Connect with us

All My Children

17

Cady McClain Remembers ‘All My Children’ On Its 50th Anniversary Sharing: “I Will Always Be Grateful For the Experience, and For The Lifelong Relationship With All The Fans”

Photo: ABC

The beloved All My Children first aired on January 5th, 1970 on ABC and ran on the network until it was canceled back in September of 2013.  The next year, the show received a short-lived reboot online via Prospect Park.

One of the actresses to appear in both the network and online version was Daytime Emmy winning actress Cady McClain, who became soap-famous for her role as Dixie Cooney Martin and together with Michael E. Knight, became one of soaps all-time popular duos as Tad and Dixie.

While so many miss All My Children every single day and the indelible characters created by the late, great Agnes Nixon, McClain took to her Instagram on Sunday to relate what the soap opera meant to her in her life.

Here is what Cady shared along with a cover of Soap Opera Digest featuring Michael Knight and herself as Tad and Dixie: “Today I am celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “All My Children”! I started on the show when I had just turned 19 in the fall of 1988. I worked as a contract player thru 1996. I was back in the fall of 1997 again under contract and worked through 2001. That’s roughly 13 years. Then I came back for a year in 2006, then for a couple months in 2012. Then I did the internet version for six weeks and then… the show was done.

For many years this show and the people on it were like family to me. The makeup artists as much mom’s as my own mom to me at times. And thanks to the work I was able to afford some art school and college as well. I saw many great shows (both American and International) that came to NYC, which opened my eyes to what performance could be. It allowed me to do a lot of Off-Broadway theater and roles in five Indie films while working my day job.

Photo: SOD

I was nominated three times and won my first Emmy. I made some lifelong friends like Michael E. Knight, James Patrick Stewart, Jill Larson, Penny Bergman, Julia Barr, Lonnie Quinn and many others both in front of and behind the scenes. And most importantly, I was able to take care of my wild but wonderful mother. ‘She who drove me nuts’ but impressed on me the importance of having art in ones life. Who read me poems and took me to museums. My child who died but who I so grateful to have known. Thank you ABC and all the producers and writers who supported me and my work. Because of your support my life was richer, broader, more interesting. I will always be grateful for the experience …. and for the lifelong relationship with all the fans! Massive shout out to the daytime fans who continue to support me in my projects. When I meet one of you on the street I am truly grateful for your time and that we got to share some really special moments together. . .”

So, share your remembrances of All My Children and your thoughts on Cady’s sentiments via the comment section below.

Leave a comment | 17 Comments
Advertisement

17

avatar
11 Comment threads
6 Thread replies
14 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
15 Comment authors
SoaphoundChrisKaren DeckmanJohnAnne Recent comment authors
newest oldest
DMRR
Guest
DMRR

I miss AMC, from the 80’s. I miss cliff-hanger Friday’s, too.

Angela Harris
Guest
Angela Harris

I wish they would bring it back, i miss the show.

Jimh
Guest
Jimh

The 80s were the best era for AMC….

Teresa
Guest
Teresa

I loved the 70’s with Billy Clyde burying Estell and Palmer’s spooky mansion with hidden ex- wife. Tad’s real father showing up and So many other wonderful storylines. I will never let myself become so dependent on story families. It hurts too much once they’ve gone. #bringbackAMC

Lisa Michalski
Guest
Lisa Michalski

We miss you and the AMC family. Bless you for your talent and bringing life through the t.v.

Iris V Gonzalez
Guest
Iris V Gonzalez

I’m a huge fan of all my children, wish it was still on TV.

matt
Guest
matt

After the end of the show did the writers or those involved reveal who the other “dead” person was being kept alive by David?

Violet Lemm2
Guest
Violet Lemm2

matt,
I often wondered about that, but I don’t remember it ever being revealed, and I watched it till the end.

John
Guest
John

In my head cannon it was Jenny Gardner Nelson & she and Greg reunited.

Violet Lemm2
Guest
Violet Lemm2

Oh, would love to see Cady back again on daytime TV. I had hoped to see her as Nina, but was not to be.
I wonder if she remembers her sister Carly, Ava now on GH, on ATWT and the nickname Carly called her, Rosebud? I’ve also wondered if eating pancakes has bothered her, after eating the ones that killed her on AMC. I enjoyed her run as Kelly on Y&R, even though she was kind of crazy, but then who wouldn’t be with that crowd, huh?

Soaphound
Guest
Soaphound

Yes, Violet, I LOVED Cady as Rosanna on ATWT, which won her a second Emmy. Such a great character! I always thought she was miscast on Y&R, but so was Maura West as the devious Diane. Heck, even Meryl Streep gets miscast. I’d love to see her on GH, matching barbs with Ava, Carly, Traci, Nina, and (dare to dream) Diane. Such a pro!

knightdiana
Guest
knightdiana

I watched AMC from day 1 and was absolutely heartbroken when it ended. Tad and Dixie were my favorite couple…to this day, I can’t eat chicken fingers without thinking of Tad proposing to Dixie in that chicken costume!

Marcia Krause
Guest
Marcia Krause

I watched AMC from the first episode to the last. I would watch it again if it came back.

Anne
Guest
Anne

Please come back to daytime Cady.

Karen Deckman
Guest
Karen Deckman

I miss all my children started watching the summer of 1977 till it when off the air in 2013! I still watch General hospital, hope it stays awhile!

Karen Deckman
Guest
Karen Deckman

Tad the cad, and Dixie I enjoyed the most!!! Now he is a lawyer on general hospital! Was better on all my children!

Chris
Guest
Chris

Is it really celebrating 50 years when it, in reality, didn’t last 50 years?

All My Children

All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

Continue Reading

All My Children

‘Pine Valley’s’ Leo Richardson Teases First Episode Script of All My Children Primetime Reboot

On Friday, soap fans were abuzz on Twitter, when head writer and executive producer, Leo Richardson of the All My Children reboot in development, showed off the script cover of the pilot and first episode of Pine Valley.

The series is currently in the works over at ABC with former AMC favorites, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Rebel’s Andrew Stearn as the other executive producers.

Richardson shared along with the script pic, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes… #PineValley””

Fans of All My Children are thrilled at Richardson’s news and now will await word on what will happen with the proposed show.

Leo has also written the long-running British soap, EastEnders and for Lee Daniel’s Star.

Check out his tweet below.  (UPDATED: Since this original posting, Richardson’s tweet was taken down)

Now, let us know if you are excited to find out just what characters are in the script of Pine Valley in the comment section.

Continue Reading

All My Children

Kim Delaney on All My Children Primetime Reboot: “All They Have To Do Is Ask, and I’m There”

While Kim Delaney is currently appearing on General Hospital in the role of Jackie Templeton, and she just appeared in her new Lifetime movie, The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt of Justice, the actress revealed she would be up for appearing in the upcoming primetime revival in development of All My Children.

Delaney became soap-famous in the role of AMC’s Jenny Gardner from 1981-1984 before she was killed-off the show in the now iconic jet ski explosion.

Now even though Jenny died, Kim would be up for figuring out how the character could be resurrected or how she could take part in the primetime reboot of the ABC soap opera called, Pine Valley.

In an interview with Soaps.com, Kim shared on being part of the reboot: “All they have to do is ask, and I’m there.  Sure, Jenny died, but someone asked me the other day if we ever saw her body. So maybe she’s out there, somewhere… ”

Former All My Children stars and real-life duo, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are executive producers of Pine Valley along with Andrew Stearn.

So, would you like to see an alive and well Jenny Gardner, or some other role for Delaney, in the All My Children reboot? Comment below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

B&B’s Matthew Atkinson chats with Michael Fairman about the wild ride of the Thomas/Hope Mamnequin storyline currently on The Bold and the Beautiful.Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Michael Easton and Finola Hughes as Finn & Anna

General Hospital

Airdates: 3-4/5-2021

Advertisement

Popular