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

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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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Barb Harnedy
Barb Harnedy

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

Cindy
Cindy

Ditto. He was amazing.

Blake
Blake

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

Bart
Bart

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”!!

Blake
Blake

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.

MiCHELE
MiCHELE

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

kay/kay
kay/kay

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 !!!

Barbara
Barbara

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.

kay/kay
kay/kay

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.

Tom
Tom

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

Blake
Blake

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!

Patrick
Patrick

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.

ethel
ethel

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

Rodd
Rodd

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.

Iakovos
Iakovos

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!

Emily
Emily

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

Christy
Christy

oh, that was great! Thanks Michael!

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All My Children Alum Christopher Lawford Dead At 63

Sad news to report this Wednesday.  Christopher Lawford, best known to soap fans as Charlie Brent on All My Children from 1992-95, as well in the role of Senator Jordan on General Hospital in 2004, passed away at age 63.

Lawford who is the son of the actor Peter Lawford, and Patricia Kennedy, and whose uncles were Ted, Robert and President John F. Kennedy apparently died at a Yoga Studio on Tuesday night during a health emergency according to a report from TMZ.

As of now, it is being reported that Christopher’s death appears to be from “natural causes.” The coroner is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Christopher had battled addiction in his life back in the 70’s and 80’s.  The actor was also a New York Times best selling author with his book, ‘Symptoms of Withdrawal.’

Being the nephew of John F. Kennedy, Lawford also spent time in the political arena with staff positions with The Democratic National Committee, and campaigns whether it be at the national, state, or local level

Lawford’s cousin Kerry Kennedy announced his death on social media.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), Lawford’s co-star on All My Children, shared her thoughts on Instagram at his passing: “Such very sad news that wonderful Chris Lawford has passed away. Chris was so great to work with—always prepared and always with a smile and an ease about him. He was warm and charming whether on set at AMC—or working hard for his charity. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP, Chris”

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

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