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Y&R’s Beloved Jerry Douglas Passes Away At 88

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Heartbreaking news this Wednesday evening. Jerry Douglas, who played John Abbott, the patriarch of the Abbott Clan on The Young and the Restless, has passed away after a brief illness.

Douglas died yesterday on Tuesday, November 9th at 88.  He had just celebrated his upcoming 89th birthday (which would have been Friday) with his former castmates and friends in October.

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Jerry joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in March 1982 as John Abbott. The character was a mainstay in Genoa City until the character’s death in 2006. Douglas later made appearances as the character’s ghost who continued to check on and counsel his children, especially Jack (Peter Bergman). He last appeared in 2016.

In statement on his passing, Y&R’s executive producer, Anthony Morina shared: “On behalf of the entire company of The Young and the Restless, we send our deepest sympathies to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglas. Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits. Our show was lucky to have an actor of his caliber join the Y&R cast and introduce the audience to the iconic Abbott family. His contribution to the legacy of Y&R as Abbott family patriarch, John Abbott is still felt to this day. He will be sorely missed.”

The actor’s obituary read in part, as follows: Jerry was born Jerry Rubenstein in Chelsea, Massachusetts on November 12, 1932. Proud of his Boston heritage and New England upbringing, he won a football scholarship to play quarterback at Brandeis University, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Economics.  He fondly recalled meeting the future President, J.F.K., upon his visit to the University.

Douglas launched his acting career upon graduation from college, studying with Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles. Douglas was also a screenwriter and playwright, having developed projects with Josh O’Connell through their production company, O’Connell/Douglas Productions. He donated his time to Variety Club and the Salvation Army charities, was a life-long golfer and avid reader.

Jerry Douglas joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in March 1982 as the wealthy chairman of Jabot Cosmetics and beloved single father who helped his children navigate adulthood.

Over the span of his long career, Douglas starred in more than one hundred productions. He appeared in numerous feature films, including Oliver Stone’s JFK, Avalanche, The Godson, Head Over Spurs in Love, and Mommie Dearest.  In recent years, he guest-starred in episodes of Cold Case, Melrose Place, The Christmas Wish, Crash and Arrested Development. Earlier in his acting career, he guest-starred in many classic series with legendary stars on The Rockford Files, Police Story, Hunter, The Streets of San Francisco, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Police Woman, The Rookies and Mission Impossible among many more.  His repertoire also included theater and singing engagements in New York, across the United States and Canada. His album “The Best Is Yet To Come” can be listened to on audio streaming platforms.

While his Hollywood accolades were important to him, his greatest role was as the devoted husband of 37 years to Kym, television personality and host (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Home & Family) and loving father to sons Jod (Writer & Product Designer, Oracle) and Hunter (Commercial Real Estate Analyst, Eastdil Secured); daughter, Avra (Trustee, Marlon Brando Estate); two grandchildren, nieces including Kirby Rubenstein and Solo Rubenstein (International Marketing, Universal Pictures).

Services are said to be pending.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the death of Y&R’s Jerry Douglas via the comment section below.

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Jerry Douglas? Class act! I never will forgive producers and writers for killing off John Abbott. I loved the chemistry he had with everyone on the show. God bless!

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There will never be a daytime dad like Mr. Abbott.
My favorite storyline of his was the brief one inwhich he and Mamie had a affair, how I wanted them to be a couple!
I ve meet many celebrities in my life given my line of work, but the one I ve been most truly starstruck to meet was Jerry Douglas
I told him so and that I grew up with him and he was my favorite tv dad! He was even nicer in person than on tv!
R.i.p Mr. Douglas

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Rest in peace

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Sad news about a wonderful actor. I was very upset when Y&R made the terrible decision to kill off John Abbott ): He was an essential character, a legacy character, and one of the main rules of soaps is though shall not kill off legacy characters – unless the actor dies or retires.

John’s relationships with his children and with Dina and Jill were memorable and Jerry Douglas was the reason for those memories to be so vivid. R.I.P.

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Speaking of death, they should have never killed him off on Y&R. BUT, they never recasted the character and that was the right move. He and Eric Braeden are one of a kinds. Hopefully Jerry enjoyed retirement. RIP Jerry and condolences to the Douglas family.

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Anne Heche Memoir ‘Call Me Anne’ to Be Released Posthumously

Following the tragic death of Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), now comes word that the follow-up to her 2001 memoir Call Me Crazy will be released in January of 2023 posthumously.

Independent publisher, Start, shared an excerpt of the upcoming memoir, Call Me Anne, this week with the AP and Publisher’s Weekly.  The book’s publisher, Jarred Weisfeld, signed a deal with Heche back in May, and shared that she had turned it into a manuscript shortly before she died.

In a statement, Weisfield shared, “Anne was an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. This book deserves to be read by all of her fans. We are grateful to have the opportunity to share her message with the world. While we are very sad that Anne isn’t here to see the book be published we know it’s what she would have wanted.”

During her podcast “Better Together” with co-host Heather Duffy, Heche had mentioned she was writing a sequel to her original memoir, and that ‘some of the truths’ about her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres would be revealed.

Ellen and Anne’s relationship in Hollywood in the late 90’s, ultimately led to her being blacklisted in Hollywood due to the twosome being one of the first openly gay couples in Tinseltown.  In an excerpt from Call Me Anne, Heche shares, “I was labeled ‘outrageous’ because I fell in love with a woman. I had never been with a woman before I dated Ellen.”

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In a epilogue to the book, Heather Duffy expressed that Anne’s, “wish was that this book could help others get to the other side of pain and learn about her philosophy, which allowed her to remain in a life where she woke up each day looking for opportunities to find joy and spread kindness. So, in some ways, knowing her the way I do and knowing that spreading her message of kindness is what mattered to her most, she would be content that the last thing she worked on was this book.”

Anne passed away on August 14th at the age of 53, after being taken off life-support from injuries sustained from her fiery car crash into a home that eventually took her life.

What do you think about Anne’s second memoir coming in 2023? Will you be intrigued to see what she had to share? Let us know in the comment section. 

In case you missed it, Heche discusses with Michael Fairman in a virtual interview two years ago, about her time with DeGeneres and how it impacted her getting work in Hollywood and more.  You can watch it below.

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The 74th annual Primetime Emmys were handed out Monday night during a three-hour telecast on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

When the dust settled two former daytime stars, who have gone found much success in television and film, took home the gold in their respective categories.

Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus, Guiding Light) won the Emmy for his role as Armond in The White Lotus in the Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

In his acceptance speech, Murray expressed many thanks: “To my P-Town family, I love you, to my partner Matt, thank you for being my sanctuary .. and finally I want to thank my mom all the way home in Australia for giving me the most wonderful foundation of unconditional love and inspiring me to believe that we can all do that for each other.”

Later in the evening, Amanda Seyfried (ex-Lucy, ATWT and ex-Joni , AMC) won the Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her performance in The Dropout.  In the Hulu limited series, which is based on the ABC News podcast of the same name, Seyfried portrays disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

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In a major moment during the ceremony, Sheryl Lee Ralph won her first Emmy ever for her role in Abbott Elementary in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Ralph became only the second black actress to win in the supporting actress category in 35 years – the first being none other than Days of our Lives’ Jackée Harry (Paulina) who won for her performance in 1987 for 227.

After Sheryl sang when she hit the stage to accept the award, she clarified what she was singing about adding: “I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist as a woman, especially as a woman of color … I’m an endangered species. I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs. And there’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life, find your voice and put it where it belongs.”

In an historic Emmy-win, The Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae became the first actor in a non-English series to win iLead Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Netflix’s South Korean smash hit.

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In the top show categories: Succession won Drama Series, Ted Lasso, Comedy Series and The White Lotus, Outstanding Limited Series. You can check out the full winners circle in all categories here.

Now, let us know, who you were most excited seeing take home the gold statuette during the 74th Primetime Emmys via the comment section. But first check out, Murray, Amanda, Sheryl Lee and Lizzo’s winning moments below.

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Eva LaRue’s Stalker Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

In a harrowing situation spanning 12 years, a man who threatened former All My Children, Santa Barbara, and Y&R favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, ex- Margot, ex-Celeste) and her daughter, Kaya was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

James David Rogers, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt for over a decade of threatening letters and phone calls about torture, rape and death to LaRue and her daughter.

Rogers had pleaded guilty in April to two counts of mailing threatening communications, one count of threats by interstate communications and two counts of stalking.  According to court documents, all of this began in March 2007 until Rogers eventually was arrested in November 2019.  At the beginning of his stalking spree, LaRue’s daughter, Kaya was only five-years-old.

According to Deadline, Eva gave a “tearful victim impact statement, telling the judge in L.A. federal court that she has undergone therapy since the harassment began in order to deal with feelings of fear and paranoia.”  She added, “We didn’t know if he would show up on our doorstep. We will think about him for a lifetime. The fear is with me forever.”

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The judge has ordered Rogers to self surrender on October 12th to begin his sentence at a federal prison in Ohio.

Eva won a Daytime Emmy back in 2020 for her guest star turn on The Young and the Restless, and is best-known to primetime viewers for her role in CSI: Miami.

Share your thoughts on Eva and Kaya’s heartbreaking real-life experience via the comment section below.

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