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Kathryn Hays, John Aniston, Anne Heche & More Soap Alums Remembered During In Memoriam Tribute at 2023 SAG Awards

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At Sunday night’s 29th Annual SAG Awards, the In Memoriam segment featured many a beloved soap star as well as so many familiar faces from film and television, who passed away in the past year.

Daytime dramas were well represented by remembering As the World Turns Kathryn Hays (ex-Kim), Days of our Lives’ John Aniston (ex-Victor) and Another World‘s Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley).

Additionally, the SAG Awards package included: Ray Liotta (ex-Another World), Annie Wersching (ex-General Hospital), Stella Stevens (ex-General Hospital and Santa Barbara), Lisa Loring (ex-General Hospital and The Addams Family), Cody Longo (ex-Days of our Lives), Nichelle Nichols (ex-Y&R and Star Trek) and Bo Hopkins (ex-Dynasty).

Other notables included the late Olivia Newton John, Kirstie Alley, Raquel Welch, Barbara Walters, Richard Belzer, Leslie Jordan, Cindy Williams and more.

Irene Cara, who also passed away, not only was included in the montage, but her emotional song, “Out Here On My Own” from Fame was used as the backdrop for the In Memoriam tribute.

The 2023 SAG Awards ceremony aired live from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Netflix’s YouTube channel.

The In Memoriam Tribute package was produced by Patrick J. Doody, as well as the Sally Field tribute and nominee highlights.

So, were you glad to see many soap stars included in the 29th Annual SAG Awards In Memoriam Tribute? Comment below.

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just beautiful the perfect song out here on my own and yes john aniston you still are the man

I tuned in just as it was going off on YouTube. I didn’t know it was on. I’ll try to find the In Memoriam. Thanks for letting me (us). know.

I could’ve done without Kirstie Alley (BARF).

They should be there. Proud hardworking members of SAG. Cherished performances.

Let me just say THANKS to SAG because this was the first IN MEMORIAM segment in a long time that was actually about the dear departed instead of some whiny singer croaking out “Hallelujah” or some equally inappropriate song, while the photos of the deceased are barely visible. By the way, can we permanently retire that great Leonard Cohen song from eulogies… read the lyrics, folks. It’s not about dying, just like The Police classic “Every Breath You Take” is not about love, it’s about obsession. Why people play these tunes at weddings is beyond me.

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2024 Golden Globes: Justin Hartley and Amanda Seyfried Among First Round of Presenters

The 2024 awards season truly gets underway this Sunday night ,January 7th on CBS with the presentation of the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards honoring the best in motion picture and television as deemed by the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The ceremony will be broadcast live and will air beginning at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ceremony will also be available on the CBS app and will stream on Paramount+. (Note, however, only Paramount+ subscribers who have Showtime can stream the event live; others can watch the show the next day.)

The first round of presenters was revealed on Wednesday and two soap opera alums are on the list including Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, Passions) and Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, As the World Turns and ex-Joni Stafford, All My Children).

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Joining Justin and Amanda as presenters are: Angela Bassett, Will Ferrell, Michelle Yeoh,George Lopez, Julia Garner, Justin Hartley, Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams.  Previously, Jo Koy was named host for the telecast.

The Golden Globes are back on CBS for the first time since 1982. In addition, Dick Clark Productions is back after years away as the longtime Globes producers.

To review the nominees click here.

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Richard Roundtree, ‘Generations’, ‘ATWT” and ‘Shaft’ Star, Dead at 81

Motion picture and television leading man, Richard Roundtree, has passed away at the age of 81. The actor, best known for his role in the iconic film Shaft, and its sequels, died from complications from pancreatic cancer on October 24th in his home in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Roundtree’s manager, Patrick McMinn shared, “Richard’s work and career served as a turning point for African American leading men in film. The impact he had on the industry cannot be overstated.”

During his extensive credits and career, Roundtree made two stops to two daytime soap operas. In 1990 till 1991, Roundtree played Dr. Daniel Ruebens on the defunct NBC soap opera Generations. He later appeared on As the World Turns from 2002-2003, taking on the role of Oliver Travers, the father to T. Marshall Travers played by Lamman Rucker.

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Roundtree’s leading lady on Generations, Jonelle Allen took to her Facebook upon learning the news of the death of her former castmate and friend, expressing: “My Leading Man on Generations. I Am Very Sad. My Condolences To Your Family. Dearest Richard Roundtree.”

In a subsequent post, Allen shared a photo of their Generations’ characters, Daniel and Doreen about to lip-lock. Jonelle stated, “In the scene with him I kept thinking: ‘Shaft is about to kiss ME!!!’ Thank You.”

On Generations, Roundtree’s character of Daniel Reubens was a brilliant doctor, who was accused of killing someone by causing an explosion at a lab in 1974. He and his daughter, Maya, then went “underground” for the next 15 years. Maya was played by Viveca A. Fox.

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Fox, honored her former on-screen soap father with an Instagram post upon learning of his death. Vivica wrote: “GM Dawlings! My heart is sad this morning as late last night I learned that LEGEND Actor @officialrichardroundtree had passed. I had the blessing of working with Richard on alot of 1st in my acting career! He played my Dad on the soap opera #Generation‘s TV show #90210BeverlyHills Mr Roundtree thank u for your AMAZING GIFTS! U will truly be missed as u were the 1st African American Action Star #SHAFT I’ll never forget the time u stood for ME when a director was being a jerk to me! I’ll miss your smile, jokes, laughs & hugs! REST EASY KING! U DID WELL. #Classic #LEGEND #LeadingMan #Actor #SuperStar #Respect #RestInPeace”

Richard was also known for his roles in Roots and the Brad Pitt thriller Se7en. On television, Roundtree appeared on: Murder, She Wrote, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, Beverly Hill 90210, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, and Private Practice and many more.

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Soap Alum John Wesley Shipp Shares Health Update

John Wesley Shipp, best known to daytime fans for his roles on As the World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live et al, and primetime fans for his role in The Flash, shared a heartfelt health update via his Instagram.

While Shipp did not go into specifics, he did say he underwent surgery earlier in September for an urgent medical issue.

In his post, accompanying by his photo, John expressed: “Hello out there! Friends and contacts have written recently, like, “where are you? are you ok?” Well, here’s the deal: I had surgery early this month for a health issue that had to be dealt with immediately. All went well, but I’ve had to postpone a theatre production and personal appearances as the recoup will take some weeks. I do read and appreciate what you share with me, that you entrust me with your thoughts and feelings. You are ever on my mind and in my heart, and I look forward to getting active and out there again as soon as possible. Until then, remember to play nice, be kind, and stay engaged! Our futures depend on it.”

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John’s soap resume is quite impressive having portrayed: Dr. Kelly Nelson/Victor Laszlo on Guiding Light, Doug Cummings on As the World Turns, Martin Ellis on Santa Barbara, Carter Jones on All My Children and Eddie Ford on One Life to Live. Shipp won two Daytime Emmys along the way.

More recently, John has appeared in primetime’s, Arrow, The Flash, Stargirl and countless other TV appearances.

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