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‘Soap’ and ‘Who’s The Boss?’ Star Katherine Helmond Dead At 89

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One of the most beloved and respected actresses, Katherine Helmond, has died due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 89.   Helmond, who was one of the leads on ABC’s Soap in the role of Jessica Tate back in the late 70’s from 1977-1981, and a role in which she won a Golden Globe, died this past Saturday in her Los Angeles residence, according to Manfred Westphal, chief marketing and communications officer for APA.

Katherine was also best-known to TV audiences for her role in Who’s The Boss? from 1984 -1992 as Judith Light’s firecracker of a mother, Mona Robinson.  The actress also won a Supporting Actress Golden Globe for that role in 1989.  She also received four consecutive Best Actress Emmy Award nominations for Soap and back-to-back noms for Who’s the Boss?

David Christian, Helmond’s husband of 57 years shared in a statement: “She was the love of my life. We spent 57 beautiful, wonderful, loving years together, which I will treasure forever. I’ve been with Katherine since I was 19 years old. The night she died, I saw that the moon was exactly half-full, just as I am now … half of what I’ve been my entire adult life.”

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Many former co-stars have taken to social media to share their grief and remembrances upon the heartbreaking news of Katherine’s passing including:

Billy Crystal:  “KatherineHelmond was a remarkable actress and a huge influence on me during our @Soap years. I learned so much about acting from her and I’ll never forget her wit, her laugh and her comforting spirit.”

Judith Light:  “Katherine Helmond was an inspiration to me and so many others Her grace, talent and humor will be deeply missed She is in my heart forever.”

Tony Danza: “We all lost a national treasure today. No words can measure my love.”

Helmond is survived not only by her husband; but her half-sister, Alice Parry; and many nephews and nieces.  A memorial service is being planned for family and friends to celebrate her life and career and her career spanned five decades with numerous memorable work on the stage, film, and television.

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Thank you Ms. Helmond for sharing your remarkable talent and grace with us. Bless you always. May you rest in peace.

Jimh
Jimh

Soap..Who The Boss and Everybody Loves Raymond…watched her in all of Them and in the mini series Pearl(Harbor)…she was great in everything she has done….and sorely missed!

Steve
Steve

Here’s hoping she found a brand new life around the bend. RIP

Blake
Blake

Nooooo! I’ve always loved Katherine Helmond. I watched the Soap and Who’s The Boss reruns with my grandmother, I especially loved her as Mona on WTB. She broke the sterotype of the grandmother not being sexy and in control of her life.

I also loved her in movies such as Overboard and The Lady In White. She wonderful playing the snobby, rich bitch in Overboard. I never get tired of Overboard and she’s one of the main reasons why. And she played so scary (yet misunderstood) in The Lady In White.

Such a versatile and talented actress, she will be missed. Love and prayers to her and her loved ones. At least she has made her transition to the other side!

Carol
Carol

So sorry to hear this.I loved her work.She was so funny in Soap.Matter of fact Antenna tv is showing reruns of soap if you like to catch Katherine on there she was so funny.May she rest in peace.God Bless her and her family

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

She will be missed, but I thank her for all the wonderful moments she gave us, as WTB, and her time on SOAP.Poor Mickey Mouse. Do you suppose he knew? RIP Katherine, and prayers to her loved ones.

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Linsey Godfrey Addresses Caroline’s Death On B&B; While Matthew Atkinson Makes His Debut As Thomas

If you caught the end of last week’s episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, you know it was a crushing moment for the Spencer and Forrester families, when news traveled that Caroline had died, thus bringing back to the canvas, Thomas Forrester and his young son with Caroline, Douglas.  This storypoint served as the impetus for the debut of Matthew Atkinson in the role of Thomas last played by Pierson Fodé.

In story, Bill (Don Diamont) learned from his sister, Karen that Caroline died of a blood clot, although no more specific details were given, or asked about in regard to her passing.  When Thomas arrived at the Forrester mansion with his young son in tow, friends and family where there for him in his time of need.

Meanwhile, current Days of our Lives star Linsey Godfrey (Sarah Horton), who played Caroline from 2012-2017 and appeared also in 2018 in the role, addressed Caroline’s death via her Instagram and social media accounts with this statement: “Hi Everyone, So I just got back from Caroline’s funeral..it was beautiful. It appears it’s time to say goodbye to our Caroline Spencer. I just want to first say a huge thank you to Brad Bell (executive producer/head writer) and the entire Bold and the Beautiful family. I truly adored every aspect of the wacky, feisty, sassy Caroline. I loved my time at Bold! Don’y be sad, even though she is gone, I promise Brad and the writers have some awesome drama up their sleeves for you! Thank you for all your support and love over the years! Don’t worry I hear Caroline has a brunette doppelgänger over in Salem, might be worth investigating.”

Check out a couple of clips below from B&B featuring Liam (Scott Clifton) and Hope (Annika Noelle) learning the news of Caroline’s death and Matthew Atkinson’s debut as Thomas.

Then let us know, do you think B&B should have killed-off Caroline? What do you think of Matt Atkinson in the role of Thomas on first impression? And finally, what did you think of Linsey Godfrey’s statement on her former soap alter’s death? Comment below.

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Kassie DePaiva Talks Eve’s Machinations & Eric Martsolf and Victoria Konefal Take You Behind The Scenes On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

Oh what a twisted web Eve Donovan weaves on current episodes of Days of our Lives.  Seems like Eve is in cahoots with Claire to have Haley arrested and deported all to help Jack advance in the Salem mayoral race and…  her quest to become Salem’s first lady?

On the latest all-new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, daytime favorite, Kassie DePaiva (Eve) talks with host Michael Fairman all about Eve and what she is up to, hiding, and how she is scheming to ruin the life of Jennifer Horton, and keep Jack under her thumb.  In addition ,DePaiva shares what it has been like to be reunited with her former One Life to Live co-star, Robin Strasser since both have been taping at DAYS recently.

Later, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman behind the scenes where the guys visit the hair and make-up department and get the lowdown on how the actors are turned into the characters they play, and the fast and furious life of a soap star, who has to get camera ready before they hit the set.

Finally, Michael speaks with Victoria Konefal (Ciaria) on how she “Becomes Ciara Brady” as we visit her dressing room and find out just how she gets that Ciara-look that turns the head of Ben Weston every time she walks in to a room.

Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming at NBC.com, the NBC app, and on the network’s You Tube channel.  The latest episode will be available for download on iTunes and major pod platforms beginning on Monday, March 18th.

So what did you think of our chats with Kassie, Eric, and Victoria? Comment below.

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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Are Among Dozens Charged In Alleged College Admissions Scandal For Their Kids

On Tuesday, two women very familiar to soap audiences, actresses Felicity Huffman (Ex-Lynette, Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (Ex-Jodie, Edge of Night) are among dozens of wealthy parents, elite college coaches and college prep executives accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious colleges, according to a massive federal indictment that has been handed down.

According to prosecutors, the scheme was in two parts: either parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers.  Then, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual abilities.  The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes.

CNN is reporting: “As of now, 50 people were charged in the criminal investigation that went by the name ‘Operation Varsity Blues.”‘ Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents, according to Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts.

The parents were alleged to be from a “catalog of wealth and privilege,” including actors, CEOs, a fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.  “This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud. There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy,” stated Lelling.

As to Huffman and Loughlin’s parts in the scandal: Felicity has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  She was arrested without incident at her home.   Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to William Rick Singer’s fake charity the Key Worldwide Foundation to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says.   Another cooperating witness told authorities he purportedly traveled from Tampa to a West Hollywood Test Center to administer Huffman’s daughter’s exam.  She received a 1420 on her test, which was 400 points higher than a PSAT taken a year earlier without the same administrator, the complaint states.

Loughlin, best known to TV audiences as Becky on Full House, and now its reboot, Fuller House. is facing the same felony charge: conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.  Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

According to documents, the duo allegedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, even though they did not participate in crew, the complaint said.   The complaint includes emails between Singer and Giannulli in which the two discussed a “game plan” for his older daughter, whose academic qualifications were at or below the “low-end” of USC’s admission standards.  Singer facilitated bribes to Donna Heinel, the senior associate athletic director at USC, who then got the students in to USC as recruited athletes, according to the complaint.

Giannulli was arrested without incident, and the FBI served a warrant for Loughlin, but she was not home at the time. She is on a flight to Los Angeles where she is expected to surrender at the Central District Court later this afternoon.

So, what do you think about this shocker involving Huffman and Loughlin, and the corruption via the those of privilege, wealth, and status? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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