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Nora's memory lapse, Lucci on her "two" daughters and More

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Now, here is our interview with Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL), more from Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC), and tons of breaking news!

Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL)

On regaining Nora's memory: "She lost her memory? I don't remember losing my memory. A fan suggested to me (at Super Soap Weekend), that maybe I haven't really lost my memory. That this is just a plot! That's what a fan thinks. I thought well, hummm. I am learning more from this fan. They don't tell us anything at work. I think it would be great if Nora remembered what Lindsay did. That would be great. We'll see when that happens. I honestly don't know if it will ever come out.

On working with Catherine Hickland (Lindsay): "Oh she makes sure you see Lindsay's vulnerable side. Whiney, whiney, whiney! If what Lindsay did to Nora ever does come out, I think Nora will kill her. Do you remember what happened last Thanksgiving? The food fight? This Thanksgiving we have some fabulous things planned. Nora and Lindsay are becoming the best of friends. We become such good friends that we are going to throw a Thanksgiving dinner together. I will leave it at that! I hope they make this a Thanksgiving tradition. There is no one I like fighting with more than Catherine Hickland. It is fun. It is always fun to work with someone who owns their character. When you own your character, you are very clear on who your character is. You have your own rhythm, energy, agenda. When you own your character and your scene partner owns theirs, it is so much fun to be in the scene with them. No matter what you do, they don't come into your energy. When you have two very clear people with two very clear agendas coming together, you know something is going to happen. That's what happens when Catherine and I, Lindsay and Nora, get into a room. Two people with separate agendas, who are both smart. One just happens to use her brain for evil, not good. It's interesting, it's fun, and I truly enjoy it.

On being a red head: "Off camera, it looks very dark. On camera, it is still red. Now you will learn my little secret. When I got this job I was no redhead. It was a mandate from ABC and my boss, Linda Gottleib back then, for Nora to be a redhead. I said fine. However, red is a very hard color to maintain if it is not your own. Especially if your hair has a tendency to go more brown and blondie. My hair has a tendency to go lighter. I would go to the same ABC-recommended person to have my hair done, and it got redder and redder and soon I was a carrot top. I said, guys, we gotta stop this! So, I did a reverse process. Did that for a while, but then I would get blonde. Then, I found something that worked for me in my personal life. Which was to keep it darker, and let the lights bring out the red in Nora's hair. I like it much better this way because I'll touch it up and it gets very dark and then as the sun plays on it, and I wash it, it gets lighter and blonder, and you will see changes. Basically, it's the same color I am going to, it is just that red oxidizes. It's a struggle I've been having for years!!! I can't believe it is just coming out now!"

On Nora's storyline: "I really like Nora's journey this year. It started out in the warehouse with Bo. I loved those scenes. I wanted to use these scenes for the Emmys and I couldn't because it missed the cut-off date by one day. Those scenes were very interesting. Two people who care about each other, who have chemistry without trying, who have an understanding and deep, deep affection for each other, even though things between them didn't work out. So, if you start with that as the beginning of 'Nora's journey,' then going through her realization of what Lindsay has done and how Lindsay has destroyed her life, and then she becomes a vengeful person, even though that was not in her nature, but she needs to fight for the truth to come out. Then, the train, when she finally goes to Bo and says I can't move on with my life. I am trying, but I can't move on with my life. I need you to forgive me for what I did to you. And he says no. She goes away, and then there is the train wreck. And those scenes in the train. The set itself was the train that they twisted and wrecked. It was on angles so that when you walked into it, you wanted to take some Dramamine. The cameramen working in it were getting sick. They found a little hole in it for me to crawl in, under the wreckage, so I didn't have to walk though because it was so disorienting. We were in there for 15 hours. Till 4 in the morning. Then, I got a nice vacation. Laid in bed for several weeks. Then, Nora was trying to piece together what was happening to her, and now with the drug, where she can't even use her mind, which had always been Nora's strongest point. That was fun to re-explore. It has always been fun to re-invent and re-explore Nora, and bringing her back who she was originally. Now, with no memory, what we have is the Nora who first came to Llanveiw, straight from Chicago. Who was feisty. A bit itchy. And wanting answers really quick. Bo was the one who tamed her. That was what you got to see for a bit. Then, Nora remembers Bo, and you saw the tamed Nora come up. But for still not remembering Sam, and still not remembering (Lindsay's duplicity) I thank the writers profusely. The only problem with the coma storyline, was here I was lying in the bed and I should have been withering away, but since I didn't have to get into wardrobe, I ate myself silly. When I came back to Llanview, wardrobe handed me my clothes and I went did you shrink them? I fit into nothing. The white Armani suit that I wear for "conscience Nora" usually the jacket was buttoned. Not then. It was open. The other funny thing that happened was during the injection scenes. Colin, Nora and Lindsay had worked all day, doing the courtroom scenes, until about midnight. We had three scenes left. The injection scenes. They had the EEG hooked up, and I just lay in bed. The stage manager came up to me and said are you okay, do you want anything? I said I was just fine. Next thing I remember is hearing someone say, for God sakes, the woman is blowing bubbles! I fell asleep, and had a big spitball coming out of my mouth!"

Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC)

On Susan's daughter, Liza Huber (ex Gwen, Passions) leaving the show: "My daughter came to me about nine months ago, we were having lunch, and she said 'Mom, acting is just not my cup of tea.' It just doesn't work for her. I had already told both my children to do what you love. Find what it is that you love to do and do that. Liza said she would like to make a career change. And I said, you have to do what you love. Absolutely. That's about all there was to it."

On Erica's daughter, Bianca: "Eden Riegel is doing a spectacular job as Bianca. She is a wonderful young actor. She cares very much about her work, and in loving the writing, as well as I love the writing. I am not big on giving advice, and she doesn't ask me to. She and I just get along very, very well. I am happy to work with her."

On the gay storyline: "The fan reaction has been very positive. I have heard from fans that they are riveted to the storyline and can't wait to watch it. That is what I am hearing in chats online, and when people meet me in the street. I think the storyline is very important and is being portrayed in a very realistic way. Bianca seems to be very sure about (her sexuality). Erica knows that her daughter is keeping a secret from her, something that is very important to Bianca. And Erica would love to know about it, and would love to help her daughter. Her daughter is only 16. But, Bianca is adamant about keeping it a secret. She feels that if her mother knew that she was gay, she wouldn't love her. In regard to how Erica is going to handle it when she finally does find out, I am anxiously awaiting those scripts. I think they will be coming to me soon. But I haven't received or read them yet. I would venture to say that there is a lot of territory to cover. My main concern when they told me about the story line -- and so far, I think they have been amazing about the way they are handling it - was that it be handled with respect and dignity. No child should have to commit suicide because he or she is afraid that their parents won't love them. I think there is a lot to be explored and I think that Erica, because Bianca is 16, will want to know if someone at rehab coerced her into thinking that she is gay. Erica so far knows that Bianca was on the web emailing with someone, but she doesn't yet know that was Sarah. The audience knows a lot more than Erica and I think that Erica will be quite shocked and not so ready, not that she will be in denial, well, she may be, but (I don't think) that she will be so ready to accept it, because Bianca is only 16. In terms of research, I don't think you really know until that moment happens, for either Bianca or Erica. I would really rather keep the spontaneity. The scripts touch me. Whatever these writers are writing, they are touching me. As a mother myself, and as Erica is a mother, what we both have in common is that we both love our children unconditionally. Bianca doesn't know that about her mother's love. I think that Erica could probably be a better listener. She needs to do some work in that department, but hopefully that will happen."

Speaking of All My Children, stay tuned next week when we bring you candid comments from Leo himself, AMC's newest heartthrob, Josh Duhamel! Also, for AOL AMC fans, be sure to pop into the Cutting Edge Chat every Wednesday night at 9 PM ET and visit with Host Kate and Host Mello. Personal cyberfriends of mine! They host a great AMC chat at KW: soaps.

Breaking News

NY Passions Fans -- Be There When Luis Meets Rosie!

WHO: Galen Gering (Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald)
WHAT: The Rosie O'Donnell Show
WHEN: Taping on Tuesday, December 19, 2000
WHERE:The Rosie O'Donnell Show, NBC, 30 Rockefeller Center

If you live in the NYC area and are interested in being a member of Rosie's studio audience while Galen is there, please call:

NBC Guest Relations at (212) 664-3046. Tickets are free but reservations must be made in advance. The airdate of Galen's show is Thursday, December 28, 2000. A special message directly from Passions:

"Attention: All NYC Passions FansWe invite you to come on out and show support of Galen and Passions when he meets Rosie!"

How cool is that? Please tell NBC Guest Relations that Turtle Run sent you, and then post about your experience on the Turtle Run Passions Message Boards.

Rena Sofer (General Hospital) Guest-Stars in 5 Episodes as a Dueling Rival Lawyer for NBC's Ed

Emmy Award winner Rena Sofer (ex Lois, General Hospital) will guest-star over an arc of five episodes of NBC's hit new romantic drama Ed (Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m. ET) as a possible romantic interest for the title character - although they meet as adversaries in court.

In these episodes, which will begin airing in January, Sofer plays Bonnie Hane, a hard-shelled assistant district attorney who faces off against defense lawyer Ed (series star Tom Cavanagh) as she attempts to prosecute a charitable Samaritan who fed coins into expired parking meters. Their heated interaction sets off sparks that's noticed by a newly jealous Carol (Julie Bowen), who has previously kept an admiring Ed at arm's length.

In 1995, Sofer won her Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Actress for her work as Lois Cerullo Ashton on General Hospital (where she met her husband, cast member Wallace Kurth).

A few years later, Sofer moved to primetime series as a regular (1998-99) in Melrose Place, Oh Grow Up and The Opposite Sex. Her TV movies include Nightmare Street, Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story and The Stepsister. She also guest-starred in Seinfeld, Ellen and Caroline in the City. Among her feature films are Keeping the Faith and Traffic.

Ed centers on Ed Stevens (Cavanagh), a former New York lawyer who, after being fired and catching his wife cheating on him, decides to return to his hometown of Stuckeyville to start a new life - and pursue the girl (Bowen) of his dreams. Josh Randall, Jana Marie Hupp and Lesley Boone also star.

Days of Our Lives Helps Bo & Hope Tie the Knot with Jim Brickman's Music

Pianist/composer and Windham Hill recording artist Jim Brickman has enjoyed many creative milestones over the course of his career, and now he can add a hit daytime soap opera to his resume. When Bo and Hope marry later this month, the Jim Brickman/Olivia Newton-John version of Jim's classic Valentine will be heard as accompaniment. The song will be used in a scene in which Bo and Hope enjoy their first dance together as husband and wife. The wedding sequence airs over a three-day period during the week of December 25th.

For anyone familiar with the music of Jim Brickman, the Days of Our Lives wedding connection comes as no surprise. Considered by his fans to be the "King of Romance," Jim has thrived as a composer of romantic music. TV's "Extra" recently aired a segment on Jim and the fact that many couples have gotten engaged at his concerts.

Currently, Jim is in the midst of a 2000 Holiday tour, (with special guest Donny Osmond) which kicked off November 25th in Minneapolis and runs through December 29th. Jim's most recent album, My Romance: An Evening With Jim Brickman, arrived in stores this fall. His 1999 album Destiny sold over 500,000 copies, not only marking Jim's fourth Gold record, but putting him over the 3 million mark in total career sales.

Congratulations to NAACP Image Awards Nominees

Daytime TV shines as actors from several shows have been nominated for the 32nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, which will be presented in March 2001. Congratulations to the following nominees:

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Mathew St. Patrick (Adrian, AMC)
Timothy D. Stickney (RJ, OLTL)
Nathan Purdee (Hank, OLTL)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Lynne Moody (Florence, GH)
Tracey Ross (Eve, Passions)

Steve Burton Returns to General Hospital in the Role of Jason Morgan

Jason fans your prayers have been answered! Emmy Award-winning actor Steve Burton will be reprising the role of Jason Morgan beginning Monday, January 29, 2001. Burton portrayed the character from 1991 to 1999, and recently returned for six weeks this past August. Here is the best part. Not only is Jason back in Port Charles, but you can expect some big surprises with Jason's homecoming. "Jason's return will have a profound effect on several key people in his life," teased GH head writer, Michele Val Jean. "We are very excited about the story possibilities that Steve brings to the canvas." When last seen in Port Charles, Jason helped Carly (Sarah Brown) realize Sonny's (Maurice Benard) feelings for her, rescued Emily (Amber Tamblyn) from her kidnapper, and made some waves between Lucky (Jacob Young) and Liz (Rebecca Herbst). Burton won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama series in May of 1999 for his work on GH. Sorry, ladies, I hate to break it to you but Burton is recently married and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sheree (one lucky lady!) What's more, if Burton being back on GH isn't enough for you, you can also see him co-starring in the upcoming Steven Spielberg television movie, Semper Fi, which is scheduled to air in January, 2001. Interestingly, Semper Fi, the television movie, is a pilot that did not get "picked up" as a series.

Casting

All My Children: George Guidall has been cast in the role of Judge Mayhew. His first airdate is Friday, December 29, 2000. Mark Pinter has been cast in the role of Greenlee's dad, "Roger Smythe." Pinter starred on Another World where he played Grant Harrision since 1991. Pinter first airs in the 8000th episode of AMC on Tuesday, January 9, 2001.

Days of Our Lives: Barry Cullison has been cast as Leonard and airs on Friday, December 22, 2000. Jim Beaver has been cast in the role of the priest and airs on Friday, December 22, 2000. Matt Ashford will reprise the role of Jack Deveraux for several appearances beginning in early February. The role is non-contract..

General Hospital: Lily Melgar returns as Lily Corinthos for two episodes on January 2,3, 2001. Steve Burton returns as Jason Morgan beginning January 29, 2000.

One Life to Live: Bruce Altman plays Lou Jacobs beginning Monday, December 18, 2000. James McCauley plays a bank manager and Bob Colletti plays the thief on Thursday, December 21, 2000. Mark Gerald Douglas plays Jules Hendrix on Friday, December 22, 2000.

Passions: Philip Moon has been cast as a television reporter and will air on Wednesday, January 3, 2001. Alicia Ziegler has been cast as Carol and airs on Monday, January 15, 2001. Ziegler is the winner of last year's Internet Casting Call in the female category.

Port Charles: Joey Spillers has been cast in the role of Ted Harmon. His first airdate is Tuesday, December 26, 2000. Opal Anchel is joining the cast as Arianna. Her first airdate is January 2, 2001. Chaz Burke has been cast in the role of a precinct cop. He airs on Wednesday, January 10, 2000. Chris Maleki has been cast in the role of Ben, Arianna's (newcomer Opal Anchel) brother. His first airdate is Friday, January 12, 2001. Ted W. Henning has been cast in the role of Darryl Gordon, a real estate agent. He airs on Friday, January 19, 2001.

Seeing Stars

Days of Our Lives: 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. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $20.00 and can be ordered by calling 323 851-7977. 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. Diedre Hall's Intimate Portrait airs on the Lifetime Television Network on Monday, January 8, 2001 at 7:00 PM. Check your local listings for a schedule of re-broadcasts. Patrika Darbo has been named Chairperson for the Heart Association Walk and on Sunday, February 11, 2001, Patrika takes part in the 16th Annual Heart Run & Walk in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, benefiting the American Heart Association. Participants can choose from a 5K run, a 5K Fun Walk, a 10K Run and a 1K Kids Walk. For information call the American Heart Association at 310 277-2171. Days Fans -- Keep this Date! June 2, 2001. The fan club event of the Millennium. An entirely new format with lots of surprises. Fun for the whole family. This action-packed weekend will go down in Days history. More details to come!!

Passions: Bruce French (Father Lonigan) can be seen now, through the end of January, 2001 in Lady Chatterly's Lover at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA. For times and ticket info call 310 822-8392. Bruce Michael Hall (Reese) stars in an episode of David E. Kelley'sBoston Public in the role of Jimmy. It is currently scheduled to air sometime in January, 2001. When we receive a confirmed date, we will pass it on to you. Luis fans, be sure to pick up a copy of the January 2001 issue of Cowboys and Indians Magazine. Galen Gering is featured in a celebrity layout, and ladies gentlemen, let me tell you. It's hot!! ;o)

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

For those who are disappointed that NBC cancelled Titans, send snail mail to:
Mr. Scott Sassa, President, NBC West Coast, 3000 W. Alameda Avenue, Burbank, CA 91523

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