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Christine Baranksi Breaks Silence On Passing Of Husband & AMC Favorite Matthew Cowles!

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Last May, On-Air On-Soaps reported to you the very sad news of the passing of one of soaps greatest villains and character actors, Matthew Cowles at age 69.  The talented actor played Billy Clyde Tuggle on All My Children both on the ABC version, and later returned last year to reprise the role on the Prospect Park online reboot of the series.

Cowles longtime wife, The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski had yet to make any public statement on his death until now.  Christine is co-starring in the expected Christmas blockbuster Into The Woods where she plays Cinderella’s stepmother in the film adaption of the Stephen Sondheim musical.

At the movie premiere this week, Baranski told Variety:  “It’s been a tough year.  I lost extraordinary people in my life, but I have a beautiful grandson, my wonderful ‘Good Wife’ colleagues and the beautiful people associated with the film here tonight.”

Glad to finally hear from Christine and her thoughts on the late Matthew Cowles? Will you check out Into The Woods?  Comment below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Great actor! Great character!! Greatly missed!!!

Michael
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Michael

My thoughts and prayers go out to Christine Baranski and her family on this tough loss. She is a brilliant actress and singer that I have enjoyed ever seeing her on Cybill.

jon
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jon

i agree this is where i first met christine, and she was hilarious on cybill, and have enjoyed her in so many other things as well

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

My condolences to her. Loved to hate him as Billy Clyde 🙂 he was amazing in that role.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I didn’t read any “thoughts” here on her husband. Did I miss something???

Harry
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Harry

Thank you, nor did I. She spoke in general terms.
Maybe it’s too tender and it’s too personal for her to speak of. I have to respect that about her. I remember reading years ago that she said her husband Malcolm was one of the best and most underrated actors of our time. I agreed then, and I agree now.
I always loved her–and Malcolm Cowley as Billy Clyde Tuggell was pure genius. My favorite soap opera villain of all time.

cindy
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cindy

I was thinking the same thing. She didn’t even mention him at all.

SZima
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SZima

If this was “breaking her silence,” she STILL must not have anything to say.

Harry
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Harry

I think what she must be feeling is too much to put into words. Of course she has a lot to say but would rather talk about publicly. Good for her.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Harry…my post was in reference to Michael’s question:” Glad to finally hear from Christine and her thoughts on the late Matthew Cowles?” and his statement in his heading about her “breaking her silence. That’s what Cindy and SZima are referring to as well. But yes, you’re probably right…she didn’t share thoughts and she didn’t really break her silence on his passing because perhaps she’d rather keep them private.

A Baptiste
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A Baptiste

Classy lady, I commend her integrity of expression.

Sandra
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Sandra

I loved his character very much. And enjoy The Good Wife also. Very sorry for the loss. Can’t wait to see Christine in her new movie.

Lin
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Lin

I feel so sorry for her. But she said as close to nothing as possible.

su0000
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su0000

aahh well, guess she sees it as none of our business / her private feelings ..

sorry for her great loss ..

Jim
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Jim

Seems to be very generic.

Rapids
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Rapids

I love Christine, she is very classy. They seem to be a very private family which is certainly OK.

Michelle
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Michelle

I agree, they clearly had a long, happy and successful marriage, everyone handles grief differently, and in my personal experience in dealing with grief, many people don’t respect the individual’s grieving process very much and many times add to it by being unkind and putting expectations on what is a personal and private experience. Christine acknowledged it, and no one should expect more.

Wendy
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Wendy

I loved him as Billy Clyde, he always mad me laugh and mad at the same time, lol. I had no idea he was married to Christine! She is another actor I have always loved and so versatile. What a wonderful life they must have had together. Good he has her work to keep her busy, but my thoughts are with her and may Matthew RIP. I know he is looking after her still!

Wendy
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Wendy

correction **made me” no mad me (sorry bout that)

Don
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Don

I miss Mathew Cowels. too. I can still see in the 1980’s with that hat with the big feather in it. He was priceless!!!

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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