It’s fairly common to pick up a soap magazine or log on to a suds website and find content concerning soap stars who have graduated to primetime and film, what you don’t see a lot about are all the soap stars who are related to big names in film, music and primetime. So here are a few “Soapy Relations” I thought you might enjoy.
John and Jennifer Aniston: Salem’s favorite Greek billionaire, the reel life father of Bo, Philip and the late Isabella, is the real life father to Friends mega star Jennifer Aniston. Aniston famously got her father’s character quickly recovered from the coma he was in on Days of Our Lives when she complained on The Rosie O’Donnell Show about his lack of screen time on the NBC soap. Now that’s what I call daughters in high places!
Gloria Loring and Robin Thicke: There’s a good reason R&B heartthrob Robin Thicke can belt out such steamy hits like “Lost Without You”. He got it from his Mama. Thicke is the son of 80’s pop star and former Days of Our Lives staple Gloria Loring (ex-Liz). For you newer Salem fans, Liz was one of the most popular heroines of the 80’s. Her character had torrid romances with Carlo (Don Diamont, now Brad Carlton, Young and the Restless) and Neil Curtis. She also gave Anna a run for her Tony. But what I most remember about Liz were her performances of torch songs like “Friends and Lovers” (Shane and Kim’s love theme) at Shenanigans. Robin Thicke’s father Alan Thicke (Jason Seaver, Growing Pains) can also carry a tune. He and then wife Loring wrote and/or performed the theme songs to such 80’s hits as Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes. Lucky for Robin Thicke, he’s got nothing but his parents’ good genes.
Hogan and Craig Sheffer: He may be one of the most controversial head writers in the history of daytime television, but to One Tree Hill actor Craig Sheffer, he’s just his big bro. Hogan Sheffer penned As The World Turns to critical acclaim, but was fired after a short stint writing Days of Our Lives that including the killing off of John Black, played by the insanely popular Drake Hogestyn and the Writers’ Strike. Craig Sheffer knows a little bit about popular characters being killed off, since his OTH character good-natured Keith Scott was killed by his evil brother Dan. And you though Cain and Abel had issues.
Rhonda and Diana Ross: One of the last great heroines of Another World was feisty cop and rape survivor Toni Burrell played by Rhonda Ross Kendrick. Toni was the daughter of Vicky Hudson’s housekeeper Etta Mae, but in real life Rhonda’s mother was none other than Motown superstar Diana Ross. Her last name had a lot of critics wondering if she really had the goods or if her famous mother had pulled some strings, but it wasn’t long before Rhonda Ross proved she was every bit her mother’s daughter. Talent must run in the Ross family as Rhonda’s sister Tracee Ellis Ross starred in the UPN/CW hit Girlfriends which will wrap up this year after eight seasons. Their little brother Evan Ross is also a star in his own right, having appeared in cult box office hit ATL.
Justin Deas and Margaret Colin: While tweens know her best as the fashion designing mother of Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. As The World Turns fans remember Margaret Colin as the original Margo Montgomery Hughes. It was on that P&G soap where Colin met Justin Deas, the man who would become her husband. The pair played star-crossed couple Tom and Margo-characters who are still on the show decades after both actors left. Today Deas is serving up Buzz Burgers in Springfield, USA as patriarch of the ever-growing Cooper clan on Guiding Light. Wouldn’t it be great if Deas landed a guest stint on Gossip Girl as a Ralph Lauren-esque rival for Colin’s Eleanor Waldorf? XOXO.