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Another World’s Carmen Duncan Passes Away From Cancer At 76

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Heartbreaking news this morning out of Australia.  Carmen Duncan, who played Iris Wheeler on Another World from 1988-1994 has died from cancer.  The Australian-born actress was 76.

Duncan had been receiving care at St Vincent’s Sacred Heart Health Service in Sydney.  In Carmen’s publicized and harrowing health journey, she had previously beat cancer three times.

An accomplished actress in a career in TV and film for films for over 60 years, Duncan appeared on  All Saints and in Bay City on NBC’s Another World, where she has taken over the part of Iris from Beverlee McKinsey, who has played the central role from 1972-1981.

Carmen received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work, before family lured her home to Australia.  She once said: “Despite the glitter and glamour of working in Hollywood and New York, I genuinely missed my family, my brothers and my baby sister Paula, which is why I called it quits and returned to Australia in the late ’90s.”

Carmen is survived by her two children, Duncan and Amelia.

Share your condolences and remembrances on Carmen via the comment section below.  But first check out this retro clip from Another World featuring Carmen as Iris opposite her on-sceen nemesis, Victoria Wyndham as Rachel.

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sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

She was magnificent. Rest in peace, good lady.

Wendy Irizarry
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Wendy Irizarry

My deepest condolences to Carmen Duncan family. She will truly be missed by many fans and colleagues. May she R. I. P.

jestin Mendenhall
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jestin Mendenhall

Condolences to the family of Ms. Carmen Duncan. A wonderful actress and soul…loved her as Iris number #2. “Rest In Him” Ms.Duncan.

Joel
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Joel

What a wonderful actresss she was. I was a kid when she was on AW, now in my 40’s and remember her fondly.

Pjc
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Pjc

So sad. I can still remember her scenes when she begged Mac, “daddy”, to forgive her for trying to take over Cory Publishing.

She played Iris differently that Beverly and in turn made it her own. She was stubborn, venerable, fierce and strong.

Along with Another World, she will be missed. Prayers to her family.

Jimh
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Jimh

Didnt like her as Iris at first and wanted Judith McConnel in the role but i think she was doing Santa Barbra at the time…but she grew on me and won me over…thought it would be great to see her and Rachel constantly battle over Cory over the years…

Steven M Webb
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Steven M Webb

Rest in peace, Carmen Duncan! You were fabulous as Iris Cory Carrington Bancroft Wheeler. Unforgettable!

Cherry
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Cherry

I really enjoy her character on AW. RIP Carmen Duncan AKA Iris Carrington. My condolences to the family.

Douglas Brown
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Douglas Brown

I thought she was a terrific Iris. Letting her go was one of the moves the killed Another World.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I am very sorry to hear this. She really was great when she played Iris on AW.

mike
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mike

Only a great actress could fill the shoes of Beverlee McKinsey, and she filled them well.

Barbara
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Barbara

RIP beautiful angel. You were a magnificent actor and were blessed with each performance. So young and such a fighter.

Jimh
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Jimh

We also lost Candace Early-ex Donna on All My Children…

Shay
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Shay

And Clive Swift, who played the much put-upon husband of Hyacinth Bucket (“It’s Bouquet!!!…”) on the beloved “Keeping Up Appearances.” Ohhhhhh, Richard!!!!

Richard Thurston
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Richard Thurston

Very sad news. My sympathies to her Children. Loved her as Iris, she made the character her own. With style , wit and grace. Beautiful lady

Tania
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Tania

Love the shoulder pads. RIP Carmen Duncan

Mark Y
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Mark Y

They don’t write scenes like that any longer. Carmen proved you can recast a role with great success. When AW was cancelled I always hoped Victoria would play Alexandra on GL.

Momo
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Momo

I watched her on AW. She did a great job. RIP

Boop
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Boop

I remember when Carmen replaced Beverlee as Iris ; however, I didn’t watch the show as much after Beverlee left. May God bless Carmen’s family.

GPB
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GPB

She was deliciously magnificent as Iris. She owned the role. AW had some of the most amazing actors and fascinating characters; Iris, Carl Hutchins, Donna, Rachel, Felicia & Cass & Wally, what a wonderful collection! May she rest in peace & her family in wonderful memories ♥

evan
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evan

Loved CARMEN DUNCAN AS IRIS HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HER AT THE opening of glengarry glenn ross gracious beautiful and kind rip

Rodd
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Rodd

What a powerhouse actress! She took over a very pivotal role on “Another World” from another powerhouse actress and put her own stamp on it. I am saddened to hear of her passing after her courageous battle with cancer. She was truly inspirational. Godspeed, Carmen.

mark
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mark

She was great and funny too!

Adam
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Adam

I’ve always like Carmen Duncan as Iris in the Another World episodes, youtube is a great way to watch these epic characters/actors and shows. She definitely held her own, it can be easy following the amazing Beverlee McKinsey.

Tina
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Tina

Sending condolences to Carmen’s family.
RIP Carmen

Harlee
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Harlee

I didn’t know of Beverlee’s Iris I just know Beverlee’s Alexandra Spaulding hellcat, but I was watching AW when Carmen appeared as Iris and fell in love with Iris character. She and Victoia W. had such chemistry together. RIP and God Bless you for the entertaining me.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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Steve Burton Confirms His Exit From General Hospital

Steve Burton has spoken and after so much speculation, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star has confirmed he is out as General Hospital’s Jason Morgan.

In his post on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Steve shared that he was let go by the ABC daytime drama series due to their vaccine mandate and that even though he applied for medical and religious exemptions those were denied.  Thus, he has to exit his role.

In story, viewers saw on Monday, that Jason is MIA from being under the rubble of the cave that collapsed in Jason’s attempt to apprehend Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his post, Burton shared the following: “I know there has been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts, but, this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me. I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you, so I will always be grateful and I believe when one door closes multiple doors open. That’s always been my perspective, so I am excited to see what the future brings. ”

Steve went on to say, “Maybe one day when these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor, and if not, I am going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful. I have got to say, that I am forever grateful for your love and your support over the years. It means so much to me. Thank you. I don’t know when my last airdate is. It may have aired or it might be tomorrow or the next day. I am not sure. I want you guys to have an awesome Thanksgiving. I know it is hard, maybe, in this type of situation to be thankful or grateful, but we have so many things to be thankful about. Being grateful really is the key. Love you guys.”

The popular actor began his run as GH’s Jason Quartermaine back in 1991. Later in 1995, after a car accident he had a major personality shift and became Jason Morgan. Burton went to Y&R to play Dylan McAvoy for a four-year stint from 2013-2017, before heading back to his home at GH.

A source close to the show told Deadline that Burton’s last tape date was October 27th.

You can watch Steve’s video announcement below on his GH departure.

So, how do you feel about Steve being let go from GH? Do you hope Steve can return at some point? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

 

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Alison Sweeney Joins Cast of Peacock’s ‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’

After returning on-air this past Friday as Sami, Alison Sweeney will also be appearing in the upcoming DAYS holiday film, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.  PEOPLE broke the casting news.

The Peacock streamer will bow on December 16th.  In it, the story will follow Sami’s son, Will Horton (Chandler Massey), as he works to finish writing a screenplay before his Christmas Eve deadline.  Will’s pic is inspired by his own friends and family. However, as only DAYS can do, this story will have many twists and turns.

There is no intel on just what Sami will be up to during the Christmas special.  However, currently on the daytime version of the long-running NBC soap, viewers found will learn what caused Sami’s disappearance months ago… she was kidnapped.

So, glad Alison is on board for the upcoming DAYS holiday film? Comment below.

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