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All My Children’s Bianca Montgomery Named In Top 20 Most Important LBGTQ TV Characters Of All-Time!

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June is pride month so the LGBTQ community is showing their solidarity in events and festivals around the country in major cities, and around the world.

In honor of reflecting back on how far we have come on television with its representation of gay characters (and there is still much further we need to go), the Decider polled over 40 LGBTQ television professionals and critics and asked them to rank their top LGBTQ television characters of all time.  After the votes were tallied, 50 characters were named.

Within the major list contained some soapy characters including: #12 Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas on the ABC sudsy sitcom, Soap, #17 Jussie Smollett’s Jamal Lyon on the primetime soap, Empire, and at #44 Al Corley and Jack Coleman’s Stephen Carrington of the original ABC version of the sudsy, Dynasty.

However, most notable to daytime drama audiences was the inclusion in the top 20. and at #19 to be exact, of Eden Riegel’s exquisite performance of the character of Bianca Montgomery on ABC’s All My Children.  Bianca’s coming out scenes to her mother, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), her struggles to be accepted by her mother, her struggles in the romance department with the her women in her life, her same-sex wedding to Reese (Tamara Braun), while always maintaining to be the moral center of Pine Valley. even though she was an LGBTQ character. were all important moments in television history.

Riegel, talked about the important of the coming out scenes, and how key Bianca’s story was to legendary AMC creator, Agnes Nixon  in the recently posted Agnes Nixon Daytime Emmy Tribute Extended Version released and produced last week by On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman.  You can watch what Eden shared here.

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Decider’s Twitter account upon naming Bianca to the Top 20 tweeted: “Bianca Montgomery’s importance to gay TV characters went beyond the milestones”.  Eden Riegel tweeted back: “Couldn’t be prouder to be #19! #PrideMonth2017

So, what do you think of Bianca Montgomery being named to the Top 20 Most Important LGBTQ TV Characters Of All-Time?  Excited to learn she was high up on the list?

Check out the entire top 50 here.  Then, let us know if you think any other gay characters should have been on the list from the world of daytime drama? Comment below!

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Excellent! The character deserved to be on the list. I wish Will Horton had been too, but with the way he was killed off, not surprised. Great for Bianca/AMC tho. Speaks to the legacy, talent and insight of the great Agnes Nixon!

Steve
Steve

There will never be enough thanks to give Agnes Nixon for making the beloved daughter of the biggest star in daytime a lesbian. Agnes also gets credit for introducing gay characters much earlier on AMC. Eden deserves the credit as well for an outstanding performance.

One could argue that Will Horton could be on this list (much lower than Bianca). Unfortunately, the recast and subsequent (soon to be undone) murder of the character negated this.

The 3 other current shows would have characters on the least important list. At least GH has 4 recurring gay characters. CBS Daytime really should be ashamed.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I still remember that day when Bianca came out to Erica. I also remember how pissed I got when she didn’t win the Emmy that year. That was total robbery to me.

KM
KM

Good for Eden. Powerful story and a very well deserved honor but I’m shocked that Ryan Phllipee Billy Douglas/AIDS Quilt story isn’t right up there with her. What a glaring omission!

Patricio
Patricio

Thank you for remembering OLTL and the quilt story told a decade earlier than AMC groudbreKing story!

vinee
vinee

Maybe the character can be added to the fabric that makes up G.H.

Penny Short
Penny Short

Dear all my children
When is all my chilgren return to soap opera again
I love soap opera all my children.

Patricio
Patricio

Those scenes and that story line helped me and my mother connect as I came out. I will always be in debt to the AMC writers who took such an important storyline front and center in Erica Kane’s doorstep! It was handled with such class and grace!

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

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