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Van Hansis Thanks Fans For Support After Coming Out Publicly!

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If you didn’t already love Van Hansis, you’re going to love him even this much more!

After the talented actor who won the hearts of millions of soap fans worldwide for his portrayal of Luke Snyder on As the World Turns publicly came out the other day in a quote from his latest interview in The Fight, Van took to his facebook page last evening to thank everyone for their support and love.

Van stated:  “Thank you all for your warm comments and your years of support. It means so much. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

Hansis as Oakdale’s Luke played the first male gay character on daytime soaps that was a major character connected to a major family, wherein often times previously the gay characters came and went and were not anchored to the story in many ways.  Of course, years later we now have Days of our Lives Will (Guy Wilson) and Sonny (Freddie Smith) carrying the LGBT torch on daytime soaps.

Van will also return for season two of the hit web series, EastSiders which just received an Indie Series Award for Best Ensemble Drama.  EastSiders is currently having its season two KickStarter campaign!

What do you think about Van statement to his fans?  Let us know

 

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Claudio
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Claudio

He is so cute and a terrific actor. please shave your face Van, you look way better and cuter clean shaven.

Lee
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Lee

My suggestions are Jamie Luner or Tamara Braun.

BTripp
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BTripp

I think this was supposed to be for Phillis recast.

MaryBeth Walsh
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MaryBeth Walsh

He is a phenomenal actor and a very nice young man. His personal living choices are his and only his personal business.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Van is an excellent actor and how he wants to live his life is his own business.In the future i think his portrayal of Luke will be a groundbreaking moment in soap opera history.

Harlee
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Harlee

I thought he was out…I assumed because he wasn’t fooling or probably others.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

So happy he’s comfortable enough in his own skin. The Luke storyline helped me through my own coming out years! <3

Rodd
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Rodd

He’s a great actor. Would love to see him back on a soap! All the best to him.

Brett
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Brett

Really happy for him 🙂

PABWECG
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PABWECG

I always loved Van’s portrayal of Luke Snyder. Liked Luke & Noah, and loved Luke & Reid even more – but my heart always belonged to Luke first & foremost.

Van brought the character to life in such a way that my heart laughed, cried, rejoiced, & fumed on his behalf.

I’m not surprised to hear that Van is gay, am pleased to hear that he has come out, and I wish him well in his personal & professional life.

Sasha
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Sasha

Of course, it’s “his business” how he “wants to live his life”, but show me a straight actor or person who would ever hide their sexuality, hide the person they’re in love with and so on. People who write such a bull**** over and over apparently want gay men to remain invisible. I’m so glad that brilliant actors and strong personalities like Van Hansis aren’t doing them the favor.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

Soap Con Live, is a women-owned company, co-created by Lacretia Lyon (Bleav in Soap Operas/ Forever and a Day) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) who wanted to bring their love of soaps and Comic Cons together and introduce a new & exciting experience to fans of Daytime.

So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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