When Robin Christopher (Skye Chandler Quartermaine) left General Hospital there was plenty of speculation that the actress would return to her All My Children roots. Those rumors fizzled out over the last few months until today that is! Our buddy Nelson Branco reported in his latest Suds Report that Christopher may be heading back to Pine Valley for Myrtle's (Eileen Herlie) funeral. Well, if she accepts ABC's invite she'll be back.
In the history of disaster cinema, no two movies illustrate the great divide between campy greatness and head scratching exclamations of "What was the %#^#*%* point?" than Irwin Allen's 1972 The Poseidon Adventure and Wolfgang Petersen's 2006 remake, Poseidon.
For all of The Poseidon Adventure's over the top excess, the original chronicle of the desperate escape efforts of trapped survivors aboard the fictional capsized ocean liner was filled with heart, unpredictability in the fates of who would live or die and we were invested in characters that we grew to care about or despise within a short period of time.
As much as we laugh at Shelley Winters' Olympic swim through the ship, there still is hardly a dry eye in the house when she succumbs to the stress of the effort and dies. On the other hand, the remake was enjoyable on its own merits but burned through its story so fast that it was nearly impossible to care about the fates of its survivors. When Freddy Rodriquez's waiter suddenly plummets to his death, who cares? If all of them died at the end of Petersen's version, it would have been a pleasant surprise.
This brings us to ABC's much hyped 2008 remake of the tornado storyline which ripped through Pine Valley in 1994, heralding the "official" arrival as Charles Pratt as All My Children's new head writer. Fitting somewhere between the technological successes and dramatic failures of the two tales of the Poseidon, so far this tornado is swerving between a lot of hot air and a gust of breaking wind. READ MORE
Daytime Confidential reader Gush900 sent us this great clip of Eileen Herlie's Myrtle with Thorsten Kaye's Zach Slater. This was truly one of All My Children's greatest relationships of the past ten years. Eileen will be greatly missed. This is a sad, sad day.
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Another daytime legend has passed away. Yesterday news broke that Edge of Night and Another World alum Irene Dailey had died. Today, Pine Valley Bulletin has confirmed the passing of Eileen Herlie (Myrtle Fairgate, All My Children). She was 90.
Herlie joined AMC in 1976 as gutsy carny Myrtle, whose boarding house would prove home to generations of the show's young adult cast. Since the death of Erica Kane's mother Mona ( the late Frances Heflin), Myrtle has served as a surrogate mother to La Kane (Susan Lucci) and grandmother figure for her daughters Kendall (Alicia Minshew) and Bianca (Eden Riegel). She has also been a constant supporter of Kendall's husband Zach (Thorsten Kaye).
In a surprise plot twist and history re-write a few years back, we learned Myrtle also had a daughter of her very own, Rae Cummings (Linda Dano) and a grandaughter, Skye (Robin Christopher), who had actually lived in Pine Valley alongside Myrtle for many years with neither the wiser. READ MORE
It's a sad day soap fans, especially All My Children fans as we just learned that Eileen Herlie who portrayed Myrtle Fargate on All My Children has passed away. Eileen Herlie has been a cast member at AMC since I've been alive and any fan of All My Children, whether loyal or fair weather, will never forget Herlie or her legendary character.
Eileen Herlie will be missed by soap fans everywhere and or condolences go out to her family as well as her castmates at All My Children.
What is so amazing to watch, in this scene, is how much depth and history Julia Barr, Susan Lucci, Eva La Rue, Eileen Herlie, Jill Larson, Alicia Minshew and Eden Riegel bring to their characters. When you compare this clip (which can't be more than 2-3 years old) to today's All My Children, the disrepair of today's All My Children is so glaring you also have to wear sunglasses to shield your eyes. Ironically, back then we thought All My Children had problems. What is it they say about hindsight?