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Take A Look Back: The First 25 Years of Lead Actor & Actress Winners At the Daytime Emmys!


On-Air On-Soaps will be getting you ready all week long for the 39th Daytime Emmys to be handed out this Saturday night, June 23rd live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and for the first time on cable network HLN!

For starters, we dug up one of our favorite tribute segments on the Daytime Emmy Telecasts. The year was 1999, and the Daytime Emmy turned 25 years old.   Barbara Walters anchored this special segment which featured clips of the past winning moments of the Lead Actor and Lead Actress categories, and at the end of it, the stage was filled with many of the past winners collectively for the first time in one group!  Of course, there were some that were not present for various reasons, but the sentiment was right!  Will we ever see something like this again on the Emmys?  Jury is out on that one.

From Larry Bryggman to Larry Haines to Justin Deas to Peter Bergman to Michael Zaslow to A Martinez to Tony Geary to Darnell Williams to Erika Slezak, Judith Light, Kim Zimmer, Helen Gallagher, Marcy Walker, Linda Dano, Jess Walton and Finola Hughes and Irene Dailey, it’s fun to see the montage of winning moments all put together.  And now, who will have their shining moments this year?

After the jump, take a look back and stroll down memory lane of the first 25 years of winners, and let us know which brought back smiles or tears of joy for you! 

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The Michael Zaslow win brought tears to me eyes. Such an amazing man and actor!! What a tragedy to lose him so young!!

Ditto. He was amazing.

Yes he was! GL wasn’t the same without him and Roger Thorpe! How he only won one Emmy is beyond me!

How cool – makes you realize just how much Daytime TV meant back then and all the talent in front of the camera…can’t say that for today’s version of “daytime TV”!!

No. Those were the days! On one of the dvds that I have (from when it was originally on VHS tapes), they actually had a 50 year anniversary of soaps show where the stars from all the soaps got together and talked about their shows and showed clips from over the years. Those were the days when soaps were respected and all over the place. Stars would be on talk shows like Oprah, Ricki Lake, etc.

oh this made me cry….I miss our stories…

Great but so many that should have won over the years Victoria Wydham who played Rachel for so many years, go and check her tribute to Douglas Watson that was when you got the lumps in the throat. And yes Michael Zaslow who died of ALS as my mother-in-law a horrible disease. I don’t know sometimes as you get older you say what changed it was so great back then. Oh well !!!

I didn’t realize the Wyndham never won until I watched the clip. Another glaring omisssion for a winner: Beverly McKinsey, who played Iris on Another World and then Alexandra Spalding on Guiding Light. For years, McKinsey turned in great performances in numerous storylines. McKinsey really deserved to have won for multiple years.

Also, this video was interesting. For Elizabeth Hubbard, it included one clip of her as Lucinda Walsh when she never won for that part (again, another mistake) but, instead, won for her role on The Doctors.

Why don’t the Daytime Emmy’s do this type of thing again? Bring back prior winners or veteran actors in some type of tribute? The soaps are in horrible shape. Frankly, I don’t know viable this award show will be next year – There won’t even be enough shows on the air to have five nominees? There is so little competition that the entire thing will be worthless.

Thanks for reminding me about BM she is the one actress that put Jill Farren Phelps in her place she showed up one day and said I quit when she was on GL she had an eight week clause in her contract that Phelps did not bother to read . One very smart talented lady! I love it when actors take charge of their lives instead of getting pushed around.

Those of us who had the opportunity to watch Michael Zaslow perform his craft in Springfield were truly blessed. Seriously.

Yes we were! I like watching my dvds with GL on it (that were recorded on vhs tapes that I transferred over). Most of them are on youtube. And thank God for youtube to watch scenes I don’t have or didn’t see!

I have to acknowledge… the win(s)… and the emmy goes to:

Larry Bryggman – John Dixon – ATWT
Elizabeth Hubbard – Lucinda Walsh – ATWT

A Martinez – Cruz Castillo – Santa Barbara
Marcy Walker – Eden Capwell – Santa Barbara

notwithstanding… DAYS Macdonald Carrey – Tom Horton
DAYS Susan Flannery – Laura Horton

DAYS actually won best soap in 1978.

michael thank you so much – this was awesome & it brought back so many fond memories! ♥

I’ve watched this segment before onYouTube and it always gets me chiked up; such talent ans wonderful memories. Those os us who have watched the soaps for many many years have been blessed to have born witness to a myriad of gifted performers who, as BW said, sustained our interest for months ~ even decades ~ and touched our lives so profoundly.

I cannot believe how quickly things have changed on the daytime landscape. And how disappointing those developments are. Thanks for sharing this tribute clip. Daytime shines bright today, only the scope is not as wide. A shame really.

My late father lamented the loss of radio programs he enjoyed as a boy. I miss my daytime dramas in the same way. How wonderful that there were once as many as 18 on the air. New plays and dramas every day, once upon a time… live! The talent and work to do that was remarkable. And should be applauded to this day and beyond!

Made me feel good and sad all at the same time!

oh, that was great! Thanks Michael!

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

Photo: JPI

IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

Photo: FourforFun

Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.


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