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Award-Winning Playwright and Y&R Alum, Terrence McNally Dies Due To Complications From Coronavirus

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Very sad news to report this afternoon, as the Coronavirus has claimed another victim.  This time, it was the amazingly talented playwright, Terrence McNally who passed away at the age of 81.  McNally was also a lung cancer survivor who suffered from chronic COPD.  Terrence died at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida on Tuesday.

Some of his best-known plays included: Master Class, Ragtime, The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Full Monty, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink and And Things That Go Bump in the Nigh, Anastasia and Mothers and Sons.  In addition to his contributions to the long-running PBS series, American Playhouse. 

McNally received numerous awards including: Tony Awards, plus a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, The Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.  A documentary about the playwright, Every Act of Life, premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (and subsequently aired on PBS’ American Masters).

In addition, the playwrights first acting gig was that of a year-long role on The Young and the Restless that of the abusive dentist husband of April Stevens, Dr. Robert Lynch.  McNally played the role from 1993-1994.   Throughout his career, Terrence also took on roles on TV series including: The Greatest American HeroCHiPs, and The Rousters

Terrence’s longtime partner was Tom Kirdahy, a Broadway producer and a former civil rights attorney for not-for-profit AIDS organizations. The couple had a civil union ceremony in Vermont on December 20, 2003, and later married in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 2010. They renewed their vows on June 26, 2015 in New York after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

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I so sorry to hear this sad news. May he rest in peace.

Jimh
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more tragic news-he does look familiar-sad…i feel bad for all especially that family with 7 stricken and four of them have died..the elderly matriarch, her two sons and daughter…and those foolish young on the beach in Florida acting like they are immune..now a 25 year old in serious condition, and many young in New York the majority having the virus…who would want to risk getting that ill and possibly spreading it to their family…and that stupid actress Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical…talking like a drug addict and acting like ‘who cares’…i have nothing to do with her and will never support anything she does…so she apologized-of course after she was shown proving what an idiot she truly is…funny some forgive her but not Roseanne Barr who got fired over a stupid name calling but this is ten times worse with her insensitive remarks with thousands ill and so many deaths and with the numbers climbing!!!

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anne

Terrence McNally will be missed! I do not care what Roseanne Barr thinks or has to say on any subject. I do not consider any of her opinions to be of any importance.

Celia
Celia

That was not the point Jimh was making.
The point is that Vanessa made this deadly disease a triviality, while insignificant words or situations are blown out of proportion where one would lose his/her job—-huge difference. One’s hate or sarcasm should not be displayed as some insufferable and insensitive comments are made by the oh-so-radical-ignoranrt media and “elites”, who use a tragedy as a platform for their selfish agenda.
May Terrence find solace in heaven!!
Be safe, everyone. God bless!!

Jimh
Jimh

Well said…

Celia
Celia

I’m with you, Jimmy—-you’re a good guy—-
Stay well and safe, with your family. We will beat this together.❤️

Jimh
Jimh

Same to you and your family…i have some medical problems(pain/discomfort) and was scheduled for an ultra sound but due to pandemic i have to cancel as our hospital doesnt want to be overwhelmed which is understandable…me and my oldest sister are at high risk…meanwhile i regret getting angry at those kids who TP’d my home one Halloween several years ago…i dont mind if they return…any brand is fine-lol

Celia
Celia

I know, Jimmy—-the medically challenged are at risk—-young or old. It’s tough—I thank the Lord all four of my grandparents only have minor aging issues—nothing compromising.
We also worry about anyone in the medical field who risks his/her life to administer care to the afflicted. It’s my biggest fear.
Again, stay well and safe.❤️

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson Gives Birth To Baby Girl

We are so happy to hear the news and to report that The Young and the Restless’ Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) is a mom!  The actress and her husband Rob Meder are the proud parents to their daughter named Josephine James.

Josephine weighed-in at 6lb., 11 oz. and measured 20 inches long.  The joyous moment for Liz and Rob  didn’t come without some hiccups, especially for Liz entering the UCLA Santa Monica hospital amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

PEOPLE had the exclusive pics and statement from Hendrickson who expressed: “We are thrilled to introduce our little Josephine James Meder to the world – she’s perfect in every way,”

Earlier  week on her Instagram. Liz revealed: “We’ve decided to induce labor with everything moving so rapidly. We felt it was safest to get her here safely before Rob wasn’t allowed in the delivery room like they’re doing in San Fran and NY.”  However, she later added,  “20 mins before we walked into the hospital the midwives were notified that after delivery only the mother is allowed with the baby postpartum. Rob has to leave. We are heartbroken but we also feel like I’m in incredible hands. My midwife Didi is a dream and my nurse Andra is so awesome!” she wrote. “I know i will be well supported by everyone in the maternity ward.

Share your congrats and well-wishes below for Liz and Rob and their new family member, daughter Josephine!

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DAYS’ Christie Clark Shares Coronavirus Health Update

Days of our Lives fans love her as as Carrie Brady, and are often very happy when they find out Christie Clark is back for a visit taping episodes of the NBC soap opera.  But that’s not what’s happening right now.  Right now, we need Christie to get all her strength back.

Clark shared via her Instagram today a health update on her battle with the coronavirus that hit both her and her husband while they have been living in the United Kingdom.

Christie expressed: “Oh my goodness, just starting to feel ok on this end. My husband Tom and I have had coronavirus fairly bad. Not as bad as some, no hospital needed. Hope your all well! I’m sure at this stage you all know of someone with it? When you get it, you can’t call the grandparents for help, cause they will get sick. We know about 10 people in our little circle that have had it. Like clockwork, Day 7,8,&9 were tricky and haven’t been able to taste food for a while. So excited to be in the land of the living again & start exercising…soon. Thanks for all the love. Stay safe!”

Send your well-wishes to Christie and Tom as they are on currently getting stronger and recovering from the virus via the comment section below.

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