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  1. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    Ilene Kristen (Delia #1) & Nana Tucker/Nana Visitor (Nancy) Tune in Tomorrow – Jon Michael Reed February 20, 1982 When the character of lady mechanic Georgina Whitman surfaced on “One Life To Live'” three months ago, she was intended to be an “interim buffer” to re-introduce the character of Tony Lord. Now, the shows writers have extended the character to be more active. But the actress originally hired to play Georgina has been dropped. Actress Ilene Kristen was the original Delia on “Ryan's Hope.” Her return to the soap world signaled a willingness to combine soap acting's financial security with her outside interest. Unfortunately. Kristen gained a noticeable amount of pounds to her girth between soaps stints. A “OLTL” source claims that Kristen was cautioned to lose the flab or risk her job. Last week, “OLTL" announced that Nana Tucker will take over the role of Georgina, Interestingly, Tucker's also a “RH” alumna. She played Jewish girl, Nancy Feldman, who had an ill-fated romance with Catholic Pat Ryan. Tucker later portrayed Darcy Collins on “The Doctors.” Kristen, meanwhile, is rumored to be negotiating with “RH” to resume her role of Delia. The current Delia, Randall Edwards, is, according to another source, tired of the part and not afraid to let her displeasure show. Edwards garnered an Emmy nomination last year and was a delightful Delia. Kristen’s return, should it occur, would, however, be a reminder, and perhaps an inspiration, of the exemplary show “Ryan's Hope” was before it digressed to bloated tales of gangland wars and Egyptian mummy curses. “RH” has hired Patrick Jame Clarke for the returning role of Pat Ryan.
  2. OLTL Tribute Thread

    Ilene Kristen (Georgina #1) & Nana Tucker/Nana Visitor (Georgina #2) Tune in Tomorrow – Jon Michael Reed February 20, 1982 When the character of lady mechanic Georgina Whitman surfaced on “One Life To Live'” three months ago, she was intended to be an “interim buffer” to re-introduce the character of Tony Lord. Now, the shows writers have extended the character to be more active. But the actress originally hired to play Georgina has been dropped. Actress Ilene Kristen was the original Delia on “Ryan's Hope.” Her return to the soap world signaled a willingness to combine soap acting's financial security with her outside interest. Unfortunately. Kristen gained a noticeable amount of pounds to her girth between soaps stints. A “OLTL” source claims that Kristen was cautioned to lose the flab or risk her job. Last week, “OLTL" announced that Nana Tucker will take over the role of Georgina, Interestingly, Tucker's also a “RH” alumna. She played Jewish girl, Nancy Feldman, who had an ill-fated romance with Catholic Pat Ryan. Tucker later portrayed Darcy Collins on “The Doctors.” Kristen, meanwhile, is rumored to be negotiating with “RH” to resume her role of Delia. The current Delia, Randall Edwards, is, according to another source, tired of the part and not afraid to let her displeasure show. Edwards garnered an Emmy nomination last year and was a delightful Delia. Kristen’s return, should it occur, would, however, be a reminder, and perhaps an inspiration, of the exemplary show “Ryan's Hope” was before it digressed to bloated tales of gangland wars and Egyptian mummy curses.
  3. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    Thanks, Carl! Such a treat to see all these commercials!
  4. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    I believe 471-478 are not on Youtube The episodes you mentioned can be found here-- in these #515- #605 episodes uploaded by shessosweet88
  5. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    Thanks, Carl! Loved seeing a younger Ilene!
  6. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    In Michael Corbett's (Michael Pavel) April 1983 SOD interview --he was asked about his departure from Ryan's Hope --he gave a much different version of his leaving than he did in 2007 (on the SN forum from his webmaster). Maybe in 1983 he was trying to be nice -- or maybe trying to not burn any bridges. What Michael said in 2007 I thought you all might find it interesting to know how the end came about for Michael Pavel. I personally didn't know that they were going to kill off the character. Kelli Maroney (Kim) and I had just finished a big publicity tour with Luke and Laura from General Hospital. We got back to town on a Sunday and that Monday I was called into the office by the executive producer at the time Ellen Barrett. She never seemed to like me or the character of Michael Pavel very much. She told me to come in sit down. She said "I have some news for you." "Michael Pavel is going to die." "You're kidding," I said. "No I'm not" and in Devil Wears Prada finesse she tossed out a parting "That's all." Within 6 or 7 shows, I was taking bullet shots from Kim and her mother Rae.
  7. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    DHK left Ryan's Hope for the NBC TV series Chicago Story - H&M premiered two years later (1983) That 1981 Frank outdoor scene always made me think of Andrew Robinson's Frank going out for a walk ...and then he starts running through the street at night after Jill told him Seneca was the father of her baby with "lies...Lies...Lies" goes through his head....until he finally collapses on the steps of St. Patrick's...
  8. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    Ana Alicia (Alicia) has started a blog --not sure why she announced she is re-launching her acting career -- she had already announced that re-launch in 2015. https://www.ana-alicia-ortiz.com/blog/ Dear Friends As I re-launch my company, QUEBRADA ENTERTAINMENT, my acting career, and my personal life, I begin my blog. Please join me. In Gratitude and Faith, Ana Alicia
  9. Falcon Crest

    Ana Alicia (Melissa) has started a blog https://www.ana-alicia-ortiz.com/
  10. This is a Bernard Barrow (Louie) interview from Ryan's Bar Online http://ryansbaronline.tripod.com/barrowspw91.html Bernard Barrow: Big Daddy Soap Opera Weekly, September 3, 1991 by John A. Penzotti Although I've been interviewing soap opera actors for years, I've never been as nervous about spending an afternoon with anyone as I was when I met Bernie Barrow, this year's Emmy winner for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting role for his portrayal of Louie Slavinsky on Loving. But on the way to meet him I came to this conclusion: Barrow is a veteran and a pro, and well-equipped to field whatever I might throw at him. Still, I waited before I asked him about his toupee. Being a member of the Thinning Follicle Society myself, I wondered if it was necessary to his career or just a personal decision, especially since Johnny Ryan, Barrow's beloved Ryan's Hope character, wore one, and Louie does not. "I became balding (in my late 20's) and then bald by my early 30's," he explains, without a hint of annoyance. "I started wearing a piece for commercials in the 70's. It started as a small patch of hair and every three years or so, the hair pieces became fuller and fuller. In the 60's and 70's, commercials demanded hair. Fathers had hair." To him it was a tool of the trade. But if he was going to wear a piece, he wanted a good one. "I went through four or five. Joe Paris, who makes Frank Sinatra's hairpiece, made mine." Now I know who to call. "I had heard about the role of Johnny Ryan, but could not get a reading for the show," he continues, since, he says, it was felt he was too ethnic looking for the part. Through a personal friend who was connected with RH, he was able to get a reading, but it was for the part of Dr. Seneca Beaulac. Feeling that the toupee would work well with the characterization of this strong, gentle romantic doctor, he wore it to the screen test. After he finished his test, Barrow says, he was asked to test for Johnny Ryan, so he removed the hairpiece and read for the part. Later, he would be offered his choice of the two roles. Taking the show's title into consideration, he chose Johnny Ryan (John Gabriel was cast as Seneca). "I showed up the first day, and after rehearsal they asked me, 'Where's the hairpiece that you had on during the screen test?'" he recalls. "They were referring to the test for Seneca. I said, "I wasn't wearing a hairpiece." They said, 'Yes you were.'" He phoned his wife, Joan Kaye, who brought him the piece, and Johnny Ryan was born - with a full head of hair. When he joined Loving in the summer of 1990, Barrow and head writer Millee Taggart, who created the role of Louie, agreed that the hairpiece was not essential. "They wanted a strong, upfront, masculine kind of guy, which I equate with sexy," says Barrow. "They wanted to create middle-age romance between a guy who loved life, and somebody like Kate (Rescott, actress Nada Rowand), who needed a lift." Louie, says Barrow, appreciates Kate for who she is. "I love the idea of playing blue-collar men," he continues. "My father and mother were both Russian immigrants. My father ran a laundry and my mother worked alongside him." Blue collar or otherwise, Barrow has always taken on older characters. "At 19, I was playing Jonah Goodman in Irwin Shaw'sGentle People, off Broadway. (Jonah) was an older man - late 50's, early 60's," says Barrow. "So, I'm wearing a pair of my father's old pants, sticking my gut out, walking like him, and I was wonderful. I got a note from my agent; he said, 'how dare you play these roles - you're wonderful, but let the older guys play these roles. Come back in 40 years.'" A somewhat disheartening, if not insulting, comment, especially to a young actor. Besides tackling roles beyond his years, Barrow had been a college student since age 16. On the heels of the agent's advice, the 19-year-old actor focused on his studies, earning a bachelor's degree in theater history that year, and a master's in business administration at 21. By 22, he was one of the youngest professors at Brooklyn College in New York. His mother even called him "my son the professor who acts." But the actor inside him always seemed to be in conflict with the professor. The conflict came to a head about 20 years ago. "I was in a weekend encounter group," he explains, "Somebody asked me what I did for a living. I hesitated for a minute, then I said I was an actor. I burst into tears I couldn't control. All my life I had been telling people that I was a teacher who acts." "Ultimately you are what you love to be, or what gives you the most pleasure," he adds. "I'm proud to be an actor. I enjoy being an actor." He also enjoys being a husband and father. Barrow and his wife have four children between them (two each from previous marriages), now grown up and on their own. According to Barrow, one of the hardest things "is to tell your children what you really think. (Often) if you tell them what you really think and why, you will in some way wound them, or run the risk of losing some of their love or respect." "To be critical of one's children is not always a good idea," he continues, "because love gets in the way. Given the opportunities - as Johnny Ryan and Louie Slavinsky - to deal in a one-on-one way with a kid who needs to be made aware of what they are doing, or who is maybe going down the wrong path, is somehow satisfying for me. I don't know why. Maybe because it always puts me in a position to be freer than I am as a father in my own life. As though I can do it vicariously as an actor, not as a father." Barrow himself prefers a hands-off approach to child rearing, only occasionally offering opinions or advice. "I think people should make their own mistakes. It's important for kids to know that they can make mistakes, but their parents will still love them." Barrow has found the current storyline with on-screen son Paul (Joe Breen) a moving experience. (Paul is paralyzed following an injury from an explosion). "One of the hardest things so far is the emotional trauma that Louie has gone through with having his son so severely injured. Trying to find a way to get his son to forgive him for all those things that have happened between them over the years, and realizing that all the mistakes I have made with him may have caused this to happen." In spite of his reluctance to give advice, Barrow does share these words for theater hopefuls. "I always tell young actors to find a good teacher so they can find out what they're doing right and wrong and have some ammunition or technique for (those days) when they don't feel particularly good or haven't had a lot of sleep, or their co-star has a cold and is complaining." Winning the Daytime Emmy award helps validate Barrow's work on Loving. But was it Louie's Emmy or did Johnny Ryan have something to do with it? "I don't think the award was given to me for outstanding work in one's lifetime," Barrow says, "because if that were true, Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children, who's been nominated 12 times) would have one." Barrow speaks of how his late parents might have felt about their son's victory. Barrow feels that his mother "would have been joyous. She would have said that she was glad that I won for playing a good guy and not a bad guy. When I was doing The Secret Storm, playing Dan Kincaid, she was concerned that I was a bad guy. She didn't like her son doing bad things. I just kept telling her that bad guys have all the fun." But then again, good guys always win in the end.
  11. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    I hope they had Frank make visits to see Jill & Mary in Australia throughout his year in Riverside without them
  12. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    Wonder why they changed their minds about how to write Jill out Newspaper/December 1987 Bye, Nance. Dec. 9 will mark Nancy Addison Altman's last day as Jillian Coleridge Ryan on "Ryan's Hope," one of the few actors who has been with the show since it premiered back in 1975. A strong and reliable actress, she garnered two Emmy nominations during her years as Jill. She and her husband, former "20/20" producer Daniel Goldfarb, are moving to California, where Altman will be making rounds of film auditions and Goldfarb will be pursuing a new career as a screenwriter. Meanwhile, back at "RH," there were reports that the writers were going to send Jill off with a flourish by getting her involved in a political scandal or putting the character in a coma just in case Nancy decides to return in the future. Now, they've decided to simply send Jill off to Australia to visit her mother. Soap Bits - Even though John Sanderford is angry that his "Ryan's Hope" character, Frank Ryan, has been relegated to the back burner, he just signed a new 18-month contract... ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Considering that Nancy felt bored her last year and a half the show --perhaps it was just a little too soon when they asked her to return having just left 8 or 9 months earlier.
  13. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    Maybe they could have just had Jill presumed dead in some kind of accident in Australia -- no body found. Bess or Maggie could have been watching Mary and why she wouldn't have been with Jill at the time of the accident. If Nancy ever did agree to return-- just say she had a recurrence of her amnesia caused by the accident.
  14. Ryan's Hope Discussion Thread

    Shortly before the cancellation was announced in the fall of 1988 -- newspaper column reported that they asked Nancy Addison Altman to return to Ryan's Hope and she declined. It then went on to say that they were considering recasting the role.
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