CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2005 |
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.
December 30, 1987 |
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.
July 18, 1989 |
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.
October 30, 1992 |
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.
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.
January 10, 1992 |
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.
January 25, 1990 |
"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 |
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2005 |
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.
May 23, 1993 |
My name is Elizabeth. I have a master of fine arts degree. I watch "Another World." No, as far as I know, there is no Soap Opera Watchers Anonymous, but perhaps there should be, since another year has gone by and it's time for the Daytime Emmys (Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC). Time to once again stand aghast if Susan Lucci, (Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler Montgomery Montgomery of "All My Children") does not win the best actress category.