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  • gatorman
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    Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia, Y&R) and Sabryn Genet (Y&R) were both great actresses. I’d love to see Olivia come back to Y&R.

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    Yes, between Hallmark and the Lifetime Movie Network, it’s really not hard to get your fix of current, recent departed, and older soap stars. If you’re not particular you can probably find a soap actor (mostly female but some males as well) in a movie any day of the week.

    Interesting about the stars who then just blended into civilian life. Marcy Walker’s story is pretty well known, but I had no idea about the other three. Real estate and adjacent businesses do seem a popular haven for former soap stars. Kristen Alderson seems to love being in real estate, and Judi Evans has said she thoroughly enjoys her work selling burial plots when things are slow for her on the soaps.

    And I believe Stuart Damon is also in the real estate industry as well.

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    Emily Harper and James Stevenson showed great talent and really made the acting on passions better but neither worked after and Stevenson even got an emmy nomination. Harper and garing were really good together and their chemistry ended Luis and Sheridan! Heather Lindell who was Jan Spears recast was also great on DOOL.

    One interesting story I read was the actor who played Coop on Guiding Light got a bad stalker or something and he retired and worked at Best Buy then entered the military?

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    Yes, I absolutely loved Heather Lindell as Jan Spears, a character I’d previously despised. It would have been great to see her turn up somewhere, or for Jan to someday come out of that coma she’s been in!

    The actor who played Coop on GL was the same guy who played Chance on Y&R right? I don’t know about a stalker or Best Buy, but he did enter the military and I believe is still serving currently.

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    one of the really sad things is that there are only four soaps left so the opportunities to ‘soap hop’ are gone ): and even sadder is there are no east coast soaps anymore since people who were on New York soaps, if they stayed in NYC, could only soap hop or work on the stage. I lament the loss of opportunities.

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    John Driscoll (Coop, GL; Chance, Y&R) went into the military. As far as I know, he’s still currently serving. I vaguely remember something about a stalker/obsessed fan. I think he had to get a restraining order. Not sure of the details of what actually happened.

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    Although she has since returned to acting, Andrea Evans from “OLTL” famously left acting for many years after she was stalked and threatened by an obsessed fan.

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    Doug Stevenson was a very popular actor on Search for Tomorrow in the late 1970s/early 80s. His primary co-stars were Marcia McCabe and Patsy Pease. This was also the era in which John Aniston appeared on Search for Tomorrow. Aniston and Pease were soon reunited on Days of our Lives. To the best of my knowledge, Stevenson never appeared on any other soaps.

    Off-screen, he married Lisa Loring, who at the time was playing Margo’s younger sister Cricket on As the World Turns. They had a child together, but eventually divorced. There is very little information about him on the internet. He passed away in 2011 at age 56.

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    Some ATWT performers who have disappeared: Lindsay Frost, Brian Starcher, Jennifer Ashe, Peter Boynton, Susan Marie Snyder, Andrew Kavovit, Scott De Freitas (husband of Maura West), Brian Bloom (the first younger actor Emmy winner), Melanie Smith (the best Emily imo), Tom Wiggin, Margaret Reed… what happy memories! Where are they now?

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    I’ve always loved Mia Korf; she appears to be in some band. I was hoping she would’ve been cast as Paul’s mom on Days or as Melinda Trask’s sister but to no avail.

    Nicole Forester (GL’s second Cassie) disappeared after wrongfully losing the Emmy to Jeanne Cooper.

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    Man, Jeanne Cooper winning that Emmy over Nicole Forester (or frankly any of the other nominees in that category) was criminal, one of the worst and most surprising cases of the wrong person winning.

    It would be fun to see Mia Korf pop up again. How fun would it be if she were Melinda Trask’s sister and clashed with Eve over something? Sadly, I feel like, despite them dropping her name as a constant pain the butt for everyone, we’ll never even see Melinda Trask on screen again.

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    ^JMHO, but the year Jeanne Cooper won (for 2007) was Maura West’s best year as Carly on ATWT – she had a story where Carly was led to believe she was dying and she slayed her material! I believe Maura ought to have repeated (she had won the year before, and deservedly so).

    Back on topic: i wish Scott DeFreitas would return to acting. I loved him as Andy Dixon on ATWT. Also: whatever happened to Gregg Marx? He was on Days and won an Emmy for ATWT and completely disappeared. There are so many wonderful actors and actresses who never did get roles after soaps but were incredibly talented and deserving of success.

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    How was it “surprising”? Jeanne Cooper was the favorite to win that year.

    Anyway, I always wondered what happened to Melissa Hayden from Guiding Light.

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    It was surprising to me because her reel was awful. I loved Jeanne Cooper generally speaking, and I’m glad I guess that she won a competitive Emmy at some point, but not for what she submitted that year. I don’t remember her being the favorite that year, and I’m not sure what that would have been based on, but after seeing all the performances, I wouldn’t have put much stock in it anyway. (This was back when Goldderby would get DVDs of the nominated submissions and assign posters to watch and evaluate different categories.) Nicole Forester and Maura West both had very strong reels. Crystal Chappell’s reel was good as well. Michelle Stafford and Jeanne Cooper both seemed way outmatched, and both seemed to have selected poorly, although at least Stafford’s reel gave the impression that she had better options and just didn’t pick them, and also had some parts that were strong. I think that’s when I learned that the voters sometimes just ignore the reels. Even though I thought her reel was the strongest, I didn’t expect Forester to have that much voter support, so I thought West would win again.

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    How was it “surprising”? Jeanne Cooper was the favorite to win that year.

    Anyway, I always wondered what happened to Melissa Hayden from Guiding Light.

    While many were hoping for Cooper to finally break her losing streak; she was not the favorite based on the material or tapes. In fact IIRC, people were pretty split over who should win, with Maura West, Crystal Chappell and Nicole Forrester all having their own supporters. In fact I believe that based on the tapes Forrester and West were considered the most deserving of wins. I personally was rooting for Crystal Chappell.

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