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OLTL Alum Renee Elise Goldsberry Wins The Tony Award: Watch Her Acceptance Speech!

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Dreams do come true and they happened Sunday night at the 7oth Annual Tony Awards, when former One Life to Live star, Renee Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline Williamson) won her first Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Angelica Schuyler  in the smash hit Hamilton.  

All in all, Hamilton went on to win 11 Tonys last night, just one short of the record held by The Producers. In evening that had the broadcast being dedicated in the honor of the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub mass shooting that featured many memorable speeches, Goldsberry’s was more personal.

In a touching moment, Renee first thanked her mother and father who were at the Tonys with her last night, and made special mention as she wrapped up her speech that, “If you know anything about me you know I have spent the last 10 years of my life trying to have children. God gave me Benjamin, he gave me Brielle, and he still gave me this.”

Watch Renee’s Tony Award-winning moment and acceptance speech and then share your thoughts on her taking home the Tony!

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Mo

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

fginaspy
fginaspy

Congratulations!

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

So, so, so LOVE Renee! She’s so incredibly talented, and it’s wonderful that the world FINALLY gets to see her shine!

LOVE that her soap opera soulmate, Michael Easton, congratulated her on Facebook and showed a favorite picture he took of the two of them.

Do you think Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati congratulated Renee? Do you think they realize what a STUPID decision it was to let go of such a talent??? I sure hope so because that was one of the DUMBEST things they ever did on OLTL!

Congrats, Renee! JOVAN FOREVER!!!

Stephanie
Stephanie

Actually they did congratulate her. Ron called her his favorite actress on his favorite soap. And you do know that head writers don’t make casting decisions.

Stephanie
Stephanie

Also, I think not being on soaps isn’t hurting her any. He dream is Broadway. Soaps were a way to support herself while she chased her dreams.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

Renee would’ve lasted longer on OLTL if Ron AND Frank fought for her. We all know that when TPTB want to bend over backwards to keep talent, they do exactly that.

And, that’s a load of crap that the head writers don’t make casting decisions. If they aren’t writing for you, then you don’t have a job. How long is an actor going to stick around if the writers aren’t writing for them? We ALL know the drill.

As far as Renee’s dreams, I’m sure hers are like a lot of actors. They want good, quality material. I’m sure she’s not just limiting herself to Broadway. If OLTL had treated her well and given her quality material, I’m sure she would’ve stayed longer.

Patrick
Patrick

she looked smashing…. gussied up

the part that really got me

1. i’m glad my parents are here for me to thank
2. the very end of her speech: “for those of you who know me…. I’ve spent the last 10 years trying to have children…. In 2009 she birthed Benjamin… in 2014 they adopted Brielle. now I get this…. ( Tony )

I was moved .

this is from Wiki… she impresses

Goldsberry was born in San Jose, California and raised in both Houston, Texas and Detroit, Michigan.[1] After graduating from Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills she went to Carnegie Mellon University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater.[2] She went on to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she received her masters degree in vocal jazz performance.[3] In 2002, she married New York attorney Alexis Johnson.[1] Goldsberry gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son named Benjamin Johnson, in May 2009. She and her husband then adopted a daughter, Brielle, in 2014.[4]

I’m happy with you Renee GoldsBerry ! Congratulations and YES

Hamiliton is bigger than life.. there is so much energy

Patrick
Patrick

sidebar : thee truly one love of my life: Jessica Lange… accepted her Tony , as well.

Jessica Lange, winning her first Tony as morphine-addicted Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night, said the honor “fills me with such happiness, even on such a sad day as this.”

the massacre in Orlando, Florida : god bless and keep each and every one of you

penny
penny

Congrats and well deserved!

mgb357
mgb357

Renee is a phenom. Wish I could get tickets.

dmr
dmr

What a nice mention of her children; very loving and sweet!

Robert L
Robert L

So happy for her, congrats Renee!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Congratulations to Renee on winning the Tony Award. I’m not surprised at her win. Her acting and singing impressed me so very much when she was on One Life to Live. I’m sure this award is the first of many to come.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So deserving a win! Loved her behind the scenes Q and A also.
PS I really loved her on One Life to Live–very professional.

Steve B
Steve B

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

Mark Y
Mark Y

One of her best acceptance speeches of the night. Class act!

Mo
Mo

How many acceptance speeches did she have?

Mark Y
Mark Y

Clumsy fingers Mo. Thanks for pointing it out.

Lisa Sinclair
Lisa Sinclair

Congratulations Renee from another Woodie class of 1976. You make us all proud!

Jane
Jane

You mean to tell me no body every wanted to cast her in an actual musical before this, I know she knows how to sing.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

She’s great in HAMILTON. Wonderful news. Congratulations.

Diane
Diane

Well deserved. You are awsome

Lin
Lin

What a wonderful speech. she was great on OLTL and I’m sure fabulous in this role. I am so happy for her. I would love to see her in this play, or in anything. But i live so far away from NYC.

Iakovos
Iakovos

OLTL always seemed to have true actors in its cast during its storied run. That is what made the New York-based soaps so great to watch. These were men and women schooled in their craft and it showed. AM sure the LA-based soaps, too, had that, but it seemed moreso in NYC where these artists and storytellers often did stagework at night after days in the studio.

Wonderful for Miss Goldsberry!

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ICYMI WATCH: OWN’s ‘Ambitions’ All-Access Special & Get Ready For Its Soapy Debut Next Week

It’s time you start familiarizing yourselves with the new families of soapdom from the mind of its creator and executive producer, Jamey Giddens (former Daytime Confidential editorial director and co-owner).  In Ambitions, it’s the Lancasters. Carlisles and the Banks, who head up the series familial backstabbing power and sex hungry drama.

Giddens new series with producer Will Packer is set to debut next week on Tuesday night, June 18th (10PMET/9PMCST) on OWN.

Robyn Givens heads the cast as Stephanie Lancaster   Look for former daytime favorites, Matt Cedeno (Ex-Brandon, DAYS) and Rick Hearst (Ex-Ric, GH) to show up on the series as well during its run.

Earlier this week, OWN featured an all-access special so viewers can get a preview of the story and learn more about the characters they are about to take a ride with during the first season.   You can watch it in its entirety below.

In addition, the series released a segment on Giddens, illustrating that, as we all already knew, this guy knows his soaps and understands the genre!

Check both videos out below, and let us know if you will be checking out Ambitions when it bows on Tuesday night via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light & ATWT Alum, Tom Pelphrey Is New Series Regular In Upcoming Season of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

Well, soap fans knew when they saw the character of Jonathan Randall debut in Springfield on Guiding Light that the young man who portrayed him was going to go far in his career, and that has been what’s been happening since he left daytime for Tom Pelphrey.

Pelphrey, who won two Daytime Emmys for his role on GL and later did a run as Mick on As the World Turns, has gone on to star as Ward Meachum on both seasons of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, appeared on Cinemax’s Banshee and more recently did a guest spot on NBC;’s drama Blindspot to name just a few of his projects.

Now comes word via Deadline that Pelphrey is joining the third season of Netflix’s drama Ozark as a series regular.  The series stars Laura Linney and Jason Bateman and details the life of a family as the navigate within a dangerous drug cartel.

Pelphrey has been cast Linney’s younger brother named Ben Davis, and in story, he arrives for an unannounced and inopportune visit. He quickly reminds Wendy (Linney) who she used to be and who she is running from.

Upon the announcement of his casting, Tom took to his Twitter account and said, “Dream job!”

So, will you be checking out Ozark to see Tom in his new role?  Did you love him as Jonathan (Reva’s son) on Guiding Light? Comment below.  But first watch Tom’s winning moments and acceptance speeches at the 2006 and 2008 Daytime  Emmys.

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Matthew Ashford Talks Jack’s Political Decisions & Amnesia On All-New Episode Of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The latest installment of of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is out now featuring conversations and segments with three of the popular stars of the long-running daytime drama series.

First, host Michael Fairman chants with Matthew Ashford for a return visit and six-month check-in since he first returned to DAYS as the beloved Jack Deveraux but with a twist!  Yup, Dr. Rolf got a hold of the guy, and he has amnesia.

Now after this return, he is won the mayoral race in Salem, placed Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) as the police commissioner, and is trying to get Haley (Thia Megia) deported out of the country in the immigration storyline, even though his son, JJ (Casey Moss) is in love with the young woman.  In the meantime, Jack is upsetting his family and loved ones with his latest personality change, while Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) hopes somehow she get still get through to her one true love, so he remember his past.  On the podcast, Matt dives into all of it.

Later in a dressing room, segment, Camila Banus (Gabi) and Freddie Smith (Sonny)  chat about working on the show, with each other, and some other fun tidbits as they catch up.  And as viewers know, Gabi and Sonny, as well as Will (Chandler Massey) all have a unique and special relationship with one another.

To listen to the podcast go to iTunes to download or you can head over to NBC.com/InsideSalem and listen there as well.

Now, let us know in the comment section below; how you are liking the current machinations of Jack, and if you prefer him with Eve, or are you still hoping for a reunion with Jennifer?

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