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"GL's" Marj Dusay posts message to fans on the ending of the series!

jpi_dusay101608_25521.jpgGuiding Light’s incredible Marj Dusay (Alexandra Spaulding) posted a very touching, moving and gracious note to her facebook fan page this weekend, after the final statement made by Telenext that Guiding Light will not find another home.  On-Air On-Soaps wants to share this with all soap fans and those who will hold “GL” close to their hearts forever! We Love You Marj!

STATEMENT FROM MARJ DUSAY TO HER FANS:
“WELL, WHAT CAN I SAY. THE ENDING OF A CLASSIC AND HISTORICAL SOAP OPERA, OUR
GUIDING LIGHT. IT’S INCREDIBLY EMOTIONAL FOR ALL OF US WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED.
WE’RE AWARE OF THE PLACE IT HAS HAD IN MANY OF YOUR HEARTS OVER THE YEARS.

WE WILL BE SHOOTING OUR LAST EPISODES WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. I’M HOPING THAT
OUR AUDIENCE WILL PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE FINAL WEEKS OF THE SHOW. I PROMISE
YOU IT WILL BE EXTREMELY TOUCHING, AND I THINK SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALL BE
PROUD TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF.

SAYING GOOD-BYE TO THE CAST, PRODUCTION CREW AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE A SOAP
WORK HAS BEEN A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW. WE WERE, TRULY, FAMILY. MY ALAN, MY
PHILIP, MY BUZZ, ETC.– HAVE ALL GIVEN ME WONDERFUL MOMENTS AS PARTNERS IN
ACTING. I COULDN’T HAVE WISHED FOR MORE.

I HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY LUCKY TO PLAY A CHARACTER LIKE ALEXANDRA, WHO I ALWAYS
BELIEVED TO BE VERY INTELLIGENT AND WISE, WHILE RETAINING A CHILDLIKE QUALITY.
UNPREDICTABLE.
I PARTICULARLY LIKED SOME OF THE OUTLANDISH, OVER-THE-TOP THINGS SHE HAS DONE, I
HOPED, ALWAYS SHOWING HER DEPTH OF HEART AND LOVE AND CONCERN.

I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT ALEX BE SHOWN AS AN EXAMPLE OF A WOMAN WHO HAD
EVERYTHING, BUT WAS ANYTHING BUT PERFECT. WHEN YOU THINK SOMEONE HAS EVERYTHING,
REMEMBER– THERE’S AN UNDERBELLY OF SECRETS THAT ONE HIDES: INSECURITY,
JEALOUSY, ANGER, AND ANY OTHER HUMAN FLAWS YOU CAN THINK OF. LOVE CAN CONQUER OR
DESTROY, YOU CAN ONLY KNOW ANOTHER HUMAN BEING SO WELL.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU– AGAIN– TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN SO KIND TO ME
OVER THE YEARS. YOU WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE IT.

SO, WISHING YOU ALL LOVE, HAPPINESS, PEACE, UNDERSTANDING, FREEDOM, FURS,
CHOCOLATE, JET PLANES, DIAMOND RINGS, CHEESEBURGERS, FRIED CHICKEN, HOT COCOA,
VANILLA ICE CREAM, ETC., ETC.

ENOUGH SAID.

LOVE YA,

MARJ”

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Crystal Chappell & Hillary B. Smith To Talk Soap Careers, Venice the Series, and More In Upcoming Virtual Chat

Look for former Guiding Light, Days of our Lives and One Life to Live star, Crystal Chappell (Ex-Olivia, Carly, Maggie)  along with former As the World Turns and One Life to Live mainstay, Hillary B. Smith (Ex-Margo, Nora), who are both good friends and business partners on several projects, to make an appearance next week on The Locher Room with host and former soap publicist, Alan Locher.

As daytime and digital drama fans know, both women have won Daytime Emmys, and both are in Venice the Series, Beacon Hill and more.

Chappell was at the forefront of the web series and digital drama boom, while later both Smith and Chappell produced and directed these series and more.

Circle next week on Wednesday, September 23rd for the virtual conversation.  You can watch the livestream here. 

It all begins at 3 p,m. EST/Noon PST.  So have your questions ready for these gals!

Now, let us know below, which of Chappell’s and Smith’s daytime soap  or digital roles rate among your favorites? Comment below.

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WATCH: Matt Bomer & Tuc Watkins in Official Trailer for Netflix’s Film Adaptation of ‘Boys in the Band’

Former soap alumni are featured in the highly-anticipated film version of the Broadway revival of the classic play Boys in the Band.   In the stellar cast are former Guiding Light star, Matt Bomer (Ex-Ben) and former One Life to Live star, Tuc Watkins (Ex-David).

Matt and Tuc join Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Robin de Jesús.  The actors reprise their roles for the film from the 2018 stage version.

Boys in the Band streams on Netflix; starting at the end of the month on September 30th

Joe Mantello directed the movie adaptation, based on the play by Mart Crowley, who passed away earlier this year.

The film centers around a group of gay men who gather together for a birthday party in 1968 New York. The night starts to unravel when a guest from the host’s past appears.

The film from Ryan Murphy released the official trailer today.  Check it out below.

Are you intrigued to see Matt and Tuc in Boys in the Band coming soon? Let us know via the comment section.

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Former AW, GL and SFT Star, Marcus Smythe Dead At 70

Sad news to report.  Marcus Smythe, who portrayed Dane Taylor on Search For Tomorrow, Peter Love on Another World, and Gordon Middleton on Guiding Light died at the age of 70 over three-year-long battle with brain cancer last week on August 20th, according to the Crescenta Valley Weekly.

Daytime fans remember Smythe in his heartthrob roles on the soaps in the 70’s and 80’s.  He also appeared on Port Charles in a short stint in the role of Dean Eldridge. Marcus died at his home with his family by his side in La Crescenta, California.

In addition throughout his career in film, TV and the theatre he worked with the likes of: Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy and Jessica Tandy.  Smythe was the recipient of Drama Logue and LA Weekly Drama Awards during his stage career in Los Angeles.

Marcus is survived by his wife, Suzanne Goddard, two sons, Harrison and Duncan, and brother Casey.

A memorial remembrance will be deferred to either electronic access or post-pandemic in-person service.  In lieu of flower tributes, the family respectfully encourages contributions to a favorite charity or Democrat in the upcoming election.  Snythe’s loved ones share they wish to reinforce to everyone that the pandemic is real and asks everyone to please wear a mask.    

Share your remembrances and condolences for Marcus via the comment section below.

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