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Y&R's Judith Chapman on Gloria's lack of airtime & her new stage play!

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

Photo Credits: JPI Studios

The Young and the Restless, Judith Chapman, who chews the scenery as Gloria Fisher Bardwell make the most of everything she is given to perform on the set of the number one CBS sudser.   However, over the last year after being front and center for years prior, many have seen her character languish on the backburner.  But for Chapman, she says things are on the upswing in a new interview out in Nelson Branco’s Soapgeist column on TV Guide Canada’s website.  The actress also reveals she is also working on a new stage play all about the famed Hollywood actress Vivien Leigh, you know the one from Gone with the Wind!    Here are a few excerpts!

Chapman on Gloria’s lack of airtime: “For a while, I was carrying the show, but you know the cycle of soap opera. It’s like a roller-coaster — sometimes you’re up, and then you go down and someone else’s roller-coaster peaks. With GloWorm, I think it’s time to see more of her because it harkens back to Gloria’s main motivation, which is to show all the higher-ups in this town that she really is something. I love that everyone is coming to her club; and thank you Maria for showing that gorgeous set all the time. I think Gloria wants even more respect because she still considers herself a part of the Abbott clan, even though they bash her. I hope she’s on the upswing. One of Gloria’s goals is to be on the cover of Restless Style with her sons. Everyone would hate that; especially Jill — and everyone else who hates Gloria!”

Chapman on her upcoming new one w0man show on Vivien Leigh:  “I was looking for another project to do with Christian LeBlanc and Michelle Stafford but it was hard to get everyone coordinated so I said, “Darn it; I’m doing another one-woman show.” And this thing, Vivien, written by Rick Foster, absolutely presented itself. When I read it, I just got the shivers and said, “this one is mine.” It’s the same way I felt when I auditioned for Gloria. It was intended to be just two fundraising performances for my theatre company Rogue Machine Theatre here in L.A. — which is considered to be one of the Top 10 L.A. theatres and we’re only in Season 4 — but now they’ve offered me a limited run for six performances in May. It a bare stage with Vivien coming on and going through her triumphs and madness. It’s only one act, an hour and 20 minutes. I don’t mean to sound arrogant but I think I’m going to be quite brilliant in it.”

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Love Judith Chapman! Love her character Gloria on Y&R. Great Actress and Beautiful Woman with a great beaming Soul that touches everyone. Also, thank you for sharing this fine photo of her from John Paschal (JPI Studios) one of my fav. photog’s as well. Best, Ken Rambo –

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Judith Chapman is a very diverse and talented actress. I have followed her in daytime for many years and have watched her in a lot of primetime episodic work. I hope Gloria returns to the front burner soon on Y & R.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

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.

You can watch the conversation below.

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

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

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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Anne Heche in “Extremely Critical Condition”; Still in Coma Following Fiery Car Crash

Although earlier reports over the weekend had soap opera alum and Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) in stable condition following crashing her car into a home, on Monday an update on her condition looked more grim.

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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