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All My Children’s Candace Earley Nolan Passes Away At 68

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She played Pine Valley’s Donna Beck for 18 years, and over the weekend the soap world also lost Candace Early Nolan.  The former daytime actress died last Thursday, January 31, 2019, after an 8-year struggle with Multiple Systems Atrophy.

Earley was on ABC’s All My Children from 1976 to 1992 and returned in both 1993 and 1995.  In story, Donna started out in Pine Valley as a prostitute.  She had romances with Dr. Chuck Tyler and then at one time, Palmer Cortlandt.  Candace also appeared on Broadway in Jesus Christ SuperstarGrease, and South Pacific, to name a few.

In her obit it mentions that while eating lunch at world-famous Sardi’s in New York, a Casting Director of ABC daytime television asked,  “Who is that attractive mid-western looking type across the room?”.  Shortly thereafter she was cast as “Donna” on AMC.

Check out this clip of Earley with Richard Van Vleet as Chuck Tyler in a scene from her time on AMC below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Candace via the comment section below.

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Steve
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Steve

I’d like to think she’s up there reminiscing with Ruth Warrick and James Mitchell.

Jimh
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Jimh

We lost Candace Early from AMC…Carmen Duncan from AW…Kristopher St John from Y&R…and movie actress and soap star Julie Adams From Capitol all in the same week…what a horrible, sad and tragic week for us in the soap world…i first seen Julie in The 50s classic The Creature From The Black Lagoon!!!!

Shay
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Shay

I was just about to mention Julie Adams, too, Jimh! She was fabulous on “Capitol” as the looney tunes, faux-agoraphobic Paula Denning! That character was almost gothic in the way she was sequestered in her darkened rooms with only her beloved harpsichord as a constant companion! I still remember laughing myself silly when she plowed down her psychiatrist in the parking deck in order to keep him from blowing the whistle to her senator husband Mark, regarding her fake condition…which would have allowed him to divorce her without guilt in order to marry his true love, Clarissa, aka Constance Towers… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

I never watched Capitol but seen clips and wish i had…did watch AMC and Aw…Carmen grew on me as i first thought she was a miscast after watching Bev Mckinsey who was so irreplaceble in the role,,,but i did grow to love her as Iris-she was a beautiful classy lady…AMc had the most colorful characters in the 80s-i consider that its best decade and wiish those eps were on again!!!!

Shay
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Shay

@Jimh…I consider the ‘80’s the best decade for soaps, period!!! It was a veritable banquet of both daytime and primetime dramas and there was no shortage of incredible women who occupied some of the best roles ever written for female soap characters, including the aforementioned ones. Capitol was a perfect product of the glamorous Reagan-era DC, yet it also managed to be offbeat and quite mysterious at times…I really enjoyed that stylistic blend and was livid when it was abruptly cancelled. (So did Sloane survive the firing squad???) In fact, I was so miffed I swore I wouldn’t watch its… Read more »

Briley
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Briley

Beverlee McKinsey is the only Iris I ever knew.

Harry
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Harry

Oh How sad!!! I loved Donna Beck! I will never forget how Phoebe Tyler sputtered out,”That Donna BECK person!” Chuck looks a little bit like Harrison Ford.

Jeff
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Jeff

Rest in Peace, Candace. You brought such a loving, vulnerable energy to “Donna” that endeared you to do many AMC fans.

Michael
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Michael

First Iris (2.0), then Neil and now Donna Beck. Let’s hope deaths do come in threes, so that we don’t grieve another soap vet.

Jimh
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Jimh

We did lose a 4th…Julie Adams ex Capitol!!!!

Boop
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Boop

I didn’t watch All My Children that often; however, I remember Candace’s character of Donna. Her family and friends have my prayers.

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Llanviewer717

I am stunned. I remember her well. Such a lovely woman. She did such a wonderful job as Donna. I loved the story of Donna and Chuck. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Thank you Candice Earley for sharing your remarkable talent with all of us. May you rest in peace.

Lin
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Lin

I was so sorry to hear of Candice’s passing and from such a horrible disease. I loved her in All My Children. I also saw her on Broadway in Grease shortly after she started on AMC. I loved her in that, too. I got her autograph after the show. I think I still have the playbill. My deepest sympathy to her family. My heart goes out to you.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I remember her…another familiar face gone that will live on in the archives of soap history. Sad news. Condolences to her family.

Sassy Duck
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Sassy Duck

Rest in peace, beautiful Candace. You brought so much spunk, and grace to the role of Donna. My deepest condolences to your family, your All My Children family, and your friends. The soap world has lost another gifted actor.

Alan
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Alan

ALL MY CHILDREN was my first soap and Donna Beck was the reason I got hooked. I couldn’t get enough of teenage hooker Donna, her pimp Tyrone, her pal Estelle LaTour, Estelle’s pimp Billy Clyde Tuggle, Maggie Flanagan, Lettie Jean, and the rest of the Locust Street gang. Donna was the center of so much story on AMC: the Donna/Chuck/Tara triangle; Donna’s car getting hit by the train resulting in amnesia and Donna thinking she was a hooker again; Donna’s first pregnancy resulting in a stillborn child (I still remember Donna shopping for baby clothes while Dr. Clater told Chuck… Read more »

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Jamesj75

Alan, thanks a million for bringing us up to speed on Donna’s main storylines! I watched at the time, but my memory is spotty. I do remember Phoebe giving Donna a hard time. I do remember Billy Clyde excitedly talking about buying a new “macro-wave oven!” I remember Donna and Estelle talking about “Sea City” or “C City,” which — correct me if I’m wrong — I think initially was short for “Center City,” where the hooker trade was happening. But I really appreciate your filling in the gaps for me. Candace Earley was a wonderful, appealing actress, and her… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I left out The Chateau fire that resulted in baby Johnny dying (Chuck’s son) and Donna believing a rag doll was her baby. Ultimately Phoebe helped Donna come to terms with her loss. I always thought that was a huge mistake to kill off the child because he was a next generation Tyler.

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^ per Jamesj75. ABSOLUTELY thank you for the recall

the delight of Donna… I always loved the wrong side of the track FLIGHT
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Candace Earley MADE it, showed up, and REELED

dang it tho… ALL these shows back in our day… were just loaded to the gills with TALENT… bar none.. FULL CAST

individual stand out.. she was awarded right outa the gate

Alan
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Alan

I think Center City was where the hooker trade was located (and maybe Foxy’s, the bar where Opal forced Jenny to work to support the two of them). Sea City was where Jesse and Angie got married after they ran away with baby Frankie when they kidnapped him following Les Baxter forcing Angie to give the baby up for adoption.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Awesome! Thanks for the further details, Alan!

Shay
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Shay

@James….Hearing “Billy Clyde” talk about anything was a sheer delight and laugh riot! I don’t think any soap character ever revelled in his own unrecognized ignorance as much as Mr. Tuggle did wiith his multi-mispronunciations and delusions of grandeur!!!! (Not to mention, his total lack of style which he seemed to think was fashion at its finest! I still remember that plumed fedora!) Perhaps my favorite thing was how Billy always referred to his car as “The Clydemobile!” Haha…It took a truly talented actor to make such a trashy reprobate as BCT so amusing…and Matthew Cowles did just that! IAlthough… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Awesome to see your reply, Shay! Glad you also liked Billy Clyde… I think many of us want some humor in our soaps — and in our daily lives! — and Matthew Cowles surely delivered! Thanks for reminding me about the fedora! I didn’t know about the Drexel dynasty connection (or the Drexel dynasty itself). Sadly, he and Candace Earley both have passed… I enjoyed the work of both actors. Take care, Friend!

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, James! So good to hear from you! How could one NOT like Billy Clyde??? He was such a unique, memorable character with the knack to make any situation comical—-intentionally—-or otherwise! (I clearly recall an occasion when an agitated Mr. Tuggle was recovering from serious surgery whilst bellowing about “busticating his stiches!”) And to think it took a self-admitted black sheep of a blueblood family to play a whitetrash procurer with such absolute authenticity! Lol…Matthew Cowles indeed delivered his offbeat best in bringing to life some of the most bizarre creatures ever to inhabit daytime….he was also hysterically funny… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Shay…girl…I remember BOTH AMC’S Billy Clyde Tuggle and Loving’s Eban Japes…HAPPILY AND TOTALLY!!!!! Also…BOTH Billy Clyde and Eban used to brighten my day with their LOL-filled antics. Most of all, if I remember correctly, Matthew Cowles was quite the popular and beloved star on the Broadway stage. In an interview years ago, Matthew said that he felt most at home on the Broadway stage. Memories.

Have a good one, Shay.

Shay
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Shay

Hello to you, Jaybird! It’s always nice to share fan-favorite recollections of soap operas past and I’d have to say that those regarding Matthew Cowles and his crazy cast of characters are a true testament to his immense talent. To think that even decades after those performances in his two ABC soap roles he’s left behind such an indelible impression on us is quite remarkable! Those brilliant onscreen moments with Billy Clyde and Eban seem like just yesterday…I also vaguely recall one of the actor’s primetime appearances on a Law and Order episode when he played another really out-there type… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Thanks, Shay!!!!! Much, much appreciated.

Later.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Just a quick reply, Shay. Thanks for the further details about Cowles’ characters! I forgot about his work on Loving (I rarely watched that one). And thanks for the acknowledgment and backup on my recent conversation with CeeCee on Sonny. As you know, I can’t help myself… Best to you, Shay!

Shay
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Shay

It’s always my pleasure, James! The undeserved adulation and highly-questionable hero status bestowed upon the character of Sonny Corinthos shall forever beggar belief for me. The fact that there are other good people who share my particular disdain for GH’s most inexplicable and disturbing decision to designate this man (and his close circle of associates) as the show’s so-called “moral center” is indeed refreshing and welcome. Quite frankly, it never ceases to amaze and grate upon me the audacious efforts in which this soap engages in its futile attempts to sanitize the career criminal’s not so fragrant past so as… Read more »

Caleb
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Caleb

One of the absolute best.

Patrick
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Patrick

TAKEN from @Wiki : “…Former prostitute and adoptive mother of Emily Ann Sago Martin. Her relationship with Chuck Tyler antagonizes Chuck’s grandmother, Phoebe Tyler. Married to Chuck Tyler, Palmer Cortlandt, Benny Sago and Chuck Tyler (again). Sister of Mitch Beck. She was romantically involved with Tom Cudahy and Ross Chandler. ” Dag! didn’t she have it all. UBER HOTTED OUT Richard Van Vleet @Chuck Tyler !!! he was simply one of thee BEST. AND ??? Tom Cudahy AND Ross Chandler … what a girl, what a woman, what a chanteuse. “…Earley’s portrayal proved popular with viewers, and won an award… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

i remember her as Donna. That was a character I like on AMC. So sad to hear of Candace’s passing. Rest In Peace, Candace.

Adam
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Adam

Bless her heart, glad she passed over and is no longer in pain.

They really do come in threes don’t they?

Becky Smith
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Becky Smith

I am so very sorry to hear of Candice’s passing! I totally remember this scene from AMC! Candice brought such a sweet vulnerability to the role of Donna Beck! My sincere and deepest sympathy to Candice’s family and friends and the entire AMC family!

boes
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boes

I loved Donna. Candace was such an important part of AMC’s early years, an actor and character I missed when she left the show. Those were glorious days, when the Tylers were still part of the show….

Far too young,

DMR
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DMR

Oh, I remember Donna, that set, and Chuck! He was so handsome! 68 is young today. God bless and Rest In Peace! Sad news.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I was very saddened to hear about Candace Earley Nolan passing away. My ALL-TIME FAVORITE AMC storyline featuring Donna was Donna and Natalie’s friendship. To me, Donna and Natalie’s friendship was WONDERFULLY TIMELESS!!!!! Yes.

Later.

Sherrie
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Sherrie

God Bless Candace! She brought every afternoon an hour of friendship, kindness, humor & determination! She was a wonderful addition to the AMC cast! May you Rest In Peace dearest Candace & my deepest sympathy to your family!

Anita
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Anita

I loved Donna on AMC. I still cry when I hear the song they used for the death of her baby.

Dr.Bruce Pillow
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Dr.Bruce Pillow

I Remember Candace…when she came to Indianapolis and appeared at the Indiana State Fair. . we reminenced about the first time we met in New York on the set of AMC….Rest in peace dear one!!!

Debbie
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Debbie

I had the pleasure of meeting Candace many years ago when she and Patrick Duffy from the tv show Dallas were at our local mall. She was very sweet as was he.

Emma Metz
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Emma Metz

I met Candance at one of her fan parties. She was a wonderful person and terrific actress. We wrote to each other for a long time.

That Candace early has passed away who played Donn
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That Candace early has passed away who played Donn

I just found out That Candace early has passed away who played Donna & Pat Tyler Court and on all my children I know her from Lawton Oklahoma she was a very nice lady she performed wonderfully at the theater we should begin she could hit a high note to break a class and to prove it she feels a glass with water and hit the high notes and shattered the Glass Rest iIn Peace Candace Early , Dona Beck Tyler Cortland Sago

Lynn
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Lynn

I watched all my Children all those years when she was on. She was one of my favorite actress on the show along with Julia Barr. Susan Lucci was great too. Wondered what happened to Candace Early, and Sad she left us when she was still young.She’s joined the other greats on that show who passed on.

Teenie Katz
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Teenie Katz

Very late on this…but, so sad to learn of Candace’s passing. I was 9 years old, and home from school for a week with the chicken pox. Previously, I had no interest in soap operas, but was flipping through the dial and stumbled on Donna Courtland in Gstaad, trapped under an avalanche with Chuck Tyler. My pop-cultural life was forever changed. Thank you Candace for introducing me to this highly entertaining genre. Rest easy, my friend.

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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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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.

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

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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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