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  1. LOL! At the time of Delia's real therapy with Dr. Pagano, after the Ryan family finally distanced themselves from her, Roger asked Bob about Delia and their mother. Bob told him the mother spoiled Delia and would also do things for Delia - he said Maureen mostly spoiled Delia out of guilt. All Delia usually said was her mother worked hard, was always tired, and looked much older than her age -- from Bob we got more of the story. Their father was in a mental institution for many years and he passed on before his wife. Bob said, being a boy, he was expected to take care of himself.
  2. Great ideas...Really Great! Any child of Mary's would have come even later than two years, though. Mary only became pregnant in late 1976 after Kate's real life unplanned pregnancy. Kate wrote in her book that when she told Claire she was pregnant and told her she may have to quit and that was when Kate wrote it was after that when Claire came up with this idea of making Mary pregnant, too, to help keep Kate on the show. Would any future (after 1977) baby Ryan have belong to Mary & Jack or Mary & someone else? Also have wondered what Mary and Jack's s/l was going to be before Kate's pregnancy changed the direction. Publications said there was going to be a Jack/Mary/ Alex triangle. While I liked corny Alex, just don't see that him as being a big enough rival for Jack. Even with Jack's claims that Alex was really a wolf in sheep's clothing. I also think, if not for her pregnancy, Kate might have left in July and not stayed on the extra 6 months. Sure she felt indebted to them to stay a little longer for what they did for her, but most likely her ever growing baby bump had put a stop on her pursing other roles there for a while
  3. I would have preferred they just have Mary leave town instead of killing her off. They sent Pat, Frank, and Siobhan away. Claire from December 1979 "When you have a happily married couple like Jack and Mary you lose plot flexibility. We couldn't separate them romantically. The audience wouldn't have accepted it. Frankly, Paul and I were unequal to the task of keeping them married and still providing a front-burner story for Jack, who maintained incredible audience appeal." So the viewers weren't accepting the recasts of Mary- yet I find it interesting that she says the audience wouldn't accept Mary and Jack breaking up. There was another quote, which I cannot find right now, where Claire, again said, she has trouble writing for married couples.
  4. Here's some of what I recall from Louise Shaffer's Locher Room YouTube interview Louise's favorite role was Serena/ Josie on The Edge of Night She had watched Ryan's Hope and wanted to be on it Claire wanted to bring a bitch character on to the show Louise told her she wanted Rae to show no conscience and just go after what she wanted...freedom to not be evil or bad but just driven She was brought on to screw up Frank and Jill's story and then be gone RH writer Jeffrey Lane came up with the Rae has a daughter, Kim, story that kept her around Louise shared a dressing room with Kelli Louise thought Kelli had charisma and as long as Kelli stayed on the show Louise would always have a job She said Kelli was 17 or 18 ..guess she doesn't know about Kelli saying she was only 14 when she started on RH Louise felt Michael Corbett and other men on the show didn't get enough appreciation Michael was a smart actor and physically beautiful Talks about when Rae slapped Kim. They rehearsed and was getting late and Kelli said to Louise "just hit me" Said good things about Helen Gallagher and how Helen always played the characters backstory Other things She called taking the role of Stephanie on Search For Tomorrow a the mistake of a lifetime but she needed the job and the money ... and with a character and actress as popular as Stephanie and Maree there should have been more time between when she left and the role was recast She was terrified of Mary Stuart during her first run on SFT...second time she and Mary had more in common including how they both liked writing When Louise was there she felt Lisa Peluso was ready to move on She had fun playing Goldie on All My Children She hated writing for daytime She said her favorite soap characters to write for were Kathryn Hays and Martha Byrne's characters on As the World Turns Said James Mitchell (Where the Heart Is) was amazing and he gave her some help for one of her books She'd take the right acting role if it were offered today
  5. Yes, he did. Just came across this in an old file. Michael Levin(Jack) talks about the different Mary's and mentions Helen bringing Kathleen in for the role of Siobhan. I don't know what publication and can't recall why I only have these few paragraphs and not the whole article. I don't think this was from one of Carl's magazines, was it? They aren't the clearest to read When Kate Mulgrew left "Ryan's Hope," Michael gave no thought to what adjustments would have to be made with a new actress playing his wife. But, as actress followed actress over the last year and a half, Michael realized there WERE adjustments. "It took me a year to learn how to work with Katey, to learn what a spunky fireball she was. It was very exciting to work with her. You could trust her dynamic, alive and take whatever you threw at her and throw something back." "Mary Carney, Kathleen Dolan, and now Nikki Goulet all had different qualities. As they replace each actress, they try to fill whatever weak spot the one before had. "It was easy with Mary Carney, she had the craft, but it was kind of low-keyed thing after Katey. I didn't spend much time worrying about Mary or how she would change or change my acting, "Kathy was exciting but was a constant problem in the sense of a new girl breaking into the form. Helen Gallagher brought her in to play the other daughter, Siobhan, but the powers that be cast her as Mary, the bigger part. Kathy herself is anti-establishment, and it was hard to get the old Mary Ryan from her. Especially since Kate had created a Mary that was part child-woman, aggressive, yet a nice person, and a very female person, all that is Mary Ryan and Kate Mulgrew, as well, but Kathy had her own special qualities." Michael feels Mary Ryan as played by Nikki Goulet has a sweeter qualities. "She also has the life and pizzazz of Mary." I had led Michael into this discussion and he didn't flinch from the verbal dissection of his various TV wives, any more than the original bluebeard flinched from real dissection. He admits that when Kate was leaving, he felt it would be best to kill the character of Mary rather than try to replace her. he thought it would be interesting, Fenelli left with the baby he hadn't wanted. The powers-that-be on the show disagreed. "With Nikki I've decided- you see, I'm learning - not to try and teach, which I tried to do with the others. It's almost like a good father, letting the person develop and you just watch and once in a while say something or do something when you're sure exactly what you're gonna say can and let it happen. "It has been impossible for me to do that on the show for a year and a half now. With a new person you must be conscience of the fact they're new, you must get used to the form. Then you're concerned with how to make it work. "You go through a break-in period first, then you find yourself in a different situation with each of the women. Easy with Mary Caney, electric with Kathy, but a problem I couldn't figure." (Eventually Michael decided it was that the role of Mary was so different from Kathy herself. What gave Kathy her zing was her attitude of having broken away from tradition, yet Mary is tradition bound.) He's learned to relax and enjoy working with Nikki.
  6. Faith? & Frank- Tracy guest starred on Daniel Hugh-Kelly's Hardcastle & McCormick in 1985 -
  7. Another Faith inspiration - Tracy Brooks Swope (Where the Heart Is) said they created Faith with her in mind. After playing Maeve's sister, Pauline was also a Sister Mary Joel
  8. Yes, he auditioned for Seneca. Nancy Addison had originally auditioned for Faith. Malcolm Groome said it took him a little while to accept their role offer because he didn't want to do a soap opera - so, maybe, they were just waiting for him to say yes.
  9. In one of Kate Mulgrew's books- she said she knew soap opera work wasn't going to fulfill her. She said that the show wouldn't give her time off to do other projects. This was hard to understand since they gave Nancy Addison time off the film the Dain's Curse and Helen Gallagher got time off to take a working vacation on an Oriental cruise. Helen and Kathleen had portrayed mother and daughter in a play together and she had brought Kathleen in to read for the role of Siobhan. Instead, they cast her as Mary. In a 2008 blogtalkradio interview, Malcolm Groome said that several months after the show began they changed Pat closer to Malcolm's personality when they changed Pat from a "love 'em and leave 'em " playboy to a nice guy type. On the old Soapnet forum, it was interesting to hear from people who started watching the show after Pat was sent to Texas. Patrick James Clarke was their first Pat and they liked him and were sorry to see him go. They came to like Malcolm, too, of course. Some press reports also felt that PJC was really starting to make Pat his own when he was replaced.
  10. Yes! Thank you! Fun to see Helen in a commercial. By the time she was on Ryan's Hope, Helen said she would love to do commercials but they never hire her.
  11. So sad to hear of John Gabriel's passing. One of my favorite descriptions of Seneca, on the show, was from Siobhan. While she was checking in on sick little Edmund at the hospital, she met Seneca for the first time - she then went back home and told Maeve, Johnny, and Mary that "he's a cuddle". Of course, they did not see him that way - but I thought it was adorable. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Newspaper piece from May 28, 1976 After 3½ years of playing "scheming inconsequential opportunists " on daytime television, John Gabriel has become a good guy. Gabriel wanted to portray a character "with whom I could identify with and admire" and has fulfilled that desire by taking the role of Seneca Beaulac, a superstar researcher on the daytime series "Ryan's Hope seen Monday through Friday, 1 to 1:30 pm on ABC-TV. "Seneca", according to Gabriel, "is a dark slightly-graying handsome man, is a person who has confidence and doesn't need to impress anyone, has a sense of humor about himself, is dedicated to his profession, and is extremely moral." He is a far cry from Teddy Holmes in General Hospital and Link Morrison in Love of Life, whom Gabriel portrayed. "Both these men used their appeal for selfish gains", he said. "They were womanizers with a long line of women as their victims." "But that didn't that bother me as much as they were inconsequential. They were men of little substance. If I'm going to be a bad guy, I'd like to be a bad guy like Iago." Gabriel wasn't the only one to dislike the characters. Teddy Holmes, for example, received a great deal of hate mail.
  12. This is from June 2020 and a commentary written by MacKenzie Allen (Jim Speed) -who spent some time in law enforcement after acting. The Sante Fe New Mexican newspaper https://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/emphasize-the-peace-for-officers/article_bf0cd672-b256-11ea-9754-2b6ff2665193.html ************************************************************************* Emphasize the 'peace' for officers By MacKenzie Allen Jun 20, 2020 I’ve seen racism acted out by fellow cops. It was rare but it was ugly. Racism and brutality by law enforcement is inexcusable. Period. This country is being convulsed by the horrible events of the past few weeks, finally so unavoidably exposed as to defy being ignored. I can barely begin to imagine the pent-up rage and frustration of African Americans and other minorities after suffering generations of abuse and violence at the hands of those sworn to protect us all. The problems are so immensely complex that they cannot be addressed fully here, but I would like offer some insights. The concept of “community policing” was much-promoted beginning in the 1990s, and most cops were highly skeptical. I was the first deputy in my agency to be assigned as community officer. We began in a district I had worked for years, our most troublesome area. The population was comprised of every race and ethnicity you could think of, each with its gang(s). White, Black, Pacific Islander, Native American, Southeast Asian … you name it. The only people who supported us were the older white folks. Everyone else either feared, hated or mistrusted us. Clearly, this had to change. We began by holding community meetings with residents of “the projects,” subsidized housing that was rife with crime. We were able to convey to them that we truly cared about the community, but that we needed their help, welcomed their input, wanted to address their fears and work with them to provide a more peaceful neighborhood. I opened a “storefront” office smack in the middle of the drug and gang-infested, run-down commercial area. Residents could walk in at any time to discuss concerns. We distributed a monthly newsletter to the community detailing our efforts and successes and projects on which we were working. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. We organized a community walkabout. A couple of hundred residents met with 10 deputies and the precinct brass at the Boys & Girls Clubs, then walked together for a couple of miles through the streets. People came out to cheer and greet us, people who previously would hide from us, especially those refugees from the Cambodian “killing fields” and the horrors of Vietnam who trusted no one in uniform. We ran citizens academies and encouraged ride-alongs with patrol to help people understand our work. But most of all, we talked. More importantly, we listened. It will take a lot of talk, a great deal more listening and a vast opening of minds on all sides to mend this terrible shredding of our society. But it can be done. To not try is to abdicate and to watch ourselves become a failed state. Changing an outdated view of the mission for police officers will require true leadership, and that comes from the top. The entire command staff of an agency must embrace and actually model the desired behavior. That means spending some time out of the office and on the streets with patrol troops. Cops won’t respect any admin person who A) has no street experience and hides out at headquarters. Overloaded with work as they may be, administrators must find time to interact with patrol and the public on calls for service. Some police departments are already good at this. Some are light years behind. Make no mistake. There will always be a “warrior” element in police work. But we need to put a far greater emphasis on the “peace” part of peace officer. MacKenzie Allen, who lives in Santa Fe, was a deputy sheriff in both Seattle and Los Angeles. ***************************************************************
  13. Ana Alicia's (Alicia Nieves, Ryan's Hope) bad Puerto Rican accent. Didn't learn until one of the later SOAPnet rebroadcasts, after reading an old 1985 AA interview, that it was a last minute change. Ana spoke about it again in a 2013 Hill Place blog interview - Once she started working on "Ryan's Hope," Ana Alicia encountered some initial challenges with her role, "The weird thing that happened when I read for the role, I didn't read with any accent at all, and I was never told that I would have to have any accent. When I got there, the director took one look at me and said to the producer, 'She's got to have an accent. She doesn't look Puerto Rican.' So they asked, 'Can you do an accent?' and I said 'I don't know' because we were about to shoot! But I was feeling so grateful to be there and too un-knowledgeable to say 'Hey, you know what? I don't feel comfortable. It doesn't feel right to me, I didn't prepare this.' So I just did it. I just jumped into it. And it was so awkward for me because it wasn't natural and I felt so bad about that, about the whole situation. So, gradually, throughout the year they let me drop the accent. (laugh) And it had to be, like, really gradual, you know, and so after a year I left with barely any accent left!"
  14. Some of the quick notes I jotted down- Michael Corbett said he was hired for 3 days and then offered a contract It looked like Michael was getting a family but Joan Loring (Michael’s mother- Anna Paval) couldn’t remember her lines. Louise thought she was going to be written out until she met Kelli and then told her husband her job was safe. Nice how much Louise taught Kelli. I recall on the Soapnet forum Rose Alaio (Rose) said the show offered Kelli no help. Michael didn’t really answer if anyone helped him. Michael said he was disappointed when he was written out. Kelli said she was devastated when she was written out. The Ryans were not thrilled with the addition of them to the show. Helen Gallagher (Maeve) told the writers to rewrite scenes where Maeve was to speak with Michael because she said Maeve would never speak to MP. This disappointed Michael as he was a HG fan. Instead Maeve's dialog was given to Delia. He said Randall Edwards (Delia #3) was lovely. Kelli and Michael were hired to be the show's answer to Luke & Laura and bring in a younger audience. Louise said Kelli and Michael were charismatic performers and the audience responded to them. Kelli said they first considered Kim seducing Frank Ryan. She called John Gabriel (Seneca) a trooper for being stuck with the Lolita s/l She also said John was not the jealous type. All 3 gave their story for why they became actors. Louise hated writing for soaps because she wanted to tell her own stories. After he was fired, the shows wardrobe person secretly gave Michael all of MP’s clothes to take home. She gave Kelli some of Kim’s clothes. Louise loved Edge o Night and that was because of co-stars Ann Flood and Lois Kibbee. That role taught her how not to take the work home because she drove herself a little crazy with the s/l. ________________________________________________________________________ I enjoyed the affection they have of each other. I was thinking of one of the reports that Michael had been fired because of backstage jealousy - I always thought that it was a male co-star's jealousy but maybe it was a female. I recall that a blogradio interview ( had to be over 10 years ago) where Louise said there was a clique on the show and she wasn’t part of it – and in this YouTube reunion it really sounded like they were together by themselves on and off screen. Also in the blogradio interview, Louise said was a team player and the show would send her out to do press because they knew she would be positive – even during the Merit Karah s/l. So it would be interesting to hear her speak even more about everything 40 years later
  15. Prince Albert started right away in the new year (198O) and he abducted her mid-March. Crystal Palace opened mid-May. Barry's was run down in late September. Roger pulled a "Frank Ryan" and threw her out after he caught her with Dan Fox. After he had slept with Rae first, which led Dee to be vulnerable to Dan. Roger didn't care that Dan "forced " her to continue the affair, just like Frank didn't care that Roger "forced" her during the Frank/Delia marriage . (Although Frank and Delia's marriage was in a better place at that time, Delia did admit to Father McShane that she was continuing the affair and giving in to Roger's "blackmail" to keep Roger around as a back-up just in case Frank still left her) .After hearing how Labine and Mayer thought it was natural for Delia to go after Frank again in 1983, I imagine they saw this also as some natural old pattern, too, of looking for safety and protection from the Ryan's and Frank after the break-up with Barry and the hit-and-run.
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