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Y&R's Tracey E. Bregman's Talks Michael and Lauren's Marital Woes & Her Early Years On-Screen Feud With Beth Maitland!

Photo Credit: Crown Family Media/ Net Jeremy Lee

Photo Credit: Crown Family Media Net/ Jeremy Lee

The Young and the Restless star Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) was a special guest on Wednesday’s episode of the morning show Home and Family.  The Hallmark Channel talker which features Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare as co-hosts took Tracey on a look back at the early days of her role as Lauren Fenmore, and her feud with Traci Abbott played by Beth Maitland.

As viewers know, Lauren was quite the bitch and bad girl back in the 80’s and the 90’s.  So, during the beginning of Bregman’s segment a catfight scene between Lauren and Traci was shown. Bregman revealed it was difficult to have to make fun of the character of Traci’s weight, because off-screen Maitland was dealing with the pressures of that as well.

In addition, Mark and Cristina also got some interesting Intel on how Tracey’s next on-screen rivalry with the character of Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) kind of impeded her own life during the birth of her real-life son, Austin

Finally, Tracey discussed her current Y&R storyline where Lauren’s husband Michael (Christian LeBlanc) is battling prostate cancer and the ramifications it has had on their marriage.   Michael has just asked Lauren for a divorce.

Watch Tracey on Home and Family after the jump! Then let us know; what has been your favorite Lauren Fenmore Baldwin storyline through the years … and do you hope Michael and Lauren can stay together and work through this difficult time in their relationship?

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Iakovos
Iakovos

Really enjoyed the years of stories about Danny, Lauren, Traci, Paul and Cricket. Loved Y&R in the 1980s! Tracey Bregman is a daytime drama delight!

The_Moustache
The_Moustache

Love Tracey!

I hope she crosses over to The Bold & the Beautiful sometime soon!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Yeah, yeah, Tracey was great! But any chance you can show us more of that hot cook?

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I’ve always liked Bregman and Lauren. However, I’ve been very disappointed in the writing for the character for the past decade. The ever-changing writing regimes don’t seem to know what to do with Lauren other than write her as a devoted wife or quivering in fear at the mention of “Sheila.” A devoted wife is a great thing in the real world. However, marital bliss can quickly make a soap character BORING. Sadly, that is what Lauren has been stuck with for a decade.

I’d love to see some of the “bitch” that Lauren frequently exhibited in her younger years reappear. Now that the writers seem determined to end her marriage, why not turn Lauren into a sexual cougar? Bregman looks great for her age and easily could play that role. It also would fit with the strong sexual appetite that Lauren had when she was young.

Lauren always worked well when she was battling another female character — Tracey, Sheila, Cassandra Rawlins. Why not ramp that back up? Put Lauren in conflict with Michael’s best friend, Phyllis. Also, Lauren could spar with Gloria. Heck, why not go for gold and bring her selfish mother, Joanna Manning (played well by Susan Seaforth Hayes) back to the show on a permanent basis.

Another opportunity: Bring the completely missing son, Scotty Grainger, back to the show and have him stumble into bed with Sharon with protective Lauren bashing her over it.

So much could be done with Lauren but so little is.

Nikki
Nikki

I love Tracey B. as well. She can play so many roles. In this latest there are times I want to tell her to just leave him be and walk away until he comes to his senses but although he’s ill there are times I would just like to hit him on the side of the head.

Timmm
Timmm

She looks great! I hope to look that good, male version of course, when I reach her age! I hope they expand her family since it appears Christian could be leaving? What about a new love for Lauren? Bring back her son Scotty and let him and Fen duke it out! Expand Fenmores minus Jill.

bunting
bunting

Christian isn’t leaving. I love Tracey Bregman but I have no desire to see her play a bitch again or some cougar. Lauren should be edgy but she has matured and that is a good thing. She and Christian work so well together. They are delivering emotional performances but because Pratt and JFP do not like the story, the writing and screentime isn’t there. They aren’t boring characters but too often Y&R becomes all about the current favorites and terrific actors like Tracey and Christian are treated like filler.

It’s too bad Chuck Pratt can’t see past his own biases because in the hands of these fine actors the cancer story could be so much more. But instead of being hopeful and inspiring it feels like it is being used as an excuse to break up the Baldwins. Pratt isn’t even trying to play the beats of the story. Instead Pratt only plays the story once a week and many are wondering how Likey, the best married couple in daytime, have gotten to the point of divorce so quickly and why Michael is being so harsh to his beloved wife.

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

I agree. Very well said!

SZima
SZima

I agree…what’s the point of doing a cancer story (or any illness) if you’re not going to make it an uplifting one? Showing how a family is torn apart because someone is ill, is depressing and especially for a viewer who may be going through the same thing.
I’m not a big fan of contrived, sudden illnesses…especially with children…but if it can at least be informative with a positive outcome, I can tolerate it.

damien
damien

paging carmine basco!!!
marco dapper needs to return, redemeed, and ready to rock laurens world !!! now that michaels kicked lauren to the curb
not having a lauren and cane affair, especially with jill pretty much cane s mom, that would make lauren almost his aunt and thats creepy!

april
april

Love the Home & Family show!

kalamaty
kalamaty

I LOVE Tracey Bregman! Talented, gorgeous and a daytime legend!!!

paul
paul

I think the character of Lauren is truly an untapped resource for this show. Sure, her scenes with Michael are amazing but her interactions with “Sis” Jill are boring. Lauren is super wealthy and a business woman but we see her working the counter in a boutique when she runs a company that has a string of high end “BARNEY’S” like department stores. Give this character more power than just wishing her husband would forget a limp “tool” does not end a marriage.

I am saddened that the show killed off Tracey’s kid, Colleen. It would have been nice to see Scotty and Colleen date and somehow the old rivalry between Lauren and Tracey to return.

Tracey Bergman is a TRUE asset to Y&R.

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The new little bundle of joy weighed in 7 lbs., 11 oz.

In a statement to PEOPLE the proud new parents expressed: “We are overjoyed to welcome Charlie into our family and are grateful to everyone who helped guide us through our birth experience. We are looking forward to all the adventures we will have in the next chapter of our lives.”

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Casting news out of Soap Opera Digest is that the Daytime Emmy-winning actor, will play the role of Ray who is said to be a mysterious stranger who finds himself immersed in the drama in town.

Look for Jordi to make his Y&R debut on the Friday, August 17th episode.

Daytime fans last saw Jordi as Dario on Days of our Lives.  He exited when the character was written-off and into the Witness Protection Program.

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The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance went to former Buffalo Bills quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.  In a touching moment, the award was presented by two other QB Hall of Famers and Jim’s longtime friends, John Elway, and Dan Marino.

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In 2013, Kelly, who led the Bills to four straight AFC championships, received devastating news that would change his life forever when he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his jaw.  Although Kelly was told he was cancer-free that same year, the disease returned shortly thereafter.  After many grueling years of chemotherapy and radiation, Kelly announced his oral cancer had returned in March 2018.  As well, Kelly lost his beloved son, Hunter when the boy was only 8-years-old, but who became the longest survivor of Krabbe Leukodystrophy.  Accompanied on-stage by his two daughters, Kelly broke down after seeing his late son in the segment package just before his speech.  In Jim’s acceptance of the award, he ended with a key message: “Make a difference today, for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow.”

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