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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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Groundbreaking Star of ‘Dynasty’ and ‘Julia’, Diahann Carroll Dies At 84

One of the beautiful and beloved actresses in the world, Diahann Carroll, has passed away in heartbreaking news on Friday.  Carroll died at her home in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer, according to her daughter,  producer-journalist Suzanne Kay.

Carroll, who was first-known for her amazing singing voice, and then as an actress, received a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination in her legendary career. She also make television history for her turns on Julia and Dynasty.

In her role as Julia, Carroll, became the first African American female to star in a non-stereotypical role in her own primetime network series . Julia, premiered in September 1968, finished No. 7 in the ratings in the first of its three seasons, and Carroll received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for her work.

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And later in her career, after loving ABC’s primetime soap, Dynasty, Carroll got the attention of producer Aaron Spelling to create a role on the show for her. And thus she became the one and only Dominique Deveraux … the half-sister of Blake Carrington (John Forstyhe).

That part broke ground as well, for Diahann in 1984, became the first featured African American character on a prime time soap.  Carroll later appeared on the Dynasty spinoff, The Colbys,  In films, Carroll earned her Oscar nomination for her work in Claudine (1974),

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Diahann was married four times.  In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her grandchildren, August and Sydney.

For more on the passing of Diahann Carroll check out the Hollywood Reporter.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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B&B’s Darin Brooks and Y&R’s Kelly Kruger Welcome Their Daughter Into The World

This past Sunday was one of the happiest days for real-life duo Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) and Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie, Y&R) when their daughter Everleigh Jolie Brooks made her entrance into the family.  Everleigh was born in Los Angeles at 4:13am and weighed in at 9 lbs and 1 oz and 21.5 inches long.

Kelly told PEOPLE.com about the birth of her new little bundle of joy:  “We keep looking at her in disbelief that we made her/  We look at her and try to figure out who she looks more like. She has my hair because I also was born with a ton, and she definitely has Darin’s height.” Darin commented: “Long lean and with great hair — she’s already a supermodel!”

Today on Thursday, Kruger tweeted: “She’s here! Everleigh Jolie Brooks 9/22/19 We are so in love!!!”

While hubby, Brooks tweeted: “She’s heeeeerrrreeeee!!!  Welcome Everleigh Jolie Brooks! Born on 09/22/2019 These two little munchkins changed my life @KrugerKelly”

Send your congratulations and well-wishes to Darin, Kelly and their baby girl Everleigh via the comment section below!

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