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Y&R's Carolyn Conwell Has Died! TV Son, Doug Davidson Posts Heartfelt Message!

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Carolyn Conwell who from 1980-2004 played Mary Williams on The Young and the Restless had died at the age of 82.  Her long time TV son, Doug Davidson (Paul Williams) was very close to Carolyn, and in fact, in many interviews with us over the years cited her performances and work as some of the best he has ever seen or had the pleasure to work with during his career.

Within the last 24 hours, Davidson took to his Facebook page to post a special heartfelt message to his fans and colleagues, after attending Conwell’s funeral this past Sunday.

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Davidson stated,  “As some of you might know Carolyn Conwell (Mary Williams) passed. I attended her funeral yesterday and her two sons and daughter were in attendance. She was the finest actor I have ever known and such a giving soul. Her progeny are fabulous people. A credit to a life well lived. I truly can’t say enough about her. I love her and miss her presence. God bless her and her family.”

We know many long time fans of Y&R remember many of the scenes were Mary was meddling in the lives of her children, but always loved them deeply.    Let us know your thoughts on the passing of Conwell and Davidson’s message!

 

 

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I know she has not been mentioned on the soap in years they even tried to get her back several years ago with the Patty saga but I really think it would be nice if they wrote her death in on Y&R and gave us some memorable moments. She was so good that I use to scream at the TV she drove me so nuts! RIP a truly fine actress.

Christine
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Christine

I agree. They could do it and have it all make sense. Poor Paul, though. Another loss for the character.

I remember her too. It seems like it was so much longer than 2004 when she was last on. Same with the Gina character.

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Can’t you just smell the sauerkraut and spareribs cooking from heaven? I agree they should write her death into the show and give Mary Williams a proper send off. It would be the classy thing to do considering the character still has a connection to GC via Paul. But I guess it depends on what they are going to with DD. Are they keeping him or preparing for him to ride off into sunset with Christine? At the very least they should dedicate a show in her memory.

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That is what I am worried about when they asked LB to stick around for a while Heather is gone I mean it is no secret I like DD. Even though the character of Avery is younger then he I was hoping that would be the direction they would go with Paul not Nick the new rock star. Go check out on You tube some scenes with Paul and his mother no one could meddle like her.

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Doug also posted about a year ago thst he was trying to contact her but was unable to locate her or get a response.

toscanti
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toscanti

Sorry to hear this news, R.I.P.

Derrick
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Derrick

RIP Carolyn!

D Hewitt
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D Hewitt

I remember her so well. I think the show should do something for hew. I heard the Doug tried to get her to come back, but (as I recall) she said she was done with acting! RIP Carolyn .

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I wondered why there was not a Mary Williams recast at least during that horrid crazy Patty Williams/Dr. Emily storyline. Well, it would be hard to find someone to replace Ms. Conwell. Ms. Conwell played Mary Williams so well. Mary was one of those characters the grounded the show among the wealthy Newman/Abbott sagas. I wish we would have seen more of the Williams family develop. Remember in the 1980s when Paul was married to Lauren and mary just had a field day with her! Sadly, MAB blew a chance for such a good story of redemption for Paul and… Read more »

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What a hoot! Cheers and a salute to Talent. She eminated fierce motherhood. i can only think of one other mother… who was just as good… and that’s Enid, Gregs’ mother, on all my children…. these two… eschewed all their scenes…. made them their own….

kalamaty
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I loved the passion and realness she brought to the Y&R canvas and missed her presence in Paul’s life these past several years. Thank you, Mrs. Conwell, for everything! Best to those she leaves behind.

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Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

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Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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According to a statement provided to Deadline by Heche’s rep: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Since last Friday, Heche has been hospitalized following a harrowing incident where she crashed her car which caught fire into a private home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

In addition, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service that investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw from Heche.

Over the last few days, a new episode of Heche’s podcast “Better Together” with her co-host Heather Duffy was released, which showed the actress slurring her speech.

Erroneous reports said that the podcast which dropped on Friday, was also recorded that day, and that Heche had been drinking prior to her accident during the show.  However, it has come to light that Heche taped that episode last Tuesday, not the day of the crash.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Anne as we continue to monitor and update the situation on the film and TV star, via the comment section below.

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