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Susan Lucci's Daughter Liza Huber Goes Public That Her Son Has Cerebral Palsy

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In a heartbreaking, but courageous story, daytime soap opera legend Susan Lucci (Ex-All My Children, and Devious Maids) and her daughter Liza Huber (Ex-Passions) revealed to PEOPLE.com, that Liza’s son, Brendan (age 7) has cerebral palsy.  This is the first time Liza and Susan have spoken publicly about the young boy’s diagnosis.

Liza first learned the news back in 2010 and relates: “I broke down in tears. I felt sadness that he would deal with cerebral palsy for the rest of his life, but I also felt gratitude that he could walk. Many others cannot.”

Why come forward with this news to the public now?  Huber stated, “If I am trying to hide it, how does it look to him?  I don’t ever want him to feel bad about himself. I want him to feel good and proud and celebrate the way he overcomes challenges.”

In a harrowing account, Huber recalls the night she was inexcruiating pain and delivered Brendan early in 2008, when she was only 31 weeks pregnant.  Brendan was born that night so tiny, and ended up fighting for his life in the neonatal intensive care unit.  When he was at ten months, Liza recalled how she saw that Brendan was not able to sit up for himself, and at 19 months when he couldn’t stand, then she found out his diagnosis.

Susan Lucci added about her beloved grandson: “He’s taught me that you have to go forward forward and that life is a gift. He’s a spectacular little boy.”   Liza details how Brendan struggled by tripping and falling in school, and when he was in kindergarden, she felt she needed to try to explain his condition to him.   Brendan now is a very understanding little boy as Liza states,” If anyone falls, he is the first to say, ‘Are you okay?'”

Share your thoughts on Liza and Susan coming forward to tell Brendan’s story in the hopes of helping others in the comment section beloW

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k/kay

I will keep you in my prayers so very sorry you are such a gracious woman.

Ray
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If this special little boy has just a fraction of the internal beauty and graciousness that his mother and grandmother have, he is going to grow into a really special adult.

Torqumada
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A loving and supportive family can make a positive difference in helping the lad deal with his challenges. My experience with a disabled family was that they have a toughness and strength I’ll never approximate.

Mo
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Best wishes for them all.

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They seem like strong women that can get through anything so I have no doubts that they will all be fine. Susan is right, he’s a fighter and proves that life is a gift. I wish them all the best. (P.S. I LOVED Liza on Passions! She was so much fun to watch on there, and her mom played by the actress who played Andrea on OLTL was great also. They played the best mother and daughter villains)

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As a person w/ “CP”, I “applaud not only Liza Huber, her family(because her family had to be in on the decision) but her Mother, Susan Lucci & Father for coming forward at all. I am proud of Brendan & all his triumphs & know there will be many more.

Nikki
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He’ll be a strong little boy having the love & support of his family.

PHYLLIS NASELLO-VIGNOLA
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PHYLLIS NASELLO-VIGNOLA

I will pray for your little boy
I have been a fan of SUSAN SINCE THE FIRST DAY
ALL MY CHILDREN STARTED
GOD BLESS
I HAVE DYSTONIA MYSELF
PLEASE WRITE TO ME
XOXOX

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Rebecca Budig in Cast of CBS Holiday Movie ‘Fit For Christmas’

Daytime favorite Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee, AMC, and ex-Hayden, GH) will be seen in the upcoming CBS holiday movie, Fit For Christmas.

The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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