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

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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

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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David Canary’s Daughter Raises Question If Repeated Head Traumas From His Football Past Contributed To AMC Star’s Condition Before His Death

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative brain disease that is now widely known to be the outcome of repeated head traumas, concussions and more for many NFL athletes, Pro Wrestlers, hockey players and more   It has caused mental illness, severe behavioral changes and more in younger athletes to even old-timers, many who suffer unaware what is happening to them. Some athletes who have committed suicide have been later to have been diagnosed with CTE when their brains were donated to research.

Kate Canary, the daughter of All My Children’s beloved and late, David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler), is a contributing writer to the New York Daily News, and she wrote a heartfelt, and thought-provoking article, on just what happened to this icon, who died in 2015 at the age of 77  with his formal diagnosis being Alzheimer’s disease.

However, David’s earlier football past as a high school and college football player could very well been the reason why he suffered so many years before, and as Kate related here in these excerpts: “But this diagnosis came after years of suffering with Dad’s cognitive decline, and arguably decades of signs. Without exposing the most excruciating details of a disease that could extinguish the most vibrant of men, I can confess that his case was anything but typical.  We lost him in fits and starts, over and over, for roughly seven years leading up to his final breath. Begrudgingly, we learned to lie to him — ‘entering his world,’ as my brother Chris so delicately deemed it — to skirt the contradictory truths that would trigger his outbursts, which left physical scars on objects, on himself, and on others. We knew many families who had faced Alzheimer’s, yet we were the only ones uttering the comparison ‘Jekyll and Hyde.  Those closest to Dad witnessed firsthand the erratic, delusional and at times explosive episodes that characterized his particular case, which we tried attributing to an overactive imagination in a broken brain. But as more information emerges about CTE and the nature of its symptoms — the violent mood swings, the lapses in judgment, the hours-long hallucinations, the paranoid delusions — we are left with more questions than answers, more regret than relief.”

Kate goes on to state the facts that David Canary suffered at least four major concussions as a lineman in his high school and college football playing days between the ages of 16 and 22, (she also relates that those are the ones he remembered).  She also notes the multi-Daytime Emmy winning star has experienced cognitive difficulties decades before his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and that there was no genetic lineage that the family knew of that would you would often find with Alzheimer’s patients.  She also noted that David’s volatility was unusual for a patient suffering from this disease, which leads us all back to CTE.

In the end a loving daughter asks the questions, “Did football kill my father?”  Kate was on the verge of looking into a way to donate David’s brain to science, but sadly he passed away eight weeks later in November of 2015.

The upshot is that when mothers and fathers allow their kids to play football or other-related sports at an early age were concussions are a possibly or involved, think again, you could be changing the course of their lives forever.

So, what did you think of what Kate shared about David Canary’s mental health and condition?  It would seem CTE could have been the root cause of what befell this giant of a man in the daytime soap world. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Kim Delaney To Reprise Her Role As Diane Russell In ‘NYPD Blue’ Revival

Everyone loved All My Children’s Jenny Gardner played by then soap opera newcomer, Kim Delaney.  And after Kim left the world of soaps, she went on to a career on primetime television most notably on NYPD Blue as Diane Russell.

Well, in news this week, Delaney has signed on to reprise the character in the revival of the series in development over at ABC.  This is the role that Kin won a Primetime Emmy for her work back in 1997 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

According to TV Line, what we do know about the pilot; it will center on the son of Detective Sipowicz, who is working in the 15th squad and trying to earn his detective shield while investigating the murder of his father. However Emmy winner, Dennis Franz, who played the Sipowicz, will not be joining on to the reboot.

The pilot will be helmed by notable executive producers: Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire), Nick Wootton (Scorpion), and Jesse Bochco (Murder in the First), who is the son of the late NYPD Blue co-creator, Steven Bochco.

Jesse Bochco, will direct the pilot, which is being considered for a potential fall season 2019 launch or possible next year midseason. NYPD Blue aired originally for a 12-year-run from 1993 to 2005 on ABC.

On her instagram account, Delaney wrote: “Diane Russell is back! So excited! Let’s go!”

What do you think about a ‘NYPD’ revival?  Glad to know Kim is reprising her role as Diane? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley, Judith Light, Finn Wittrock Score 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Nominations

This morning, nominations were announced in the fields of motion picture and television for the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards given out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  The kudofest will be held on January 13th on the CW airing at 7PMET/PT.

Leading the pack in the TV field was the final season of The Americans and limited series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with five nominations.

This Is Us as with the Golden Globes did not come up with a Drama Series nod, however at the Critics’ Choice Awards two if its stars:  Milo Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley were nominated.

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For Hartley, the former Y&R star received an nod in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category,  While Ventimigilia, who plays Justin’s on-screen dad, is vying the Lead Actor Drama category.

Judith Light, the former two-time Daytime Emmy winner from One Life to Live, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television category for her performance in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

While yet, another former daytime, Finn Wittrock (Ex-All My Children) in the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television category also for “Versace”.

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To view the complete list in all motion picture and TV categories click here.

Now, let us know if you are happy to hear that Justin, Judith, and Finn received nominations for their work? Comment below!

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