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Michael Fairman's 50th Birthday Bash – Photo Gallery!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Tuesday night, January 18th in West Hollywood, California, the stars of daytime gathered for On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman’s 50th Birthday celebration.  The bash was filled with soap performers near and dear to Fairman’s heart.

The invited guests drank, cavorted, tasted some hors d’oeuvres, listened to some cool tunes from the DJ playing 70’s R&B and Soul tunes, and ate the Birthday cake which had two sides to it – one all chocolate and the other white cake with banana creme filling and chocolate, too.  Yummy!

Those in attendance included from Days of our Lives, Peter Reckell, Galen Gering, Shawn Christian, Nadia Bjorlin, Molly Burnett, Mark Hapka, Shelley Hennig, Casey Deidrick, Chandler Massey.  From Y&R, Christian LeBlanc, Sean Kanan, Thom Bierdz, and Kate Linder.  GH was represented by Lexi Ainsworth, Carolyn Hennesy, and Megan Ward.  B&B’s Brandon Beemer and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood also enjoyed the party, as did several members of the cast of The Bay including Mary Beth Evans, Real Andrews, Jade Harlow, Martha Madison, Lilly Melgar, Matthew Ashford, Kristos Andrews, Marie Wilson and producer/writer Gregori J. Martin.  The Venice peeps were there, too! Writer/producer, Kim Turrisi, Michelle N. Carter, and Harrison White. Being Erica’s and On-Air On-Soaps Podcast regular, Dillon Casey stopped by, and the amazing Daytime Emmy award winning Tamara Braun, who has formerly appeared on DAYS, GH and AMC also hung out at the celebration.

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View the 50th Birthday bash photo gallery below! Remember, to view all 29 images in the Photo Gallery of the 50th Birthday Bash make sure to hit the NEXT GROUP button which is located to the right of the + symbol on the thumbnail presentation, or you can just let the slideshow play by itself and you will see all the images automatically.

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Photo credits: JPI Studios and MF SOAPS Inc.

 

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mmc
mmc

Happy Birthday Michael and i wish you many more.The only thing that would have made your birthday better was if ATWT was still on and that cast was there for you too.

Michael Jenkins
Michael Jenkins

Happy birthday Michael; thanks for all the updates.

Barbara
Barbara

Happy birthday Michael. Pictures are great. Love your whole site

Rene
Rene

Happy Birthday Michael! Love ALL the pictures, thanks for sharing.

toptim
toptim

Happy Birthday Michael

Looks like a great time was had by all
Love the cake, sooo very clever sounds really yummy too!!!
Thanks for sharing

Lilly
Lilly

Michael! What a FANTASTIC evening my friend! THATs the way to turn 50 FABULOUSLY! 😉 I celebrate you love. It was a perfect evening! muah!!

Martha Madison
Martha Madison

Hot and hotter! xo

Lori
Lori

Michael~ you are such a DOLL to share these sexy photos!! Happy 50th (you look GREAT btw) and here’s hoping to another 50 ~ xoxo 🙂

Alan
Alan

You should voted #1 soap hunk! You’re one handsome beefy guy! Those pecs & guns look like they’re ready to explode! Keep up the great work with our favorite soaps. Alan Raposa

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

I’ll be sure to send big love to you on your 51st birthday, Michael! I’m turning 56 in March! Cheers! 🙂

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