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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!

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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AW and Y&R Alum Alicia Coppola To Recur On ‘Empire’

More exciting roles coming the way of Alicia Coppola! Casting news out today has that the former soap alum of both Another World (Ex-Lorna) and more recently, The Young and the Restless (Ex-Meredith) has landed a recurring role on Empire.

According to Deadline: “Coppola will play a smart, flamboyant attorney investigating Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and international money launderer Damon Cross (Wood Harris).  She’ll do almost anything for big target convictions because she believes they’ll take her to the Governor’s mansion and then the White House.”

In an Instagram post on Friday, Alicia posted: “What a way to start the Holidays, end 2018 and begin a wonderful 2019! Thank you is all I can say. To say I am Grateful is an understatement. @empirefox here I come!” Recently, Coppola also recurred on NCIS: Los Angeles.

On Thursday night’s Soap Nation Live radio broadcast, Linda Dano, who played Alicia’s on-screen mother on Another World, Felicia Gallant, had complimented Alicia during her guest segment, and she still keeps in touch with her.  You can listen to that here.

So, will you be checking out Alicia on Fox’s Empire?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Heading To Elvis Presley’s Graceland For Fan Celebration Weekend

Big news for GH fans! For the first time ever, Elvis Presley’s Graceland will host a special “General Hospital”- themed fan celebration. The event kicks off Friday, January. 18, and will include numerous exclusive events held in various locations throughout the Graceland Campus; including: Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex, and the AAA-rated Four Diamond luxury resort, The Guest House at Graceland.

Beginning today, Friday November 16th fans can log on to Graceland.com/GeneralHospital and purchase tickets several GH-themed parties, such as “The Live Nurses Ball” and the “Metro Court Hotel Lounge Party, ” as well as catch screenings of classic episodes, blooper reels and never-before-seen content.

Additionally, several stars of the series will appear including: Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos Jr.), Steve Burton (Jason Morgan), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan Ashford), Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Wes Ramsey (Peter August), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine), Josh Swickard (Detective Harrison Chase), Donnell Turner (Curtis Ashford), Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) and executive producer Frank Valentini.  The cast and EP will share their favorite memories from the show, answer questions from the audience, and participate in autograph signings and exclusive photo opportunities.

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Valentini said in a statement on the event: “I’m excited to meet with the fans and have them spend the weekend with the extremely talented cast of ‘General Hospital.’ It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a historic location.:

Various levels of packages are available for immediate purchase. For more information and details, please visit Graceland.com/GeneralHospital.

In addition to all the GH-themed events, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Graceland. Fans will be invited to visit the iconic mansion that Elvis called home; Elvis Presley’s Memphis – a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex filled with museum exhibits, shops and restaurants; and Elvis’ custom jets. Guests in attendance will also have the option to purchase exclusive General Hospital merchandise only available to attendees.

So will you be heading to Graceland in January to see the stars of GH and participate in this one-of-a-kind fan experience? Comment below. But first check out this just released promo for the event!

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‘The Bachelor’ New Key Art Revealed Playing Up Colton Underwood’s Virginity

The upcoming season of The Bachelor does not roll out till January, when season 23 gets underway on the 7th of that month, but ABC today released its key art first poster for promotion of their latest ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood.

Chris Harrison host and EP of the series, posted via Instagram: “It’s now officially official and I have the official exclusive poster to prove it. Colton’s dramatic season of #TheBachelor premieres Mon Jan 7th.”

The poster has the slogan: “What does he have to lose?” and one would assume its a nod to Colton’s noted and much discussed virginity.

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Viewers first met Colton in Becca Kufrin’s season 14 of The Bachelorette, where he came in as fourth runner-up.  He continued on the franchise on Bachelor In Paradise, and his controversial on and off again relationship with Tia Booth, Becca’s friend.

Just how will Colton handle kissing a bevy of ladies, the fantasy suites, and more?  Guess we will find out,and if his season will be a doozy compared to the lackluster season of Arie Luyendk Jr., until Arie dumped his choice for love Becca and went back on his word and fell back in love with the runner-up  – his now fiancee and expectant mother of his chid, Lauren Burnham.

So, what do you think of the poster art for the new season of The Bachelor? Will you be checking out Colton during his effort to find true love? Comment below.

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