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Debbi Morgan On Passing Of Longtime Co-Star and On-Screen Mom Lee Chamberlin: "I So Enjoyed Working With Her Back In The Day On AMC"

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More sad news over the weekend with the reports of the passing of actress and playwright Lee Chamberlin, who for nine years played the role of Angie Hubbard’s (Debbi Morgan) mother, Pat Baxter on ABC’s All My Children.

Chamberlin played the role from 1982-1991 and later reprised the part on ABC’s Loving.  She  passed away on May 25th at the age of 76 after a battle with metastatic cancer.  Debbi Morgan tweeted today: “My heart & prayers go out to the family of Lee Chamberlain. I so enjoyed working w/ her back in the day on AMC.”

Watch some scenes from back in the day of All My Children featuring Debbi, Lee, Darnell Williams (Jesse) and more after the jump!  Then, share your thoughts on the passing of Lee Chamberlin.

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An older neighbor lady who once in awhile stops over with cookies for me, watched that with me, she watched AMC from early on.. She almost cried, she was misty eyed, and said ” I was young and as pretty as them (the mothers) at the time now I’m as old as they are, it is hard to realize that, it seems like yesterday” Anyways! It is hard to accept they killed a great soap for a failed ‘revolution’ and all others seemed to have failed since.. (( I like that clip!! too see them all so young!! that was… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I seen that clip when it originally aired and i was so young back then…time does fly…now im an old fart…lol

Hope Martin
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Hope Martin

but we are all in such good company!! :O)

Carole
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Carole

This is so sad!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

We just lost Billy Clyde and now Pat Baxter…i lost many of my real family members and friends close together and i continue to loose my onscreen family members and friends too…also Ann B. Davis who played Alice on primetimes old Brady Bunch has passed away after a tragic fall in her home…sad!!!

Laura
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Laura

I never liked Anne B. Davis, very overated actress, in my opinion she was a spinster. LOL. But very sad? That she passed away.

Harry
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Harry

Wait, Laura–how is Anne B Davis an over rated actress? I don’t recall anyone comparing her to Meryl Streep. She played her part well–a funny, self-depreciating maid who lived to serve the Brady Bunch It wasn’t exactly Shakespeare, nor did it pretend to be. She was so good at being Alice, we believed she really was Alice.
Saying she is overrated as an actress is like saying that Bob Denver from Gilligan’s Island was an overrated actor.

Carole
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Carole

I miss AMC so much!

M Baptiste
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M Baptiste

I can still hear her resonant tone, she provided strength and clarity, in many ways being “the voice of reason” was an unsung role, yet her stateliness made it sing. Blessings upon the memory of Ms. Chamberlain and her family, artistic and native as well as her family of fans.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

My condolences to her family.Plus i do think it’s sad we are losing so many of the older performers lately.

Tristan
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Tristan

I loved her! She was absolutely a class act on AMC. Very saddened to hear of her passing.

Tony Polar
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Tony Polar

She was excellent as Angie’s mom on ALL MY CHILDREN, the show that absolutely never should have been cancelled – and the show deserved better than to only have a brief “on-line” rebirth only to be placed on the indefinite status it currently holds.

Harry
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Harry

I loved her–she was a very good actress. You really believed she was Angie’s mother.
I miss Debbie Morgan and Darnell Williams. It seems a shame that two of the finest actors in daytime drama are not working in soaps anymore. Y& didn’t seem to be able to write for these great actors.

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boes

Man, AMC was good back then, and for a long time, too. It was my number one soap, watched from the first day to the last. Lee Chamberlin made Pat Baxter such a real character – as so many were back then. I had no trouble “believing” that she really was Ruth and Joe’s neighbor. Great days… When Angie came back to AMC when it was still on ABC I hoped that we might get to see her “mother”, or at least hear about her, but we never did. RIP, great actor and it sounds like a wonderful person as… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

So sad to lose both Lee and Anne. I guess we need to get into the mode of losing more actors on a daily basis, as there has been such a growing media influence since the 1960’s and 1970’s. But that does not mean that their deaths are not sad, just that there will be more of them….

Wanda B
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Wanda B

Huggy Bear was her father!!!!! How cool was that!!!!! Loved Lee Chamberlin may she Rest In Peace

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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