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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

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

su0000
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Anne Meara, have a beautiful journey.

Mary Campbell
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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