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Catching up with the former daytime actors.

In our latest column, has some new details surrounding the goings on in the careers of former soap stars of daytime canceled soaps “All My Children,” “Another World,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” “Texas” and “The Edge of Night.”

Baby news, an Oscar Award, a new book series, playing a former First Lady, primetime roles and more…

Yaya DaCosta heading to Chicago Med.
Yaya DaCosta, who played “All My Children’s” ex-Cassandra Foster in 2008, starred as Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s 2015 biopic “Whitney” and is now heading back to primetime. Fans of “Chicago Fire” will first be introduced to DaCosta’s character, a nurse named Maggie Seaver, during episode nineteen of the NBC series, which is being labeled as the “Chicago Med” episode. Introducing “Chicago Med” to the “Chicago Fire” fan base will put out feelers to see if a possible stand-alone spin-off will be welcomed. The series airs Tuesdays at 10:00 PM.

Good morning, Chicago! Good morning, world! Bom dia, Chicago! Bom dia, mundo! <3

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Denise Vasi is a new mom.
“All My Children” alum Denise Vasi (ex-Randi Hubbard, 2008 to 2011) gave birth to a baby girl on Monday February 2. The new mommy and her director/producer husband Anthony Mandler named their first child Lennox Mae Mandler. sends our best wishes to the proud parents! Since leaving her daytime role, Vasi has appeared on “Single Ladies,” “Magic Mike,” “Things Never Said” and “What’s Your Number?” Read what she shared about her pregnancy and her new little one below:

During my pregnancy many people questioned my choice to have a natural birth at home. However, for my husband & me there was never a question on how we wanted to experience the greatest gift life has to offer. What was important for US was that our child’s birth was to be intimate and drug free. Was it exactly how we planned? No. Was it painful to go thru labor unmedicated? ABSOLUTELY!!! EXTREMELY!!! So much so, that there were moments I didn’t think I could do it. BUT I DID! I trusted my body & my baby & it was SO worth it! I am grateful for my husband, my amazing doula & my mom who “kept my head in the game.” On 2/2 our daughter, Lennox Mae Mandler was “born in the caul-” something that is extremely rare & special. She came with so much power, spirit, & intensity. She also came so fast that Daddy delivered his little girl. I can’t begin to express how proud I am of you @amandler, you never skipped a beat & you remembered everything from those 20 hour classes I made you take ?. We did it! Our way!! I love you, Poo. Thank you guys for riding along & supporting our journey. #homebirth #borninthecaul #naturalbirth #birthwithoutfear #mothersinprotest #letthefunbegin #vasimandlerbaby #miv #bringonthebabycouture

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Marcia Cross heads back to primetime.
Soap alum Marcia Cross, well-known for her long-term roles on “Desperate Housewives” and “Melrose Place,” will turn up in primetime tonight in a guest-starring role on NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.” The actress will play Charmaine Briggs, the wife of Walter Briggs (Robert Vaughn, “One Life to Live’s” ex-Bishop Corrington) whose children believe she’s physically abusing their father. Tune in on Wednesday February 25 at 9:00 PM. Cross’ daytime roles include “The Edge of Night” (ex-Liz Correll, 1984), “Another World” (ex-Tanya, 1986), “One Life to Live” (ex-Kate Sanders, 1987) and the primetime soap “Knot’s Landing” (ex-Victoria Broyard, 1991 to 1992). Here’s a photo of Peter Scanavino (Dominick ‘Sonny’ Carisi Jr.) that Cross tweeted from the set:

Tom Wiggin pens The Client’s Wife.
Tom Wiggin is no stranger to daytime, having had roles on “Texas” as Joe Foster (1981), “Another World” as Gil Fenton (1983), “As the World Turns” as Kirk Anderson (1989) and “Guiding Light” as Lawrence Decker (2008). Though the actor has appeared in primetime and in movies throughout the years, he can now add published author to his resume. The Client’s Wife is the first book in the Emma Charles Mystery series and was released on February 2 by SELA Publishing. The main character, Emma, sets out as a New York City private eye, following in the footsteps of her grandparents Nick and Nora Charles (of “The Thin Man” 1930s series). Catch up with Wiggin and learn more about his series by visiting Emma Charles Mystery.