Eva La Rue Gets Candid with Soapdom!
As the recipient of the prestigious 2004 Gracie Allen Award, Eva La Rue (Dr. Maria Santos Grey) of “All My Children,” can’t wait until she gets to hold the statue. “I’m so excited and thrilled to be receiving this award,” La Rue said. “It is truly an honor and something I will always remember.”
La Rue was nominated in the category of Individual Achievement, Lead-Actor-Daytime Drama and will be honored on June 22nd at the 29th annual awards ceremony followed by a formal dinner at the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton Hotel.
The Gracie Allen Award is given to American Women in Radio and Television. Previous recipients have included Paula Zahn and Mary Hart.
American Women in Radio and Television is a non-profit organization of women and men who work in the electronic and allied fields. The award is named after the Gracie Allen, wife of the comic George Burns, of “Burns and Allen” fame.
The mission of AWRT is to advance the impact of women in the electronic fields by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to the members and the industry.
AWRT was formed in 1951 and the next year over 280 women gathered to approve the structure of the new organization.
La Rue’s evening will be special, not only will she be receiving the award, but she will be presented the award by her good friend Kelly Ripa of “Live with Regis and Kelly,” Hope and Faith (Faith), and formerly Haley of “All My Children,” who will be hosting the event.
“I’m so thrilled and honored in more ways then one to be giving her this award,” Ripa told Soapdom. “Eva is my closest and dearest friend. I consider her a sister. She’s even a godmother to one of my children,“ Ripa said. “Eva’s inner beauty outweighs the outer beauty, and that’s saying something because she’s drop dead gorgeous. She speaks for herself.”
The Gracie Allen Award is not only an elegant statue, but she (Gracie) was a role model in television. “She was a pioneer. A unique character. Think about it. She was a side-kick, but yet a star,” La Rue said. “She was in a unique position and was way ahead of her time.”
La Rue is happy to see that women are making their way into the entertainment field, a field that thirty years ago was mostly male dominated. After all it is the lady that buys most of the advertised products.
La Rue’s fondness for the Gracie Allen Award grew when last year she was a presenter and found it to be such a nice venue that this year she submitted a tape of her work that was judged by a jury on the Gracie Allen Board.
“I was so intrigued by the whole setting, and what this award stands for,” La Rue revealed. “However I must admit that when I sent in the tape I never thought I’d win. But then again, I never thought I’d be on the soap this long.”
At right, Eva La Rue (Maria, AMC) and John Callahan (Edmund, AMC) at the Gracie Allen Awards ceremony in 2003.
La Rue has had an amazingly impeccable run. Joining “All My Children” in 1993 as a young, top-flight neurologist, she was presumed dead in a plane crash four years later. Her character recently resurfaced with amnesia and now is helping her on-screen husband, Edmund (who also just happens to be her off screen husband, John Callahan) overcome a debilitating injury. “Isn’t it great! Only on a soap,” La Rue added.
La Rue is enjoying her role on the show and said that her whole life changed since accepting the part. “I came from Los Angeles to New York and didn’t know a soul,” she admitted. “I just got going and look what happened.” She was referring to the fact that not only does she have a great job, she even met her real-life husband, John Callahan, who plays Edmund Grey on “All My Children.”
La Rue said the storyline on the show is great, but she would love for her character to break up with Edmund. “That would be the inevitable way to go. When you have happiness you have no story to tell,” La Rue said. “Besides it’s a grind working together. We have to live together!”
What would be the ultimate fantasy storyline? “I would love to get amnesia again. I loved it. I didn’t know anything, and it was like I get to be James Bond running from the bad guy. I would love to break out of character and do the exotic. But whatever way Maria goes, I’m happy.”
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