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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”

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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.

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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.

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DMRR
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DMRR

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

Angela Harris
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Angela Harris

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

Jimh
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Jimh

The 80s were the best era for AMC….

Teresa
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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
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Lisa Michalski

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

Iris V Gonzalez
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Iris V Gonzalez

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

matt
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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
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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
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John

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

Violet Lemm2
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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
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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
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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
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Marcia Krause

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

Anne
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Anne

Please come back to daytime Cady.

Karen Deckman
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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
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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
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Chris

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

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All My Children Virtual Reunion On Tap With Jill Larson, James Kiberd, and More

Some more residents of Pine Valley are set for another virtual reunion.

This time circle your calendars for next week on Wednesday, December 2nd.

That is when Matt Borlenghi (Ex-Brian Bodine), William Christian (Ex-Derek Frye), James Kiberd (Ex-Trevor Dillon) and Jill Larson (Ex-Opal Cortlandt) will gather from their respective homes for this conversation with Alan Locher on The Locher Room You Tube channel.

To watch the livestream conversation click here next week beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

What were your favorite storylines through the years involving AMC’s Opal, Ttevor, Derek or Brian?  Let us know via the comment section below.

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WATCH: Kelly Ripa’s Walk Down Memory Lane with the Stars of All My Children & More On Her 30th Anniversary with Walt Disney Company

Today on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the morning show spotlighted Kelly Ripa’s 30-year career with ABC and the Walt Disney Company; which started back in 1990 when she took Pine Valley and All My Children by storm in the role of troubled teen, Hayley Vaughan.

On this special look-back episode of the syndicated talks show many guests from Kelly’s past and present career paid tribute to her accomplishments and remembered their time working with the talented actress and host.

From All My Children, Susan Lucci took part in the special anniversary and group virtual conversation with Ripa along with Eva LaRue, Walt Willey, Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, Cameron Mathison, Finola Hughes and Dondre T Whitfield   Then, Ripa’s former Hope & Faith co-star Faith Ford was part of the festivities.

There were several special moments throughout the episode and you can watch some of them below.   Kelly made her ABC debut on this date, November 5th, 1990!

So, check out the anniversary celebration for Kelly below, and then share your well-wishes and congrats to her via the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa to Celebrate 30 Years at Walt Disney Company With Former Co-Stars of All My Children

Soap fans can say they knew her when, and tomorrow on the Thursday, November 5th episode of the syndicated talker Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa, celebrates her 30th anniversary with the Walt Disney Company and ABC.

Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a role she made her debut with back in 1990.

Joining Kelly for her anniversary with the company and network are former AMC castmates: Finola Hughes (ex-Alex/Anna), Eva La Rue (ex-Maria), Susan Lucci (ex-Erica), Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan), Dondré T. Whitfield (ex-Terrence) and Walt Willey (ex-Jackson).

Kelly stayed with All My Children until 2002, and along the way met her husband, Mark Consuelos who played Mateo on the show.

In 2001, Ripa replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as co-host of what then became Live with Regis and Kelly.  She also appeared on the sitcom Hope & Faith with Faith Ford from 2003-2006.  Ford will also participate in tomorrow’s special episode.

Check local listings in your area to watch Ripa’s anniversary celebration.

Share your favorite moment of Kelly as Pine Valley’s Hayley, or any other moment you loved in her television career via the comment section below.

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