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WATCH The Replay: ‘As the World Turns’ Reunion With Maura West, Michael Park, Martha Byrne, Don Hastings & Kelley Menighan

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Earlier today in a very special You Tube live-stream none other than former cast members from As the World Turns gathered together via Zoom, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to share some screen time with each other and walk down memory lane during their time in Oakdale.

As soap fans know, yesterday was the anniversary of ATWT as it first aired back on April 2, 1956 and ran through September 17th, 2010.

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Former publicist for As the World Turns and Guiding Light, Alan Locher, presided and hosted the live-stream and came up with the idea to bringing together this talented group, with the potential for more of these down the road.

Participating were longtime ATWT favorites: Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily), Don Hastings (Ex-Bob). Maura West (Ex-Carly), Michael Park (Ex-Jack) and Kelley Menighen (Ex-Emily). During the one hour plus show, first days, screen-tests. favorite moments and more were bantered about.

Check out the replay here.

Then let us know what you thought of it and seeing everyone chatting together and discussing life on ATWT and more via the comment section.

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Jimh
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Jimh

would love to see One Life To Live, Another World, Edge Of Night…all the former soaps if actors are willing and available do this!!!

Margherita
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Margherita

Great fun! Thank you!

Kate Harvey
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Kate Harvey

Oh so wonderful to see those beloved Oakdale faces again. The years you all gave to us fans were such a gift – wish it could’ve gone on forever. Much love and thanks gang. Stay safe and God bless

Mark Y
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Mark Y

This was great!

Rodd
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Rodd

What a wonderfully uplifting treat for all of us ATWT fans!!! Thank you to Alan for pulling this together for us, to those lovely stars of ATWT for taking time out to be with us, and to Michael for posting this on his site.

I would absolutely LOVE to see something like this with more stars from more shows in the future!

The soap opera stars ARE THE BEST!

Paul H
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Paul H

This was so enjoyable. It was obvious some of them hadn’t seen each other since the show ended. (Just like me and my co-workers when I retired!) It was worth every minute and the perfect escape from the news. The five ATWT stars loved it too and want to do more. Kelly was full of emotion at the end. She would like Jon Hensley to be included next time. Please do more. It was like watching members of a family. I learned so much from each person. Michael Park is so joyful and Don Hastings hilarious. I don’t want to… Read more »

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clb

THANK YOU Alan Locher! Loved seeing members from Oakdale and catching up on their lives and memories. I watched ATWT as a young high school student in the 1970s with my grandmother. I was hooked on both ATWT and Guiding Light until the stories ended in 2009-2010. At times like these, it is always good to meet up with old friends. I am looking forward to more reunions including one for Guiding Light! Thanks also to Michael for posting the moment. Stay safe all!

carol1952
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carol1952

I loved AS The World Turns I watched it every single day.I was very upset when it was cancelled.Yet they put all of those crappy talk shows on.Boring to say the least.

Delilah222
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Delilah222

Loved this so much! Felt like seeing family I hadn’t seen in ages. Too bad Jon couldn’t join 😉

Toscanti
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Toscanti

This was so awesome, thank you!

Rob
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Rob

Please please please can we get alums from Another World to do something like this as well? Last year was 55 years since AW first aired as well as 20 since it signed off.

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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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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