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I remember seeing Last Summer when I was about 14.  It was pretty shocking to my teen-age self.   I always wondered why Catherine Burns never had a huge acting career.  I also didn't know that she had passed away.  RIP.

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That was a hard article to read...my heart broke for her. I'm glad she was able to find the seclusion and hopefully happiness she deserved. 

 

I'm glad at least one clip of her on OLTL is around. You can see her talent even here. 

 

 

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On 2/3/2020 at 12:41 PM, robbwolff said:

Interesting piece about the late Catherine Burns, who was the original Cathy Craig on OLTL:

 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/catherine-burns-inside-50-year-disappearance-an-oscar-nominee-1275646

 

Thanks for sharing the link. What an incredible story. Hopefully, Catherine has found the peace that eluded her in this life.

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How long did Burns play Cathy ? I think I read somewhere she had another short term role on the show in the 80's. She was hilarious in an episode of Love American Style. She played a woman on her honeymoon and becomes addicted to gambling and spends her wedding night at the craps table as her husband whines. I think she and Richard Thomas were an item during the early 70's. She guest starred in an episode of The Walton's around that time. 

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22 minutes ago, SoapDope said:

How long did Burns play Cathy ? I think I read somewhere she had another short term role on the show in the 80's. She was hilarious in an episode of Love American Style. She played a woman on her honeymoon and becomes addicted to gambling and spends her wedding night at the craps table as her husband whines. I think she and Richard Thomas were an item during the early 70's. She guest starred in an episode of The Walton's around that time. 

 

I wonder if that's why he doesn't talk about the movie. 

 

Wikipedia says she was on from 69-70.

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The thing is, if she were coming along today, 1) Catherine Burns' career would explode like a rocket; 2) people would be giving the media way more [!@#$%^&*] for making unflattering remarks about her appearance; and 3) the attention surrounding her and her career would be even more intrusive, thanks to social media, the paparazzi and websites like TMZ.

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Cathy Craig was a role that kept being recast. Whether it was due to actors leaving or TPTB not happy with some of then J don't know. Maybe someone has more info?

Looking at that clip makes me wish there had been more effort to keep the families going.

Killing off Meredith and then Victor, not committing to Tony Lord, giving Larry only one child, dropping Cathy. Maybe Vinnie and Wanda could have adopted etc

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19 hours ago, DRW50 said:

 

I wonder if that's why he doesn't talk about the movie. 

 

Wikipedia says she was on from 69-70.

That's interesting she was still doing the soap when that movie took off. There seemed to be a lot of actors with promising careers from those days that show up a lot on old TV shows and their careers fizzled out.

 

Another actor that faded also with the last named " Burns" was Michael Burns. He played in tons of stuff back then. He played Moondoggie in the film 1972 TV film "Gidget Get's Married" with Macdonald Carey. Soap vets William Gray Espy, Judith McConnell,  and Helen Funai also appeared. 

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On 2/4/2020 at 11:51 PM, Khan said:

The thing is, if she were coming along today, 1) Catherine Burns' career would explode like a rocket; 2) people would be giving the media way more [!@#$%^&*] for making unflattering remarks about her appearance; and 3) the attention surrounding her and her career would be even more intrusive, thanks to social media, the paparazzi and websites like TMZ.

 

Exactly.

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Interesting but not surprising that The Hollywood Reporter thought it was ok to mention that she wrote for Guiding Light years later, but not that she had a role on OLTL in the sixties, which might have spoiled the "she coulda been a contendah" narrative of her overlooked acting talent by the film industry.

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