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ATWT's Reid's "Black Friday" brings another $3,000 to charity!

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In an unprecedented show of support, love, and grief, fans of As the World Turns, Eric Sheffer-Stevens (Dr. Reid Oliver),  donated another $3,000 to the efforts of the fan base for the non-profit organization, Doctors without Borders. DWB is a charity that delivers aid to people affected by armed combat, epidemics and natural disasters, internationally.

As legions of Sheffer-Stevens fans watched as Reid was going to be crushed by an oncoming train, (while his car was stalled on a railroad track, and unable to free himself when his seat belts apparently malfunctioned)  the giving to the charity was overwhelming.  

The group is now at $11,500, and they are very close to their goal of $15,000.  Now that’s a way to honor your favorite actor and soap character! More on this Tuesday, when the fallout of Reid’s catastrophic accident plays out.

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Michael
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Michael

This is really cool that people are donating money to DWB. What a great testament to Eric Sheffer-Stevens’ work as the lovable curmudgeon Dr. Reid Oliver.

Teri
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Teri

All the anger, frustration and sadness is tempered by watching that number continue to climb.

Karen (limeybird2)
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Karen (limeybird2)

The worse it has been for our lovable Dr. the higher the numbers have climbed. As of Sunday Sept. 5th we’ve raised $11,790.
thank you all who’ve contributed to this worthy cause.

Vicky
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Vicky

Through his role as Dr. Oliver, Eric has touched countless lives in a positive way. It is so awesome that fans are choosing to honor him and show their appreciation in such a meaningful way. Bravo to all for getting behind such a worthwhile effort!

mmc
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mmc

I am so saddened and disgusted by the writers killing off one of the best characters they have had in years.I have been a fan of this show since 1956 when i was 13 years old.To see it end is sad but to see Reids life end when he and Luke each became better for loving each other is tragic.Luke became stronger and Reid became tender and caring.it also showed gay men in such a good light and it’s about time! The writers are making everyone live happily ever after except Reid and Luke .Stupid, stupid, stupid!! And do you… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

This is a prime reason the show got the ax!! Like Guiding Light, TPTB are not listening to what the fans want. We want the veterans but we have to watch characters that mean nothing to us for weeks up to the conclusion. They should have wrapped up Janets story by now as well as a few others. The last few weeks should be about the core characters and families. Its a shame, they had the chance to go out in style yet they chose to kill off the most popular character they have had in years. Like Guiding Light,… Read more »

Nicky
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Nicky

Eric is a great actor and an amazing human being to take advantage of his popularity for such a great cause. Eric and Van, both great actors ,were terrific together in ATWT and it’s a shame to have such a bad ending to such a beautiful, amazing and tender love story. The writers of the show left us with sadness and a bittersweet taste our mouth. Yes, Reid became a real hero to everyone, but we lost him. Reid was the best charachter in the show, and killing him at the end was cruel to Luke and to all of… Read more »

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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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‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

Soap Con Live, is a women-owned company, co-created by Lacretia Lyon (Bleav in Soap Operas/ Forever and a Day) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) who wanted to bring their love of soaps and Comic Cons together and introduce a new & exciting experience to fans of Daytime.

So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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