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Dear Soaps, I was shocked to hear...

Dear Soaps,
I was shocked to hear that actor Jason Cook was arrested on drug-related charges. Will he continue to work on Days of our Lives? &#151 Laura

Dear Laura,
It's ironic that Cook, who plays the son of a police captain, wound up on the wrong side of the law last month. We wish we had a formal PR statement that addressed Cook's behavior, but Days is doing very little to put a spin on Cook's recent brush with the law. Here's what we were able to dig up for you: Cook's job is not in jeopardy, according to the show. "Nothing has changed about Shawn [being on Days]," says a spokesperson. "Everything is status quo."

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Dear Soaps, On One Life to Live,...

Dear Soaps,
On One Life to Live, Nora is getting married again. Just how many husbands has she had? &#151 Delores

Dear Delores,
Unlike Llanview's Asa Buchanan, who has said "I do" a record 13 times, Nora has only two former husbands. The first is fellow legal-eagle Hank Gannon, who is the father of Nora's daughter Rachel. In 1995, Nora married her second husband, police commissioner Bo Buchanan. While many believe that Nora and Bo are the perfect couple &#151 they both love swing dancing and Chinese takeout &#151 their marriage crumbled when Bo learned that Nora had slept with her mentor, Sam Rappaport. Sure, she was only trying to get pregnant so she could give Bo a child &#151 and the baby subsequently turned out to be Bo's son anyway &#151 but the tryst still put a damper on their union.

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Dear Soaps, Hasn't The Bold and...

Dear Soaps,
Hasn't The Bold and the Beautiful's Bridget learned her lesson? First, her ex-husband cheated on her with her mother, Brooke. And now, Bridget's involved with Nick, her mother's ex-boyfriend! I think she deserves better. &#151 Elona

Dear Elona,
So do we. Nick swears that he's completely devoted to Bridget, and Bridget alone. But we think that subconsciously he may be dating her to punish Brooke for choosing to be with his half brother, Ridge, instead of him. Then again, we can't blame this all on Nick. Bridget seems to have inherited her mother's penchant for dating men within the same family. (Remember, Bridget had a crush on Ridge as well!) While she's had a few suitors outside the Marone family, from Sally Spectra's son, CJ, to her med-school mentor, Dr. Mark MacClaine, Bridget wound up dumping them all. If Massimo, Ridge and Nick's dad, has another son we have yet to learn about, this romance may be in big trouble. Who read more

Dear Soaps, I started watching...

Dear Soaps,
I started watching All My Children again, and I noticed that Jackson Montgomery has a daughter named Lily. I thought Greenlee was his only child. Can you clarify? &#151 KA

Dear KA,
Well, you're sort of right. While three children call the D.A. "Daddy," Greenlee is his only biological offspring. So how did Lily come into the picture? Back in 1993, Jackson romanced Laurel Banning, a reluctant con artist who was embezzling money to keep her daughter, Lily, in a school specializing in autism. Laurel later had to kill her abusive ex in self-defense. Jackson helped Laurel hide the body, and the two went on the run. He then decided to marry Laurel and adopt Lily. Laurel was eventually cleared, and she celebrated her newfound freedom by getting a divorce. Unfortunately, Laurel became a murder victim herself when Jason Sheffield gunned her down. In 2003, Jackson added to his brood by taking in former street kid Reggie Porter, eventu read more

Dear Soaps, I was shocked to hear...

Dear Soaps,
I was shocked to hear that actor Jason Cook was arrested on drug-related charges. Will he continue to work on Days of our Lives? &#151 Laura

Dear Laura,
It's ironic that Cook, who plays the son of a police captain, wound up on the wrong side of the law last month. We wish we had a formal PR statement that addressed Cook's behavior, but Days is doing very little to put a spin on Cook's recent brush with the law. Here's what we were able to dig up for you: Cook's job is not in jeopardy, according to the show. "Nothing has changed about Shawn [being on Days]," says a spokesperson. "Everything is status quo."

read more

Dear Soaps, Hasn't The Bold and...

Dear Soaps,
Hasn't The Bold and the Beautiful's Bridget learned her lesson? First, her ex-husband cheated on her with her mother, Brooke. And now, Bridget's involved with Nick, her mother's ex-boyfriend! I think she deserves better. &#151 Elona

Dear Elona,
So do we. Nick swears that he's completely devoted to Bridget, and Bridget alone. But we think that subconsciously he may be dating her to punish Brooke for choosing to be with his half brother, Ridge, instead of him. Then again, we can't blame this all on Nick. Bridget seems to have inherited her mother's penchant for dating men within the same family. (Remember, Bridget had a crush on Ridge as well!) While she's had a few suitors outside the Marone family, from Sally Spectra's son, CJ, to her med-school mentor, Dr. Mark MacClaine, Bridget wound up dumping them all. If Massimo, Ridge and Nick's dad, has another son we have yet to learn about, this romance may be in big trouble. Who read more

Dear Soaps, On General Hospital,...

Dear Soaps,
On General Hospital, Sonny attempted to impress Reese, the FBI agent, by cooking her dinner. He made chicken in a white-wine sauce and served red wine with the meal. No one serves red wine with white meat! Who researches this stuff? &#151 Lisa

Dear Lisa,
While GH has yet to put a food connoisseur on its payroll, GH's head writers, Bob Guza and Chuck Pratt insist that "Sonny is a gourmet. He would never make that kind of mistake!" But we were dying to know if Sonny had made a major faux pas with his wine selection, so we contacted John Barricelli, cohost of the scrumptious PBS series Everyday Food. And here's the verdict: Toss out the notion that white meat and red wine don't mix! According to Barricelli, who has 27 years of professional cooking experience, a robust pinot noir will nicely complement any poultry dish.

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Dear Soaps, I hear that Alicia...

Dear Soaps,
I hear that Alicia Leigh Willis wants out of General Hospital. Is that true? &#151 Cassie

Dear Cassie,
Willis has been starring as GH's headstrong heroine, Courtney Matthews, for more than three years. That's usually about the length of time it takes for a young performer to get the urge to scratch that "contract's ending and prime time's a-calling" itch. Reportedly, Willis wants to try her luck outside of daytime, as departing actress Tamara Braun (Carly) is about to do. But our very-inside sources tell us we should "debunk the theory" that Willis will make a fast getaway in the next few weeks. Please feel free to ask us this question again when pilot season rolls around next January.

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Dear Soaps, On One Life to Live,...

Dear Soaps,
On One Life to Live, Nora is getting married again. Just how many husbands has she had? &#151 Delores

Dear Delores,
Unlike Llanview's Asa Buchanan, who has said "I do" a record 13 times, Nora has only two former husbands. The first is fellow legal-eagle Hank Gannon, who is the father of Nora's daughter Rachel. In 1995, Nora married her second husband, police commissioner Bo Buchanan. While many believe that Nora and Bo are the perfect couple &#151 they both love swing dancing and Chinese takeout &#151 their marriage crumbled when Bo learned that Nora had slept with her mentor, Sam Rappaport. Sure, she was only trying to get pregnant so she could give Bo a child &#151 and the baby subsequently turned out to be Bo's son anyway &#151 but the tryst still put a damper on their union.

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I hear that Alicia Leigh ...

Leaving the Hospital?

Question: I hear that Alicia Leigh Willis wants out of General Hospital. Is that true?


Answer: Willis has been starring as GH's headstrong heroine, Courtney Matthews, for more than three years. That's usually about the length of time it takes for a young performer to get the urge to scratch that "contract's ending and prime time's a-calling" itch. Reportedly, Willis wants to try her luck outside of daytime, as departing actress Tamara Braun (Carly) is about to do. But our very-inside sources tell us we should "debunk the theory" that Willis will make a fast getaway in the next few weeks. Please feel free to ask us this question again when pilot season rolls around next January.

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