Judith Light’s Hollywood Star, Ming-Na Wen’s ‘Star Wars’ role; Alum News
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Honors, movies and streaming services for former soap opera stars.
Soaps.com’s latest batch of Daytime alum news features a few actors heading to new streaming services, a soap opera icon receiving a well-deserved honor, and another soap opera actor filming a Christmas movie. Find out where to catch the alums of As the World Turns, General Hospital, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless below.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Judith Light received a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday September 12. The ceremony was held in front of the El Centro Complex on Hollywood Boulevard where Light’s former Ugly Betty co-star America Ferrera (Superstore) and the creator of her Amazon Prime show Transparent, Jill Soloway, spoke. Though Light may be most recognized for her role on the 80’s sitcom Who’s the Boss?, many soap opera fans will never forget her powerhouse performance as Karen Wolek on One Life to Live, which won her an Emmy in 1980 and 1981.
Mandalorian/Nora From Queens
As the World Turns alum Ming-Na Wen will be seen in Disney+’s The Mandalorian which is set in the Star Wars universe. The series will be available to stream on November 12 and also stars Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). TVLine is also reporting that Ming-Na Wen has been cast in Nora From Queens starring Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians). Oakdale’s former Lien Hughes will play “Nora’s bohemian, earthy and spiritual aunt who comes for a visit,” on the upcoming Comedy Central series loosely based on Awkwafina’s life growing up in the NYC borough.
Anthony Montgomery (Andre Maddox) recently returned to General Hospital, but he’s also been sharing photos on Instagram of his latest project. His co-star Kimberly Elise (Star) has been posting behind the scenes videos on Instagram as well. One of those videos is of her and Montgomery preparing for a bedroom scene. Carole’s Christmas, previously titled, Back in the Day is a Christmas movie that surrounds an overworked businesswoman named Carole Jordan (Elise) who wishes she had taken another path in life. Her wish is granted, but Carole’s life starts to spin out of control and the only person she can confide is someone from her previous life named Iris (Jackée Harry). Throughout this experience, Carole begins to appreciate her former life, which includes her friends, family and annual Christmas party. Carole’s Christmas premieres Friday November 22 at 9:00 PM on OWN.
Angell Conwell (Leslie Michaelson, The Young and the Restless) has joined the BET+ streaming series Bigger. Produced by Will Packer, who also executive produces Ambitions, the series tells the story of a single woman who, along with her friends, wonders if there is something bigger and better out there for her following the death of a college acquaintance. Conwell plays Veronica, a successful realtor and “advice-giver” to her group of friends living in Atlanta. The comedy also stars Tanisha Long (I Love Bekka & Lucy), Rasheda Crockett (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Chase Anthony (Deal with It), and Tristen Winger (Insecure). Bigger premieres on September 19.
The Morning Show
Shari Belafonte, who played Port Charles’ former Mayor Lomax, is set to appear on Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. Belafonte joins a star-studded cast that includes Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) and Steve Carell (The Office) in the dramedy about a popular morning news program recovering from a sexual misconduct scandal. The soap opera alum plays the fictional program’s stage manager in the streaming series that will premiere on November 1.
Judith Light says receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is “indescribable” pic.twitter.com/7ouPctTiRu
— Variety (@Variety) September 12, 2019
The Great @JudithLight gets a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame today. It’s about time. If it weren’t for her, I don’t know where I’d be. Love you Judith.
— Tony Danza (@TonyDanza) September 12, 2019
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