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ATWT's Eileen Fulton divulges the true nature of the infamous Granny Clause for Lisa!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

NPR’s Lara Pellegrinelli has posted a piece from her interview with As the World Turns all-time leading diva, (and we mean that lovingly, and in a good way) Eileen Fulton, on playing Lisa for all she is worth for 50 years, and the sad ending of the series, yesterday.

For years one of the long-running rememberances from ATWT was Eileen insisting their was a no Granny clause put into her contract, thus Lisa could not never be a grandma!  Here is what she had to say to NPR’s Pellegrinelli about the infamous n0-one-makes-me-a -grandma-ever situation.

Fulton recounted: “In the 1970s they grew up my son really quick. He was going to be married to Carol. I was in a hot story line with Dr. Shea. And I realized that if my son got married, I would be a grandmother. I remembered seeing Barbara Berjer, who played Claire Cassen. They grew up her daughter and granddaughter and a lot of people. Here she is looking so beautiful and suddenly they realized, my God, she’s going to be a great grandmother on our show. We have to kill her. So they hit her with a truck. I thought: Wait a minute. That is not going to happen to me.

As luck would have it, I have an angel who said, “Don’t sign your contract just yet.” And I called up [creator and writer] Irna Phillips and said, “So if Tom and Carol have a baby, that makes me a grandmother. “ She said, “Yes, dear. That’s the way soaps are. It’s like life.” And I said, “Well, I have a contract here and I haven’t signed it. And I’m not going to sign it until you put in a grandma clause saying that Tom and Carol will not—.” So as time went on, poor Carol was sterile and we called her sterile Carol. Then Tom married Natalie and she couldn’t have any babies either because she had some kind of disease. So she died.

Later on, in the 80s, Lisa was certainly old enough to be a grandmother, though she’s having all of these wild affairs. When Tom and Margo were going to have a baby, Greg Marks who was playing Tom wanted to leave and go back to California. So they had them lose the baby in a gunfight. It was awful. And people still remembered I had a grandma clause. I got hate mail from everywhere saying you son of a — and bleep, bleep, we’re going to kill you. Not just one letter—letters from everywhere.”

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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Julianne Moore Pays Tribute to ATWT’s Kathryn Hays: “I Am in Indebted to Her and So Saddened by Her Loss”

The soap world has been in mourning since last Friday with the news of the passing of As the World Turns icon, Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes).  The beloved actress passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 87.

Now, Hays former on-screen stepdaughter and niece, Oscar winner, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes) took to Instagram over the weekend to share her heartfelt remembrance and grief of working with Hays early in her acting career on ATWT.

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Moore shared: “The beautiful and gracious Kathryn Hays has passed away. I worked with Kathryn on As the World Turns at the beginning of my career and she treated me with such kindness and generosity, and demonstrated in her every action how to be professional on a set. I am indebted to her and so saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family – she spoke to me so often of her daughter. I hope they know what a profound influence Kathryn had on me, and so many others. RIP Kathryn ❤️❤️❤️ ”

Julianne had played twins Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and then returned to the CBS soap opera one final time in 2010 before ATWT made its final farewell.

What do you think of the kind words Moore shared on her thoughts on the passing of Kathryn Hays? Do you remember Julianne in scenes with Kathryn on ATWT, if so, what were some of your favorites? Comment below.

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