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FanFest, Super Soap Weekend & More! What the Stars Had

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Stars reactions to Super Soap and Fan Fest

Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC)

On SSW5 and fans: "Last night, my husband and I sneaked off to ride Test Track. It was fabulous! I am a screamer on rides, and I probably close my eyes, but then I will peek and laugh. I've been on Tower of Tower, but I haven't been on Rockin Roller Coaster. (When it comes to the fans) there is almost no way for me to express how I feel about them. I am so fortunate in my lifetime as a performer. I wanted to be an actress since my earliest memories. So to receive the outpouring, the generosity, the emotions from people, because that is what we are all here for, the opportunity for us to be up close and personal. But there are no words to express how I feel. The fans really touch me. I am so grateful that I have been able to experience this in my lifetime. Maybe it is one of the plusses of our media. That we are on in their homes five days a week, and there is an emotional commitment and a connection to us because of that. I love that about these fans, you always know where you stand."

Galen Gering (Luis, Passions)

On FanFest: "I arrived in Florida on Friday night. We had a few meetings and a dinner with people from the park and where we were staying. Days of Our Lives people, too, Far as the event itself, I didn't know what to expect. Bottom line, it was a great time. The turnout was amazing. The event was so well organized. That made it great for us and for the fans. I think they (NBC and Universal Islands of Adventure) made it really accessible for everyone. My favorite fun thing during FanFest was meeting all the people who were there on special days. Like people who came, but it was their birthday and they came to FanFest to spend their birthday with us. They were so excited to be there and we couldn't help but get caught up in that. It was amazing. People drove from Wisconsin, or came from Texas. The turnout was incredible. Wherever we would go throughout the whole park all day we would get an amazing response. My most favorite thing about the weekend was "the groove " on Saturday night. There were 500 screaming fans. We were up in the balcony, but we'd go down and hang out with them. It was cool to see Jane French singing (Breathe) and to see the fans see her. The whole weekend was fantastic. I had such a great time, I am already looking forward to next year at FanFest!

Erin Torpey (Jessica, OLTL)

On her second SSW: "This year was great because we had more time to play. We came early Friday, and we left Monday, so we had all day Monday to play. My favorite part about the weekend was the fireworks, and seeing the fans was great as always because we never get to see them all together, all in one place."

Kevin Spirtas (Craig, DOOL)

On FanFest: "The most fun for me is always the Q&A sessions. They give me a chance to interact with the fans. At times, more intimately with some fans than with others, like when I get to do a "love scene" with one of my fans. That is lots of fun. You never know how those situations are going to turn out. Plus, I always find that getting that "in person" acknowledgment from the fans during autograph signings is an exhilarating experience. There is nothing like it. It's very rewarding.

Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DOOL)

On FanFest: "It was even more than I expected. The fans were great. The part of the event I enjoyed the most was when the cast was all together for the DOOL 35th Anniversary portion of the weekend. But the most fun for me was being with my cast-mates in a party-time scenario."

Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL)

On her Fifth SSW: "SSW5 had more fun, more fans, and was more exhilarating than the four before it. It was all great. I loved it. I had the best time. I would have to say that SSW5 was the best one ever."

Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DOOL)

On FanFest: "It was everything I expected and more. Being face-to-face with the fans is always a thrill. We don't get to do that very often. It was especially rewarding for me after being away for so long. I was touched by the loyalty of the fans after all this time. The most fun for me was being with all my fellow actors in a playtime environment. We work so hard together all the time (that to have the opportunity to be more relaxed with my fellow actors was wonderful). I went on a ride I never would have considered, if not for the peer pressure!"

McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan, Passions)

On FanFest: "I LOVED it. I had the best time meeting with the fans! I wasn't sure what to expect because it is always my nightmare that no one will show up! But, the turnout was outrageous! There were so many people t here that were Passions fans. I had two especially favorite moments. One happened before I sang the opera with Nadia (at the unveiling of the World's Largest Bar of Soap first up on Saturday morning). Before we sang, a couple of girls started shouting out some of my dialogue from the show! It was so cool. The other favorite thing was showing up at a dinner (as a surprise) that a group of the Talkpassions fans were having. They were so happy. But it was seeing all the fans that really made my day!"

Drake Hogestyn (John, DOOL)

On FanFest: "I went to sleep at 8 o'clock on Saturday night. I went to bed at eight, and got home at eleven! Hehehe. No really, I was asleep at eight. I took the red-eye in on Friday night and got here at like 7:45 AM Saturday morning. Even my answers at the Talk Show are better today (Sunday), cos I am awake today!"

Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC)

On SSW5 This is my 4th SSW. We have a large return. I think it's fantastic. I have been on the show 20 years. I have done a tremendous number of personal appearances. It doesn't matter that I work for them. I say this wholeheartedly. I have never seen a better organization than Disney. The amount of stuff that these people get done in two days is amazing. It takes them six months of hard work to get ready for this. There are people whose express job is this one event. I think it is well run. I think it is fantastic. I don't take breaks. I get so much love and energy from the fans. I just signed autographs for about three hours and 15 minutes, because the fans are so happy to be here. They come up to us and say that this is their fifth time here. That is all the better for us. They are the reason we are on that show. They are the reason the show has been on the air for 30 years. There is truly nothing like the fan base of a soap opera.

On seeing his wife, Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL, host of the Super Star Talk Show), at SSW "I sort of shake hands with her Friday, then see her on Monday, and say how did it go, baby? My wife has so much energy. She is a singer with a CD, and she is working on another one. She is launching her own cosmetics line, which I think is really excellent. She goes to all these trade shows. We go to California to meet with packaging companies. If I have to look at one more bronzer I am gonna throw up! She will come up to me and say, 'Close your eyes. Do you feel the difference between these two brushes?' Cat Cosmetics! She's put a lot of her heart into it. I think it is going to be successful. And she is stirring up the pot on One Life to Live. She does four or five days a week on that show. She is made for this stuff. I do really well with the fans one on one. I tend to be the king of the one-liners when we do the Super Star Talk Show, but only because I freeze up around cameras. Catherine will do a photo shoot at the drop of a hat. I am working with a headshot that is ten years old! I am signing autographs and fans are saying who is this? But, I love these things. Normally, you are only supposed to do three years. I am honored that they would have me back for four. It is a status thing in the studio. It is a very uncomfortable month or five weeks. People are running around in the lunchroom going 'did you get invited this year?' It is a big deal.

Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL)

On SSW5: "Two of my three sisters are down here with me this weekend. You will be able to tell that they are my sisters because they are very disrespectful of me, and certainly not impressed by me at all! I've done all the rides except the Rockin Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror and I hope to keep that my perfect record. I have a deathly fear of elevators. I have nightmares about them."

Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC)

On SSW5: "The fans are great. I love the Rockin Roller Coaster!"

Kirsten Storms (Belle, DOOL)

On FanFest: "It was even better than I expected. There was lots of good energy in it. Mostly, I enjoyed the Q&A sessions. Talking with the fans was a riot! I had so much fun. Even got to take advantage of the park! I rode the Hulk 10 times, and Dueling Dragons 4 times!"

Linda Dano (Rae, OLTL)

On SSW5: "We went on the Test Track ride twice! We had a great time. We loved it. We are going to go on more rides tomorrow. I did the Rockin Roller Coaster last year. I loved that. People who know me, know I love to dress. So, I would not come not dressed. I go on rides and just hope for the best that nothing will show. I think people have come from far and wide to meet all of us, and certainly don't want them to be disappointed. (SSW) is fun because I know all the actors. I have been on all the shows. I am probably the only one here who knows everyone. I am introducing everyone. To know me is to know that I become family immediately. If we spend more than an hour together, you will be invited to my house for Christmas!"

Esta Terblanche (Gillian, AMC)

On SSW5: "This is my first SSW. It's wonderful. Fantastic. I just wish I had more time to do the rides! It is an amazing experience."

Peter Reckell (Bo, DOOL)

On FanFest: "Its a huge party. Friday night we had a big thing for the cast members. Eighteen cast members from Days of Our Lives and eighteen cast members from Passions. (Then, on Saturday and Sunday we were ) all talking to the audience members, doing scenes with them, autographs. The whole thing. NBCi.com even had online events for fans who couldn't be there. A huge party."

Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC)

On SSW5: "At first I thought, man, is this even going to be any fun? But it's been a blast. I have had so much fun. The people here are taking such good care of us. It is really well organized. I got to bring my mother, my two sisters, and my grandma. We are staying at a really nice place. They get to do everything and not stand in line for rides. For me, it's been great just because I can tell that they are having such a good time. It does get frantic sometime. You walk out of one place, and everyone wants a picture, and it takes ten minutes to walk from the rest area to the golf cart, but it is nothing but love the fans are showing you. It's love and really good energy. It's not frustrating, but it is difficult because you want to be able to please everybody, and sometimes it is hard because there is such a strict time constraint that you have to make it to the next thing. That's been sort of difficult because I feel like I am not giving back as much as I should be. But I am trying to be accommodating to everybody. But it's fun. It's far beyond my expectations. I even got to ride the Rockin Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror."

Breaking News!

In? Out? Back In Again! The Labines Stay at Guiding Light!

In an announcement made by Proctor & Gamble on Monday, November 20, 2000, Claire, Matt and Eleanor Labine will continue on as the head writing team at Guiding Light. Accordiing to Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, Executive-in-Charge of Production for P&G Productions, Inc., "The Labines have always had the popular vote. We decided to take a recount and in so doing, we found another vote in the electorial college!" Claire Labine couldnt be more delighted. "We are happy to acquiesce to the will of the majority," she said. "Matt, Eleanor and I were delighted to join Guiding Light in June, and even though we never left the building, we are delighted to come back to Guiding Light in December."

Shake-Up at ABC Daytime. Head Writers Show Shifting!

Jill Ferren Phelps will become the executive producer of General Hospital, as current EP of GH, Wendy Riche, has opted not to renew her contract and will step down at the end of the year. Gary Tomlin will become the EP of One Life to Live, taking over the reigns from Phelps. Both changes become effective in January, 2001. In making the announcement, Angela Shapiro, president of ABC Daytime said, "In light of Jill's successful repositioning of OLTL, I am proud to have her at the helm of GH, a show with which she has a strong history. I believe that Gary's talent and vision for OLTL, a show which he has directed for four years, will ensure a powerful future for that show. I would also like to thank Wendy Riche for her record-breaking award-winning tenure at GH. She has been an important part of the ABC family for the past nine years, and her achievements are very much appreciated." Prior to becoming EP of OLTL in December 1997, Phelps served as EP of Santa Barbara, Guiding Light and Another World. She began her television career in 1974 as a production assistant on Guiding Light. From 1977-84, she became an Emmy-Award winning music director on GH. In 1984, she joined Santa Barbara, where she ultimately rose to the position of EP. During her tenure, the drama garnered three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Gary Tomlin most recently served as a director Passions. Prior to that, he was EP of Aaron Spelling's first daytime soap, Sunset Beach. Tomlin's association with OLTL began when he served as director from 1992-95. He also directed for Another World. Also and acclaimed writer, Tomlin served as head writer on Days of Our Lives, Search for Tomorrow, and Another World. Other writing credits include Santa Barbara and Texas.

General Hospital's Chloe Hits the Courts with Tennis Legend Chris Evert

Tava Smiley (Chloe, GH) hits the courts with tennis legend Chris Evert and other celebrities for the 2000 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, Dec. 2-3, at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. Before joining the cast of General Hospital, Smiley worked as a television correspondent for WTTW-TV in Chicago. Since 1996 she has also appeared as a guest star on numerous television shows, including Pensacola, Wings of Glory, The Pretender, Baywatch, Nash Bridges, Beverly Hills 90210, and most recently on the NBC sitcom Freaks and Geeks. Evert's charity event raised a record $1 million last year, bringing the total raised in the past decade to more than $8.3 million to support substance abuse treatment, prevention and public education programs in South Florida. The annual event, now in its 11th year, is held in association with the Chris Evert Women and Children's Center at Broward General Medical Center. Other celebrities set to participate in the annual charity event include Former President George Bush; comedian Chevy Chase; entertainer Alan Thicke; Chuck Norris, star of the long-running hit TV series Walker, Texas Ranger; and Michael Rapaport, one of Hollywood's hottest young actors who currently appears in the movies Men of Honor and The 6th Day. From the sports world the line-up includes Cleveland Indians' All-Star second baseman Roberto Alomar and his fiance Mary Pierce, the 2000 French Open Tennis Champion. Tennis great Jim Courier and 1996 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist Dan O'Brien, and from the tennis circuit, Luke Jensen, Vince Spadea, Mary Joe Fernandez, Robbie and Carling Seguso, Wendy Turnbull, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Bud Collins. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chris Evert Charities at 561/394-2400.

DOOL's Bill Hayes On Stage

Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) headlines Glad to Be Unhappy: The Lyrical Life of Lorenz Heart at Theatre West in Los Angeles (3333 Cahuenga Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90068) beginning November 24 through December 19, 2000. Billed as an evocative musical review, this evening of heart-melting music is directed by the legendary Betty Garrett and William Mead. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and can be ordered by calling 323 851-7977.


All My Children: Traci Godfrey has been cast in the full-part role of Mrs. Koisan, Godfrey airs on Wednesday, November 29, 2000. On the same day, Don Sparks appears in the full-part role of cardiologist Dr. Kennelty. Elisabeth Harnois appears in the full-part role of Sarah Livingston. Her first airdate is Friday, December 1, 2000. On the same day, Marianne Tatum appears in the full-part role of Mrs. Livingston, Sarah's mother. Matthew Bomer appears in the full-part role of Ian Kipling, and likewise airs on Friday, December 1, 2000.

As the World Turns: Richard Borg returns as Stiles on Tuesday, November 28, 2000. Courtney Simon reprises her role of Dr. Lynn Michaels on Thursday, November 30, 2000. Marc Webster appears as INS Agent Pandleton on Monday, December 4, 2000.

Days of Our Lives: Christopher Judd has been cast as the captain on the cruise ship.

Guiding Light: Trish Mitchell plays a waitress on Tuesday, November 28, 2000. Christopher Burns and Eric McCahon play FBI agents on Wednesday, November 29, 2000. On the same day, Thom Sesma is the "real" Dr. Holt. Keith Davis and Robert Amore play more FBI on Thursday, November 30, 2000. On the same day, Anthony Guest is Sheff.

One Life to Live: Michael James Reed plays the role of a (state?) Trooper beginning Tuesday, December 5, 2000. Paul Bucossi has been cast as a hitman and begins airing Wednesday, December 6, 2000. On the same day, Janette Gregorian plays a chambermaid.

Passions: Elizabeth Storm appears as "Katherine Crane." Storm's previous credits include contract roles on Santa Barbara, and Days of Our Lives, as well as co-starring roles on King of Queens, Maggie, Party of Five, Silk Stalkings and Sequest. Her first airdate is Friday, December 15, 2000. She airs until Wednesday, December 20. 2000.

Port Charles: Ramy Zada has been cast in a prominent recurring role of Harris, a harsh reminder of Ian's not so pristine past. Known to daytime viewers as Jeffrey Morgan on Guiding Light, Zada has a long list of prime time and feature film credits including, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Melrose Place, and Out of Sync. His first airdate is Wedensday, December 6, 2000.

Seeing Stars

Days of Our Lives: Louisiana Days of Our Lives fans! Make a date to ring in the New Year with Kevin Spirtas (Craig). On New Years Eve, 2000 at the Central School Arts & Humanities Center Auditorium in Lake Charles, LA from 10:00 PM - 1:30 AM, Kevin will pay tribute to Broadway musicals and share his unique stories of how the Broadway stage influenced his life. Mail your ticket request to: Kevin Spirtas c/o New Year's Eve with Kevin Spirtas, 8033 Sunset Blvd., Suite 637, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Single tickets: $85.00. Two or more, $75.00 each. All orders MUST be placed by December 15, 2000. Make checks payable to Kevin Spirtas.

Passions: Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) for a meet, greet & autograph signing at Glendale High School, 1440 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA from 7:30 to 8:30 PM on Saturday, December 2, 2000. Galen Gering (Luis) will be a celebrity participant at Y-100's (Miami's #1 radio station) annual celebrity softball event, in conjunction with their Jingle Bell Jam, to raise money for the Children's Home Society and the Charlee House of Miami on Sunday, December 9, 2000 from 11 am - 3 pm at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium. Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will make a personal appearance at Poway High School, 15500 Espola Road, Poway, CA (near San Diego) on Saturday, December 9, 2000 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Lindsay Korman (Theresa) will be the Grand Marshall for the Annual Children's Christmas Land Parade in South Gate, CA, on Sunday, December 10 from Noon - 2:30 pm.

Bubbles Busted?

Snail mail TPTB!

All My Children: Audience Information, ABC TV, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
As the World Turns: CBS TV, 51 W. 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
Bold & the Beautiful: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
Days of Our Lives: NBC TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91523
General Hospital: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Guiding Light: CBS TV, 51 W 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
One Life to Live: ABC TV, Audience Information, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
Passions; CBS Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Port Charles: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Young & the Restless: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036

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