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My Tribute to Jeanne Cooper


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Jeanne Cooper has been, very much, on my mind. Thinking about other soaps...when they've reached a milestone, they've also lost a member of their 'TV family.' Shortly after SFT celebrated its 20th anniversary, Melba Rae suddenly died. The year that GL celebrated its 20th TV anniversary, the show lost Ed Zimmerman (Dr. Joe Werner) and Theo Goetz (Papa Bauer). Shortly after 'The Edge of Night' won its Emmy in 1973, the show's last original cast member, Walter Greaza died. I went to his funeral. I was 17 at the time. Shortly after moving to ABC, Edge's Associate Writer Grace Garment went missing, and was later found dead (a suicide by drowning). Less than a year after Edge's December 28, 1984 cancellation, both Dennis Parker and Joel Crothers died. ATWT - A week after the show's 20th anniversary, Santos Ortega(Pa Hughes) died. Shortly after the show's 30th anniversary, Don McLaughlin (Christopher Hughes) died. Shortly after ATWT's 50th anniversary, Ben Hendrickson (Hal Munson) committed suicide. And, as we all know, Helen Wagner died just a month before the final taping. 'Another World' lost Douglass Watson around the time of their 25th anniversary. 'All My Children' - Shortly before the show's 25th anniversary, Fran Heflin died. Ruth Warrick died the year AMC celebrated its 35th anniversary on the air. Just before their final air date, Mary Fickett, the original Ruth Martin, died. Darlene Conley, B&B's Sally Spectra, died shortly before the show's 20th anniversary. The year that Days of Our Lives celebrated its 30th year on the air, the show lost MacDonald Carey (Dr. Tom Horton). Shortly after the show celebrated its 45th anniversary, Frances Reid (Alice Horton) died. Less than seven mobths before General Hospital's 50th anniversary, the show lost John Ingle. Shortly after the cancellation notice for OLTL came, its long-time director David Pressman died. Y&R has just celebrated its 40th anniversary...We've lost our divine Katherine Chancellor. R.I.P. Jeanne Cooper I feel a little closer to Jeanne/Katherine. I'll tell you why. Katherine's maiden name was 'Reynolds.' My last name is also Reynolds. Katherine successfully beat drinking and smoking. My wife, Joan, will celebrate her 40th anniversary from both alcohol and cigarettes on Nov. 9, 2013..

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I believe James Mitchell's last airdate on AMC was the fortieth anniversary as well... Lovely post.

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... and Ruth Warrick's was the 35th anniversary too.

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... and Ruth Warrick's was the 35th anniversary too.

Right--pretty sad, although in both cases I was happy that theyt were able to be involved in the anniversaries.

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Y&R's Michael Evans died shortly before Y&R's 30th anniversary.

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Y&R's Michael Evans died shortly before Y&R's 30th anniversary.

I thought he died before the show's 35th.?

Anyways Terry Lester died November 2003 during the show's 30th, also didn't Dorothy McGuire who played Jennifer Brooks die around 2008 during the 35th?

for OLTL going back a bit. Lillian Hayman who played Sadie Gray died around the 25th anniversary and Al Freeman Jr died shortly after the show got cancelled on ABC.

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Michael Evans died in late 2007.

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Dorothy McGuire played Cora Miller

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Dorothy McGuire played Cora Miller

That's right.....My Bad.

I meant Dorothy Green.

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