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‘Somerset’ Soap Vet Georgann Johnson Dead at 91

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With a career that spanned six decades, soap vet and television and film actress, Georgann Johnson passed away at the age of 91.

Soap fans knew her best from her role as Ellen Grant on the Another World spinoff: Somerset. (1970-1976) Johnson also appeared on Another World in the role, and on As the World Turns as Jane Spencer, as well as parts on All My Children, The Doctors, and Dr. Kildare.

In story on Somerset, Ellen Grant was involved with the much younger Dale Robinson, played by Jameson Parker of Simon & Simon fame.

In primetime, she recurred on Wiseguy, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Seinfeld Thirtysomething,  and St. Elsewhere to name just a few.  She also had appeared in the classic film, Midnight Cowboy

Johnson is survived by her four daughters: Carol Prager, Annie Prager, Sally Seymour, and Molly Boyll, as well as three grandchildren.  According to her obituary, she passed away on June 4th in Los Angeles.

Do you remember Georgann on Somerset, As The World Turns or any of the other key roles in her enduring career? Comment below.

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She was also a regular on Mr Peepers on NBC in the 1950’s Starring Wally Cox, she played Tony Randall’s girlfriend then wife.Loved her as Ellen Grant on Somerset.

boes
boes

I remember her best from “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill” from the early 90’s. She played the snooty, uptight mother (with a secret soft side) of Sharon Gless’ character, Rosie.

They both were terrific but the series only lasted two years.

Shay
Shay

Me too, Boes! I actually loved her in that role…

Rodd
Rodd

I really enjoyed her on “Somerset” and “Another World”. She was always a classy act. RIP.

Jimh
Jimh

I watched her on those soaps too…always a fine actress…

Carol
Carol

I do remember seeing her on a lot of television shows.I am so sorry to hear this,I just lost my mom this past Sat and she was also 91.My condolences there family and may she rest in peace.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I enjoyed her in many, many roles throughout the years. She was a very busy actress. I loved her as Jason Robards’ wife in “The Day After.”

Thank you Ms. Johnson for decades of wonderful entertainment. May you rest in peace.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Oh, how I loved this lady, so many years ago, in all the aforementioned shows. I can still remember her very distinguished voice.R.I.P Georgann, you will be missed.

Shelly
Shelly

She had a guest role on Dallas as a doctor who offered her opinion on baby John Ross’presumed genetic condition, neurofibromatosis. She also had a supporting role in the ground breaking movie, “The Day After”, as Jason Robard’s on screen wife.

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According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

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Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

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