As the World Turns
The woman who started it all for daytime dramas, the late Irna Phillips, was recently remembered in a moving piece by Lynn Liccardo for Harvard Magazine. In the article, Liccardo details how the creator of Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Another World and countless other soaps, exorcised her real-life demons—brought on by a fruitless affair, and the loss of her child— via her soap operas.
Her need for Oakdale began in the mid 1920s when Phillips, who never had a date in high school or college, met an English doctor, “not handsome,” but “with charm and intelligence,” and decided he was the man she would marry. Things didn’t work out as she hoped. She became pregnant but the doctor abandoned her, and she then lost not only the baby but any chance for another. The resulting sterility led her to decide “to never become involved with an unmarried man,” thus sparing herself “the pain and embarrassment of telling a man I couldn’t have children.” That vow played out through characters like ATWT’s jilted Edith Hughes, who later fell in love with her brother’s unhappily married law partner. Phillips presented the story through characters neither all black nor all white, forcing viewers, writes La Guardia, “to grieve over the heartbreak of the human condition rather than hang on to a fixed value judgment.” READ MORE
Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual Daytime Confidential Hot 100. Throughout 2012, Daytime Confidential has been tracking which daytime professionals our readers have been most interested in, whether positive or negative. Each month we published the Daytime Confidential Top 20 based on your clicks of those individuals. Now we’ve compiled the entire year into the Daytime Confidential Hot 100.
In 2012, 38 made their Daytime Confidential Hot 100 debut or returned to the ranking after falling off the list in 2011. The Bold and the Beautiful’s Susan Flannery made the biggest jump in 2012, zooming up 76 spots. However, without All My Children on the air Thorsten Kaye experienced the biggest drop, plummeting 80 spots. Only two out of the 100 people on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 maintained the exact same ranking in 2012 that they held in 2011.
Unlike Daytime Confidential’s year end Best and Worst lists, the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 is not chosen or ranked by Daytime Confidential’s editors. It is based solely on user clicks. The name of each current and former soap star that appears on the Daytime Confidential Hot 100 is credited to the show on which they last appeared. READ MORE
Former As the World Turns co-stars Jon Lindstrom (ex-Craig Montgomery) and Cady McClain (ex-Rosanna Cabot) have become engaged, according to Soaps in Depth. Congratulations to the couple!
The Huffington Post reports former Guding Light and As the World Turns scripwriter Emily Squires passed away last Wednesday at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. Squires also wrote for The Search for Tomorrow, The Secret Storm and directed episodes of Sesame Street. She was 71.
West's 12-year old son Joe West shares the role of Ralphie with Johnny Rabe in the musical, which is running at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City through December 30.
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