Dear Suds Buds:
In the course of publishing Turtle-Run.com, we meet and get to know many wonderful, talented and enthusiastic people in the soap industry. But no one compares to the late Josh Ryan Evans, the diminutive actor who played the living-doll-come-to-life, Timmy, on NBC's Passions.
I first got to know Josh when we visited the set of Passions for an afternoon several years ago. He was so warm, charming, intelligent and talkative! He dished about his career, his favorite memories of being cast on Ally McBeal, and how much fun he was having being Timmy on Passions. I was struck by just how small he was (between 37-38 inches tall, depending on who is measuring), but just as struck by how unaffected by it he was. For him, size didn't matter, except that it made him that much more special as an actor.
On this our first ever meeting with him, he told us about how much he respected David E. Kelley and how he enjoyed working on Ally McBeal: "That was such an honor. Peter MacNicol, who worked with me on the film Baby Genusis, introduced me to David Kelley. About a week after I spoke with David Kelley, I got a call from the casting office saying 'may we have your address, David Kelley wrote a part for you.' I was doing taxes at this time, on my computer, thinking oh this (doing taxes) is awful, but then I get a call from David E. Kelley's office and I was like WOAH! Forget about taxes! I am going (to LA). Then, the next summer I proceeded to write a letter to David saying that I wanted to be on the show again. And apparently, he agreed with me 'cos he wrote me into a script within two days, and I was back on Ally!"
He told us about his first acting job: "I got sent to New York first class. I stayed at the Paramount Hotel. People who are familiar with New York and know the Paramount Hotel, it's very, very chic. And for not going more than a two-block radius all your life, that's pretty thrilling!" That was about four years prior. "So much has happened to me since then," he said. "I can't believe it!"
He told us about being nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in 2000 and how he found out about his nomination: "I got a call from the assistant to the Executive Producer (of Passions) saying please call the Executive Producer. And I freaked! I was like why does she want to talk to me? Did I do something wrong? I called her and she said 'Josh, I want to inform you that you are nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award.' I was like YESSSS! My mother actually found out about it before I did. I was in (the) Hair (room) and she found out about it and transferred (the call) to Hair. The first person I told after that was everybody on set, cos I was working at the time. Then I told my grandmother and my father."
Josh was also opening the Soap Opera Digest Awards show that night. He had some reservations: "I am nervous because I open the show, and just in case I win, I am really nervous about what I am going to say because I haven't really thought about it. And I may ramble, 'cos I ramble when I am very excited, like I am doing right now! I will be gracious, but I don't know. I've never been to (an Awards show) before!"
He made quite an elegant entrance. He showed up in a floor-length black tuxedo jacket. Josh did win the SOD Award that night. He was to win again in 2001. He was also nominated for a Young Artist Award and a Daytime Emmy in 2001. He won the Young Star Award in 2000.
Josh had a great sense of humor and would arrive at premieres and openings dressed the part. When the Hard Rock Café opened at Universal Studios, Orlando, he showed up dressed as a miniature Elvis, white jeweled jumpsuit, shades and all!
Josh was one of the main reasons I couldn't wait for Passions, the new soap NBC, to begin airing in the summer of 1999. I just had to see the character of Timmy, the Living Doll. His martimmies, fear of Fluffy, speaking in the third person, and love and loyalty to Tabitha were my favorite things about the character.
On Monday night, August 5, 2002 my husband and I had just settled into bed. We had the news on the televison, KABC in Los Angeles. When Marc Brown said something like, "Young soap actor, Josh Ryan Evans died this evening in San Diego undergoing an evaluation for a heart ailment," my first reaction was "What? That can't be. He just died on the show today. He didn't die in real life." But I was only half right. He had in fact died in real life, the same day his character Timmy died of a heart condition on Passions.
In his mere 20 years, Josh accomplished more than many of us with far more mileage. He starred in feature films beside Peter MacNicol and Jim Carey (How the Grinch Stole Christmas). He starred on a number of televison series, and landed a contract role on a soap for which he was nominated and won awards. He wasn't afraid to make his dreams come true. Way to go, Josh. You will be missed.
Our tribute to Josh Ryan Evans continues...
My Memories of Josh Ryan Evans
By Lesleyann Medeiros
I had the pleasure of knowing Josh Ryan Evans during the first year of Passions while I was a reporter for Soap Opera Weekly magazine. He was one of my favorite people to interview, as he always wanted to talk and was very friendly and outgoing.
I have many fond memories of my time with him. I will never forget him teasing me because I hadn't seen the movie Star Wars. Every time I would come to the set he would always ask me if I had rented it yet, and I would always say no. Then he would take me to his dressing room and show me his Star Warsmemorabilia and try and sell me on the movie. Maybe I will see it for him now.
I remember when Josh landed his role in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He was so excited to be in a Ron Howard movie because it marked the pinnacle of his big screen dreams. The first time he wore his yellow glowing Grinch eye contacts he was thrilled. He brought Polaroid's to the Passions set to show everyone. For the next month or two, even while he was taping scenes, those Polaroids were in his pocket and he was always offering to show them to anyone.
It was also around this time that Josh bought one of those Razor scooters so he could zip around the lot between the set of Passions and the set of Howthe Grinch Stole Christmas. I had seen the scooters all around town, as they were quite the rage then, but had never ridden one. Josh took great delight in watching as I clumsily attempted to balance on the scooter. I can still hear his laughter.
Josh was always laughing and smiling and upbeat, no matter how lousy he might have felt physically. Once, in a rare serious moment, he told me about the three heart operations he had had as a child and how his long stays in the hospital had inspired him to help kids in similar situations. It was a promise he made to himself early in life, and one he kept. Josh had no greater joy than his work on behalf of the Make a Wish Foundation, and other children's charities.
Josh signed all of his autographs with his personal motto, "Dream Big." He used to tell me, "It is not the size of the dreamer that matters, but the size of the dream." Josh lived his life this way and encouraged others to do the same. It speaks volumes about his strength of character that a kid from Hayward, California, without any Hollywood connections or an agent, could move to LA with only his mother and a business card that read - Josh Ryan Evans - Kid, and see those show biz dreams realized.
I think my favorite memory of Josh and perhaps the most telling, is a conversation we shared during a Q&A interview. The interview featured standard questions such as, what is your favorite movie, favorite food, who can you imitate, etc. One of the questions was "What is the one thing you would change about your appearance if you could?" I remember feeling somewhat uncomfortable asking Josh that question, but he had already heard me pose the question to other actors, so I decided not to skip it with him. He paused and smiled and said, "Well, you know, I think I would like to be a little taller," and laughed his hearty laugh. Then he said, "No, don't print that. I am actually very happy the way I am. My height is part of me and makes me special, as it has opened doors for my career. I wouldn't change a thing."
I remember thinking that was a profound answer to a silly question. It is very rare you find someone in show business or even "real" life, who is comfortable with who they are, and better yet, happy with who they are. Josh was both, and I will always remember that. That is his gift to me, and I feel like it was my privilege to have known him for a brief time.
From Soap Opera Weekly's Robert Schork:
"Many tears have been shed at SOAP OPERA WEEKLY since we learned of Josh's passing. As WEEKLY's Passions editor and as a dear friend of Josh and his mother, I want you all to know that my WEEKLY colleagues and I are hard at work in putting together a special obituary and tribute story for Josh -- one that I hope every Passions and Timmy fan will enjoy, and more importantly, one that Josh would be proud of. You can find it in the issue dated August 27, which goes on sale August 19." Robert Schork, Asst. Managing Editor
We have also heard from many of Josh's fans. Here is one such letter...
"I am deeply sadden by the death of JOSH RYAN EVANS. I loved him, and my whole family enjoyed seeing him everyday. Passions will not be the same to us. I hope they get someone equally as talented as Josh to play opposite Juliette Mills, but our TIM TIM could never be replaced. May he rest in peace. I will never forget him." Thelma C.
For more of the Turtle-Run Tribute to the character of "Timmy" and Josh Ryan Evans, see the Turtle-Run.com Passions Message Board.
****This week's Top of the Week is dedicated in loving memory to Josh Ryan Evans, January 10, 1982-August 5, 2002. He has taught us all how to make our dreams come true****
DOOL's Nadia Bjorlin Named Official Ambassador for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Light The Night®" Walk
Actress trying to make a difference in character and in real-life
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announced on Monday, August 5, 2002 that it has named "Days of our Lives" star Nadia Bjorlin as its official ambassador for this year's "Light The Night®" Walk. Light The Night is the Society's annual evening event to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Funds raised support the Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Nationwide, 220 walks are held by the Society's 60 chapters.
Bjorlin, 21, plays Chloe Lane on "Days of our Lives," which airs on NBC. Chloe is a reclusive musical prodigy who's the long lost daughter of the vivacious, saucy Nancy Wesley (Patrika Darbo). This summer, Chloe began a battle with leukemia, and the outcome of her illness has yet to be determined. The "Days of our Lives" writing team is working closely with the Society as it advances the plot.
Unfortunately, the battle against this disease is familiar, difficult terrain for Bjorlin. Her father, Swedish maestro Ulf Bjorlin, Sr. passed away from leukemia in 1993. He was renowned for his dramatic musical compositions and conducting prowess, holding posts with the Stockholm Opera, the Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and Sweden's National College of Musical Drama. He recorded for EMI and was known for 'cherishing the artistic and elegant entertainment inherent in serious forms of music.' Nadia was just 13 when he died.
"My family understands the pain of struggling with a loved one who's suffering from a blood-related cancer, and we seek to support those who are working to find a cure," said Bjorlin. "As an ambassador for Light The Night, I'm honored to represent The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and help raise funds for vital research and the patient and family services the Society provides."
As the official Light The Night Ambassador, Bjorlin will make public appearances on behalf of the Society at key Light The Night Walks. Additionally, she will serve as the spokesperson for a series of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society public service announcements that will air nationally and regionally on NBC Television, the network home to "Days of our Lives." She'll also appear on walk entry forms that will be distributed nationally, including in the 450 retail locations of Light The Night partner Mrs. Fields Cookies.
"Nadia is uniquely suited for both of the roles she's playing right now as Chloe and as our Official Ambassador," said Dwayne Howell, President and CEO, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "We believe her ability to reach a significant cross-section of the American population will increase participation in and support for Light The Night. We're happy that Days of our Lives has so thoroughly supported our cause and that Nadia's come on board."
Light The Night is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's nationwide evening walk. Walkers carry illuminated balloons?white for survivors and red for supporters. Funds raised will support the Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Days Stars Tie the Knot and Another Stars in Screamer!
Days of our Lives Kyle Lowder (Brady) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole) entered wedded bliss last weekend. The co-starring couple couldn't be happier!
Aaron Van Wagner (Jason) is spending the summer in Los Angeles filming a lead role in the horror movie "Dark Wolf." In the Fox Studios release, Aaron portrays the role of "Tom," whose girlfriend is being hunted by the "Dark Wolf." Look for the horror-thriller to be released later this year.
DOOL Stars to Call Bingo for Aids Charities
On Thursday August 29th, several cast members of Days of our Lives will be appearing as celebrity bingo callers at "Legendary Bingo," at Dupars Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA; located at 8571 Santa Monica Boulevard at the RamadaPlaza. Hosted by the fabulous "Belle Aire," all proceeds raised at Bingo will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Honolulu AIDS marathon.
DOOL's Ryan Scott (Harold) is in training to run the Honolulu AIDS marathon, which is December 8th, and former cast member Ayda Field (Angela Moroni) will also be running the marathon. Rounding out Days of our Lives' participation in the marathon is David Sperber (the show's publicist) and Chris Lewis, a production assistant. "Legendary Bingo" at Dupars Restaurant will help Ryan, Ayda, David and Chris achieve their fundraising goal to participate in the Honolulu AIDS marathon.
The suggested donation at Legendary Bingo is $15.00, which includes 10 games of bingo and one grand prize bingo game. The first game begins at 8:00 PM, but please arrive early to get a table.
There will be fabulous Bingo prizes and Days of our Lives collectibles for auction. For more information, please log onto Daysofourlives.com or visit the Bingo website at www.legendarybingo.com.
'Sex and the City' Costume Designer Patricia Field Joins CBS Daytime Drama 'Guiding Light' as Consulting Costume Designer
Emmy award-winning costume designer Patricia Field, best known for her work on HBO's Sex and the City, has been named Consulting Designer to Guiding Light, the CBS daytime drama, effective Monday, August 12, announced the show's Executive Producer Paul Rauch. Field joins Guiding Light Costume Designer Shawn Dudley in heading up the design team of the longest-running daily program in broadcast history.
"We are thrilled to have Patricia Field join us at Guiding Light," said Rauch. "Her unique and exceptional sense of style will help put our fictional town of Springfield, USA on the map along with fashion capitals Paris, Milan and New York City."
Added Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, Executive-in-Charge of Production for Procter & Gamble Productions, which produces Guiding Light, "Patricia's fashion-forward sensibility combined with her recent work on such a hot television series provides her with a keen sense of style that will help to make Guiding Light, a respected show which has already led the way in daytime drama for 50 years, a trendsetter on the fashion front as well."
Detailing her plans for the show, Field explains, "I'd like to create more distinction between the show's characters, and plan to give the show's fashion a sense of heightened reality -- giving Guiding Light extra visual interest wherever I can."
Field, who achieved international fame among the fashion savvy with the opening of her eponymous Greenwich Village, NY boutique in 1966, has been a defining factor in urban style as the Costume Designer for Sex and the City.
Field entered the entertainment industry in the 1980s as costume designer for the television series Crime Story. Her subsequent credits include television's Wiseguy and SpinCity, as well as the feature films Miami Rhapsody and The Substitute. She received a 1998 Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or Special for Disney's television feature Mother Goose Rock and Rhyme, and recently garnered a third Emmy nomination for Outstanding Costumes for a Series for her work on Sex and the City, for which she remains Costume Designer.
Guiding Light, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on television, is the longest-running daily show in broadcast history. A Procter & Gamble Production, the program airs on the CBS Television Network. (Check local listings.) Paul Rauch is the Executive Producer; Lucky Gold and Millee Taggart are the Headwriters. Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin is the Executive-in-Charge of Production.
VoiceWeb and Primedia to Launch Soap Opera Digest Interactive Telephone Network
VoiceWeb, a provider of interactive telephone networks, and magazine publisher PRIMEDIA (NYSE: PRM ), the leading targeted media company, have partnered to develop and deploy an interactive telephone network for soap opera fans under the Soap Opera Digest brand name. Scheduled for a national launch in Fall 2002, the Soap Opera Digest telephone network is a new and viable distribution model for advertisers and sponsors to reach the coveted 18-49 female demographic.
The Soap Opera Digest Network also marks the second telephone network from VoiceWeb, whose first network The Loup, remains a highly successful interactive music and entertainment phone network for teenagers. VoiceWeb's proprietary technology enables the creation of large-scale fan communities through the network's ability to host a large number of callers that are able to interact with content and communicate in real-time.
"With the Internet in only 50 percent of US households, we saw a tremendous opportunity to transform the telephone into a powerful tool for companies to extend their brands," said Robert Botch, chief executive officer at VoiceWeb. "Through the Soap Opera Digest Network, we are working with PRIMEDIA to create a vehicle for building and reaching an even larger audience of soap opera fans."
To access the Soap Opera Digest telephone network, fans can dial in with an account number and passcode to be connected to daily soap updates, previews and original content. In addition, the member account area provides voicemail, instant messaging, buddy lists and the ability to connect one-to- one with other fans.
"VoiceWeb's network brings the content of the magazine to life and is a valuable enhancement to the Soap Opera Digest brand," said Jacqueline Blum, vice president at PRIMEDIA, Inc. "Through the interactive telephone network, we are bringing together a readership of more than seven million to build an environment that takes the soap opera enthusiast experience to a new level."
"Soap Opera Digest's reputation has been built by its devoted readers for more than 27 years," said Lynn Leahey, editor-in-chief of Soap Opera Digest. "Now they have a manner in which to easily communicate with each other and verbally share their enthusiasm for daytime dramas."
Soap Opera Weekly's Got You Covered
Here's a Sneak Peek at what's coming up in the August 20 issue of Soap Opera Weekly, covering the air week of August 12-16!
All My Children: Aidan and Kendall get up close and personal this week in a way they never have before. Get the scoop from hot newcomer Aiden Turner (Aidan). It looks like a major star is about to agree to remain on the show. Find out who. And another major star denies their rumored departure. Also, the show is looking to recast a character who hasn't been in Pine Valley for
several years. Find out what your fellow fans thought Trey was hiding, and tell Weekly who Frank's love interest should be. Get details about Cameron Mathison's (ex-Ryan Lavery) real-life wedding. Tad is a Loser, at least according to Weekly. Find out why. Did you enjoy Jesse's recent return, or did you think it was too brief. Read Weekly's take on it. Terri Ivens (Simone) is a huge sports nut, and it's helped her get lucky in the romance department. Find out which pro sports star she's involved with. What does Eva LaRue (Maria) do to stay beautiful?
As the World Turns: Hal and Emily's wedding is this week, but it definitely doesn't go off without a hitch. Read all the details, including Kelly Menighan Hensley's (Emily) take on the affair. Find out who your fellow viewers think Mike should be with, and tell Weekly if you think Hal and Emily can make it as husband and wife. Peyton List (Lucy) is acting on As the World Turns now, but she got her start in modeling, and some of the experiences she had weren't very nice. Let her tell you all about it. We all know Eileen Fulton (Lisa) is loved, but what did she do that caused one ATWT staffer to exclaim, "Don't you ever do that again?" What does Paul Taylor (Isaac) do to keep in shape? What does Cady McClain (Rosanna) do to stay beautiful?
Days of Our Lives: Phloe fans will love this issue, as it contains the latest news on the couple's progress, including major strides for Philip and Chloe. But will Jay Kenneth Johnson soon say goodbye to Salem? His contract is up in November. Get the full story. Remember the Days of Patch and Kayla, and Shane and Kimberly? Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans (ex-Steve Johnson and ex-Kayla Johnson) are both available at the same time for the first time, and Patsy Pease (ex-Kimberly Brady) definitely wants to come back. Read Evans' and Pease's comments about possible returns to Days. Which former Days star will return in September? Also, rumors have been rampant that Patrick Muldoon and Louise Sorel (ex-Austin Reed and ex-Vivian Alamain) will return to the show. Get the scoop. Longtime cast member Frank Parker (Grandpa Shawn) made it into Weekly's Winners column this week. Find out why. Find out what our readers named as their favorite storyline, and tell us
if you like the alien story. Which star mixes mayonnaise, beer and eggs and puts the concoction on their head? And why? What's the difference between Jason Cook and Shawn when it comes to clothes? See what Cook has to say on the subject.
Guiding Light: GL FEATURE! Lindsey McKeon (Marah) has had a lot thrown at her in the few months she's been on the show, not the least of which is Tony's near-rape of the young heroine. Hear McKeon's thoughts on these uncomfortable scenes, and learn a bit more about the daytime newcomer. Editor Linda Susman talks about the umbrella effect the show's writers are
having on Springfield. Which former actor will return for a few episodes, and which role has been recast? Also, a former Another World actor will make an appearance in Springfield. A former cast member is engaged. Find out who.
Reva is a Winner this week, and Beth Ehlers (Harley) a Loser. Find out why.
The developing information about Bill and Beth/Lorelai's relationship looked suspicious to us, so we investigated. Read what we found out. Find out if our readers wanted a Cassie/Rick pairing, and tell us if you think Reva committed a crime by turning off Richard's life-support system. Richard's funeral was definitely moving, but one performer stood out. See who made a big impression on us. Michael O'Leary (Rick) recently came up with a wicked way to pair Rick and Reva in a storyline, and acted out his idea at our recent cover shoot. Read all about it. Frank Dicopoulos (Frank) and his wife didn't let a death keep them from putting some good clothes to use. But what happened when one of the garments didn't exactly stay together?
The Young and the Restless: News Editor Mark McGarry faces off with Editor Linda Susman about Ashley's cancer storyline. One of them isn't moved by it at all. Read their thoughts. Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) testified against a major company. Get the story. Y&R's Nikki is a Winner this week. Find out why. Find out if Weekly's readers thought Victoria and Diego should be a couple, and tell us how you feel about Ashley's cancer storyline. Doug Davidson's (Paul) daughter, Calyssa, is growing up quicker than he expected. Hear his take on fathering an adolescent girl. What cast member was deemed worst-dressed by our readers? Michelle Stafford and Gretchen Palmer (Phyllis and Serena) put some odd mixtures in their mouth to keep themselves looking beautiful. Would their ideas work for you? Which Y&R performer got our Applause, Applause this week? We've always known Michelle Stafford as a fun-loving, somewhat kooky gal. But wait until you hear what she used to have on her outgoing answering-machine message. Trust us, it's wild. What is Thad Luckinbill's (J.T.) favorite food? What woman from the movies would he like a chance to play? And what celebrity does he think he looks like? Learn all this and more in our informative F.Y.I. with Thad.
And fans of all shows shouldn't miss the following: NBC has gotten CBS all riled up because of a claim they made in print. Find out what has the eye network so upset. In Critical Condition, P.K. Waddle shares his thoughts on the passing of a daytime vet.
In Weekly's Prime Time section this week, get the first fall previews of hot returning shows ER, The Practice and NYPD Blue, as well as all of the latest casting information. Remember Melrose Place's Matt Fielding? Find out what his portrayer, Doug Savant, is up to these days, and where you can catch him in a hot new TV movie. And, as always, get the latest event listings, story previews and recaps, and see what your favorite stars wore out on the town.
All My Children:Micah Alberti has been cast in the contract role of Jamie Martin. His first airdate is Thursday, August 22, 2002.
As the World Turns:Dennis Gagimiros plays a limo driver on Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13. Jason Furlani plays a deliveryman on Tuesday, August 13. Reathel Bean plays a judge on Wednesday, August 14. Michael Philip Del Rio plays a desk clerk at the El Capitan bar on Thursday, August 15. Antonis Fragakis plays Slade on Friday, August 16. Mary Beth Evans reprises her role as Sierra Esteban Montgomery on Friday, August 16, 2002.
Days of our Lives: Bryan Datillo returns to DOOL as Lucas for several appearances beginning on Monday, September 2, 2002. Darian Weiss (age 9) assumese the role of Will, Sami's son with Lucas, beginning on Monday, September 1. The roll is recurring.
Guiding Light:Wes Ramsey makes a brief return as Sam Spencer, beginning
Tuesday, August 13. Stephen Bogardus plays Masterson, a book publisher, on Wednesday, August 14. Timothy Warmen and Pat Murphy Stark play hospital board members on Thursday, August 15. Nicholas Art takes over the role of Zach, beginning Tuesday, August 13. Charles Daniel Sandoval plays a Mexican priest, beginningWednesday, August 13, 2002.
One Life to Live:Cheryl Freeman has been cast in the role of Smokey Jones, a TV reporter. She airs on Tuesday, August 13. George Riddle has been cast in the role of Edgar T. Snow, a cabin owner. He airs on Friday, August 16, 2002. Tom Sesma plays an editor at The Sun. He airs on Monday, August 19, 2002. Barbara Niven has been cast in a contract role. She first begins airing in September. 2002.
As the World Turns: On Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25 see Michael Park (Jack) at Roosevelt F
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