All My Children's Francesca James in Real-Life Soap Battle Over Estate of Knots Landing's Julie HarrisBy Jamey Giddens on December 02, 2013
Even the most acclaimed soap opera writer couldn't spin a plot twist as shocking and macabre as this one! The New York Post has published a disturbing feature alleging famed All My Children actress and producer Francesca James insinuated her way into the life of Knots Landing alum and Broadway legend Julie Harris, who died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 24.
The article's sources liken James (real name Francesa Rubino) to Eve Harrington in All About Eve, the classic flick about an interloper who strives to steal the life of her Broadway veteran rival. Here's an excerpt:
The role of Eve Harrington, her friends say, was played by Francesca Rubino, a minor soap-opera actress who goes by the stage name Francesca James. Several friends and longtime employees, who were fired by Rubino — including a housekeeper, a gardener and Harris’ lawyer, Herbert Nass — say she “wormed” her way into Harris’ life, took control of her medical and business affairs, and “isolated” Harris from her son, Peter Gurian.
Francesca James RETURNING to All My Children as a New Character?! Plus Updated OLTL and AMC Cast Lists!By Jillian Bowe on February 27, 2013
Updated cast lists for All My Children and One Life to Live have been leaked online, and while many of the names have been previously reported, one is quite the shocker. Apparently veteran soap actress/director/producer Francesca James (seen above with ex-AMC star Cameron Mathison) is listed as playing the character "Evelyn Johnson"!
James played both Kelly and Kitty on the original AMC, before moving behind the camera. She went on to direct episodes of AMC, Port Charles and Loving. Later she produced installments of Santa Barbara, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital, before returning to AMC as executive producer. See the complete cast lists below!