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Elizabeth Hubbard Joins ANACOSTIA! Martha Byrne Creating Docustory Of Liz's Life!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Daytime Emmy winner and soap icon, Elizabeth Hubbard is joining the world of the web series! News on Thursday’s has the former As the World Turns and The Doctors favorite joining the cast of the Anacostia!  Elizabeth will play a role specifically created for her – that of Eva Montgomery.

Anacostia will film its new season this fall in Washington D.C.  Series creator Anthony Anderson said about the casting addition of Hubbard:  “We are incredibly excited to have the amazing Elizabeth Hubbard join us for Anacostia this year.  It was so hard keeping such a huge secret from the loyal viewers of the series. Ms. Hubbard is a legend and is one of the true architects of Daytime Drama. This is a dream come true. The episodes are gripping and compelling and I am sure will be a treat for all of Ms. Hubbard’s fans to see her again doing what she loves.”

Martha Byrne, who won a Daytime Emmy last year for her role on Anacostia will be reunited this season with her former on-screen mother!  Bryne actually co-wrote the story arc for Hubbard with Anderson and will make her directorial debut in scenes featuring the two actresses.  Byrne commented:  “I’ve said it many times, Liz forever changed the course of my life with her willingness to treat me as a peer, even as a teenager. To be able to write for her and guide her as a director is something I never thought possible in my career. Thanks to Anthony and Liz, I have another opportunity to work with one of the most influential people in my life. I can’t wait for the fans to see what we have planned.” 

But there was an even more intriguing news!  Long time soap fans know that Elizabeth Hubbard’s life has been colorful, dramatic, and unique.  Martha Bryne has also announced her plans to film a docustory on Liz.  She related on her new project:  “For years I’ve wanted to the world to see the Liz I’ve gotten to know throughout my life. Her experiences in daytime are ones that everyone in our industry and beyond need to know. Who Liz is outside the world of soaps is filled with bravery, humanity, fearlessness  and humor. Being a witness to her life, I’m a richer person for it and so are millions of others. I’m hoping our audience for this piece will learn more about Liz and walk away with a greater understanding of what drives her. She’s amazing.”

So, what do you think about Elizabeth joining Anacostia?  Sharing scenes with former on-screen daughter, Martha Byrne?  Would you like to see the docustory on acting dynamo, Elizabeth Hubbard?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I have never watched this online series but definitely will look for it with Hubbard appearing.

Hubbard is fantastic. I would be entertained just watching Hubbard read from the phone book for an hour.

I’m not sure how recent the photo with this article is. (Hopefully, very recent!). Hubbard looks great in it.

Thanks for reporting this. I welcome any updates/information that you can pass along about veteran soap actors who seemingly have disappeared with the cancellation of their shows. (Yes, I’m thinking about Don Hastings, Eileen Fulton, Kim Hayes, Marie Masters!!).

Tad
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Tad

This is wonderful. I’m looking forward to seeing Ms. Hubbard back on screen again. It’s been too long.

Justin
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Justin

I have missed her since the demise of my favorite soap ever ATWT. I have never watched an online soap, but I will be checking out this one Elizabeth Hubbard is a soap legend and I can’t wait to see her kicking some soap butt!!

blake
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blake

Is that a recent pic of them? They look great!!! They look better now they when they did on ATWT.

JUDY
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JUDY

GOOD LUCK TO BOTH OF THEM…MISS ATWT!!!

mike
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mike

One of the two best soap actors ever on soaps. The other being the late Beverlee McKinsey.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I wholeheartedly agree!

Gia
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Gia

They look great! Looking forward to watching.

Loved As the World Turns!

Tristan
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Tristan

Both of the projects sound amazing! Martha’s words about Elizabeth are very touching to read, and I am thrilled that she helped engineer Elizabeth’s return to our screens. The bio is especially intriguing because Elizabeth IS a legend! Great news all the way around in this article. Way to go, Martha and Elizabeth.

PeaceandBlessings
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PeaceandBlessings

Am enjoying Retro-TV’s double a day reruns of The Doctors circa the late 60’s…Ms. Hubbard as Althea is a revelation. She is nearly a different person than when she later played Lucinda. Brilliant idea to have this equally brilliant icon who continually loves her work grace the new wave of soaps…yep, this is how to get more viewers! She does deserve her life story produced, too. Looking forward to Liz, Liz, Liz!

Rodd
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Rodd

What wonderful news! I’m especially excited to hear further news on the Martha’s docustory of Liz’s life.

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The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actress passed away January 28th from complications from a stroke, as result of high blood pressure.

Loring died aProvidence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.  Lisa’s daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, shared in a statement: “She went peacefully with both her daughters (Vanessa and Marianne) holding her hand.”

In story on As the World Turns, Cricket had a sometimes competitive friendship with Betsy Stewart (then played by Meg Ryan) and had man troubles throughout her time in Oakdale. Cricket’s extended family consisted of Craig, Margo, and Katie, who all remained on the canvas after her exit.

Lisa also appeared throughout her career in series such as: Dr. Kildare, Barnaby Jones and Fantasy Island. 

She is survived by daughters Marianne and Vanessa, in addition to her grandchildren, Emiliana and Charles.

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We’re still losing so many beloved soap opera actors as 2022 comes to a close. Now comes word that former As the World Turns alum, Rita Walter (nee McLaughlin) passed away at the age of 71.  Walter had been diagnosed with Multifocal Glioblastoma, an extremely aggressive form of terminal brain cancer.

Rita had an 11-year-run as Oakdale’s Carol Deming Hughes Stallings Andropoulos Frazier.

The former actress-turned-optician, died on Christmas.  Rita’s brother, David McLaughlin revealed the news on the 26th which also happened to be the anniversary of Walter’s exit from the defunct CBS soap opera in 1981.

In his posting on Facebook, McLaughlin shared: “My sweet, loving sister Rita was called to Jesus today on Christmas day, his birthday. She was a well known actress as well as dedicated server of the Lord Jesus. May you rest in peace Sis, I love you forever. You’ve taken my heart with you.”

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Before playing good girl, Carol Deming, who always found herself in distress as only a good heroine could do, Rita started her career as Patty Duke’s double on The Patty Duke Show, before getting her first foray into soaps with a role on The Secret Storm as Wendy Phillips.

We clearly remember when on ATWT, Carol was married to Jay Stallings, but Jay was having an affair behind her back. Carol also had failed relationships and marriages to Tom Hughes and Steve Andropolous.  Eventually, Carol left Oakdale after falling in love and marrying Reverend Norman Frazier.  In a case of life imitating art, Rita married Reverend Normal Walter in 1976.

Walter is survived by her three children, Brian, Jill, and Amy, and her husband, Reverend Norman.

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The series will stream on Hulu and in it the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor will play the part of Bill Thomas, in the eight-episode series adapted from Alexis Schaitkin’s novel.

In story, Bill and his wife Mia Thomas (Betsy Brandt) are upper middle class parents of two, enjoying a family vacation in a Caribbean resort until one of their daughters goes missing.

According to Deadline, the series is told via multiple timelines and perspectives, explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explains how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

No further details have been been made available as to when the show will premiere on the streamer, but stay tuned for more updates.

So, excited to see Michael in Saint X? Comment below.

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