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On 8/31/2019 at 9:04 AM, mango said:



Kathryn Hays is being honoured in her hometown. Nice to see her again.


^ Thank you for the link to the article.  In all of her photos regardless of age there's an inner calm and serenity that radiate from within and as such, Hays will always seem ageless to me. 

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Jake Weary (Luke, ATWT) has a role as one of several homophobic thugs in It: Chapter Two, a departure from his current role on Animal Kingdom in which he and ex-AWer Spencer Treat Clark ravish each other nonstop as the body count rises.

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Has it really been that long since Epiphany appeared?


I don't ever get to sit and watch the whole show but I keep watching clips. It's great. I especially enjoyed the Patti Labelle sketch.

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^^That is good to hear.


Speaking of soap alumni from the Alphabet network-


Sean Blakemore (Shawn Butler, GH) can be seen in the new Brad Pitt movie Ad Astra.

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Blog 222 Stars You Don't See Anymore


By Bridget Chambers


Soap operas, though sometimes trashed by critics, are often praised by fans and have been an American television staple since the premiere of "These Are My Children" in 1949. Shows like this one paved the way for decades of popular and long-standing daytime dramas, including "One Life to Live", which was renewed for its 55th season in 2019!

Some of today's biggest showbiz stars can be traced back to the small screen where — you guessed it — they found their start on a soap opera. Popular talk show host Kelly Ripa made her acting debut as Hayley Vaughan on "All My Children", heartthrob John Stamos' first major acting gig was on "General Hospital", and Academy Award-winner Julianne Moore spent some time playing twins on "As the World Turns" in the 1980s!

However, not all daytime soap opera actors have found that same fate. Whether by scandal, misfortune, or personal choice, some of daytime's most recognizable names have disappeared from both the television screens and our minds. But why? What are the real reasons you don't hear from these soap opera stars anymore?


Brenda Dickson was fired and couldn't make a comeback.

Die-hard soap opera fans remember that it was Brenda Dickson who originated the role of Jill Foster Abbott on "The Young and the Restless" – the show's longest-running character, who has since been played by six actresses at the time of this writing. After Dickson's firing by producer William Bell in the 1980s (to which he reportedly cited creative differences), she was largely quiet about the details surrounding her seemingly swift dismissal.

In 2008, however, Dickson came out swinging in a lengthy blog post (via WeLoveSoaps.net), saying, in part, "Many of my fans have expressed the concern about William Bell firing me. The answer is, 'No, I'm not alright.”

She kept her promise to fans and published a tell-all book: My True Hidden Hollywood Story. In it, she refutes former co-stars' claims that she was fired for poor behavior on set. Instead, Dickson says she was having an affair with Bell and that their eventual bad blood led to her unfair firing. She writes, according to The TV Page, "As a result of speaking to William Bell, bad press, and rumors, no agent in Hollywood will represent me," adding, "My career is ruined."

She blames her firing for becoming broke and allegedly blacklisted from Hollywood.


Erik von Detten became a family man

Erik von Detten might be fondly remembered by younger generations as a '90s heartthrob, but it was his earliest acting role on "Days of Our Lives" that made him a star. A child actor, von Detten played Nicholas Alamain, a character with several complicated storylines and a main role. He proved his stellar acting chops at a young age, and he went on to voice infamous kid-villain Sid in 1995's Toy Story — a historic box office smash.

With good looks, charisma, and some impressive Disney acting credits behind him, it's surprising to some that von Detten has mostly avoided the spotlight in his later years. His most recent acting credit dates back to 2010, and, outside of accounts created by fans, he has no presence on social media. Or does he?

Angela von Detten, his wife, offered fans a big clue about his whereabouts in a May 2019 instagram post: "Welcome to earth sweetie. Giving birth was the most magical experience of my life so far. I love you more than life itself my baby Claire Bear. Daddy and I are so blessed you chose us."  

With a new baby in tow, von Detten is presumably enjoying his greatest role yet as a father.


Misconduct allegations caused Michael Muhney to get canned

The news of Michael Muhney's firing came as abruptly to "The Young and the Restless" viewers as it did to the actor himself. A popular leading man on one of television's longest-running daytime dramas, Muhney tweeted the shocking news in a since-deleted post in December of 2013: "I'm so sorry. It breaks my heart to say this, but I was just let go from Y&R. My last day on set is this Thursday."

After his exit, he explained in an interview with HuffPost Canada that, while he was shocked, he believed his firing could have been due to his "outspoken" nature. He claimed that, while letting him go, producers indicated that his character (the adored Adam Newman) needed three to six months away from the show — and that he would be recast by a new actor.

There was another side of this tale being told by TMZ. The celebrity gossip site cited sources who claimed sexual misconduct allegations had been made against Muhney on set by his co-star Hunter King. The allegations were reportedly serious and included bullying, harassing, and groping.

Though Muhney's firing was blasted by viewers, the actor's fate was sealed. He never returned to that soap opera — or any other one.


A cancer diagnosis has Ricky Paull Goldin focused on family.

Ricky Paull Goldin could once have been considered a daytime drama king. He starred in five successful soap operas between 1991 and 2013. Best known for his portrayal of Jack Martin on ABC's legacy show "All My Children", he saw the role through to the its series finale in 2011. Where has he been since?

(Jack Martin? What?)

After his final episode, Goldin announced in an interview with On-Air, On-Soaps (via SoapOperaNetwork.com) that he was retiring from daytime television. He told interviewer Michael Fairman, "Having had a great reign in daytime … and kind of doing it my way, I think I did everything I wanted to do."

In actuality, Goldin seemed to largely drift from television altogether. Living a quiet life in Massachusetts with his partner — style and fashion entrepreneur Gretta Monahan — he now has two children and seems faithfully focused on family. In May of 2019, Goldin revealed the devastating news that his beloved partner had been diagnosed with breast cancer. He wrote a loving Instagram tribute, "I will be by your side for every step of this journey. YOUR diagnosis will be OUR diagnosis."


Jessica Collins felt it was the right time to leave.

The fictionalized Genoa City seemed complete once Jessica Collins came to town. Collins' portrayal of high-powered attorney Avery on "The Young and the Restless" was praised by fans and critics alike. Twice she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series — and she won in 2016 for her unrivaled performance the previous year.

It was that same year that she chose to leave the show. When interviewed by Soap Opera Digest, Collins revealed that she was satisfied with neither the story arc of her character nor her salary negotiations. "I've been disappointed with the story and the direction and integrity of my character for quite some time," she told the magazine in 2015.

Just because she's not making top headlines any longer doesn't mean she's not trailblazing. Married with one daughter, she currently runs and writes her own lifestyle blog, where she offers recipes and personal anecdotes.


Matthew Borlenghi is a dad with a regular day job.

An "All My Children" alum, Matthew Borlenghi played the determined love interest of Kelly Ripa's Hayley Vaughan in the early 1990s. His character, Brian Bodine, was played by another actor for a brief period until Borlenghi returned once more in 1996 to please fans by reprising the role. Success didn't stop there for the actor, as he steadily landed roles on various shows and made a name for himself in Hollywood.

After another successful soap opera stint on "The Bold and the Beautiful" in 2002, Borlenghi seemed to fall off the acting map. When interviewed by Soap Opera News in 2018, he chalked his quieter life up to family and work, saying, "I have [three] young kids and a regular day job as well, in the home improvement field, and I also head the Atlanta chapter of Gray Studios acting school, which is the most prolific school in Los Angeles." According to his LinkedIn profile, Borlenghi is an acting coach, the founder of an app, and, of course, an "almost-famous actor." His words.


Nicollette Sheridan dabbled in drama off screen.

Before she became a household name (and began dominating ratings as a Desperate Housewife), Nicollette Sheridan played sultry Paige Matheson on the CBS soap opera "Knot's Landing". The job landed her two Soap Opera Digest Awards. In 2004, she scored a dream role on creator Marc Cherry's hit primetime drama on ABC and skyrocketed to fame.

The Hollywood fairytale didn't last long for the actress, whose character was suddenly killed off the show in 2009. She later claimed that she was wrongfully terminated after Cherry allegedly struck her on the head while working on set and she spoke out against it (via Entertainment Weekly). Sheridan sued Cherry and ABC and hoped she'd come out on top. She didn't. The case spent five years in court, culminating in a hung jury in 2012 and a dismissal in 2017.

Her personal life seemed to mirror her professional one. Twice married and divorced, she also intermittently dated famous singer Michael Bolton — once suspiciously on the heels of her divorce from actor Harry Hamlin in 1992. The divorce drama was resurrected in 2019 during a short twitter feud involving Hamlin, Sheridan, and Hamlin's wife Lisa Rinna. Sheridan dismissed Rinna's claims that she'd cheated on Hamlin with Bolton as "FAKE NEWS." Hamlin, however, asked, "What's it called when your wife of one year goes to bed with a pop singer?" Yikes.


Eileen Fulton is ready for more.

For many, Eileen Fulton invented and epitomized the soap opera star. In 1960, she introduced villainous Lisa Grimaldi to "As the World Turns". Hiring Fulton seemed risky initially, as she recalled to TV Guide in 2010, "Procter & Gamble was getting ready to fire me." She noted that Proctor & Gamble told her six months into the gig, "I want to tell you what a wonderful job you are doing, because when you first came on the show we thought, 'We can't keep her. She's not very good.'"

The joke was on them. She proved herself and her staying power — remaining with the show until its cancelation in 2010. Years later, Fulton may not be making headlines but she's enjoying the fruits of a job well-done and hard-fought.

Retired? Not exactly. When asked by The New York Times to outline what's next for Fulton in her 80s, she quipped, "Just show me the script. I'll travel." She added, "I want to do movies too. I've got all kinds of wigs."


Doug Savant left soaps to be a spokesperson

Doug Savant dug the drama. From daytime to nighttime, from noble social worker to doting husband, the characters he played were both fun to watch and easy to love. Savant seemed to be adored off-screen, too. In fact, soap opera "Melrose Place" asked him to return and reprise the role of Matt Fielding in 2010, but he gracefully declined, telling E! News, "The wonderful people at Melrose inquired about if I might come over and do something for the show, but I'm gratefully, gainfully employed."

Since the series finale of "Desperate Housewives" in 2012, Savant's acting has taken a backseat to other fulfilling ventures. Outside of the sporadic guest-starring appearance, he spends his time working for Swell Investing — a portfolio investment platform — as he is the company's spokesman. A family man on and off the screen, he has been married to actress Laura Leighton, whom he'd met on Melrose Place!


Victoria Principal is a passionate philanthropist.

After nearly a decade of portraying the unrefined yet innately lovable Pamela Barnes Ewing on the iconic 1980s drama "Dallas", Victoria Principal turned down an offer that would have reportedly made her the highest-paid actress on television at the time.

Seven years into her Dallas role, Principal informed executives that she'd be leaving at the end of her contract. They ignored her, figuring they could convince her to stay. CBS offered her a colossal pay increase, but the actress refused. "What they didn't understand was how committed I was to leaving," she told Entertainment Weekly in 2018. She noted, "There are moments in life when you discover your true character. That night I slept like a baby, because I wasn't for sale."

That good character remains today. After leaving behind a 28-year career selling skincare products in 2019, Principal announced to Entertainment Tonight that she'd be concentrating on issues closest to her heart. "I am stepping down to devote myself full time to my philanthropic work through 'The Victoria Principal Foundation for Thoughtful Existence' and my rescue work with animals," she shared.

Principal's foundation also substantially supports research and aid for environmental causes and natural disaster victims.


Andrew Shue became a media mogul.

Andrew Shue stumbled into acting following the footsteps of older sister, Academy Award-nominated actress Elisabeth, and played professional soccer before landing his big break. Shue had gravitas and talent — which didn't go unnoticed by Aaron Spelling who eventually cast him in the hit series "Melrose Place", as noted by Celebrity Net Worth.

After six years on the show, Shue made an unlikely but profitable pivot: He co-founded a website for moms. CafeMom was a one-stop shop for all things motherhood, including advice, conversation, and information. By 2007, CafeMom was the most-visited website by women on the Internet. Now running an umbrella company, CafeMedia, Shue continues to grow his outreach each year through continuous development and funding.

Shue makes lots of money, and he gives much of it back. He is the chairman and co-founder of the national non-profit youth leadership organization Do Something, which encourages young people to take action in their communities.

While Shue is no longer acting, his wife, Amy Robach, is successfully holding down the TV fort as an anchor for ABC.


Jensen Buchanan was charged with a DUI

Jensen Buchanan was once somewhat of a soap opera maven, having starred in five daytime shows between 1987 and 2015. The TV star was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards for her famous portrayal of twins on NBC's "Another World" in 1996 and 1997.

Shortly after her return to daytime in 2015, "The Young and the Restless" actress took a literal turn for the worse. While driving her Mercedes on a California highway, as People reported, she crossed the double yellow lines and crashed into another driver head-on. According to a police report, Buchanan's blood alcohol level was above 0.15 percent, and the victim of her recklessness reportedly suffered severe injuries.

Buchanan pled guilty during the trial, after which she was sentenced to one year in county jail followed by five years of probation. She was remorseful during the ordeal, saying (via Noozhawk), "I'm the drunk driver who caused tremendous emotional pain and suffering to your entire community and family. I made the tragic choice to drink and drive, changing the course of your life forever." She continued, "What I did is wrong."


Renee Jones left acting for a quiet life.

"Days of Our Lives" might be the longest-running daytime drama on NBC, but Renée Jones has set some impressive records of her own. While playing Lexie Carver on the classic daytime drama, she reportedly broke the broadcasting record for the longest-running African-American female character on television!

Still, Jones decided to leave the show after 20 years on camera, asking in an interview with TV Guide in 2012, "What really makes me happy? What really brings me joy in life?" She answered, "And it's not acting. I just don't want to do this anymore. I was raised on a farm in Georgia and I want to get back to that silence, that solitude."

And solitude she found. Since calling it quits on her acting career, Jones has not been credited in a single acting or media project, according to IMDb. One can assume she returned to the quiet life she came from, and did it with a proud career in her rearview.


Julie Berman took a day job after leaving daytime.

It's hard to imagine a three-time Emmy Award winner working at a restaurant between gigs. Alas, such was the case with talented "General Hospital" actress Julie Berman. Best known for her portrayal of the troubled Lulu Spencer, Berman decided to exit the role after nearly eight years in 2013. In an interview with ABC Soaps in Depth (via SoapOperaNetwork.com) Berman explained her reason for leaving: "I always have a desire to grow and challenge myself in other mediums. And there are enough reasons now that my gut is telling me this is the right time to finally let go of GH."

Berman humbly offered insight into the sometimes-struggling life of an actor when she tweeted in 2018, "Got a job as a hostess when I left General Hospital. Many didn't understand why I'd leave #GH without another acting gig waiting for me. (If only we could all be so lucky)." While not involved in the awards circuit after 2013, Berman has returned to TV in the years since. The soap opera star's had roles on dramas and sitcoms, including Chicago Med and Casual.

And, in 2019, she announced the arrival of her baby boy.


Whatever happened to Patrick Duffy?

The old adage "When one door closes, another one opens" seems to have rung true for much of Patrick Duffy's career. It began with his first starring vehicle on TV, Man from Atlantis. The kitschy sci-fi series was canceled in 1978, which is the same year his second TV series, Dallas, premiered. "I thought maybe I'd never work again after Atlantis was canceled," Duffy told Huff Post, adding that Dallas was "a gift from heaven."

When the classic prime-time soap opera finally wrapped in 1991, Duffy made the transition that year from the dysfunctional Ewing family to the wholesome Lambert/Foster family on Step By Step without missing a beat. There would be no TV show waiting for Duffy right away after the TGIF sitcom ended in 1998, though. He followed that up with cameos and TV movies and wouldn't land his next steady TV gig until he joined the cast of daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful from 2006 to 2011. Here's what Duffy has been up to since then.

Dallas forever
Dallas reboot cast members Getty Images

Dallas is the TV series that never seems to end. Following an impressive 14-season run, Dallas returned for two TV movies and a reunion special. And when reboots became the rage in Hollywood, Dallas naturally jumped on the bandwagon and reunited original cast members — including Duffy, Linda Grey and Larry Hagman — for another run in 2012.

"We never thought that we'd be back playing those characters again," Duffy told Parade, adding that getting back together with his old castmates on the Southfork Ranch "was the happiest that we've been as actors." That happiness would be short-lived, as Hagman passed away in 2012. And then in 2014, the reboot was canceled, which Duffy blamed on TNT's regime change. He admitted Hagman's death probably played a part as well, considering ratings dropped afterward. Oh well, it was nice to have the Ewing family back in our lives, even if only for three seasons.

Back in the director's chair
Patrick Duffy Getty Images

It's not enough for Duffy to just be an actor on a TV series. He has spent much of his career stepping behind the camera and directing those TV shows as well, including 29 episodes of the original Dallas and 41 episodes of Step By Step. That tradition continued on the Dallas reboot, where Duffy directed an episode in 2014.

Duffy admitted it wasn't easy jumping back into the director's chair after all that time away, what with all the changes in technology and the filmmaking process over the years. "I really did need two years of close observation to feel comfortable with this new method," he told the New York Post. But he seems to have gotten the hang of the process, considering he went on to direct four episodes of Major Crimes in 2016 and 2017 — an experience he said he was "loving" on Twitter.

Will there be a Step by Step reboot?
Patrick Duffy on Step By Steo YouTube

Once Boy Meets World and Full House were rebooted, it was only a matter of time before people started asking about Step By Step — also part of the TGIF family. Duffy initially seemed gung ho about the idea, telling Reddit readers in 2014 to "start writing letters" if they wanted a reboot. He added that he and co-star Suzanne Somers had discussed a reboot and "would be more than happy to resurrect the Lambert family" if the script was right.

His tune seems to have changed slightly since then, taking on a less optimistic tone. He told Worst Ever Podcast in 2018 he would do a reboot, but only if it made sense: "I would need to have the question 'Why?' answered. The whys generally are 'Because there's a ready made audience and because it'll be successful. That's not the why. The why has to be inherent in the writing and the premise of the show. And I can't think of a why. I don't forsee it happening." Sorry, Lambert-Foster family fans.

Scratching the author itch
Patrick Duffy Getty Images

Rather than try to reboot Man from Atlantis, another TV show from his past, Duffy brought back the sci-fi series in novel form. The Man from Atlantis book was released in 2016, marking Duffy's debut as a novel writer. The book provides the backstory that the show never did for Duffy's character, Mark Harris.

By the sound of things, Duffy didn't just slap his name on a book written mostly by somebody else. These were his words and his story. "[I told the editor], 'If this thing fails, I want it to be all my fault, because I'll blame you if you help me and it fails.'" Duffy told Famous Monsters. The plan was for Duffy to write a trilogy, but he has yet to release a follow up. "If this one doesn't sell, that'll be the end of it," Duffy told Famous Monsters. "But I'm happy. It made me satisfied. It completed my idea of what the character of Mark Harris was supposed to be initially."

Mini reunion better than no reunion
Patrick Duffy and Christine Lakin on Hollywood Darlings YouTube

The closest thing we've had to a Step By Step reunion was a quirky storyline on Hollywood Darlings revolving around, well, a Step By Step reunion. The comedy series stars three child actresses from yesteryear playing an exaggerated version of themselves, including Step By Step alum Christine Lakin, only now they're all grown up. Picture Curb Your Enthusiasm for the now-grown up TGIF crowd.

In the 2017 episode, Lakin sets up a lunch with Step by Step co-stars Duffy and Staci Keanan in hopes of getting them to sign on for a reboot. The problem is Duffy and Keanan refuse to work with each other again. Keanan is convinced Duffy pranked her into thinking she was in a relationship with Luke Perry. Duffy denies it. Thus, the bad blood.

The irony of it all is that there does seem to be some truth to the comedic storyline, but not because of tension between Duffy and Keanan. Duffy told Lakin's Worst Ever Podcast that there are some Step by Step people he doesn't want to work with again. Who? He didn't name names, instead saying "You know who you are." Drama alert!

"Mr. Christmas Man"
Patrick Duffy in The Christmas Cure YouTube

Need a dad or father figure for a Christmas-themed TV episode or TV movie? Duffy is your guy. He was cast in two Hallmark holiday movies: The Christmas Cure in 2017 and Christmas with a View in 2018. "I'm turning into Mr. Christmas Man," Duffy joked on Twitter. And that was before he appeared on a 2018 episode of American Housewife, where he played one half of Katie's divorced parents who are begrudgingly reunited on Christmas.

Some might think Duffy is a big Christmas fan, but in reality it sounds like the holiday projects on his resume are more coincidental than anything. Duffy — who happens to be Buddhist, in case you're wondering — said there just aren't a ton of opportunities for actors his age. That's why Hallmark movies make sense for him. Duffy told Soap Opera Digest that Hallmark is "a go-to place, especially at this age of an actor's life" and credited the network for realizing "that actors who are in their late 50s, 60s and 70s are still viable."

The moment his heart stopped
Carlyn Rosser and Patrick Duffy Getty Images

Duffy's wife of 43 years, Carlyn Rosser, who he said made him "the happiest man on the planet," sadly passed away in 2017. After spending much of his career gushing about his wife and their marriage in interviews, Duffy has revealed little publicly about Rosser's death. The happy couple met on a tour bus when he was a narrator in a dance troupe's school performances and she was a ballerina, according to his interview with the Irish Independent. He was 22 at the time and she was 10 years his senior. But it wasn't exactly a fairytale courting, as Rosser had been married for 13 years at that point.

Eventually one marriage would end and another would begin, and Duffy and Rosser would go on to enjoy what sounded like the happiest of marriages. "On this day 6 months ago my heart stopped yet I live on as she wishes," Duffy tweeted half a year after Rosser's death. "We will be together eternally."

There's something different about him...
Patrick Duffy on a German TV show YouTube

The clean-cut curly-mopped Duffy from his Step By Step days has been replaced with an almost unrecognizable version. And we're not just saying that because he's gone grey and grew facial hair. While most men tend to lose their hair the older they get due to male pattern baldness, Duffy has gone in the opposite direction — growing his hair longer hair than ever. It's such a drastic change that his 'do made headlines when he appeared on a German TV show in 2018.

From the looks of things, Duffy usually keeps his mane tied back in a ponytail when making public appearances, probably because the alternative isn't very camera-friendly. He told Worst Ever Podcast "Now when my hair is down, I look like Nic Nolte's [mug shot]." Nobody wants to see that, so the ponytail look is probably a good call. We'll eventually get used to it.

The simple life
Patrick Duffy on his ranch YouTube

Duffy lives a long way from Hollywood and that's just how he likes it. When he isn't filming or directing the occasional TV episode or TV movie, Duffy can usually be found on his 600-acre ranch near Medford, Oregon, where he's been enjoying a quieter life since leaving Los Angeles around the turn of the century. It's the kind of place where you'll find elk and wild turkeys roaming around undisturbed and salmon and steelhead swimming in the river outback.

Obviously, maintaining a ranch is a lot of work, so Duffy has a ranch manager helping him. But he likes to get his hands dirty and contribute where he can, including the carpentry tasks. He told the Telegraph he'll also work in his garden and go fishing down by the river during the day and in the evening he cooks dinner using whatever vegetables he picked and salmon he caught. You don't see a whole lot of that in LA.

Taking the plunge
Patrick Duffy at The Plunge YouTube

When Duffy was growing up in Townsend, Montana, his parents owned a bar called The Owl that was connected to their apartment. Duffy recalled drunk patrons accidentally walking into their apartment when looking for the bathroom — but apparently the experience didn't scar him too much because he followed in their footsteps and opened a bar with his son and daughter-in-law in LA.

The Plunge opened in 2018 and is part of the five-theater complex known as the The Broadwater, which is also owned by Duffy and is home to his son's theater company. As a nod to Duffy's parents' bar in Montana, The Plunge offers cocktails named after patrons from The Owl. The tributes don't end there. The 900-square-foot Plunge also features a photo of Duffy's wife — who he called "the patron of the bar" on the Worst Ever Podcast and who was in the process of researching decor for the place when she passed — on a shelf in the center of the bar: "She's kind of hovering all the time."

He put prized possessions up for sale
Patrick Duffy shows off his art collection YouTube

Duffy credited his late wife Carlyn Rosser for his love of fine art. He told the Hollywood Reporter she opened his eyes and introduced him to art beyond just acting: "She was the one who took me out of buying college bookstore poster art and taught me to realize the effect art can have on you." Together they amassed an impressive art collection — one that he said Dallas paid for — during their 40-plus years together. But following Rosser's death in 2017, Duffy decided it was time to sell much of the collection.

It wasn't easy. He told the Hollywood Reporter  "It breaks my heart to not have it available on a daily basis." But the way he sees it, it was time for someone else to enjoy the collection just as much as he and Rosser did: "We have it temporarily. And after we're gone, somebody else will experience it. I'm joyful that it's going to have a new home."

Next Up
This is what happened to Topanga from Boy Meets World
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By Luis Gomez

You may not recognize the name Danielle Fishel, but if you grew up in the 90's, chances are you've heard of Topanga. That's the character Fishel famously played on the TGIF sitcom Boy Meets World for seven seasons, beginning when she was 12 years old. Topanga started the show as the hippie girl at school and turned into protagonist Cory Matthews' love interest, winning all of our hearts in the process. The series came to an end in 2000 with Topanga and Cory married and moving to New York.

Obviously, Fishel has done some growing up since then. In fact, she's become one of those actresses who is a constant reminder of how old we are. But you may be surprised her resume contains more than simply her child star legacy. From studying psychology to working at Bloomingdales, she had a good run living as a "regular person." We all know she came back to her iconic role in the Boy Meets World reboot, Girl Meets World, but what else has she been up to?


Morgan Englund (ex-GL and Cloris Leachman's son plus father & husband & paramedic) is a singer/songwriter & "dropped" a new single with a real *down home* sound to it last month.


Beth Ehler's sons are 18 & 20 now & they were with her when she went to the GL studios to pick up her belongings. There was a problem with credentials & it was embarrassing. Next up she had a miserable experience with Chuck Pratt at AMC. Rumors say that now she has taken training as a paramedic & in rape trauma counseling.

Here is the video for Morgan Englund's latest song.



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Broadway veteran Phyllis Newman, who originated the role of Renée, has passed away at 86.




Ms. Newman can be seen four minutes into this clip:




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On 9/5/2019 at 9:05 PM, Vee said:

Jake Weary (Luke, ATWT) has a role as one of several homophobic thugs in It: Chapter Two, a departure from his current role on Animal Kingdom in which he and ex-AWer Spencer Treat Clark ravish each other nonstop as the body count rises.

I saw an interesting "5 Things You Don't Know About Jake Weary". I don't know where it was & this is paraphrase.

  1. He looks up to actors who do not live in the limelight.
  2. He comes from an acting family. (Now, hey, we knew that one!)
  3. He made a guest appearance on his mother's show. (Now, I did not know he did a visit on GL.)
  4. He's a talented musician. (Didn't know that either.)
  5. He got criticism when he left ATWT because people thought he was avoiding the gay story. (Really he just needed to have some time for school, sports, family, etc. Some of the criticism spilled over on KZ, too. That is too bad!)
  6. They summed up by calling him one of the most talented & promising young actors today. I can agree with that going by watching "Animal Kingdom". And, Ellen Barkin in it is divine!

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