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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.

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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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The episode originally aired back on April 13, 1984.  In story, the long-awaited wedding of Victor and Nikki is in jeopardy as Victor’s obsessed former secretary, Eve Howard (Margaret Mason), waits in the wings to harm the bride.

Meanwhile, Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) makes a grand entrance, Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) escorts Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman) to the nuptials, and Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) dreams of her own upcoming wedding to Eric Garrison (Brian Matthews).

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A brand new original episode of Y&R will air on Monday, April 6th.

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Now here is a fun way to go a bit retro during the coronavirus ‘stay at home’ safety measures.  Days of our Lives enduring favorite Charles Shaughnessy (Shane and Drew Donovan) will be taking part in a virtual table read of the beloved primetime comedy series pilot episode of The Nanny,

Shaunghnessy starred on the series along with Fran Drescher and now the two, plus most of the other original cast members will reunite though the magic of Zoom and the table read that will be posted up on the Sony Pictures YouTube page the morning of Monday, April 6th.

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Charles enthused on the announcement via his Instagram: “Yes! This! So fun to connect with these wonderful people and re-live a more sane, magical and fun time!”

Shaughnessy and Drescher will reprise their roles of Maxwell Sheffield and Fran Fine. Some other cast members have soap connections as well: Madeline Zima, sister of former Young and Restless actress Yvonne Zima (Daisy Callahan), will reprise her role of Grace Sheffield, and Nicholle Tom, sister of Bold and Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie Logan), will play Margaret ‘Maggie’ Sheffield.

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So, will you be checking out the virtual table read of The Nanny this coming Monday? Do you hope Shane comes back to DAYS for another visit? Comment  below.

 

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Remembering ATWT On Its Anniversary: Who Was Your Favorite Oakdale Duo?

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The CBS daytime drama series was beloved by viewers who were fascinated by the town of Oakdale.

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The series aired it final episode on September 17th, 2010.  The photo that is the header of this post is from the last day of shooting with all of the cast, and crew taking part in one last look at Oakdale and their time together.

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The series was created by soap icon, Ira Phllips and ATWT had many firsts in the genre.  It was the first show to expand to 30 minutes and it was the first soap to expand to one hour in 1975 and at that time ATWT was number one, as it had from 1958 all the way through 1978.

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As the World Turns gave career starts to so many actors including Meg Ryan, Julianne Moore, and Marisa Tomei, and it certainly had its share of memorable couples through the years from: Nancy and Chris Hughes, to Ellen and David Stewart, to Holden and Lily Snyder, to Carly and Jack Snyder, to Noah Mayer and Luke Snyder, to Lucinda and John Dixon, and so many others.

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As we remember ATWT on this day, cast your vote for your favorite all-time Oakdale duo in our poll below! Then in the comment section, let us know what couple you chose and why.  

 

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