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BREAKING NEWS: Donna Summer Dead at 63! Queen of Disco Succumbs to Lung Cancer!

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Such shocking and terrible news to report this morning.  Legendary R&B and Disco icon and singer, Donna Summer has died at age 63!  Summer passed away this morning in Florida, due to her battle with lung cancer.

According to TMZ.com,  “Summer reportedly contracted the cancer from inhaling toxic particles inhaled during the 9/11 attacks!  Sources close to Summer told TMZ,  the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps.  We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago … who says she didn’t seem too bad.  In fact, we’re told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on. ”

Following her death, the singer’s family released this statement, that they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.  Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to super stardom in the ’70s with iconic hits like Last Dance, Hot Stuff and Bad Girls.   Donna Summer had been living in Englewood, Fla., with her husband Bruce Sudano of the Brooklyn Dreams, and they have two daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda, and Summer has a daugher, Mimi, from a previous marriage.

One of the truly great singers of our time, it is a heartbreaking loss! From She Work’s Hard for the Money, Love to Love You Baby, MacArthur Park and On The Radio, there were so many smash hits for Summer.  Which was your favorite? How do you feel about the loss of Donna Summer on the heels of losing Whitney Houston? Let us know your thoughts!

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I will never forgot you and I dancing to “MacArthur Park”. Ever! One of the best memories of my entire life!

I loved her music, Beautiful voice, R.I.P Donna Summer.

Read my comments BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please REPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was shocked when I read Breaking News from Yahoo.com right before I go to work about 1am my time, I never ever forget this true icon legend and we all love Donna.. make room for Donna,Whitney. 🙂

RIP Ms. Summer the Queen of Disco!!!!

I especially loved the late 1970s duet between Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand–Enough Is Enough, No More Tears!

Rest In Peace & Sing With The Angels, Dear Donna!

sorry to hear this… lost track of her but hearing her name brings up memories of college and later my little niece would be wiggling to the beat of her favorite music “donasuma”. Another niece years later played Last
Dance at the end of her reception. Her music will always remind me of good times. Read her life history today as soon as I heard she died. Lots about her I didn’t know – especially the musicals and living in Germany… very interesting. Thank you Donna! loved the music!

So sad to see another music legend pass! Will have to play some Donna Summer on Youtube and Itunes!

Wow! God Bless Donna Summer. RIP. The first thing that came to mind… was when i lived in Hawaii… and “Last Dance”… was the last song… that “Hula’s” played…. ie: about 1:45 a.m… She danced. We danced. Who hasn’t sung her songs. two songs that really mean something to me… “Love is in control” & “I remember Yesturday”. Take care. She figured prominently in the music industry… What a STAR.

Such a huge loss, who will ever forget Last Dance?

I Loved Donna Summer… Going to the Disco’s in the late 70’s hearing a lot of her songs………………She was THE BEST at that time…She had one hit after another!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw Donna Summer in person at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City N J. in the 90’s as I remember………..She even sounded better in person…She had her sister, her husband, & her two daughter’s on stage with her………..She said feel free to dance in the isles & I got up & danced in the Isles…..I had a aewsome time…I will nevver forget it…………………..I have four of her cd’s.. I played some of them today..My friend called me and told me the sad news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SPRING AFFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lucky you, I love her music I have 2 of her cd’s, sounds like you had a very good time, I would have loved to see her.

MACARTHUR PARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She was the best in my book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry to hear about her passing. I danced to many of her songs in the day. RIP

That Bad Girls album was so hot!! Rest in peace.

I have the movie ” Thank God It’s Friday’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not a great movie but, it’s the music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All great songs of the late 70’s……….And Donna Summer is in it Singing at the end of the movie “LAST DANCE”. Other songs Brick House sung by Lionel Richie, etc………………………………………………………She was THE QUEEN OF DISCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Dancing to her music in the disco’s in N.J. In the late to mid 70’s…..Wearing those danskin bodysuits……………………………………..The dresses with the slits…..And the hair do’s..I wore my hair short. My style was called the wedge cut…Styled & dried in 10 minutes…………………………………………………………The Soap Factory in Jersey had four separate rooms…Cost 3.00 & you got a free ticket to get a free drink…Liked the clothes hair styles & make-up…………………………………And so many other clubs.. Even went to N.Y. clubs too……………………Did anyone do these things?????????? I enjoyed it…………………………Last dance, last chance for love… Great D. Summer song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And so many more………………….She will be missed……….

Today I was playing Donna Summer cd’s in my car. While doing some erands…I was singing & also felt like dancing but I was driving…..Great dancing music…………….

She was HOT STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna Summer music was played the most…And then there weere The Bee Gees(Stayin Alive)……………………………………………………………………………………..

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan Previews “Amazing, Juicy, Fun” Summer Storyline

The Young and the Restless, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy seven-times throughout her career for her work on both All My Children and the CBS soap opera. Now viewers are wondering what’s next for the talented Egan in story?

Many are sensing that perhaps Chelsea might get back together with Adam (Mark Grossman) over their connection to their son, Connor and more, while others are rooting for Sally (Courtney Hope) and Adam, who have currently found their way back to one another.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Egan on the red carpet at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards where she teased some major story to come. When asked if she felt Adam and Chelsea might get back together, Egan couldn’t give a direct answer, but she did tease a major story to put on Y&R viewers radar.

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Egan revealed, “There’s an amazing, juicy, fun storyline happening this summer. Stay tuned, everybody. Chelsea’s involved in something and it has been so much fun to play. I am like, thinking about my words before I speak because I don’t wanna ruin it. It’s so fun and juicy and you guys (the audience) are gonna love it, or,  even if you don’t love it, you’re gonna feel passionate about it.”

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Now a mom of two, Melissa spends her time at the studio taping all-new episodes of Y&R and juggling the daily lives of two young children, Jake and Caden. “I have a baby and a toddler, a 10-month old and a two and a half-year old,” she shares. “They’re exhausting, but they’re so amazing and they’re such sweet. They’re a dream come true. Jake has had me up at 4:30 in the morning a lot lately, and then I have to go to work by 6:30am. You know, it’s just a juggling act. But you just do it. You look at these little faces and you’re just obsessed and it’s all good. It’s all blessings.”

Check out our chat with Missy below.

Now let us know, do you want Chelsea with Adam? What storyline do you think is coming this summer involving her character? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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