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OLTL's Hillary B. Smith talks Chappell, Gering & Alderson as W-C Auction continues!

It’s the start of a new week, and time again for the next item up for bid from One Life to Live’s Hillary B. Smith’s special online auction to benefit The Willee-Coppee Fund, and also the next installment of On-Air On-Soaps exclusive interview with Hillary!    Why should you bid?  Not only because you can win a piece of  Hillary’s acting career, but also The Willee-Coppee Fund serves to discreetly assist pet owners who may be struggling with overwhelming veterinary bills.  In this economy, it’s important to be able to help man’s best friend with routine or medically necessary services. Read below the official description of this week’s (pictured here) item from Hillary’s days as Margo on As the World Turns!

Never let it be said that Hillary doesn’t know a great wardrobe item when she sees it.  Back in her previous life as Margo on “As The World Turns” she was smart enough to buy this beautiful coat from the wardrobe department when her character was finished with it, and it’s still as useful and stylish today as it was twenty-ish years ago.  It’s a double-breasted below-the-knee military style coat from Mondi, made in Germany.  (And you’ll notice the name “Margo” in felt-tip pen on the label.)  It’s a black medium-weight blend of 55% polyester and 45% new wool, fully lined in a black/tiny white dots 100% acetate.  The collar is shawl-style and 2″ wide.  There are six gold-tone crested buttons in front and three on each sleeve, with two slash pockets at the hip and one breast pocket, still partially sewn shut.  It’s unbelted and hangs straight in the back with a 17.5″ slit at the hem.  It’s marked a German size 38, which roughly corresponds to a size 10 U.S.  But please read the measurements carefully so that you won’t be disappointed by the fit when it arrives.  All measurements are taken with the coat lying flat and fully buttoned.

Now in this week’s fourth installment of our interview with Hillary B. Smith, she tells us about working with three of her favorite performers in the soap biz- DAYS and Venice stars, Crystal Chappell and Galen Gering, and Eddie Alderson (Matthew, OLTL)!

Hillary on working with Crystal Chappell:  “When Crystal came on One Life to Live they made her a nun! And Crystal is the sexiest woman on television, and then they turned her into a juggler! We just sat down and had a good cry over that one. (Laughs) We could not believe that. I had no idea the depths of her ability until Venice. And working with Crystal, she is not just smart, but bright. She gets it, and she thinks outside the box and she thinks in holistic terms. Crystal is very passionate about the fans as I am, and very passionate about the soap medium as I am.  There are not many people left, except probably some of the actors, who understand the medium and the importance of that connection with the fans. What she did with creating Venice was truly a love letter to the fans, and brilliant because she understood through all the letters that she received that there was a market out there that hadn’t been touched.  And, there were a group of people out there who needed to be addressed, and we are not done with that.  I told Crystal, we have a whole other thing that we are going to do.  Nobody I know could conceive this, and then bring in Kim Turrisi, who is a beautiful writer, and then put this all together so that it is an homage, and  so that it brought these actors together in a forum in which we all felt so comfortable that we could do anything. It was outstanding.  I think season two is going to be exciting.”

Hillary on working with Galen Gering:  “I don’t know what he is doing on DAYS, but I have such a crush on him because of Venice. When you are in a room with him and you start working with him, you get his subtlety and his humor. Galen is funny, and he is sexy, and good-looking and relaxed, and there is vulnerability about him that most men do not show.”

Hillary on working with her One Life on-screen son, Eddie Alderson:  “First of all, Eddie Alderson was a tiny little boy who ran around the studio because his sister, Kristen (Starr) was there working, and when we were having trouble with our Matthew, we went, “What about him?”  Our executive producer at the time Gary Tomlin went, “What?” And we went, “Yeah. We all know him and we all love him.”  And Gary went, “OK.” Eddie suddenly grew up in this role and is getting more comfortable, and more and more inventive. I have to tell you, his ability goes deep when he can get out of is own way.  But,  it’s hard to get out of your own way when you are growing so fast.  I really take my hat off to him, because he has changed his whole life for this job.  He is my son, and Bob Woods (Bo) feels the same way. I am so proud of him and the work he did this past year was just beautiful.  The scene on Christmas Eve when he walked again…when I watched it back I sobbed and sobbed.  We don’t have a lot of happy moments on One Life to Live. Was that not breathtaking?”

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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‘Queen Sugar’ Gets Season 6 Renewal by OWN; Ahead of its Season 5 Premiere

A month before its 5th season is set to bow, Queen Sugar has been renewed for its sixth season by OWN as it was announced on Thursday.  The first of its 10 episode season will drop on February 16th.

Set in rural Louisiana and the fictional community of St. Josephine, the series focuses on the trio of Bordelon siblings, played by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Rutina Wesley and Kofi Siriboe, and their extended family.  Days of our Lives favorite, Greg Vaughan (Ex-Eric), has been previously recurring on the show in the role of Calvin.

Queen Sugar creator Ava DuVernay said of the pick-up to Deadline: “What a joy and an honor to continue the stories of Queen Sugar.  On behalf of every producer, editor, costumer, grip, writer, cast member and all departments involved in making this series, we’re delighted to delve into a sixth season and to bring our beautiful audience more of the Bordelon family.”

After having to shut down production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it gave DuVernay time to retool the series remaining season episode and to incorporate the pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer and the general election. Production on Season 5 of the series did not begin until September of last year and ran till December 2020.

In a statement, Oprah Winfrey shared: “The way Ava creates space to allow these characters to embody real-world experiences is television at its finest and we are proud to continue this ground-breaking series. I hear from so many people that they see themselves in the Bordelon family, and my hope is that through this kind of storytelling the hearts and minds of people are opened for a deeper understanding and empathy of one another.”

Greg Vaughan shared via Instagram on the renewal: “Let’s GO!!! 🎉💥🎉💥@queensugarown @warnerbrostv #QS6 #breakingnews”

So, glad to know there will be plenty of  Queen Sugar to go around? Comment below.

 

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TONIGHT: Michael Fairman 60th Birthday Livestream Featuring Daytime Drama Favorites To Benefit SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund

Tonight beginning at 7PM PST/10PM EST, Michael Fairman will celebrate his 60th birthday with the help of his virtual “party” guests from your favorite soaps to benefit the SAG/AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief fund.   The event will be livestreamed on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Scheduled to participate are: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Amelia Heinle, Sharon Case, Christian LeBlanc, and Jordi Vilasuso, General Hospital’s Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian and Stacy Haiduk, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, and One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and more.

About the reason for tonight’s event: In early March of last year,  COVID-19 closed down nearly all productions, forcing tens of thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists to lose their survival jobs as well, (including restaurant jobs and the like) causing distress and economic uncertainty in Los Angeles, New York and nationwide .  On March 16, 2020, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation activated their COVID-19 Relief Fund for SAG-AFTRA artists in urgent need.  Since March, they have given more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills. There are many industry charities, but the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is the only organization that gives 100% of its relief funds to SAG-AFTRA performers.

Throughout Michael’s virtual birthday party livestream, a link will be available to enable viewers, if they wish, to make a donation to the SAG/AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. 

Below are just some of the members of SAG-AFTRA who have been helped by the foundation.

We hope to see you tonight for the birthday celebration and bring your party hats!

Let us know if you will be watching tonight via the comment section.

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