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DAYS Deidre Hall On The Passing Of Jed Allan: “We’ve Lost One Of The Really Good Ones”

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Over the last 24 hours, the soap world has been rocked by the passing of one of their favorites, Jed Allan.  On Saturday, Allan passed away at the age of 84.  So many of his co-stars and colleagues have posted their remembrances and their grief, which Michael Fairman TV had continue to add to the original post on Allan’s passing.

But on Sunday evening, none other than Allan’s most famous romantic scene partner, Days of our Lives Deidre Hall (Marlena) came forth and shared her touching thoughts on Allan’s passing via her Deidre Hall official Facebook page.

Deidre expressed: “We’ve lost one of the really good ones. It’s been decades since I stepped on to the NBC sound stage to screen test for Marlena on Days of our Lives. I was given a 4-page scene to memorize and perform with Days’ dashing bachelor, Don Craig, played confidently by Jed Allan. Jed made it all look easy with his dark good looks, deep resonant voice, a naughty twinkle, boisterous laugh and his characteristic swagger. He used his charismatic charm to win audiences as well as cast and crew. He never tired of my lack of experience and taught by example. He was deeply devoted to his sons and his darling wife Toby. When he lost her, we weren’t sure how he’d go on, but go on he did. Jed was a giant in so many ways, witnessed by the huge emptiness he leaves behind.”

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Along with her sentiments, Hall posted a clip of her and Allan as Marlena and Don; when the couple was breaking-up on the series, which is posted below.

Following Hall’s remembrances on Jed Allan, several other DAYS cast members past and present also took to social media to express their thoughts and grief on the loss of Allan including James Reynolds (Abe) who noted: “Jed Allen was one of the first to welcome me to Days of our Lives.. I am grateful he took a young actor under his wing.”

Gloria Loring, who’s character of Liz Chandler was romantically involved with Allan’s Don Craig related: “I just heard that Jed Allan, the former Don Craig on Days, passed on. Rest In Peace, my old friend. I loved working with you and will remember you with a smile in my heart.”

So, what do you think of Deidre Hall’s remembrances and statement on the death of her beloved co-star from DAYS,? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Desiree Rogers
Desiree Rogers

I love it she is such a beautiful woman with a huge heart for others. I truly loved Don and Marlena together they where my favorite couple.

JThree
JThree

They were my favorite too.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

She is class all the way. Gracious, heart-felt tribute to a fellow cherished actor. Kudos!

Mark
Mark

Terrific clip above. What year was that? Certainly a prime example of a time when daytime drama was at it’s finest.

Xyz
Xyz

Sad

MJ100
MJ100

I will truly miss Jed Allen. He was the best CC Capwell on Santa Barbara.

Jimh
Jimh

I think you need to drop the g at the end of the name Don…its a little dirty sounding….Marlena and Roman were popular but Marlena and Don had a more realistic relationship-often feeling like a real couple at times…hated how they sent Don out to the mailbox and that was his ending…terrible!

Kevin C
Kevin C

LOVED Don and Marlena…The clip that Deidre shared is beautiful classic drama that I so miss and what DOOL was like at it’s finest unlike today for I cannot stand to watch DOOL now for it’s not the same…notice how beautiful the background music is in the scene and how it fit with what was happening? DOOL now has the worst background music and is very annoying…

JThree
JThree

Guys! For years I was hoping Jed Allen would come back to Days. His Don Craig was a great character and actually stood for something. Marlena and Don had so much chemistry together, and the loss of their infant son from SIDS has been called one of the most heart breaking moments in soap operas. I never cared for Roman Brady I, Roman Brady 2, or Roman Brady 3, but I will miss Jed Allen. His character, and his relationship with Marlena. They should have brought him back. I hope DOOL will write in Don Craigs passing, so maybe some of the fans who still remember him and Marlena might have some closure.

==Jthree

Bree
Bree

Great actor. Love all his work.

Patrick
Patrick

I did not, start watching; @DAYS till 1995. having just watched the BEST REEL @Youtube “Don and Marlena – Goodbye…..”

WOW ! have I missed a lifetime of @Marlena’ Deidre Hall

okay.. she was younger… WITH Jed Allan !!!! who took by storm shook up all our being(s) with Deidre

GET OUT

Marlena WITH PASSION ! Jed Allan can do that

je ne sais quoi – spelled out… spell HIT me over the head what is this

just thee sexiest animal magnetism ever

his total command w/acting skillset unparalleled

trust me.. I watched every year of “Santa Barbara”

pulse racing mindset locked in… OKAY he’s it

ie: Deidre with all of Marlena… I don’t know what happened in 1986 ? here’s your answer

Days of Our Lives (John Black – 1986–2007, 2008–09, 2011–13, 2014–present)

here’s the lowdown

PASSION PASSION PASSION… stirred all over w/Jed Allan
LOVE LOVE LOVE… with John Black.

oy! I want the passion recall
effective immediately

wouldn’t all have worked , had it not been, for; Deidre Hall

DANGED IT

HOT

Salute to Mr. Jed Allan w/ his wife AND their 3 sons

Patrick
Patrick

Ms. Deidre Hall : ^^^ “… I was given a 4-page scene to memorize and perform with Days’ dashing bachelor, Don Craig, played confidently by Jed Allan. Jed made it all look easy with his dark good looks, deep resonant voice, a naughty twinkle, boisterous laugh and his characteristic swagger. He used his charismatic charm”

BAM – LOCK THIS IN

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According to Deadline:  McDaniel’s position is being eliminated as the network is folding the daytime team into the Current Programming department headed by Amy Reisenbach.”  Angelica had been with the company for nine years.

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Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment said in a stateement: “Angelica McDaniel championed our daytime series line up with creativity, passion and energy and broke new ground by helping launch the Network’s first daytime talk show in years while respecting the long history and tradition of the dramas and game shows. We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well on her next endeavors.”

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In her apology, Spencer told GMA viewers: “I screwed up.  The comment I made about dance was insensitive, it was stupid, and I am deeply sorry.”

Several key figures in the dance community spoke out following her remarks, and Spencer herself also spoke to them over the last few days telling viewers: “I have listened, I have learned about the bravery it takes for a young boy to pursue a career in dance.”

From there, a previously recorded group interview Spencer conducted with three male dancers; Robbie Fairchild (Cats), Travis Wall (So You Think You Can Dance) and Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet), was shown as each expressed their personal journey and often the humiliation they felt as young boys when they were laughed at and made fun of because of dance.

All of this was kicked off by Spencer making a comment during the Thursday ‘Pop News’ segment on GMA, in which she talked about Prince George’s  “curriculum”.

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