Award-winning actress Carol Burnett will return to All My Children for a few episodes this September as Verla Grubbs.
As All My Children gears up to say goodbye forever, it's going all out to bring some much-loved characters back into the fold. Josh Duhamel is returning as Leo DuPres. Eva LaRue is returning as Maria Santos. And now, the latest in the line of stars to return is Carol Burnett as Verla Grubbs.
Verla Grubbs first appeared in Pine Valley in
1983 as the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford, played by the late Louis Edmonds. Throughout her appearances on the show, Burnett played opposite legendary actresses Eileen Herlie (Myrtle Fargate) and Ruth Warrick (Phoebe Wallingford). In 1984, Burnett and Herlie teamed up with Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor in a scene on "All My Children."
Burnett returned in 1995 for the 25th Anniversary of the show, and also hosted the 25th Anniversary primetime special. She reprised her role for the show's 35th Anniversary episode in 2005, and will now play Verla Grubbs one last time opposite Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), and Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt).
"It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett to Pine Valley. Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the 'All My Children' family and we look forward to reprising her character." – Julie Hanan Carruthers, Executive Producer of "All My Children."
Burnett considers herself All My Children's number 1 fan! She shares a story about being on vacation in Europe with her family years and years ago. Each day, her maid at home would send her a telegraph detailing the goings on in Pine Valley, so that she would not miss a minute of her favorite soap, back in the days of no internet, faxes, mobile phones or VCR/DVRs.
One afternoon, while staying a very posh resort, the concierge knocked on Burnett's door. His demeanor was crestfallen. The conversation went something like this.
Concierge: ""Ms. Burnett?"
Concierge: " I am so very sorry. We just received this telegram from your home. Erica is having an abortion. Chuck has died. Ruth is sick, and Dr. Joe Martin has lost his license to practice medicine."
(Or some equally devastating Pine Valley news to that effect.)
Burnett did not know whether to hug the guy or burst into laughter right in front of him. She gently advised him these were fictional characters from her favorite soap opera.
Soapdom is delighted that Burnett is on her way back to Pine Valley. We can't wait to tune in and watch.
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Recently nominated for a total of 13 Daytime Emmy Awards in 2011 and hallmarked for its iconic brand of humor and satire, All My Children has been prized with more than 30 Daytime Emmy Awards over the past four decades including the three-time top honor of Outstanding Drama Series. Praised for its socially conscious foundation, the show has often been first at the forefront to tackle such issues as AIDS, rape, abortion, alcoholism, spousal abuse and racial bias, among others.
Created by Agnes Nixon, All My Children premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer with Lorraine Broderick as head writer. All My Children is produced in Los Angeles and airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
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