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ATWT's Elizabeth Hubbard wraps up 26 years as Lucinda!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It is hard to believe that in the 26 years that Elizabeth Hubbard played Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns for all she is worth and then some, that she never won a Daytime Emmy for the role.   The actress who is known to make reading the phone book exciting and chewing the scenery chatted with TV Guide Magazine for her final exit interview with the publication as ATWT winds down it’s final weeks on air.   There are some fascinating excerpts, and three in particular we thought were choice.  One, on the return of Larry Bryggman.  Two, on Van Hansis imitating La Hubbard in the most flattering way, and three, her thoughts on the cancellation of the legendary soap.

Hubbard on Bryggman’s return as John Dixon: ” It was so nice to have Larry Bryggman come back. That was my idea. I ran into him on the street and asked if he’d consider returning to the show to wrap things up.  I was so pleased when our executive producer, Chris Goutman, agreed to have John and Lucinda reunite because he doesn’t always listen to what I say. I remember one scene Larry and I did years ago where the two of us leaned back onto a sofa and it flipped right over! We said, “Can we keep that?” Those were the days when they’d say “Yes!” Now we’ve been through all sorts of regimes where you’re not even allowed to put your feet on the table. You’re not allowed to do this. You’re not allowed to do that. I always felt Lucinda would do whatever the hell she wanted.”

Hubbard on ATWT”s cancellation: “What can one say? I am told ATWT has been replaced by a talk show, something along the lines of The View only all the people will be talking about their babies. Really? Not everybody wants to hear about babies, do they? I think you want to hear about that stuff when you have a problem, but people need something that takes you into a different world, which is what the soaps have always done so beautifully. I’ve been so lucky playing Lucinda — a character who could do anything. She could lie, break the law, she didn’t have to be good and she always had that checkbook ready. Always!”

Hubbard on Van Hansis (Luke) imitation:  “I heard through the grapevine that Van Hansis does quite an imitation of me. So I said to him, “Hey c’mon, young man! Let me see it!” And he did it for me and it was spot on! It was me always trying to do something with the script and it’s true! I’m always at it! [Laughs uproariously] I’ve heard that one of our producers even warns the new actors who work with me. “Oh, be careful, because Liz likes to work. She likes to rehearse. She likes to try things!” Like there’s something wrong with that! But I was very flattered by that warning, because I do care. And I’m not giving up.”

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Denise Robinson
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Denise Robinson

Ms. Hubbard will be missed by this viewer. 25 years. That’s an amazing career to have with one show and Lucinda Walsh was a wonderful character to watch on screen.

Chris
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Chris

I am so sad that ATWT is leaving TV. It has been in my life all my life. My mother used to watch it while we had out lunch. I agree with Lucinda – I won’t watch a talk show – I didn’t start watching Oprah when Guiding Light was cancelled. I guess I will be watching more Food TV and HGTV.
ATWT will be missed.

Regina
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Regina

A joy to watch! We will miss you!!!!

Patty
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Patty

I have enjoyed ATWT for 35+ years. Lucinda is one of my favorites. I hope another soap snatches up several of you. A fan base would be automatic if they would write Lucinda (Liz Hubbard) into their storyline. As well as some of the other talents of ATWT. I’m saddened like I am loosing connection with part of my day time family. An escape of the hardships of life into a make believe world with more problems and sometimes good solutions … at least a diversion of what ifs. CBS never called me or polled me and they missed a… Read more »

Rondall
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Rondall

I loved your character Lucinda. she did some hilarious things over the years on the show. She would always scheme, lie, and do anything. I said to myself: Elizabeth Hubbard is a wonderful actress. I miss that show.

Angelique de Vente
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Angelique de Vente

Still missing ATWT and mostly Lucinda Walsh. Greetings from Amsterdam.

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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.

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

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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