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TV Guide Names The 60 Greatest Soap Opera Moments Of All-Time!

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TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan has been a busy-bee putting together this historic list of his 60 top all-time moments in soapdom!  The compiled list and top ten are featured here!

In the top slot is no surprise to many, as it is Luke and Laura’s wedding on General Hospital! Number two, B. J.’s Heart transplant storyline on General Hospital  In at number three, Marlena’s possession by the devil on Days of our Lives.  At number four, Bert Bauer’s diagnosis of uterine cancer on Guiding Light, and in at number five, Karen’s courtroom confession and testimony played by Judith Light on One Life to Live.

We won’t tell you the rest of the top ten, or the remaining 50 on the list. Check it out! Then, let us know if you agree with the top five, and let us know what your favorite soap opera moment  is of all-time!  There is some wonderful moments in here!

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Dinah
Dinah

Yes, and I remember all these scenes

udhoop
udhoop

Completely shocked at #3. I know more people, including myself, who stopped watching DOOL because of that very storyline!

Jamie
Jamie

Good call! I stopped after that ridiculousness too!!! But glad I did because that’s when I picked up GH and have stuck with it ever since!

TRW
TRW

That’s why I Started watching days and I quit after it was over.

shawn
shawn

You must not have known very many people because this story catapulted DAYS into the no.2 spot. Whether it was your cup of tea or not is irrelevant, the possession storyline was one of the most daring and innovative storylines ever to hit daytime.

Beacon
Beacon

That list sucks. The Sheila/Lauren baby reveal and the fire at the farmhouse? Sheila holding the Forresters at gunpoint? Annie making Reva push her down the stairs? Annie getting arrested at her wedding to Alan?

Blake
Blake

Totally agree about the Annie and Reva staircase scenes, they should be on there for sure!

PatF
PatF

He lists a lot of “moments”, but only about 10 do I find truly compelling. He’s missing a lot, and not many YR moments listed.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

What???! Luke rapes Laura number 59??? And no mention of Luke saving Port Charles form freezing at the hand of Mikos Cassedine? And no mention of Elizabeth Taylor (Helena) putting the famous Cassedine curse on Luke and Laura after they wed?
And nothing with Robert Scorpio–or Anna? What about when Anna first saw Robin–and she ran into her arms? And what about when agent O’Reilly was shot in the telephone booth–leaving poor “Sonny” (Robent) to grieve?
And no “bromance” scene with Luke and Robert?
Why, I could list 60 GH memorable scenes alone–it was that good in its heyday.

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

Your right about those…they should do a top 100!

Anne
Anne

Karen Wolek on the stand was one of the greatest acting triumphs ever. Glad to see that so high on the list.

Tali
Tali

I’d have no idea how to rank these but I tend to like the stories that are more factual in content (Could really happen) and teaches a life lesson. I read the lists and love so many of them, but I cried so much when BJ gave her heart to Maxie and Robin was diagnosed with HIV and the steps mankind have come since then. HIV is very controllable and organ donation/transplant recipients have such a good chance of surviving now. Karen Wolleck testimony was so riveting and I loved that story and her. Guess that started by love of my #1 soap One Live to Live.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Picking favorite soap moments is like asking a mother which one of her children she loves best. But it was fun strolling down memory lane going down his list. I agree with most, but not all of his choices– it is so subjective— one of my favorite story lines was when Vicky proposed to Jake at the playground on AW in the late 90’s, I still have it on an old VCR tape and watch it sometimes.

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

They shouldve done a top 100 list…and lets us vote pick.

Ann
Ann

I’m a TV Guide subscriber and the reason they did 60 is because this is the 60th anniversary of the magazine. So all the lists they have been doing this year go to #60. And even if fans voted, many would still be unhappy.

B.J.
B.J.

What a great memory from “Another World”, Mary! I loved Vicky and Jake, and would love to have that proposal taped. 🙂

I’ll have to check and see what I do have taped from my old soaps [that have disappeared]. I think I only have the last episode of AW though. 🙁

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

You can find some old aw clips on utube.

Gerardo Ramirez
Gerardo Ramirez

I agreed with many of the choices.I however really disliked the Marlena possession storyline,or as I refer to it as DAYS meets DARK SHADOWS.One storyline that was very groundbreaking was on SECRET STORM,Amy Ames’ out-of-wedlock pregnancy of Lisa,with her married professor,Dr.Paul Britton in ’63.

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

Dark Shadows time travel storylines were other great moments, especially the 1795 plot where witch Angelique turned Barnabas Collins into a vampire.

NJfromLA
NJfromLA

I lived for the Dark Shadow time-travel storylines. Also, I can’t believe no Alan and Monica are on the list. Monica’s breast cancer should definitely be there.

B.J.
B.J.

This listing sums up my opinion of Logan’s list:

55. Vincent gets pregnant by his own father, Passions (2007)

WHAT??? I didn’t watch “Passions”, but that is as puzzling as his whole list.

His list seems to be the shows which shocked him the most or something. I rarely agreed with Logan’s opinions of the soaps, so I’m not really surprised at what was memorable to him.

There might be 5 of those that are memorable to me. I’m still laughing over Marlena being “possessed” by the devil as one of his choices.

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

Passions was a goofy far out supernatural soap opera where anything happened. it was fun to watch.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I never watched Passions because NBC cancelled my all time favorite soap Another World to put it on– and at the time they said they wanted an edgier soap to get the young people watching, sound familiar?

I bet Passions might have fared better it they didn’t tick off so many AW fans– to put it on. I am glad you enjoyed it, but I never thought it was worth losing AW for.

k/kay
k/kay

Ok I need some help the late Christopher Reeves played a bigamist on which soap and was that listed because I vaguely remember that when I was a kid.

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

He played Ben Harper on Love Of Life…another soap i miss.

Mark in FLA
Mark in FLA

It was Love of Life, I think the character’s name was Ben Harper. Am I correct?

k/kay
k/kay

Thank you I looked it up and you are right they told more story in 15 minutes then they do in an hour. Great writers in the old days!

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

One of my favorite moments was on Dark Shadows when governess Victoria Winters…during a seance…was transported back to the year 1795 and meant members of the Collins family who resembled (since played by the same actors) who resembled their modern day counterparts…the Collins family of 1967. In 1795 we learned how Barnabas Collins became a vampire after he spurned the witch Angelique, a maidservent, who hexed him and cause many deaths of the 1795 Collins family. Victoria got the blame and was hung as a witch but as she was hanged she returned to the present alive. 1795 was a great vampire story and the show was at its best at that time, imo, though its ratings peaked during its 1897 Quetin Collins werewolf plotline that was another great daytime moment!

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

My spelling mistakes ect. ugh!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

There shoudve been 100 great moments, and online voting by fans…we r the ones who know what should be on that list.

Mary SF
Mary SF

When you consider all the soaps that have aired over the years I think they could do a top 1000 moments lists, and it still would not be enough to get them all. Which only proves what we soap fans have known for years– soaps are great entertainment–

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

After watching soaps steadily since age 4(50 years!) i probably could fill all 1000 with my own.

shawn
shawn

no u don’t

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Do too! Most they picked were right, but there are other moments we all remember that arent there.

NJfromLA
NJfromLA

They didn’t list many of my favorites. I’ve been watching for 50 years too. Since 1963 when my Grandma made me watch GH. I think the fans should have had a voice – but then – perhaps that wouldn’t have worked either since the newbies would have filled the list with newer stories and forgotten the old stuff. How about Jessie and Phil Brewer? That was awesome. Monica and Alan – when he tried to kill her, or breast cancer? Or Alan’s addiction. They had tons of great stuff over 30 years. Also, I don’t remember if Lisa was on there with the Bob Hughes storyline from the 60’s. I was only a small child – and I still remember being awed by it. I would include early Phil and Tara (Hatch and Gorney) and their Vietnam storyline. Or how about when Tom Berenger was on OLTL as Tim with Jenny. Also the Mason and Mary story on SB.

jimh(leave it to beaver fan)
jimh(leave it to beaver fan)

Doug and Julies first wedding on DOOL in 1975 or 76…John Randolphs shocking death on AW in 1979, AW first to expand to an hour in 1975, ATWT and EON debut as first 30 min. soaps in 1956, the death of Sarah Karr in 1961 on EON, Victoria Winters transported to the year 1795 on Dark Shadows in 1967, Susan shoots David Martin 1960s DOOL, Rachel reveals to Alice shes pregnant by Steve, Alice’s fiance on AW late 60s? the prison break and final two weeks of OLTL on abc. GHs 50th anniversary…and nurses ball. Too many moments…there shouldve been a top 100.

Christy
Christy

great moments in there… what is that one that says: Vincent got pregnant by his own father — Passions

I never watched Passions – was that fantasy land where guys can be pregnant?

te he he

SamB
SamB

The first time I ever watched a soap was Karen Wolek’s court room scene. I still say “WOW!” when I think about, Judith Light was/is amazing.

Rita
Rita

*Bo kidnapping Hope from her wedding to Larry – Days.
*Laura returns to Luke at the mansion and runs into his arms – GH.
*The click/boom episode Brenda marries Jax / Lily get blown up in front of Sonny – GH
*Margo (Margaret Colin) on the stand being cross examined by Tom on ATWT.
*Luke saving the world – GH
*Luke and Laura on the run from the left handed boy – GH.
*Stone dying of AIDS – GH.
I could go on and on.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Didnt Larry lift the wedding veil and it was Harry Hofsteader? in the wedding gown instead of Hope? that was a funny moment.

Rita
Rita

Yes he did. That was a great episode. Even the days leading up to it when Bo kept missing Hope because Larry was keeping him away from her. Then realizing it was Howie under the veil and seeing Bo and Hope on the motorcyle. Finding out that Bo kidnapped Hope and that Mrs. Horton was in on it. Those were great days!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Now that we talked about him…the show really needs to bring back BO, even if they have to find a suitable replacement!

dmrjmd
dmrjmd

I would have thought more from General Hospital in the 90’s would have been mentioned, such as Sonny catching Brenda with the wire, Lily dying from a car bomb meant for Sonny, just as Brenda and Jax were marrying, more on Stone and Robin, Lois crashing Ned’s (Eddie’s) birthday party thrown by his other wife Katherine, etc. I do agree with the top 2 moments, as well as, Judith Light’s performance.

lorraine
lorraine

one life to live,s karen walk with the trial!

Tom
Tom

For the most glaring admissions were

Stone dies of AIDS – GH
Clink/BOOM! – GH
“Hello Barbara” – ATWT

deven
deven

I wrote the same thing about both GH episodes, along with when Sonny found the wire on Brenda, the on-location in Puerto Rico, when Lois jumped out of the cake at Eddie’s birthday party and annouced that she was married to Eddie/Ned.

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

Nicole (Maeve McGuire)found alive in Paris by Kevin Jamison -Edge of Night 1975

Serena/Josie (Louise Shaeffer) breaks down on the stand -Edge of Night 1976

Josie shoots Mark Faraday – Edge

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Those were good moments too…i thought the clown puppet murder of Eliot Dorn and the Mansion Of The Damn plotline on E.O.N. were great too…i miss my mystery/crime serial. Edge was sooo cool.

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

Edge of Night was a unique and wonderful gem which is sorely missed by so many even after all these years.

mgb357
mgb357

Jonah Whitney was revealed to be alive on Edge of Night! approx 1973 – 75

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

You mean Jonah Lockwood who was really Kevin Whitney? The murderer who attempted to kill Lauri Anne Karr? Great storyline that was.

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

Yes,another of Henry Slesar’s greatest storylines.

mgb357
mgb357

of course what was i thinking.

And Geraldine Whitney didn’t she plan the whole thing?

Maybe PP can resurrect EON – those stories were timeless.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I would love to see Edge make a comeback…on UTUBE someone created some terrific new openings for the show as if it were still on in 2008 and 2013. i believe.,.if you havent seen them check it out. their terrific…Bo and Nora on OLTL would be perfect as Mike and Nancy if Edge returned(but i doubt theyd leave oltl) or the actors who played Tom and Margo on ATWT when that show was cancelled…imo.

k/kay
k/kay

Since TV Guide mentioned rapes one of the most horrifying was the rape storyline in 1992 on ATWT of Margo and where they find out her attacker was HIV positive. Very realistic and well told story they took their time and also did not end up making the attacker a romantic hero.

deven
deven

WOW! I never really watched ATWT; but, I wish that the writers of our current shows reviewed the history of the other soaps for new, innovative ideas. Those are the types of storylines that viewers invest in, real life scenarios, good, bad, happy, sad, etc.

RICKIE
RICKIE

Missing:

1) Adam discovers Nicole is alive (The Edge of Night, 1975). In an age before spoilers and when the soap media was months behind in reporting major casting news, the return of the fabulous Maeve McGuire’s Nicole Drake was a COMPLETE shock and a total thrill.
2) The death of Brian Kendall (One Life to Live, 1978). A storyline that not only involved every major Llanview character at that time, but one that showcased the true talents of the late, great Jacquie Courtney (as Pat Kendall, the devasted, grief- and guilt-riddled mother).
3) Kay Chancellor & Joanne Curtis (The Young and the Restless, 1977/78). Following the death of Phillip and an aborted courtship with Ralph the plumber (Greg Walcott), Katherine Chancellor’s friendship with Joanne Curtzynski (Kay Heberle) was fraught with Lesbian undertones. Although the storyline was dumped, it was still pretty daring for daytime TV.
4) Margo’s facelift (All My Children, 1974). A full decade before Kay Chancellor/Jeanne Cooper’s on-air facelift, there was Eileen Letchworth’s cosmetic transformation (although the actual surgical procedure wasn’t on-camera). The actress even went on The Mike Douglas Show to discuss the event. Alas, Margo’s efforts did little to prevent her younger husband, Paul (Bill Mooney), from gravitating back to his true love, Anne Tyler.
5) Muffin’s death (Somerset, 1975). Okay… maybe this one is a only personal favorite. Dr. Jerry Kane’s psychotic ex-wife Dorothy (Jennifer Bassey) tormented her ex and his new wife, Heather (Audrey Landers) by tampering with Heather’s car brakes (landing her mother, Eve — played by Bibi Besch — in the hospital) and killing their beloved sheep dog, Muffin. This struck terror in the hearts of every animal lover (like me) out there. Dorothy’s gun-wielding meltdown — as she relived being abandoned by a husband she put through medical school — almost made her sins forgiveable. Almost.
6) David & Valerie (Days of Our Lives, 1976). Technically not daytime’s first interracial romance, it nonetheless was the most publicized. White David Banning (Richard Guthrie) fell in love with beautiful, African-American Valerie Grant (Tina Andrews), facing opposition from Val’s parents (Ketty Lester & Lawrence Cook) and trepidation from his mother, Julie Anderson (Susan Seaforth Hayes). In the end, new headwriter Ann Marcus (direct from her writing stint on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) scotched the promising storyline.

Robert Seganti
Robert Seganti

Maeve McGuire one of the finest actresses ever to grace daytime television.And also a lovely,intelligent and funny person.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I remember Somerset: Julians crazy wife was poisoning Andrea because she thought her husband was having an affair with her. Zoe was going to shoot Andrea and Zoe killed her own brother or father?(4get which) instead. Zoe was committed to a mental hospital but escaped and murdererd a different woman(4get her name) who was having an after with Zoe’s husband. Also, a longtime Days fan, i remember David and Valerie…i liked the Grant family. Valerie also had a brother named Danny. David lived with the Grants following a car accident and Julie and the Hortons thought he was dead. I swear i read in a fan mag back then that NBC had the writer drop the storyline because NBC got nervous after some stupid viewers complained about the interracial storyline. I had no problem with it…Tina Andrews was great and shouldve been emmy nominated for her work.

NJfromLA
NJfromLA

How about Carla and Ed on One Life to Live. She was passing as I recall? Then turned out she was black! That was a nice spin.

Benjaman
Benjaman

So great to see the vintage soaps mixed with their more contemporary counterparts. Nice to see SFT mentioned a couple of times.

Meg
Meg

How about Tess stealing Nash’s car? Or their love scene in the rain at the quarry… How about Viki imitating Niki imitating Viki? Or how about when Rex bedded Lindsey AND Jen Rappaort, or when Todd and Sam said goodbye at the airport… or when Niki made an almost pass at Todd…. Or when Blair pushed Tea out of the window… Or when Dorian hit Jessica with her car… Or when Kevin and Kelly realized their love was over… All OLTL memorable moments…

mgb357
mgb357

…..ah its good to have OLTL back giving us new memorable moments.

Rodd
Rodd

I think the lit is wonderful! Not because I agree or disagree with what’s on it or not, how high some moments are or how low they are, but because everyone has their own list of 60 or 100 from their time watching their favorite shows.

Reading everyone’s list has been such a pleasure! We soap fans are a loyal bunch and some TV execs still don’t understand that. That goodness for those who do.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Another one: 10 year old David Collins tampered with the car brakes on his father Roger Collins car in an attempt to kill him because David feared his father was planning to send him away to boarding school. Laura Collins , Davids mother, turns out to be a Phoenix who returns every 100 years to claim her children and take them into a fiery death with her. Barnabas Collins and Dr. Julia Hoffman are transported into the future and find the Collins family either insane or dead, and the family mansion known as Collinwood in ruins and haunted by ghosts! All from Dark Shadows!!! Wealthy Jean Paul Desmonds wife Erica who was frozen in a cryogentic chamber after her death, comes back to life evil and deadly and starts to murder several people to stay alive who are trapped in her husbands castlelike mansion located on a secluded island…this was on the other supernatural soap similiar to Dark Shadows called Strange Paradise which was produced in Canada and syndicated in U.S. in 1969. However, it was very shortlived.

4everdays
4everdays

Kimberly going blind was great for me.-DOOL

Jonathan
Jonathan

A few others:

— Iris confesses to her father, Mac, she was “The Chief” (AW, 1989)
— Sunny’s rape episode (SFT)
— The Great Henderson flood (SFT, 1986)
— Reva drives off the bridge (GL)
— Jefferson Brown impersonates Schuyler Whitney (EON, 1981-82)
— Alexandra’s country club takedown of Roger (GL)
— Who shot Jake? (AW)
— Nora Fulton’s murder (EON)
— The LOVING murders

GJ
GJ

No writing has ever matched the incredible talents of Edge of Night! This one must be resurrected! The murder of E. Dorn, Draper’s amnesia after the train wreck that was leading him to prison for a crime not committed…… The false assumption of Margo Dorn saying “no” on her death bed when she was trying to reveal the name of her killer and not say no that he wasn’t innocent, Nancy Karr trapped in the clinic, Josie/Serena courtroom drama, Nicole alive and then in the final season suddenly killed by poisonous makeup etc. Bring it back please!!

All My Children

Eva LaRue Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, And Opens Up About The Loss Of John Callahan

For Eva LaRue, the past two months have been some of the most emotionally gut-wrenching and challenging of her life, following the passing of her ex-husband, father of her child, and dearest friend, John Callahan (Ex-Edmund, All My Children). The outpouring of support she has received not only from her former AMC cast mates, but the soap world in general illustrates just how dear Eva is to all of us, and how many people had special memories of their time with John.

While mourning the loss of Callahan along with their daughter, Kaya, there was some heartwarming and re-affirming news that any actress would love to hear. Eva was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work as Celeste Rosales on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, and she is great company as her former AMC co-star Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad) is also nominated along with her for his work on General Hospital.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit our country and world hard, but through it All My Children virtual reunions emerged as fans were engaged by the content, transported to happier times that brought them back to familiar faces in Pine Valley in which Eva participated along with her good friends, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and so many more, thanks to the EW. com weeklong event which concluded on Friday.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Eva in this very candid, at times heartbreaking, and open conversation where she shares details into the final days of her beloved John, her last moments with him, and how she tried to plan a memorial in his honor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For so many of us, 2020 has certainly seen more lows then highs, but in the end for Eva, to receive a nomination now (an award she was last nominated for back in 1997 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Dr Maria Santos on All My Children) couldn’t have come at a better time. Here now is our conversation with Eva.

Photo: JPI

I’ve been thinking so much about you.  I’m glad we could do this, and in the midst of the tragedy of losing John Callahan, and then receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination.  What was your reaction when you learned you were nominated in a category with none other than your former AMC castmate and good friend, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH)?

EVA:  Oh, I know!  He’s the first person I texted!  I was like, “Congratulations, Michael!  Did you ever in a million years think that you and I would be in the same category of anything?”  Then I said, “And when you win this, can I just borrow it for the weekend just to dress it up and take pictures with it… just want to borrow it, just babysit the trophy for a weekend, please?” (Laughs)

Photo: JPI

What did you end up submitting that landed you the nomination for your role as Celeste on Y&R?

EVA: I submitted a scene with Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I have been friends for 30 years, if not more, and in all that time we had never worked together.  I met him when I was married to John O’Hurley (Ex- Dr. James Grainger) because John was over at The Young and the Restless at the time.  I went to a Christmas party with John to Peter and Mariellen’s house, and do you know who else was there?  Lisa Rinna (Ex-Billie, Days), and it was before she had gotten Days of Our Lives. She was dating Peter Barton (Ex-Scott Grainger, Y&R) at the time. We both ended up on soaps at the same time.  So, I submitted a scene with Peter, who is amazing, warm and open and such a great actor. Then I submitted a scene with my on-screen daughter Sasha Calle (Lola, Y&R) – I love that girl, and another one with Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) who has also been my great friend for a couple of decades. The other scene I put on my reel was with me and Jordi Vilasuso (Rey, Y&R) who I also adore.  He is awesome and such a sweetheart.  I only had two months worth of material to draw upon.  So, I just submitted the scenes that I liked the best, and they all were within story, and all made sense.

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Where is Celeste supposed to be now?

EVA:  She went back to Florida, and that was that. I would never say never to anything, but it was always supposed to be a short stint, and it was great.

So not only is it you and Michael E. Knight, but Jeffery Vincent Parise, Chrishell Stause, and Elissa Kapneck. This Guest Performer category is loaded!

EVA:  I know! I know and love, Chrishell (Ex-Amanda) because we worked together on All My Children, too, right before I left, and she is a doll.  She just might be the sweetest, kindest, girl on the planet.  She literally might be the sweetest person who ever lived!  I don’t know the other two nominees personally.  So, I’m excited for them too.  It’s such a diverse category.  It’s just really fun to be nominated with all of them.

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You were nominated before, though, for your work as Maria on All My Chldren during the emotional baby switch storyline; working opposite Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica) for a lot in it.

EVA:  Yes.  I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All My Children, and I was nominated for Best Original Song.  I wrote a song when Maria came ‘back from the dead’ to All My Children, with a producer friend of mine from Miami Sound Machine.

Photo: Live with Kelly Ryan

So, you’ve been doing all of these All My Children virtual reunions, which is so interesting that in this pandemic, people are looking for content, and they dip back into these beloved shows.  Was it fun doing the EW.com Santos Family reunion with everybody?

EVA:  Oh yeah, it was really, really fun.  I only saw in the big picture everybody else’s photo who was a part of it, and the people who I actually do hang out with the most, and see the most, and talk to the most, are Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), and Sydney Penny (Ex-Julia).  I don’t see Sydney as much, but I do see her probably once every two years at least, but Sarah Michelle Geller (ExKendall) I see all the time and talk to all the time.  Kelly, Mark, and Sarah are the ones who walked me through that first week when John Callahan passed.  They literally were on the phone with me, the three of them, almost every day, but I got beautiful outreach, from what seemed like everyone.  This is when no matter how many years have passed since you have been in daytime, that the daytime family as a group – there used to be fifteen shows, now there are four – and people have bounced around and they are on other shows- – but the entire soap opera community reached out,   I cannot even tell you how much that meant to me.  It was overwhelming, and it was really, spectacularly beautiful.

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I hope it was some solace to you knowing how much people loved John, and also that they love and care so deeply for you.

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EVA:  I mean, people who did not even work with John reached out.  Every soap was represented by getting a hold of me, sending a text or a phone call, or if they didn’t have my personal information, they tweeted, or whatever it was… literally from every reach of soapdom.  It was amazing.

And your relationship with John was amazing with all of the ups and downs you went through; that you remained such dear friends.

EVA:  We remained really great friends all the way.

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I so remember when the two of you first got together and it was this storybook real life soap couple romance.  John was always so sweet to me.  I was so, so sad, and you know, my heart just broke for you.

EVA:  I think it was just such a shock.  I don’t think anybody, and even Kaya were talking about it, because she graduated this week, and her dad is not here.  We’re not having a graduation, because of COVID-19, which sucks on top of it, but we were just kind of talking through the feelings of it.  She said, “You know what’s weird?  I guess I never pictured dad getting old, and I always wondered why, and now I know.”  When I would get on John about his heart or his health, he used to always say, ‘Oh, don’t worry Evala, (he always called me “Evala”).  I’m going to be here.  I’m going to be here a long time.  I’m fine.  I’m going to be here to walk Kaya down the aisle and see her kids and all that.  Stop worrying,” Every time he said it to me, something in my gut said, “I don’t think he is.  I don’t think he is,” but I always just dismissed that.  But never in my wildest dreams did I think John wouldn’t make it to her high school graduation.  He was only 66.

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I had heard you ended up running to Palm Springs to be near John.  I can’t even imagine what that must have been like.

EVA:  The only good thing about this pandemic is that we had been shut down for only two weeks at that point.  Kaya and I got in the car.  John had some heart procedures the day before, on a Thursday.  I called him in the morning before he went in for the procedure.  I said, “Call me as soon as you get out of there.  Call me as soon as you come-to again, and you’re good,” and he said, “Okay, I will.”  I said, “I’m going to send Kaya out to you on Friday for the weekend, just so you have somebody to hang out and watch you, and I might come out too,” And then, I said, “Maybe, I’ll come down too in case you are feeling weak, just to watch out for you for the weekend.”   So, he called me after the procedure.   I said, “I cannot believe they sent you home! You just had some major heart stuff done.”  He said, “Oh no, they said I’m fine.  It was just run-of-the-mill heart stuff, angiogram…”  I was like, “Are you sure?”  He said, “Yeah, I’m fine.  I’m just tired.  I’m going to go to sleep.”  I said, “Do you want me to send Kaya out tonight?” and he was like, “No, no, no.  Send her tomorrow.”  So, in the morning, I called him at 9:00am.  No answer.  I texted him.  He always texted me like Johnny on the spot, and then texts me immediately back.  So, I call him again at 10.  Nothing.  His best friend calls me about a half-hour later, “Hey, I talked to John at about 8:00 this morning.  He said he was feeling really, really shitty and was going to go back to the hospital, and then, I texted him again at like 8:30 to just tell him something, and he hasn’t texted me back, and he always texts me immediately back.”  I said, “Oh my, God, I’ve been trying to get a hold of him for two hours; he hasn’t texted me back,”   I said, “You know what, I’ll call you back.”  So, I called his friend who lives down the street from John, and I said, “Go to his house, please right this second, knock on the door, jump the fence, knock on his bedroom, he might be asleep, I don’t know.”  So, he gets there, nobody is answering.  I said, “Break into the house please.  So, he did, and John was collapsed in the bathroom.  They called the paramedics, and as soon as they called me back and said, “John is unresponsive in the bathroom,” Kaya and I threw everything in the car, and what usually takes us two and a half hours without traffic, we made it down there from Los Angeles in an hour and forty-five minutes.

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I don’t know how you made it down there in one piece. Thank, God!

EVA:  I drove so fast, like literally broke all land speed records and thank God because we got there just in time.  He was in emergency.  He hadn’t been put up in ICU yet, where we wouldn’t have been able to see him.  They weren’t going to let us in the hospital.  Thank God the person answering the door was an All My Children fan.  She was the one saying, “Sorry, no one is allowed in the hospital, no one can come in,” and I was like, “No, no, no, my ex-husband just came in.”  She said, “Was it Edmund?” and I said, “Yes, it was Edmund!”  She said, “Okay, follow me.”  Thank God for All My Children.  Thank God.  So, we followed this woman secretly, and we get to spend a half-hour with him in Emergency.  He was already on life-support, totally unresponsive, but we got to play John his favorite music, we got to just sit there and hold his hand and talk to him, and tell him how much we loved him.  Sarah Michelle Gellar called right when we were in the hospital in Emergency, and she said, “Put the phone by his ear,” so I put the phone by his ear, and she talked to John too, and she told him how much she loved him.  She used to always call him “GP”, which was short of grandpa, because she came on the show when she was 15, and she didn’t have a dad, and John acted like a dad to her – but she used to always call him “grandpa”, and he hated “grandpa”, so he was like, “You can call me “GP”, but not grandpa,” so she always called him GP.  I just put the phone by John’s ear, and what was crazy is that when she talked to him, his feet started twitching.  He started moving his feet.  Then, when Kaya was talking to him about Yankee season, he started moving his feet.  We were kind of hopeful that something was changing for the better.  We had about a half-hour with him, and then, they took him up to ICU, and then, we knew we couldn’t see him again.  They called us later that night that he had passed.

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I am just so thankful that you got to see John one last time.

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EVA:  I thank God every day that we got to say goodbye, because if we hadn’t gotten there in time to say goodbye, I just don’t know.

It’s very rare that a couple after a divorce, who have a child, and went from romance to dear friends, end up maintaining that relationship so many years later in their lives.  I know so many people who were together at one point in their lives, for years, and they don’t even talk to each other now.

EVA:  Well, you know, like any divorce, the first four years afterwards were super contentious but then, by year five, we kind of had this major breakthrough, and from then on, he was one of my closest friends, and one of the things we always kept alive for each other was we loved to  dance together. We fell in love, I think, dancing because originally our characters on AMC met at this country-western bar, and we had to take country line dancing lessons on the show.  They hired a choreographer for us so that during those scenes where we were falling in love, we would actually be able to do a two-step! So, we went out and practiced at Denim and Diamonds, which was a big country-western place in New York City at the time.  We used to go out with a whole group of us.  It was me, and Teresa Blake (Ex-Gloria) and Kelly Ripa, and her boyfriend at the time, Winsor Harmon (Ex-Del), sometimes Walt Willey (Ex-Jack); we just had a whole crew of us who would go out country dancing.  John and I also loved singing together.  He had the most amazing gravely kind of rockstar voice, but his real talent was harmonizing.  He could harmonize to anything.  So, when he would come over, we would sit in the kitchen and sing, and sing, and sing until the late hours because that’s what we loved to do, and that’s what he loved to do.  That’s one of my favorite last memories of us.  He was just over the month before, and Kaya’s bedroom is near the kitchen, so she came out and was like, “Can you two shut up?”  It was like two in the morning and we were still singing in the kitchen. (Laughs)  John was my dear friend and my confidant.

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Were you able to have some kind of service during this stay-at-home pandemic we are all dealing with, in order to mourn the loss of John?

EVA:  It’s been so crazy.  We couldn’t even have a funeral.  That’s what made it all the more heartbreaking.  There were less than twenty of us, and we just got on a Zoom call and memorialized John.   I thought we were going to do a big Zoom memorial, but it seemed so overwhelming and so impersonal, it just was rubbing us wrong in every way.  Every way we were looking at it, we were like, “Oh my, God, we just can’t.”  We wanted to invite everybody he had ever worked with, and we were like, “No, we want to do that when everything can open back up again, and invite every person, and have a party” because John was always the life of every party.  Maybe we can do that in the fall or next year.  I kept trying to write something for the small memorial we did do for three days.  I kept coming back to this one song, because John was always the consummate bartender, too.  I sang a song that Bette Midler sang on the very last episode of Johnny Carson.  It was “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” and it’s about a bartender who has got a big personality and a lot to say.   I changed some of the words around a bit just to reflect who John was, and so, I ended up singing for it instead of speaking.  We always talked about that last episode of Carson; how stunningly emotional it was when Bette sang that song to kind of sing Johnny off for of all of his years on the air.  So, that’s what I did and because we loved to sing together, it just made sense.

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I do think you touched upon something, earlier, too.  I don’t think any other genre would have that kind of unbridled camaraderie.  It’s such a family, like you said.  I don’t think you would find that quite like this; certainly in show business. 

EVA:  I really don’t think you can. Even though there is always a good amount of competition in the soaps as well; between the soaps it’s like they are any sports team, but there is always a level of respect, love, and familial connection within the community.  I think that is why they have stood the test of time.  I really do think that is what hooks our audience, that is what keeps them there after all of these years, even though unfortunately the genre is antiquated looking, there is something about it that is nostalgic, familial, and comfortable for people.

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Every time I talk about All My Children, why do you think everybody go ga-ga for it, when it’s been off the air for several years now?

EVA:  It speaks to people’s childhoods.  It speaks to how we grew up.  You can’t undo nostalgia.  You can’t.  It’s in the way we grew up, the things we loved, the things that we scheduled our lives around, the people we fell in love with on the shows that we watched, who we cared about and loved their storylines. I grew up watching All My Children, General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.

It must have been a spectacular moment for you when you realized you were actually in Pine Valley and a member of the cast of All My Children then?

EVA:  It was amazing.  I was a fan when I got the show.  I was a straight up fan.  I fangirled walking through that dressing room hallway for the first time! I was trying to keep it in check, but you know … (Laughs)

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So, in closing, you would say, “Thrilled to be nominated”?

EVA:  Yes.  So fun.  It has really been a rollercoaster of a couple of months here.  That nomination was literally the bright, shining spot in all of this.

So, happy to hear Eva is in the running for a Daytime Emmy? Were you moved by Eva’s sentiments she shared on her relationship with the late John Callahan? Do you miss Pine Valley’s Dr. Maria Santos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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All My Children Reunion with Josh Duhamel, Ricky Paull Goldin, Cameron Mathison and More; Later Debbi Morgan Live

It’s a big finale of the weeklong virtual celebration of the iconic All My Children.  On tap today in EW’s series to benefit Feeding America during the COVID-19, some major names from the history of Pine Valley and who had story with each other participating in the chat, premiering at 10 a. m. EST.

Taking part in the walk down memory lane are none other than Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo), Ricky Paull Goldin (Ex-Jake), Chrishell Stause (Ex-Amanda), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenelee) and Melissa Claire Egan (Ex-Annie).

But that’s not all folks! Daytime Emmy winner, Debbi Morgan will participate in a live virtual chat with EW.com today beginning at 3 p.m. EST/12 p. m. PST.  Now will be your chance to hear from the one and only Angie Hubbard from the beloved ABC daytime drama series.

Over the week, EW.com has posted other virtual conversations with notables from Pine Valley, you can check them out here.

So, will you be checking out today’s one-two punch of AMC favorites? Comment below.

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Beginning this morning, Tuesday, May 26th, a weeklong virtual celebration with the cast of All My Children is on tap for fans of the beloved ABC daytime drama series, featuring a “Who’s Who of Pine Valley”.

The weeklong event is brought to you by EW.com and PEOPLETV.com and starts at 10 am EST/PST.   You can watch it right here.

Featured in the first installments are  the Santos family which includes: real-life marrieds, who met on All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo), as well as Eva LaRue (Maria) and Sydney Penny (Julia).

Episode 2 coming up on Wednesday will feature: Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney Martin), Jennifer Bassey (Marian Colby Chandler), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt), and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

The weeklong event is in support of Feeding America helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information and how you can make a donation visit ew.com/allmychildrenreunion

So, let us know what you think of the first installment featuring the Santos clan from Pine Valley as they reunite for a good cause via the comment section below.

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