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B&B's Linsey Godrey Talks About Her Battle With Hodgkin's Lymphoma And Being A Survivor!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

The Bold and the Beautiful’s gorgeous Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) opened up about her real life battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system in a piece with the TCPalm.com, and how through her ordeal she became stronger and how the medical diagnosis and treatment gave her a different perspective on life.  Plus, the talented young actress was frank about the battles she faced in Hollywood post-cancer crisis after recovering in her native home of Tallahassee, Florida to landing another break in Tinseltown.  Here are some excerpts below of Linsey’s story!

“During filming of  the NBC series, Surface, she was fatigued.  When the series wrapped up, Linsey came home to Tallahassee, where the family was living at the time.  After fainting three times in one week, the then 17-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. The diagnosis came just a day after Linsey got her first movie role.  But, instead of filming, Linsey started chemotherapy.

Linsey lost all of her hair during the seven months of treatment. That’s difficult for any 17-year-old girl, but especially for an actress.  Lindsey’s mother shaved her head in support of her daughter.   Linsey worried about what people would think. “They’ll think, ‘Look! There goes a beautiful young lady, with a bald head — but what the hell was her mother thinking?'” said Linsey’s mom to her daughter.

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Godfrey returned to Los Angeles a year after she left with her health and some of her hair restored. It was challenging at first, for the short-haired actress to get booked. She refused to wear a wig because it made her feel like she was still sick. Linsey estimates cancer set her career back by two years. Casting directors who were just starting to know her forgot about her after a year away.  “I am so grateful for having cancer,” Linsey said, “It changed my entire life. It gave me a completely different perspective. I am so grateful for things. I understand peoples’ struggles.”

This March, Godrey auditioned for the major contract role of Caroline on The Bold and the Beautiful. When she was hired, she was told her character did not have any tattoos.  Linsey, her two sisters, and her mother had all gotten a survivor ribbon tattooed on the back of their necks in celebration of her recovery. When producers saw the tattoo and learned Linsey’s story, they rewrote the story line and incorporated the tattoo into an episode that aired in April.   The good news: Linsey will have been cancer-free five years in January.”

What do you think of Linsey’s inspiring story?  Like many others before her and after her,  she has survived and become even stronger as a person.  And, what do you think about how the powers-that-be wrote her tatoos into her B&B story, when some  soaps do not like to allow some of their actors to expose them on camera? Let us know!

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I love Linsey; are addition to B&B has been a golden gift. Her storyline is everything that the show should be right now– strong, confident, emotional and original. And her strength by battling cancer is beyond commendable and admirable. I hope she gets more involved with her namesakes history and that Joanna reprises Caroline as an apparition to Caroline!

Makala bain
Makala bain

I hope she stays cancer free and her baby is healthy I wonder if the baby is a boy or girl but either way I bet it will be gorgeous as her and Noah from young and the restless they make such a good couple you would never have thought of them of all people on both shows to be together but honestly they make a beautiful couple and I bet the baby will be as we’ll

Fran
Fran

I love Linsey and her story is much like her acting “perfection”. I thought the way they had Caroline meet Noah in Y & R at the Chelsea Fashion Show was so beautiful. I think these two are going to have a beautiful baby . Her boyfriend is handsome and she is just beautiful. I hope only good things for these two in the future.

Kim Nelson
Kim Nelson

My daughter was just diagnosed with Hodgkin at age 22. Thank you network for getting her word and love out there

Peter Cullen
Peter Cullen

Linsey Godfrey ( Caroline ) I couldn’t believe that such a stunningly pretty lady had had this crummy sickness.

It just goes to show all of us humans if our families support us and we have the want to fight fight with all our might a human being can lick a lot of things hurled at us.

Good Luck Linsey you are the prettiest lady on the show and now I know what you have endured I have even more admiration for you.

Regards Peter Cullen

Donna van Rijn
Donna van Rijn

Sweet Linsey you have been through so much. I was so upset to read you were hit by a car yesterday. I’ve been watching B&B since it first aired and you are a beautiful addition to the show. I too have experienced Cancer. My cancer was diagnosed in May of 2014 and was in my right tonsil and a tumor behind it. I am still going through residual side effects and whenever I read of someone else having gone through this is touches my soul. I can relate to how it changed your outlook and admire you for being so young and having gone through this. I hope you heal well from this terrible accident and get home soon to your beautiful baby girl and your handsome fiance’ .
God Bless you! You are a true survivor and an inspiration!

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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British Soap ‘Coronation Street’ Set To Resume Production Next Week Following COVID-19 Shutdown

Will American soaps soon follow the Brits, and be able to start up your favorite soap towns again? While production entities await for guidelines from the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, across the bond, ITV’s Coronation Street has set next Tuesday, June 9th to begin filming new episodes of the popular drama.

Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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Mark Derwin, Melissa Hayden and More to Reunite for Upcoming Guiding Light Virtual Reunion

Some beloved faces from Springfield return when they gather virtually for one of the next Guiding Light reunion chats via Alan Locher.

Look for fan favorites: Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallett), Melissa Hayden (Ex-Bridget Reardon), Morgan Englund (Dylan Lewis),, Kimberley Simms (Mindy Lewis) and Jocelyn Seagrave Fundoukos (Julie Camaletti) on Wednesday, June 10th beginning at 3PM EST/12 PM PST on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

Guiding Light fans will remember the love story of Mallet and Harley, Dylan and Julie, as well as Bridge’ts Relationship with Dylan and of course, the spoiled rich girl Mindy Lewis.

Get your questions ready and join the virtual chat.  To view on June 10th click here,

So, what were some of your favorite memories from GL featuring this fab five? Comment below.

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