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Actress & Comedian Anne Meara Dies … Remembered by Soap Fans For Her Role On All My Children

Photo Credit: HutchinsPhoto.com

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Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the entertainment community grieved the loss of the passing of the brilliant comedian and actress Anne Meara.  She was 85-years-old.  Meara, whose husband is actor Jerry Stiller, and is the mother to Ben Stiller, died on Saturday.  Most amazing, and yet heartbreaking is to think that Anne’s partner in show business and in life, Jerry Stiller and her shared 61 wonderful years together.

“Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne,” the family statement said.

In the 60’s, “Stiller & Meara” made the variety show circuits including being a frequent guest on The Ed Sullivan Show.  Meara became a regular on the game show circuit in the 70’s  before landing the role of Sally Gallagher on Rhoda.  She went on to play hundreds of TV roles in the 1980s and 1990s in shows like Archie Bunker’s Place, The Love Boat, ALF, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.

Meara is best known to soap fans for her recurring role as Peggy Moody on All My Children from 1993 to 1998.  Former AMC cast member Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, more recently Kelly, Y&R ) took to her Twitter account when news broke of the death of Meara relating this message:  “So sorry to hear Anne Meara died. I had the great pleasure of working with her on AMC. She was a real “pissa” with a beautiful heart.”

Eva LaRue, who played Maria Santos on AMC, also tweeted on the passing of Meara:  “Worked w/ Anne Meara on AMC-What stories,what a life,what laughs,what a wonderful human being! Will miss her Xmas Baileys! #RIPAnneMeara

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Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane, AMC) also took to social media and offered up this sentiment on having worked with Meara:  “So sad to hear of Anne Meara’s passing–such happy memories of working with her on All My Children. My heart goes out to her family.”   And finally, Sarah Michelle Gellar, the first Kendall Hart of AMC also took to Twitter to share this:  “I had the honor of working with #AnneMeara on #AllMyChildren. I always knew I was in the presence of greatness when she was around #RIP

And on Monday, Ben Stiller tweeted out this to his followers: “Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne. All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her in our lives.”

Share your thoughts on the passing of Anne Meara in the comment section below.  Also, let us know if you remember seeing her on All My Children as Peggy Moody?

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Charday
Charday

She was great with her husband, Jerry Stiller, on “King of Queens.”

su0000
su0000

Anne Meara, have a beautiful journey.

Mary Campbell
Mary Campbell

My thoughts and prayers with all of you. Rest In Peace, Anne. Thank you for a lifetime of smiles.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

What a sad day……i remember watching them on the great Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday nights back in the 60s……back in those days just three networks and always something great on no matter the time of day……and it was free!!!

mariette
mariette

Nice to read “tweets” from great AMC ladies…it was a special era of the show and Anne Meara added to the rich tapestry…and of course, she was another great. God bless her spirit and her family.

Tom
Tom

I remember her great dramatic role as the English teacher in the 1980 movie “Fame” and also a funny comedic role as Pat Hinkle’s girlfriend on a tv episode of “In the Heat of the Night”. She brought such realism and humanity to her roles. She will be missed.

Tom
Tom

That episode of “In the Heat of the Night” is called “Poor Relations”. It will air Thursday, June 4th at 11 a.m. (CST) on WGN. Set your DVRs. It’s worth it. Her performance is gold.

Harry
Harry

Oh I love the comments of the actors as quoted above.
She was so good that she made it look easy–you forgot that she was acting.
There was such talent there tempered by a comedic personality framed by a gentle and giving nature.
Long may she run.

Linda Schmid
Linda Schmid

Yes! (i do remember Anne Meara on All my Children) now that you mentioned it again here. Its been so long since I’ve watched this I had forgotten a lot of the actors & characters, but seeing her pic I do remember her now. ………..So sorry to hear of her loss

clh
clh

Her and her husband were always two of my favorites growing up and brought me many hours of laughter.

Speaking of AMC though, has there been any update on the lawsuit with Prospect Park? I know they went before a judge on 05/1/515 but not a peep of the outcome.

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TODAY: ‘Tainted Dreams’ Begins To Stream Episodes On PopStar! TV Platform

Beginning today on Monday, September 23rd, the series Tainted Dreams, which shows you the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, will stream its first two seasons for free on the on the Popstar! TV platforms.

To view: you can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit https://www.tainteddreams.com/#home-section.

For those who need a refresher: Tainted Dreams follows the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called “Painted Dreams”, and of course, it’s filled with lots of twists and turns

In addition, there is a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background on how all the characters came to be a part of “Painted Dreams”.

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Sonia Blangiardo, the executive producer and creator of Tainted Dreams shared in a statement: “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series. We’re excited to be in great company with the other shows the platform will be streaming and couldn’t be happier to be working with Craig and Jim Romanovich who has always been a loyal soap supporter.”

Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes: All My Children veterans Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Terri Ivens and the late Larkin Malloy, General Hospital’s Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns‘ Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Menighan, Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Dina Manzo, and more.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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