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Patricia Barry, Best Known For Her Roles On DAYS and AMC, Dead At 93

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Another memorable performer known for her work in the daytime community as well as countless motion pictures and primetime TV shows has passed away.

News today out of The Hollywood Reporter has that actress Patricia Barry, who played Addie Horton on Days of our Lives (1971-74) and the evil Peg “Cobra” English on All My Children (1980-1981) has died at the age of 93.  Barry also appeared on Guiding Light as the scheming Miss Sally Gleason (1984-1987) and in the 90’s on ABC’s Loving as the matriarch of the upper-crust Aldens, Isabelle.

But it was her role as Doug Williams (Bill Hayes) wife on Days, and the mother of Hope (Kristian Alfonso), that gained her notoriety.  Of course, her other daughter was Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes), who soon would fall in love with her mother’s husband.  On AMC, Peg was Brooke English’s (Julia Barr) mother who was later revealed to be a leader of drug cartel!

One of the earliest members of Women in Film and a former president of the nonprofit advocacy organization, Barry’s publicist announced that Patricia had died peacefully Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles.

Survivors include her daughters Miranda Barry, a former executive in charge of global Sesame Street productions, and Stephanie; son-in-law Mark; grandchildren Alixanne and Hailey; and godchildren Tracy and Stephen.  Memorial services are planned for early 2017 in Los Angeles and New York.

Share your condolenses and remembrances for Patricia Barry in the comment section below.

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Addie also had a son Steve Olsen(last played by Stephan Schnetzer who also was AWs Cass Winthrop)…always wanted him to return and paired with Kate Roberts…Anyway, loved Patricia Barry on Days…R.I.P.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I, too, loved her on Days–great actress in any role.

PennySoap
PennySoap

Also remembered her (small cameos) in Sea of Love and Knots Landing. R.I.P. Patricia…

mike
mike

Memorable in every one of her roles.

Adele Chodosh Cowel
Adele Chodosh Cowel

Another sad passing

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I have very fond memories of Patricia Barry’s wonderful performances in feature films, episodic television and as the terrible “Cobra” of All My Children. What a great and varied career. May she rest in peace.

Rodd
Rodd

Sad to hear of her passing. I also thought she was on “For Richer, For Poorer” or “Lovers and Friends”; maybe both. Anyone know for sure?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She did but i dont recall who she played…

Kit
Kit

According to imdb.com, she played Viola Brewster on For Richer, For Poorer from 1977-1978,

Karen J. Franklin
Karen J. Franklin

Our Mom will be there to welcome her into Heaven. She followed the ‘soaps’ every day and knew the stars history and could tell you all about the ‘character’ they played even if they had been on other shows over the years. Patricia Barry was one of her favorites. May she rest in peace.

Lulu
Lulu

I was wondering about Patricia weeks ago; I knew that she was alive,

blake
blake

I was really young but I remember her as miss sally on Guiding Light. I remember her being with H.B. and I think she was with him for his money. And I think H.B. and Alexandra were romantically involved around the same time if I’m not mistaken.

Patricio
Patricio

Soap Opera Royaly! I remember her from AMC when I was a kid, they don’t write me like that anymore!
I saw her in a a restaurant in New York City in the early 80s I assumed she was with her family. She was gracious as fans approached her. This was a very nice place but she was polite and kind to those rude fans! The mater d got rid of them! It was the last time me or my mother every interrupted a celebrity!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Another beloved daytime legend has passed away. Beyond sad. In 1981, I became such a big fan of Patricia Barry when I first noticed her playing Peg/”Cobra” aka Brooke’s mother on AMC. Rest In Peace, Miss Patricia. You will be truly missed. Amen.

Peace.

Nik
Nik

Loved her on AMC but love her more on old TV shows like Wagon Train, Murder She Wrote, Gunsmoke (B&W version) and others. She was a Grand Dame.

Patricio
Patricio

Great post Niki- those classic old tv shows are loaded with future soap and movie stars!

Steve
Steve

I remember her as Cobra on AMC. She was going to kill Brooke. Fantastic writing of that story line. I also remember her on GL, with H.B. Lewis. I saw her on an old Perry Mason episode and on Threes Company. She was a snobby church lady that was friends with Pastor Snow, Chrissy’s father. She played all rolls fantastically!

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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