Dear Soaps, I read somewhere that...

Dear Soaps,
I read somewhere that the actress that plays Sheridan Crane on the NBC soap Passions once played on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives. When was this, and whom did she play? Thanks. — Matt

Dear Matt,
You likely would have seen McKenzie Westmore, who plays Sheridan, discussing religion on Days of Our Lives. McKenzie played the role of Mindy, a member of Taylor's Bible study group. When Taylor brought Eric to a meeting, he and Mindy got into a heated discussion about forgiveness — a lesson Eric would learn all too soon with Greta. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I know that Sam was...

Dear Soaps,
I know that Sam was the name of the father of Amanda Corey's daughter on Another World. He left the show a few years ago, was it he who returned and played the handyman who turned out to be the doctor (I can't remember his name) who pursued Vicky Hudson. — Kathy

Dear Kathy,
You're thinking of Sam Fowler, who fathered Amanda's daughter, Alexandra (better known as Alli). Robert Kelker-Kelly was the last actor to play the role. He left in 1990, but returned six years later as handyman Bobby Reno, who Vicky hired to work on her home. Bobby had received the late Ryan Harrison's corneas through organ donation. We would later learn that Bobby was actually Dr. Shane Roberts, a fugitive of the law. He had been falsely accused of murdering his married lover. Vicky and Shane embarked on relationship, only to have his estranged wife, Lila, show up in Bay City, determined to win him back. Shane was killed in a head-on collisio read more

Dear Soaps, What is the real name...

Dear Soaps,
What is the real name of the person who plays Vanessa on All My Children, and what has she done before coming to AMC? I think I saw her in an old episode of Facts of Life. — Datudegirl

Dear Datudegirl,
Marj Dusay has an uncanny knack for playing rich women who know how to get their way. Right now she's the scheming Vanessa on AMC, who convinced Arlene to blame her unborn child's untimely death on Liza. And Dusay actually was on several episodes of Facts of Life. She played recurring character Monica Warner, Blair's mother. Dusay taught her TV daughter how to climb the social ladder and attract men (remember when Monica fell for the father of Blair's nemesis, Jo?) On the daytime canvas, Dusay made waves in Springfield as ruthless Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light, did stints as the devious Vivian Alamain on Days of Our Lives, the disturbed Pamela Capwell on Santa Bar read more

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 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, 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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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 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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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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