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Beverlee McKinsey Tribute On Tap Featuring Guiding Light Notables

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There was no one quite like her and to this day she is revered as one of the greatest actresses every to grace the soap genre, and now on an upcoming installment of The Locher Room, McKinsey will be honored with a tribute, not only by her son, daytime director, Scott McKinsey but several of her former Guiding Light co-stats as well.

Joining host, Alan Locher will be Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander (Ex-Phillip Spaulding), Mark Derwin (Ex-A.C. Mallet), Jay Hammer (Ex-Fletcher Reade) and Vincent Irizarry (Ex-Brandon Lujack Luvonaczek).

McKinsey passed away in 2008 and her daytime resume was quite extensive and memorable from  Iris on Another World and on its spinoff, Texas and from 1984-1992 as Alexandra Spaulding on the CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light.   Beverlee was nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress.

To watch this special tribute, make sure to save the date of Monday, November 16th at 3 p.m. EST/Noon PST.   You can watch the livestream here.

So, what role of McKinsey’s was your all-time favorite? Comment below.

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Therese Lamonte
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Therese Lamonte

This gives me LIFE! Loved her!!!

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

She was the best. Daytime sorely could use an actress with her presence. I liked Marla Adams a lot as Dina Abbott Mergeron on Y&R. However, I’ve wondered what a missed opportunity there was when Bill Bell didn’t snap up McKinsey to play her when she left GL in the early 90s. Dina hadn’t really been used that much during that period. Bell was still in his prime writing for Y&R. Imagine McKinsey’s Dina taking on Victor in defense of favorite child, Jack. It could have been something fantastic.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

That would indeed have made for some phenomenal viewing, Barbara. I think Beverlee said in her exit interview when she left GL that she didn’t want to do another soap (and only did the short-term role a few years later on General Hospital for some reason related to insurance, if I remember correctly). She basically said that after X years, she was done with soaps, so I wonder if she would have taken the part even if Bell offered it to her. But it’s wonderful to imagine. She would have been utterly wasted otherwise, but I always thought it would… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

Thanks for the reply. B&B really could have benefitted from McKinsey’s presence as well. Of all of the remaining soaps, I’ve always been frustrated by B&B. There was massive potential for this show. It had the very strong Susan Flannery leading the show but not much else. Other than Darlene Connelly (Sally) and Kimberlin Brown (Sheila), it really never had any actor who could hold their ground against Flannery. Meanwhile, the writers have seemed obsessed with rehashing the same love “triangles” over and over again. A LOT could have been done to improve the show but the producer and writers… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

“How it remains on the air is a mystery to me.”

Pretty sure it has to do with its international following, which I still don’t understand how it has the viewership overseas it does.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

It gets good ratings (comparatively, anyway), which I guess accounts for its staying on the air. I don’t know how many times one can watch the same story with Liam, Steffy, and Hope (which is in turn a repeat of two decades of Ridge, Brooke, and Taylor), but apparently some people can do it. I agree with you about giving up on it post-Flannery. It isn’t just that her acting prowess (and powerful screen presence) is missed, but Stephanie was the closest thing we had to a moral voice on the show (sort of outrageous in itself, since Stephanie was… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

By the time she left Guiding Light in 1992 and did her short stint on General Hospital, acting had become not fun for herself, stating the hours made her crazy, and too long for her. Do I think she would have done well at a Bell-produced soap? Sure, but only for a brief moment in time, before deciding to exit once again. Not to mention, if The Young and the Restless genuinely wanted to write for Dina, then they would have with Marla Adams. However, they did not.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I remember she said she’d like to do a sitcom. Now, the writing for sitcoms has really taken a nosedive, in my opinion, over the last few decades, sort of comparable to the decline in soap writing (hmmm, what could the common thread be? too much interference from TPTB, maybe?), but on a well-written sitcom, she would have been glorious. I’m sorry she never got the chance.

rose
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Michael (not Fairman)…I so agree there has been a decline in the writing of network sitcoms and soaps that parallel each other. And even good music. I’m not so sure it’s because of TPTB like the stupid AMC and OLTL decisions, but the competition from all the streaming services who are willing to invest the money in attracting good writers from network. Also I wonder if there is as much imagination anymore or if the world of “entertainment” is becoming more and more manufactured and internet-likes driven.

Jab
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I first remembered Beverlee Mc
on Love is a Many Splendid Thing as Martha/Julie back in the mid 1960’s. Then the magnificent Iris on AW and followed her to Texas. So imagine my delight when she appeared on GL I still imitate some of her lines when she’d speak nails when angry. She was pure entertainment . What a talent. You’ve left your mark and are solely missed by all.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Oh for sure, Jab. I recall vividly (and this is just one example of many) the scenes where Alex eviscerated Roger at the country club and then the ones in her bedroom shortly thereafter in which she confronts him one on one. It was masterful. We don’t get writing like that anymore, and Beverlee’s acting is in a class by itself.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Oh, she was the best. I loved her as Iris on AW the best but I also liked her on GL and her interactions with Alan, her son, Roger to just name a few. She was wonderful!

Scott
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Scott

She was Alexandra ! Bring back guiding light

Frances Gruno
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Frances Gruno

My favorite was by far Iris Carrington. She played her role so well as a spoiled little rich princess spoiled by her daddy played by (Doug Watson-Mac Cory). She was the beautiful lady we loved to hate and cried when she was gone. She will never be forgotten.

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Guiding Light’s Lee Lawson Dead At 81

More loss for the Guiding Light family.  Now comes word on Monday that Lee Lawson, who played Bea Reardon on the CBS daytime drama series from 1981-1990, passed away Sunday night in Los Angeles at 81-years-old.

What makes this all the more heartbreaking is that Guiding Light and soap fans just recently mourned the loss of one of Lee’s on-screen daughter’s Lisa Brown (Ex-Nola Reardon) who died back in November of last year.

According to Lee’s dear friend, Marian-Hailey Moss via Facebook, she shared: “My down-to-earth, sassy smart and beautiful friend LEE LAWSON is telling it like it is in a better place. A fine actress and a super generous friend. I’ll meetcha there LEE!! 1941-2022❤️

In addition to her time in Springfield, Lawson also appeared in for a time in 1979 on One Life to Live in the role of Wanda Wolek and started her soap acting career on Love of Life in 1965 in the part of Barbara Sterling.

Lawson also appeared on numerous primetime television shows from Kojak to Maude and many others.

We will share more information as it comes to light on Lee’s passing.

Below check out some scenes between Bea and Nola from Guiding Light.

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One Life to Live and Guiding Light Stars Share Reactions and Remembrances of Jerry verDorn

Over the last 24 hours, tributes have poured in on social media for beloved soap opera veteran, Jerry verDorn (Ex-Ross, GL and Ex-Clint, OLTL) who passed away on May 1st.

The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star, was one of the most genuine people you could ever meet and work with as noted by so many of his former colleagues from Llanview to Springfield.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post as more remembrances for Jerry continue to be shared and posted.  Here is just a sampling of verDorn’s impact on the lives of those who worked with him in front of the camera and behind the scenes:

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Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) statement to her Fan Club: “For anyone who knew Jerry verDorn, Sunday, May 1st, was a heartbreakingly sad day.He was a man of such warmth and kindness, talent, intelligence and most importantly humor, that every day spent working with him could hardly be called work.  It was joy.  He so loved what he did and was so very good at it. I was the very lucky recipient of his last 8 years in daytime and I thank God for that. “He made every day one to look forward to. I will always think of him with that lovely, rather impish, smile on his face, and that will stay in my heart forever. I know that he has gone to a peaceful place, with no pain.  I send my love and deepest sympathies to Beth and their sons and their families, of whom he was so very proud. They have lost a great man.”

Melissa Archer (Ex-Natalie, OLTL) expressed: “I’m heartbroken to hear of Jerry VerDorn’s passing. I have so many wonderful things to say about this man, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I had the honor of playing his daughter on oltl. He was genuine from start to finish. A giving actor, a caring coworker, funny, talented, and full of smiles. When he took over the role of Clint, it was seamless. It felt as though he’d always been there and he formed family bonds with all of us quickly. His family are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Bree Williamson (Ex-Jessica, OLTL) shared: “I am devastated to hear about the death of Jerry. He was a wonderful man and I am so grateful for the time that I spent with him as my TV father. He was a talented and generous actor and a kind and gentle man. He made it effortless for me to feel close to him and to love him like a dad. I enjoyed everyday I was lucky enough to spend with him and I will hold those memories of him in my heart and mind forever. 💔💔”

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Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly, OLTL, now Brook Lynnm GH) said: “I am so very sorry to hear this news. I was so fortunate to have worked with Jerry early in my career. I learned so much from him. I remember we would often run lines in his dressing room, classical music playing and all. His preparation and commitment to his craft was inspiring. He was an incredible actor, the consummate professional; prepared, present, supportive, and kind. He treated everyone with such respect and admiration. We have lost someone special. I am holding his family in my thoughts and prayers. “

Ron Carlivati (Ex-head writer, OLTL, now head writer, DAYS) shared: “Sad to hear the news that Jerry Ver Dorn has passed away. Jerry stepped into the role of Clint Buchanan in 2005 and quickly made it his own, playing a loving husband and father and eventually a very convincing villain, although the man himself was all heart. Rest in peace. #OLTL”

Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian, OLTL) said:#JerryVerDorn a fine actor and true gentleman. It always felt good to see him, not just because he was so darn good looking (he was:) but because he was so affable & easygoing; while being thoroughly hardworking and dedicated to the work. All honor to one of the best of the best!”

Frank Valentini (Ex-EP, OLTL, now EP, GH) tweeted: “I was very sad to learn about the passing of my friend and all around great guy, Jerry verDorn (Clint #OLTL.) On behalf of everyone here at #GH, we send our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.”

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Mark Lawson (Ex-Brody, OLTL) expressed: What a gentleman. I remember being so intimidated by both he and Bob Woods. Until I finally had scenes with them.  Jerry was the consummate gentleman. So elegant and kind. With a blue collar approach to the work and a respect and generosity for his fellow actors that flew beyond what was necessary. He was a benevolent king on that set. And funny. And ready to laugh.This photo was from the very last moments of filming OLTL at the studios in Manhattan.  I was blessed that day to work with Erika, Jerry, Bree, and Melissa.  I think about that day and these people all the time. Farewell, sir. It was a pleasure to know you.  #jerryverdorn #onelifetolive #oltl”

Liz Keifer (shared: “My heart is broken and filled with bittersweet love for Jerry and his family. Thank you for being my trusted friend onscreen and off. It was an honor to be yours. Rest well, dear Jerry. You are loved beyond measure.”

Patrick Mulcahey (Former head writer, GL) “So sad to hear of Jerry verDorn’s passing. What a fine actor and a good guy. He never stopped thanking me for a special GL episode I wrote for him (Ross’s Election Day dream), but I loved his work way back when Ross was with Vanessa, then Carrie, and then later, with Blake… He and Peter Simon [ex-Ed] played best friends beautifully — abiding male friendships are rare on soaps — and he had crazy deep chemistry with all his leading ladies. Writing Blake and Ross was about as much fun as a writer could have and those scenes always aired so deliciously… Many thanks, sir, for all you offered us, the humor, the depth, the stuffiness and vanity too, which you knew was there in all of us. Sorry you had to leave us in apple blossom time. Sorry you had to leave us at all.”

Robert Newman (Ex-Josh, GL; now Ashland, Y&R): “This one really hits hard. Jerry Ver Dorn was a wonderful actor and a beautiful person. He was one of my first role models. He actually was instrumental in getting me into Union service. He was our Aftra Deputy on Guiding Light, and eventually I took over for him in that role on the show. That planted seed led me to over a decade of serving on both the National and Local boards of Aftra, then Sag-Aftra after the merger. One of the finest human beings I’ve ever known. Rest peacefully, Jerry.”

What do you think about the comments and tributes from Jerry’s former castmates? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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Guiding Light & One Life to Live Favorite, Jerry verDorn, Passes Away at 72

Very sad news to report on Monday.  Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jerry verDorn, has died at the age of 72 after a months -long battle with cancer.

Jerry passed away on Sunday, May 1st peacefully at his home.

Daytime fans loved Jerry for his portrayals of Ross Marler on Guiding Light (1979-2005)  and then Clint Buchanan on One Life to Live (2005-2012 on ABC and 2013 on Prospect Park’s online version).  He later retired after 34 years of acting on daytime TV.

For his work on Guiding Light, Jerry took home back-to-back Daytime Emmys in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category in 1995 and 1996. Throughout his time on the CBS soap, he also earned four additional nominations for his performances.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Beth, his sons Jake and Peter, daughters-in-law Laura and Erin, his sister Bonnie, brothers Jim and Dan, and grandchildren: Benjamin, Nora and Penelope

A private memorial celebration will be held at a later date this summer.

Share your thoughts, remembrances and condolences for Jerry and his family in the comment section below.

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