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Guiding Light and All My Children Favorite, Marj Dusay Dies At 83

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She was a force to be reckoned with on the daytime soaps, and because of it ,fans and critics alike loved her performances as Guiding Light’s Alexandra Spaulding (1993-97 and 1998-99, and 2002-09) and All My Children’s evil Vanessa Bennett (1999-2002).  But now Marj Dusay, who played these roles and so many others in her illustrious career has passed away at the age of 83.

The news came via her step-daughter, Elizabeth Perine on facebook who revealed that Marj past away on Tuesday stating: “I’m so very sad to have to tell you that my stepmother Marj passed away peacefully yesterday morning in her sleep. She was quite a woman and had quite a grand life. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.:

But not only did Marj portray Alexandra and Vanessa on daytime, she also had stints as Myrna Clegg on Capitol, Vivian Alamain on DAYS and Pamela Conrad Capwell on Santa Barbara.

Dusay also appeared on TV in Facts of Life, The Odd Couple, Star Trek, Hogan’s HeroesMod SquadGet SmartMannixPhyllisBarnaby JonesHart to Hart and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and many other series.

Share your remembrances and condolences of and for Marj Dusay in the comment section below.  But first check out these scene from her work on Guiding Light!

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Momo
Momo

Loved her on Santa Barbara. She was a great actress. RIP

mike
mike

The lady had something special that she brought to each of her roles. She was always fun to watch even when she was evil. One of the greats of daytime.

Jimh
Jimh

She was also in 1969s Dan Curtis pilot… Dead Of Night: Darkness At Blaisdon…(spelling)

Louise W
Louise W

Oh, she was wonderful. Sad, sad day.

Steve
Steve

A daytime institution!
Vanessa was deliciously wicked. Was sad that she left AMC when Josh Duhamel departed, however that made for quite an exit story.

Her scenes opposite James Mitchell and Vincent Irizarry were always top notch.

RIP

Lew S.
Lew S.

So sorry to hear this. She was truly the best!

Chaz
Chaz

Oh, sad. She was one of my favorites ….always bringing her A game to every role. Condolences to her family.

JustSaying
JustSaying

She created one masterpiece after another after another. She was truly gifted and will be missed. My condolences to her family.

RICKIE BOGUILLE
RICKIE BOGUILLE

Truly underrated actress. Loved her in each role she played. She first entered my radar on a nighttime TV movie, “Murder in Peyton Place.” Remarkable performer (who could forget her scenes with her brother Alan died in the final episodes of “Guiding Light”?).

Charday
Charday

How sad. Rest in Peace, sweet lady.

Toscanti
Toscanti

I remember her brief stint on Capitol as Myrna Clegg following the death of Carolyn Jones. I loved her on Guiding Light and All My Children. She was a great actress and I’m very sad to hear of her passing. R.I.P.

Barbara
Barbara

So sad to hear the news. You forget that as you age so do those who you watched when younger and that is how I remember her on SB, Days and AMC. RIP dear lady.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Such very sad news. She did a terrific job on All My Children. May she rest in peace.

Rodd
Rodd

Golly! I thought of her as one of the Grand Dames of daytime TV; daytime royalty. She gave us so many wonderful performances and was always a calss act. Rest in Peace, Ms. Dusay.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

She was always fun to watch, and somehow — I don’t know how — she managed to follow in the footsteps of the great Beverlee McKinsey and make Alexandra Spaulding her own. Different, of course, which is how it should be — no one wants to watch a pale imitation. But with a new spin on Alex, she was delightful. Rest in peace, and thank you for the entertainment.

The other Lis
The other Lis

Great actress. She was so dominating on screen. She reminded you of Susan Hayward. Another soap great leaves the scene.

clb
clb

Sad News. I forgot how well she played Alexandra until I saw the show clips and her statement to Annie Dutton: “You are NOT a natural born shark like me!” And we believed her! Condolences to her family. Miss GL so much.

Rifa Martin
Rifa Martin

One of the best. Really enjoyed her work. RIP!

Shay
Shay

Very sad news, indeed!!!! Miss Dusay brought a true touch of class and glamour to every soap grande dame role she inhabited, which she always portrayed with the greatest measure of style and aplomb! One was never disappointed when Marj was large and in charge of any fictional daytime locale because she clearly owned the place—-and on her own terms, to boot! She was also a very elegant, gutsy lady offscreen, as well! I fondly recall her vocal support for fellow Russell, Kansas native Senator Bob Dole in the 1996 general election…At the time, I remember thinking how brave that was for any actress working in an industry that was so hugely and blindly infatuated with all things Clinton, yet Miss Dusay never forgot either her roots, or the huge sacrifices that her hometown’s hero, Senator Dole, had made during World War II in which he was gravely injured, left maimed for life and persevered through to become one of this nation’s most influential and inspirational politicians. Due to their shared strong personal ties to the place from which they both hailed, Miss Dusay proudly and loyally campaigned for Russell’s courageous “local son” in his run for the highest office in the land. (By the way, she also tirelessly championed many Kansas state and city charities long into her successful acting career on both coasts.) Before that, I was already a major Marj Dusay fan, but from that moment on, she forever gained my admiration as a real woman of great character!!!!! She will be missed!

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NATAS Launches New Streaming Service App As Destination To Watch Daytime Emmys and More

Looks like the place to view the Daytime Emmy ceremonies continue to change, and now evolve with the times, with news on Wednesday from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

While the annual kudofest used to be on major network television, the last several years have found the Emmys not having a broadcast outlet and having to be creative.  As fans of the daytime community know, most recently that show has been able to seen on You Tube, Twitter, and the like, via social media.

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Now comes word that NATAS has launched its very own streaming service app to be the epicenter for all of its award shows.  According to Variety: “The service, which doesn’t yet have a name (but will likely include “Emmy” in its title), will be unveiled in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in April, and the Sports Emmys in May, both of which are administered by NATAS.”

With the introduction of the new OTT app, NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp shared that viewers will know where to go instead of  how it went down in the recent previous years.“We were making it available on PCs and mobile in a clunky way. But with the Emmys OTT app available on any platform, if you want to watch on your phone you can watch on your phone. You want to watch on your TV, you can watch on your TV. And really be accessible to the audience. Wherever they are consuming the shows, we’re on it.”

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NATAS is reportedly building out the OTT app  be available on web, mobile, and major settop platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire stick and Android TV.   The new app is said to be free, at least for now, and without commercials.

One more important note is that Sharp says to be on the lookout for more content to enhance the Emmy and award show experiences delivered from NATAS that will include: past awards ceremonies, as well as clips from the NATAS archives,.

In addition to that, looks like there will be some original short form content as well; including its first one “Behind the Emmy” that will combine backstage interviews, onstage acceptance speeches and some of the actual submitted content to really tell the story of the excellent creativity and production work that goes into winning that most coveted honor of excellence in television,” Sharp said.

So, what do you think about the upcoming launch of NATAS’ new app and the place to watch this year’s Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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Freddie Smith Reveals That He and Chandler Massey Will Be Exiting DAYS

In a shocking and special videotaped message and posting on Wednesday from DAYS Daytime Emmy-winner, Freddie Smith (Sonny); the actor shared that he, along with his longtime on-screen scene partner, Chandler Massey (Will), have been reportedly released from their contracts at Days of our Lives.

Freddie relates that the two are currently wrapping up their final episodes, as of now, with the long-running NBC daytime drama series, which was just officially renewed for another season by NBC.

According to Smith, what he posted with the video said:  “I know it’s a bit shocking, but it’s true. Will and Sonny’s last episode is projected to air September ”

Remember, DAYS tapes months ahead of air.  Smith says he will not divulge how Sonny and Will leave the canvas.  He also says that Massey will join him for a special podcast tomorrow to discuss the situation further.

Within the video, Smith shares his thoughts on being part of the power couple of WilSon that has meant so much to so many fans of the series and the LGBTQ community.  He adds on the upcoming departures: “It was not our choice.  We were looking forward to staying on and keeping the story going.”

In a tweet today, Chandler Massey added: “Wish it weren’t coming to an end, but I will be forever grateful to everyone who went on this journey with us.” While Smith shared: “I will miss Salem so much!! Thank you all for the incredible love and support throughout the years. I really feel we told a love story that will live on forever.”

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Watch the video below where Freddie talks about his exit at DAYS and his thoughts on it.

Now let us know, what do you think about Freddie and Chandler exiting Days of our Lives? Share your sentiments in the comment section.

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Orson Bean, Longtime Husband to B&B’s Alley Mills, Struck And Killed By Car

Heartbreaking news this morning.  One of the most beloved actors, Orson Bean, was killed last night in Los Angeles, California when he was reportedly struck and killed by a car.  Bean was 91-years-old.

Fans of The Bold and the Beautiful know that Bean was married to cast member, Alley Mills (Pam).  Their marriage lasted 27 years.

Various reports have been coming in on what happened at the scene: Los Angeles Police Captain. Brian Wendling initially said that a man had been walking in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles and was clipped by a vehicle, causing him to fall. Then, a second driver struck him again, which was the cause of his death.   It has also been reported that both drivers stayed on the scene and attempted to administer aid but Bean died at the scene.

There were also reports that Alley Mills, 68, who Bean was married to for 27 years and his third wife, was at the scene at the time of the accident.

Bean’s acting career spanned decades, where he appeared in numerous comedy and drama television series, as well as games hows.  In recent years he appeared on Modern Family, Desperate Housewives,  Hot in Cleveland and Grace & Frankie.

Mills and Bean has just performed together in a play Bad Habits which ended its run last week in Santa Monica, California.

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Orson Bean is survived by his daughter, Michele, from his first marriage, and sons Max and Ezekiel and daughter Susannah from his marriage to Carolyn Maxwell.

We will continue to update you as any new information comes to light.

Share your condolences for Alley and the death of Orson Bean via the comment section below.

 

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