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

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(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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Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

R.I.P. Nola Reardon.

Phil
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Phil

Nola was my first favorite character on GL.

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Mine too Phil, started watching GL in 1980, when she started on the show. and then she played my beloved Iva as well. I am still in shock ):

Gary Curtis
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Gary Curtis

Such sad news. I loved Lisa as Nola Reardon and Michael Tylo as Quentin Chamberlain on Guiding Light.

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

I am in shock. Lisa was the reason I got hooked on Guiding Light – I would come home from school hoping that Nola would be on. and then she played Iva during the glory years of As the World Turns. Just loved her. I was hoping The Locher Room would have her on as a guest. This is so incredibly sad ): I will watch clips of Nola and Iva and begin missing her. It’s been such a hard year for us soap fans with so many wonderful people who have enriched our lives passing away ):

Patrick
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Patrick

” Richard ” -“Thank You” for such nice words I too AM IN SHOCK… stunned .. that i so wanted her to show up on “The Locher Room” . I just loved Iva. as the eldest child (adopted) of thee LATE GREAT Snyder Clan. Sure wish we could have seen MORE OF SETH. nonetheless, it was Iva and Momma who ran. oh my GOD SURE , I was in LOVE w/Jon Hensley !!!! Holden smolder!!! argh! but all paths lead back to Iva and Momma. Ivy in particular I sometimes saw her as the underdog.. as she wistfully wanted something… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

taken from “we Love Soaps ” 50 Greatest couples. Quint N’ Nola #13. 50 Greatest Soap Couples: #13 Quint & Nola From GUIDING LIGHT COUPLE: Quinton “Quint” McCord Chamberlain & Nola Reardon SHOW: GUIDING LIGHT RANK: 13 PLAYED BY: Quint: Michael Tylo Nola: Lisa Brown YEARS: 1981-1985, 1996-1997 STORY: Nola spent a year manipulating Kelly and Morgan (John Wesley Shipp and Kristen Vigard) in an effort to keep them apart even pretending to be pregnant with Kelly’s baby. When the truth came out–the baby was Floyd’s–Kelly told her off and the entire town of Springfield learned of her deception. Shortly… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Richard’ wanted you to know… if haven’t already seen…. TODAY’ Locher Room… ie: Christian LeBlanc 30th anniversary especial’. The ending , will floor. ie: Tribute.

People… fans of Christian LeBlac AND Ms. Lisa Brown… really oughta check this out…. stunner

Lily MacLiam
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Lily MacLiam

She was truly something special. Such a big part of my childhood was watching GL and ATWT. May God comfort her family and friends as they mourn Lisa’s passing.

Robin Fletcher
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Robin Fletcher

:'(

Mark
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Mark

Lisa was the best on guiding light I’m so sad

Ozette Lee
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Ozette Lee

One of my all-time favorite characters (Nola) & actresses, (Lisa Brown.) Rest-in-peace.

Michael
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Michael

Very sad

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This is genuinely sad news today. I loved ATWT and the years featuring Miss Brown as Iva Snyder were among the best of the series and the most engaging for this fan. Miss Brown was so natural and so authentic in this role. Tho I did not follow GL, friends to this day recall Nola with great fondness. God bless you, Miss Brown, and thank you for sharing your talents.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG, Nola and Iva. Tearjerker days and very memorable. R.I.P lovely lady.

Mark
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Mark

I read once that Bette Davis was a huge fan of Lisa’s and wrote a letter praising her work on guiding light!

Terence
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Terence

She always reminded me of my mother….

Diane Kisinger
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Diane Kisinger

First Michael Tylo, now Lisa. I am beyond sad. I enjoyed so much romance and adventure vicariously as they brought to life my all time favorite couple.

RICKIE BOGUILLE
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RICKIE BOGUILLE

Devastating. A one-of-a-kind star and phenomenal actress. Daytime just got dimmer…

Tom
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Tom

What an actress! Stunned to learn of her passing. She should have won Emmys for both Nola and Iva. What a super star. Grew up watching her on GL. Man I miss that show when it was so good.

SHARON JOY ZARROW
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SHARON JOY ZARROW

I met Lisa twice and Michael spent a week with him at a soap festival in New Jersey. The nola and Quinton storyline was one of the best things on the GL. I loved Nolas dreams the fantasy.I miss them both Rip Lisa and Michael well Nola and Quinton are together in heaven now.:(

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Extremely sad and gone at such a young age…I received an autograph picture with a kind note back in the 80’s from Lisa…She was extremely talented and she will be missed…Prayers for comfort to her family.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

Very sad and surprising news. I always looked forward to Brown’s appearances on ATWT and GL. She was fantastic. I’m sorry to hear of her passing.

Donna Schnare
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Donna Schnare

I was a huge ATWT and GL fan. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you are able to find peace in the days ahead.

clb
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clb

Lisa Brown was a fantastic actress that certainly deserved an Emmy for her outstanding work as Nola at Guiding Light. I will never forget rushing home from school to see the mess that she could stir up with Kelly and Morgan. May her family know that she will always be remembered by daytime fans of GL and ATWT. Rest in peace our friend.

Patricia from Rochester
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Patricia from Rochester

lisa brown was a stunning actress, shoulda been in movies for world to see. will never forget the enjoyment she brought to both soaps……R.I.P. G’Nite-n-God Bless You Lisa & Michael.

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Lisa Brown to be Honored In Virtual Interview With ’42nd Street’ Co-Star Lee Roy Reams

Coming up on a very special edition of The Locher Room, the show will honor beloved ATWT and GL actress, Lisa Brown, who passed away at the end of November in 2021.

Since Lisa was never able to participate in an episode of the series, host Alan Locher is welcoming longtime Broadway star, Lee Roy Reams, who starred along with Brown on the Great White Way in 42nd Street.

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It was one of Lisa’s wishes to have Reams interviewed on The Locher Room.  Lee Roy will chat on his almost 40-year friendship with Lisa, memories of working together, as well as his storied career.

Some of Ream’s other credits include leading Broadway roles in: The Producers, Beauty & The Beast, La Cage Aux Folles, Hello Dolly!, An Evening with Jerry Herman, Applause, Lorelei, Oklahoma and Sweet Charity.

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Circle Thursday, January 27th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST for the interview and you can watch the livestream here.

So, glad to know that the incredible Lisa Brown will be honored through the appearance of Lee Roy Reams on The Locher Room? Comment below.

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Three-Time Daytime Emmy Winner, Cady McClain, Reveals She’s ‘Back On Set’ But On Which Show?

After her Instagram post earlier this week, fans of Cady McClain have been attempting to dissect her cryptic tease of a message. McClain, a three-time Daytime Emmy winner, shared the good news with fans that she is ‘back to work’, except she didn’t share which show or project she is working on … just yet!

In her post, McClain teased: “Back on set! Fun to be working again on such a terrific show! Can’t wait to be able to share the news with you all soon! Meantime, hoping you are all taking good care of yourselves. Sending hugs!! ”

Now, it could be Cady is working on a primetime show, not a daytime show, but we shall see.

She has previously appeared on The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives of the four remaining daytime soaps.  On Y&R she played Kelly Andrews, and on DAYS, Jennifer Horton Deveraux.  And, as viewers of the NBC soap saw this week, Jennifer (in a short appearance by Melissa Reeves) returned to Salem with Jack (Matthew Ashford), only to tie-up loose ends over the holidays and exit the show.

Since DAYS still tapes months ahead, could McClain be returning there, or might she pop up on GH and B&B? The character of Kelly was killed-off of Y&R back in 2015.

Previously, Cady became soap-famous for her roles as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children and Rosanna Cabot on As the World Turns.

Share your thoughts on which show you hope Cady is working on, whether, primetime, daytime, or a streaming series, in the comment section below.

 

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‘As the World Turns’ Alums Try to Stump Contestants On All-New Episode of ‘Soap Opera Know-It-All’ Game Show

In the sixth episode of the virtual game show, Soap Opera Know-It-All four fans battle it out over their knowledge of deep trivia of daytime and primetime soaps, exclusively on the Michael Fairman Channel.

For this edition, the game show’s host, Michael Fairman, welcomes longtime soap fans: Robert Evans, Nancy Levy, Matthew Preston, and returning champion, Michael Cochran.

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During round one of the game play and throughout the episode, former stars from the beloved CBS soap opera As the World Turns appear and participate trying to stump the contestants including: Maura West (Ex-Carly), Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily/Rose), Van Hansis (Ex-Luke), Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara), Christian LeBlanc (Ex-Kirk) and Trent Dawson (Ex-Henry), and later in the show, look for a special guest appearance by Days of our Lives favorite, Blake Berris (Ex-Nick Fallon) in the ‘Knock Out Round’.

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The contestants knowledge of the following soaps were put to the test during this sixth episode: All My Children, Another World, As the World Turns, Desperate Housewives, General Hospital, Guiding Light, Knots Landing, Sunset Beach, Edge of Night, One Life to Live, Santa Barbara, The Bold and the Beautiful.

As the game show series moves through its now back-half of the season, the winning contestant must defeat the competition for the right to move on to the next episode to face three more challengers all in pursuit of the “Know-It-All” title with special soap-related prizes along the way.

Watch the game show episode below.

Now, play along with us, and let us know in the comment section how many answers you had correct, and if you enjoyed the show!


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