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WATCH: Agnes Nixon Tribute Extended Version: Stars Of AMC and OLTL Shares Their Remembrances

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During the 44th annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies on April 30th, attendees and fans online were treated to a touching segment and tribute to the late and iconic creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, Agnes Nixon.

While Susan Lucci anchored the tribute with her speech honoring the woman who launched her career and created her character of Erica Kane. she also introduced a clip package produced by On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman featuring several former cast members from both of Agnes’ daytime drama.

While for time, the segment featuring those actors and more had to be kept short and tight, the extended version is now available online, which tells the story of Agnes’ journey, the impact Pine Valley and Llanview had on the audience, the seismic cancellations of both soaps, and ultimately Agnes’ passing.

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Fairman went back to tell the story the way he originally envisioned the piece featuring emotional and riveting moments from: Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL), Thorsten Kaye (Patrick, OLTL and Zach, AMC) , Peter Bergman (Cliff, AMC) Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC), Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC) Darnell Williams (Jesse, AMC), Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC), Brynn Thayer (Jenny, OLTL), Robert S. Woods (Bo, OLTL), Kim Delaney (Jenny. AMC)  and Andrea Evans (Tina, OLTL).

The Agnes Nixon Tribute Extended Tribute was originally posted on Michael Fairman’s You Tube channel, The Michael Channel.  You can visit the channel and subscribe for my features to come.

Now, watch the extended Agnes Nixon retrospective tribute after the jump. Then let us know if it made you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more? And let us know whose story within the tribute touched you the most? Comment below.

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When daytime television had talented actors and storylines devoted to real issues (with some exceptions). I miss daytime of the 80’s and (part) 90’s!

This is a beautifully done production. I loved these shows especially in the 80s when I started watching. The actors gave wonderful tributes to Agnes and were honest in how she changed their lives. I found the remarks made by Peter Bergman and Michael E. Knight to be the most moving and emotional. They all made me cry. The audience cared about the characters, and that is what kept us tuned in. I watched OLTL until the end, and this piece makes me miss the shows so much all over again. Thanks so much, Michael!!

Thank you Michael for this wonderfully moving tribute. It is beautiful. Once again, thank you Agnes Nixon for All My Children and One Life to Live. I want to say more but I’m crying so hard that I can hardly type.

Agnes Nixon .
I heard of the legend and her legacy.
However; seeing what I just watched it’s sad I wasn’t there through her time.

Quoit- she cherished the ability to bridge the space between real and fantastic and make it all believable
and- no one was ever safe not even the good guys..

“The Great and the Least, The Rich and the Poor, The Weak and the Strong, In Joy and Sorrow, In Tragedy and Triumph, You are ALL MY CHILDREN”
I like that ^^^ ..

If I were a Billionaire;
I would create a network to rerun both AMC and OLTL from day 1 to last day, just so I could watch both soaps. I missed the era of Agnes .

side note;
A work friend moved to Europe and she gave me her books.
Among them were two AMC Anniversary books, new never opened. I still have them unopened.

“You become part of the viewers’ psyche.” Michael E Knight.
This.
I’m not crying. Really.

Thank You Mr. Fairman for the heartwarming tribute to a woman who touched more lives than anyone could imagine. Thank you to tha actors who shared their memories. They all showed such gratitude to this great storyteller. Let me add my voice as well. God Speed and God Bless !

Om I’m crying.I miss these two shows like,an old friend.Great to see these characters I loved for so many years.Agnes was one special lady and so talented..I can’t beleive how emotional this was for me.Thank you to each of you for sharing with us.

Absolutely fantastic! Beautiful tribute to a woman who touched so many lives…actors and fans alike.

What a walk down memory lane..such nostalgia….puddle of tears over here….

We need to bring back all my children and one life to live on abc we miss all the actor and actresses It is not the same they were a big part of are lives.we are hope to reboot them like they are rebooting so many other show now..Agnes was the one and only she will be very hard to replace

This is just beautiful! The amount of respect these actors have for her is amazing and it says a lot about her. Great job Michael!

Thank you so much, Michael, for putting this together and for treating Agnes Nixon and AMC and OLTL with the respect they all deserve. I love the group of actors you included in this tribute. These are veteran actors who were excellent spokespeople for the hundreds of actors who worked for Agnes. Michael Knight did me in. It was so great to hear him talk about that last scene on AMC where Tad toasted everyone. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Kim Delaney stayed in touch with Agnes even after she’d left AMC. Thanks so much for allowing us to see and hear more than just the few minutes which were shown during the Emmys. I miss these shows all over again.

that was a beautiful tribute. i miss those shows so much. and at the end credits, the amc theme played and i started to cry.

I loved this. It was beautifully done and I think I cried through the entire thing. I still miss All My Children, the actors and the story lines and of course Agnes Nixon. Thanks so much for sharing.

Bravo Mr. Fairman and thank you. And yes, i did “well-up” and it was so worth it. What more does ABC need to know ? These shows are still missed very much !

I grew up watching NBC and CBS soaps. But I kept up with other soaps by reading soap opera digest and soap opera weekly. Like Bill Bell, Agnes Nixon is a true legend.

What a wonderful tribute to such an iconic lady.

One thing that I noticed about her work, particularly on OLTL, was that she would have the controversial storylines like the Cathy Craig drug story or Carla passed for white as well as traditional romance stories. She would interweave the characters and get the audience to invest in stories that they might not have otherwise embraced.

Wow Michael. That was just stellar! I especially loved seeing the characters from long ago speaking of their time on the show and what Agnes means to them. A+++++

love Love LOVE … exceptionally done … I think AD would be proud … and we, her fans, are eternally grateful for her life’s work … #AllMyChildren #OneLifeToLive

What a gift this woman was to so many! She tackled so many issues with grace and dignity. Agnes, you will be missed.

when actors “appreciate” GOOD writing

man!   the acting mindset… there was no limits

the audience :  feasted

the combined RAW TALENTS of headwriting and just combustible acting… soared

I HOLD ON to ALL my years and decades of watching this beloved genre.

you can feel the welling up of emotion… dam spill

this genre had power, respect, awe inspiring, the whole canvas in sync.  
for all the actors who were and or ARE still a part of this .   heartfelt reach.

Michael E Knight – what a man he turned out to be , right?   Tad the Cad… MEK is a FUNNY MAN.   how else do you explain how it was great for Tad to have two mothers … Opal and Ruth… and just the sweetest dad… Mr. Joe Martin.   BAM

no matter now… that it was always Liza I would have wanted Tad with… it was Dixie Cooney who won out.
  
Peter Bergman – no matter whats going on now… you are rightfully so… an institution of this whole genre. 
 
your 1979 – 1989 years @ALL MY CHILDREN.   w/Nina.  PURE MAGIC … the real definition of LOVE.  argh! 

YES, YES, YES, I LOVE Taylor Miller…. the quintessential beauty … I could not take my eyes of off… NINA and Cliff Warner.    the heartache when it took years for them to have a child.
  
he was right to have left the show… since Taylor Miller had already exited.   I’d like to thank Peter Bergman’ wife… for getting that brick .. .which sits in his dressing room. 
 
I’ve always lauded your spirit… both MEK and PB.  for how eloquent they speak of this genre.   a mans man .. who feel.   cherish women. and people in and around their lives.  the passion they shared with their acting and the heartfelt tears of acknowledging the impact of this genre

Brynn Thayer : ( Jenny , OLTL ) since I never watched OLTL.   I would have loved to have watched Brynn Thayer  wow you could tell instantly that she’s present.

WOW she was surrounding by magna cum laude : didn’t they blitz.

give me ONE let : she married the uber talented and sexy as all get out Gerald Anthony, ( ex – Marco Dane, OLTL )

I like her

Andrea Evans : who didn’t love this superpower. I watched “Passions” .

what was so much fun in all those years… when the emmies were very present.. and the raw talent… just non stop showed up. thank the soap gods for all those serial magazines in which to savor. the writing just shined. “thank you, forever”

yeah, it’s a nice cry

heart full again

ie: @Peter Bergman. thank you thank you thank you

for the kind, humbled, heart reach. I would have loved to have @minimum shaken James Mitchell, ( ex-Palmer Cortlandt, AMC ) hand… hug too.

I loved the dance… between Palmer and Adam. this is how Shakespeare entered serial. everyone else who courted with… were just happy to be . yet I truly believe the words of Peter Bergman and Michael E. Knight when they share just how ???? amazing it is to have worked with the best.

like any other fan… @the emmies… I would have liked to have seen James Mitchell take home more gold.

no matter… because the work… the feeding of the soul

Agnes Nixon reached

Michael, thank you for the wonderful tribute to Agnes Nixon. It was a delight to see the performers in the show clips and your on camera interviews.

OLTL is one of my all time favorite TV shows, first started watching it about the time “Cathy Craig” was a teenager and her drug addiction story. I think that may have been around 1969.

I hope to see Erika Slezak again, always wanted to see her in a stage play.

Keep up the excellent work, Michael.
Thanks, Mark

Beautiful tribute!

I just miss these shows so much…

Beautiful! Thank you Michael.

Great tribute to Agnes Nixon!

Seeing Andrea Evans makes me miss her on soaps, she was great on OLTL and Passions. I wish she was still on daytime.

Michael thank you very much.

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Susan Lucci Joins the Cast of Jonah Hill’s Movie ‘Outcome’

Look who will be part of the ensemble cast in motion picture and film star Jonah Hill’s new film project! That’s right, none other than Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, All My Children).

According to Deadline, the daytime television icon joins other notables including Laverne Cox and David Spade who have been added to the cast of Outcome. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Matt Bomer (ex-Ben, Guiding Light) and Cameron Diaz.

In Outcome, which is written by, and will be directed by Hill, the dark comedy centers around Reef (played by Reeves), a damaged Hollywood star who must dive into the dark depths of his past to confront his demons and make amends after he is extorted with a mysterious video clip from his past.

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Soap fans know that following her iconic run as All My Children’s Erica Kane, Susan went on to be featured in Lifetime’s Devious Maids in the role of Genevieve Delatour.  Since her Pine Valley days ended (when AMC was canceled in 2012), Susan has appeared in numerous shows and made numerous appearances.  n December of 2023, Lucci was awarded the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Outcome will debut on Apple and is an Apple Studios production. The film marks the latest collaboration for Hill and Apple Original Films, who are also developing a Grateful Dead biopic with Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions, to be directed by Scorsese, with Hill starring in it and as one of the producers of the project, as well.

So, intrigued to see what kind of role Susan plays in Jonah Hill’s new film ‘Outcome’? Comment below.

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Jacob Young Shares Production Pic of Cast of His New Film Featuring Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin

Last month, during a livestream conversation on the Michael Fairman Channel, while promoting Jason Cook’s film, Four for Fun, and featuring soap notables Jacob Young (ex-AJ, AMC, ex-Lucky, GH, ex-Rick, B&B) and Brytni Sarpy (Y&R), Young revealed some intel on his upcoming movie project.

Jacob shared that he was set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film, Murder Between Friends shooting in Prague.

The actor/director expressed, “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). It’s very ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.”

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Young is currently shooting the film’s principal photography abroad through April 17th.

Over the weekend, Jacob took to his Instagram to share a photo with the cast of the film where pictured is former Dynasty star, Joan Collins (ex-Alexis) and former Days of our Lives star, Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe). In addition, former All My Children star, Trent Garrett (ex-Asher) is seen in director-mode kneeling.

Trent and Jacob are both co-directors of Murder Between Friends Joan Collins shared the pic on her Instagram citing, “This was the #secret I posted about several weeks ago!”

So, looking forward to seeing Jacob’s film when it is released with Joan, Nadia, and company? Let us know in the comment section.

 

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Barbara Rush, ‘All My Children’ and ‘Peyton Place’ Actress, Dies at 97

Veteran Hollywood actress Barbara Rush, known to soap opera fans for her recurring roles on All My Children as Nola Orsini, and on Peyton Place where she played Marsha Russell, died at 97 on Sunday, March 31st.

Her passing was confirmed by Rush’s daughter, Fox News Channel senior correspondent Claudia Cowan. In a statement, Claudia shared, “My wonderful mother passed away peacefully at 5:28 this evening. I was with her this morning and know she was waiting for me to return home safely to transition. It’s fitting she chose to leave on Easter as it was one of her favorite holidays and now, of course, Easter will have a deeper significance for me and my family.”

Barbara had an extensive career in films and television that included roles in: It Came From Outer Space, The Goldbergs, 7th Heaven,  The Young Philadelphians, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The Young Lions, Batman (TV series ), The Bionic Woman, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and so many others.

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From 1968 to 1969, she starred in 75 episodes on Peyton Place.  In 1980, Rush also appeared in NBC’s primetime soap opera, Flamingo Road taking on the role of Eudora Weldon, who’s adoptive daughter was played by Morgan Fairchild.

Then, in 1992, she was cast as All My Children’s Nola Orsini. In the storyline, Tad (Michael E. Knight) had amnesia and washed ashore from a river and wides up in California. He gets a job at Orsini Vineyards, where the owner, Nola Orsini (Rush), says that he is the spitting image of her missing son, Ted Orsini, who was kidnapped as a child, and insists Tad is him. She takes him in, trains him to run the vineyards, and makes him her heir, completely convinced he is her lost son, and the story unspooled from there.

Rush is survived by her two children the aforementioned Claudia Cowan, and  Christopher Hunter.

Share your condolences for and remembrances of Barbara Rush via the comment section below.

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