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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.

Steffen193
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Steffen193

Unless I’m mistaken, there were two Lisa Browns on the shows, GL & ATWT. When the original left the show, (still very alive) CBS panicked and had another actress who looked like Lisa Brown play the part.

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As the World Turns Alum Rita Walter Dead at 71

We’re still losing so many beloved soap opera actors as 2022 comes to a close. Now comes word that former As the World Turns alum, Rita Walter (nee McLaughlin) passed away at the age of 71.  Walter had been diagnosed with Multifocal Glioblastoma, an extremely aggressive form of terminal brain cancer.

Rita had an 11-year-run as Oakdale’s Carol Deming Hughes Stallings Andropoulos Frazier.

The former actress-turned-optician, died on Christmas.  Rita’s brother, David McLaughlin revealed the news on the 26th which also happened to be the anniversary of Walter’s exit from the defunct CBS soap opera in 1981.

In his posting on Facebook, McLaughlin shared: “My sweet, loving sister Rita was called to Jesus today on Christmas day, his birthday. She was a well known actress as well as dedicated server of the Lord Jesus. May you rest in peace Sis, I love you forever. You’ve taken my heart with you.”

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Before playing good girl, Carol Deming, who always found herself in distress as only a good heroine could do, Rita started her career as Patty Duke’s double on The Patty Duke Show, before getting her first foray into soaps with a role on The Secret Storm as Wendy Phillips.

We clearly remember when on ATWT, Carol was married to Jay Stallings, but Jay was having an affair behind her back. Carol also had failed relationships and marriages to Tom Hughes and Steve Andropolous.  Eventually, Carol left Oakdale after falling in love and marrying Reverend Norman Frazier.  In a case of life imitating art, Rita married Reverend Normal Walter in 1976.

Walter is survived by her three children, Brian, Jill, and Amy, and her husband, Reverend Norman.

Share your condolences and remembrances for ATWT’s Rita Walter in the comment section below.

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ATWT Alum Michael Park Joins The Cast of Hulu Drama ‘Saint X’

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The series will stream on Hulu and in it the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor will play the part of Bill Thomas, in the eight-episode series adapted from Alexis Schaitkin’s novel.

In story, Bill and his wife Mia Thomas (Betsy Brandt) are upper middle class parents of two, enjoying a family vacation in a Caribbean resort until one of their daughters goes missing.

According to Deadline, the series is told via multiple timelines and perspectives, explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explains how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

No further details have been been made available as to when the show will premiere on the streamer, but stay tuned for more updates.

So, excited to see Michael in Saint X? Comment below.

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In casting news, Academy Award-winner and As the World Turns alum, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie and Sabrina Hughes) will star in a new period-piece drama for Sky and AMC.

Moore, who won a Daytime Emmy for her work on the beloved CBS soap back in 1988, will play Mary Villiers, Countess of Buckingham, in Mary & George.

Villers in 17th Century England moulded her  son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become one of the richest, most titled, and influential mother and sons England had ever seen.

According to Deadline, the series is due to begin filming in early 2023 and is slated for an 8-episode run.

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Intrigued to see Julianne in Mary & George? Comment below.

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