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Dear Soaps, What ever became of...

Dear Soaps,
What ever became of Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Noah, All My Children) and George Pilgrim (ex-J Chamberlain, Guiding Light)? Both of them left their soaps with lots of bad thing to say, and how they were "too good" to be wasting their time on soaps. I've seen neither hide nor hair of them since. — Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,
Cobb is set to star in the syndicated series Andromeda and has guest-starred on the show The Beastmaster. He also made an appearance on the much maligned sitcom Suddenly Susan. Pilgrim, a David Duchovny look-alike, has made fewer appearances, having worked on the films Addams Family Reunion and Cowboy and the Movie Star since leaving GL. In an interview last year, Cobb shared that he expressed an interest in returning to AMC for a few months since he was going to be in New York performing Shakespeare. Reportedly, AMC turned read more

Dear Soaps, Did Melissa Leo ever...

Dear Soaps,
Did Melissa Leo ever appear on All My Children in the role of Linda Warner, Cliff Warner's sister? Thank you. — Jakewha

Dear Jakewha,
Right you are! Leo (who went on to become a regular on Homicide: Life on the Street) was on AMC as Cliff Warner's kid sister from 1984-85. Linda arrived in town with her no-good boyfriend, Chris, who had been shot in a robbery. She wanted her goody two-shoes brother to help but not report the crime. Cliff gave in but paid for his kindness with the suspension of his medical license. Linda's other claim to fame was snapping pictures of a drugged Nina in wicked Zach Grayson's bed. Zach then tried blackmailing Cliff with the photos…that is until Marian Colby murdered Zach in self-defense. (DD)

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Dear Soaps, I recently read that...

Dear Soaps,
I recently read that Nash Bridges's Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was on Another World. Could you tell me who she played? Thank you. — Amy

Dear Amy,
The beautiful young actress/model, who has starred in several films, including Hallowen: H20 and She's All That, took a ride on AW's revolving world of Maggie Cory's. O'Keefe, Maggie No. 4, assumed the role in 1995 from Robyn Griggs (Nicole Shrink and Caitlin Roark had previously played the role.) While fans seemed to be responsive to her performance--she had encouraging fan letters posted on her dressing room wall — O'Keefe only got to call the role her own for a few months before she was temporarily replaced by Julie Nathanson. The role then went to its final portrayer, Lisa D. Brenner. O'Keefe had little time to mourn. She moved to Los Angeles to take on the role of Cassidy Bridges, Nash Bridges's d read more

As the World Turns: Daddy's home!...

As the World Turns: Daddy's home! Tony Musante has been cast in the recurring role of Joe D'Angelo, Rose's father. Musante mostly recently starred in the HBO drama series Oz and the feature film The Deep End of the Ocean with Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GH). Musante begins on Sept. 6.... Matt Kautz plays Bucky, beginning Sept. 7.

Bold and the Beautiful: Preston Brant plays Scott on Sept. 5.... Michelle Artigas appears as Helen on Sept. 6 and 7.... Victor Alfieri (ex-Franco, Days) returns as Giovanni beginning Sept. 11.

Days of Our Lives: Step back in time! Chelsea Butler and Dyllan Christopher appear as young Belle and Shawn on Sept. 14. Butler portrayed Belle before Kristen Storms assumed the role.

Guiding Light: Wesley A. Ramsey has been cast in the role of Sam Spencer, Olivia's reckless younger brother. Look for him to stir things up beginning Sep read more

Joie Lenz, who has played the...

Joie Lenz, who has played the tumultuous life of her alter ego, Michelle Bauer, on Guiding Light for the past two years, will be leaving the role in early fall. While her fans may be disappointed to see her go, Lenz's departure is a positive beginning for the 19 year-old actress. "She'd like to get into film and more television, and that can be tough on a soap schedule" says her manager, Nancy Carson. "She made a two-year commitment to the show. She started in high school, and was able to go to her prom and all those things you can do while on a soap, but now it's time to move on." Making the decision was not an easy one for Lenz. "She loves the show," says Carson, "but she'd like to do more." Danny's return to the family business may be the catalyst for Lenz's exit as Michelle goes forward with her plans for divorce. Could Rebecca Budig or Rachel Miner, who both played Michelle before Lenz, be toying with the idea of reprising the role? Budig, who cu read more

Recording artists O-Town, the...

Recording artists O-Town, the Making the Band boy band, make their daytime debut Sept. 18 on All My Children. The fab five — Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, Dan Miller, Ashley Angel and Erik Estrada — are invited by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) to perform their hit single Baby I Would at Bianca's (Eden Riegel) homecoming party.... Hayden Panettiere (Lizzie, GL) has been cast as Nicole Kidman's daughter in the upcoming film The Panic Room.... Panettiere can also be seen on the silver screen this fall in Remember the Titans with Denzel Washington.... Ryan Phillippe (ex-Billy Douglas, OLTL) stars in the new feature film The Way of the Gun. Phillippe plays Parker, a career criminal who kidnaps a surrogate mother (Juliette Lewis) who is carrying the child of a wealthy couple. He and his partner (Benicio del Toro) hope for a n read more

It's official. Melissa Reeves...

It's official. Melissa Reeves is returning to Days of Our Lives, the show that made her a household name. "She is returning," confirms her manager. "The deal just happened." Reeves played the role of Jennifer Devereaux from 1985 to 1995.

Since leaving the show, Reeves has starred in the TV-movie Half a Dozen Babies with her husband, Scott Reeves (Ryan, Y&R). Reeves has auditioned for several other daytime and prime-time projects, but this marks her return to the soap canvas. Look for Michael Logan to have exclusive details in an upcoming issue of TV Guide. read more

Alex Mendoza has taken over the...

Alex Mendoza has taken over the role of Joe Scanlon on Port Charles. His first airdate is Sept. 25. Mendoza's credits include guest roles on Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Charmed, Beverly Hills, 90210 and JAG. David Gail, who assumed the role in July 1999, has vacated the role citing personal reasons. read more

The wait is over as Nora returns...

The wait is over as Nora returns to Llanview this week. Nora awakes from her unconscious state in the convent, with no idea where she is or how she got there, but certain she has to escape. "Nora gets dressed in some nun's habit and leaves the convent. You don't know where she's going," says her portrayer, Hillary B. Smith. "The next thing you see is Sam and Nora's house, and everyone's there accusing Lindsay of doing something to Nora. All of a sudden, Todd shows up and he's got Nora with him." Family and friends are ecstatic to see that Nora is alive and well, but their happiness is short-lived when it becomes evident that Nora has lost her memory.

"Todd's basically a stranger, taking me to a strange house filled with strange people. They look at me like I've come back from the dead," says Smith with a chuckle. "And I don't remember anything until Hank walks in the door. And I'm like 'Oh yes, thank God you're here. Take me out of here. These people are wacky.' He takes me read more

Dear Soaps, My sister and I have...

Dear Soaps,
My sister and I have a question on The Young and the Restless. I say there was another actress who first played Sharon. She says the current Sharon is the one and only. If there was another one, why was she replaced? Where is she now? — Fergp

Dear Fergp,
Tell your sister she's wrong. Not one but two actresses, Monica Potter and Heidi Mark, each played the role briefly before Sharon Case assumed the role back in 1994. The show wanted to find just the right actress since the writers were making a long-term investment in the character. Casting Case in the role has certainly paid off. In addition to being a fan favorite, Case won the Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1999. Potter and Mark haven't exactly remained idle since moving away from Genoa City. Potter's appeared in the films Patch Adams, Without Limits and Con Air. Mark was a regular on the short-lived revival series Lov read more

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