Susan Lucci’s Near Heart Attack, All My Children Reunion; Alum News
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AMC, B&B, Days, One Life to Live alums’ exciting new projects and roles.
Past soap stars from All My Children, Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, and One Life to Live have appearances, projects and movies on the horizon, and one of daytime’s biggest stars revealed a startling health crisis that moved her to raise awareness and take action.
Susan Lucci health scare
Iconic daytime actress Susan Lucci (Erica Kane, All My Children) recently took to Instagram to share a personal health crisis that completely took her by surprise. She stated, “On a late October afternoon, I had a wakeup call. Narrowly missing a severe heart attack, I realized how vulnerable life is and how incredibly grateful I am to be here today.” She went on to explain, “I exercise daily, eat as healthy as possible and yet had a shock of a lifetime when I was told that I had a 90% blockage in the main artery of my heart. I learned that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, claiming more precious lives every year than all forms of cancer combined.” Lucci elaborated that the scare motivated her to use her voice to raise awareness and revealed, “This week, I will walk in the American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection in honor of all women who have lost their lives, those who are currently battling heart disease and all the fearless survivors.” The event, held at New York Fashion Week, will stream live through American Heart Association Go Red For Women on Thursday February 7 at 5:00 PM EST.
All My Children reunion
Actor Jacob Young, who played Bold and the Beautiful’s Rick Forrester as well as J.R. Chandler on All My Children, took to social media to share the news that he’d be joining other past AMC actors on ABC’s Strahan & Sara for a mini-reunion. Young revealed that he would be appearing on the daytime talk show along with Jill Larson (Opal Gardner; Ursula Blackwell, One Life to Live), Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney; Rosanna Cabot, As The World Turns; Kelly Andrews, Young and the Restless), Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery), and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane). Formerly, GMA Day, Strahan & Sara, features hosts Michael Strahan, an ex-NFL player, and Sara Haines, formerly of The View, as co-hosts. The All My Children appearances will air on Monday February 11 at 1:00 PM EST on ABC. Check your local listings.
Erika Slezak’s thought-provoking movie
Actress Erika Slezak, who portrayed One Life to Live’s Victoria Lord Buchanan from 1971 to 2013 appears in the new film, Guest Artist, starring Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumber, The Newsroom). The movie, which is being screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Thursday February 7, surrounds the story of a young man named Kenneth, who encounters his hero (Daniel’s character, Joseph) and finds himself exploring the tangled relationship between a young person’s dreams and the wisdom that comes with age. Slezak plays the role of Joseph’s agent, Helen, in the film, which was written by Daniels and directed by Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething, The West Wing). The trailer opens with Helen telling Joseph, “You have a contract that pays actual money, you are going to…God knows where.” Joseph replies, “Michigan.” Helen quips, “Wherever that is.”
Shawn Christian’s creepy thriller
Actor Shawn Christian, who played Days of our Lives’ Daniel Jonas, alerted his followers on Instagram that he was hard at work on another new film. He shared a brief video clip and said, “I’ve been MIA on set filming UZLA in the halls of UCLA….w/ talented director @dallasking1” Christian was referring to the upcoming horror thriller movie, U.Z.L.A, which is written, directed, and produced by Dallas King (The Bill Murray Experience, Ink & Rain), and surrounds the story of five co-eds from L.A’s biggest college who are the only survivors of a virus outbreak, and are running from the infected people who are hunting them. The film stars Michelle Hayden (All American), Jono Cota (Colony), Michelle Ng (The Amazing Race Asia), David Wilson Page (Glee), and Julian Flamer (Army Wives).
Shawn Christian also announced on his Instagram that he will be executive-producing another horror film, entitled, Boo. A fundraising campaign is underway at Seed and Spark for those interested.
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On a late October afternoon, I had a wakeup call. Narrowly missing a severe heart attack, I realized how vulnerable life is and how incredibly grateful I am to be here today. As a working wife, mother and grandmother, I am sure most women will agree we are never at the top of our to-do list. I exercise daily, eat as healthy as possible and yet had a shock of a lifetime when I was told that I had a 90% blockage in the main artery of my heart. I learned that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, claiming more precious lives every year than all forms of cancer combined. This staggering fact has motivated me to use my voice and my story to help remind women all over the world to make their health a priority. This week, I will walk in the American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection in honor of all women who have lost their lives, those who are currently battling heart disease and all the fearless survivors. No one should have to die of a heart attack – they just need to listen to their symptoms and act on them. My hope in telling my story is that I can help at least one wife, mother, sister and friend. ❤️ #goredforwomen @goredforwomen @goodmorningamerica @people #Thank you so very much, GMA and People Magazine for helping me to get this message on heart health out to women!!! ❤️❤️❤️
.RT Join me Monday February 11th 1pm ET/ 12c on the @strahanandsara show for a special ‘ALL MY CHILDREN’ reunion! With @Susan_Lucci @wwilley @CadyMcClain @JillLarsonAMC EXCLUSIVELY ON @ABCNetwork #allmychildren #amc #abcdaytime pic.twitter.com/SINX1F1GEn
— Jacob W. Young (@Jacob_W_Young) February 5, 2019
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So proud to make this SCARY announcement with writer/ director of Boo! @kef827 #Boo #womeninfilm 💋☠️ Our Seed and Spark campaign has begun (LINK in my BIO) and we’re off to a smashing start, but we will continue to seek to spark more contributions to pay our crew, cast and all of those amazing people who are willing to offer their time and talent to making BOO the best it can be. 💋 Check out our incentives and see how you can contribute. ~With deep gratitude and appreciation, Shawn . . . . . . . #producer #screenwriter #screenplay #screenwriting #awards #vampire #booshortfilm #crowdfunding #crew #cast #instagood #horror #horrormovies #horrorfan #director #actor #actress #indiefilm #indiehorror #filmmaker