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GH's Emme Rylan Begins Her Journey as Lulu! And Lulu Can't Remember Who She Is!

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Wow! What a way to take over a role played by a former and beloved Daytime Emmy winner!  In an intriguing move to usher in the new Lulu Spencer Falconeri, Emme Rylan takes on the role of the Iced Spencer gal, with a twist!

According to the latest General Hospital and ABC promo, Lulu can’t remember who she is!  No recollection of her family, her husband Dante or the baby they believe they are having via Maxie!

What do you think of the storyline move?  Do you think Dante and Lulu needed a big obstacle to keep them front and center on the canvas?  Do you think this will open up a whole new opportunity for the character of Lulu to be mind altered?

Watch the promo after the jump and let us know your thoughts!

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Liz
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Liz

Terrific transitional premise. Opens the door for a brand new Lu.

Theresa
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Theresa

I agree with you! I like how they are doing this so it makes the change easier…… although I miss Julie, but I’m going to give the NuLulu a chance and maybe I will like her just as much!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Maybe the baby Maxie is carrying is Lulu and Dante’s after all. ??? The birth may be the alarm that wakes Lulu from her haze of lost memory.

the plot device is a good way to introduce Emme Rylan as Lulu. A woman with no memory of herself and her relationships, of course, will act differently. this will diminish any haters’ or critics’ need to nit and pick at the cast change.

Seems this will further the Spencer-Cassadine feud, too, a la the good old days.

Hmmmm…

Miriam
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Miriam

I think it’s a great way to let Emme make the role of Lulu her own, and give fans time to accept her as the new Lulu. Because we all read what a lot of fans thought about Jen Lilley taking over Maxie.

This also opens up more drama for Dante and the rest of the family, and gives more drama for Maxie to come to terms with whether she will confess that the baby isn’t theirs after all.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

you are probably right. with Lulu not feeling any emotional connection to the baby to be, Maxie will change her mind and decide to keep it as her own instead.

mizz real
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mizz real

I HOPE MAXIE KEEPS IT I SO WANT MAXIANILLI BACK TOGETHER SINCE THEY NEVER GOT MARRIED LET THEM HAVE THERE BABY GIVE NEW LULU SOMETHING ELSE TO DO

ethel
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ethel

i am just hoping the fans will give emme rylan a chance to settle into the role of lulu and show her talent & not start the usual bashing & comparing her to julie berman……

k/kay
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k/kay

Totally agree give her a chance she made Lizzie on GL her own and Abby on Y&R she could really give some zingers on Y&R I really like her when she came back she had grown up some so I am missing her at Y&R. So let’s give her a chance.

Max
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Max

Loved Lizzie on GL.. Too bad we couldn’t get Bill from GL to come to GH

heidi
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heidi

I loved it!!! It’s a great opportunity to have fun with some great actors and characters. I was surprised that they didn’t do the old type voiceover saying that the part of Lulu is now being played by Emme Rylan. For just a minute I thought maybe they were going to try and have her be an imposter Lulu… but then why would Dante, Laura and Luke be so certain it was Lulu. It does make you wonder if we are being played with though… just for a minute or so. I really like the casting of Emme for this… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Loving this twist. This way she can be Lulu, but not necessarily the same Lulu the previous actress played. It also allows for a new romance to begin again between her and Dante. It can be awkward seeing a new half of an old couple- so this gives this couple a plausible reason to recreate their courtship, so the new actress isn’t being over shadowed by the previous actress work. Good call GH- much potential— and bit off topic, just wanted to extend my prayers toward American soap fans who dealing with the tragic events from yesterday.

jimh
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jimh

Of course she dont know Dante, her parents or the baby…its not the same Lulu! joking/lol…it wouldve been a funny inside joke had one of the three had said there is somthing different about Lulu b4 she woke up! With the amnesia there are many story possibilities: Maybe Lulu wont be attracted to Dante but someone else for awhile, and maybe she wont want the surrogate baby as well. This way Dante and Lulu could slowly get back together as a couple to help fans accept the new Lulu and to adjust seeing her with Dante. Perhaps Maxi will go… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Great way to transition a talented actress into an established role. Good luck Emme!

Nancy
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Nancy

She is a really good actress and I hope people are supportive and not mean.

susan M.
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susan M.

She is very pretty !

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Loved her first line!

Lin
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Lin

I just hope we don’t have this “I don’t know you or who I am” story for too long. We did that with Jason. As long as the story line starts moving- she starts liking Dante soon at least, etc. it will be fine. I just don’t want to see weeks and months of negativity as when they changed Jason’s personality. I know it’s not the same thing. Also, we do not know if the baby is Maxie and Spinelli’s for sure. Remember that lying Brit is the one who said that. Just as soon as Maxie tells Spinelli, I’ll… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

She looks too old to play Lulu.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

yes, that is the only downfall with this re-cast. She looks almost as old as Nikolas, and way older than JJ’s Lucky.

Ces
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Ces

Totally! We’ll see how it goes once she’s back in PC and unfrozen looking 🙂 She looks older than Dom (Dante) too!

jimh
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jimh

Emme and Julie are just 3 years apart

jimh
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jimh

Shes just 3 years older

ces
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ces

If she’s only 3 years older then she looks too old for her age and too old for this part. So far, I’m not terribly impressed.

Charles E.
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Charles E.

Well, I agree it is a clever way to introduce Ms. Rylan’s version of the Lulu character- a “tabula rasa” of sorts. Let’s hope the amnesia is temporary- as someone said earlier, we do NOT want another “Jason” situation where the character is changed completely, upsetting the viewers. I still say Maxie is carrying a Falconeri baby, as she actually miscarried a twin and Dr. Britch (thank you, Felix!) knows it!!!!

Bill
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Bill

Thought it was strange that we didn’t have a voiceover, “the role of Lulu Falconeri is now being played by …” in Emme’s first show. Was it because there was a two week absence of the character, or is this practice no longer being observed?

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Had LuLu been active in a storyline, the voiceover would have taken place. But, it’s hard to do that for a popsicle.

Michael
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Michael

I’m not familiar with her, but I trust Frank Valentini’s vision.

su0000
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su0000

Well, change is good..
Emme will be an awesome as Lulu, better than no Lulu ..

This turnaround is being done very well; to present the different Lulu..

cherie
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cherie

Brilliant! This eliminates the comparisons because NuLuLu doesn’t know who she is! How very The Vow of them. Just you know have a better happy ending. (that’s all)

Belle
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Belle

As long as this isn’t a 6 month arc with both characters separating and going in different directions, I’m ok with it. Not necessarily thrilled considering this is the same type of thing that happened with Lucky when he was recast. I’d rather see something a bit more original, but it is what it is. Just hope they keep them together working through this angst. And Maxie & Britt can have their OWN babies because I want to see Lulu pregnant with her and Dante’s own baby. Maybe that would be what revives her memory…

Sandra
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Sandra

I really liked that idea, until I realized they’d probably have us wondering for months if it’s Stavros’ kid.

janet
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janet

I loved Emme’s version of Lizzie, on GL. I even watched some of Abby on Y&R until I couldn’t stand any more of Victor Sonny take your pick the character who never loses, and no matter how disgustingly dirty he played always came out the winner.
I am looking forward to Emme’s Lulu. Never was much of a fan of Julie. Didn’t dislike her just didn’t care. Wish her luck tho. Emme tho she can bring it if they give her a chance.

k/kay
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k/kay

I just watched her replacement on Y&R gosh awful I will miss you on Y&R! Good luck to you on GH! Big mistake letting you go guys give her a chance she will make this role her own.

TeacherTeacher
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TeacherTeacher

I actually don’t like the premise at all, though I like Emme Rylan and think she will do great.

It’s hard to root for Dante/Lulu when I haven’t seen the chemistry between them yet. I would have preferred that nuLulu celebrated the baby with Dante for a few days, jumped into the nurse’s ball story, got kidnapped right along with Ethan, then showed up frozen on Cassadine Island. It would make Dante’s emotions more heart-wrenching to watch.

I might add that Jen Lillely did a great job as Maxie with zero change in character or an amnesia story.

TeacherTeacher
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TeacherTeacher

Lilley, not Lillely

Carly
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Carly

Loved Emme as Abbey on Y&R! She will be awesome as Lulu! Love her!

RobertC
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RobertC

Do to the terrorist attack in Boston at the Boston Marathon the GH episode that was suppose to be shown on Monday was shown here in Sacramento Ca on Tuesday afternoon.I hope the person who set the bombs is brought to justice after he is found.

Joshua
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Joshua

I so can’t blame Emme for vacating Genoa City.

If show killing witch Jill Farren Phelps was your new boss, you would too!

Daisylex
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Daisylex

I loved JMB as Lulu for years, so it was hard for me to accept her not being there any longer, but as another poster said, I’d rather have a different Lulu than no Lulu. I don’t know much about Emme, haven’t seen much of her work, but what I’ve seen on GH since she first appeared has been exciting to see. I think she and Dominic Zamprogna can make this new story line work. I like the way they are introducing her. Actually, the story line I’m seeing unfold now is very similar to the one I started to… Read more »

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I hate that you have Lulu playing memory loss. I won’t be watching GH for a long while. The last time I stop it was two years. This time it may be longer.

kris
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kris

I think Lulu needs 2 be back to remembering who she is her husband her family all that I hate the storyline I don’t think its a good idea Will she ever get it back an remember everything that happened 2 her before her kidnapping? its just a crappy storyline.

good luck to Emme
but I have 2 admit I miss Julie already its not the same without her..

sarah
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sarah

I willing to emme rylan a chance, but i agree with most of the people here i miss jmb.

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Brad Schmidt Steps in Temporarily for Johnny Wactor on General Hospital

Temporary recasts have been a common occurrence on ABC’s General Hospital, of late, but they have kept the characters and actions going when the actors have to step out of their role for a short term due to a myriad of reasons.

Now comes word that actor Brad Schmidt temporarily is filling-in for Johnny Wactor in the role of Brando Corbin.

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Soap Opera Digest revealed the fill-in casting news in their latest issue on newsstands now.

No intel on what GH airdates Schmidt will be replacing Wactor in, but they should be coming up very shortly.

In his career, Schmidt actually appeared on As the World Turns and Guiding Light back in 2002, and has been seen in numerous primetime series including: Summerland, House of Lies and Yellowstone. 

Wactor started his run as Brando back in 2020 on GH.

Interestingly enough, Wactor’s on-screen lady love, Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) was recently replaced on-screen by her own sister, Helena Mattsson for a few episodes, and now it looks like the tables will be turned for Sofia acting with Wactor’s fill-in.

So, check out Brad on upcoming episodes of GH, and then let us know what you thought of him.  Comment below.

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

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The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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