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All My Children Cast Members Share Sentiments On The Death of David Canary


It has been a heartbreaking day for the daytime community to learn that their beloved David Canary (All My Children’s Adam & Stuart Chandler) had died at age 77.

Throughout the day, numerous All My Children cast members have posted tweets and messages on social media upon learning the news of this five-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor’s passing.  Canary died last week in Connecticut. Below are just a sampling, and On-Air On-Soaps will continue to bring you more reactions from colleagues and cast members of Canary’s as they come in.

Debbi Morgan (Angie) tweeted:  “OMG! I’m just hearing that my fellow castmate , the legendary David Canary passed away & I’m beyond heartbroken! Will miss u so much, David! My heart goes out 2 the Canary’s. David was one of the kindest & humble spirits I’ve ever had the good fortune of working with. God Bless!”

Jacob Young (Ex-JR Chandler, now Rick, B&B) posted on Instagram:  “David, you were a mentor a friend and of course a father to me. I have learned so much from you. You taught me how to be a better actor and better gentleman. The world just lost one of the greatest. I will miss you so. I love you.”


Susan Lucci (Erica) posted on Instragram:  “I just learned the news that the wonderful David Canary has passed away–I saw it posted on Kelly Ripa”s site. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to his wife Mo and his children, Christopher and Katie. Rest in peace, David–you warm and generous, talented and fabulous man, actor and friend! I am so grateful to have known you–and to have had the privilege of sharing the AMC stage with you! I will never forget you. ❤️”

Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie, now Chelsea Y&R): “I was so lucky to know him,work with him,even marry him on tv. David Canary was a love,a kind gentleman, & true talent.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, now Deimus, DAYS) posted:  “Too soon. Oh, way too soon… What a dear, dear man; a true gentleman in every sense of the word. So saddened by the loss of this wonderful man and great talent. To work opposite him, as much as I had been privileged to do throughout all those years, was synonymous to watching a master class in progress. The living embodiment of the term consummate professional, but even more important, a gentle spirit and soul; kind and generous to all he came into contact with. I will forever remember you lovingly, Mr. Canary, with equal parts gratitude and unending respect, blessed as I was to have had the joy of knowing you and working beside you. Thank you for making our world a much more beautiful place… RIP ‪#‎DavidCanary‬”

Alicia Minshew (Kendall) tweeted:  “My heart is sad. I had the great privilege of working with this beautiful,talented man. Sending love to his family. ”

Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake) tweeted:  “Such a beautiful gentle human being. RIP I’m heartbroken! To know him was to love him… ”

Kelly Ripa (Hayley) tweeted:  “So sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Ex-Kendall) tweeted:  “#rip #DavidCanary You were the epitome of class. It was a joy and an honor to call you a colleague.”

John Callahan (Edmund) posted on facebook: : “I am saddened by the passing of fellow AMC cast mate David Canary .. He was the consummate actor.. Talented , humble , classy , and a friend to all.. My deepest sympathies to Maureen & your family .. He not only entertained millions; he showed hundreds of actors how to perform with grace … RIP”

Jordi Vilasuso (Ex-Griffin) tweeted:  “I had the privilege of working with on AMC. A force on screen and a man to admire. Thank you for your talent and kindness.”

Lauren Holly (Ex-Julie ) tweeted: “RIP David Canary. You taught me so much, I was privileged to have you as an example.

ABC released this statment Tuesday night: “For more than two decades David Canary defined daytime drama on ABC.  Our hearts go out to his family and we mourn his passing.”

What do you think of the reactions and thoughts shared by of some of the most notable from the cast of All My Children, who worked with David Canary during his extraordinary run in Pine Valley?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. rebecca1

    November 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Should read…must have been

  2. PeaceandBlessings

    November 25, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Mr. Canary could never play a “typical villain” because his heart always came through…as Adam. Stuart just took that personal warmth further. It was clear he defined “gentleman” and I’m glad to know he was such a wonderful example to his colleagues. God bless his family as we, his fans quietly smile at the memory of such integrity.

    • Harry

      November 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Ah, that’s sweet and true.
      I remember Stuart’s first love Cindy, who later died of AIDS.
      They had a very touching and romantic love story. I do believe that AMC was the first soap to deal with the subject of AIDS.

  3. CeeCee

    November 25, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Oh, my gosh!!!! Still so young. Many of the AMC cast ‘hung’ out at COPPOLA’S restaurant, in the city. He was such a nice friendly human being. May he rest in peace….so sad.

  4. Marc

    November 25, 2015 at 3:02 am

    So very sad . Adam Chandler was a staple . My friends who dont even know soap operas know who he was . RIP David

  5. Charday

    November 25, 2015 at 3:42 am

    RIP. In addition to AMC, I remember him as “Candy” on BONANZA.

    • clh

      November 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Me Too! Guess our age is showing.

  6. Karen Pipp

    November 25, 2015 at 11:42 am

    OMG! I am shocked. It is so sad to lose such a fantastic, artistic actor . I have welcome David into my house every episode since 1977 when I used to record it on the Betamax tape. My condolences to his family both on screen and off. I’m sure all of your hearts are breaking by this knowledge, all I can say is that time does heal all wounds . He is in the pearly gates of heaven is overlooking all of us with such love. Bless you David and thank you for bringing us such great joy.

  7. Anacarrie

    November 25, 2015 at 3:43 am

    So sorry to hear. As far back as my memory goes, I knew Adam Chandler; I watched Adam when I was 12 years old. And now over 20 years later, I still miss seeing him. On the reboot, he seemed like he wasn’t himself and I wondered how he was health wise. He is missed.

    • Anacarrie

      November 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      I didn’t develop an appreciation for Bonanza until I was an adult but certainly grew fond of his portrayal of Candy. I knew him mainly as Adam/Stuart Chandler. Very saddened by this news.

  8. Ceridwyn2

    November 25, 2015 at 3:43 am

    My first impressions of David Canary on AMC was back MANY years ago when Cady McClain had first come on AMC and there was the triangle between Adam/Dixie/Tad. Even when you hated Adam for his actions, or loved Stuart because of his kind heartedness, David Canary was a masterful performer. He made you laugh, cry, rage and care for the characters he played. So sorry to see you go.

  9. Beth

    November 25, 2015 at 3:52 am

    David Canary didn’t win 5 Emmy awards by accident. He was enormously talented and a pleasure to watch, which I did since his debut in the ’80s. He used to say that Adam was just misunderstood, with a twinkle in his eye, to justify Adam’s actions. The truth is, it’s hard to make the audience like or root for a villain, but Mr. Canary found a way for the audience to connect for Adam and at least like him, even if we didn’t like what he was doing all the time. He was brilliant. I don’t think Daytime will see his kind again.

  10. Mindy

    November 25, 2015 at 4:16 am

    This is terribly sad. David Canary is a true legend. His performances from 1987-around 1990 proved that he could anything. ANYTHING. He could reduce an audience to tears, and make them overcome with compassion for Stuart. He could induce terror and anger as Adam. He was my favorite AMC actor.

    I’d love to hear from some of the AMC stars who worked much more extensively than those quoted above. Cady McClain, Julia Barr, Susan Lucci, Michael E Knight…. you know, the heart and soul of AMC. Those are the actors I always loved seeing Mr Canary work with.

    • Harry

      November 25, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Susan Lucci is quoted above, Mindy. I like Vincent Izzery’s comments the most–he nails it beautifully.
      Michael E Knight does not have a Twitter account but I am sure he has something lovely and poignant to say. Knight once spoke of Canary’s acting ability as being brilliant and a marvel to behold. In particular, MEK spoke of watching Canary play Adam who was pretending to be Stuart. Adam, the savvy, high powered, domineering CEO of a Fortune 500 company, was well adept at impersonating his sweet, innocent and gentle twin brother Stuart. However, some slip of the tongue, some Adam mannerism would slip through alerting the observant viewer that this was Adam, not Stuart. Or sometimes, Adam would forget to tuck in the left collar into his sweater vest the way Stuart did. I had read somewhere that the shirt collar/vest idea was David Canary’s. Yes, David Canary could play subtle (something of which many of our current soap actors are unable to do) and we will not see his like again.

  11. Eileen Hargis

    November 25, 2015 at 4:39 am

    A consumate actor, warm, funny and a mentor to so many. He leaves us all with heavy hearts.

  12. Rose

    November 25, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    From ABC…”For more than two decades David defined daytime drama on ABC.”…No one can be another David Canary, but hopefully, maybe, ABC will will understand and use their tribute statement to really bring back into our soaps what many of us have been missing the last few years.

    Tears and smiles for what David/Adam/Stuart brought me.

  13. Robert Seganti

    November 25, 2015 at 5:13 am

    It was my privilege to have known this kind,talented,extraordinary man.A great creative talent and a great man.One of the greats in soap opera history.

  14. kathy

    November 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Wow what a great loss for daytime he was such a great actor you could hate him or love him he will be missed rip David canary/Adam chandler

  15. mike

    November 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    There have been two great gentleman actors of daytime television one was Douglass Watson the other David Canary. Talent and class.

  16. Eleanor

    November 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    David was an incredible talent and from everything I’m reading about him a loving and inspiring person. May he rest in peace.

  17. Carlo F. Clark

    November 25, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    David was truly a talented actor with a true love and passion for the business . He will truly be missed by all who had the privilege to either watch him on screen or come in contact with him on stage.

  18. rebecca1

    November 25, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Wonderful actor. He was so touching as Stuart…the way he personified that gentle soul and then morphed into Adam. Great duel roles.

    As for his castmates reactions…wow! I don’t remember reading such heartfelt, consistent sentiments….kind, gentleman, beautiful, gentle…he was have been truly something…RIP….

  19. clh

    November 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    What a great actor he was. I still miss Adam/Stuart. He played both so effortlessly sometimes I had to remember it was the same actor not two different actors.

  20. Liam

    November 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    RIP David. I remember watching you from your first day on AMC until your last…makes me miss AMC all over again.

    On a side note, with Tyra Banks leaving FABLife, ABC should take a queue, cancel this show, and bring back a soap. The network should have never canceled AMC and OLTL. My first suggestion would be to bring back these shows. However, with Prospect Park in that mix, I doubt that would ever happen – and will there ever be any resolution to this? So, why doesn’t ABC just create a new soap set in Pennsylvania in a fictitious town that was close to Pine Valley (AMC) Llanview (OLTL) and Corinth (Loving)? That way, should there ever be any resolution to the ABC/PP mess, then former characters of those show could perhaps show up on this new soap.

    • KatTyack

      November 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      I could not agree more…on EVERYTHING you said!!! 26 years of AMC for me and this is what we are left with??? BRING BACK THE REAL AMC!!! #RIP #DavidCanary…SO sad!! Where did they all go?

      • Karen F.

        November 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        I so agree with both of you. AMC and OLTL should have never been exited from the scene. Nothing has worked out well since. Just awful choice. ABC should settle or pay out Prospect Park and bring both soaps back. Such fine acting from David Canary. He put just the right spin on Adam and Stuart. Yet we also got to see his softer side and how much he loved Stuart and his children, wives. You could be mad at Adam but he would always do or say something to redeem himself. RIP David Canary. Thanks for the memories and reminding us all how much we miss All My Children. “Sigh”

  21. JUDY K

    November 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm


  22. Lin Ross

    November 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    If you watch stage or screen performances long enough, you quickly learn to determine the good actors from the bad, the adequate ones from the excellent, and then you can surely recognize The Great Ones. Mr. Canary was one of the Great Ones.

    He was Daytime’s Brando- blessed w/ serious Swagger & sincere Sensitivity. His Adam/Stuart portrayals were like a Master Class in the Craft of Acting. His range was evident in the number of Emmy awards he won. And, like Brando, you only had to see him once to remember his impact. He was THAT Great!

    My deepest condolences to his family. RIP, Sir.

    • Harry

      November 25, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Great post, Lin. He was so good that he made it look easy which is high praise indeed.

      • Lin Ross

        November 26, 2015 at 7:44 am

        Thanks, Harry. Agreed, the man made it look easy. But to mesmerize the public for so many years is no small feat. This was his astonishing ability. He will be missed & remembered.

  23. Rapids

    November 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    He was the best daytime actor I ever saw, should have won more than five Emmys. He was most certainly a kind and humble man. I hope he was at peace.

  24. MBmomof3

    November 25, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    One of the most talented soap stars to grace our screens. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  25. jeremy

    November 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    So Sad, RIP David Canary. Condolences to your Friends& Family.. “The man with the white hair” My Grandma use to say in our Dine’ Language. Love you David 🙁

  26. Xai

    November 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Loved the dual roles he played,the forceful Adam Chandler,the kind Stuart.
    Sad to hear of his death,he brought enjoyment to my afternoons.Thank you sir,God bless you and your family!!!

  27. emily

    November 25, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Was very sad hearing of David Canary’s passing. Loved him on AMC. How he mastered and swept the Daytime Emmys playing Adam and Stuart. Two very distinct characters of which he nailed perfectly, day after day…. RIP Mr. Canary.

  28. Patrick

    November 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    All My Children; my first soap… hooked line and sinker….

    the rivalry between two of the best actors to grace this genre: David Canary and James Mitchell… with all the wives and kids inbetween

    and that’s keeping in character…. WOW
    I especially love this site when the actors thoughts are shared… that we may get an insight to these WONDERful actors

    3 things stand out; that; are just, not used readily

    1. humble
    2. kind
    3. priviledged

    “kind” is what I marvel at

    what an innate being to have this trait

    with this show being my first and long lasting pasttime… Adam and Stuart Chandler will forever be etched in my memory banks

    you had the tough minded… at the outset… corporate mogul
    you had the tender sensitive loving… Stuart… that made you cry openly and honestly

    from the time of his debut to his retirement… he showed

    just have to prop; two of Adam wives that I absolutely loved ; Erica and Brooke
    just have to prop; two of Stuart wives that I LOVE; Cindy and Marian

    “David Canary”

  29. mark

    November 25, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I wasnt a huge fan but he was definitely an ABC/AMC icon. Very sad to see these daytime actors passing, there wont be anyone to replace them.

  30. Vicki

    November 25, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    He came into our homes and entertained us with his unique portayal of the Chandler twins. The sentiment here shows that he was a wonderful man. It is a very sad day . This must be hard on all of you. too . RIP David

  31. Renee Corbin

    November 26, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I loved David Canary. Such a great actor. RIP my friend.

  32. Jp

    November 26, 2015 at 6:43 am

    He is the male legend of daytime royalty as erika slezak of One life to live is to the leading ladies of daytime. Rest in peace David

  33. derekjb1

    November 26, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I gret actor who handled 2 parts for years. Good role model for others. I’m not an actor nor a soap fan but I remember watching bonanza with my grandmother. She said he was on her stories. I saw him act each time my wife watched the AMC shows and my mom and my sisters. Drove me nuts with soaps but he was a good actor. Got me thru some days when I was ill on the couch and my mom would watch this stuff. Great man sad to see him go.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

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So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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