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Y&R's Lauralee Bell comments on past tabloid backlash of being boss's daughter!

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The Young and the Restless, Lauralee Bell (Christine) who has been the impetus for the Chance/Ronan story that this week has major repercussions for the Chancellor clan, caught up with TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco, for a look at her recent visit to the number one soap.  Plus, she takes a trip down memory lane, with regards to being the daughter of legendary Bill Bell, the creator of Y&R, and the negative press she received because of it, in the early days of her soap career.

Lauralee commented: “ It was a little hurtful, however, I totally got it. On the flip side, if my father was a lawyer and I announced I was following in his footsteps, that would be cheered on — so why is this so different and hated upon? My mom taught me when I was really young that when you turn the page, you’ll forget what you just read and move on to the next story. And that advice has really helped me throughout my whole life. Recently, I shared this lesson with my daughter. From my own experience, I remember when I was 17 and reading Star magazine and becoming so emotional about some major Hollywood couple breaking up. And my mother was right — the next moment, I had forgotten all about it all. Let’s face it — people have a lot of stuff going on in their lives. They’re not going to sit at home and dwell about it after two minutes. But when the Terry Lester [public attacks] happened, I became pretty emotional about it, but my mom helped me get through it. So my goal was to improve as best as I could and prove that I belonged on Y&R. Eventually, several years later, Terry approached me and said, “Hey, I really want to say I’m sorry.” I responded, “No worries — I totally understood. But that’s very kind of you to apologize.” The irony is from the very beginning when I joined the show I tried to prevent that nepotism thing to rear its head to the point where I wouldn’t introduce myself as Lauralee Bell, which was terrible because I was so proud of my father and my family. Can you imagine being scared to say your name? Now I can say who I am with confidence and pride, but back then I tried to disappear into the background so people could get to know me first before making a judgment or decide not to like me because of my last name. I just wanted to have a fair shot. Like, when the Daytime Emmy pre-noms came out, I knew I didn’t stand a shot of making it on the ballot. I wish I could say I didn’t care about what people think of me, but I do, because I like having friends and I like living in a happy environment.”

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Lauralee Bell seems to forget that when she began her role as Cricket back in the days, she was given front burning storylines always. If that’s not nepotism, I don’t know what is. I remembered thinking,”Why is she getting all the plumb storylines?”, then the penny dropped.

Jeffrey Moree
Jeffrey Moree

Laura Lee has proven herself as an actress! Those scenes where Nina shut the door in her face you could see the pain in her eyes! Well done Laura Lee

Darleen Davidson
Darleen Davidson

Laura lee has really proven herself as an amazing actress! You could totally see the anquish on her face when Nina slammed the door on her face! It is painful to watch the two best friends be torn apart.

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Peter Reckell On The Passing Of DAYS Peggy McCay: “Looking in Peggy’s Eyes, All I Could See Was A Mom Who Loved Me, And Wanted The Best For Me.”

Over the last week, actors, colleagues, and fans have paid tribute and shared their remembrances of Days of our Lives’ Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) who passed away at the age of 90.

One of Peggy’s most cherished and longtime scene partners was none other than Peter Reckell, who played the iconic Bo Brady, and was Caroline’s son.  This on-screen mother/son duo shared a bond like no other in Salem.

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This weekend, Peter shared his thoughts on working with the Emmy-winning actress, who was also nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy, by taking to social media on the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.

Peter expressed via his tweet:  “I was so fortunate to have worked with some amazing actors that shaped the actor and person I am .Looking in Peggy’s eyes, all I could see was a Mom who loved me, and wanted the best for me. She was always so committed to the story.Those sparkling eyes RIP”

After a fan put together a tribute of Bo and Caroline scenes through the years on You Tube and shared it with Reckell, he responded back with: “This is beautiful! Brought back so many wonderful memories. She truly was a powerful, loving presence, I miss her so much. Thanks for putting this together for all of us who love her. Lots of love.”

Watch the tribute made by Angie Evangelia below, then let us know your favorite Bo and Caroline through the years on DAYS via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stars Pay Tribute & Share Remembrances Of Peggy McCay

Over the last 24 hours, cast members and colleagues past and present of Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) have taken to social media to share their sorrow and their memories of this great and beloved actress who passed away a few days ago at the age of 90.

Here is just a sampling of the heartfelt tributes from many longtime castmates and more who cherished their time with Peggy below.

Eric Martsolf (Brady) : RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime.

Alison Sweeney (Sami): Every day working with Peggy was a win. She had such an incredibly colorful & often hilarious history in tv. I was so lucky to hear her stories. She was feisty, funny & ever so talented. She was very much a grandmother to me and will miss her so much. #rip

Deidre Hall (Marlena) : “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!  I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless.  And how she loved being “Caroline”!! Days of our Lives

Billy Flynn (Chad): “Just heard Peggy took her Final bow. RIP love…you’re a star forever!”

Galen Gering (Rafe): “So sad to hear about the passing of . She was fierce & firey with the heart of a lion yet could be as soft as a petal. I always looked forward to our scenes together, eager to see what kind of spontaneous thing she’d do. She was loved & adored & will be missed.”

Kristian Alfonso (Hope): “Peggy #thankyou for all of your #kindness , #love & encouragement through the years . #loveu Rest In Peace”

Greg Meng (Co-EP, DAYS): “I feel so blessed to have known her, and worked with her… she was an animal lover… a superb actor… had an interest in fashion… fascinated in anything creative… inquisitive, supportive… and she was ageless. Not just an inspiration but a FIRECRACKER! Lucky me, lucky us… thank you, Peggy.”

Ryan Quan: RIP Peggy McCay. She was as warm, friendly, and spunky in person as she was on screen. One of my favorite recent Caroline scenes was her speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding… Peggy’s performance was amazing. She will be missed!

Mary Beth Evans: (Kayla): Oh how I loved this woman! Her strength & professionalism was like no other! She set such an amazing standard for all of us….as actors & people. She will always be the  & soul of the Brady family & she lives on in Salem and in our hearts.

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Days of our Lives Peggy McCay Passes Away

One of the greatest actresses, and one of Days of our Lives most beloved cast member, Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) has passed away.

According to reports, Peggy passed away in her sleep on October 7 at the age of 90 of natural causes.  Peggy’s close friend, Denise Kiel Smith broke the news on social media on Twitter relating: “To all of Peggy McCay’s dear friend and family I have some sad news…  Peggy passed peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Sunday morning at 1:00 am. She always appreciated you, her loyal fans, for all of the love and support that you gave her throughout the years. Peggy enjoyed a lifelong career of acting in television and movies. She loved working at Days of Our Lives nearly to the end. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life. If you would like to show your support please visit the Kitty Bungalow, Peggy’s favorite charity, at Kitty Bungalow.”

One of the greats in her field; Peggy was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress  category at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her performances as Caroline Brady 4 times. However, Peggy won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for her work in the The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

DAYS fans have missed Peggy on-screen for the last few years.  The last time she appeared on-screen was in late August of 2016.  McCay originated the role of the Brady matriarch in 1983.

Throughout the last 24 hours, fans, cast members, and co-workers of the beloved Peggy have taken to social media to share their remembrances and grief and love for this talented powerhouse performer.  We will share many of those with you in a post to come.

Share your condolences and remembrances of Peggy as Caroline on DAYS in the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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