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30 Years Ago Today: OLTL’s Megan Died in Jake’s Arms in Heartbreaking Ending to Unforgettable Love Story

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Great performances, and powerful moments always live-on in soap opera fans hearts and minds, and throughout the decades there have been many.  So, it is hard to believe, February 7th marks 30 years since the culmination of one of the classic tearjerkers of all-time.

One Life to Live’s Megan (played by Jessica Tuck) succumbs to her battle with lupus, but not before her final moments with her beloved Jake (Joe Lando) by her side.  The scene first aired on this date back in 1992 on ABC.

The memorable scene in which Jake takes Megan to her hospital room window to look outside in her final moments, then dying in his arms, is forever etched as one of the most remembered love stories in soaps.

Joe Lando, was a guest on the Soap Nation Live Podcast back in October of 2018 and told us on the scenes: “It was just a really well-written piece and I was lucky enough to go play it with Jessica, and I remember we shot it all in one day. It was 72-pages of dialog. We took it seriously. It was one of those moments as an actor, when you feel like it’s natural, you are really there, and doing it, and it was cool.  Even for years when I was on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, people always brought these scenes up.”

Megan death’s later gets all the more emotional again, when Megan’s mother Viki (Erika Slezak) finds out her daughter has passed away, and she barricades the hospital room door to be alone with her.  Slezak and Tuck were both nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Emmy that year, and Slezak took home the gold in 1992.

Watch Megan’s final moments with Jake in these now classic scenes via the video below. 

Then let us know, does it still make you reach for the hankies? Was Megan and Jake’s love story one of your favorites of all-time? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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As a non-One Life to Live fan, I can say this is fantastic writing by Michael Malone, and proof he understood the canvas of this soap and the dynamics required by a soap opera.

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I wasn’t a BIG fan of this couple, but at least they were believable together. Unlike so many current couples (Devon & Amanda; Abby & nuChance; Sam & Dunce-te, sorry, Dante; Lily & Billy; Sonny and EVERYONE), they seemed compatible. Due in large part to the brilliant Jessica Tuck’s stellar work (she was great on JUDGING AMY as well).

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One of the most beautifully written and acted scenes from OLTL. A daytime classic and still resonates with audiences today.

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I most definitely remember the heartbreaking conclusion of Megan and Jake’s beautiful love story. It was beautifully written and superbly acted. I was a balling mess. Thank you for posting their final scene. Thank you to Jessica Tuck and Joe Lando for their unforgettable performances.

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Supposedly they could not stand each other but yet chemistry off the charts! We do bit have that anymore ! Can you tell me one couple of the four soaps left that have chemistry like this ?? Name one! It would be nice to have some entertainment again to escape from the marbess

Ksy
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Madness oops

Caress Morell
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Caress Morell

I cant believe this was 30 years ago!

Racquel Morgan
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Racquel Morgan

The 2 -year storyline was wonderful to watch. The ending was very sad.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Chapter Two Trailer Unveiled

On Tuesday, Peacock has released the first look trailer for the highly-anticipated, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two streaming series that will drop on July 11th.

In the upcoming five episode event through July 15th, look for the returns of fan favorites: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Eileen Davidson (Kristen), Christopher Sean (Paul) plus Steve Burton making a DAYS return in his first-ever soap role as Harris Michaels.

In story, an action-packed tale that spans the entire globe, from Monte Carlo to Hong Kong, beloved characters from Days of our Lives once again go “Beyond Salem!” as they trade the comforts of home for an adventure of a lifetime! Supercouple Steve and Kayla make a surprise visit to their children in Seattle, while private eye John Black travels to San Francisco to see his son, Paul. Meanwhile, new parents Ben and Ciara drop anchor in Montreal – where they are greeted by a much-missed Hope! Over the course of five thrilling episodes, heartwarming family reunions take a dangerous turn as a mysterious adversary wreaks havoc on their lives.

The next chapter of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is story full of larger-than-life romance, jaw-dropping twists, and high-stakes drama – and it all connects back to a plot that long-time fans of Days of our Lives will surely remember.

The cast also includes: Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena EvansDrake Hogestyn as John Black, Stephen Nichols as Steve “Patch” Johnson, Mary Beth Evans as Kayla Brady Johnson, Lucas Adams as Tripp Johnson, Camila Banus as Gabi Hernandez, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady,Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Loretta Devine as Angela, Vince Van Patten as Phil Hellworth, Tanner Stine as Joey Johnson, Abigail Klein as Stephanie Johnson, Colton Little as Andrew Donovan, Victoria Grace as Wendy Shin, and Remington Hoffman as Li Shin.

Watch the trailer below, then let us know if you are exciting to see the upcoming streaming series via the comment section.

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OLTL Favorite Susan Batten to Guest-Star on General Hospital

A very familiar face to the town of Llanview and the beloved One Life to Live, will be appearing on your screens this week on General Hospital.

Susan Batten (Ex-Luna Moody, OLTL) will make a few guest appearances in scenes with Sasha played by Sofia Mattsson.

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, Batten will play the role of home shopping-star Flora Gardens!

Batten former boss, Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) called Susan and said about the role: , “Okay, there’s this character named Flora Gardens.”  To which Susan responded, “Does she have teeth?”   After the two shared a laugh, Susan said “yes’ to the role.

OLTL fans will remember Luna’s torrid relationship with Max Holden (James DePaiva).

The actress/writer/producer reported that she was a ‘still very nervous’ acting on soap again (she last appeared on One Life in 2012), but said once she got into the rhythm of the shooting and delivering the lines it was all good.

So, looking forward to seeing Susan on GH? Comment below. But first, take a moment to stroll down memory lane in this clip from OLTL, when Max proposes to Luna.

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Photos: JPI

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