors who originated the couple and is used to refer to the original Manny as opposed to the second version with Nancy St. Alban.

Stalbans – Paul Anthony Stewart and Nancy St. Alban – The corresponding couple code for the second version of Manny.

Alannie – Alan Spaulding and Annie Dutton

Balex – Buzz Cooper and Alexander Spaulding

Bava – Bill Lewis III and Ava Peralta

Bedmund – Beth Raines and Edmund Winslow

Beneth – Ben Warren and Beth Raines Spaulding

Beva – Buzz Cooper and Reva Shayne aka Ruzz

Bilar – Bill Lewis and Pilar Santos

Billip – Beth Raines and Phillip Spaulding aka Pheth

Bileva – Billy Lewis and Reva Shayne Lewis

Bilivia – Bill Lewis and Olivia Spencer

Bizzie – Bill Lewis and Lizzie Spaulding

Blen – Blake Thorpe and Ben Warren

Bliss – Blake Thorpe and Doris Wolfe (Never a couple on the show, but have a fan base anyway.)

Bloss – Blake Thorpe and Ross Marler

Blujack – Beth Raines and Lujack

Bolivia – Buzz Cooper and Olivia Spencer

Boop – Beth Raines and “Coop” Cooper

Buzzena – Buzz Cooper and Selena Davis

Cadmund – Cassie Layne and Edmund Winslow

Carben – Carmen Santos and Ben Warren

Cart – Cassie Layne and Hart Jessup

Cash – Cassie Layne and Josh Lewis aka Crash – Apparently pro people used this term and anti people used Crash, although Crash seems to be much more heavily used.

Charley – Cyrus Foley and Harley Cooper

Cleva – Clone Reva – Not a couple code, but I thought it could easily be mistaken for one, so I thought I had better include it.

Cooplee – “Coop” Cooper and Ashlee Wolfe

Cozzie – “Coop” Cooper and Lizzie Spaulding

Crash – Cassie Layne and Josh Lewis (ok, I don’t know how they got the r in this one) aka Cash (see note under Cash)

Cyrina – Cyrus Foley and Marina Cooper

Cyrizzie – Cyrus Foley and Lizzie Spaulding

D/D – Danny Santos and Drew Jacobs – A one-night stand not a true couple, but you will occasionally see this referenced in old Manny discussion posts.

Darcus – Dahlia Crede and Marcus Williams – alternate spelling Darkus

Dart – Dinah Marler and Hart Jessup

Dicky – David Grant and Vicky Spaulding

Dresse – Drew Jacobs and Jesse Blue

EAM – Eleni Andros and Alan-Michael Spaulding

Fake – Frank Cooper and Blake Thorpe Marler (Used more by people against the couple, I haven’t seen a pro-alternative)

Feva – Jeffery O’Neill and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Jeffeva

Flex – Fletcher Reade and Alexandra Spaulding

Folly – Fletcher Reade and Holly Thorpe

Fratalia – Frank Cooper and Natalia Aitoro

Freleni – Frank Cooper and Eleni Andros

GusH – Gus Aitoro and Harley Cooper

Harlet – Harley Cooper and A.C. Mallet

Hed – Holly Thorpe and Ed Bauer

Hoss – Holly Thorpe and Ross Marler aka RoHo

Jaisy – James Spaulding and Daisy Cooper

Jammy – Jonathan Randall and Tammy Layne

Jannie – Josh Lewis and Annie Dutton

Jarah – Jeffery O’Neill and Marah Lewis

Jassie – Jeffery O’Neill and Cassie Layne

Jeffeva – Jeffery O’Neill and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Feva

Jeth – Jim LeMay and Beth Raines

Jeva – Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne aka Jova

Jezz – Jenna Bradshaw and Buzz Cooper

Jizzie – Jonathan Randall and Lizzie Spaulding

Jolivia – Josh Lewis and Olivia Spencer

Jonah – Jonathan Randall and Dinah Marler

Jova – Josh Lewis and Reva Shayne aka Jeva (They are almost universally known as Jeva, but I did find one website/listserv named for them under Jova and by my at least one use standard I had to add this variant.)

LAM – Lucy Cooper and Alan-Michael Spaulding

Lillibuzz – Lillian Raines and Buzz Cooper

Malah – A.C. Mallet and Dinah Marler

Manny – See Above

Marony – Marah Lewis and Tony Santos

Mattesa – Matt Reardon and Vanessa Chamberlain

Mayne – Marina Cooper and Shayne Lewis

Messe – Michelle Bauer and Jesse Blue

M&M – Marina Cooper and A.C. Mallet

Nova – Dr. Noah Chase and Reva Shayne Lewis

Otalia – Olivia Spencer and Natalia Aitoro

Pharley – Phillip Spaulding and Harley Cooper

Pheth – Phillip Spaulding and Beth Raines aka Billip

Quola – Quint Chamberlain and Nola Reardon

Rabby – Rick Bauer and Abby Blume

Rassie – Richard Winslow and Cassie Layne

Revard – Reva Shayne Lewis and Richard Winslow aka Richeva

Richeva – Richard Winslow and Reva Shayne Lewis aka Revard

Rindia – Ross Marler and India von Halkein

Roarah – Robbie Santos and Sarah Randall

Roginah – Roger Thorpe and Dinah Marler

RoHo – Holly Thorpe and Ross Marler aka Hoss

Rolly – Roger Thorpe and Holly Norris Reade

Ruzz – Reva Shayne and Buzz Cooper aka Beva

Sammy – Sandy Foster and Tammy Layne

Sharina – Shayne Lewis and Marina Cooper

Shaynah – Shayne Lewis and Dinah Marler

Snick – Susan Bates and Nick McHenry

Vanilly – Vanessa Chamberlain and Billy Lewis

One Life to Live

Gex – Gigi Morasco and Walter “Rex” Balsom, Jr.

Kish – Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish

Jolie – John McBain and Natalie Buchanan

Stole – Star Manning and Cole Thornhart

TnB – Todd Manning and Blair Cramer


Kayguel – Kay Bennett and Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald

Lancy – Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald and Fancy Crane

Shuis – Sheridan Crane and Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald

The Young and the Restless

Abturo – Abby Newman and Autro Rosales

Bily – Billy Abbott and Lily Winters

Bummer – Billy Abbott and Summer Newman

Chadam – Chelsea Lawson and Adam Newman

Chick – Chelsea Lawson and Nick Newman

Chilly – Chole Mitchell and Billy Abbott

Chylan – Chelsea Lawson and Dylan McAvoy

Danly – Daniel Romalotti and Lily Winters

Davery – Dylan McAvoy and Avery Bailey Clark

Deriah – Devon Hamilton and Mariah Copeland

Elevon – Elena Dawson (his half-sister Ana’s cousin on the other side) and Devon Hamilton

Hevon – Hillary Curtis and Devon Hamilton

Javery – Joe Clark and Avery Bailey Clark

Joilin – Jill Abbott and Colin Atkinson

Kariah – Kevin Fisher and Mariah Copeland

Kola – Kyle Abbott and Lola Rosales

Likey – Lauren Fenmore and Michael Baldwin

Naul – Nikki Reed and Paul Williams

Navery – Nick Newman and Avery Bailey Clark

Neslie – Neil Winters and Leslie Michaelson

Neilary – Neil Winters and Hillary Curtis

Niktor – Nikki Reed and Victor Newman

Noco – Noah Newman and Courtney Sloan (cop who was murdered)

Phack – Phyllis Summers and Jack Abbott

Phick – Phyllis Summers and Nick Newman

Philly – Phyllis Summers and Billy Abbott

Pricket – Paul Williams and Cricket Blair

Ravishley – Ravi Shapur and Ashley Abbott

Scrabby – Scott Granger and Abby Newman

Seo – Summer Newman and Theo Vanderway

Shey – Sharon Newman and Rey Rosales

Shick – Sharon Newman and Nick Newman

Shilly – Sharon Newman and Billy Abbott

Shott – Sharon Newman and Scott Granger

Shylan – Sharon Newman and Dylan McAvoy

Stashley – Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn and Ashley Abbott

Sticky – Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn and Victoria Newman aka Vitch

Style – Summer Newman and Kyle Abbott

Tabby – Tyler Michaelson and Abby Carleton Newman

Tobby – Toby and Abby Carleton Newman

Trane – Traci Abbott and Cane Ashby

Tricky – Travis Crawford and Victoria Neman (going by Tori)

Vane – Victoria Newman and Cane Ashby

Villy – Victoria Newman and Billy Abbott

Vitch – Victoria Newman and Ben ‘Stitch’ Rayburn aka Sticky

Big Bang Theory

Bernard  Bernadette Rostenkowski and Howard Wolowitz aka Howardette

Howardette – Howard Wolowitz and Bernadette Rostenkowski aka Bernard

Lenny – Leonard and Penny

Shamy – Sheldon and Amy (actually coined and used by Penny on the show, love a shipper)

Boy Meets World/Girl Meets World

Corpanga – Cory “Cornelius” Matthews and Topanga Lawrence Matthews

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bangel – Buffy and Angel


Caskett – Richard Castle and Kate Beckett

Esplanie – Javi Esposito and Lanie Parish

Downton Abbey

Chelsie – Charlie Carson and Elsie Hughes


Mondler – Monica Geller and Chandler Bing


Tate – Tony Di Nozzo and Caitlin Todd

Tiva – Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David

The Librarians

Fleve – Flynn Carter and Eve Baird

The Muppets

Kermiggy – Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy

One Tree Hill

Naley – Nathan Scott and Haley James


Shules – Shawn Spencer and Julie “Jules” O’Hara


Melvester – Meghan O’Brien and Sylvester

Quintis – Tobias and Happy aka Tappy (won out)

Tappy – Tobias and Happy aka Quintis

Waige – Walter and Paige

Star Wars

Hanleia – Han Solo and Princess Leia

UPDATED: September 4, 2019

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.

The Young and the Restless Sets 2019

June 13, 2019

In the April 29, 2019 issue of Soap Opera Digest Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) walks you through his favorite sets on the show and what he likes about them. One part jumps out at me:

“The way we tell our show now, all the sets are permanently in place, so the crew isn’t working hard to move sets in and out. And they don’t take up a lot of studio space, so kudos to the talent and skill of our set designers. I’ve played the dartboard between takes and I’m still undefeated.” 

In the same article they talk about the Brady Pub on Days of Our Lives and say how their dartboard is set up so darts just bounce off.

I hadn’t heard they’d switched to permanent sets. The idea of having permanent sets, especially those that could be redressed quickly so putting sets up, down, and moving around having to adjust light and microphones can be minimized, is the current view of the future for soaps. One of Mal Young‘s true contributions was an effort to be more realistic in sets and incorporate more small outside location shots.

Morrow gives a specific example later in the article: “The way the GCAC used to be when we had space, there was a big revolving door, the coat check and the awesome staircase, so it felt very old money and prestigious. Unfortunately, when we went to the stationary set, we lost the grand entrance of the club. I love the old photos on the walls of the founders and the people who graced this place in the past. I even love the cutlery and the dishes.”

So apparently part of the last Guiding Light production model has been adopted by other soaps after all.

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



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.

Mama Wore Taps!

April 8, 2019

A story about the original Alexandra Spaulding, before she became Alexandra.

Beasley, Deborah. “Mama Wore Taps!: Beautiful Beverlee Stars in her Very Own Story! Motherhood! Romance! A Glamourous Career!” Afternoon TV, August 1973 Vol. 5 No. 8 pp. 54.

Beverlee‘s daytime fans, who once knew her as Martha Donnelly on Love is a Many Splendored Thing, were delighted when she returned to the daytime screen recently as the elegant Iris Carrington on Another World. Beverlee is delighted to be back, too, although she says she and Iris are as unlike as any two people could possibly be.

“Iris is up and immaculately dressed at nine in the morning,” she says with an incredulous smile. “Her make-up is always perfect, her hair is never out of place. Not long ago, the elevator man in my building said, ‘Miss McKinsey, my wife and I saw you on TV yesterday and you looked different than you look around here.’ That’s because off camera, I run around in blue jeans and an old shirt. Where Iris is always going to elegant places for lunch and dinner, I prefer to have people in and cook for them myself.”

Like Iris, Beverlee is the mother of a son, but, unlike her, she has him in her care, where she can give him all the motherly love and attention he deserves. “Scott is the best, ” she says proudly of her tall, blond, fourteen-year-old. “He has brains, patience and an even temperament. And a tremendous eagerness to know about everything. He’s interested in photography and saved his money to buy a fine camera and lenses. He’s an excellent student, excels in math and history. And, while he’s very well rounded, he doesn’t have the ego problems and ambition hangups that I had at fourteen.”

Beverlee has been divorced from Scott’s father, a successful businessman, since Scott was three. Although she admits raising her child alone hasn’t always been easy, she believes he has had a happy, well-rounded childhood, and that he is better for having had a good deal of his upbringing in New York.

“We lived in California before I came East for Splendored Thing and I adore it there. But you get drawn into a trap out there. Your home, with the swimming pool, becomes everything. There are lots of things to do in California, but most people don’t do them. In New York, your apartment becomes claustrophobic. You look for things to get you out. Scott and I got to the theater and museums here in New York. The city makes it possible for me to share his life. He likes to do the things I like to do.”

One of the most unique things they do together is attend a tap-dancing class at Carnegie Hall.

“It was entirely Scott‘s idea,” Beverlee chuckles. “It’s the first thing he’s ever wanted to do along those lines. Who knows what we’ll do with it, but we aren’t bad! We have our Ruby Keeler shoes and I wear my 1930s bell-bottom pants with a blouse tied around my waist. There are about 25 people in the class and we’re all tapping at once. The racket is fantastic! I never stop smiling, I love it so much. Scott is going away to camp this summer and I’m worried because I’m afraid he’ll fall behind in his dancing.”

Beverlee knows that her son misses the kind of outdoor life he could have in California, but, because he has had plenty of athletic outlets at school, she doesn’t worry about it. “We have a very exciting life here. New York breeds independence for a young person. In California, I would drive him everywhere. Now he gets around the city like he owns the place. I think it makes him more mature. I remember, I thought this place was the end of the world when I first came here. I didn’t have any sophistication about food, restaurants, theater…He’ll have all that by the time he graduates from high school.

“Of course, I’m afraid for him at times, but I try not to let him know how afraid I really am. He’s been mugged. It was a terrible experience for him. He had his money in a hoe, so all they got were his fur-lined gloves.”

Not long ago, Beverlee woke in the middle of the night with a traumatic thought about her son. But it didn’t have anything to do with his being in danger. “I realize he’ll be graduating in 4 years! she wails. “That’s just incredible. However, but that time, maybe I’ll have another child to raise.”

Does this mean that this gorgeous blonde is planning to get married again one of these days? “Well” she says thoughtfully, “marriage is a very tricky subject. I would marry for one reason only. That is to have another child. Other than that I would never want to marry again – unless I was over 50 and married for companionship. I have a boyfriend. We’ve been going together for five years. And we can’t figure what possible advantage there is to being married. We’ve both been married and we’re happier not being married than we were when we were married. We both love children. I have a big boy. He has a little boy. Sometimes we think it would be nice to have a little girl, but if she’s as shellfish as I’ve always been, maybe it isn’t such a good idea.”

Beverlee‘s boyfriend is also well known to daytime TV viewers, particularly to those who watched Love is a Many Splendored Thing. His name is Berekeley Harris, and he played Beverlee’s boyfriend on a show, the sinister Jim Whitman.

“Most people think we met on the show, but actually we were going together before that,” Beverlee explains. “We were in California and I was asked to come to New York to play Martha. At the time, I didn’t want to come. I was very happy in California. But Berekley had spent ten years doing TV and he was hungry for the stage. He persuaded me to give it a whirl.

“I came first – Scott was still in school – and on my first day here I had lunch with my producer. I asked about Martha … what she was like, what would be happening to her and so forth? He said, ‘Well, there will be a man in her life. We’re looking for a young Richard Widmark type, Handsome, blond, and a little sinister.”

“I said, ‘I have just the actor for you.’ Without telling him about our relationship, I suggested he get film clips on Berekeley. He did – and he flipped over him! It was only later that I told him that Berkeley was my boyfriend.”

Beverlee is amused by the fact that many people identify Berkeley with the part he played. “They think he’s sick and crazy,” she laughs. “He has that kind of bone structure that makes him look wicked. Once we were shopping in the sheet department of Bloomingdales’ and a lady came over to me and said, ‘You didn’t MARRY that beast did you?” I said, ‘No as a matter of fact, I didn’t.'”

Fortunately, Scott and Berkeley get along beautifully, so if she should marry him, there won’t be any problem along that line.

“They have the same kind of temperament, and they laugh a great deal. I’m very emotional. I run very hot and very cold. Both Scott and Berkeley have learned how to deal with that.:

Beverlee, who has worked in virtually every show-business medium, says she would like to do another Broadway play some day. But she is no longer the kind of actress who thinks of nothing but greasepaint and footlights. “I’ve fulfilled my career dreams, ” she says simply. “My goal now is to live my life to the fullest and not think about the past and the future. I used to think about the future a great deal. Now I don’t. I don’t plan. When you do that you lose sight of where you are at this very moment. I work because I support myself. I am very happy at it. But I could be happy doing other things, too. I adore interior decorating, and I’m good at it. I would love to go to school and study it. I’d like to take French lessons and tennis lessons, have the time to develop myself further. When you work, you haven’t the money, but you don’t have the time.

“Berkeley,” she adds is just the opposite. “He absolutely adores going to work. Not me. They honeymoon is over for me as far as work in concerned.”

Beverlee is currently writing a novel based on her life since she left her native McAlester, Oklahoma, and started on the road toward acting success. “If somebody publishes it and I make a million dollars, I won’t mind. But I’m really writing it for my child. I want him to have a knowledge of what my life was like in the theater, other than what I’ve told him.

“Most people think acting is so glamorous. It’s a job. That’s all it is. Of course, when I first started, everything was very exciting. I was willing to go anywhere and do anything, as long as I was working. I’m not that interested anymore. I’ve done Broadway, off-Broadway, nighttime TV, soap opera. When it’s all over you take the bus home and what you have left is yourself. And if you haven’t developed yourself, you’re left with a very empty life. I know girls, who think of nothing, but their careers, and their whole lives have gone down the drain. You shouldn’t go through life making sacrifices.”

Obviously Beveree’s whole life has NOT gone down the drain. She was a healthy, happy son who shows every sign of growing into a happy, successful man. She’s involved in interesting exciting pastimes. She has a man she loves and is loved by. These are the things that make it all worthwhile.


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