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Nathaniel Marston's Mom Shares Memories Of Her Son As Memorial Service Is Held In His Honor

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To read the exclusive story at PEOPLE.com today on the life and struggles of the late Nathaniel Marston makes his passing all the more heartbreaking.  Last Saturday, his former colleagues, friends, family, and mourners gathered together for his memorial service in New York City.  The report on the service noted that those who gave eulogies all remembered how the soap star would envelop everyone he met in his arms.  His longtime co-star, Kathy Brier (Ex-Marcie, OLTL) sang “”Hallelujah,” Nathaniel’s favorite song, as the clergy led a processional of candles.

Nathaniel was most known for his performance as Al Holden and Michael McBain on One Life to Live and as Eddie Silva on As the World Turns.  He died on November 11th after traumatic injuries suffered in a tragic car crash in Nevada.  And as those few weeks went by, Nate’s mother, Elizabeth Jackson updated OLTL and ATWT fans, friends, and colleagues of Nathaniel’s gut-wrenching day-to-day physical status.

At the time of his passing, it is now revealed that Nathaniel was looking for a fresh start in show business after kicking his drug habit that his mother says she believed started in 2003, when he fell from a roof, smashing his heel and breaking his back.  It was at that point he began taking prescription medications.

Jackson noted: “I think the hardest thing for Nathaniel was that he didn’t know how much he was loved. I think because he was an empath that he felt other people’s pain, and that caused him pain … I think he felt people’s spiritual pain, and I think that’s where his demons came from.”   She went on to detail that in 2012, Marston moved to Gerlach, Nevada, after getting clean and found a new life in the rural community where Jackson also lives.

The most ironic and sad part of Jackson’s account said about Martson’s plans for the future: “He was on track, and he was ready to roll. He was ready to go back to pilot season. He said, ‘Mom, I’m gonna buy you a ranch and we’re going to raise the most beautiful cattle that you’ve seen in your life. I finally found something that I love to do beside acting.’ ”

She added: “And he said, ‘and we’re going to get some foster kids and we’re gonna mentor them, and we’re gonna pay it forward because Father God has been so good to us.  I finally get it.”

What do you think about the memories shared by Elizabeth, and this continuing poignant ending of the life of Nathaniel Marston? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

What a lovely article and tribute to the amazing Nathaniel. He was very much loved by so many people. Thank you to Elizabeth Johnson for sharing her beautiful son with all of us. May he rest in peace.

Darren
Darren

Amen well said, RIP Nate.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Sending light and love to his family and friends. R.I.P. Nathaniel. Thanks for the memories. You are missed.

elm51
elm51

i still can not believe this beautiful soul is no longer with us – he seemed like such a gentle giant………..RIP nathaniel

blake
blake

Oh man what his mother said is not only beautiful but totally true. It does sound like he was sensitive picking up other people’s issues spiritually and that can really cause demons. I totally understand that. It can make you feel like a bad guy or low self esteem and you have to learn how to block most of that.

And I’m glad he was very close with God, that is great.

Melissa
Melissa

So tragic, I remember the spark he had with Kathy Brier. I loved the fact that OLTL paired a classic looking leading man-type with a plus-sized beautiful woman. Their real-life affection for each other shone through their characters. It goes to show you the enduring affect actors in soaps can have on the show’s viewers. Even though I had not seen Nathaniel on screen in years, I was still so sad to hear of his passing. RIP Nathaniel.

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This week, The Young and the Restless celebrated 30 years as the number-one rated daytime soap opera.  That is a streak of 1,560 weeks in the top spot.

Angelica McDaniel, executive vp daytime programs and syndicated program development at CBS, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on what has made this remarkable run; attributing it to strong storytelling and a cast that includes several beloved veterans who have been around the entire time.

The executive noted that while other soaps over the years have fallen by the wayside, and even though we are down to only four surviving network soap operas, that Y&R will be around with no end in sight.

McDaniel stated, “We have this award-winning, ratings-generating, money-making show, and it really adds value to CBS. We expect it be a part of our lineup in the future.”

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She also added, “The Young and the Restless has some of the best actors in the industry — not in soaps, not in daytime, but in television. We have iconic, legacy characters that have been on our show for decades. Melody Thomas Scott will be celebrating her 40th year on the show in February. Peter Bergman just reached his 30th anniversary in November. Eric Braeden started in 1980. We just have an incredible arsenal of actors who are so talented and play these characters so well that you don’t even realize they’re characters. They become people who are part of your life, part of your daily existence.”

As for the continual investment and ways the audience watches the show on various platforms, McDaniel expresed: “The great thing about daytime television is we have loyal, passionate viewers, and they really like to tune in day and date. They want to stick with their stories and see what’s happening today. … Having said that, The Young and the Restless is also one of the top streamed shows on CBS.com. As trends evolve, we are where our viewers are, and we’re making shows readily accessible so they can get their fix and follow their stories.”

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Jacob Young Offers Up Thoughts On Rick and Maya’s Split On The Bold and the Beautiful

As fans of CBS Daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful know, Daytime Emmy-winner Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) has been off the canvas for some time, and the actor had gone on recurring status with the series.

Young has been busy with other projects involving acting roles, his You Tube show, and music career, but certainly is open to a return to the soap opera.

But after the cover of this week’s Soap Opera Digest hit newsstands; which indicates that Rick and Maya have split with the return on-air of Karla Mosley (Maya) (who had been off the show for maternity leave), it clearly looks like the show is moving in a different direction.

Jacob took to Twitter to offer up his feelings on the matter tweeting: “I for one am incredibly sad and disappointed. Rick and Maya have split. (Love that would never die) I loved working with Karla Mosley.  it has been the highlight of my 21 year career in daytime. TRUST ME when I say your opinion matters.”

Since that posting, fans of the couple known as #Raya, have been voicing their thoughts and sharing photos of the on-screen duo.  Young responded to one in particular saying, “Who remembers this? Gosh, I miss Maya.”  In it,the posting read: “This is heartbreaking, Raya was the only example of what true love looks like on that soap!”

Previously, B&B has told the emotional and socially-relevant love story of a transgender woman falling in love with one of the men of the wealthy and renowned Forrester family.

So, what do you think of Jacob’s comments?  Do you want Rick back on the canvas?  What should then happen next for Maya with no Rick?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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