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3 hours ago, amybrickwallace said:

How did AMC write off Erica when Susan Lucci went on maternity leave? Neither of her pregnancies were written into the show, from what I understand.

I believe the story was that Erica had a psychotic break after she miscarried her baby with Phillip Brent, and Phil and Mona had her committed to Oak Haven. 

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About the real-life pregancies of actress Susan Lucci:

The first time that she was having a baby, it was written into the script.  She was married to Philip Brent, and he had bought her a house (which was later purchased from her by Myrtil, who turned it into a boarding house).  Erica lost the baby, but she would not accept that she had miscarried.  She had Phil to bring her bed into the living room of the house and kept talking about when the baby arrives.   Eventually (when Ms. Lucci actually took a maternity leave), it was decided that she was too deluginal and would have to be placed in a sanitertarium for mental patients.  When she was released, it was feared by so many that Philip (who had tried to be a good faithful husband to her during her time of not knowing that the baby was not coming) would hurt her by telling her that the marriage was over and she would relapse.

 

On the second time that she was taking a maternity leave, Erica moved to Hollywood, where she was sure that she would be in demand as an actress and movie star.   She eventually returned to Pine Valley as a very disinchanted person.   She said that everyone out there only wanted her to remove her clothes or to sleep to get a role.

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22 hours ago, amybrickwallace said:
10 hours ago, danfling said:

About the real-life pregancies of actress Susan Lucci:

The first time that she was having a baby, it was written into the script.  She was married to Philip Brent, and he had bought her a house (which was later purchased from her by Myrtil, who turned it into a boarding house).  Erica lost the baby, but she would not accept that she had miscarried.  She had Phil to bring her bed into the living room of the house and kept talking about when the baby arrives.   Eventually (when Ms. Lucci actually took a maternity leave), it was decided that she was too deluginal and would have to be placed in a sanitertarium for mental patients.  When she was released, it was feared by so many that Philip (who had tried to be a good faithful husband to her during her time of not knowing that the baby was not coming) would hurt her by telling her that the marriage was over and she would relapse.

 

On the second time that she was taking a maternity leave, Erica moved to Hollywood, where she was sure that she would be in demand as an actress and movie star.   She eventually returned to Pine Valley as a very disinchanted person.   She said that everyone out there only wanted her to remove her clothes or to sleep to get a role.

Yeah baby Erica gotta smell the coffee some time

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On 9/21/2021 at 12:18 PM, All My Shadows said:

^^^^gorgeous photos. The ones in color are truly treasures!

 

Is it just me or does it seem like, relatively speaking, AMC is more relevant in mainstream media, a decade after its ABC finale, than some/all of the remaining soaps? Not saying any of them are hugely relevant in mainstream media at all, but relatively speaking…

!!!!!!!!!!

 

I been thinking a lot about this lately! It's called karma, the show was wrongfully canned and most of the soap press, and some fans too, spent a decade trashing the show for whatever reasons.  

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9 hours ago, danfling said:

About the real-life pregancies of actress Susan Lucci:

The first time that she was having a baby, it was written into the script.  She was married to Philip Brent, and he had bought her a house (which was later purchased from her by Myrtil, who turned it into a boarding house).  Erica lost the baby, but she would not accept that she had miscarried.  She had Phil to bring her bed into the living room of the house and kept talking about when the baby arrives.   Eventually (when Ms. Lucci actually took a maternity leave), it was decided that she was too deluginal and would have to be placed in a sanitertarium for mental patients.  When she was released, it was feared by so many that Philip (who had tried to be a good faithful husband to her during her time of not knowing that the baby was not coming) would hurt her by telling her that the marriage was over and she would relapse.

 

On the second time that she was taking a maternity leave, Erica moved to Hollywood, where she was sure that she would be in demand as an actress and movie star.   She eventually returned to Pine Valley as a very disinchanted person.   She said that everyone out there only wanted her to remove her clothes or to sleep to get a role.

Thank you.

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AMC was one of the better-regarded soaps from a critical standpoint. It didn’t go into action-adventure like GH, or veer wildly in tone (such as fantasy) like OLTL, and wasn’t dull like Loving. Although GH was generally higher rated during the heyday of daytime soaps, AMC was ABC’s crown jewel from a quality standpoint. So it doesn’t surprise me that it has had more of a lasting cultural impact.

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24 minutes ago, Chris 2 said:

AMC was one of the better-regarded soaps from a critical standpoint. It didn’t go into action-adventure like GH, or veer wildly in tone (such as fantasy) like OLTL, and wasn’t dull like Loving. Although GH was generally higher rated during the heyday of daytime soaps, AMC was ABC’s crown jewel from a quality standpoint. So it doesn’t surprise me that it has had more of a lasting cultural impact.

Plus, AMC above all the others was clearly Agnes Nixon's baby. The extra love and care she put into it went a long way.

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Yeah, I love how AMC is still talked about. It gets more press than other soaps that are still on the air. Others explained very well why the show still matters and people still talk about it.

 

It also helps you have numerous stars still in the public spotlight and many have had various degrees of success (Michael B. Jordan anyone?). 

 

It also helps that Susan Lucci is so active and transcended into mainstream popularity. People KNOW her.

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