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‘Inside the Actors Studio’ and Daytime Soap Scribe, James Lipton Dead at 93

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Best known as the host of Inside the Actors Studio, James Lipton, passed away on March 2nd from bladder cancer.  Lipton was 93.

But in addition for making his mark from 1994 to 2018 interviewing so many famous actors and celebrities, Lipton has quite the daytime soap background in his illustrious career.

He started acting on Guiding Light, playing Dr .Dick Grant, but then soon worked his way up to becoming the head writer of the series in 1952.

Throughout the next two decades, Lipton served as head writer for Another WorldThe Best of Everything (which he helped create) and Return to Peyton Place. He also wrote for The Edge of Night.  Later from 1972 and 1974, Lipton not only worked as the head writer forThe Doctors but also on Return to Peyton Place.  His last soap writing gig was on Capitol in the mid-80’s

In 2016, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys and a Critics’ Choice Award for best reality show host.

Lipton passed away early Monday at his home in Manhattan as his wife, Kedakai Mercedes Lipton related to The Hollywood Reporter.

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I am so sad about this. I LOVED RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE and watched every episode. I would give any thing to see it all over again. Wonderful series (3 April 1972-4 January 1974) that was not given a fair go.

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Now THIS a true loss to lovers of movies and the arts of acting and directing. So many glorious hours of exploring the lives and experiences of the movie industry’s best. Of course, half the fun was watching Mr. Lipton’s delight in his own exhaustive preparation process.. those index cards! And the honest, heartfelt reactions from the subjects themselves indicated their trust in Lipton’s sincerity and fan-like zeal. My favorites were Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Ellen Burstyn, Clint Eastwood…. so many more. Naturally, the show in its present state is a joke! Celebrities “interviewing” other “greats” that have been stars less than five years, with only one or two worthwhile credits!! Lupita Nyong’o? Really? Her “body of work” merits a entire episode? As usual, the present generation has missed the point completely. James Lipton was too much of a gentleman to complain about this. And anyway, his loving legacy will last far longer than most of these new “legends'” careers.

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Oh, I was such a big fan of this wonderful man. I was so in love with him on the GL so many years ago, as Dr. Dick Grant and miss Inside the Actor’s Studio as he was the master interviewer, like someone else we all know. He could pull things out, like no one else.I have often wondered what had happened to him.
R.I.P my dear Mr.Lipton.

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James Lipton…a life well lived. The Actor’s Studio was always one of my favourites…such an intelligent, entertaining “class.” He was such a good, understated, interviewer who got the best from those actors he interviewed. Since there is not much of quality on tv anymore, wish they would do reruns of Actor’s Studio.

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Ex-Nashville and GL’s Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend Arrested After Allegedly Punching Her

More upsetting news involving former ABC and CMT’s Nashville star (Ex-Juliette Barnes), Hayden Panettiere.  According to various reports, the actress was punched by her boyfriend Brian Hickerson with a closed fist in an incident that occurred in Wyoming, over the Valentine’s Day weekend.  He was arrested around 2:30am on February 14th.

According to TMZ: the police report said that Hayden revealed that she and Brian were in their bedroom when he started throwing her around and punched her.  The Teton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a disturbance at a private residence. That caller said an intoxicated male was locked out of the home because he punched his girlfriend in the face.

Pantierre’s face was red and swollen, and she also had a scrape and swelling on her left hand; which she believed came from Hickerson’s watch during the altercation.  Deputies then decided to book Hickerson for domestic battery. He was also hit with a second charge of interfering with a police officer for allegedly refusing to identify himself.

Things looked like they had taken a turn for the better before the incident, noting that the couple moved past another altercation previously from 2019.  That case was dismissed, although he has left red marks on Pantierre’s body, because they could not find a “material witness”.

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Hayden and Brian have been dating since 2018.  Daytime fans remember first seeing Hayden as a young Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light.  She played Juliette on Nashville from 2012-2018.

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

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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‘Beacon Hill’ Drops Season Two Trailer Featuring Several Soap Notables

The second season of the digital drama series, Beacon Hill has released its first trailer for its upcoming season.

Beacon Hill’s first season was back in 2014, and now almost six years later, the show went back into production this past fall.   However, this time out, the series leads are being played by Marem Hassler and Nadia Bjorlin in this political intrigue drama featuring same-sex romance.

In the 2020 version, Hassler replaces Sarah Brown and Bjorlin replaces Alicia Minshew, who had an unexpected personal matter arise and could not do the filming at the time of production.

Hassler and Bjorlin are joined by Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Days of our Lives, and The Bold and Beautiful notables including: Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia, Melissa Archer, Jessica Morris, Ricky Paull Goldin, Ron Raines, Scott Bryce, Jacob Young, Hillary B. Smith, Mark Hapka , Louise Sorel and Tina Sloan.

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Then let us know if you will be checking out the 2nd season when it is released via the comment section below.

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