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

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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 I am told ATWT has been replaced by a talk show, something along the lines of The View only all the people will be talking about their babies.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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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.

Share you condolences to Marnie’s family and your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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