Dear Soaps, I was just wondering...

Dear Soaps,
I was just wondering if my memory is correct or not. Didn't Malcolm and Drucilla from The Young and the Restless make love years ago when she was married to Neil? Isn't he the real father of Lily? Am I the only one that remembers this? — Lost in NC

Dear Lost in NC,
No. You're not the only one who remembers it. I thought for a while everyone at Y&#038R had forgotten, since this storypoint has been dormant for a few years. Earlier this year, however, Malcolm and Dru addressed the night she was zonked out on cold medication and invited Malcolm into her bed, thinking that he was Neil. Still, no blood tests have revealed exactly who the father is. Years ago, Olivia asked her sister, Dru, if she could live with the truth if indeed Malcolm was Lily's dad. Dru couldn't, so she chose not to pursue the matter. With Dru back in Paris, the matter will likely remain unresolved until her return. Series creator/executive s read more

Dear Soaps, I might have missed...

Dear Soaps,
I might have missed it, but was there ever a reason given on The Bold and the Beautiful why little Eric (Becky's baby) didn't go live with his grandparents (Becky's parents)? After all, they are the grandparents. I know Becky left a videotape saying that she wanted Amber to raise him (who by the way, I wouldn't let raise my dog), but he is Joe and Tilly's grandson. &#151 Farrowd

Dear Farrowd,
Becky's parents are honoring their late daughter's wishes by letting Amber raise little Eric. While Joe and Tilly would shower their grandson with lots of love, they might not have the financial means to take care of him. Still, they're probably the kid's best bet given the messy custody battle that's likely to ensue in light of Deacon, little Eric's father, making the scene. In fact, if B&#038B wanted to wrap up this storyline, it would be easily done by sending little Eric to live with Joe and Tilly. I'm sure Eric For read more

Dear Soaps, I really like the...

Dear Soaps,
I really like the actress who recently joined All My Children as the character Rain, but I've been unable to find out anything about her. What can you tell me about her and/or her previous work? Thanks. &#151 Melissa

Dear Melissa,
Kelly Overton, who plays Rain, is new to the daytime scene, shares a publicist for AMC. She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and appeared as a news anchor on Fox 61 in Hartford, CT from 1992-95. Overton has an extensive regional theater background. Depending on how Bianca's gay storyline unfolds, you may see more of Overton on AMC in the near future. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Will Gia and Nikolas...

Dear Soaps,
Will Gia and Nikolas ever get together on General Hospital? I think they are great together. &#151 J.L.

Dear J.L.,
It certainly seems like they are headed in that direction. Gia has settled her roots in Port Charles; she's actually living with Nikolas (and we know what happens to soap characters when they're in close proximity!). These two take much pleasure in ribbing one another, which is often a sign that two people are interested in more than just a friendship, but just don't have the guts to say it. Nikolas's grandmother, Helena, is extremely against the relationship, which will probably send Nikolas running right into Gia's arms. It's pretty evident that Marisa Ramirez (Gia) and Coltin Scott (Nikolas) generate decent onscreen chemistry. I'm sure GH's new writing regime has taken notice of that, and plans to explore the romantic rumblings of this attractive duo. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, Recently, on Days...

Dear Soaps,
Recently, on Days of Our Lives, Brady visited Victor, and Victor addressed him as "grandson." How could Brady be Victor's grandson? &#151 Joyce

Dear Joyce,
Okay, here's the scoop. Victor is the father of Isabella, Brady's deceased mother. Brady's dad, John, and Isabella fell in love even though Isabella was the daughter of his longtime nemesis Victor Kiriakis. Isabella gave birth to Brady &#151 Victor's grandson &#151 at the church on her wedding day to John. Unfortunately, when the couple returned from their honeymoon in Italy, they discovered that Isabella had inoperable pancreatic cancer. They returned to Italy, where Isabella died peacefully in John's arms. (Delaina Dixon)

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Guiding Light fans made it clear...

Guiding Light fans made it clear that they want a matriarch on their show by giving Mary Stuart (Meta) a standing ovation at the annual GL Fan Club Gathering in New York City's Roosevelt Hotel on Oct. 29. Taking the microphone, Stuart told the crowd how she got her big break at the Roosevelt when she was 19, as a camera girl who was discovered by an MGM studio head. Hosted once again by Jerry ver Dorn (Ross), fans got a tongue-in-cheek look at Springfield 2001, with ver Dorn's always hilarious predictions. For example, next year just may find unlucky-in-love Frank Cooper finding some amore with an inflatable doll, while Princes Edmund and Richard may very well become rappin' royals. In the meantime, expect (well, not really) Ross to find Blake in bed with yet another man, but when she tells him it only looked like sex, Ross will surely believe his ever-honest and faithful wife.

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Everything if you're Alexia Robinson,...

Everything if you're Alexia Robinson, who joins the cast of the The Young and the Restless later this month. Robinson beat out several well-known daytime actresses, including Lauren B. Martin (ex-Camille, ATWT) and Sherri Saum (ex-Vanessa, Sunset Beach) to win the coveted position left by Victoria Rowell's (ex-Drucilla) departure in September. Despite several published reports that the new "legal eagle" will be named Erin, the show confirms that the character's name is Alex. Robinson's no stranger to daytime. The actress starred as Meg Lawson on General Hospital from '90-'94, and appeared on the short-lived primetime series Savannah as Cassandra Wheeler. Look for Robinson to breeze into Genoa City on Nov. 29. read more

The search is over! Michele Val...

The search is over! Michele Val Jean has secured the top post as head writer of General Hospital. A longtime scribe with the show, Val Jean has held the position of associate head writer since 1996. Her promotion also recognizes Val Jean as daytime's first African-American head writer.

Val Jean, whose credits include Jake and the Fatman and Generations, joined the GH writing team in 1993 as an editor/script writer. Surviving several writing regimes, Val Jean made daytime history by penning Liz's rape and the revisitation of Luke's rape of Laura. She and the GH writing team received the 1998-99 Daytime Emmy for their efforts; Val Jean also received a Daytime Emmy for the 1994-95 season.

Elizabeth Korte has also been promoted to the headwriting team. "Michele and Elizabeth have a significant history with General Hospital," says executive producer Wendy Riche. "Their noteworthy story contributions, along with their inn read more

Kelly Ripa (Hayley, AMC) and her...

Kelly Ripa (Hayley, AMC) and her husband Mark Consuelos (Mateo, AMC) are expecting another child. Ripa revealed her pregnancy while co-hosting the Live With Regis show. Ripa hadn't planned on sharing the news just yet, but admitted it when a psychic on the show predicted the actress was indeed with child.... Martha Byrne isn't the only daytime actress dedicated to charitable causes. Linda Dano (Rae, OLTL) and the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) have joined forces to launch a new consumer campaign designed to provide information, resources and support to Alzheimer's disease caregivers and their families. Dano will be kicking off the initiative in November as part of National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer's Disease Month. Dano, who's father passed away from Alzheimer's disease in January 1996, is participating in this national educational program to help others in similar situations. "I cared for my d read more

Why did 50-plus daytime actors...

Why did 50-plus daytime actors descend on the Westside Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on Oct. 28? To lend their support to the seventh annual "Daytime Television Salutes St. Jude Children's Research Hospital" benefit. The brainchild of ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Lily/Rose), the evening of dinner, dancing and cavorting with the stars raised more than $155,000 for St. Jude, a facility devoted to research for catastrophic childhood diseases and the care and recovery of child patients stricken with cancer. "I started acting when I was 10 years old. My mother donated a portion of whatever I made to St. Jude because I was a child actor, and she believed in the cause," explained Byrne. "When I came back to ATWT in 1993, I decided that I would do everything I could to raise money for the hospital."

More than 600 fans mingled with stars from As The World Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, All My Children and Another W read more

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