In a newspaper article, I found the info that Lillian Hayman was coming back to the show after a 2 year absence. I found another article from May 1971 which mentionned that Lillian Hayman played the role of Sadie until recently. She had apparently already left briefly as in September 1970 she is mentionned as being back. Esther Rolle played the role briefly at some time. It's not very clear.
During the same month, last original cast member Doris Belack left and Anna was recast with Kathleen Maguire.
Thanks for posting. Great read.
What were the circumstances around Sadie's return to Llanview? How long was she away?
What was the behind the scenes reason for Lillian Hayman being off the show?
Nancy's sister Pearl was still being mentioned. She was almost an original character yet never seen.
First mentioned when Helen Wagner was briefly fired in 1956 and Nancy was sent to stay with Pearl.
The Ellmans introduced David, Dorrie and Alan Q in their brief run.