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7 hours ago, DemetriKane said:

I ran pass this short clip with Anne and Paul from 1977. And Constance McCashion makes a cameo. I have to see more of this era.

 

 



Paul scared me at the end with his

”AAAAAANNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

 

Btw, it was interesting how the little girl identified herself as “Elizabeth” (the same name as Anne and Paul’s dead baby), and the commercial that immediately followed was, “Hey, LIZ!!”

 

Wasn’t Anne married to a Duke or something (from a small European country) as her last husband??

I believe she died via a car bomb??

I can’t recall the details.

 

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7 hours ago, DemetriKane said:

I ran pass this short clip with Anne and Paul from 1977. And Constance McCashion makes a cameo. I have to see more of this era.

 

 

 

Great find. I always thought they should have brought back Paul.

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7 hours ago, DemetriKane said:

I ran pass this short clip with Anne and Paul from 1977. And Constance McCashion makes a cameo. I have to see more of this era.

 

 

 

Thanks for posting this! And how cool to see Maeve McGuire in the Dove commercial.

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@DemetriKaneThat's a wonderful discovery. To think it was on there for two years without anyone even noticing! I am thrilled to get to see any glimpse of that period, or of the Anne and Paul story. I wish we could see more of Anne - Judith Barcroft was such a luminous actress, as shown here, and I would love to see her interact with Peter White, Ruth Warrick, etc. It's a shame that her main surviving soap work is her poor role on Ryan's Hope. 

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1 hour ago, DRW50 said:

@DemetriKaneThat's a wonderful discovery. To think it was on there for two years without anyone even noticing! I am thrilled to get to see any glimpse of that period, or of the Anne and Paul story. I wish we could see more of Anne - Judith Barcroft was such a luminous actress, as shown here, and I would love to see her interact with Peter White, Ruth Warrick, etc. It's a shame that her main surviving soap work is her poor role on Ryan's Hope. 


Right!!

It would’ve been easier to find if she had put “All My Children” in the title (as opposed to “AMC”).

I periodically search YouTube for “All My Children, followed by various years in the ‘70s, to see if anything like this clip pops up.

 

 

23 minutes ago, Jonathan said:

La Lucci's mom passed away. She was very quiet on IG for a few weeks and now it makes sense. Her mom was 104. May she rest in peace.


I’m sad to hear that.

 

ETA:

https://people.com/tv/susan-lucci-mourns-her-mothers-death-at-104/

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@Pine Charles Ha! He seems to be a good actor, i would have loved for his character to have stuck around longer. 

 

I chuckled when that commercial for that said reason.

 

Oh, i never heard of Duke.  I could be wrong though, i don't know much about 70s amc. She did die in the car bomb though. It was meant for Paul!

 

@Jonathan Yes, me too! I like his presence; the martins needed him. Looks like they gave all the martin wives parts of Anne storylines. I don't think it was wise for them to kill off Anne either, she was a very interesting character and had more storyline potential marrying Palmer and Adam.

 

@robbwolff Maeve looks incredible in that commercial.

 

@DRW50 Someone has those late 70s episodes hidden away somewhere. Im very intrigued but this era and a lot of characters like Anne and Eddie Dorrance.

 

 

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I think Judith Bancroft also was on the Edge of Night in the last weeks of the show as a doctor...but I agree I'd love to see more of her work as Anne.  I think the episodes started being saved in 1976 so we would be able to see the Beth story in full.

 

She had expressive eyes.

 

And I wonder if Anne was killed off because the replacement actress wasn't popular.  I do agree if Anne had stayed on...Phoebe would have gotten even more to do in the 80s.  I often think Brooke filled the void with Phoebe in some respects.

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You can generally tell from archival stuff when a recast doesn't go over because after a few lamentable years they're offed or sent out of town. I assume that was the case here too. I'd never heard of Brooke being a replacement for Anne but I suppose it makes sense.

 

Judith Barcroft had a long run at a couple shows, though at AW she was replaced by the legendary Susan Sullivan pretty handily. I've always wondered about Barcroft, one of those bygone soap stars who faded away from the scene in the 80s. Millette Alexander did the same.

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Judith Barcroft was quite popular, so it makes sense the recasts weren’t so successful (same situation w/ Taylor Miller).

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm an idiot; I had no idea she was married to Wisner Washam. From WLS:

 

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We Love Soaps: Agnes Nixon was the head writer of ANOTHER WORLD when you first started?
Judith Barcroft: She hired me on ANOTHER WORLD and then wrote the part of Anne for me [on ALL MY CHILDREN]. But I was still on ANOTHER WORLD at the time. I left ANOTHER WORLD when I had my first child, Ian, then I was able to do the part. She hired me as soon as I had the baby. I didn't like to go to [the ANOTHER WORLD studio in] Brooklyn so much when I was breastfeeding. She wrote the part for me on ALL MY CHILDREN and my son played little Phillip on the show. Then she talked to my husband about writing.

 

We Love Soaps: You celebrated 40 years of marriage last year, and your husband, Wisner Washam, wrote for ALL MY CHILDREN for many, many years including when you were on the show. But you met before all that.
Judith Barcroft: We met on Broadway in "Plaza Suite." I was understudying the bride and he was understudying the groom. He was Mike Nichols' assistant and production stage manager for the show which starred Maureen Stapleton and George C. Scott. Later, George C. Scott hired me to understudy his wife in "All God's Children Got Wings" at Circle in the Square.

We Love Soaps: When you were on ANOTHER WORLD they spun off another soap, SOMERSET, and you made an appearance on that show as well.
Judith Barcroft: The SOMERSET cast was all there so it was fun. There was one big studio out in Brooklyn. I remember one time I was working with Bob Milli (Wayne) and he got murdered. As soon as he died his commercial came on and he said, "Mmm, that's good coffee." There was a time when SOMERSET was on and there was a lot of work for the writers so George Reinholt (Steve) and I used to rewrite the scripts. For about a month there we were rewriting the scripts everyday because they were a mess, but then it all settled out.

We Love Soaps: Many years later in 1988, after your successful run on ALL MY CHILDREN and other soap appearances, you played the role of a pharmacist on ANOTHER WORLD. What was it like returning to the show at that point?
Judith Barcroft: That was the worst job that I ever had on a soap. It was terrible going back there. I had been one of the stars on ANOTHER WORLD and to come back as a pharmacist selling condoms, and nobody knew who I was, that was sort of a degrading stint. I didn't want to do that anymore.

 

From Washam re: Anne -

 

We Love Soaps: Judith was playing a popular role on ANOTHER WORLD as Lenore. What did you think about soap operas at that point?


Wisner Washam: I only watched because I wanted to see what she was doing. I was only interested in soaps because of her. So she suggested I write a script so I submitted one to Robert Cenedella [who had taken over as head writer from Agnes Nixon] at ANOTHER WORLD but he didn't need anyone. So Judith said, "Try Agnes Nixon." I think Agnes needed script help desperately so she said, "Would you mind if we put this on the air? We'll pay you $300." That was more than I would make in a whole week! I was absolutely thrilled and I knew I had better take advantage of this opportunity, and I did.

I wrote scripts for a while, but I had a lot of ideas. I didn't just take the outlines and write verbatim. I had ideas for modifying and improving them and she said, "Why don't you try to write outlines?" I started doing that and that's where I did my best work. I worked with a wonderful team of people, then the show went to an hour and we doubled our staff. It was a very busy, demanding time, but fun.

We Love Soaps: Judith had moved to ALL MY CHILDREN after ANOTHER WORLD. Did it cross your mind that writing for the soap your wife was starring on was a bad idea?
Wisner Washam: Well, Agnes didn't think it was a good idea, except that she thought I was a good writer. But for about the first year I got no credit. No one knew I was writing it because they felt it would be nepotism because I was married to Judith who was the star of the show. Actors love to get to writers and put a bug in their ear. Judith didn't do that, God bless her, but others would have done that if they had known. So I was a closet writer for a year. We weren't required to be in the union at that point. The show wasn't unionized as far as writers went.

We Love Soaps: Eventually you killed her character off! But before that they recast the role with another actress. What was that like?
Wisner Washam: It was not satisfying for anybody. Judith had our second baby and left the show. She is so unique that nobody could have filled her shoes. That's why we decided to killed the character off, it wasn't just my decision. I thought it would be a darn good Friday ending if she got into a car that had a bomb in it. So we killed off the other actress.

We Love Soaps: Was Judith happy with you making that decision.
Wisner Washam: Well, at the time I don't think she minded. But years later she would say, "You really did me in!" But if she had wanted to come back, we could have found a way. Dead characters come back all the time on soaps.

We Love Soaps: Your relationship with Agnes Nixon lasted for many years throughout the '70s and '80s.
Wisner Washam: She is a wonderful dreamer and I am a realist and that's one reason we worked well together. The combination was very workable and good for the show.

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54 minutes ago, Forever8 said:

Sad News 

 

Ray MacDonnell (Dr. Joe Martin) one of the original stars of All My Children passed away on June 10th at age 93. 

 

Ray MacDonnell, All My Children's Beloved Dr. Joe Martin, Passes Away at 93 | Michael Fairman TV



Sad news, INDEED!! 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

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