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UPDATE: Eric Sheffer Stevens fans raise funds for Doctors without Borders!

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Now, here’s a way to do something with your grief and turn it into something positive for others!  The fantastic fan base of As the World Turns, Eric Sheffer Stevens (Dr. Reid Oliver) had an inspired member of their fan forum come up with an idea to set up a fundraising campaign with the proceeds going to Doctors without Borders/Medecins sans Frontieres to show what the incredible character Reid Oliver has meant to all of them.  From what we hear: Eric himself suggested the charity, once he heard what his legions of fans wanted to do in his honor.  How cool!

On-Air On-Soaps has been told by the campaign organizers that the fundraiser launched on Aug 19,  has now received over $5500.00  in donations, all in just two days.  If you’d like to check out their efforts click here!

In addition, the ESS group on their landing page has a very nice mission statement!  And, here is a portion of that below:  “As Reid has been a hero to many, we can follow suit and be heroes as well while honoring Eric and his incredible talent. Many have asked how they can send gifts to Eric to show their appreciation of his talent.  Eric has expressed that while he is grateful for the thought; his preference is that folks send him their good thoughts.  This is a way to satisfy both while supporting a cause that is of vital importance on a global level.  How appropriate given the fact that Eric’s fans are all over the world and this is a charity close to his heart.”

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bluemirror144
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bluemirror144

I am so moved by this opportunity to support Doctors Without Borders in Eric’s name. The fans of Reid Oliver and his portrayer are angry and grieving over one more brilliant gay character–unapologetic, sexy, brilliant and adult–being sacrificed for the happiness of a straight, much less epic, much less compelling couple. Luke deserves his happy ending, and the fans who discovered Reid and ESS this year deserve a denouement that is groundbreaking, rather than a fulfillment of a cliche. Being able to give money to Doctors WIthout Borders gives us something to do with our frustration and sadness. Thank you,… Read more »

Mary Pariseau
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Mary Pariseau

Thanks Michael for sharing the story. It felt great to make the donation today in honor of Eric Sheffer Stevens. His portrayal of Dr Reid Oliver has touched so many lives from all around the world. He is a brilliant actor and I have enjoyed watching the LuRe storyline.

Being able to give to Doctors Without Borders has given us all a way to show everyone how much we love the character of Reid Oliver and to thank the man who portrayed him, the wonderful Eric Sheffer Stevens.

traciamc
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traciamc

I couldn’t have said it better than blue did. We as a fandom are devastated that our couple is not only being destroyed at the end of the show, but we’re upset at the cavalier attitude that Chris Goutman and head writer Jean Passante have shown to the fans, both of Luke/Reid and Luke/Noah. It’s ludicrous and we’re angry. This was our way of being able to focus some positive energy to help others and show our support and thanks to the brilliant acting of Eric Sheffer-Stevens and the epic character of Dr. Reid Oliver. We look forward to seeing… Read more »

L
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L

I’m a relatively new soap fan (all thanks to ESS, Reid and LuRe), and I am ashamed to admit that in the past, I was guilty of mocking soap viewers due to stereotypes and so forth. Never again – I’ve never known a more intelligent, fun, diverse and passionate group of people, and in all my years of fandom, this is the first I’ve been in where the fans have channeled their frustration and pain, as well as their love for a show and character/actor into such a positive activity that will benefit so many people. I’ll be donating myself… Read more »

Colleen
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Colleen

Michael, Thank you for helping us to make folks aware of the effort in honor of Eric. Folks have been searching for a way to show their appreciation and, given how humble Eric is, have found it hard to do so in a tangible way. By recognizing what he has meant to the fan base through donations to Doctors without Borders, that desire has been satisfied at the same time that a truly deserving cause will see a boost to heir fundraising effort. Given the fractured nature of the soap fan base, i could not be more proud to be… Read more »

Sandra
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Sandra

This is a testament to the power of Reid Oliver as brought to life by Eric Sheffer Stevens: rage and disappointment over something we can’t control are channeled into something positive that can truly make a difference. Thank you Eric, the Reid fans who organized and made this possible, Michael for spreading the word, and Doctors without Borders for helping make the world a better place. Reid Oliver lives forever!

Michael
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Michael

Reid and Eric’s fans are the most amazing people ever. I realized that the first time I went on Reid’s fanpage on facebook. Eric must be proud to have such wonderful fans.

Jana
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Jana

Thank you for writing this. It makes me feel so positive and very proud to be Lure fan. All the best Michael.

marisha
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marisha

Thank you Michael for your article and supporting our cause! It’s an honor & privilege to be part of this group of amazing people. We come from all over the world and share our love of the character Dr Reid Oliver and the talents of Eric Sheffer-Stevens. We have been blessed with Eric’s brilliant portrayal of the original Dr Oliver. We may be heartbroken at the treatment of our beloved Reid & Luke but we will not let our devastation be our only response. We are instead focusing on the good times we’ve shared and the friendships we’ve gained. We… Read more »

Teri
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Teri

As a fan I am so proud to be in such amazing company. September 17th is rapidly approaching and as heartbroken as I am, this makes me feel that somehow it is all worth it. No matter what happens in the end Eric Sheffer Stevens as Dr. Reid Oliver made an indelible impression on our screens and in our hearts. Michael, thank you for helping us honor a brilliant actor and a truly gracious human being.

gus
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gus

This fandom never ceases to amaze me.

Jeff
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Jeff

I have been a long-time fan of ATWT and of the soap genre in general. I’ve always known soap fans to be “fanatic” yes but also some of the most good-hearted and devoted folks you could want to meet. I have loved every minute of Nuke and LuRe had me from the moment Reid Oliver answered Luke’s first phone call. This is just a fantastic way turn some real grief into some real positive action. To me this effort in honor of Eric makes losing my beloved ATWT family a little easier!

Wendy
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Wendy

The character of Reid Oliver has touched my life and I am very happy to have the opportunity to support Doctors Without Borders in Eric’s name. I am proud to be a part of the Fan Base that supports Eric and his character of Dr. Reid Oliver. I cannot wait to see Eric in future roles. Thank you Eric for being the amazing person and actor you are. And thank you Michael for posting this story.

tess
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tess

It was wonderful to support a cause Eric is close to. He as Reid has really entertained us not forgetting the character of Luke. Though its sad how it all ends but atleast the contributions will make a difference where CG could not.

Karen (limeybird2)
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Karen (limeybird2)

I am honored to be numbered among his many fans & i have already donated to this worthy cause. Today i went to a birthday party for a friends boyfriend & couldn’t come up with what to give him, so i decided i’ll make another donation in his name to this worthy cause. He was so touched by that, & he was glad we were doing something so worthwhile for a great cause. When i told him how much was raised already he was floored that for just getting it started we had amassed that much already for 2 days.

Pup
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Pup

Thank you for the article. The generousity of the fans have left me speechless.
Eric will be proud to have such a giving fanbase. Nothing gives us greater joy than helping those in need.

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

i am fowlling eric sheffer stevens footsteps don’t think of yourself think of others

GAELYN THOMSON
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GAELYN THOMSON

i all ready gave 210.00 to doctors with bardors to honner eric sheffer stevens i also do anything anything to meet him i am so in love with him

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

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The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

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So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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