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Julia Barr speaks about her departure and brief return to AMC!

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One of soap opera’s favorite leading ladies, Julia Barr is back to Pine Valley and All My Children for the soaps 40th anniversary episodes on January 4th and 5th.  In a new interview with TV Guide Magazine, the actress discusses her leaving the soap opera back in 2006  after ABC wanted her to go off-conteact and work as a recurring player.  Barr chose not to stay with the show under those terms.  What followed was  a decision  made by some powers-that-be at AMC to not give Barr a proper exit after decades with the series.  Now, as we had into 2010 with that behind her, the actress opens up about her return to the little soap town that made her famous.  Here are a few excerpts:

Barr on her being written off with no exit scene…”It was not an appropriate way to go. After being on the show for so long the character needed some kind of closure and so did the fans. For whatever reason that didn’t happen. Now, hopefully, it will.  I would have liked to have kept working if there was story for Brooke but that’s something I had no control over. I know people miss the interaction [that might have been]. I’m saddened by the loss of historical characters on AMC. When they killed Dixie with the poisoned pancakes, it was like the death of romance. For me, that was worse than my own exit!”

On what she has been working on….”Jill Larson [AMC’s Opal] and I are developing a series that she’s been writing for the internet We’re editing the teaser trailer now. Linda Dano is in it with us. It’s called The Vindicated, about three women who are at a point in their lives where they are without their male counterparts for different reasons. Hopefully it’ll see the light of day.   It’s been a steep learning curve for us on the internet. The show is a little out there. That’s the business side, the other part of my life finds me doing whatever I want to do because I no longer have a schedule that constricts me. For such a long time I was fully busy with AMC and raising a family and now it’s such a nice experience to just go off to the theatre or have lunch with friends whenever I want to.”

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I’m glad Julia Barr’s Brooke English is making an appearance on AMC for the 40th anniversary. The fact that tptb could not create story for the lovely and talented Barr and the way they mis-handled the exit speaks volumns on why this show is on a decline. It wasn’t only her legacy character that got screwed over, besides Dixie, there’s Edmund and Maria and Julia Santos. We will see how they handle the 40th show and the returning characters. If it’s going to be a 5 min thing with 15 sec flashback then back to the Ryan story 90%. Very… Read more »

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