Patti D'Arbanville, who has portrayed...

Patti D'Arbanville, who has portrayed sassy and soulful Selena Davis for the past 2½ years, has been let go from Guiding Light. GL representatives confirmed her release. "It's storyline-dictated," says a show publicist. "But we have no last airdate as of yet."

D'Arbanville broke the news herself, posting a statement on her Internet message board over Labor Day weekend to inform fans that she had been let go. "I thought that I would take this opportunity to be the first to let all of you know that I will be leaving the show in October…" D'Arbanville wrote. "Many factors have entered into this decision, and although I am saddened, I only want what is best for this show." Fans of the actress have rallied together in an effort to stop D'Arbanville's departure. They have set up a Save Selena web page and are asking fans to e-mail and snail-mail GL executives to show their support of the character. Whether their efforts will save the characte read more

Dear Soaps, What ever happened...

Dear Soaps,
What ever happened to Jessie Brewer on General Hospital? — Westva47

Dear Westva47,
Actress Emily McLaughlin died in 1991 after being on GH since it began in 1963. By the time she died, Jessie hadn't been on the show for a while, so GH never dealt with the character's disappearance. There was a brief mention after an episode, when the now deceased John Beradino (ex-Steve Hardy) talked about the actress's passing. It wasn't until many years later, when GH aired its 30th anniversary show, that anyone on-screen mentioned Jessie. Steve mentioned that she had died a few years before. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, In Australia, we are...

Dear Soaps,
In Australia, we are some years behind with Days of Our Lives. What happened to the romance between Carrie and Austin? — Kym

Dear Kym,
Are you sure you want the ending told to you now? OK, here goes: Austin was about to wed Sami when he learned that she had lied about him being Will's dad. Carrie punched her sister for her betrayal and in a surprise move, Carrie and Austin were wed (finally!). The honeymoon didn't last, however. Carrie was drawn to Dr. Mike Horton, and the two grew close. In time, Carrie returned Mike Horton's feelings of love and she and Austin drifted apart and eventually split up. When Roark Critchlow vacated his role of Mike, Christie Clark also expressed interest in leaving the show, too. The writers took advantage of these coinciding departures and wrote the couple off together. If the actors ever decide to return to the show, watch for this triangle to be re-explored. Meanwhile, read more

Dear Soaps, I have read that Michelle...

Dear Soaps,
I have read that Michelle and Drew did not kill Mick (Danny's brother) on Guiding Light. Could you please fill me in on what I missed? — Jessica

Dear Jessica,
Wherever you read this, they steered you in the wrong direction. Thank goodness you've come to us for the real story. Mick's death was an act of self-defense; Michelle and Drew were there when Danny's brother Mick bit the dust, setting into motion Michelle's connection to the Santos family. (Michael J. Maloney)

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Dear Soaps, Is Belle Marlena and...

Dear Soaps,
Is Belle Marlena and John's biological child or the child of Isabella and John? — Leisa

Dear Leisa,
Belle is indeed the biological child of Days's Marlena and John, conceived while Marlena was involved with Roman Brady. John was set to leave town after Marlena told him she was staying with Roman. Marlena went to say good-bye to John, but the two fell into a passionate embrace. Nine months later it was hello baby Belle, much to the dismay of her half-sister, Sami. Fearing John and Marlena's love child would cause heartache for her father Roman, Sami altered the blood tests to keep little Belle's paternity a secret. She then kidnapped the infant, and planned to put her up for adoption. Prior to this, John and his wife Isabella also had a child, but that child is Brady Black (Kyle Lowder). Now a teen, Brady is back in town, and ready to put his dad, John, through the ringer. (Delaina Dixon)

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Dear Soaps, Is Matt LeBlanc of...

Dear Soaps,
Is Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame related to Christian LeBlanc (Michael, The Young and the Restless)? My daughter and I think there is a resemblance. — Kay

Dear Kay,
The two dark-haired, talented actors may bear a resemblance, but you and your daughter are incorrect on this one. They share the last name, but are not related. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, I am trying to figure...

Dear Soaps,
I am trying to figure out who played Brandon (Lujack) Spaulding on Guiding Light when he came back years later and said he was his twin. Thank you. — Vickie

Dear Vickie,
The actor, Vincent Irizarry played Lujack from 1984-86 and then returned to GL from 1992-96 as Lujack's never-before-known twin brother, Nick McHenry. But Nick never claimed to be Lujack's twin. Their mother, Alexandra Spaulding, was the one who worked to convince Nick that he had to be her son. Of course, Nick's girlfriend (and Alex's nemesis), Mindy Lewis, also played a role in keeping it secret — she was afraid of losing Nick if he learned about his parentage. You can now catch Irizarry on All My Children. He plays Dr. David Hayward and was most recently involved with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I was looking up a...

Dear Soaps,
I was looking up a recap of 1998 and came across a character named Jacara on One Life To Live.I have watched One Life to Live since 1991 and don't remember any character by that name. Could you please tell me the character's reason on the show, the length and the actress/actor who played Jacara? — Sean

Dear Sean,
You don't remember Jacara Principal? She was one of the coolest ladies ever to grace Llanview, albeit for too short a time. From 1997-98, Marva Hicks portrayed the confident businesswoman who was able to keep the ultra slick R.J. Gannon on his toes. She came to town when R.J. became a partner in her music company, Blue Jay Records. The show often used Jacara's business (and Llanview nightspot, Club Indigo) to showcase real life musicians like Chris Botti and Erykah Badu, but never really developed Jacara and R.J.'s romance or wove her more intricately into the show's fabric. (DD read more

Dear Soaps, I read your column...

Dear Soaps,
I read your column regularly and I am surprised that more mentions aren't made about the best soap ever, The Edge of Night. I would love to see a mystery soap like that return to TV. Are they planning on airing this show on SoapNet? It was an ABC show. What were the teenagers names on the show (I think her name was Jody and he was a drama teacher) and was the show cancelled for poor ratings or did they just want to open the time slot from 1/2 hour to 1 hour for local programming? — Bstone

Dear Bstone,
Who could forget the intricate mysteries and the savvy crime fighters featured on daytime's only crime melodrama, The Edge of Night. Born from the mind of Perry Mason writer Irving Vendig, The Edge of Night strayed from the traditional soap format, presenting year-long mysteries that were solved by several core characters and a revolving door of secondary characters in each new story. Live shoot- read more

Dear Soaps, Please give your insight...

Dear Soaps,
Please give your insight on the John Black story line(s) on Days of Our Lives. Is it me or am I the only one who notices that anything that can happen has happened to John. First he was Roman Brady, then Father Black, then a mercenary, then a pilot, and now he imagines that he's a doctor. No telling what else he was/is. Is there no end to this? Will he ever be "normal" and quit trying to be The Pretender? — Cyndi

Dear Cyndi,
Days viewers have indeed needed a scorecard and graphics to keep track of the multiple jobs and identities held by John Black over the years. One reason there have been so many changes is that there have been so many head writer regimes since Drake Hogestyn (John) joined the show in 1986. To his credit, Hogestyn has tackled each new challenge and brought believability to the each and every new situation. Because the character can't remember much of his past, it provides the read more

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