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Cicely Tyson Recalls Her Time On ‘Guiding Light’ & Her Mother’s Obsession With Soaps In Final Interview on ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

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The world is mourning the loss of legendary actress Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96.   On Wednesday, Tyson had taped what would be the final interview of her life with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest for the morning show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today on Friday, the show aired Tyson’s interview which was filled with so many moments made all the more poignant by her passing yesterday.

As soap fans know, Cicely was the first black actress to appear on the soaps, and on Guiding Light, back in 1966 in the role of Martha Frazier.  The character was married to Dr. Jim Frazier played first by Billy Dee Williams and then James Earl Jones.  Tyson’s role was eventually taken over by Ruby Dee.

 

During her interview with Kelly and Ryan, the hosts asked the Oscar-nominated actress and icon, best known for her roles in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, and A Trip to Bountiful about her time on Guiding Light.  Cicely revealed that her mother was a huge fan of Guiding Light and the daytime soaps, and was obsessed with the characters and what was going to happen next.  As it turns out, according to the interview, Tyson’s mother’s favorite role of her daughter was Martha on Guiding Light.

Watch the clip from the interview below.

Then, share your remembrances on the extraordinary work of Cicely Tyson via the comment section below.

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She was truly an Icon. She was the First Black Actress on a Soap who wasn’t in a subservient Role. She also started at Tradition where Guiding Light Alumnae would later work with some of America’s Top Black Directors. Spike Lee, John Singleton & Tyler Perry. She, Ruby Dee and Angela Bassett all played Nurses and got Oscar Nominations. Then She and Ruby Dee were in Two Different Productions of Roots. Cicely played Binta Alex Haley’s Great Great Great Great Great Grandmother who cried out when she found out her Son Kunta was gone from them “forever”, and Ruby Dee… Read more »

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davlestev1

Alright Tamla. Like the song says “And if you don’t know, now you know”. Well done.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

R.I.P. Such an icon and powerful African American actress. Cicely Tyson definitely did her career her way.

Drake
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Drake

The word “Legend” just doesn’t seem to do her justice. An amazing talent. Rest well.

rose
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rose

What a lovely person. Sorry I missed Cicely’s interview with Kelly and Ryan. I did see another one this week with her and Gail King on CBS. Would love to see Cicely play opposite Billy Dee or James Earl. Are there still any copies of these episodes?

Stasia
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Stasia

I don’t think so. CBS taped over most of their soaps, including the legendary Guiding Light, up until the late 70s. There is a scene of Billy Dee on Guiding Light but I do not think there is one of Cicely, Ruby or James Earl.

rose
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rose

Stasia…It’s a real shame about those soaps that got lost or taped over during the years. No way for us latecomers to the soaps to catch up. One of the reasons I appreciate TCM for finding and saving older films of all kinds.

KKP
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KKP

One of the Best Actress that ever graced the Big screen, small screen and stage. Iconic and legendary…..RIP.

Anne
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Anne

Each time Cicely Tyson appeared on stage, in a film or on television she gave a Masters Class in acting

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

The 96 year old actress tapes an interview the day before she dies. Not only do I respect her talent and longevity, I also respect her work ethic. She kept working and promoting literally until the day she died.

I’m sorry that she is passed but have a LOT of admiration for her.

clb
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clb

Ms. Tyson was such a legendary actress. I remember her great performance in Jane Pittman and even Fried Green Tomatoes that she filmed in Juliette GA. Nice to know that she and her mom appreciated her daytime stint on Guiding Light. Miss her already.

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Soap Veteran Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps Virtual Interview on Tap

In a very special conversation, don’t miss one of soaps longtime executive producer ‘s Jill Farren Phelps appearance on an upcoming livestream on The Locher Room.

Jill joins host and former ATWT and GL publicist, Alan Locher on Wednesday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As soap fans know Jill has helmed Another World, General Hospital, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Santa Barbara and The Young and the Restless.

She has also been nominated for 15 Daytime Emmy Awards and took home 11 Emmys for her work.

While Phelps has been a polarizing figure on the soaps, look for the good, and the bad decisions under her tenures at the soaps to be discussed and more.

Here is the link to watch it live 

So, what would you want to ask Jill? What was her best decisions and worst decisions as EP of the soaps? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum Melina Kanakaredes ‘Greek Candy’ Series to Debut on Amazon Streamer ‘IMDb TV’

We all knew her when she played Eleni Andros on the beloved Guiding Light, and two Daytime Emmy nominations later, actress Melina Kanakaredes left the soap for Hollywood, where she has appeared in numerous TV series and motion pictures ever since.

Now, Melina who currently stars on Fox’s hit medical drama, The Resident is set to launch her very own project in which she not only stars, but co-wrote and is one of the executive producers.

According to Deadline, look for Kanakaredes new series ‘Greek Candy’ to hit the new Amazon streaming service, IMDb TV as part of its inaugural launch.

In story, Melina Kanakaredes and her family’s 100-year-old chocolate factory in Akron, Ohio is the inspiration for Greek Candy. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of mom, dad, their three teenage daughters, four very Greek immigrant grandparents, and one very non-Greek “adopted” son and what it means to live the American dream in 2021.

So, looking forward to checking out Melina’s new comedy series? Have you loved her work ever since Guiding Light? Comment below.

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Guiding Light’s Michael O’Leary Will Recur on ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime”

Good news today from former Guiding Light star, Michael O’Leary (Ex-Rick Bauer).  He informed his fans via social media that he is continuing on in his role of Father Hogan on the NBC crime series, Law & Order: Organized Crime.

The series airs Thursday’s at 10pm EST/9 pm CST and stars Christopher Meloni reprising his ‘Law & Order’ role of Det. Eliot Stabler, and Dylan McDermott.

O’Leary tweeted: “Law & Order Organized Crime-exciting news! My character ‘Father Hogan’-now recurring! Thrilled to work with Chris Meloni again!”

So, will you be looking forward to seeing Michael more on the NBC crime drama series? Comment below.

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