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Lyla & Iva were favorites of mine as well.

Liz Talbot was very genteel & elegant. It was shocking when she died. Everyone thought poor Betsy had been left an orphan because Paul (whom most people thought was her father) had died too. I think it wasn't until several years later that Betsy finally learned Dan was her father (I think Liz had only told Dan the truth while on her death bed).

I can't remember exactly why the Stewart girls decided to change their names. I think it may have been just a teen rebellion thing. I think it occurred when Marcia McClain & Martina Deignan took over the roles. I didn't like it at the time because I thought Dawn & Carol were prettier names than Dee & Annie! Maybe the show didn't want two Carols on at the same time?

I will check out your tribute!

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I was also going to ask if you had seen the 1978 episode that Oakdalian uploaded, or the 1981/2 episode genoacityguy uploaded. PatC2000 and ChuckR7 also have some clips of the early 80s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_ZOM0vnGTA

I always thought it was interesting that the first Liz quit because she knew Irna Phillips couldn't stand her, and wanted to kill Liz, through pneumonia, but fan outcry stopped it. Then with the recast Irna wanted to burn her alive on her honeymoon, but P&G said no because that had been done recently, so Liz fell up the stairs. Do you remember the recast or did you not notice at the time?

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Thanks for the clip! I had forgotten about Connie, and that John had been blind. Regarding Liz, Jane House is the actress I remember best. I was watching the day Liz fell up the stairs, but I can't remember what I thought about the recast.

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At the time did the "falling up the stairs" thing annoy you or is that one of those things which became fan lore later on?

One of those old magazines has Jane House talking about when she was a stripper in Lenny (which is the reason Irna hated her), and how she was so nervous when her father came to see the play, because he's a British ambassador, but then he told her he liked the play.

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I wasn't annoyed by the "falling up the stairs" because it was more of a stumble or trip up (though I did find it hard to believe you could damage your spleen so badly from that type of fall). Interesting story about Jane. I didn't even know that Irna didn't like her but I'm not surprised based on some other things I've read about Irna.

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I hope Trent Dawson was joking when he asked LN to stop writing him so many monologues. One, they were awfully good; and two, the show's dead and buried, you moron.

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From the November 26, 1991 Soap Opera Weekly (K-III Magazines). I have a tough time scanning Weeklys so apologies for the quality. I decided to crop around the words on the first page and just type that up. If you can't see the second page clearly I can type that up too, let me know.

By John A. Penzotti

No makeup. No mousse. No bull. Unlike her As the World Turns counterpart, Tess Shelby, Parker Posey needs none of those things to get ahead. She has what she needs - determination, talent, a little luck and a name that sticks in the viewers' memories like Madonna sticks to controversy.

"My mother always told me to tell people it's a family name, but I'll tell you the real story," she says. "Her name is Linda. She always hated having a normal name, and she really liked the name Parker for a girl. On Halloween she found out she was having twins. My brother weight in at 5 pounds; I only weighed 2 1/2. The doctor came in and said, 'Your boy's fine, but the little girl we don't know about. She may die, but we need to give her a name.' So my mom said, 'Parker." Posey pauses for a moment. "I don't know if she would have named me Parker had she known I would live," she says dryly.

With a name like hers she was almost destined for show business. Early on, however, there were some disappointments. When she was 13, she was turned down for a slot at the North Carolina School of the Arts. But, instead of giving up on her show biz dreams, she started acting classes. "The first thing I had to do in class was a scene from Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill, and it was horrible," she recalls. "My teacher said, 'Parker, you'll be Mary Tyrone (the drug-addicted wife of an angst-ridden and bitter actor who's drinking himself into oblivion while their children suffer the consequences).'

"I remember the scene. I was standing at a screen door onstage. The class of about 30 people and the teacher looked on, and I completely blanked out," Posey relates. "I had forgotten the lines, I had forgotten what I was doing, and I just looked around and started to cry. I said, 'I'm so sorry, ya'll. I don't know what I'm doing here.' I sat on the ground, humiliated, crying on my teacher's knee. He said, 'Parker, look around.' There were these two girls who were crying, and they came up to me and said, 'I know how you feel; I felt that way too.' My teacher looked at me and said, 'That's what acting is about - making people understand what you're feeling.'"

After this initial training, Posey auditioned for the conservatory program at the State University of New York/Purchase in New York's Westchester County, and was one of 30 people accepted out of 500 applicants.

The move north was quite a change for the native Southerner. Though born in Baltimore, Posey was reared in Monroe, La., and Laurel, Miss. She admits her heavy Southern accent was somewhat of a hindrance in college theater, especially when she had to do Shakespeare or contemporary monologues. "Losing the Southern accent was like losing a part of me," she admits. "But now when I go home it just naturally comes back."

The accent also returned when she auditioned for the part of Tess. "I got it in a day," she says. "The dean [of SUNY's theater department] told me to go for it. I looked awful. I had on jeans, no makeup, an Indian vest and clogs. It was raining, and I was a mess. I didn't think I was going to get it. I read for them, and afterward they said, 'You should keep in touch with your agent today.'" By the end of the day Posey was packing her bags and heading for the big city. She chose to leave college, even though she was in her senior year and just five academic credits short of graduation.

Far away from the security of the classroom, Posey's bound and determined to make more than just a splash in the Snyder pond.

"I worry about becoming a negative role model," Posey says soberly. "Tess got herself in some trouble. She did what she thought would make her happy, which was to go for the money (by sleeping with the wealthy Paul). She didn't follow her instincts and her heart, which were telling her to go for Hutch (the poor farmhand)."

Posey relates this anecdote, which illustrates her concern about the effect her character might have on younger viewers. "My little cousin, who's 8, called me at the studio and said, 'Parker, I saw you naked at the pond!'

"America is so monetarily oriented today," she continues. "You have to wear the right clothes, be in the right place...Tess had gone to Oakdale with the hopes of becoming that ideal. She made Paul leave town, she started to lie, she hurt Hutch, a perfectly nice guy. I hope teen-age girls will see what happens when you have the wrong ideals and morals, and not

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Going down memory lane tonight...sigh...I miss my soap

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Love this one...features..Janice Maxwell.....Connor Walsh...and new Linc....right before his murder mystery.

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Loved this promo!

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I still miss ATWT so much. Thanksgiving just wasn't the same without the annual Hubbard Squash. Christmas seems hollow this year with no Hughes/Snyders/Ryans to watch.

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I still miss ATWT so much. Thanksgiving just wasn't the same without the annual Hubbard Squash. Christmas seems hollow this year with no Hughes/Snyders/Ryans to watch.

Or the Bauers, Spauldings, etc. I rememeber my mom wrapping presents and watching ATWT and GL.

Does anyone remember how the Scott Eldridge story played out? I remember them bringing back that RH actor as John Eldridge (which looked ridiculous as he was way younger then Fulton) and he was dying, but how did Scott find out Lisa was his mom and who was the actual father. I also remember flashbacks of Lisa with young actors playing John and his brother, and it was kind of gross, Fulton was playing Lisa and the actors were all younger ( I remember SOD saying, "Next time Lisa, just tell us about it, we will beleive you!")

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