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Acclaimed Actor, Hal Holbrook, Passes Away at 95

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Legendary actor, Hal Holbrook, who started his career on the soaps in The Brighter Day (created by Agnes Nixon), and was later married to former Edge of Night and Designing Women star, the late Dixie Carter, has passed away at the age of 95

Holbrook was a multi-Emmy winning actor and reportedly died back on January 23rd in his Beverly Hills home as revealed by his longtime assistant this week to the New York Times.

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Throughout his career playing iconic figures such as Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln served him well; as he won a Tony and an Emmy, respectively, for those portrayals.

The acclaimed actor was seen in numerous films including All the President’s Men and Into the Wild (in which he received an Oscar nom). He also starred with Martin Sheen in the groundbreaking 1972 TV movie That Certain Summer, in which they portrayed a gay couple.

Holbrook appeared n the 1980s sitcom Designing Women. which starred his wife, Dixie Carter, who died in 2010.

His final screen roles came on television when he was 92 on Grey’s Anatomy and Hawaii Five-0

Hal is survived by three children, two stepdaughters, two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

Share your remembrances of Hal’s work in film and TV via the comment section below.

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Hal Holbrook was an absolutely outstanding actor. I so loved his work.

Thank you Mr. Holbrook was sharing your amazing talent with us. Rest in peace.

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He was awesome on stage as Mark Twain. RIP

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I will always remember Hal Holbrook as the original Grayling Dennis on “The Brighter Day.” His onscreen wife Sandra was played at the time by Gloria Hoye. They were terrific together. By the way, most of the soap history books list “The Brighter Day” as created by Irna Phillips. It was on radio in its beginnings, and moved to TV around 1954.

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Thanks for posting this Michael; I had no idea he had passed. I loved him in the movies and I loved him and Dixie Carter on Designing Women. He and Dixie seemed to have a beautiful marriage. I was sad for him when Dixie died many years ago. Although I’m sad he is gone, I find comfort in his reunion with Dixie in the afterlife. Bless them.

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I’m just now seeing this. Michael, if not for you there is so much I would miss.

Rest in peace, Mr. Holbrook. Such an AMAZING actor, who you absolutely believed in in his many, many character portrayals. He deserved every award he received, and many that he did not receive.

I loved him and his Dixie together! They were so charming and the love between them, even in photographs, was palpable. I remember them acting together in several episodes of Designing Women and loved the characters, and actors that played them, together!

Our loss is Heaven’s (and Dixie’s) gain.

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‘The Talk’ Renewed for its 12th Season

After its controversial 11th season and following the departure of original cast member, Sharon Osbourne, there had been chatter that maybe the The Talk would come to an end.

However, news today from CBS has that it has renewed its top daytime talker, and the series will live to see another day for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

Having debuted in October 2010, the show now features Carrie Ann Inaba (who also serves as the show’s moderator), Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth as it primary co-hosts.

As with previous amalgamations of the co-hosts, the women discuss the latest headlines, current events, and human-interest stories of the day.

The series put out this tweet on their pick-up sharing: “JUST ANNOUNCED! #TheTalk has been officially renewed for another year on @CBSreturning for a 12th season in 2021-2022! More fun, more topics, more talk!”

So, glad The Talk is continuing on, or did you think it was time for it to go? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Sofia Mattsson Reveals Pregnancy

Well, the cat is out of the bag, sort of speak.  GH’s Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) took to her Instagram to finally reveal that she is pregnant in real-life!

That comes on the heels of General Hospital fans watching the story unfold on-screen where Sasha learned she was pregnant with Brando’s  (Johnny Wactor) child.

Mattsson shared a photo of herself with her baby bump expressing: “BIG things happening!! 🙈 So happy and excited to finally share this (almost ready to pop) bump with everyone!! 🥰❤️.Kept it a secret for a while to not spoil anything for GH viewers, but now that miss Sasha Gilmore’s pregnancy is in full force I can finally share that I’m so grateful to be sharing this pregnancy journey with her! ❤️”

Sofia is married to actor Thomas Payton.  This is the couple’s first child.

So, share your congrats to Sofia and Thomas for their baby on the way via the comment section below.

 

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‘Ryan’s Hope’ Star and Soap Vet, John Gabriel Has Passed Away at 90

Heartbreaking news Monday morning and to start the week. Beloved Ryan’s Hope soap veteran, John Gabriel (Ex-Dr. Seneca Beaulac) has died.

His daughter, actress Andrea Gabriel (Lost) shared the news of his passing via her Instagram account.

In her statement, Andrea shared: “It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father’s passing.  John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy… I will love you forever.”

Gabriel’s run on Ryan’s Hope was in two parts.  He started with the ABC daytime drama series in 1975 and stayed till 1985.  He then returned from 1988 to 1989.  Seneca’s love story with Jillian Coleridge (the late Nancy Addison Altman) was often front and center on the series.

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As soap fans know, John was married to another former soap star, Sandy Gabriel (Ex-Edna Thornton, All My Children and  Ex-Christine Venet Ryan’s Hope), and is also survived by his other daughter Melissa and their two grandsons.

Throughout his daytime soap career, Gabriel received one Daytime Emmy nomination back in 1980.  He also appeared in roles on General Hospital, Loving, The Bold and the Beautiful, Generations and Days of our Lives.

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In primetime he was known for his roles on Gilligan’s Island, Mary Tyler Moore Show.  John was also an accomplished singer performing on many variety and talk show through the years.

In 1995, Gabriel produced the late Charles Grodin’s talk show Charles Grodin for CNBC.

No official cause of death for Gabriel was revealed, and no memorial plans as of this moment.

Share your condolences and remembrances of John via the comment section below.

 

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