On more than one occasion this column has commented on the fact that some former soap actors have snubbed their soap beginnings now that their careers have taken them into prime time. It's with great respect and admiration that I now herald those stars who have hailed from feature film, stage, and prime time television and are now finding a fun niche in daytime drama.
Samantha Eggar, who now stars as Charlotte, Alex/Anna's mother on All My Childre, is thrilled to be a part of the daytime community. Surprised when she was recruited for the role, she gladly accepted and packed for New York immediately. Her list of credits are amazing, as you can see by clicking http://us.imdb.com/Name?Eggar,+Samantha. And what's right up there at the top of the list? All My Children, of course.
Linda Purl (Claire, PC) also comes to daytime from a long list of prime time, stage and feature film credits. http://us.imdb.com/Name?Purl,+Linda Yet, she was so enamoured with her role on Port Charles and the experience of working in daytime, she would be delighted to be written back into the show at some later date. (Remember to write to the writers of Port Charles if you're a Linda Purl fan, and let them know how much you enjoyed her work. They are looking forward to hearing from you! See Top of the Week May 22, 2000 for the correct address to mail your letters.)
Guiding Light'sPatti D'Arbinville is also a consummate actress with a long list of prime time and feature film credits. She too is having a blast in daytime as Selena.
And there are many others. It is such a refreshing change to hear how much an actor is enjoying their work in daytime, rather than hearing how some are just biding their time in daytime until the right prime time or film role comes along. All I can say to the latter are these four words: Shelley Long. David Caruso. Not soap stars, but they too were looking for greener pastures. Where are they now? Share your opinions on this issue in the Criticize the Critic folder on the TRO Message Boards.
Soap News & Notes
Did you know that General Hospital made daytime history at the 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards? GH is the only daytime drama to ever receive the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series a record seven times, marking the show's fifth win in six years. Angela Shapiro, president ABC Daytime said: "I am exceptionally proud of every member of the General Hospital team, who constantly deliver outstanding drama. The fact that General Hospital continues to win year after year is testament to the strength, dedication and talent that has historically made this show number one with our audience." EP Wendy Riche was humbled. "It's an honor for me to work with the extraordinary team of talented people at General Hospital, who are consistent in their pursuit of excellence. It is also thrilling for us all to be part of a show which achieved Daytime Emmy history with its seventh statuette for Outstanding Daytime Drama." Stay tuned to Turtle Run for our continued coverage of the 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards coverage.
It's time for Days of Our Lives fan club weekend! Tickets are still available for many events as follows:
The Fan Club Lunch, Saturday, June 3, 2000 at the Universal Hilton in Universal City California. Tickets are $85.00 US. Reserve your seats by sending a check or money order in the full amount to Days Fan Club, P.O. Box 11508 Burbank, CA USA 91510-1508
Dance with Drake: Drake Hogestyn is hosting a diner dance Friday, June 2, 1000 at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in Studio City, CA. Tickets are $70.00. Send check or money order with a SASE to Drake Hogestyn Fan Club, c/o Elaine Davis, 9345 Tarryton Avenue, Whittier CA 90605
Wesley's on Broadway! My last conversation with Patrika Darbo included a personal invitation from her to all Turtle-Run visitors to join her, Kevin Spirtas (Craig), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and a host of other Days of Our Lives stars for the 2nd Annual Fan Event Extravaganza talent show and dance on Saturday evening, June 3, 2000. Tickets are $50.00 each but availability is now limited. Send a check or money order to The Wesley's on Broadway, 8033 Sunset Blvd, #637, Los Angeles, CA, 90046.
Austin Peck Hosts Fan Dinner: Join Austin at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA from 7-10 PM on Friday, June 2, 2000. Tickets are $75.00 and can be charged at Austin's web site at http://www.austinpeck.com or call 818/986-1167 for further information.
Joe Mascolo Performs in Love Letter: See a whole other side of Stefano as Joe Mascolo co-stars with Pat Delany at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA on Friday, June 2, 2000 at 7:00 PM. Meet Joe afterwards for autographs and photos. Tickets are $35.00. Send check or money order made out to JPR Inc. Limited. Mail to JPR Inc. Limited, 11684 Ventura Blvd. #5026, Studio City, CA 91064. Call 818 786-7525 for further info.
Lauren Koslow Hosts Fan Gathering: Join Lauren for her second annual fan gathering at 4:30 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2000 at the Universal Hilton. After the Days Luncheon, chat with Lauren and her guests. Plus there will be raffles, prizes, silent auction items and more. Tickets are $60.00 for fan club members and $65.00 for non-members. Send cash, check or money order made payable to Lauren Koslow Fan Club to Debby O'Connor, 6 Oakdale, Irvine, CA 92604.
Jim Reynolds Hosts Charity Basketball Game: Join Jim for a game of hoops to benefit the South Pasadena High School Basketball Team on Sunday, June 4, 2000 at the South Pasadena High School Gym, 1401 Diamond Street in South Pasadena. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children and can be purchased at the door.
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