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Andrea Evans, One Life to Live’s Iconic Tina Lord, Dead at 66

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In just heartbreaking news, the iconic Andrea Evans, who played Llanview troublemaker, Tina Lord Roberts has passed away at the age of 66. According to casting director, Don Carroll, Evans died on Sunday of cancer.

Evans put the “V” in vixen as she rose to soap opera fame in the 1978 as Victoria Lord’s (Erika Slezak) half-sister, and returned to the series multiple times, even for its final episodes that aired in 2012.  Along the way Andrea was nominated for a Daytime Emmy twice throughout her career.

Evans went on to play other signature roles on the soaps including: Patty Williams on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, Tawny Moore on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, Rebecca Hotchkiss on NBC’s Passions and Patty Walker on the streaming series, The Bay.

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However, it’s her body of work at One Life to Live that fans will remember most. Andrea stayed on OLTL till 1981 and returned in 1985.  Sadly, a few years after she returned to the ABC soap, and received a Daytime Emmy nomination, she abruptly quit the show and remained out of public eye for almost a decade after being victimized by a stalker.

She returned to One Life To Live and her most famous role for brief stints 2008 and again in 2010.  She also came back to the show one last time while she had just finished chemo treatment for breast cancer back in 2011 to help the series wrap its run on ABC in episodes that aired in 2012.

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Evans received her second Daytime Emmy nomination in 2015 for her performance in the web series DeVanity.

She had recently completed work on her forthcoming memoir My One Life To Live.  Evans spent considerable times with various animal rescue organizations and for City of Hope.

Andrea is survived by husband Steve Rodriguez and daughter Kylie.

We will have more on this developing story in the hours and days ahead.

Share your condolences and remembrances of the great Andrea Evans via the comment section below.  But first check out when Andrea returned to One Life to Live in 2011 and Tina remarried the love of her life, Cord Roberts (John LoPrieno).

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How sad about the delightful Andrea Evans. Loved her as Tina, I remember when she first joined OLTL. She was the same age as myself.

I am so sad she was just fantastic. A true soap opera star! Very sad news. RIP Tina.

This news broke my Heart, Andrea Evans was a wonderful actress. Loved her as Tina on OLTL and Rebecca on passions. May she RIP. ❤️

While most remember her for OLTL, she definitely turned in stellar performances on B&B and Passions.

Another daytime legend and icon gone… first jackie zeman and now 2 months to the day since her passing… Andrea Evans. May they both rest in peace and know their legions of fans will always remember the brilliant performances they delivered to the daytime community.

This is horrible news. Andrea Evans was absolutely fantastic as Tina. I remember when she first came to Llanview. Oh the troubles, headache and heartaches that Tina caused for so many people throughout the years. I hated her and loved her at the same time. It was wonderful that Tina and Cord found their way back to each other in the end. I am so horribly saddened by this terrible news. I loved Andrea Evans. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Thank you Ms. Evans for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us. You are outstanding and completely unforgettable. May you rest in peace.

I cannot stand it! RIP Andrea…..

Damn straight! She definitely put the V in vixen and she played it to the hilt! Thoughts and prayers out to her family and friends.

Heartbreaking news. 🙁 Thank you for all the great Tina memories, Andrea.

No matter what hare-brained scheme she was involved in, you just had to love and root for Andrea’s version of Tina. Whether being rescued by natives after going over a waterfall, trapped in the underground city of Eterna or mistakenly saying her ex-husband’s name in her wedding vows, Andrea as Tina was a tour de force! One of daytime’s finest.

Condolences to her loved ones.

very truly one of a kind

This hurts immensely as I grew up watching OLTL in the 80’s. And Tina was always a favorite character to watch. From her going over Iguazu Falls to her passing out at Kate and Cord’s wedding; scheming with Mitch or passing off Al as her son, Andrea Evans always delivered. May she Rest in Peace.

Ms Evans was a consummate soap star. I loved the Tina Clayton storyline and the contentious relationship with Viki Lord. God bless!

Sad to hear this. She was always on my mother’s tv every afternoon when I was a kid. I always liked the color of her hair and eyes. I remember reading the story about what she went through with the stalker, bless her. Sorry to hear about her diagnosis and I hope she wasn’t in pain. My prayers and condolences for her loved ones.

Rest-in-peace, Ms. Evans. You’re forever etched in daytime-drama history. Thx.

So sad to hear this,Andea was fantastic as Tina .R.I.P Andrea and my condolences to her family.A true soap star and way to young

I am so sad to hear that Andrea Evans passed away. She was such an amazing actress and she played her character Tina so wonderful. She was the reason I started watching OLTL. She will be missed. RIP Andrea Evans

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‘General Hospital’ Favorite Johnny Wactor Dead at 37

Former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin), has died. Wactor’s mother, Scarlett confirmed to TMZ, that her son passed away early Saturday morning on May 25th. He was 37-years-old.

The details surrounding Johnny’s death are harrowing. He was reportedly shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles after three unidentified suspects were allegedly seen trying to steal a catalytic converter from his car,” shared Scarlett. She was also told Johnny didn’t try to fight or stop them. However, the men shot him anyway before taking off and fleeing the scene of the crime.

According to police reports, the paramedics rushed to the scene just after 3 AM PT, but Wactor died on his way to the hospital. At this time, police have not shared the description of the three suspects, but Johnny’s mother, is hoping they will be found soon.

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Wactor made his GH debut in 2020 as Brando and was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Brando fell in love with Sasha Gilmore ( got married and then the couple lost their premature son, Liam, which tore them both apart. In 2022, Brando was killed by the serial killer, The Hook, which turned to be Heather Webber (Alley Mills).

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One of Johnny’s first acting credits was in 2007 on Lifetime’s Army Wives. He later starred as Johnny in NBC’s Siberia, a supernatural drama filmed in the reality competition series vein. He also had several dramatic guest-starring roles in series such as: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Station 19 and more. As well, on the film side, Wactor had a featured role in 2016’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, a World War II drama starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore. More recently (in 2024), he starred as Marcus in Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.  Wactor was also seen in several national commercials.

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Johnny is survived by his mother and younger brothers, Grant and Lance.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Johnny’s family, and please share your heartfelt remembrances of Johnny, who tragically is now gone too soon, via the comment section below.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this developing story.

 

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‘Entertainment Tonight’s’ Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner Back as Hosts for 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

CBS and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday that Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner are set to return as hosts for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, airing live on Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

This marks the third Daytime Emmys in a row that the ‘ET’ combo has hosted the festivities, having done son in 2022 and 2023.

In addition, Frazier and Turner are also nominated this year for Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Daytime Personality- Daily category. That is in addition to ‘ET’ being in the running for Outstanding Entertainment News series.

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Frazier has been co-host with Entertainment Tonight since September 2014. Previously, he was co-host and managing editor of The Insider and a correspondent and weekend host of ‘ET.’

As for Turner she has been the co-host of ‘ET’ since 2021. Nischelle first joined the entertainment news program as a correspondent back in 2014. Turner is an award-winning journalist with ‘ET’, and often lends her voice to entertainment and political news shows, along with joining their coverage on the Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. She was previously was an entertainment contributor for CNN.

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This year marks the 18th time CBS has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards, more than any other network. The show will broadcast live from the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

So, what do you think about Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner returning as the hosts of the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Patrick Mulcahey OUT as General Hospital Co-Head Writer

After various reports surfaced, it has been confirmed that Patrick Mulcahey is out as the co-head writer of General Hospital. This is after a very short tenure of under five months.

Mulcahey was named to the position back in January of 2024 along with longtime GH writer Elizabeth Korte. They replaced the team of Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, who had been the head scribes of the long-running ABC daytime drama since 2019.

A source informed Soap Opera Digest that stories created by the co-head writing team of  Mulcahey/Korte team will air through mid-summer. However they added “There will be more news to share at a later date as to the composition of the new writing team.”

In addition, eagle-eyed soap fans have seen that in recent episodes former co-head writer, Chris Van Etten has been credited, as he is reportedly a breakdown writer with the show.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Korte has assumed the head writing duties solely on her own at the moment, while Buzz blog initially reported Mulcahey’s exit.

We will have more on the GH writing team evolution in the days ahead.

What do you think about the writing team changes at GH thus far? Comment below.

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