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Dear Soaps, Is the girl who plays...

Dear Soaps,
Is the girl who plays Mac on The Young and the Restless the same one who was the daughter on The Echo of Thunder, a Hallmark movie that ran about three weeks ago? Thanks. — Patty

Dear Patty,
Ashley Bashioum (Mac, Y&R) certainly looks like the girl featured in this family feature. But the Lara Ritchie character, who comes to live with her father and his family in the Australian outback, was actually played by Australian born actress Lauren Hewett.

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Dear Soaps, Someone once told...

Dear Soaps,
Someone once told me that the woman who plays Samantha Brady on Days was on Punky Brewster. Is this true? My sister and I have been arguing about it for a while. Please, settle the conflict!!! — Struggling Sis

Dear Struggling Sis,
I'd hate for your argument to escalate into a knockdown brawl, so I went straight to the source to get you an answer. "I was never on Punky Brewster," says Days's Alison Sweeney. "I did a movie of the week with Soleil Moon Frye for Disney, but I was never on the series." (Delaina Dixon)

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Dear Soaps, Can you please tell...

Dear Soaps,
Can you please tell me who Victor Newman's very first wife was on The Young and the Restless? Do you have a picture of her? Maybe the "mustache" is out of town looking for her? What do you think he's up to? — Hope

Dear Hope,
Victor's first wife (unless the writers decide to change this) is Julia Newman, last seen living overseas. Meg Bennett, the exiting co-head writer at General Hospital, played the part. Victor's gone away to think about how he's going to handle Diane's pregnancy. While leaving town is often a way to create story for a character, Victor will have plenty to do with existing characters on the Y&R canvas. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, A few co-workers and...

Dear Soaps,
A few co-workers and I were trying to remember who was married to whom on The Young and the Restless. I recall that Victoria and Ryan were married several years ago. Can you tell me if I am right? Also wasn't Cole married to Ashley when Victoria was carrying his child? Thanks! — Melissa

Dear Melissa,
Ryan and Victoria were indeed wed. The marriage ended due to mostly to Victoria's immaturity and inability to commit to a full relationship with Ryan. (She wasn't ready for a sexual relationship.) Victoria was indeed expecting Cole's baby when he and Ashley wed. And, in an unusual twist, everyone knew about it before the "I dos" were exchanged. Cole decided to go ahead with the wedding to Ashley because he genuinely felt his relationship with Victoria was over. Sadly, the baby, named after Cole's mother, Eve, died shortly after her birth. A few months later, Cole left town. His portrayer, J. Eddie Peck, is now Jake read more

Dear Soaps, How can the Forresters...

Dear Soaps,
How can the Forresters have any legal claim over little Eric on The Bold and the Beautiful? Little Eric's mother, Becky, was married to C.J. He would seem to have more rights over little Eric than anyone else. What about Becky's parents? Why don't they get guardianship of little Eric over anybody else? Where is little Eric's real father? — Parksnancyl

Dear Parksnancyl,
Those Forresters are kind of pushy on this one, aren't they? I can't figure out why Stephanie is so determined to get this guy back in the Forrester compound when she practically tried to murder Morgan's unborn Forrester heir. Rick, who's most likely listed as the father on the baby's birth certificate (which gives him a legal edge), should have thought about wanting to keep little Eric before he tossed Amber out. Then again, he might have lost in a custody case against Becky. Becky's parents seemed to have vanished from the scene. And they may not have read more

Dear Soaps, I've been racking...

Dear Soaps,
I've been racking my brain about this question for years. I asked anybody and everybody, but no one seems to know the answer. Whatever happened to Myra on AMC? I don't know her last name on the show, but she was Palmer Cortlandt's housekeeper for years and the mother of Daisy Cortlandt; she also appeared in the Julia Roberts movie Sleeping With the Enemy. What ever happened to her in real life? — Escottel

Dear Escottel,
Elizabeth Lawrence played the role of Myra Murdoch Sloane, the Cortlandt's meddlesome housekeeper who conjured up the not-so-dead spirit of her daughter, Daisy, to ease the pain of granddaughter Nina (who thought Daisy had died during childbirth, thanks to Palmer's lies). And yes, Lawrence also appeared in the Roberts's film as Chloe Williams. Lawrence also played Bess Lowell on Guiding Light after AMC. I am sorry to report Lawrence passed away this June from cancer. She read more

Dear Soaps, Rose, the lady that...

Dear Soaps,
Rose, the lady that stole Nina's baby, is she actually Sally Spectra on The Bold and the Beautiful? And where is Nina's baby? Is it C.J. on B&B? — Toya.

Dear Toya,
Your eyes didn't deceive you. Before Darlene Conley made a name for herself as flamboyant fashion designer Sally Spectra on B&B, she made a name for herself as Rose DeVille, the unscrupulous pro criminal who stole the babies of scared, unwed pregnant teenagers, among other things. No, C.J. is not that long lost baby; Sally and her ex-husband Clarke Garrison are his parents. The location of Nina's lost child is still a mystery. On a lighter note, wasn't it great to see Nina flash back to her teen days, and actually see the original scene Tricia Cast shot years ago? It's good to know Y&R has decades of vintage video to create these "blast from the past" moments! (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Please help me! I...

Dear Soaps,
Please help me! I was watching One Life to Live and a commercial came on for Centrum. There was a blonde woman standing there with a chart marking off stuff, and she never spoke. I think it was Dr. Melanie MacIver from OLTL. This has been bugging me for weeks. Could you please help me? — Teresa.

Dear Teresa,
Looks like you got a double dose of Lanie that day. Not only does Darlene Vogel, who plays OLTL's Melanie, dole out prescriptions in Llanview, she's is the blonde hawking Centrum vitamins in the commercial. Good catch! (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Will Luis and Sheridan...

Dear Soaps,
Will Luis and Sheridan ever find true love on Passions? — Mandy

Dear Mandy,
There have been sparks between this supercouple-in-the-making since day one. I believe Luis and Sheridan have already found true love. The question is, will they ever be able to smooth things out long enough to enjoy it? Luis harbors such intense feelings of hate for everyone else in the Crane clan. And now that Sheridan believes that Luis said he was using her, thanks to her brother Julian's machinations, that may complicate things even further. Between Julian's schemes, Hank's infatuation and Roger's death threat, it looks like these two have some rough terrain to conquer to finally be together. But if history repeats itself (and on soaps, it often does!), true love will prevail. We'll just have to be patient and wait to see how long it takes before it happens. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Has Katherine Kelly...

Dear Soaps,
Has Katherine Kelly Lang played Brooke from the beginning on The Bold and the Beautiful, or have their been other actresses? Thanks. — Banana

Dear Banana,
Lang did indeed originate the role of Brooke Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful 13 years ago. Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL) stepped into the role during the first few months of B&B for an ailing Lang — a treat for Hickland fans who were still bummed that her last soap, Capitol, had been canceled to make room for B&B. Sandra Ferguson (ex-Amanda, Another World; ex-Jade, Sunset Beach) took over the role for about a minute in 1997. Lang resumed the role and has happily been there ever since. (DD & MJM)

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