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Michelle Nicastro, When Harry Met Sally... Actress and Broadway Star, Dies at 50

Michelle Nicastro, an actress and singer best known for introducing the titular characters in When Harry Met Sally..., has died. She was 50.

Nicastro died Nov. 4 after a 10-year battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A Washington, D.C., native, Nicastro got her start in theater, originating the roles of Ariadne in the 1983 Broadway musical Merlin and Eponine in the original 1988 Los Angeles production of Les Misérables, respectively. She won the DramaLogue Critics Award and ...
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Michelle Nicastro, When Harry Met Sally... Actress and Broadway Star, Dies at 50

Michelle Nicastro, an actress and singer best known for introducing the titular characters in When Harry Met Sally..., has died. She was 50.

Nicastro died Nov. 4 after a 10-year battle with cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A Washington, D.C., native, Nicastro got her start in theater, originating the roles of Ariadne in the 1983 Broadway musical Merlin and Eponine in the original 1988 Los Angeles production of Les Misérables, respectively. She won the DramaLogue Critics Award and ...
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If retail sales were down ...

Question: If retail sales were down over the Thanksgiving weekend, it's your fault! I read your blog post about the things you're thankful for and then spent the entire holiday weekend looking at YouTube clips from the best soap ever, Santa Barbara. Any chance we'll get to see the reruns on SoapNet anytime soon?


Answer: I think you stand a better chance of seeing Nancy Grahn and Pam Long riding a tandem bike together through Central Park. As the suits at SoapNet remind me every time I harass them at press tour, Santa Barbara's unprecedented use of popular music makes rerunning old episodes cost-prohibitive. And because music was such a vital part of the show's DNA, stripping the songs out and replacing them with cheaper tunes is simply not an option. Bottom line: Until SoapNet feels that t read more

Young and Restless Boss on the Way Out?

Could the writers' strike be good for The Young and the Restless? Word is, executive producer/head writer Lynn Marie Latham — who has nearly ruined the once-glorious soap — will not return, no matter when and how the walkout ends. When contacted, a rep for the CBS-Sony show hemmed and hawed but did not deny Latham's ousting or reports that Sony programming VP Steve Kent has now taken command. He's not just some suit. Kent was supervising producer of Santa Barbara, arguably the best daytime soap ever. — Reporting by Michael Logan read more

Your obsession with Santa ...

Question: Your obsession with Santa Barbara's Roberta Weiss is quite bizarre.


Answer: Um, do I have to remind you that Ask Ausiello is a judgment-free zone? Do I?

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What do you think about this ...

Question: What do you think about this for the three new characters they are looking for on Lost: Famke Janssen as the "leader," Elisha Cuthbert as the girl in her "early twenties" and Matt Cedeno (Days of Our Lives) as the "Latino hunk."


Answer: I've got three better ideas: Roberta Weiss (Santa Barbara), Emily VanCamp and Y Tu Mama Tambien's Diego Luna.

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Premiered: August 30, 1984, on NBC
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Premise: Struggles for love, wealth and power among diverse families in the lush Southern California city were played out in this Emmy-winning soap, which also had comedy, action and some of the genre's most memorable pairings and players. Among them: sultry socialite Augusta Lockridge, whose onscreen blindness attracted a sympathy letter from President Ronald Reagan.

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