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Judith Light To Receive Isabelle Stevenson Award At 2019 Tony Awards

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Two-time Tony Award winner (and two-time Daytime Emmy winner) Judith Light will be this year’s recipient of the Tonys’ honorary Isabelle Stevenson Award on June 9th when it is presented to her at the the 73rd Annual Tony Awards in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. The telecast will air on CBS.  The Tony Awards Administration Committee made the announcement on Friday,

The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Light will receive the award for her advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and for her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.

In a statement, Light said of receiving one of the highest honors in the theatre: “To be so generously acknowledged by The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and the Tony Awards, and to be included with these outstanding individuals who have received this honor before me, has been one of the most extraordinary gifts I have ever received in my life. The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable, and uplifting. They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theatre family, whom I so respect, honor, and love.”

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Judith won Tony awards for her work in the plays Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties in 2012 and 2013.  Light became the first actress in decades to win back-to-back Tonys.  Light did the same thing during her soap opera career when she won back-to-back Daytime Emmys for her role as Karen Wolek on One Life to Live.  She has also been nominated for four pritmetime Emmys for her performances and roles in; Ugly Betty, Transparent and American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Since the early days of the AIDS pandemic, Judith Light has been champion for  the LGTBQ+ community; speaking out and aligning herself with numerous organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, GLAAD, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Project Angel Food, and Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others.  In 1993, Light spoke at the LGBT March in Washington. In 1995, Light rode her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the California AIDS Ride to support HIV/AIDS Programs for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. In 1996, she joined Elizabeth Taylor, who served as grand marshal, at the National Mall in Washington DC for the display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1998, GLAAD recognized Light with the Vision Award for her dedication to fight HIV/AIDS alongside the LGBTQ+ community. Light traveled to South Africa for the AIDS walk to raise awareness for on the ground care in South Africa and research in the United States.

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What do you think of Judith being named the recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award for her humanitarian efforts?  Share your thoughts and congrats to Judith via the comment section below.

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Congratulations to Judith Light on this very well deserved award.

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Very proud of this deserving actress!,,

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47th Annual Daytime Emmy Ceremonies Canceled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

There won’t be any “And the Enmy goes to _” come this June, where NATAS had originally scheduled three nights of award presentations honoring the best in daytime programming at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmys.   The three-day event was slated for June 12-14th, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. California.  Deadline broke the story of the decision to postpone daytime’s biggest night, for now.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision: “These were extremely difficult decisions to make, but at the end of the day the health and safety of our event attendees and staff must remain our paramount concern,” NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision. “We are closely monitoring public heath authorities’ guidance, seeking feedback from our awards communities, and evaluating the flexibility of our venue and production partners as we plan for the future in this unprecedented context.”

 NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly said on the change” “Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June.  As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time.”

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Daytime Emmy Awards executive director Brent Stanton, who is involved in the judging of the competition that was well-under way before the cancellation, shared “Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead.”

So, what do you think of the cancellation of the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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General Hospital Officially Shuts Down Production Temporarily Due To Coronavirus

GH is the first soap to suspend production due to safety precautions and concerns for the Coronavirus pandemic and is set to shut down from March 16 to April 10.

According to Deadline who announced the production suspension along with halt to Jimmy Kimmel Live, a network rep for GH stated: “We don’t anticipate an interruption in the broadcast of original episodes.”

We anticipate more official word from the other network soaps shortly as to their plans during the health crisis with production halts or schedules over the next month.

Let us know what you think of GH shutting down production at this time and if you hope all the other soaps follow suit for the safety of all their production talents and employees via the comment section below.

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Soap Vet Roscoe Born Dies At 69; Former Co-Stars Mourn His Passing

The soap world has been deeply affected and saddened with the heartbreaking news this afternoon on the passing of Roscoe Born.  He died at the age of 69 on Tuesday, March 3rd.

There was no one quite like him in the daytime soap genre.  A respected actor, who brought villainy to new heights in his various memorable roles.

His longtime friend  Denna Lynne and business partner in Born Roscoe Songs took to Facebook to share the news of the loss of this actor and songwriter.  “It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Roscoe Born’s passing,  He was an incredibly talented actor and songwriter. Many who knew him know how dedicated he was to social and political causes. He will be missed forever.”

When you think of the some of the most devious characters on daytime ; Born has played them.  Who can forget One Life to Live’s Mitch Laurence, Y&R’s Terrible Tom Fisher, and DAYS’ Trent Robbins.

Roscoe got his soap start on Ryan’s Hope as Joe Novak in 1981, he left the series in 1983 and two years later married his former co-star, Randall Edwards (Ex-Delia), but they divorced two years later.

Throughout his daytime career, Born appeared in numerous soaps including: Santa Barbara (as Robert Barr and Quinn Armitage where he received a Daytime Emmy nomination), All My Children, The City, Guiding Light, Passions and As the World Turns.

Roscoe was born in Topeka, Kansas, 1981 playing good-hearted gangster Joe Novak, the love interest of the Ryan clan’s rebellious Siobhan Ryan. He left the series in 1983, two years later marrying his Ryan’s co-star Randall Edwards (the show’s trouble-making Delia). They divorced in 1990.

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The actor is survived by his daughter with Roberta Weiss (Ex-Santa Barbara) named Alberta, 22.

Taking to social media to share their grief at the news of Roscoe’s passing were Melissa Archer (Ex-Natalie, OLTL), Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), Marg Helgenberger (Ex-Siobhan, Ryan’s Hope) and Andrea Evans (Ex-Tina, OLTL), Bree Williamson (Ex-Jessica, OLTL) plus former OLTL head writer, and now DAYS head scribe, Ron Carlivati.

Share your remembrances, condolences and your favorite role of Roscoe Born’s in the comment section below.

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