Dear Soaps, I just started watching...

Dear Soaps,
I just started watching Guiding Light three months ago. Who raised Susan? I know Harley is her birth mom. Is Jim her birth father? She does call him Dad? What happened to make Susan know to finally come back into Harley's life? — New GL Fan

Dear New GL Fan,
Susan's birth parents are Harley Davidson Cooper Spaulding and Dylan Lewis. Harley gave up Susan (whom she called Daisy) for adoption shortly after her birth, as she was unable to care for her properly. Jim Lemay and his wife, Connie, raised Susan. After Connie died, Susan showed up on Harley's doorstep. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, Could you please tell...

Dear Soaps,
Could you please tell me the name of the actress who portrayed Sloane Denning on the canceled CBS soap Capitol? Guiding Light's Crystal Chappell (Olivia) bears a strong resemblance to her, but there is nothing in her bio about Capitol. Thanks! — Shell

Dear Shell,
Capitol's Sloane Denning was played by Debrah Farentino, who appeared in Get Real, a one-hour drama on Fox, last year. While she and La Chappell could pass for sisters, they are not related. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, Was Lee Grant cast...

Dear Soaps,
Was Lee Grant cast in the soap Peyton Place? It aired in the mid '60's. — Mlittle

Dear Mlittle,
Good memory! Peyton Place, a primetime serial based on the bestselling novel, followed the sexual hijinxs in a small New England town. Grant played biochemist Stella Chernak, a girl born on the wrong side of the tracks who had bettered herself. Devoted to her brother Joe, Stella blamed his sudden death on Rodney Harrington (film actor Ryan O'Neal). She lied, saying Rodney had told her that he was going to kill Joe, which lead to Rodney's famous murder trial. The program aired from 1964-1969. Stella resurfaced in the 1977 movie, Murder in Peyton Place, this time played by Stella Stevens.(DD)

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Dear Soaps, I would like to know...

Dear Soaps,
I would like to know if Viki's husband Joe adopted Kevin. I have to settle this bet with my godbrother. Thank You. — Evelyn

Dear Evelyn,
Love to help out a family in need! First thing, Kevin did not have to be adopted by Joe Riley, because Joe is Kevin's biological father (as well as the biological father of Joey). Viki married Clint — who was hand-picked by her former husband Joe to take over at The Banner — after Joe passed away. Clint adopted Viki's sons, and the couple gave birth to their own daughter, Jessica. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Is Constance Towers...

Dear Soaps,
Is Constance Towers (Helena, GH) married to a famous actor? — Bill

Dear Bill,
The answer to that question would be a definite yes! She is married to John Gavin, who started his film, television and theater career in the 1950s. Some of his most famous movies include: Spartacus, Psycho and (Constance's self-proclaimed favorite film of her husband's) Thorougly Modern Millie. From 1971-1973, Gavin served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. He was also appointed the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, which he was from 1981-1986. Constance and John has been married for 25 years (kudos for them!). They have four children and one grandchild. (Delaina Dixon)

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Dear Soaps, On the Oct. 9 episode...

Dear Soaps,
On the Oct. 9 episode of The Bold and the Beautiful, Bridget Forrester mentioned to Stephanie that she (Stephanie) and Eric had had five children. I can account for three: Ridge, Thorne, and Christina. Who are the other two, and where are they now? — Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,
Actually, you're thinking of Ridge, Thorne and Kristen Forrester — not Christina. Steph and Eric's other children include Felicia and Angela. Angela was born with a medical condition that made her comatose. Stephanie kept her existence a secret from Eric. Later, Angela died — only the doctor to whom Stephanie entrusted her care hired an imposter to take Angela's place, so they could bilk Steph out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Felicia was last seen in 1997, when she returned to town from New York for Ridge's attempted-murder trial. Watch for her portrayer, Colleen Dion, to reprise her role as Leslie, an attorney, on read more

Dear Soaps, I'm writing to you...

Dear Soaps,
I'm writing to you about The Young and the Restless. I read somewhere a reference to Paul Williams having a child. Does he? If so, who is the mother and where is the child? — Sue

Dear Sue,
Back in the '80s, Paul fathered a daughter, Heather, with April Stevens. April and Heather were last seen on Y&#038R in the mid-'90s. April murdered her abusive husband, Robert Lynch, in self-defense. April and Heather (Conci Nelson, daughter of Y&#038R head writer Kay Alden) live in New York. Strangely, Paul, who desperately wants to have a child with current wife Chris, never seems to mention Heather. Perhaps when Lauralee Bell (Chris) goes on real-life maternity leave later this year, the writers will re-examine Paul's relationship with his daughter. (Michael J. Maloney)

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All My Children: Fay Wolf plays...

All My Children: Fay Wolf plays Leila, a troubled teen whose life Gillian and Jake save on Oct. 27.... Ryan mends his broken heart in the company of Rosette, played by Joelle Carter, on Oct. 30.

Passions: Thor Edgell plays the Angel of Goodness, who combats the forces of evil on Oct. 18 and 19. No stranger to the drama canvas, Edgell has appeared on Seventh Heaven, The Practice and Days of Our Lives.

Port Charles: Due to a scheduling conflict, Robert D. Vito will step into the role of Neil Kanelos for Colton James on Nov. 1.

The Young and the Restless: Penn Badgley appears as Phillip Chancelor IV on Oct. 18.... Hunter Preisendorfer is back as little Noah on Oct 19 and 20.... Brody Hutzler continues as Cody on Oct. 20 and 23. That's Thad Luckinbill back as J.T. on Oct. 20 and 24.... Tamara Clatterbuck (Tammy, GH) skips Port Charles for a day to repris read more

Now that Victoria Rowell has left...

Now that Victoria Rowell has left the Y&R canvas, could the show's execs be gearing up to find another powerhouse performer to fill the void? Word has it that several prominent actresses have been approached to audition for a newly created role that could become a possible love interest for Kristoff St. John (Neil). One name that seems to be gaining momentum is Lauren B. Martin (soon-to-be ex-Camille, ATWT). It would certainly be the perfect vehicle for Martin, who was let go from her current show due to lack of storyline. Crossing over to Y&R would put the talented actress in an environment dedicated to placing African-American characters on the front burner. Another top possibility is Sherri Saum (ex-Vanessa, Sunset Beach). Currently, Saum is shooting a film in Maine with the legendary Lauren Bacall and is on contract in the role of Casey Lennox with Showtime's Beggars and Choosers, but the actres read more

The soaps meet the squares as...

The soaps meet the squares as 17 of daytime's hottest stars show off their wit and game faces during Hollywood Squares's "Soap Opera Week" beginning Oct. 16. The stars of nine different soaps will field questions from Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron. Guest participants include: Days's Matt Cedeno (Brandon) and Bryan Dattilo (Lucas); GH's Stuart Damon (Alan), Michael Saucedo (Juan) and Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie); GL's Kim Zimmer (Reva); OLTL's Linda Dano (Rae); Passions's Galen Gering (Luis), Juliet Mills (Tabitha) and Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy); PC's Nolan North (Chris) and Julie Pinson (Eve), Y&R's Joshua Morrow (Nick); B&B's Hunter Tylo (Taylor) and Sarah Buxton (Morgan); and ATWT's Michael Park (Jack) and Eileen Fulton (Lisa). "I proved to myself that I'm damn smart," says Ful read more

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