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ABOUT JACKIE COURTNEY, FROM HER DAUGHTER:

My mother was first diagnosed with malignant melanoma on her right cheek in the fall of 2004. Luckily, the cancer had not spread, and no further treatment was necessary after her surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

About to undergo a gall bladder operation in March ’10, a shadow was discovered in my mother’s lungs during routine pre-surgery tests. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the melanoma rearing its ugly head again. As before, it was removed (along with her right upper lobe) at MSKCC and had thankfully not spread. We hoped it would be at least another 5 years before anything resurfaced. However, in August ’10, she began to lose control of her left hand and arm, and the worst news hit: the melanoma had metastasized to the right parietal lobe of her brain, forming five tumors. Three were removed through surgery, and radiation was recommended to follow.

September and October were extremely stressful and frightening for my mother. Having brain tumors really played havoc with her life and even had her questioning her sanity at time. My mother planned to celebrate the end of her radiation treatment by visiting me and my partner in Michigan for 12 days. In addition to the cancer, she had been taking care of my grandmother with dementia 24-7 for the past 4 years…she knew she needed a break and looked forward to a vacation. Regrettably, her doctors had not revealed her true prognosis, that it was unlikely for her to live more than a few months (which is clearly stated on the AIM site…I just didn’t know about it at the time). Right before she flew out, one of her doctors did tell me over the phone and urged me to convince her to spend whatever time she had left with me in Michigan as we had always been EXTREMELY close. My mother was a bit in denial when I broke the news (NOT a position I ever thought I’d be in!), but she agreed. Unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse only a week into her visit, and Hospice was immediately called in. Two months to the day of flying out to Michigan, my mother departed this life, joining in Heaven so many of her beloved relatives and friends who had predeceased her.

My mother truly touched everyone she met. She was known for her beautiful smile, which genuinely lit up a room. She was also routinely recognized for her hearty laugh…though she was quite the giggler, as well! Jacquie had no problem being goofy and vulnerable. So many casually uttered statements immediately sparked a remembered tune, prompting her to burst into song (typically accompanied by me and even my grandmother–it’s a family “trait”). Likewise, my mother’s catalogue of “inside jokes” with friends and family was vast. She lived to make others happy and more comfortable. She was continually seeking that “special something” to brighten a loved one’s day. Even as her own income dwindled, she continued to donate money to various charities. In her last months, donating to melanoma research and education was something she urged everyone to do. No matter her own situation, she always felt there was someone less fortunate. Indeed, Jacquie was generally self-effacing, never believing she was very special…yet to those of us who loved her, she was extraordinary. I, for one, feel beyond blessed to have had her for a mother for 40 wonderful years.

Jennifer Desiderio, daughter

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MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH MALIGNANT MELANOMA

 

Back, way back, ... when I was 28 or 29 and had a large, dark, malignant melanoma on my left forearm and had to have surgery on it, to get close enough to get a full margin, my surgeon was Dr. Henry Holleman, Sr., in Columbus, MS. He had to take off a partial  piece of skin from my thigh to put a graft on the spot where the skin was taken off.

 

They let me leave the hospital that night to go to a party. My friend Jill Wood came in and shampooed my hair. That night at the party everyone wanted me to drop my drawers to show them the skin graft!

 

He was one of the original M*A*S*H surgeons. He was the one played by MacLean Stevenson, who loved to fish, and so, always had fishing lures in his office. I collected unusual glass bottles, including many that were dark blue cobalt color.  Each of us brought the other one collectibles! He was a great surgeon and took very good care of me. After the original surgery we went in again and removed many moles and freckles and had them all tested. Later, I saw a plastic surgeon to have the size of my scar reduced.

 

A year later they were afraid my cancer had returned and did many tests to be sure it had not - which it hadn't.

 

As it happened he was in my hospital room the night of the M*A*S*H finale and he was sitting on the side of my bed, patting my hand.

 

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So I have been watching the episodes from 1981.  I am now in June 1981 and Cecile has been recast and is now being played by Nancy Frangione.  It is amazing how in a few episodes how the character has been ramped up into the conniving Cecile that I remember watching in later years.  Was the recast Susan Keith's leaving of her own accord or a planned re-imagining of the character? 

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19 minutes ago, ScottyBman said:

So I have been watching the episodes from 1981.  I am now in June 1981 and Cecile has been recast and is now being played by Nancy Frangione.  It is amazing how in a few episodes how the character has been ramped up into the conniving Cecile that I remember watching in later years.  Was the recast Susan Keith's leaving of her own accord or a planned re-imagining of the character? 

 

I think Susan wanted to leave. I'm not sure. 

 

I felt like Cecile was already very conniving, although I haven't watched much of 1981. In 1980 she was running rings around people. Susan Keith seemed to be carrying wide swathes of the show at the time, along with Laura Malone and Vicky and Douglass. 

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16 minutes ago, DRW50 said:

I felt like Cecile was already very conniving, although I haven't watched much of 1981. In 1980 she was running rings around people. Susan Keith seemed to be carrying wide swathes of the show at the time, along with Laura Malone and Vicky and Douglass. 

I think after Cecile found out about Iris' scheme to break up her and Jamie in order for her and Dennis to be together was when Cecile became so conniving.

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5 minutes ago, AbcNbc247 said:

I think after Cecile found out about Iris' scheme to break up her and Jamie in order for her and Dennis to be together was when Cecile became so conniving.

 

Yes - and the guy who wooed her and dumped her (Philip, I think his name was) was in love with Pat, which led her to spend episode after episode after episode spewing bile about "poor Pat." Lots of laughs, really. 

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17 minutes ago, DRW50 said:

 

Yes - and the guy who wooed her and dumped her (Philip, I think his name was) was in love with Pat, which led her to spend episode after episode after episode spewing bile about "poor Pat." Lots of laughs, really. 

Yes, Pat ended up being one of Cecile's biggest targets, apart from Iris. And I do agree that the whole "poor Pat" story was a little funny at times. 

 

I would've liked to have seen Pat really take on Cecile and fight for her reputation.

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4 minutes ago, AbcNbc247 said:

Yes, Pat ended up being one of Cecile's biggest targets, apart from Iris. And I do agree that the whole "poor Pat" story was a little funny at times. 

 

I would've liked to have seen Pat really take on Cecile and fight for her reputation.

 

Me too. Beverly Penberthy was very adept at playing Pat's pain and sorrow, but she could have done so much more. 

 

Nobody wants to hear discourse about how stupid it was to let her go, so I won't bother...

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1 minute ago, DRW50 said:

Nobody wants to hear discourse about how stupid it was to let her go, so I won't bother...

I agree, so all I'll say is not only was it a stupid decision to let BP go, but an extremely stupid way to write her out as well.

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I think I recall reading  a PB interview long after the fact where it was clear that she had been unhappy about her departure.

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11 hours ago, Donna B said:

http://anotherworldhomepage.com/creation.htm

A new-ish item that corrects numerous items from past lore and history. Done by Eddie Drueding, Lynn Liccardo and Elana Levine. (Approximately Sept. 2018)

 

What Irna Phillips did understand was that ATWT viewers were the natural audience for AW. On the final page of AMW (that memoir All My Worlds), she shared her clever -- some might say brilliant -- idea to reach them. In the fall of 1963, ATWT celebrated Grandpa Hughes 70th birthday. The 150,000-200,000 viewers who included a return address on the cards they sent received a note a few weeks before the AW premiere, thanking them and letting them know about a new show on NBC. The gist of the promotion: "If you like the Hughes family, we think you'll also like the Matthews."

 

Among the most persistent myths surrounding "Another World" is that its creator, Irna Phillips, was heartbroken when CBS had no room in its daytime schedule and the show went to NBC. However, when Lynn Liccardo, author of the Kindle Single, "as the world stopped turning...," posed the question to former Procter & Gamble Productions executive, Ed Trach, he told a very different story.


According to Trach, sometime in 1963, NBC approached PGP about Irna Phillips creating a new serial for them. AW was never offered to CBS, a fact confirmed by Fred Silverman, then head of CBS Daytime. Trach went on to reiterate that PGP had no interest in placing another serial with CBS. Silverman suggested that by expanding their daytime footprint beyond CBS, PGP hoped to improve their bargaining position.


It was the success of "As the World Turns" that made NBC so eager to sign Phillips. According to Trach, ATWT was drawing higher ratings than all but three of the shows in NBC's primetime lineup at the time. But Phillips's concerns about placing a new serial on NBC were well-founded. Prior to AW's debut in May, 1964, there had been 19 serials on NBC (beginning in 1949, with Phillips's "These Are My Children"). Only seven lasted.

 

Also false is the notion that Phillips created AW as a sister show for "As the World Turns." No mention is made of a connection to Oakdale in the AW bible, or in the very rough first draft of her unfinished memoir, "All My Worlds." However, she did reference the Hughes family in the bible as a way to bring her AW characters in.

 

What Irna Phillips did understand was that ATWT viewers were the natural audience for AW. On the final page of AMW, she shared her clever -- some might say brilliant -- idea to reach them. In the fall of 1963, ATWT celebrated Grandpa Hughes 70th birthday. The 150,000-200,000 viewers who included a return address on the cards they sent received a note a few weeks before the AW premiere, thanking them and letting them know about a new show on NBC. The gist of the promotion: "if you like the Hughes family, we think you'll also like the Matthews."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is the AW bible?

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12 hours ago, Donna B said:

http://anotherworldhomepage.com/creation.htm

A new-ish item that corrects numerous items from past lore and history. Done by Eddie Drueding, Lynn Liccardo and Elana Levine. (Approximately Sept. 2018)

 

What Irna Phillips did understand was that ATWT viewers were the natural audience for AW. On the final page of AMW (that memoir All My Worlds), she shared her clever -- some might say brilliant -- idea to reach them. In the fall of 1963, ATWT celebrated Grandpa Hughes 70th birthday. The 150,000-200,000 viewers who included a return address on the cards they sent received a note a few weeks before the AW premiere, thanking them and letting them know about a new show on NBC. The gist of the promotion: "If you like the Hughes family, we think you'll also like the Matthews."

 

Among the most persistent myths surrounding "Another World" is that its creator, Irna Phillips, was heartbroken when CBS had no room in its daytime schedule and the show went to NBC. However, when Lynn Liccardo, author of the Kindle Single, "as the world stopped turning...," posed the question to former Procter & Gamble Productions executive, Ed Trach, he told a very different story.


According to Trach, sometime in 1963, NBC approached PGP about Irna Phillips creating a new serial for them. AW was never offered to CBS, a fact confirmed by Fred Silverman, then head of CBS Daytime. Trach went on to reiterate that PGP had no interest in placing another serial with CBS. Silverman suggested that by expanding their daytime footprint beyond CBS, PGP hoped to improve their bargaining position.


It was the success of "As the World Turns" that made NBC so eager to sign Phillips. According to Trach, ATWT was drawing higher ratings than all but three of the shows in NBC's primetime lineup at the time. But Phillips's concerns about placing a new serial on NBC were well-founded. Prior to AW's debut in May, 1964, there had been 19 serials on NBC (beginning in 1949, with Phillips's "These Are My Children"). Only seven lasted.

 

Also false is the notion that Phillips created AW as a sister show for "As the World Turns." No mention is made of a connection to Oakdale in the AW bible, or in the very rough first draft of her unfinished memoir, "All My Worlds." However, she did reference the Hughes family in the bible as a way to bring her AW characters in.

 

What Irna Phillips did understand was that ATWT viewers were the natural audience for AW. On the final page of AMW, she shared her clever -- some might say brilliant -- idea to reach them. In the fall of 1963, ATWT celebrated Grandpa Hughes 70th birthday. The 150,000-200,000 viewers who included a return address on the cards they sent received a note a few weeks before the AW premiere, thanking them and letting them know about a new show on NBC. The gist of the promotion: "if you like the Hughes family, we think you'll also like the Matthews."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why have not seen some of the pics in the bible?  Who is the first actress sitting in a diner?  Is the J Courtney?  When I go to AWHP this creating of AW does not show up

12 hours ago, DRW50 said:

 

I think Susan wanted to leave. I'm not sure. 

 

I felt like Cecile was already very conniving, although I haven't watched much of 1981. In 1980 she was running rings around people. Susan Keith seemed to be carrying wide swathes of the show at the time, along with Laura Malone and Vicky and Douglass. 

Kind of typical of AW recasts.  All of a sudden a characater become a completely different person but I would compare this more to recast of Rachel.  Robin acted a bit more like Susan and Vicky like Nancy.  Still both mean but a different kind of conniviing way .  Of course Rachel became a heronie just a few a few years where Cecile got worst

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1 hour ago, denzo30 said:

Why have not seen some of the pics in the bible?  Who is the first actress sitting in a diner?  Is the J Courtney?  When I go to AWHP this creating of AW does not show up

Kind of typical of AW recasts.  All of a sudden a characater become a completely different person but I would compare this more to recast of Rachel.  Robin acted a bit more like Susan and Vicky like Nancy.  Still both mean but a different kind of conniviing way .  Of course Rachel became a heronie just a few a few years where Cecile got worst

 

1 hour ago, denzo30 said:

Why have not seen some of the pics in the bible?  Who is the first actress sitting in a diner?  Is the J Courtney?  When I go to AWHP this creating of AW does not show up

It is there, I assure you. The Title is The Creation of Another World & I posted the link.

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Kind of typical of AW recasts.  All of a sudden a characater become a completely different person but I would compare this more to recast of Rachel.  Robin acted a bit more like Susan and Vicky like Nancy.  Still both mean but a different kind of conniviing way .  Of course Rachel became a heronie just a few a few years where Cecile got worst

 

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