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1 hour ago, SoapDope said:

 

Did you watch all the shows back then ? If so, how did you manage when shows were on opposite each other ? All the shows seemed to be on fire back then with a few exceptions. I remember you talking about Y&R blew you away with how it looked compared to the other soaps. 

 

Never before, and never since, have I watched as many soaps on a daily basis as I did in the 1970s. Probably 15, I think. (Yes, it was insane. I was a geek with no life!) The vast majority of them really were on fire back then, penned by master writers at the top of their game. When shows were broadcast on competing networks at the same time, I'd alternate between what ones to watch and what ones to audio-tape and listen to later, in the evening. The few soaps that were not as good in various years of the decade (Love of Life, General Hospital, The Secret Storm) were still okay enough for me to keep up with, just not every day. And it's true: when Y&R debuted, the sets, lighting, wardrobe, EVERYTHING made it look so lush, expensive and opulent, like a classy Ross Hunter Hollywood motion picture. I was indeed blown away.

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This may have been mentioned, but in the episode of Richard and Becky Lee's wedding, her parents were being played by Addision Powell and Sasha von Schurler.

 

Ms. von Schurler had played the friend of Julie (Beverly McKenzie) on Love Is a Many Splendored Thing and would later play Brook's mother Jane on All My Children.    The role of Ramona Gonzalez R. N on Ryan's Hope (a character in the very beginning of the show) had been created for her to play.   Her husband Paul Avella Mayer was a co-created of Ryan's Hope.

 

Mr. Powell had played Dr. Eric Lang on Dark Shadows.

 

Their daughter is a television director.

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I'm reading @will81 's Tumblr The Soaps of Yesterday and it is filled with facts I did not know heretofore. 

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The timing on this is interesting because a few weeks later they announced the casting of Michael Zaslow as David Rinaldi, Cassie's father.  So, either they didn't think Cusi was up for the challenge of that plot, or they needed to age the character to pair her with Rob, or (tragically) she was the wrong size for the part...

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33 minutes ago, j swift said:

I'm reading @will81 's Tumblr The Soaps of Yesterday and it is filled with facts I did not know heretofore. 

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It surprises me that they would openly acknowledge they are firing an actress - a 16yo girl! - because she gained weight!
And gotta love (that's sarcasm) that spin that her weight gain causes cameramen problems somehow? Because fat people are harder to film? 
Stupid and offensive.

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37 minutes ago, j swift said:

I'm reading @will81 's Tumblr The Soaps of Yesterday and it is filled with facts I did not know heretofore. 

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The timing on this is interesting because a few weeks later they announced the casting of Michael Zaslow as David Rinaldi, Cassie's father.  So, either they didn't think Cusi was up for the challenge of that plot, or they needed to age the character to pair her with Rob, or (tragically) she was the wrong size for the part...

I've just bookmarked the site and intend to do a DEEP dive over the weekend. Bless you, @will81!

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I was doing summer stock in upstate NY and we were having an open forum with the fellows. I was pleasantly surprised when one of the theatre professionals used his friend/colleague Cusi Cram as a perfect example of a young artist who didn’t feel compelled to stay in the box of “actor” and completely flourished in other areas of the industry. Of course I was the dork to shout out “One Life to Live!” (followed by, “Yassss!” from a young actress) when Cusi’s friend referred to it as “the soap”.

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On 2/11/2021 at 12:44 AM, SFK said:

I was doing summer stock in upstate NY and we were having an open forum with the fellows. I was pleasantly surprised when one of the theatre professionals used his friend/colleague Cusi Cram as a perfect example of a young artist who didn’t feel compelled to stay in the box of “actor” and completely flourished in other areas of the industry. Of course I was the dork to shout out “One Life to Live!” (followed by, “Yassss!” from a young actress) when Cusi’s friend referred to it as “the soap”.

 

She really came into her own as a writer. I am not familiar with any of her writings, but I will have to look them up.

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A little BTS talk from Janice Lynde

 

Loved working with Michael.
Good Kisser😊
 
On OLTL:
It was such a fun, happy show when Jean Arley was producing!!! I Made lifelong friends there...It was great to get paid, to go to an artistic party everyday. Hair/make up was our dogie day care. And most of us were doing Broadway at night...Perfect blend of artistic work!
Then came insane Rausch, making everyone miserable🤬🤬🤬
 
 
EGO MANIACAL!
He loved trying to pit everyone against each other...And ended up with fines from our Unions, costing ABC more & more money. I fortunately had choices, & always stood up to him. Hence, my demise, Again! He was fond of violently blowing me up🤪
So I guess he was just the sad sad little man that he was portrayed to be in the rag magazines in the 70s. Just didn’t realize how fortunate he was to be able to work in his field. Like we say in the south, bless his heart.
 
Yep! I grew up in Louisiana & I always thought it was funny when you’d say something terrible about someone & then “Bless his Heart”...It’s such a Southern Tradition💕
 
 
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On this photo from Y&R I posted yesterday (among other couples) for Valentine's Day
 
I’ve always loved Leslie/Brad Couple pics. We look truly in Love...So many Others seem to be posing for the camera💖
 
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I do not remember Gina Torres on OLTL at all. From her AV Club interview:

 

 

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AVC: Soap operas can absolutely offer lifelong career opportunities, for actors like Susan Lucci, for example. But they also act as a training ground for many actors. Did it feel like that kind of experience for you? 

 

GT: Yeah, I think it was really my first on-camera experience. I’m really sad that soap operas have gone the way that they have, that they’ve all but disappeared. I think maybe there are two or three on the air now. It was a tremendous opportunity to learn camera craft and blocking and all of those things—discipline, too. Because when you consider the fact that they would shoot that one hour in a day, where on weekly or nighttime television, it takes seven to 10 days to shoot an hour of television. So if you’re an actor on a frontrunner’s story line, you’re learning all of those pages every night, and you’re shooting every day. I just remember being this tertiary character in a frontrunner’s story line, and I think I worked that whole week. The first day I was good, the second day I was good, the third day I was a little nervous, and by the time the fourth day came, I was just behind. I was exhausted, and I didn’t know if I could keep up. And then by the grace of God I got through Friday. But it’s quite a grind, and hats off to actors who have done it and have done it well for years.

 

AVC: Your time on One Life To Live overlapped with Nathan Fillion’s run on the show. Did you guys get to work together at all?

 

GT: No, the funny thing about One Life To Live is that I was on that show twice as different characters. I think the first time was pre-Nathan, where I was a nurse with a past. And then the second time, I think I was a wellness instructor that worked in the hospital part-time. We did quite literally cross paths, because during the second time I worked on One Life To Live, there was a big Fourth Of July picnic scene, which they often do, where every character on the show comes in and out. We did cross paths during that scene. And I remembered he absolutely caught my attention as someone who is gregarious and comes to laughter easily and is just happy to be there. Then we met later, and I’m sure we’ll get to that, but yeah, One Life To Live.

 

 

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I always love it when actors don’t trash their soap experiences.  How awesome that she paid respect to both how hard she worked and also the benefits of the format for talent just starting out and props to folks that made it their living.

 

I know some people legitimately had terrible soaps experiences.  It just seemed for a long time it was always maligned, or never spoken about like it was shameful.

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Blast from the past - autograph success from Ken Meeker (Rafe Garretson, 1980-1991), who is still based in NYC:

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