Rue McClanahan, Thank You For Being Our Friend

The world just got a lot less funnier, not to mention less sexier. Television legend Rue McClanahan died today after suffering a massive stroke. She was 76. 

While fans of 80's TV probably know the late McClanahan best as senior sexpot Blanche Deveraux on NBC's smash sitcom hit The Golden Girls, the actress also paid her dues on daytime, with parts on Another World, Where The Heart Is and Love of Life. I personally fell in love with McClahanan while she was portraying Thelma Harper's (Vicki Lawrence) spinster sister Fran on the first season of Mama's Family. When that series was cancelled and later revived in first-run syndication, McClanahan and fellow Mama's Family alum Betty White reteamed up for The Golden Girls, alongside McClanahan's Maude costar Bea Arthur and theater actress Estelle Getty, the rest was pop culture history. READ MORE

DAYS Flashback: Goodbye Alice

Goodbye Alice. Let’s reflect and remember Frances Reid bringing the character of Alice Grayson Horton to our television sets for over 40 years and who passed away on February 3. Reid’s portrayal of the Horton matriarch Alice was the cornerstone of Days of our Lives, the pillar of the Horton family and the face of Salem.

On a personal level, I was saddened to hear the news when it broke across the daytime industry. I was overwhelmed with a sudden feeling of loss, a piece of my very own personal memory from my favourite soap on television now gone. Alice’s early life in 1965 Salem revolved around her five children, Addie (who in 1974 was killed), Mickey, Bill, Marie (who became a nun) and Tommy (who had been presumed dead in Vietnam). Alice was our donut queen, the beloved grandmother to many, including Hope Williams, Jennifer, Mike and Melissa Horton. Alice also shared a special bond with Addie’s two daughters, Hope and Julie and Mickey’s widow, Maggie Simmons Horton. READ MORE

DAYS Legend Frances Reid Dead at 95

Feb. 3 marks a sad day for the soap industry as Days of Our Lives legend Frances Reid (Alice Horton) has passed away at the age of 95. Word of the actresses passing first surfaced on Twitter via Soaptown USA and BuzzWorthy Radio, and was later confirmed by Days of Our Lives actresses Alison Sweeney and Nadia Bjorlin. Below are Sweeney and Bjorlin's tweets on Reid's passing.

Alison Sweeney:

Ali_Sweeney I'm so sad to hear the news about Frances Reid. She was a truly talented actress & and we are all lucky & proud to have known her. RIP READ MORE

Nadia Bjorlin:

RealNadiaB Rest in peace Frances Reid (Alice Horton). She was a great lady whom I feel honored to have known..the heart and soul of Days of our Lives.

The Death of Walter Cronkite & Soap Operas

Legendary CBS News reporter and anchorman Walter Cronkite passed away on Friday, July 17 at 92 years old. If you are wondering why Cronkite's passing merits mention on a site dedicated to daytime soap operas, the connection will become abundandtly clear.

The first is a footnote to one of the most shattering events in modern American history: at 12:40PM Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963, Cronkite interrupted the top-rated As the World Turns — with a then-regular daily viewership of 12 million viewers — to be the first to officially break the stunning news to the nation that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. It would be a few short minutes later at 1PM  that Cronkite would announce that Kennedy was dead. READ MORE

OLTL's Phil Carey Dead at 83

We have sad news to report. On the heels of the passing of One Life to Live's Clint Ritchie (ex-Clint) comes confirmation that Phil Carey (ex-Asa) has also died. He was 83.


Former Soap Star Kelly Preston and Husband John Travolta Mourn Loss of 16-Year-Old Son

Hollywood star couple John Travolta and Kelly Preston (ex-Gillian, Capitol) are mourning the loss of their 16-year-old son Jett tonight. According to TMZ and Pop Eater, Jett suffered from a seizure while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas and banged his head on a bathtub. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Preston-Travoltas.