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Jess Walton Featured In CBS Cares PSA For American Heart Association As Jill Learns Of Her Heart Condition

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This week on The Young and the Restless, Jill Abbott Atkinson suffered a heart attack.

The warning signs were all there, but ignored.

It is a very common fact and reality that hits women suddenly.  For this story as we previously posted, Y&R partnered with the American Heart Association and gave venerable and beloved actress Jess Walton (Jill) the nod to be the vessel to tell this story on-air on the number one soap opera.

Following the episode that Jill learns what she now must live with a heart condition; a PSA from CBS Cares and the American Heart Association was played featuring Jess.  In addition, throughout the week there were several key touching and informational scenes between Jill and her on-screen son, Billy played by  Jason Thompson.

Watch the PSA here and then after the jump some of the scenes surrounding the aftermath of Jill’s heart attack after the jump. Let us know if you are enthusiastic that Y&R is again telling an important medical and social issue of our time in the comment section below and using the character of Jill in which to tell it.

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Jess Walton, if you’re listening, I love you and your brave performance was spot on.
You are also finding your stride with your on screen son, Billy. I completely buy you two as mother and son.
Bravo. I love to see good acting merge with good writing. These episodes reminded me of why I became hooked on soaps in the first place.
Keep up the good work, Y&R!!!

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Having a heart attack during a blowout fight, over wrought, is not all that common.. Most die in their sleep, in the kitchen, in the garden, or watching tv etc. What needed to be shown is WHAT TO DO;; Like encouraging to call the ambulance , what to do while waiting if conscious, show the importance of a life alert device for older and alone people. Show- to have an emergency call list on your refrigerator if living alone. Also– I’d believe not many soap watcher have a live in maid/cook to care for them when returning home. They would… Read more »

su0000
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One of the symptoms of certain classes of massive heart attack is an irresistible desire to defecate.
So people head for the bathroom and die on throne.
((not mentioned but an ordinary symptom))
take your phone to bathroom when feeling not right..

Lou piikes
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My mom died on the throne while having a massive heart attack in a casino bathroom.

Celia
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Celia

That’s exactly what happened to Elvis Presley, su.

Violet Lemm
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Suoooo, your comment was very informative and Scarey, but honestly, as an older person, having indigestion ,etc. you can’t be expected to call the paramedics every time you have a stomach ache or have to have a B.M. So, how long do you wait before symptoms worsen and you drop dead? As far as Jill’s heart attack, a lot of us old or young, live alone and do not have the luxury of live in help, also do not even realize they are having an attack, until its too late.

Celia
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Celia

Good one, su. Loved this post!!!!!

Rose
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Su..It’s good to see your ” heart” showing as opposed to some of your previous comments. Maybe medical advise shouldn’t be put into a soap, but story telling still provides a great way to highlight med problems/”what to do”as you said, and get people thinking when an actual psa comes on. For me , better than a pharma ad which can be very ominous, and a turn off, as opposed to Jess. I’m more inclined to listen to her.

Mo
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Mo

I don’t think of Jill as “elderly”.

Anyway, I too would have preferred that Jill has the symptoms when doing nothing. That is what happened with me. But everyone is different and this is a soap so okay.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson On Gaining Custody of Douglas: “Thomas Just Wants to Take His Rightful Place”

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) wants to be more of an active father to his son, Douglas (Django Ferri), who has been living with Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton).

When confronted with this news, Hope is not too happy, because she could lose being mother to the little boy, who she has come to love as her own.

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In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), Atkinson shared on the story: “Thomas just wants to take his rightful place. He’s not saying they are no longer a family. It’s just the opposite.  He’s not prying Douglas away from Hope.  He knows Douglas has bonded with Hope, Liam and Beth, and he believes they can all make it work.”

The question is, will Thomas resort to extreme measures as he has in the past to get what he wants, or will he work this out with Hope and Liam?

Check out the latest promo for this week’s action on B&B below.

Now let us know, do you want Thomas to have more of a relationship with his son, Douglas? Should the boy live between all three ‘parents’? Should Douglas fight for solo custody? Comment below.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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