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

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Sits Down with Maurice Benard on ‘State of Mind’

Om his latest episode of his You Tube series, State of Mind, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Cortinhos) welcomes his co-star Cynthia Watros (Nina Reeves) for a highly-anticipated conversation and episode.

GH fans have watched for months on-air as Nina and an amnesiac Sonny aka “Mike” fell for each other, while everyone in Port Charles thought Sonny was dead, and Nina kept that secret in her vendetta against Carly.

Now, the two powerhouse performers have an intimate chat about Watros’ career highlights, raising twins, and working with each other in their often controversial storyline.

Daytime audiences first saw Watros as Annie Dutton on Guiding Light in which she won a Lead Actress Daytime Emmy – a performance which Benard recalls seeing with Cynthia acting up a storm in scenes on a courtroom witness stand that blew him away.

On her start on soaps, Cynthia shared that: “Soaps are amazing,” because not only do they help you make decisions really quickly, but that as an actor, it also taught her about lighting and finding her mark.

Cynthia related that she had made the heart-wrenching decision to leave New York and the role of GL’s Annie Dutton, because she wanted to go to L.A to work, which eventually landed her the role in the second season of ABC’s hit drama, Lost.

Throughout this State of Mind, Maurice and Cynthia touch on themes of depression, anxiety, and for Watros, raising her two teenaged girls, during this Covid-19 world we have all been living though.

When it came time to discuss working together on GH, Benard expressed that Cynthia has been a “a gem” to work with, after he had initial reservations about the storyline GH was set to tell.

In return, Watros shared that she has loved the storyline adding: “I love the complexity of it and how it’s not neat and clean since that’s how we are as people, we all make mistakes, and we are not all perfect.” And in working in scenes with Maurice, Cynthia expressed that he is “a rock’ who grounds everyone he works with.

Watch the entire conversation between Maurice and Cynthia on the latest State of Mind below. 

Then, let us know if you enjoyed the chat between the two, and if you are rooting for more Nina and Sonny, or are you still Team Carson via the comment section.

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Soap Veteran Michael Tylo Passes Away at 73

Michael Tylo, well-remembered for his roles on daytime soap operas, has died at the age of 73.  Tylo, was most-loved in his role as Quinton Chamberlain, in the Quint and Nola (Lisa Brown) romance on Guiding Light, as well for his time on The Bold and the Beautiful (Ex-Sherman), All My Children (Ex-Matt), The Young and the Restless (Ex-Rick/Blade), Another World (Ex-Lord Peter Belton), and General Hospital (Ex-Charlie).

Tylo’s death was announced by Nancy Uscher, Dean of College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Michael was a film professor.  Michael died on Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, following an illness.

In a statement on the UNLV website, Uscher said of her colleague: “Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special.  He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”

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As soap fans know, Michael was previously married to Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B) and they shared three children together: Izabelle and Katya, and tragically, their late son, Mickey, who drowned back in 2007.

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

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There has been no word yet on the actual cause of death of Michael’s death, while information about services for Michael are said to be forthcoming.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story.

Watch Michael with Lisa Brown in the wedding of Quint and Nola on Guiding Light below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Michael via the comment section.

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30 ‘Guiding Light’ Stars Set for Virtual ‘Daytime Stars and Strikes’ Benefit for Autism Society of America

Circle, Sunday, October 10th when 30 stars from the beloved Guiding Light are set to participate in the the 17th Annual Daytime Stars and Strikes virtual charity event for Autism, live on You Tube’s The Locher Room.

The four-hour livestream begins at 2:00 pm ET/11am PST.  The event will be co-hosted by Guiding Light’s Liz Keifer (Blake Marler), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), and Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer) along with Alan Locher.

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Joining the foursome to help raise funds and awareness for the Autism Society of America are the following former Guiding Light cast members who are scheduled to appear including: Grant Aleksander, John Bolger, Jeff Branson, Bryan Buffinton, Jean Carol, Beth Chamberlin, Crystal Chappell, Jan Conklin, Ritchie Coster, Kassie DePaiva, Mark Derwin, Frank Dicopoulos, Aubrey Dollar, Beth Ehlers, Nicole Forester, Stephanie Gatschet, Ricky Paull Goldin, Melissa Hayden, Rick Hearst, Rebecca Hollen, Mart Hulswit, Crystal Hunt, Maeve Kinkead, Jessica Leccia, Fran Myers, Robert Newman, Sonia Satra, Tina Sloan, Rebecca Staab, Nancy St. Alban, Paul Anthony Stewart, Kimberley Simms, Michelle Ray Smith, Krista Tesreau, Gina Tognoni, Jordi Vilasuso, Michael Woods and Kim Zimmer.

You can watch the livestream here.   And to donate, and further information on the organization, click here.

So, excited to see this array of talent from Springfield come together to help raise awareness and needed funds for the Austism Society of America? Comment below.

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