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One Life to Live's Beloved Patricia Elliott Dead At Age 77

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More heartbreaking news for One Life to Live fans and colleagues of Tony Award-winning actress and Llanview favorite, Patricia Elliott.

Elliott who portrayed Renee Divine Buchanan on the ABC soap opera for over 23 years from 1988-2011, passsed away on Sunday at Age 77 from cancer.  According to her niece, Sally Fay, the actress died at her home in Manhattan.

As Renee, Elliott for decades shared much on-screen time and an on-screen romance with Asa Buchanan, played by the iconic and late Phil Carey.

Patricia won a Tony for her Broadway debut as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and won the Tony for best featured actress in 1973.   She also starred on Broadway opposite David Bowie in The Elephant Man, to name just a few of her stage credits.

One Life to Live’s former head writer, Ron Carlivati took to Twitter this afternoon and said on Elliott’s passing:  “So sad to hear Patricia Elliott has passed away. Such an honor to have written for Renee on #OLTL. She was divine!”

Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair OLTL and Ex-Eve DAYS) also took to Twitter upon learning of Patricia’s death: ” So sadden to hear the passing of the glorious Patricia Elliott! Such an earth angel. An amazing person!”

We will continue to update our coverage on the death of Patricia Elliott as former One Life co-stars share their thoughts on her passing.   Now share your sentiments on the loss of this beloved star from stage and the soaps in the comment section below!

 

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Very sad news, Patricia was a wonderful actress. I loved Renee, she always stood up to Asa Buchanan. she was feisty, sassy and classy. Never took any crap from Asa. Rip dear lady.

She was a favorite of mine too…you described her perfectly…she will be missed!!!

Hi Jim, yes she will be missed. Renee was feisty and never took crap from Asa. I am so happy Jim, you are back on this website. Your comments lighten up my day.

Yes, Jim you have been missed!!!

I loved Renee–as did Asa–lol!
And I loved Phillip Carey as Asa.
That was a really classy show when the Buchanan clan come riding up on their horses!

I so agree with you. Loved Renee.

I miss that hunch with all my heart.

Bunch

My heart goes out to Patricia’s family and loved ones.

Renee and Asa Buchanan were one of my favorite couples on OLTL! Rene was the ex Madame with a heart of gold and truly loved that ornery old Asa Buchanan!

I loved Renee. Patricia made her seem very real. Some actor seem like they’re winking at the audience. It doesn’t seem real. Patricia also seemed like such a nice person. I’m sad that we will never see her act again. Rest in Peace, dear Patricia. I hope you and Phil Carey have a blast in heaven.

I met her at Broadway Cares some years ago. She was a very classy and gracious lady.

Oh no…so sorry to hear this. Always loved her on OLTL…RIP.

What a loss to the acting world. She was a wonderful actress. She will be sorely misssed. She was simply devine!

I’ll always be grateful to her for her contribution to OLTL as Renee. Loved her in the role.

I’m so sad. First, Nathaniel Marston and now her.

I am absolutely heartbroken to hear this news. Patricia Elliott was simple divine as Renee. I loved her so. She and the late Philip Carey were superb together. I thank you Ms. Elliott for sharing your marvelous talent with all of us OLTL fans. God bless and may you rest in peace.

I always loved Renee on OLTL. But I just find out I also saw Patricia on Broadway pre her Buchanan days. It didn’t mean anything at the time, just now reading MF’s story. Didn’t have anything to do one night while in NYC on business, found out David Bowie (one of my all-time favorites) was playing in The Elephant Man, so I went to see the play. Now I find out Patricia was playing opposite David in the role of Mrs. Kendall, one of Merrick’s benefactors. Oh would I love to have that night back knowing what I know now…and of course seeing Bowie again.

Awwwww. It’s like losing a very loved, friend. I’m always at a lack for words. RIP… My heart and prayers. May your voyage be blessed.

I always respected her performances.
First saw her on Broadway in “A Little Night Music”. One of her costars in that show was the late Victoria Mallory (Y&R) with whom she had a stunning duet with.
I remember how excited I was when Ms Elliott took over the role of Renee Divine from Phyllis Newman. She gave us so many wonderful years on OLTL.

Wonder if Phil Carey and Clint Ritchie welcomed her when she entered Heaven’s Gates? Enjoyed her as Renee. She put up with a lot!

Sad news, and not long after Nathaniel Marston passed. I really liked her as Renee and being with Asa. Such a strong woman to put up with a man like Asa. Prayers to her family.

So sad to hear of Pat’s passing, loved her on “One Life To Live” as “Renee”. She was such a genuine person, always gracious when I met outside the OLTL Studio. She will be missed.

I CAN”T BELIVE ANOTHER SOAP STAR ALREADY DEAD IT WAS BAD ENOUGH THAT NATHANEIL MARTSON AND DAVID CANERY FROM ALL MY CHILDREN. I DON’T WHAT TO THINK. I’VE WATCHED ON ONE LIFE TO LIVE MY FAVORITE SOAP. WITH ALL THE CO WORKERS BESIDES CLINT RITCHIE AND PHIL CAREY. THINK ABOUT ROBERT S. WODDS, JOHN BROTHERTON, MARK DREWIN, ERIKA SELZACK, ERIN TORPEY, BREE WILLIAMSON, PETER BARTETT AS NIGEL, EDDIE ALDERSON, DAN GAINTHER, DON JEFFCOAT NAD MANY MORE. AT LEAST SHE HAS REUNITED WITH PHIL CAREY AND CLINT RITCHE MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF THEM.

One of the great actresses the grace OLTL IN ITS GLORY DAYS. She was a class act! A true New York actor!

divine indeed!

Seems like yesterday that we were watching her various adventures with Asa (Phil Carey). Very sad…

So sad to hear about her death. I believe her character portrayal helped to humanize Asa Buchanon. RIP

I am not making this up. I was just thinking about her and OLTL early yesterday afternoon before I heard of her passing. She was a delight. Real, honest and caring are what her character Renee was. I am sure that it came straight from the heart. We have missed you as Renee for several years now. We will miss you, Patricia, always. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

I believe you Tom. Years ago one night I was taking a shower getting ready for bed & just running thoughts through my mind & I thought about OLTL & was looking forward to the next show & I thought about Clint Ritchie & how much I missed him & the next morning I found out he had died the night I was thinking about him. I am so sorry about Patricia & it just still makes me sick that we lost the best soap ever & I still miss it & everyone associated it with it.

Miss Elliott is one of the reasons OLTL was a wonderful daytime drama. The series mined trained and talented players who made the stories believable and honest, even when in later years the plots did become farfetched. Sad news indeed.

You are so right. I always said One Life to Live has the strongest cast I’ve ever seen. Patricia Elliott was most definitely included.

Godspeed lovely lady. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world.

There was always something very warm and maternal about Renee I think it all came from the wonderful actress who portrayed her.

Such a tragedy she was an amazing actress loved her on oltl her and aca was perfect for
Each other !!

I have been watching OLTL in ’95 and she was spellbinding. I will watch some of ’96 and I know she will be just as good. So sad that she is gone.

I started in ’97. I was only 10. My grandmother would tape the show for me, as I was in school. Best soap EVER!!!!!

IM SADDEN OVER HER LOSS. I’M WILL ALWAYS THINK OF HER AS RENEE ON ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I’M JUST BLOWN AWAY.

General Hospital

Elizabeth MacRae, ‘General Hospital’s’ Meg Baldwin, Passes Away at 88

Veteran actress, Elizabeth MacRae best-known as the third Meg Baldwin on General Hospital and as Gomer Pyle’s girlfriend, Lou-An Ann Poovie, in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C has died at the age of 88. MacRae passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she grew up.

On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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Ron Carlivati Reveals When Days of our Lives Episodes From His Head Writing Regime Resume Streaming

Days of our Lives viewers have not been watching material from head writer Ron Carlivati and his writing team for many months. Well, things are about to change.

Circle this Friday, May 31st when the first new script from Carlivati and company will stream on the Peacock soap opera. If you recall, Carlivati had to step away from the writing gig at DAYS due to the writer’s strike, but because the soap tapes at least seven months ahead of air, it is only now that fans will see how the stories shift or finish out that were started by Carlivati.

According to Ron’s conversation with TV Insider, when Carlivati and his team resumed writing the show in late October of 2023, the stories were already written well into 2024. Carlivati explained, “For me, as of us talking right now, the (replacement writers’ material) is still airing, so that has been very tough. I’m just very anxious and eager for our stuff to start airing again.”

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Ron explained before the writer’s strike, he and his scribes had written up through the 2023 Thanksgiving episodes. Speaking on how the replacement writers tried to handle stepping in for the regular team, Ron expressed, “I think what they tried to do was move things slowly in the hopes that the strike would end and respect where my storylines were so that I could play them off when we came back. Unfortunately, the strike dragged on, so I understand that the show needed to make story decisions.”

The award-winning writer made clear that, “from January to May (2024), those were not my stories. I had nothing to do with those.”

Having lived through a writer’s strike before (when he was at One Life to Live in 2008), Carlivati explained how he dealt with coming back and adjusting the stories including that the plan was to, “blow things up, jettison anything that I did not like, and get back to a show that I understand and can enjoy and tell. ”

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Look for a Carlivati-style ‘wink-wink’ on Friday’s episode. As he puts it, “I did want to make it clear that this was the line of demarcation, that the writers were back and there was a change happening. We have a little nod or two to what was going on in the first day and I think it will be very obvious and clear to the savvy viewer. Luckily, story-wise, certain things were coming to a head already.”

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Stay tuned for how Ron resolves a Sloan and Nicole showdown, how Eric will find out he is Jude’s true baby daddy, what happens when the new Gabi returns from Salem from out of the slammer, the Maggie/Konstantin wedding, payback time for Theresa and more.

In addition, and as previously reported, when Carlivati returned, he crafted the series 15,000th episode which is set to air in early December, and will also pay tribute to the late Bill Hayes with the passing of his on-screen beloved character, Doug Williams.

So, glad to know Ron and his team’s material will start to reveal itself this Friday and moving forward on DAYS? Comment below.

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LAPD Continue to Seek Johnny Wactor’s Killers Who Remain At Large; Asks Public for Tips and Leads

The Los Angeles police department is ramping up its search for to the whereabouts of the three thieves, who got away after one fatally shot former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26th in downtown Los Angeles.

Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that police are trying to pull fingerprints from Wactor’s vehicle and are looking for video from the area. They also are checking to see whether there are any connections to other nearby catalytic converter thefts.

The thieves were attempting to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s car at the time of his death. Sadly, the LAPD investigators shared they have seen an uptick in violence when these types of thieves are confronted.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

In addition, Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Wactor played General Hospital’s Brando Corbin from 2020 to 2022. According to the LA Times, “Wactor recently had been exploring opportunities in screenwriting while working as a bartender.”

Share your thoughts on this developing story as the LAPD tries to seek justice for the death of Johnny Wactor via the comment section below.

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