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Look into the past: March 1974

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The Phil Brewer murder story was after the arrival of Mark Hamill as her nephew. That was the last of the Hursley's reign. She then remarried Phil after that and got drawed back into his life. So that was her big farewell story. She never had much to do after the trial was over in 1975.

STeve & Jessie's last story was when they got back together after her sexless marriage to Dr. Jim HObart. They remarried in 1977. They had been a couple since 1964 but had only actually been together maybe 3 or 4 years total before that.

Back to Jessie, I never understood why they couldn't have let Jessie and Lee get together. It wasn't as if they hadn't dated and weren't good friends. It would have been great to see her have been there for Lee after Meg's death and then his marriage and divorce to Caroline. He had definitely been there for her through the years. To me Gail would have been unnecessary. Monica could have been Jessie's niece.

Brooke Bundy played Rebecca North LeClair on Days. She is the one who had Dougie LeClair from sperm donated by Doug Williams. So her son is Hope's brother.

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The last time I remember Steve and Audrey being used more was when Tommy first came back on and ended up in the interracial storyline with Simone and got married. We saw more of them then. But even then it was more of a supporting role. And that is the way it should have been at that point.

I didn't expect them to drive story. But they should have at least been seen.

Audrey's older sister Lucille never drove story at all, but she was seen. She provided continuity. Jessie was hardly ever seen and same for Audrey. Only Steve was seen much at all.

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Was GH the only soap Douglas Marland wrote for and didn't create a big blue-collar family? Was that his original plan for the Spencer siblings?

As a child I was watching 1980-81 GH episodes on a German TV network. I adored Lesley, Traci, Diana, Laura, Monica, Lee and Heather :) I thought Brooke Bundy looked perfect and for some reason I couldn't get enough of Denise Alexander and Robin Mattson. I thought that Lee was sexy back then :P

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I think the original plans were for Luke and Bobbie and Ruby to be explored further. Of course he never got the chance as he and Monty disagreed over the direction of Laura's story. Marland wanted to explore more of Scotty & Laura but Monty was dead set against it. So Marland did what he was told and wrote Luke and Laura as the love story.

I can remember Ruby or Bobbie one referring to back them that there were more brothers and sisters. We just never met them.

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Audrey's older sister Lucille never drove story at all, but she was seen. She provided continuity. Jessie was hardly ever seen and same for Audrey. Only Steve was seen much at all.

Lucille! :wub::wub::wub:

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Lucille was always one of my Mom's favorite characters and she never really had anything to do other than holler at the student nurses, and be confidante to Audrey and others.

I loved her though. I hated when they wrote her and Tom off.

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Jane admitted to Howie that the vasectomy and his affairs interfered with their physical relationship. This did not appease his anger and he stormed out.

Janie Dawson was a Saint for putting up with Howie. They were also in one of the better murder mysteries, when Howie's mother killed Brooke Clinton, Scotty's half-sister.

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How did DePriest go from co-writing a feminist soap to terrorizing and murdering countless women (and writing a story about women being killed if they lived with a man or had sex with a man outside of marriage) on AW in 1986 and 1996?

Why was Robert Cenedella writing for the Doctors and GL, two different soaps owned by different people on different networks? I didn't know that was possible. Was he the one Harding Lemay considered to be a poor headwriter at AW (he had the story about Rue Maclanahan putting little bits of poison into Pat's food each day)?

I didn't realize the Dobsons were at GH then. Was their work very popular?

I would have liked to have seen some of GL or OLTL from that time.

Robert Cenedella was fortunate enough to have an extended, long-term story outline written by Agnes Nixon, when he first became head writer of AW. With that, and good dialogue writers, he appeared to be a good headwriter for awhile. But after Nixon's story ran out, and he was left on his own, his true hack-ness became apparent. His work was quite awful, and he was justifiably replaced. Yes, it was his work that Lemay criticized.

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I had no idea Pierre died so early on Y&R. The actor (Robert Clary?) played the part of restaurant owner Pierre on B&B in 1990-91 and he was part of the early Eric-Brooke romance. I always thought that B&B's Pierre was the same as Y&R's.

Did Sally leave the show with her son after Pierre's death? Did she have any other storylines? I have seen an early 80's clip with Snapper, Sally and Chuckie. Have they been in town all this time or did they return briefly?

Was Leslie Brooks the Ashley Abbott of the 70's with all these nervous breakdowns? :P

Jill has been hated by several groups of stepdaughters; the Brooks, Abbott and Dennison girls :) The Kay/Phillip/Jill triangle was modeled after ATWT's Lisa/Michael/Claire and DAYS's Julie/Bob/Phyllis also written by Bill Bell, right?

Yes, Pierre died quite early on in the show's run. I have an episode with him on his death bed, and Sally urging him to fight to live. His sister later threatened Sally for the devastation she had brought into Pierre's life.

Leslie Brooks was more of a Tracy Abbott-type character (shy, retiring, insecure around a glamorous sister), while Ashley was (originally) more along the lines of the secure, outgoing Lorie Brooks.

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Quick Y&R question, the Brooks girls in order were:

Leslie

Lorie

Chris

Peggy

or was it:

Leslie

Chris

Lorie

Peggy

At Y&R's debut, Leslie Brooks was 25, Lorie (Lauralee) Brooks was 22, Chris Brooks was 19, and Peggy Brooks was 16. (I have the original press releases and story outlines from before the show premiered, as well as articles and news stories from its first few years.)

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Peter just had a heart attack and died I think. It was a natural death.

Heather did kill Diana though and framed Anne Logan (played by the great Susan Pratt) for it. She took Diana's finger and wrote Anne in blood with it.

Peter had a heart attack and died. Although the original story outline had Heather as Diana's killer, the show switched gears in mid-course, due to Robin Mattson's popularity. In the end, it was revealed that (although even Heather, herself, was unsure about whether or not she had done the deed--she told Joe Kelly, "I have AMNESIA, Joe!"), it turned out that her mother, Alice Grant, had actually killed Diana Taylor.

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The really popular Diana was Valerie Starrett. She retired from acting. They replaced her with Brooke Bundy. She never had the same chemistry with Craig Huebing as Starrett did. And of course GH wasn't as popular then either but Bundy never was as popular as Diana as Starrett was. She wasn't a bad actress or anything. But after the Phil story, she didn't have any real stories anyway. They were very minor parts of the Jeff and Heather story in many ways. Thus the reason they were deemed expendible.

Yes, she retired from acting, but only after being fired from GH. The network wanted Brooke Bundy brought over from DAYS, because they hoped to lure some DAYS viewers over to GH. Of course, this tactic never really works. They had done the same thing with Denise Alexander: snatching her away from DAYS during her contract negotiations with that series, hoping that she would bring viewers from DAYS over to GH. In the end, viewers who had watched all along never really warmed up to Bundy's Diana, and the character never enjoyed the immense popularity she had had while Starrett was in the role.

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In fairness, when Wes Kenney took over GH in the late 1980s he tried to integrate Steve, Audrey and Jessie into the current storylines going on. They didn't drive story like the old days, but you at least saw them around the hospital a lot more than during Monty's final years at the helm.

At the time, the network was putting pressure on GH to "youthify" the show. In an interview with Daily TV Serials magazine, Emily McLaughlin (Jessie Brewer) said that Douglas Marland had told her that he was was under orders from TPTB to "stop writing for the vets", and to concentrate on the kids and other, younger characters whom the adolescents in the audience supposedly wanted to see. He resisted, and still wove the veterans into the storylines, knowing their importance to the overall audience. Sadly, the later writers (after the excellent Pat Falken Smith was fired and a revolving door of hacks took over during the 1980s) were less interested in preserving the integrity and history of the show, relying instead on low-brow, campy science fiction dreck.

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Yes, Pierre died quite early on in the show's run. I have an episode with him on his death bed, and Sally urging him to fight to live. His sister later threatened Sally for the devastation she had brought into Pierre's life.

Leslie Brooks was more of a Tracy Abbott-type character (shy, retiring, insecure around a glamorous sister), while Ashley was (originally) more along the lines of the secure, outgoing Lorie Brooks.

Please please please put it on youtube!!!

At Y&R's debut, Leslie Brooks was 25, Lorie (Lauralee) Brooks was 22, Chris Brooks was 19, and Peggy Brooks was 16. (I have the original press releases and story outlines from before the show premiered, as well as articles and news stories from its first few years.)

Bless you. Oh, how I wish you could share these! Bless you!

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Oh yeah!

Monica and Rick on the beach after Lassa Fever, fighting their desire.

Alan stalking Monica and Rick...making the attic collapse...a bomb at the docks...Alan and Monica RIPPING into each other on the balcony on Fourth of July.

Leslie finally letting out her sadness and rage about Rick in a therapy session with Dr. Irene Kassorla.

Bobbie desperately trying to hide her hooker past. What was the name of that hoodlum who kept blackmailing her?

Heather doing the ultimate baby switch storyline, and serving as nanny to her own boy. Heather trying to bring down Annie Logan.

Lassa Fever!

Amazing days. I RAN home for THESE stories. And yes, Laura-Scotty was pretty engaging, and I was shocked at their insta-marital-difficulties. And there is no question that "lovers on the run" was breathtaking. I enjoyed that very much too. Beeches Corners, the Left-Handed Boy, Sally the Tranny Hitman, Hutch the smouldering hitman, the Wall of Jericho.

Even incidental characters, like Rose Kelly and her lust for Hutch. It was all so new and exciting and YES emotion-and-character based. I guess these were the Marland days.

Of course, a year later, we had a lump of charcoal everyone called 'Ice Princess'...and it was kind getting out there. It was still fresh and exciting though, so I'll never view that era -- per se -- as the ruination of daytime. It was the fact that GH never got balance back...they overdosed on the action...and other shows followed suit.

But none of that obviates that "brief shining moment" of greatness the year-or-two before the Ice Princess.

Marland was gone before the Rose/Hutch saga began. Who wouldn't have a case of "the lusts" for Hutch LOL? He was a hunk and a half, with the absolutely TIGHTEST jeans any actor had ever wedged himself into on daytime!

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