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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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The Christmas eve espisode was really really touching it brought tears to my eyes. I was so happy Matthew could walk again. The look on Nora & Bo’s faces was priceless.

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Peter Reckell On The Passing Of DAYS Peggy McCay: “Looking in Peggy’s Eyes, All I Could See Was A Mom Who Loved Me, And Wanted The Best For Me.”

Over the last week, actors, colleagues, and fans have paid tribute and shared their remembrances of Days of our Lives’ Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) who passed away at the age of 90.

One of Peggy’s most cherished and longtime scene partners was none other than Peter Reckell, who played the iconic Bo Brady, and was Caroline’s son.  This on-screen mother/son duo shared a bond like no other in Salem.

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This weekend, Peter shared his thoughts on working with the Emmy-winning actress, who was also nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy, by taking to social media on the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.

Peter expressed via his tweet:  “I was so fortunate to have worked with some amazing actors that shaped the actor and person I am .Looking in Peggy’s eyes, all I could see was a Mom who loved me, and wanted the best for me. She was always so committed to the story.Those sparkling eyes RIP”

After a fan put together a tribute of Bo and Caroline scenes through the years on You Tube and shared it with Reckell, he responded back with: “This is beautiful! Brought back so many wonderful memories. She truly was a powerful, loving presence, I miss her so much. Thanks for putting this together for all of us who love her. Lots of love.”

Watch the tribute made by Angie Evangelia below, then let us know your favorite Bo and Caroline through the years on DAYS via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stars Pay Tribute & Share Remembrances Of Peggy McCay

Over the last 24 hours, cast members and colleagues past and present of Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) have taken to social media to share their sorrow and their memories of this great and beloved actress who passed away a few days ago at the age of 90.

Here is just a sampling of the heartfelt tributes from many longtime castmates and more who cherished their time with Peggy below.

Eric Martsolf (Brady) : RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime.

Alison Sweeney (Sami): Every day working with Peggy was a win. She had such an incredibly colorful & often hilarious history in tv. I was so lucky to hear her stories. She was feisty, funny & ever so talented. She was very much a grandmother to me and will miss her so much. #rip

Deidre Hall (Marlena) : “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!  I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless.  And how she loved being “Caroline”!! Days of our Lives

Billy Flynn (Chad): “Just heard Peggy took her Final bow. RIP love…you’re a star forever!”

Galen Gering (Rafe): “So sad to hear about the passing of . She was fierce & firey with the heart of a lion yet could be as soft as a petal. I always looked forward to our scenes together, eager to see what kind of spontaneous thing she’d do. She was loved & adored & will be missed.”

Kristian Alfonso (Hope): “Peggy #thankyou for all of your #kindness , #love & encouragement through the years . #loveu Rest In Peace”

Greg Meng (Co-EP, DAYS): “I feel so blessed to have known her, and worked with her… she was an animal lover… a superb actor… had an interest in fashion… fascinated in anything creative… inquisitive, supportive… and she was ageless. Not just an inspiration but a FIRECRACKER! Lucky me, lucky us… thank you, Peggy.”

Ryan Quan: RIP Peggy McCay. She was as warm, friendly, and spunky in person as she was on screen. One of my favorite recent Caroline scenes was her speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding… Peggy’s performance was amazing. She will be missed!

Mary Beth Evans: (Kayla): Oh how I loved this woman! Her strength & professionalism was like no other! She set such an amazing standard for all of us….as actors & people. She will always be the  & soul of the Brady family & she lives on in Salem and in our hearts.

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Days of our Lives Peggy McCay Passes Away

One of the greatest actresses, and one of Days of our Lives most beloved cast member, Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) has passed away.

According to reports, Peggy passed away in her sleep on October 7 at the age of 90 of natural causes.  Peggy’s close friend, Denise Kiel Smith broke the news on social media on Twitter relating: “To all of Peggy McCay’s dear friend and family I have some sad news…  Peggy passed peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Sunday morning at 1:00 am. She always appreciated you, her loyal fans, for all of the love and support that you gave her throughout the years. Peggy enjoyed a lifelong career of acting in television and movies. She loved working at Days of Our Lives nearly to the end. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life. If you would like to show your support please visit the Kitty Bungalow, Peggy’s favorite charity, at Kitty Bungalow.”

One of the greats in her field; Peggy was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress  category at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her performances as Caroline Brady 4 times. However, Peggy won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for her work in the The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

DAYS fans have missed Peggy on-screen for the last few years.  The last time she appeared on-screen was in late August of 2016.  McCay originated the role of the Brady matriarch in 1983.

Throughout the last 24 hours, fans, cast members, and co-workers of the beloved Peggy have taken to social media to share their remembrances and grief and love for this talented powerhouse performer.  We will share many of those with you in a post to come.

Share your condolences and remembrances of Peggy as Caroline on DAYS in the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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