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I didn't see this topic as a thread, but if there is one out there already the mods can merge it. It turned out that an art director on The Doctors named Elmon Webb married a woman named Virginia Dancy. One of the show's core families was named Dancy. The matriarch, played by Elizabeth Lawrence, was named Virginia.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1969/08/16/archives/virginia-dancy-teacher-wed-to-elmon-webb-set-designer.html?fbclid=IwAR19mZysJMAjWfITM5yNqEuk2pmW9rcUk_qrtCWMRpybIfY-k-5-A7xgqrY

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The weird/interesting thing is that wedding occurred in 1969 and Virginia arrived in the mid 70's.

Was it Doug Marland who brought her on?

Would he have known the maiden name of the wife of a crew member?

 

Speaking of Marland and names, he always included the name Beatrice on the shows he wrote as it was his mother's name.

AW Beatrice Gordon

GH Beatrice Hewitt

GL Bea Reardon

ATWT Beatrice McKechnie

 

I'm trying to recall a Beatrice on Loving?

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IIRC, Agnes Nixon named Dixie's biological father Seabone (Hunkle) after seeing it on the back of a box of biscuit mix or something.  Of course, years later, they referred to him as "Paul Henry," with the implication that we were supposed to forget about his earlier name.

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Nancy McGowan on AW was named after Nancy Wickwire who played Aunt Liz for a little while, at the request of Connie Ford. Apparently, the real Nancy was sick and dying and Connie Ford asked the writers to do this as a tribute to her.

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Bill Bell used his first name and names of his family members for Y&R/B&B characters: ie. William (Bill) Foster, Phillip Chancellor II, Brad Elliott, Lauralee Brooks, Brad Carlton, William (Bill) Spencer, William (Billy) Abbott. I once read Bill Bell took the name Ridge from a college classmate of Bradley Bell.

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3 hours ago, Paul Raven said:

The weird/interesting thing is that wedding occurred in 1969 and Virginia arrived in the mid 70's.

Was it Doug Marland who brought her on?

 

He actually came on later. Elizabeth Lawrence debuted as Virginia in the summer of 1976, and he didn't come on until fall. Margaret DePriest created Virginia, I believe.

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3 hours ago, Paul Raven said:

The weird/interesting thing is that wedding occurred in 1969 and Virginia arrived in the mid 70's.

Was it Doug Marland who brought her on?

Would he have known the maiden name of the wife of a crew member?

 

Speaking of Marland and names, he always included the name Beatrice on the shows he wrote as it was his mother's name.

AW Beatrice Gordon

GH Beatrice Hewitt

GL Bea Reardon

ATWT Beatrice McKechnie

 

I'm trying to recall a Beatrice on Loving?

I think Margaret DePriest created most of the Dancys, including Virginia.

1 minute ago, amybrickwallace said:

 

He actually came on later. Elizabeth Lawrence debuted as Virginia in the summer of 1976, and he didn't come on until fall. Margaret DePriest created Virginia, I believe.

Oops, we posted at the same time.  Maybe DePriest knew them through her time when she acted on TD in 1968?

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4 minutes ago, jam6242 said:

I think Margaret DePriest created most of the Dancys, including Virginia.

 

I think Robert Cenedella created Jerry and Joan (debuted in late 1975), DePriest created Virginia, Nola, Sara and Lew/Luke (debuted in summer 1976) and Marland created Barney (debuted December 1976).

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“Sam Ratcliffe” was twice a character named for Samuel Ratcliffe, Emmy-winning writer for SANTA BARBARA and Emmy-nominated for other shows. He died in 1995 

 

“Sam Ratcliffe” was Liza’s date to Hogan and Patti’s wedding on the last episode of SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, and also the zookeeper who corralled Carolyn the Gorilla on the last episode of ANOTHER WORLD. 

 

Lujack’s father, “Locke Walls,” on GUIDING LIGHT, was named for longtime stage manager Locke Wallace. 

 


 

 

 

 

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Long time Edge of Night character Phil Capice was named for an ad agency exec who worked on the show.

The real Phil Capice eventually was a producer on Dallas.

 

Bill Bell also used his daughter in law Colleen's name for an Abbott grandchild.

 

Edited by Paul Raven

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On OLTL, the character of Clint Buchanan was originally called Chris Logan. Clint Ritchie came to the audition dressed like a cowboy, the casting director liked him and got his okay if they could change the name Chris to Clint. Shortly thereafter, Logan was changed to Buchanan. 

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B&B's Macy Alexander was named after the two department stores.

 

PC's Donatella Stewart was named after Donatella Versace and Martha Stewart.

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