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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

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Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

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In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

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Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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Everett Fulton
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Everett Fulton

I loved this interview Michael. Seeing Linda makes me so happy and a bit sad too because I miss Another World. Thank you for this!!!

DENIS ADAM POMPA
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DENIS ADAM POMPA

Michael, thank you for this awesome interview with Dano, awesome to see her, I was huge fan of AW and miss the show a lot. Anyway you can bring us more interviews from AW for us. Bring us more for AW or a mini reunion.
Anna Stuart, Nancy Frangione, Victoria Wyndham, Stephan Schnetler, Tom Eplin, Alice Barrett, Matt Crane, Judi Evans and Sandra Robinson. Be awesome to see the faces that had us glued to AW for so many years. They are so missed. AW rocked no daytime drama like it anymore!

Diane Eileen Verdonk
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Diane Eileen Verdonk

I totally agree Another World was the best soap

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely—-AW was the best!! Linda Dano was awesome as Ms Gallant. Yet, no one can replace “Vivian”—– As great an actress as Dano is, I found her performance on Days a complete contrast to the Prima Donna, Vivian. Too sugary. Was it the babies who turned the feral, unbending tigress to mush?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

My two favorites were Constance Ford and Ann Wedgeworth who in later years turned up on the comedy Three’s Company.

Momo
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Momo

AW was a great soap. No one can be Louise Sorel, so I’m sure it’s hard to take on the role. Linda’s doing a good job.

Ray
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Ray

I loved hearing and reading about Linda. I have loved her since “AW.” The cast picture brings back a lot of great memories and made me wonder whatever happened to Anna Stuart. I loved her on “AW” and “AMC.”

Rodd
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Rodd

I love Linda, so seeing her in anything is always a treat! And even though Louise is still imbedded in my mind as Vivian, I know that Linda will be wonderful in the role. It makes me happy just seeing her take on Viv and I hope it continues for some time to come. How I miss ANOTHER WORLD! There hasn’t been another show to replace it in my heart and never will be. Linda and Victoria and Stephen and Anna and Matt…so, so many…too many to name them all…were just wonderful to watch every day! Best Wishes in your… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

Love Linda Dano!!! She was a favorite for years on Another World. I was delighted to see her step in for Louise Sorel which isn’t a favorite. I had hoped she stay longer!

Diane Swanson
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Diane Swanson

Awesome interview Linda. I am so excited that Linda is on Days of Our Lives I watched her all those years on another world in One Life to Live. I know Linda personally cuz I live in Connecticut and she lives in the town that I do and I say hats off to you Linda keep going girlfriend you look awesome. Any soap opera show should be honored to have her. Can’t wait to catch up with you in town.

lis
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lis

So great to see her. I wished they had cast her in another role other than Vivian because the prior actress is so identified with that role and long time fans of Louise don’t want to give anyone not even greats like Strasser or Dano a fair shake. I would have loved to see her cast as Ava’s mom or in scenes with Victor or Julie and Doug. That would have been something. Kudo’s to Days for finding these grand old soap greats and putting them in short term roles.

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Mike Manning On His DAYS Departure: “Thank You to NBC, to Everyone Involved, and Most of All to the Fans That Were Along for the Ride With This Crazy Character.”

Now it’s the end of the line for Charlie on Days of our Lives, his portrayer Mike Manning took to his Instagram for some parting words of his time in Salem playing this very bad dude.

As Days fans know, many people wanted Charlie dead, and now he is! Thus begins a good old fashioned soap murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera, the question now is, who ultimately did the deed?

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After getting a copy of the latest Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, which features, “Who Killed Charlie?” on the cover, Manning shared in a post on Friday: Everybody has a motive to want this guy dead.” 😂 Not exactly how I pictured my first soap magazine cover, but at least we’re having a good time with it. It’s been fun Salem. I’ll love you all forever. ✌🏼💙. Thank you to NBC, to everyone involved, and most of all to the fans that were along for the ride w/ this crazy character. You’re amazing. I’ll always be grateful for you.  Excited to share what’s next as soon as I can.   Arrivederci. -Charlie/Mike”

So place your bets on who will turn out to be the murderer via the comment section below and let us know what you thoughts on Mike’s run on DAYS!

 

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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