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Dear Soaps, Is Kim Zimmer the...

Dear Soaps,

Is Kim Zimmer the only actress ever to play Reva Shayne?
— Willie

Dear Willie,
Yes, yes, yes! Zimmer originated the role in 1983 and has played Reva on and off ever since.

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Dear Soaps, I seem to remember...

Dear Soaps,

I seem to remember a story on Days of Our Lives quite a few years ago where someone raped Sami. Am I nuts, or did this happen?
— Sean

Dear Sean,
You're not nuts; Alan Harris raped Sami in 1994. She retaliated by shooting him in the groin.

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Dear Soaps, Did Peter Bergman...

Dear Soaps,

Did Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) appear in a famous TV commercial back in the 1980s?
— Bill

Dear Bill,
"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV" were the infamous words uttered by Bergman, as well as Chris Robinson (ex-Rick Webber, GH), in a commercial for Vick's cough syrup in the early '80s. Soap actors have always been perceived as medical authorities, so commercial producers have sought them out to hawk medicinal products. Bergman's spot ran for more than four years. (MJM)

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Dear Soaps, On Days, did John...

Dear Soaps,

On Days, did John and Isabella ever have a child together?
— Pparagamian

Dear Pparagamian,
Yes, my friend! You're thinking of li'l Brady Black, who is now a teenager and is away at soccer camp, or baseball camp or has been sold into white slavery.

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Dear Soaps, What is with Bobbie...

Dear Soaps,

What is with Bobbie on GH? It seems as if the show is portraying (and dressing) her as if she were a younger lady than she is. No one is arguing that Jackie Zeman (Bobbie) isn't an attractive actress, but why don't TPTB have her act (and dress) more her age? It is really bothering me!
— JL

Dear JL,
Good point! I have no clue why Bobbie dresses and acts like a promiscuous teenager, but she's not the only ABC heroine with that disorder: Erica Kane (AMC) also acts 30 years younger than she is! Seriously, do TPTB think that we want to see 50-ish women parade around in skimpy outfits with their libidos out of control? I think not! Also, do women ages 18 to 49 want to see gals of a certain age parading around like hookers? I think not! Hey, ABC: Why can't these gals act their age?

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Dear Soaps, Regardling last week's...

Dear Soaps,

Regardling last week's raves in Soaps News: How could you forget the episodes on The Bold and the Beautiful revolving around Becky learning she is dying and her wedding to C.J.? Talk about tearjerkers. I think I went through a box of tissues!
— Alex

Dear Alex,
No offense, but Becky's slow, sad trip to the grave is boring, a downer and makes no sense! Why are the Forresters being so nice to her? She's not the first girl to die, you know! However, I'd love to slip Macy one of Becky's painkiller smoothies; Macy's already hooked on booze, so what are a few prescription drugs among friends?

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Dear Soaps, Now that Saundra...

Dear Soaps,

Now that Saundra Santiago has been axed as GL's Carmen, what do you think about her being cast as Dorian on OLTL? Any other ideas where she might land?
— Jill

Dear Jill,
I think Santiago is too ethnic to play Dorian, and she doesn't have the acting chops to compete with Slezak and Smith! I'd rather see her as Carlotta's sister, or maybe Pilar's sister on Passions.

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Dear Soaps, When did the daytime-soap...

Dear Soaps,

When did the daytime-soap version of Love Is a Many Splendored Thing air, and why was it canceled?
— Elena

Dear Elena,
LIAMST, which was created by Irna Phillips, ran from Sept. 18, 1967 to March 23, 1973. The cast featured such future soap stars as Constance Towers, Beverlee McKinsey, Leslie Charleson and Leon Russom. Christopher Schemering's incredible Soap Opera Encyclopedia reports that the show wasn't canceled due to low ratings; instead, Schemering says the show was dropped due to mismanagement. Sound familiar?

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Dear Soaps, You yourself said...

Dear Soaps,

You yourself said long ago that Claire Labine hated the corporate environment at soaps today. Why do you think she changed her mind and agreed to take over GL? Can we really expect P&G to allow her to do her own thing?
— Mike

Dear Mike,
I honestly hope P&G, CBS and executive producer Paul Rauch allow the Labines to craft their stories without the traditional interference, or the trouble the Labines ran into at OLTL. I suspect Claire's honeymoon period will be a long one, as even Rauch told me that he's excited about her arrival. However, Claire has never been known as a Nielsens wizard, despite her extraordinarly rich stories. I hope CBS and P&G's quest for higher ratings don't lead them to cuckold the poor woman.

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Dear Soaps, Regarding a casting...

Dear Soaps,

Regarding a casting item in last week's Soaps News, in which you said: "Remember the Harley (Guiding Light) fiasco last time?" Mr. Reiner, there would have been no fiasco if you hadn't begun one.
— Faye

Dear Faye,
Hey, I'm not the one who put out a casting call for a character clearly named Harley Davidson Cooper for the express purpose of replacing actress Beth Ehlers or scaring her into re-signing; that honor belongs to TPTB at GL and Procter & Gamble.

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