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March 25, 1985 | MATT WOLF, Associated Press
The trials and tribulations of the wealthy in Texas and Colorado may not appear to be sure-fire TV fodder for British audiences, but "Dallas" and "Dynasty" have picked up a big following here. "Wealth, power and sex is always a powerful formula," said David Platt, a senior programming assistant for the British Broadcasting Corp., the publicly financed organization that funds the BBC1 and BBC2 channels.
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July 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gretchen Franklin, 94, a British actress known to millions as the dotty, dog-loving Ethel Skinner in the long-running BBC soap opera "EastEnders," died Monday at her home in London of unspecified causes. Although she acted for more than 50 years, Franklin earned her greatest fame during her tenure on "EastEnders" from 1985 to 2000. Clutching her pug dog, Willy, Ethel Skinner was a beloved fixture in the show's fictional Albert Square and its Queen Vic pub.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Remember Rick Springfield? How about Jack Wagner? Most pop fans know that they're in the celebrity graveyard reserved for daytime soap-opera stars who double as pop singers. And cynics are already setting aside a plot for Michael Damian. The handsome, 27-year-old star of "The Young and the Restless" is the latest daytime soap star to have a hit single. His remake of David Essex's 1974 hit "Rock On" went to No. 1 recently and his new single, "Cover of Love," is moving briskly up the charts.
NEWS
October 30, 1992 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David P. Lewis, who took a handful of actors, a $300-per-episode budget and a plot line from his own saccharine novel and melded them into television's first soap opera, is dead. Lewis, an advertising copy writer, TV producer and director, was 83 when he died Sunday in a Burbank hospital of what his family called a short illness. In 1945 he was producing a radio show in Omaha for the Caples advertising company when he noticed a story in Life magazine about the commercial viability of TV.
NEWS
December 30, 1987 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer and Groves, who covers retailing for The Times, does not own a Gucci purse. and
Gucci: A House Divided by Gerald McKnight (Donald I. Fine: $18.95; 368 pages; illustrated) Mention the name Gucci and visions of aristocratic elegance and pricey leather loafers pop to mind. From this legendary retailing empire have sprung a status-symbol handbag worthy of display in New York's Museum of Modern Art and a best-selling floral scarf inspired by Grace Kelly.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1990
"Tribes," a 3-month-old TV soap opera aimed at teen-agers and young adults, has been canceled by Fox Television Stations Productions. It will have its final broadcast July 13 on KTTV Channel 11. The serial, also running on other Fox-owned stations, was developed with the intention of syndicating it nationally.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1992 | LIBBY SLATE
In the tradition of "We Are the World" and "Voices That Care," 38 daytime soap opera stars have joined forces to record the anthem "The Eyes of a Child." The project is intended to help fight child abuse in the United States and Canada. Featured on the album "With Love from the Soaps," the song, by Canadian Pete Palazzolo, includes solos and duets by a dozen actors before building to the full chorus.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 1990 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Secret Passions" : Nothing You Expect--Everything You Want. --Line from a flyer announcing the local sneak preview premiere of "Secret Passions," a gay-oriented soap opera. "Secret Passions," a gay-oriented soap opera under production in Orange County that has garnered nationwide publicity, will be given a local sneak preview Wednesday at a Costa Mesa nightclub, the show's producer said Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2005 | Steve Lopez
It's 9 p.m. in Los Angeles, the start of the quietest hour of the day. Pale blue light flickers in half a million homes tuned to the same nightly soap opera, and loyal viewers are dying of suspense that spans the generations. "La Madrastra," the Stepmother, a Spanish-language telenovela on Univision's KMEX, is nearing its dramatic finale and the big questions remain unanswered. Who killed Patricia? Will Esteban ever get out of jail? Will Maria's children find out the truth about her?
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May 2, 2005 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
William J. Bell, the Emmy-winning co-creator of two of television's most successful soap operas, "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," has died. He was 78. Bell died Friday at UCLA Medical Center of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from his production company. A leading figure in daytime television as a writer, producer and creator for more than four decades, Bell won nine Emmys, including a lifetime achievement award presented in 1992.
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