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Judi Evans Marks 40-Year Milestone in Soap Operas Sharing Emotional Message to Fans

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It is hard to fathom that Daytime Emmy winner, Judi Evans is now celebrating her 40th year in soap operas having started her daytime career in 1983 as Beth Raines on Guiding Light.  Anyone who saw her performances then knew that this young actress was going to become one of the best the genre ever knew.

Evans’ career spans four decades with multiple signature roles.  After playing GL’s Beth from 1983-1986, she went to Days of our Lives and took on the role of Adrienne Johnson from 1986–1991. Next, she went on to play Paulina Cory on Another World from 1991 till the series concluded in 1999.

Later, Judi made a return to Days of our Lives, but this time playing Bonnie Lockhart from 2003-2007. Next, she returned as Adrienne in 2007, but then exited the show. She appeared in 2009 on As the World Turns in the role of Maeve Stone, but then made another DAYS comeback in 2010 and stayed with the show in that part until 2020, when Adrienne was killed-off. (She also played Bonnie for a brief stint in that run from 2017-2018). However, Bonnie has returned for good and Evans has been playing the part ever since 2020.  Evans’ actual 40th anniversary by the date was back in May.

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Taking to her Twitter account on Friday with an emotional and tearful message, Judi took in the moment and wanted to thank all of the fans that have stood by her through thick and thin, and the ups and the downs all of these years. That includes the tragic loss of her son, Austin, who passed away in December of 2019. He was just 23 at the time, and when Days of our Lives made the decision to kill-off the beloved Adrienne.

That also would include the recent allegations against now former Days of our Lives co-executive producer and director, Albert Alarr, who according to Deadline’s report, made a shocking remark to a actress who was wearing, “a spangly, somewhat tight-fitting ’70s-style jumpsuit and a David Bowie-style flock-of-seagulls haircut for several scenes.” Allegedly, Alarr came walking on the set and in a big voice said ‘Hey, you big d*ke’.”Over the past few weeks, it was allegedly believed-to-be scenes featuring Judi Evans that Alarr’s comment was directed at, and if you caught Friday’s episode of DAYS, you could see Evans in an outfit with her hair in a different look from the hair and make-up department. Judi had received an outpouring of support from the fans, once they learned that allegedly she was the actress Alarr was speaking about.

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In her video, Judi expressed: “I cannot even begin to tell you, how overwhelmed I am by all your love and support, not only today, but every day the past 40 years.  It has truly been my honor and my privilege to be able to entertain you … maybe make you laugh … maybe a little cry all these years, and you’ve given me so much more than I could possibly every give you.  You’ve been there with me in the best of times, and the worst of times, and your love never fails. I really do appreciate, each and every one of you. I’ve always said, it’s because of you, that I get to do the one thing in life I really love to do … entertain people. So, thank you. Thank you so much. I, really, really truly appreciate you, and I wish I could say that to every single one of you in-person. But just know that I am hugging you, and holding you, and thanking you with all my heart.”

Share your congratulations to Judi on 40 years of amazing roles and performances in the comment section below and surviving some of the hardest challenges life could throw at you.  Then let us know,  which of Judi’s daytime characters have you loved the most … Beth, Adrienne, Paulina, Maeve or Bonnie?

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Wonderful actress

I’m a big fan and so glad that she is back on Days playing Bonnie. Hope to enjoy her character for many more years!

I watched DOOL for about a year and I was extremely impressed by Judi Evans. I thought her performance was heads above most of the long term people on that show. I loved her and Wally Kurth together.

Congratulations Judi on your 40th anniversary. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

She will always be Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis to this Devil.

CBS soaps didn’t air in Hell, so I never saw her work there. Saw bits & pieces of Another World, so I’m slightly familiar with the “Jake & Paulina” thing. Wasn’t as good as classic Justin & Adrienne, but it was alright.

Never cared for Bonnie or any of the other Lockharts at all. Can’t believe they threw Adrienne under the bus to keep her around. And then to add insult on top of injury… have Justin marry Bonnie??

Still waiting for the twist where she’s really Adrienne and Rolf messed with her brain or something. We all know he does things like that all the time.

As for Alarr…. let’s just say the dragons await his arrival in Hell.

I love you too Judi you’ve been a star on every show you’ve been on! ⭐⭐

Love you too your a great actress the differences between Adriennes and Bonnie’s characters show your great talent

Congratulations! You are a fabulous actress and I watched you in every one of those shows and loved you each time!

That comment from Alarr is just . . . wow.

Isn’t that Krista Tesreau (rather than Judi) with Grant Aleksander in that photo on the left?

I loved her so much on Guiding light and another world as Paulina she had several leading men on there tom explain Julian whats his name and Joe Barbara who I just adored and she was great with all of them love you Judi

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Days of our Lives Star Brandon Barash and Wife Isabella Devoto Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations are in order to Days of our Lives‘ Brandon Barash (Stefan) and his wife, Isabella Devoto. The couple welcomed their first child together, a son, named Joaquin Lee Barash.

Taking to his Instagram account on Thursday, Barash revealed little Joaquin was actually born back on September 15th.

Brandon shared three adorable photos of the newest addition to his family accompanied by the words: “Joaquin Lee Barash arrived on the planet on 9.15.23. A mighty name for a mighty boy…to honor my (departed but never gone) father, Jerry Lee Barash, as well as my wife’s Hispanic heritage. We. Are. Smitten…and forever changed. Through your birth, lil man, we are reborn. Our family is mightier, our ocean of love runs deeper and more fierce. School’s back in session.”

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The actor also shares a daughter, Harper,9, with his ex, GH’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie).  Harper is pictured in one of the snaps with her baby brother. You can see them below.

Isabella and Brandon tied the knot back in December of 2022.


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Chrishell Stause Stars in New Lifetime Thriller ‘You’re Not Supposed to Be Here’

Selling Sunset star and soap alum, Chrishell Stause (ex-AMC, DAYS, Y&R), will star in a new Lifetime thriller, You’re Not Supposed to Be Here dropping on  November 4th.

In the thriller, Stause, along with Diora Baird, play a lesbian couple, enjoying quality time together before the birth of their new baby in a remote mountain town. Zoe (Stause) is pregnant and along with Kennedy (Baird), are offered a break from their stressful lives when Kennedy’s boss gives them a key to a cabin in the woods. Watch out!

According to The Wrap, “When they arrive, they are met with less than welcoming arms, prompting Zoe to sound alarms of homophobia, which Kennedy attempts to tamper down. ”


The official loglines from Lifetime share on the story: “Just as the two let their guards down, their nightmare begins. They realize they are completely unprepared for what is in store, and that the townspeople want something the two have.”

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In real-life, Chrishell is currently married to Australian singer and rapper, G Flip. The two tied the knot in May of this year.  Formerly, Stause was married to This Is Us and ex-Y&R star, Justin Hartley (ex-Kevin, ex-Adam). Their marriage ended in 2019 and their divorce was finalized in 2021.

Stause has been featured in the current season of the reality/real estate series, Selling Sunset which streamed its sixth season on Netflix beginning in May. A seventh season is said to be on the way.

So, will you be checking out Chrishell’s new thriller on Lifetime? Comment below.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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