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DAYS Jordi Vilasuso Pays Tribute To His Former Guiding Light Grandmother, Miriam Colon

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On Saturday, another veteran performer passed away.  This time it was reknowned Latina actress, Miriam Colon, who died at the age of 80. Her husband informed the press that Colon died on Friday following medical complications from a pulmonary infection.

While best known for her performance as Al Pacino’s mother in the motion picture Scarface in 1983, Colon made her mark on the entertainment community through various film and television roles, as well as founding the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York.  Over the course of decades, Colon collected over 100 acting credits.

Soap fans will remember Miriam as the evil Maria Santos on Guiding Light, and as the on-screen grandmother to Tony Santos played by Days of our Lives Jordi Vilasuso (Dario).

Vilasuso took to Instagram following the news of Colon’s passing expressing: “RIP #MiriamColon my Guiding Light abuela who was an amazing force on screen and off. Thank you for your example, generosity, and inspiration!”

Back in September 2015 Colon received a National Medal of the Arts from then-President Barack Obama. Colon was noted to be a “trailblazer” who “helped open doors for generations of Hispanic actors.”

So, do you remember Maria Santos on Guiding Light and her villainess ways? Share your remembrances on Miriam Colon in the comment section below.

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  1. sonniorsolita

    March 4, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I never really cared for the Santos mob angle being introduced on “Guiding Light,” but Ms. Colon was riveting to watch. In fact, she was proof that the mob wasn’t needed. Just having Abuela Santos around as a strong-willed matriarch would have been enough to fuel stories based on family dynamics. She was a unique presence on daytime. Comfort to her husband, family and friends. May she rest in peace.

    • Tamara

      March 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

      I truly enjoyed the mob stiryline! Ms Colin was superb in all performances.

  2. mark

    March 5, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I miss gl!! Even the time when she was on was better than any of the soaps now.

    • blake

      March 6, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Exactly right, when I thought of so-so years like she was on, or the lame ones like 1995 and 1996 they are better than what all of the soaps are doing today.

  3. Nicholas

    March 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    very much remember her . my late father was fascinated by her guiding light character . He would always mistakenly call her ” Maria dos santos ” , he would always tell me what new trick maria would pull ! he couldn’t believe the tricks and stunts she would pull ! great times !

  4. blake

    March 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Yeah I liked her, she and the actress who played Carmen Santos were powerful women and actresses. I loved seeing them play off of each other, along with Danny Santos also.

  5. Rita Larman

    November 3, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    She was an amazing actress and loved her role on Guiding Light. She was so evil.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one of their discussion below. You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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Kristian Alfonso Departs Days of our Lives After 37 Years

In a bombshell announcement, Days of our Lives enduring and ever-popular star, Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams) has decided to make her exit from the NBC daytime drama series after more than 37 years in her role.

Kristian made her debut as a teenaged Hope Williams in 1983 and quickly rose to popularity and became soap-famous; along with her on-screen romance to Bo Brady then played by Peter Reckell. Together as one of soaps most all-time popular duos and separately, Alfonso has remained one of soap opera’s most notable performers.   There were only two times throughout her time in Salem, that Kristian took breaks from the show; during one of them she starred on CBS’s Falcon Crest.

According to Deadline who broke the news; in a statement to the outlet, Alfonso shared, “I feel blessed and honored to have been invited into people’s homes for over three decades. However, it is now time for me to write my next chapter.”

And it appears its already a wrap for Alfonso, who will not be returning to the series when the show is planned to return to production in the fall and come early September.

Kristian added:  “I will not be returning to Days when it resumes production in September.  I’ve already filmed my last episode several months ago.”

In a heartfelt post on her Instagram account, the actress gave special thanks to the late Betty Corday (mother of DAYS EP Ken Corday), and of course, her millions of fans who loved her as Hope throughout her time on the soap.  You can read it in full below.

 

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So, what do you think about Kristian Alfonso’s exit from Days of our Lives?  Are you heartbroken to see her go? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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REPORT: Days of our Lives Targets September Production Restart

Looks like Salem and Days of our Lives will be back in full-swing come September, if the target date holds true as revealed today by Deadline.

According to their sources, Corday Productions, who produces the long-running NBC daytime drama, sent out an email to cast members on Thursday notifying them of their intent to resume production come September 1st.

However for this article; reps for NBC, Corday and Sony Pictures TV declined to comment.

Days of our Lives has had enough shows banked through early October of this year, so was not pressed to get back into production amidst the coronavirus pandemic as much as CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful (which went back into production a week and half ago), and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital who are targeting a mid-July restart.

All three of the shows, except for DAYS ran out of original episodes to air, back at the end of April of this year.

So, excited to hear that their may be plans ahead come fall for DAYS to come to back and tape new episodes? Comment below.

 

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