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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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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

Photo: IMDb

So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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