B&B, Days, GH and Y&R Stars: Where are they now
Coleen Gray dead at 92.
We regret to report that Coleen Gray, who played the role of Diane Hunter on "Days of our Lives" from 1967 to 1968, has passed away. Her Salem character was part of the third wedding (to Richard Hunter, played by Terry O'Sullivan) to take place on "DOOL," written by the late William J. Bell. The actress had over one-hundred credits, including film, television, radio and stage roles, most recently appearing on "Tales From the Darkside" as Cecilia Matthews, "Cry From the Mountain" as Marian Rissman and as Mrs. Cliffords on "McCloud." Soaps.com sends our deepest condolences to Gray's family and friends.
Alicia Leigh Willis stars in Dangerous Company.
Alicia Leigh Willis can be recognized by daytime fans for her roles on "General Hospital" as Courtney Matthews (2001 to 2006), "Another World" as Alexandra 'Alli' Fowler (1999) and most recently in 2014 as Debra Frazer on "Days of our Lives." The actress is currently starring as Pauline Mitchell in the thriller "Dangerous Company," available on Digital HD and On Demand. A successful business woman, Pauline fears she's inherited Alzheimer's, which took her mother's life, but learns her husband (Rick Ravanello, "NCIS") and secretary are the ones making her believe she's losing her mind. The film is about a woman's quest to prove her sanity not only to herself but to the police and her doctor.
Brianna Brown joins Alicia Coppola in Stay.
"General Hospital" alum Brianna Brown (ex-Lisa Niles, 2010 to 2012) and Alicia Coppola ("Another World's" ex-Lorna Devon, 1991 to 1993) will appear as series regulars in "Stay," ABC Family's new edge of your set drama pilot. Brown will play Eva, with Coppola as Alison, who along with others takes refugee from a storm at the Grayfield Hotel - a place where answers to its mysteries are their only chance of escaping. As of yet there is no premiere date to report. Since leaving daytime, Brown has appeared on "True Blood," "Revenge" and "Graceland" and plays Taylor Stappord on "Devious Maids," which airs Mondays at 9:00 PM on Lifetime. Previously teasing the announcement of her "Stay" gig, Brown tweeted:
I've got some exciting news to share... announcement coming soon...!!!!
— Brianna Brown (@BrownBrianna) July 21, 2015
Ilene Kristen releases I'm Not Done With U Yet.
Ilene Kristen's most recent daytime role has been playing "General Hospital's" Delia Ryan, her "Ryan's Hope" character from 1975 to 1989. She's also remembered for other roles such as "One Life to Live's" ex-Roxy Balsom (2001 to 2012), "Loving's" ex-Norma Gilpin (1990 to 1991) and "Another World's" ex-Madeline Thompson (1995). The actress is no stranger to the stage, has performed songs in front of crowds for years and just released her first album titled I'm Not Done With U Yet. Fans can listen to various songs through Kristen's tweet and purchase the album on Amazon and iTunes.
I'm Not Done With U Yet by Ilene Kristen http://t.co/32NXn16dfG
— ilene kristen (@ilenekristen) July 30, 2015
James Franco to pen book on Lana Del Rey.
Hollywood actor James Franco ("General Hospital's" ex-Franco, 2009 to 2012) will be co-authoring a book with New York Times bestseller David Shields surrounding his friend, singer, songwriter and model Lana Del Rey. The book is titled Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey. Fans can expect the 100-page book to be released by Penguin Random House in March 2016. Franco also currently plays accused killer Christian Longo in the thriller "True Story." If you haven't already seen it watch a sneak peek below.
The Monkey on My Back: An Intimate Evening with Debbi Morgan.
Debbi Morgan last appeared in daytime as Harmony Hamilton on "The Young and the Restless" (2011 to 2012) before turning up online for the reboot of "All My Children" as Angie Hubbard, a role she created on the ABC soap in 1982. This week fans will be able to reconnect with the actress at the National Black Theatre Festival, which she'll co-chair with Darnell Williams ("Y&R's" ex-Sarge Wilder, "All My Children's" ex-Jesse Hubbard, "Guiding Light's" ex-Griggs). During The Monkey on My Back: An Intimate Evening with Debbi Morgan the audience will get a look into Morgan's personal life as the struggles of being a child in the midst of domestic violence. The Monkey on My Back is also the title of her memoir, released in June. Tickets are $43 for the August 6, 7 and 8 shows at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art at 2250 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Visit the National Black Theater Festival for tickets or call 1-336-723-7907. Morgan also recurs as Estelle in Starz's "Power," which airs Saturdays at 9:00 PM.
Phil Morris narrates online for Machinima series.
Well-known actor Phil Morris, who's had roles on "Seinfeld," "Smallville" and "The Young and the Restless" (ex-Tyrone Jackson, 1986) to name a very small few, is now lending his voice in the Machinima series on YouTube titled "Real Fake History." The fun project gives viewers 'a historical documentary-style' look into some of the most famous fictional television, film and videogame battles. Fans of "Game of Thrones" can get the inside look into The Battle of Castle Black as Morris guides viewers through the epic season four battle.
"All My Children" alum (ex-Erica Kane) Susan Lucci will be honored as a Disney Legend, Justin Bieber has a crush on Kelly Ripa and get more scoops on what the actors of canceled soaps have been up to these days.
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See them in new roles.
In this week’s Where are they now edition Soaps.com has numerous new roles to report for former actors of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless.” Some are heading back to primetime, some to film, others onstage and one narrates online.
Gina Rodriguez to co-host Teen Choice 2015.
Gina Rodriguez played “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Beverly from 2011 to 2012 and went on to star in the CW hit series “Jane the Virgin” as Jane Villanueva. On Sunday August 16 the actress, along with Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (“Fast and the Furious” franchise) and Josh Peck (“Drake & Josh”), will co-host this year’s Teen Choice 2015. The award show honors achievements in music, movies, sports, television, fashion, as well as other categories, for ages 13 through 19, with winners chosen by viewers. Tune in from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM on FOX.
Ashley Tesoro pregnant with baby number two.
Ashley Tesoro, “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” ex-Kimberly Fairchild (1998 to 2001), shared a video to announce some special news. She and husband Anthony are having their second child together – a baby boy! Watch as the couple, along with daughter Gabriella, welcome fans into their home, share pregnancy photos, including a sonogram, and more! Soaps.com sends the Tesoro family our very best!
— Ashley Tesoro (@ashleytesoro) July 27, 2015
Kendrick Sampson to How to get Away with Murder.
“Days of our Lives” fans may remember Kendrick Sampson from his stint on the show as Jay Jordan, a Salem U quarterback who once alerted Bo and Hope to the dangers surrounding Will due to the bets being placed on the website he, Chad and Sonny created for the college’s sports teams back in December 2011. Though details on his upcoming role are being kept under wraps, the actor will recur in season two of ABC’s “How to get Away with Murder.” Look for his first appearance in the premiere on Thursday September 24 at 10:00 PM. Sampson also recurred on “The Vampire Diaries” in 2013 as Jesse and “Gracepoint” as Dean Iverson in 2014.
Linden Ashby in Beta Test.
A video nightmare! We last saw former “Days of our Lives'” Linden Ashby in daytime when his character Paul Hollingsworth (Morgan Hollingsworth’s father) got tangled up in the waterfront war between DiMera Enterprises and Kiriakis Shipping in 2008. Keep an eye out for the actor in the upcoming film “Beta Test” as Kincaid. The film follows a champion gamer named Max Troy (Larenz Tate, “House of Lies”) who uncovers that events from the real world are being mirrored in a new video game. When the game’s sinister plot threatens to take over the city, Max teams up with Orson Creed (Manu Bennett, “Arrow”), the game’s main character, to unravel the conspiracy. Prior to his “DOOL” role Ashby played bad guy ex-Cameron Kirsten on “The Young and the Restless” from 2003 to 2004, ex-Curtis Alden on “Loving” in 1989 and currently plays Sheriff Stilinski on MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” which airs Mondays at 10:00 PM.