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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.

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!

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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

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

Peter Cullen
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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

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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… Read more »

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‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ Remake Lands at TBS

Another soap opera gets a reboot, and as we previously reported this one is starring former Schitt’s Creek star, Emily Hampshire.

The remake is of the satirical, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman ,that developed quite the cult-following back in the 70’s and was a look into American media and consumer culture which starred Louise Lasser as Mary Hartman. In the original, Mary was a small-town Ohio housewife who reacted to the bizarre goings on all around her. The cast also included Greg Mullavey, Dody Goodman, Norman Alden and Mary Kay Place.

In the updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the loglines reveal it’s: “about a small-town woman who feels like a nobody in every aspect of her life until she suddenly becomes a ‘verified[ social media somebody after her nervous breakdown goes viral.”

According to Variety, “After being shopped by Sony Pictures TV to buyers this spring, the project has landed at TBS.”  That means that it will be in development for the cable outlet.

In addition, it was a welcome birthday present for its creator, the iconic Norman Lear who is celebrating his 99th birthday.

Hampshire not only will star as “Mary” but she will also serve as an executive producer and will co-write the script with Jacob Tierney (Letterkenny).

So, do you like the concept of the updated version of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? Did you watch the original version? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Florenica Lozano Joins Netflix Series, ‘Breathe’

We all loved her as spitfire legal eagle, Téa Delgado on One Life to Live, and now comes casting news that has actress/writer Florencia Lozano appearing in a recurring role in Netflix survival drama, Breathe.

The one-hour drama series is from Blindspot creator Martin Gero and writer-executive producer Brendan Gall.

According to Deadline, in story: When a small plane crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, a lone woman named Liv (played by Melissa Barrera) must battle the elements and odds to survive.  Liv is a razor-sharp Manhattan attorney who finds herself profoundly out of her comfort zone when her plane crashes and she must battle for survival.

Lozano will play Liv’s mother on the series.

Since leaving One Life to Live and appearing in the theatre, film and television, Florencia has appeared on Narcos, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, to name but a few.

So excited to see Florencia soon on her new series?  Do you recall some of her great performances while in Llanview? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Limited-Series Ordered by Peacock

The NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock has ordered a five-episode limited run featuring Days of our Lives!

In the first of its kind for the streamer, the series entitled Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will feature fan favorite returns, the current cast and more which includes: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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