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Kimberly McCullough & Michael Sutton Reunite to Commemorate GH’s Iconic Love Story on the 25th Anniversary of Stone’s Death

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On November 29th, 1995, viewers of General Hospital watched one of the most heartbreaking, and iconic moments in soap opera history; when a young Stone Cates, who is dying of AIDS, sees his beloved Robin one last time.

In the scene, Stone asks Robin to walk towards the window, hoping that the light from it will give him the ability to see her, as he has lost his vision due to complications from the disease.  When he says, “I see you, Robin, I see you” right before his passing, it became a landmark moment in television history, and so did the love story of Robin and Stone.

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25 years later, the story and that scene still resonate as ever and to mark its recent anniversary, Michael Fairman reunited Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and Michael Sutton (Stone) to share their remembrances of not only that scene, but the challenges and the joys of playing this young couple who would be forever changed by HIV/AIDS and what it meant to them, the audience, and to soap history.

 

In the mid-90’s, Wendy Riche was the executive producer at GH, Claire Labine was the head writer, and Francesca James was a director, who all crafted and executed all the right moves in this storyline, while Kimberly and Michael brought it to life on-screen.  Then, in 1996, Michael received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his work in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category, while Kimberly received the Daytime Emmy that year for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

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While Kimberly and Michael discussed their experiences, and shared backstage stories, they also update the audience as to their lives now, where Kimberly is a successful television director and mother to her son, Otis, and Michael is successful in his real estate career, and how he has helped those impacted by Covid-19.

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You can watch the conversation below, which is also posted on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube, along with more celebrity interviews.  Make sure to “Subscribe” if you have not done so, previously.

Then let us know your thoughts and remembrances on the power of Robin and Stone’s story via the comment section below.

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Cant do it justice without Wendy Riche…ok with this but Robin is rarely around ..give stories to those mainstays…

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Such a great interview. I’m overjoyed to see Kimberly and Michael together again. What a wonderful way to remember their iconic story.

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Love seeing you both. Miss Robbin

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Mr. Michael Fairman; “Michael” ; Mr. Fairman’ God how you keep us all ticking… the lovefest fans alike have watched decades you bring us a wonderful heart tug – come on… the love story of Robin and Stone… celebrating 25 years in the making from one fan who has a pretty good read on decades of keeping up. These two actors are etched, are so beloved, is right at the top of the best of the best in ALL soap annul. Kimberly McCullough (Robin) and Michael Sutton (Stone) two so young, who paired up, and did their best work, demanding… Read more »

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Michael Sutton turned out to be pretty handsome.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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