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ATWT's departing Maura West chats about her new role as Diane on Y&R!

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As many longtime viewers of As the World Turns will have the difficult task of saying goodbye to the fantastic character of Carly Tenney, created by two-time Daytime Emmy winner Maura West this Friday, they will have to look no further than the same network, different timeslot, and different soap to catch the actress again on their daytime screens.   On October 8th, West debuts  on The Young and the Restless as the recast Diane Jenkins, and is set to cause havoc and pull some string and create some friction for many of the folks in Genoa City.  TV Guide spoke with Maura about the new role and the end of ATWT.  Here are a few excerpts

West on if landing the role on Y&R lessened the blow of losing ATWT: “The end of a show like that is very moving. The tradition and the longevity is really quite impressive. However for Maura, as an actress, it was really time to say so long to Carly. I don’t mean that to sound bad. It was a terrific experience but it’s too long for an actor to play one part. So while I will miss it, and miss my dear friends, it was time. Carly was a gift, a dream of a character who could do anything — and did! She was never mundane. In fact, she was like playing several different characters all rolled into one. She’s what made me stay as long as I did.”

West on if she was tempted to look at the work of past Y&R Diane’s- Alex Donnelly and Susan Walters to prep for her new gig: “Absolutely not, and that’s no disrespect to those women. That would be a mistake for me as an actress. I’m not interested in that. The show did send me a list of big Diane events — the marriages, the sperm, the burning of the pool house, and all those things, but what is really exciting about this character is that there’s been no human story for her yet. It’s just this list of events. So the writers and I have a chance to create a character together that’s really three-dimensional — one that hasn’t yet been explored”

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dinah
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dinah

Thx Michael, I loved Maura and can’t wait to she on Y&R

Marinka
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Marinka

I am glad we will be seeing her on Y&R. she has always been my favorite actress for as long as I can remember and when they announced they cancelation of ATWT the first thing I thought was ”no! Maura!” it’s still a waste, shame… sad thing that ATWT is cancelled but knowing I will be tuning into Y&R for Maura West is comforting. Supporting her all the way!! and I’m sure she’ll blow our minds yet again with Diane as her new character, though Carly will always have a place in my heart!

Kalamaty
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Kalamaty

No disrespect to Maura, but I think that Alex and, particulary, Susan did a phenomenal job of “fleshing out” the character of Diane. No one could push Phyllis’s buttons the way Susan’s “Diane” did. I am just sick that she won’t be reprising the role!! Please, Y&R, no more recasts!

Sara
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Sara

Thanks for sharing, the interview Michael. I believe, she will do a wonderful job as Diane. I hope, the Y&R viewers give Maura a chance as Diane. I’m sure, she will do great as she did with the Carly character.

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ATWT Alum and ‘The Addams Family’ Favorite, Lisa Loring Dead at 64

Lisa Loring, who portrayed the recurring role of Cricket Montgomery Ross on As the World Turns from 1980-1983, and was best-known for her childhood acting role as Wednesday in the classic comedy The Addams Family from 1964-1966, has died at the age of 64.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actress passed away January 28th from complications from a stroke, as result of high blood pressure.

Loring died aProvidence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.  Lisa’s daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, shared in a statement: “She went peacefully with both her daughters (Vanessa and Marianne) holding her hand.”

In story on As the World Turns, Cricket had a sometimes competitive friendship with Betsy Stewart (then played by Meg Ryan) and had man troubles throughout her time in Oakdale. Cricket’s extended family consisted of Craig, Margo, and Katie, who all remained on the canvas after her exit.

Lisa also appeared throughout her career in series such as: Dr. Kildare, Barnaby Jones and Fantasy Island. 

She is survived by daughters Marianne and Vanessa, in addition to her grandchildren, Emiliana and Charles.

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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.

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

Great news! Fans who have missed Michael Park (ex-Jack, As the World Turns) on the small screen will get a chance to see him once again in the new psychological drama series, Saint X.

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.

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