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BREAKING NEWS: Legendary Soap Opera Executive Producer Paul Rauch Has Died!

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Terribly sad news to report this afternoon that is making its way around the web and the soap world.   Legendary daytime drama executive producer, Paul Rauch has died apparently after an illness.  Rauch’s resume perhaps tells this legends amazing career best with helming: Another World, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, The Young and the Restless, Santa Barbara and Texas!

Colleagues, actors, and fans, are responding with postings on facebook and Twitter throughout the day and into the evening on the loss of soap veteran Rauch.

General Hospital’s current executive producer, Frank Valentini, who was so close to Rauch, and who gave Valentini his start at OLTL tweeted: “My good friend and mentor, Paul Rauch, passed away today…very sad news.  Paul Rauch dedicated his life to soap operas and made a mark like no other. He will be missed, but his legendary contribution will live on. ”

Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, GL) who worked with Rauch for many years throughout her daytime career  posted on her facebook page: “Today I lost my dear friend and favorite boss ever, Paul Rauch! Paul settled for nothing less than perfection from all aspects of whatever show he was producing. I had the very good fortune of working with Paul on Santa Barbara and Guiding Light and I will always cherish the professional and personal relationship we shared. I both loved him and feared him! Something I aspire to everyday of my life! I love you Paul and want you to know how much you will be missed. RIP!”

Crystal Chappell also shared her sentiments via Twitter stating, “Paul Rauch was a dear man to me… he will be missed. Love and prayers to his family.”

Tristan Rogers also shared what Rauch meant to him when he tweeted: “I am sad to learn the passing of Paul Rausch. This man was singly responsible for me lasting on Y&R. He was a big presence in daytime. You think back on the people who you “owe” something too and Paul was one of those people. He revered the history of the genre.”

Jordi Vilasuso, who got his start on soaps on Guiding Light through Rauch tweeted:  “RIP Paul Rauch. Gave me my first big break on Guiding Light and was a champion for his actors and the shows he produced. You will be missed!”

Maria Arena Bell, Rauch’s co-executive producing partner during his time on Y&R stated on her facebook page, “I considered Paul a great friend and he and Israela (Rauch’s wife) were at my wedding. Paul was from the old school of soaps and he really knew how to run a show and understood the value of the writer in the process. I loved working with him and I loved him dearly as a person and am heartsick to hear he has passed. I wish the best to Israela and their grown children and will really miss him.”

Current Y&R head writer, Josh Griffith posted:  “The Soap World mourns the loss of one of our giants, Paul Rauch. R.I.P., my friend. Go produce the hell out of Heaven now.”

We will have more on this developing story throughout the day! Our prayers are with Rauch’s family at this time.

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Sometimes we watched the names on credits flashing before us and we give little thought to the men and woman behind them and how much they contribute to the product entertaining our lives. For years I seen the name Paul Rauch on many soap credits and today I reminded of the years of quality I enjoyed at this man’s hands. His family are in my prayers and I give a great posthumous thank you to Mr Rauch for his work that help brighten many of my dark days

i’ve been watching soaps since i was a very young girl I USE TO SEE PAUL THREW OUT THE YEARS NOT KNOWING HE WAS BEHIND ALL OF THE WONDERFUL SOAPS SHOW I’M EVER SO GRATEFUL TO HIS PARENTS FOR GIVING BIRTH TO THE GENIOUS MINE OF A GREAT PERSON CAN’T SAY I NO HIM IN PERSON BUT THREW HIS THOUGHTS HE GAVE ALL US SOAP FANS A WONDERFUL PART OF HIM FOR THAT IM VERY THANKFUL . GOD HADS TAKEN BACK HIS CHILD . GOD BE WITH HIS FAMILY AND SPREAD HIS ANGELS AMONG THEM ALWAYS

They say that people should not speak ill of the dead so I won’t. RIP. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

Oh what terrible news. A legend who contributed so much to daytime television. Thank you for all your wonderful work.

Really wish I had something positive to say. I’m sure he will be missed by some.

Paul was a great mind; RIP to him and condolences to his family!

I think it is sad news indeed for a lot of people. However, the word “legendary” and “genius” is flashed around a lot in daytime. Rauch destroyed most soaps he touched.

Mr. Rauch made largely damaging negative tire-track marks on Miss Ellen Holly (ex-Carla) & Miss Lillian Hayman (1922-1994, ex-Sadie) by heartlessly firing them both (the last 2 original from-the-beginning contract player cast members) from OLTL during the 1983 to 1985 TV season! 🙁

It is soo sad tht Paul raunch died , he did so much with other soaps operas

Wow! I wish that I had known this person. Seems to have been a very interesting person and not well liked by most!!! These postings are real and discreetly stated.
So often, when people pass into the next life, those left behind become stupid and unrealistic in exaggerating facts about the real person. I have been to funerals and wondered if I was in the right place when it came to the accolades and crying about a person that was not liked or not even a good person. What happens to people when someone dies? Do you all get stupid and become liars?

Rest in peace

i so sorry to hear is not hear. he was a very good person and everyone loved him and will be missed alot. god bless for him as will the family too. prayers will be him and the family too. The angles will be with him always and he will look after everyone too. i have been looking at soaps for years when just 11 years old i watch all of the he did and still now too. i am very big fan of his shows. like said god bless him and everyone too.

Mr. Paul Rauch rest in peace. You will be missed by your staff for sure.

I remember Paul (and his Shelby Mustang GT 500) in my early days in the P&G Media Section. Perhaps, without his knowing it, he helped me survive as the first African-American hired in that vaunted marketing department in 1963. May he rest in peace.

My prayers go out to your family. you will be missed. .

People often say you should only say good things about the dead. Paul Rauch is dead – GOOD. I am glad he has people who will remember him fondly, but there are a great many who will not.

Maeve Kinkead, perhaps? Ellen Holly? Both were great actresses and very professional. Maeve deserved to be treated properly and Ellen deserved to be paid properly and introduced at a reunion as a leading lady. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to say that Paul Rauch was not universally liked, and not all viewers appreciated him.

Condolences to his family, I hope he was good to them.

The list goes on and on as to people who did not get on with this man? Jacquie Courtney, Val Dufour, Ginny Dwyer, Stephen Bolster, Lillian Hayman, Al Freeman, Cindy Clark, Robin Strasser, Lisa Cameron, John Cunningham,Micki Grant, James Douglas, Jordan Charney, many others.

MsLiz…YES…I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!!!! A long time ago, I read Ellen Holly’s autobiography. In it, Ellen talks about (at length or whatever) how Paul Rauch was emotionally abusive and tyrannical to BOTH her and Lillian Hayman. Also, supposedly, the VERY FABULOUS Louise Sorel used to BUTT HEADS and LOCK HORNS with that man. And…I did not know about Maeve Kinkead. Sorry. It wouldn’t surprise me at all. I mean…from what I’ve read about PR here and there over the years, he was N-O-T an easy man to get along with (as a boss or whatever). And…I can only imagine how he treated his own family. Who knows.

Take care, MsLiz. Peace.

Pauly, Wow… I am so saddened by this news! Just ran into you not to long ago… My condolences to your wife and children, you will be sorely missed. I was still anticipating working with you again. Thank you for creating Jesse Blue for me 😉

Well, its years later, and my Dad is sorely missed. I hope he isnt bossing god around too much! If only he had had a better self image, I MIGHT HAVE HAD A FATHER TO TEACH ME HOW TO NAVIGATE LIFE. RIP DAD LOVE, TYLER

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Kim Zimmer Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Last night the stars of daytime came together for a one-of-a-kind three hour-plus virtual event Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit For Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story.

Towards the top of the show Daytime Stands Up co-hosts Michael Fairman and Alan Locher welcomed former Guiding Light stars, Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva) and Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian).

During their segment both actresses initially discussed playing breast cancer storylines for their character on the beloved soap opera and the impact it made on them and the viewers at the time. However, later in the conversation, Kim made a heartfelt admission that she is currently battling breast cancer in real life.

 

Kim expressed, “I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6th. And if it wasn’t for a wonderful circle of friends that I have, and not to mention my husband AC Weary, and my family Rachel Max and Jake, who call me every day, I would’ve fallen apart. But because of my circle that I had, including fabulous doctors, early detection (was possible).

“I did have a mastectomy and I have my last infusion on Tuesday,” Zimmer added. “I would say to anyone that may get a diagnosis like I got. It’s so important that you find a support system.”

On how she is coping with her battle, Kim shared, “I’m a tough broad. But again, if I didn’t have the friends that I have, the support system that I have, the fabulous doctors, a fantastic plastic surgeon, I would’ve fallen apart. And I’m here to say early detection. Early detection. Early detection. Get your mammograms, get them soon.”

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Earlier in the segment, when Kim talked about Reva’s breast cancer battle and how her character would not tell the love her life, Josh Lewis (Robert Newman), which maddened fans of the GL. Kim related, “The fans were like, ‘Why are you not telling Josh?” It made for great drama, though, It bonded Billy and Reva again in life.  We brought in the wonderful character of Colin, who was Reva’s by the book, cancer Doctor.”

“There were a lot of wonderful things that came out of the storyline,” recalled the four-time Daytime Emmy-winner. “I actually went back and watched the (standalone show) that they did on Reva finding out she had breast cancer. And I was like, ‘Wow. I can’t imagine not fighting that story today. But it ended up being written beautifully.”

Share your well-wishes to Kim on her recent medical battle with breast cancer below and check out the livestream below of Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer.

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GL Alum Nia Long Set to Play Michael Jackson’s Mother, Katherine Jackson, in Upcoming Biopic

Since her early days on Guiding Light, actress Nia Long (ex-Kat Speakes from 1991-1994), has made quite a name for herself with a list of credits that are very impressive. Now, Long can yet another when she has signed on to portray Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson clan and mother to superstar Michael Jackson.

Michael, the title of the upcoming biopic from Lionsgate and Universal Pictures is said to be working towards an April 18, 2025 release date. Director Antoine Fuqua is set behind the camera.

In a statement on the casting of Long, Michael producer Graham King expressed: “Beyond Nia’s incredible talent, I was deeply moved by her connection to the material and her commitment to honoring Katherine and the love she had for her son. Nia has delivered iconic performances throughout her career. I’ve been a fan for a long time because her characters stay with you. I’m excited to now work alongside her as she pours all of that into Katherine Jackson: a woman who was the glue, the rock, and the heart of the Jackson family during its best and its most turbulent times.”

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Long echoed the sentiments of King, sharing: “Katherine Jackson is an incredible pillar of strength and grace for the entire Jackson family. As a mother, she was selfless and endured forces beyond her control yet still managed to help build a legacy beyond measure. I am honored to bring her voice to the screen and share Michael Jackson’s story with audiences everywhere.”

Nia will be in great acting company for the film that includes Best Actor Oscar nominee Coleman Domingo who will play Katherine’s husband and Michael’s father, Joe Jackson.

Looking forward to seeing Nia taking on the role of Katherine Jackson in the Michael biopic? Remember her early days on Guiding Light? Comment below.

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2023 Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Fashion: Women In Glam: Who’s Got the Look? (Photos)

The 50th annual Daytime Emmys Awards brought out the women of daytime in sequined gowns, classic black, looks with an edge, and more as the stars gathered together for daytime’s biggest night of the year.

Prior to the two-hour ceremony airing on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday, many previous Emmy winners, nominees, and fan favorites walked the red carpet showing off their fashion sense to the numerous paparazzi in attendance.

The following morning on Saturday, more nominees and presenters took to the red carpet for the 50th annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Awards. Scroll below and take a look at some of the pics of the ladies as they made their way down the red carpet.

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2022 Lead Actress Daytime Emmy winner, Mishael Morgan (Amanda, Y&R), who was a presenter on this year’s telecast in yellow.

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General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) intro’d the GH 60 retrospective package during the telecast, but a blue-sequined dress was the order of the day on the red carpet.

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Y&R Lead Actress nominee, Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) wows the carpet.

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Y&R’s Melissa Ordway (Abby) sleek in black.

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GH’s Katelyn McMullen (Willow) gives us old Hollywood with a modern twist in red.

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GH’s Tabyana Ali (Trina) in dark red sequined gown.

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The Talk co-host, Amanda Kloots, in silver and white.

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Six-time Daytime Emmy-winning star, Heather Tom (Katie) of The Bold and the Beautiful, truly in old Hollywood glam.

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Daytime Emmy winner from Guiding Light and current star of General Hospital Cynthia Watros (Nina), in teal dress.

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Eventual Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Younger Performer, GH’s Eden McCoy (Josslyn) in creme colored slip dress.

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Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, All My Children) should also win a Lifetime Achievement Award for all the red carpets she dazzled over the years, and this year was no exception.

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Grammy Award-winner, Jennifer Nettles. took to the morning Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmys in yellow. During the Emmy telecast, she performed during the In Memoriam Segment.

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General Hospital nominee for Supporting Actress, Brook Kerr (Portia).

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The fabulous Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) who represented Y&R for their tribute during the ceremony, took to the carpet in this sequined print pantsuit.

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A Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, now with Y&R, Hayley Erin (Claire), took to the red carpet in alternative modern fashion.

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GH’s Jophielle Love (Violet) was ready for the carpet with patterned-bowed dress and matching black shoes.

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Another nod to old Hollywood, B&B’s Jennifer Gareis (Donna) in white and silver with matching silver earrings.

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Paige Mobley, a Daytime Emmy nominee at the Creative Arts & Lifestyle ceremony for co-hosting Instant Dream Home, took to the carpet.

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Talk show host, Sherri Shepherd making a ‘statement’ at the Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards with this modern number.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) took home the gold for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the third time in her career. Here, Jacqui walks the red carpet prior to the start of the telecast glammed in black.

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Also dressed in black, but in velvet, GH’s Tanisha Harper (Jordan).

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Talk show host and EGOT winner, Jennifer Hudson, was the final performer to arrive at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards and turned it out in sequins.

So, who do you think wore it best on the red carpet at the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards weekend? Let us know your pick via the comment section below.

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