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OLTL's Erika Slezak 40th Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Video Interview!

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One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Viki) is a six-time Daytime Emmy winner! And at last night’s 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the soap legend presented the Outstanding Drama Series award, which was is the most prestigious and last award of the night, and as well now know that was bestowed by Erika to Days of our Lives!

Prior to her role as a presenter on the Emmy telecast, Erika chatted with Michael Fairman, who asked her of all the six Daytime Emmy wins, which was her most memorable?   You will find out, and with a very touching moment from Erika too.

In addition, Erika recalls being given the monologue about what soap operas mean to its viewers, which was part of the second to last episode of ABC’s One Life to Live. which earned the show Writing and Drama Series nominations last night.

Finally, Erika weighs-in on her thoughts on Prospect Park and the labor union being able to resolve the issues so that One Life can go back to production as scheduled in August.

Watch it after the jump, and let us know what your favorite Emmy win of Erika’s was? For more 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Red Carpet video interview with TOLN stars from All My Children and One Life to Live, click here!

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CJ
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CJ

Erika looks AMAZING!:)

Mitch Lopatin
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Mitch Lopatin

Erika represents pure class, sophistication and inspiration. Such a joy to see her interviewed!

susan M.
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susan M.

I totally agree with you!!!

heidi
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heidi

Love her dress… she looks so beautiful!!! Love her… she is one of the greatest ever!!! Great interview Michael and Erka!!!

ethel
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ethel

erika slezak is always so gracious, classy & elegant!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Bravo Erika as always. She is so honest and classy and so committed to her show and her profession. It is always a joy to see and hear her.

susan M.
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susan M.

Erika has alway’s been my all-time favorite on OLTL ! She is the heart & soul of OLTL. Without her it wouldn’t be OLTL plus I think the soap couldn’t go on if she weren’t there.

susan M.
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susan M.

Beautiful dress! Elegant!

mgb357
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mgb357

Always love to see the positive!

Erika Slezak is the best! She is a treasure..

On another note – it looks like they fixed the doors on OLTL.

They now open IN to Tea’s house – will be watching at La Buleigh.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Didn’t they have a tribute to AMC on last year’s show? Why wasn’t there anything for OLTL on this show? They would’ve had plenty of time if they had cut out that horrible singing! And Carrie Fisher was a waste of time too! They messed up the tribute to Monty Hall and they still went overtime!

CindyC
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CindyC

Wonderful lady and actress.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

As usual, Erika is the epitome of grace and class. Her father would be proud (is proud from heaven!). Love her positive outlook and her loyalty to Robin Strasser. My favorite emmy win for Erika will be NEXT YEAR! 😉

Trapper
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Trapper

GREAT interview!! Ms. Slezak looks amazing, and the questions were spot on! Thanks, Michael!

Lisa Z.
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Lisa Z.

That was a terrific interview. She was one of the few presenters who appeared to know what they were doing on the Emmy Award show. She is my favorite on OLTL. I feel better about the future of OLTL and that the labor dispute will be resolved after listening to her interview.

k/kay
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k/kay

The reason she knows what she is doing is because she has been in the business and loves daytime. I wish that ABC would do the right thing and bring them back home I applaud PP for what they have done but it is still not the same. Erika did look lovely!

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

Great interview with the Fabulous Erika Slezak!! She is such a classy lady and a Wonderful actress! Hope they get everything together so OLTL can start filming again! Look forward to more of it and Erika!!

General Hospital

GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light Alum Melina Kanakaredes ‘Greek Candy’ Series to Debut on Amazon Streamer ‘IMDb TV’

We all knew her when she played Eleni Andros on the beloved Guiding Light, and two Daytime Emmy nominations later, actress Melina Kanakaredes left the soap for Hollywood, where she has appeared in numerous TV series and motion pictures ever since.

Now, Melina who currently stars on Fox’s hit medical drama, The Resident is set to launch her very own project in which she not only stars, but co-wrote and is one of the executive producers.

According to Deadline, look for Kanakaredes new series ‘Greek Candy’ to hit the new Amazon streaming service, IMDb TV as part of its inaugural launch.

In story, Melina Kanakaredes and her family’s 100-year-old chocolate factory in Akron, Ohio is the inspiration for Greek Candy. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of mom, dad, their three teenage daughters, four very Greek immigrant grandparents, and one very non-Greek “adopted” son and what it means to live the American dream in 2021.

So, looking forward to checking out Melina’s new comedy series? Have you loved her work ever since Guiding Light? Comment below.

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