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AMC's Francesca James At Center Of Bizarre Allegations From The Late Julie Harris' Former Employees and Friends!

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Daytime Emmy winner, Francesca James (Evelyn Johnson/Kitty and Kelly Shea) of All My Children, and one of the most talented people we know in front of the camera, or behind the scenes, somehow is in the middle of this controversy over the will of the late five-time Tony Award winning actress and film and television star, Julie Harris in a report from the New York Post!

Julie Harris died of congestive heart failure August 24 at age 87.  She’d suffered two strokes and was seldom seen in the last several years.  And as we know, Francesca James was extremely close and cared very much for the legendary Harris, who she has said in the past was a great influence on her life.

According to the NY Post:  “Several friends and longtime employees, who were fired by Francesca Rubino (James) including a housekeeper, a gardener and Harris’ lawyer, Herbert Nass — say she “wormed” her way into Harris’ life, took control of her medical and business affairs, and “isolated” Harris from her son, Peter Gurian.”

Rubino and Harris’ attorney dismiss these allegations as sour grapes. Reached at her home in New York, Rubino said: “There is no truth to any of these accusations. They are being made by disgruntled, fired employees.”

Isaac Peres, who replaced Herbert Nass as Harris’ attorney and is also an executor of her estate, said in a statement: “We are aware of the rumors that have been circulated by discharged employees of Miss Harris and all of the unfounded accusations circulating about Miss Harris’ will and codicil and about access to her toward the end of her life . . . We categorically deny any such rumors and accusations.”

According to the disgruntled people in Harris life, Harris named Francesca co-executor of her estate, which sources say could be worth as much as $10 million. In that capacity, she stands to earn commissions of up to $200,000. She also inherits $50,000 outright, and is permitted to select 10 items of Harris’ “tangible personal property of every kind,” including her Tonys.

The bulk of Harris’ estate was left to her son Peter. But there is an unusual codicil to the will: “In the event that . . . my son . . . physically assaults, threatens to assault, or otherwise harms, harasses, or intimidates myself or any of my friends . . . including Francesca R. Rubino . . . my trustees shall treat him as if he had predeceased me.”  Rubino took out a harassment prevention order against Gurian three years ago after he “made a threatening gesture” at her, a source says.

But at the end of all of this accusatory drama towards Francesca is that: “The new attorney, Peres, said he is aware that Nass “has filed an objection to the will” but he claims Gurian wants Nass to “withdraw” it.”  Gurian declined to comment.”

So, what do you think about these allegations brought up by the friends and former employees of Julie Harris towards Francesca?  Is this just all about the battle for the will and the money of Harris’?   It is hard for us to imagine James being painted in this light!  Comment below!

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Joanne
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Joanne

Money makes people do strange things………I don’t know Francesca personally…so I wouldn’t venture to comment either way.

eileen hargis
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eileen hargis

Where theres,smoke, theres fire.. Why were these employees,fired? Notice Francesca didnt deny she fired them, just called them disgruntled.

Bobbi Hampel
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Bobbi Hampel

You’ve got to be kidding me! You say you don’t know Her? Wow. She has an excellent reputation and those people weren’t fired without cause. Did they challenge being fired prior to this?
I totally and wholeheartedly support Ms James. Sometimes you have to have faith in your friends.

KRISTA
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KRISTA

I concur

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

This is not uncommon for acquaintances to take control of financial and medical decisions of wealthy and ill elderly people. They isolate the elderly from family and friends and long-time household help in order to gain control of them and their wealth. This is a matter for the courts to decide and hopefully get to the truth. If they find that the will and codicils were filed when the deceased was not of healthy mind ad body, it could be voided and the estate would go to the heirs from a previous will.

josh
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josh

I knew there was something about her.

Johnny
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Johnny

I am SO glad I live in Canada where fame and greed and lawsuits are not a way of life!

Johnny
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Johnny

How wealthy could the woman have been?

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Hard to tell much from the story; could be that it’s exactly as the lawsuit claims, or it could also be that Francesca James came in and “cleaned house” of people who themselves were not acting in Julie Harris’s best interest, and now they’re POed about it and suing her. That’s also not uncommon with elderly people–they become dependent on people who are around them and either ignorant of or are unaware of their ulterior motives, and someone stronger and more clear-sighted has to come in and do damage control. Not knowing any of the people involved personally, it’s tough… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

I live in Chatham and know the whole story. The housekeeper was a horrible woman who treated Julie very poorly – the whole Town loathed her. The attorney, Nass, protected the housekeeper and refused to do anything about her. She was his “eyes and ears” on the Cape. He overbilled Julie for his “services” many years and made a bundle of money off of her. He’s angry because Francesca James shut the money spigot off! These people cared little about Julie and Francesca did the right thing getting of these leeches. I know for a fact that Julie’s last days… Read more »

marcy mattox christmas
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marcy mattox christmas

Joe, who lives in Chatham, is correct. I was the person who Julie’s doctor called after her first stroke when Julie asked me to come to Cape Cod to be with her. ( I live in Camarillo, California. My husband, actor Eric Christmas, was a long-time friend of Julie’s.) The housekeeper, Kathy, who claimed she was Julie’s nurse, was mean to all of Julie’s long-time friends. I told Julie that Kathy was mean to me. Julie said she would tell Kathy to change. Kathy never changed. She had even gone through my luggage on the day I arrived! And the… Read more »

jonboy
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jonboy

I hate anyone taking advantage of the aged.

mo
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mo

WOW! That is a soap opera!

lisa
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lisa

Death makes for strange bedfellows – I’ve seen it happen too many times in my own family.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Oh, the DRAMA!!!!!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

All I know for sure, is my experience after my father died. Those who were fair and kind before, acted in similar fashion; while those who worried only for themselves before, acted even more selfishly.
My heart goes out to all who are grieving.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

Why can’t the current writers of the soaps give us this type of storyline? It would be far more interesting that the stuff they typically give us.

Imagine a storyline like this on Y&R with Nikki taking on the role of meddling into an elderly, dying Kay’s affairs while Jill, Brock, Tucker, Esther, and Nina challenge the subsequent will and bequests to her. Would be far better than seeing another scene of Dylan or Cane.

ts
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ts

Ridiculous- complete hatchet job from the Post (shocking!). Anyone who knows Francesca knows what a kind and generous person she is, and only has the best interests of her friends and loved ones in mind. Total junk, with allegations from disgruntled former employees and unnamed “sources.” Don’t believe it.

Co
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Co

I worked for Julie for over 10 years, everything about Francessca James is true, and she knows it. What goes around comes around bitch

Marina Francisco
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Marina Francisco

The thing that bothers me is the clause that states that if Julie Harris’s son threatens anybody – specifically mentioning Francesca, the will must be interpreted as if he had predeceased his mother, in other words, he would be disinherited. And then Francesca files a report that he made a “threatening gesture” toward her? I don’t know any elderly person in his/her right mind who would put a clause in their will like that, to jeopardize their only child’s inheritance of their estate. By all accounts Julie Harris doted on her son, she even built a house next door to… Read more »

Paul Russell
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Paul Russell

Easy enough to google the son’s name and see that he was charged with assault on an elderly person at Julie Harris’ address in Chatham. This was several years ago. I would think that is why the son will lose everything if he harms Francesa in any way.

Diana fritz
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Diana fritz

I attended Fitzgerald High School in Warren Michigan with Franceska Jaimes then known as chichi Rubino. She was the valedictorian of her class and was the most idolized student in the high school.I had a chance to know her for several years and she came from an extremely ethical and religious Catholic family. Everyone who knew her would say the same thing. Also Francesca has never mentioned Fitzgerald high school in any of her biographical information or did she lived in Warren Michigan for several years and graduated from Fitzgerald high school her reputation was above reproach. I knew her… Read more »

Kevin M. Lycke
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Kevin M. Lycke

Francesca is one of the most trustworthy people I know. She is also one of the most generous souls one can encounter. Dame Harris knew exactly what she was doing!

Bo Dormey
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Bo Dormey

I have known Francesca since we were kids in Caseville, Mi. I worked at her parents restaurant in Caseville for several years and our families were good friends. I will always remember Mary and Joe as the people who gave me a chance when nobody else would. Francesca, like her parents, would not and could not be as ruthless as these disgruntled people have claimed. This apple didn’t fall far from the tree her parents established. Those who think otherwise are merely projecting their own selfish personalities into this situation. Francesca is a good human being, period!

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Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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Heartbreaking news to report this Wednesday morning. Michael Fairman TV has learned exclusively that Michael Nader, best known for his role as “Dex” Dexter on ABC’s original version of Dynasty, and as Dimitri Marick on All My Children, has died at the age of 76.

Nader passed away on Monday, August 23rd at 11:30am from an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi by his side, and Michael’s rescue dog, Storm.

In an exclusive statement to MFTV, Michael’s wife, Jodi Lister expressed: “With heavy heart, I’m sharing the news of the passing of my beloved, Michael.  We had 18 wonderful years together with the many dogs we fostered and adopted. Recently, Michael was so thrilled to reconnect with his friends from the cast of Dynasty during Emma Samms virtual event to help raise funds for Long-Covid research. Michael was working on a book about his life and addiction at the time of his death.  He was a beautiful and fascinating man with many talents and skills.  I will miss him forever.”

 

Michael’s acting career spanned several decades. His first soap role was that of Kevin Thompson on As the World Turns (1975-1978, then the primetime soap, Bare Essence (1983) as Alexi Theopolous, before landing on Dynasty later that year as Alexis Colby’s (Joan Collins) third husband, “Dex”.  Nader remained with the series until its cancellation in 1989.

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When All My Children came calling, Michael took on the role of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) magnetic husband, Dimitri Marick, a role he played from 1991-1999, then again in 2000-2001. Michael returned to AMC during Prospect Park’s online revival of the series in 2013.

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Throughout his TV and motion picture career Nader also appeared in: The Flash, Law and Order: SVU, Cold Case, Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, Lady Mobster (with Susan Lucci) the miniseries, Lucky Charms, to name but a few.

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Michael is survived by his wife of 18-years, Jodi, stepmother Lillian, sister Stephanie, daughter Lindsay, ex-wife Robin, son-in-law Trevor, and granddaughter Juniper.

A Zoom memorial will be planned at a later date.

Share your thoughts and remembrances of Michael, and send condolences to his loved ones, in the comment section below.

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