Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?
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Catching up with the former daytime actors.
In our latest column, Soaps.com has some updates surrounding the careers of former soap stars of daytime canceled soaps “All My Children,” “Another World,” “As the World Turns,” “Guiding Light,” “Loving,” “One Life to Live,” “Passions,” “Santa Barbara,” “Texas” and “The City.”
Film roles, a self-help book, a VH1 series, a passing, fan Q&As, a townhouse for sale and more…
Larry Auerbach passes away at 91.
Emmy award winning soap opera veteran director Larry Auerbach passed away at the age of 91 in La Jolla, California on Saturday December 20 from complications of glioblastoma. He worked from 1951 to 1980 on CBS’ “Love of Life,” as well as directed on “Another World,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live.” In 1984, Auerbach won an Emmy for Llanview soap “One Life to Live” and went on to be named a DGA Honorary Life Member in 2004. Soaps.com sends his wife Gale, son Scott, extended family and friends our deepest condolences.
Dylan Bruce in A Novel Romance.
Former soap star Dylan Bruce (“Passions” ex-Edna’s dream guy, “As the World Turns'” ex-Chris Hughes) is starring in the upcoming Hallmark channel movie “A Novel Christmas.” A successful romance novelist named Liam Bradley (Bruce), who writes romantic fantasies under the pen name Gabriel August, meets book reviewer Sophie Atkinson (Amy Acker) during a flight. As they become closer and spend time together in her hometown in Portland, Maine Liam becomes inspired for a new book. However, when he’s pushed to reveal that he’s really Gabriel August, Liam doesn’t know how to break the truth to Sophie, which could risk their newfound romance. Watch a promo below and tune in Saturday January 10, 2015 at 9:00 PM.
Noelle Beck lists Manhattan townhouse.
Are you in the market for a new townhouse in the New York City borough of Manhattan? If so, and if your pocketbook has no limits, you could very well be the new owner of Noelle Beck’s (“Loving’s” ex-Trisha Alden, “As the World Turns'” ex-Lily Snyder) digs. Beck and husband Eric Petterson have just listed their 243 East 17th Street townhouse with the Corcoran Group for $16,995,000. The couple bought the place back in 1997 and paid $1.6 million, so it’s safe to say a huge profit will be made. The six bedroom, seven bathroom townhouse contains original crown moldings, art deco chandeliers, numerous fireplaces and faces Stuyvesant Square Park.
Alexandra Chando in Hindsight.
Alexandra Chando, who played “As the World Turns'” Maddie Coleman from 2005 to 2010, is heading back to primetime. The actress will appear in VH1’s upcoming new scripted series “Hindsight.” So far she’s scheduled to appear in the episodes titled “All I Want for Christmas is you,” “The Imaginary Line” and “Auld Lang Syne” as Noelle and follows Becca (Laura Ramsey) who’s turning forty, planning her second wedding and dealing with her old best friend’s absence. Watch a preview below, which includes “One Life to Live” alum Brian Kerwin (ex-Charlie Banks), and keep an eye out for other former soap actors throughout the series, which premieres on Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 10:00 PM.
Checking in on former One Life to Live actors.
Soaps.com Facebook friend ‘Kai K.’ was wondering what a few former “One Life to Live” actors have been up to these days: Erika Slezak, Trevor St. John and Florencia Lozano. Though Slezak (ex-Victoria Lord Buchanan, 1971 to 2013) hasn’t turned up since leaving the show behind, (ex-Todd Manning/Victor Lord, 2006 to 2013) Trevor St. John is cast in The Grief of Others, a film set to be released in January 2015, as well as numerous other projects, which can be found by searching his name onsite. As for Lozano (ex-Tea Delgado, 1997 to 2013), since leaving her Llanview role the actress has had roles on “Life of Crime” (Anjelica, 2013), “7E” (Sadie, 2013) and as Dr. Lens on NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura.” She’ll also appear as Lois in the June 2015 thriller “Amok,” starring Josh Hamilton (“Gracepoint”) and Juliet Rylance (“The Knick”).
Catherine Hickland's new self-help book.
Catherine Hickland, who's had roles on "Texas" (ex-Dr. Courtney Marshall), "The Bold and the Beautiful" (ex-Brooke Logan), "The City" (ex-Tess Wilder) and "One Life to Live" (ex-Lindsay Rappaport), has penned yet another self-help book. With the help of writer Fern Underwood and Lindsay Harrison ("Y&R," "Venice" writer), the new book Cat and Fern's Excellent God Adventure: Daily Inspirations for 365 Days of Heaven on Earth was released on December 12 by High Places Publishing. The book follows Hickland and ninety-nine year old Underwood's connection through God and His Son Jesus Christ. The book contains 365 prayers, meditations, spiritual insights, and personal stories aimed to enrich the lives of readers on a daily basis and can be purchased through bookstores and online venues.
Ryan McPartlin celebrates Christmastime.
Ryan McPartlin ("Passions'" ex-Hank Bonnet, 2004) wrapped up filming for the upcoming movie "Christmastime" in Park Hill, Colorado where over a hundred locals were used as extras. Directed by Michael Landon Jr. the story surrounds two separate prayers from a husband and wife (Christian Kane "Leverage" and Marley Shelton "The Lottery"), asking for two very different things regarding the future of their marriage. However, when a miracle happens in the form of a runaway from heaven, things will unfold the way they were meant to. Look for McPartlin as Sean Miller and stay tuned for the 2015 airdate.
— Ryan McPartlin (@RyanMcPartlin) November 22, 2014
Judith McConnell at 6 Miranda Drive.
"Santa Barbara" fans will remember Judith McConnell for her role as Sophia Capwell from 1984 to 1993. These days viewers will get a chance to see her in the upcoming 2015 film "6 Miranda Drive" as Trish. Starring "Guiding Light" alum Kevin Bacon ("The Following," "Footloose"), the movie surrounds a supernatural presence that follows a family home from a trip to the Grand Canyon. The daytime veteran actress also had roles on "General Hospital" (Augusta McLeod), "One Life to Live" (Eva Vasquez), "As the World Turns" (Valerie Conway), "Another World" (Miranda Bishop) and "Passions" (bad witch), as well as in numerous primetime and film roles - most recent in 2014 on "Mistresses" and "The Purge: Anarchy."
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