Liza Huber is making a career...

Liza Huber is making a career change. Huber, who originated the role of Gwen Hotchkiss on Passions in July '99, has left the show to pursue other interests. Her last tape date was Sept. 28. While reports have stated that Huber left show business to pursue a career in fashion, Huber clarifies that that's not 100 percent true. "People ask you what you're interested in, [and you say] 'clothes, pets, horses and kittens.' I have no idea what I'm going to do," she explains.

Making the decision to leave was not an easy one. "I had worked for this for years and years, and then I got [to Passions], and I wasn't as satisfied with having an acting career as I thought I would. When you work you should be happy." The consummate professional, Huber notified Passions's executives of her plans to exit early on. "I didn't just up and leave. I let them know quite some time ago. I told them that I would ride out the storyline." But her final taping was unknown to many o read more

Now that Melissa Reeves (Jennifer)...

Now that Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) has returned to the screen, questions circling about the return of Matthew Ashford to the role of Jack are stronger than ever. At the moment, the multitalented actor is revisiting the past — he's playing the lead role of Thomas Jefferson in the musical 1776, in Texas. And while Ashford's not averse to returning to the daytime scene — he auditioned for As the World Turns and tested for the role of Jake (now played by J. Eddie Peck) on All My Children — returning to complete one of DAYS's top supercouples seems like a no-brainer. "At this moment, we have not signed anything with Days of Our Lives," says Ashford's manager. "Our options are open." read more

Dear Soaps, Please settle an argument...

Dear Soaps,
Please settle an argument between my mother and me, regarding Days of Our Lives. I'm pretty sure that upon Brady's birth, Isabella gave her newborn son his grandfather's last name — Kiriakis. (John started going by the name "Black" because his true identity was a mystery.) And isn't Philip Kiriakis really Brady's uncle? My mother thinks I have a vivid imagination, but if you prove me correct, I get my great-grandmother's Victrola. — JewelE74

Dear JewelE74,
You're only half-right, so maybe you can get great-grandmother's Victrola for six months out of the year. According to the book Days of Our Lives, A Complete History of the Long-Running Soap Opera, by Maureen Russell, Isabella named her son Brady Victor Black. Technically, you might have a point to argue, though, since Isabella and John didn't officially wed until right after Brady was born. Philip and the late Isabella are half-siblings, so Philip read more

Dear Soaps, Zander and Emily are...

Dear Soaps,
Zander and Emily are making the screen sizzle. GH finally has a couple that will make fans sit up and love. If or when will they sign the actor who plays Zander to a long term contract?? — Rosalie

Dear Rosalie,
I admit, I was a little skeptical when they switched actors to play Zander on GH. Chad Brannon, who currently plays Zander, did not seem as physically big or menacing as the previous portrayer, Marc Brett. Now I know why. We needed a kinder, gentler Zander to buy into Emily's blossoming crush on her kidnapper. While some people may be alarmed by her obvious attraction, it's seems General Hospital has tapped into the real-life condition of Stockholm syndrome — that's when a captive falls for her captor (think Patty Hearst). Or is Emily just like most teenage girls who always fall for the rebel (even if he left you naked in bed with a dead cop)? I'm intrigued by the possib read more

Dear Soaps, In what direction...

Dear Soaps,
In what direction do you think the writers will take the Colin/Nora relationship on One Life to Live? — Blair

Dear Blair,
Well, if Nora falls in love with Colin, her ex-captor, I think she belongs on another soap. (And I'm not mentioning any names!) (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, I never miss an episode...

Dear Soaps,
I never miss an episode of Passions, but I started watching it after it first aired. Can you please tell me who Fluffy is, and why Timmy is so afraid of him? And why does TC hate the Cranes so much? Thank you so much! ? Tori

Dear Tori,
No surprises here. Fluffy is Tabitha's cat. And while we've never seen him on screen, we've caught the world through his eyes on Fluffy-cam, and we've seen Timmy after a run-in with the vicious little creature. My guess is that Fluffy has sniffed Timmy one too many times for Timmy's comfort. We never really knew why TC hated the Cranes so vehemently, except that he and Julian had some kind of tennis rivalry in their youth, and an injury ruined TC's chances at a professional tennis career. Last week it was revealed that TC blames Julian for the hit-and-run accident that injured TC's knee and caused him to abandon his professional dreams. It happened on the way to a championship match that TC and Jul read more

Dear Soaps, Okay, since Brock...

Dear Soaps,
Okay, since Brock and Mac never took a paternity test on The Young and the Restless, could Mac be the daughter Nina is looking for? Wouldn't that be interesting? I wonder how Jill would feel about that. Please check into this for me. — LaToria

Dear LaToria,
Okay, I checked into it for you. You've got some good ideas, but they're not likely to happen. First of all, Jill recently, and begrudgingly, informed Brock that her investigating led her to believe Mac truly is Brock's daughter. Also, Nina's first baby wasn't a girl; it was a boy, as shown in the recent flashback featuring Rose DeVille. Many have speculated that actually Raul could be Nina's long-lost child. Time will tell how the rumored departure of Tricia Cast (Nina) might affect this possible revelation. Watch for the thoughts on this topic in an upcoming Q&A with David Lago (Raul). (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, Whatever happened...

Dear Soaps,
Whatever happened to the actors who play Margo Lynley and Jake MacClaine on The Bold and the Beautiful in the early '90s? Did they ever appear on other soaps? Thanks. ? Danny

Dear Danny,
Lauren Koslow (ex-Margo) is now Kate on Days of Our Lives and is trying to drive Sami over the edge ? figuratively or literally, whichever comes first. Prior to B&B, Koslow appeared on The Young and the Restless, as blackmailer Lindsey Wells. Todd McKee (ex-Jake) appeared on Santa Barbara, as Ted, before joining B?B as incest survivor MacClaine. I ran into Todd about a year ago at a mall in Los Angeles and he told me he was working in the financial world. (Michael J. Maloney read more

Dear Soaps, I have been watching...

Dear Soaps,
I have been watching All My Children on and off for years. It must have been an off time when Ryan and Gillian were married. What is their history and why did they divorce? — Maureen

Dear Maureen,
Gillian needed a green card so the gallant Ryan stepped in and wed her. They fell in love, but neither would admit it, so they skipping having sex. Ryan caught his bride in David's bed. The married duo not only made up but made love, too. Gillian stood by her husband when he was falsely accused of raping Kit. Ryan was cleared, but when he learned his wife traded sex with David for money, divorce papers were filed. Ryan attempted a temporary romance with a temporarily available Hayley, while Gillian went on to marry Jake Martin. Alas, Ryan and Gillian never stopped loving each other. Until Jake makes a full recovery from recent injuries, however, star-crossed lovers Gillian and Ryan seem destined to remain apart. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, If the Passions's...

Dear Soaps,
If the Passions's writers were to pair up Theresa and Ethan and Luis and Sheridan, wouldn't it be impossible for both couples to get married? Wouldn't they be related? — Susan

Dear Susan,
There would be nothing legally wrong with siblings Theresa and Luis marrying Ethan and his aunt Sheridan respectively. And that would be the case, if Ethan truly were a Crane. But he's actually the son of Sam Bennett and Ivy Crane, Julian's wife. Ivy met Sam, but her family married her off to Julian. On her wedding night, she ran off to be with Sam, got pregnant and has passed Ethan off as Julian's ever since. When you think about it, biology is the least of worries for these couples. Jilted fiancés, manipulative brothers and feuding families are enough to keep them busy. (DD)

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