Jen Lilley and Nia Peeples

March 23, 2012
Hosted by Dan J. Kroll

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Jen Lilley was introduced to soap fans under the most dramatic of circumstances. She was asked to fill-in as Maxie Jones when General Hospital star Kirsten Storms was sidelined by an undisclosed illness. Lilley hit the ground running, and has done an incredible job of keeping Maxie in the foreground. Sadly, earlier this year, the actress was besieged by messages from some fans who were angry that she was on the show. In an unprecedented move, Lilley took to Twitter to sound off and defend her work. Now, Lilley visits Soap Central Live to give fans the opportunity to learn more about her, and to find out how she's enjoying her longer-than-expected run on General Hospital. Then, multi-hyphenate Nia Peeples makes her first visit to Soap Central Live to talk about her amazing career as an actress, singer, dancer, and mom. Her latest project, Elements of Life, looks to debunk today's unrealistic beauty standards imposed upon women. Nia will explain how to make changes from the inside out to allow your greatest beauty to unfold. It’s an hour of anything and everything soap, so call in to 866.472.5788 and chat with host Dan J Kroll.

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Dan J. Kroll

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For more than 15 years, Dan J Kroll has been covering the ins and outs, and the ups and downs of your favorite soaps on the web site. Now, he’s taking those experiences and bringing them to you every week on Soap Central Live.

Dan has had the opportunity to talk to the biggest names in daytime and he’s gone behind-the-scenes of all your favorite shows. When the stars have something to say, you can be sure that Dan is there to get you, the soap fans, the whole story – it isn’t just about being first, it’s about being fair and accurate.

When media outlets need a soap expert, they call on Dan. Because more than just being someone who talks about the soaps, Dan truly is a soap fan. Mixing praise, critique, and laughs, Dan provides the perfect way for soap fans to wrap up the work week and kick-off the weekend.

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Sheri Anderson

Sheri Anderson is a former head writer for Days of our Lives and is widely credited for co-creating some of the most memorable storylines and supercouples on American daytime television, including General Hospital’s Luke and Laura, and Days of our Lives’ John and Marlena, Patch and Kayla, Shane and Kimberly, and Tony and Anna. View Guest page

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Melissa Archer

Melissa Archer created the role of One Life to Live’s Natalie Balsom in July 2001. It didn’t take long for Natalie to shake up one of Llanview’s most prominent families when she revealed that she, not Jessica (Bree Williamson), was Viki’s (Erika Slezak) daughter. In late 2002 the family was in for another surprise when they discovered that Natalie and Jessica were twins. Melissa was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She landed her first major acting role on “Wishbone” at the age of 17, while she was still in high school. After completing high school, she followed her acting dreams to Los Angeles and began auditioning. In April 2003, Melissa was honored with a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Newcomer. Melissa is a former dancer and, in her free time, enjoys karaoke and the challenge of logic puzzles. She relocated to New York for her One Life to Live role. View Guest page

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Camila Banus

Camila Banus makes her first appearance on Soap Central Live to talk about landing the role of Gabi Hernandez on NBC's Days of our Lives. She introduces herself to fans, and also discusses her time on One Life to Live -- including working with A Martinez and some very soapy storylines. * Listener Call In Line: 866.472.5788 * Tweet Your Comments/Questions: Soap Central Live airs every Friday at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific. If you miss any part of the show, want to listen to it again, or want to download your own copy of the show, every episode of Soap Central Live is archived for your convenience at: View Guest page

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Julie Berman

Julie Berman joined the cast of "General Hospital" in October 2005 as Lesley "Lulu" Spencer, the feisty and stubborn teenage daughter of super couple Luke and Laura. In 2009 Berman received her first Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Younger Actress. She was nominated in the same category in 2007. The talented actress began her career at age 6 appearing in over 100 commercials. In 1997 she made her breakthrough transition into television with a recurring role on the hit series "7th Heaven" as misunderstood Shelby Connor. Her other television credits include appearances on "Once and Again," "ER," "Boston Public," "Threshold" and a 2009 Jimmy Kimmel-Adam Carolla produced pilot, "22." Residing in the Los Angeles area, Berman recently graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in Cinema/Television. View Guest page

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Steve Burton

Burton's background is quite unlike that of Jason Quartermaine. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was raised in the Midwest and attended several different high schools in the nation's heartland before moving with his father to California. Before graduating from Beverly Hills High school -- "a world apart from the environment I was accustomed to," Burton emphasizes -- he studied drama and was a member of the school's acclaimed Theatre 40. A very successful career in commercials led to a three-year run on the popular syndicated comedy series, "Out of This World," in which he played the role of Chris Fuller. He made his Daytime drama debut in the recurring role of Harris Michaels on Days of Our Lives. A gifted and enthusiastic athlete, Burton enjoys and excels at virtually every sport, but prefers surfing above them all. Steve and his wife, Sheree, are the happy parents to two children. The family lives in the Los Angeles area. View Guest page

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Tyler Christopher

Tyler Christopher grew up in Delaware, Ohio, the youngest of four children. Following graduation from high school, he attended Ohio Wesleyan University for two years before heading to California in hopes of pursuing an acting career. His hard work and perseverance paid off, as he landed the part of Nikolas on General Hospital. Tyler left GH in 1999 to pursue other projects and quickly landed a recurring role on the popular primetime series Charmed. This was followed by a contract role on The Pretender. Guest starring roles include Crossing Jordan, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jag, and The Twilight Zone, among others. In 2005, Tyler appeared in the Steven Spielberg-produced mini-series Into the West, where he starred as Jacob Wheeler, Jr. Tyler has been recognized by his native community, receiving awards for Outstanding Performer in a Television Series in 1997 and 1998 from the First Americans in the Arts. He was also nominated in 2004 for a NAACP Image Award. View Guest page

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Bradley Cole

Bradley, who was born in Southern California, attended Pepperdine University where he played baseball until an injury put his dreams of playing professionally on hold. Bradley then turned to a career in acting. Following his college graduation, he traveled to France and fell in love with the country's breathtaking beauty and rich history. He has spent much of his adult life living in France and England. A veteran of both movies and television in the United States and abroad, Bradley has appeared in the international soap opera Riviera. His film credits include the made-for-television movies Jewels and The Sun Also Rises, as well as the feature films Sweet Revenge, Touch and Die, and 5 Days in June. In addition to his acting work, Cole has released several albums. He tours with his band, the Bradley Cole Band. View Guest page

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Signy Coleman

Then, Emmy-nominated soap opera veteran Signy Coleman pays a visit to Soap Central Live just a few ho...urs after her on-screen alter ego, Hope Wilson, returns to The Young and the Restless. Signy talks about why (and how!) Hope is back, and she also gives a sneak peek at her new online drama series, River Ridge, in which she stars and serves as a producer. View Guest page

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Angell Conwell

Angell Conwell was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and moved to Columbia, South Carolina at the age of 2. She attended Seven Oaks Elementary School in Columbia where she was the first African-American student body president. In 1994, she moved to Los Angeles to film the TV pilot "On Our Own". She also starred in films such as Soul Plane and Baby Boy and appeared in TV productions and series like What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway, One on One and Cuts. She also appeared in one episode of That's So Raven. Conwell was also appearing in the music video of Nelly and the St. Lunatics "Batter Up" which was released in September 2001, and "Ride wit Me" which has been released in April 24, 2001. In December 2010, Conwell began airing in the recurring role of attorney Leslie Michaelson on the number-one-rated CBS daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. View Guest page

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Dave E. David

Dr. David is a Cosmetic Surgeon in the Boston area, as well as a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who has been treating patients for over 30 years. Dr. David (whose patients have included Olympic Athletes and many celebrities) has appeared on CNN, Fox national news and as a regular on NECN, and has been appearing for decades on national television with many famous faces, including members of the Kardashian family. Dr. David is well known for his audio program on weight loss (The Real Secret To a Slimmer You….What you DON’T Know) and his video program “Making Womb For Baby”, as well as his famous skincare line, Alluring Skin. As a practicing Cosmetic Surgeon in the Boston area and 2 time recipient of The Patient’s Choice Award, Dr. David is known for body sculpting, using the VASER Lipo system, as well as skin rejuvenation expertise, using Botox and facial fillers. Dr. David may be contacted through his websites, or 1-800-DR YOUTH View Guest page

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Eileen Davidson

Eileen Davidson originated the role of Jabot Cosmetics executive Ashley Abbott in 1982. Davidson was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2003. In 1998, she made daytime television history for portraying five characters at one time on Days of Our Lives, and was honored with a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performances. She previously portrayed Kelly Capwell on the daytime drama Santa Barbara. Her feature film credits include Eternity, Easy Wheels, and the horror film cult favorite House on Sorority Row. She wrote her first novel "Death in Daytime," which debuted in November 2008. Her second novel, "Dial Emmy for Murder," was released in June 2009. Her third novel, "Diva Las Vegas," was released in July 2010. A Southern California native, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Vincent Van Patten; her son, Jesse; and two stepsons, Duke and Vinny. View Guest page

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Tonja Davidson

Emmy nominated Tonja Walker Davidson – actor, singer, stage performer and film producer with hundreds of credits on television, feature films, cabarets and the theatre. Perhaps best known from Daytime Television’s One Life to Live on ABC in her 8-year role as Alex Olanov Buchanan – the woman you love to hate. After 14 years on Daytime Television, Tonja made singing tours across the country opening for national recording artists and starring in her own one-woman show in LA, NY and Vegas. Tonja has starred in pilots for TV, episodic TV, mini-series, films and was associate producer of the play Enchanted April. In 1997 Tonja married Cleveland entrepreneur Edward Davidson and is now the mother of two beautiful girls and three step-children, Tonja cherishes this important part of her life. She speaks of family times as being the happiest when she can bring all the children together, her sisters and their families, their parents and share a special day. Seeing the need for quality family entertainment, Tonja formed Tonja Walker Productions in 2005 and successfully produced a feature film called Derby Stallion. After being released in 2007, it won awards from The New York International Film and Video, Dove Award for Family Entertainment and international recognition by the London Children’s Film Festival. It went on to be a high selling DVD in 2007. The film starred, along with Tonja and her daughters Abrianna and Isabella, Bill Cobbs, Zac Efron, William R. Moses and Crystal Hunt. After working alongside many starring actors such as Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Nouri, Elaine Stritch, William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, Ann Reinking, Thom Christopher, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the folks from Derby Stallion, appearances on Oprah, Live, Leeza, Vicki, singing our National Anthem at sports events, being Miss Maryland at Miss USA, working with David Zippel and Bill Conti and the great Cy Coleman, Tonja never stops learning and performing. She credits her previous coaches Seth Riggs, Lilyan Chauvin, Jeff Cory, Lonny Stevens and Dan Fauci for heading her down the right road. Now she is studying music with the renowned David Friedman. Amazing Tonja finds time for philanthropic endeavors, is working on a children’s book, creating a TV show, and teaching young acting students musical theatre at a studio she started (Tonja Walker’s Professional Performing Arts Studio). She says her studio gives her a chance to give back all the blessings that have come to her throughout her career. With all this, she still dreams of hosting her own variety show, write and star in a primetime series, host a political news show and working on Broadway! Watch out for more Tonja Walker Davidson in the future! View Guest page

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Ellen Dolan

Ellen Dolan joined As the World Turns in November 1989, after having been asked to consider the part by the late Doug Marland, the head writer for the CBS daytime drama. (Marland had created Dolan's former role of Maureen Bauer on Guiding Light.) Dolan debuted as Bauer on Guiding Light in 1982, portraying the popular character for the next four years. Her additional TV credits include several made-for-television movies. Her stage career began in 1980 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She started a theater company in New York called The Studio Three Group. Dolan earned her B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in theater from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. While working toward her bachelor’s degree, she spent a summer studying dramatic arts at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. Dolan was born in Monticello, Iowa and was raised in Decorah, Iowa. She and businessman Doug Jeffrey are the proud parents of daughter, Angela Emmett. View Guest page

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John Driscoll

John Driscoll joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in July 2009 as army veteran Phillip “Chance” Chancellor IV. Prior to joining Y&R, Driscoll portrayed Henry Cooper “Coop” Bradshaw Guiding Light from September 2004 through January 2009. Driscoll attended George Mason University where he majored in theatre and appeared in stage productions of “The Odd Couple,” “Vagina Monologues” and “Dangerous Liaisons.” He also played lacrosse and racquetball, and was a brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Driscoll’s acting credits include the short film “Happenstance,” and TV appearances on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Book of Daniel,” “One Tree Hill,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “Young Americans.” Along with years of singing, dancing and modeling experience, Driscoll greatly enjoys the outdoors and sports. He has also been involved with various charitable organizations since his college days and continues to participate in many benevolent events and activities. View Guest page

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Bobbie Eakes

Bobbie Eakes joined the cast of All My Children, playing the role of Krystal Carey in December 2003. Ms. Eakes is well known for playing the popular role of Macy Alexander on the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, and was the host of the Great American Country's Top 20 Countdown and request show CRL. In May 2005, she served as host for SOAPnet Live from the Daytime Emmys®. In 2006 and 2010, she received Daytime Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Leading Actress category. Ms. Eakes has also established a successful career as a singer, having performed all over the world to sold-out audiences. In 2005 she released her first CD entitled Something Beautiful, which debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard Jazz chart. She has also starred in numerous television music specials and variety shows, including the film Charlie's War and Hope & Faith. View Guest page

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Mary Beth Evans

Evans was voted Best Actress by her 4th-grade classmates in Orange County, California. From there the self-described "beach girl" set her sights on a performing career. At 14 she got a job in a fast-food restaurant and had her older sister drive her to acting classes. Following graduation from Huntington Beach High School, Mary Beth spent five months in Europe before joining the prestigious South Coast Repertory Conservatory. Evans is known not only for her earlier stint on Days of our Lives, but also as Katherine Bell on General Hospital and Sierra Montgomery on As the World Turns. She has appeared in many television shows and movies in guest roles, local theatre productions and was nominated, and won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Supercouple, with co-star Stephen Nichols (Steve "Patch" Johnson). As a working mother, Evans finds time to enjoy interior decorating, cooking, and crafts. She has a mail order business for fresh, bake-them-yourself apple pies. She married Dr. Michael Schwartz in 1985 and together they reside in Southern California with their three children, Danny, Katie and Matthew. View Guest page

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Michael Fairman

With over 17 years of experience in the medium, Michael Fairman is one of the leading experts in the field of daytime drama. He was the executive producer of, and has been a producer and writer for several soap oriented series and projects ranging from, E! Entertainment Television’s daily live soap-talk show, “Pure Soap” to SOAPnet’s “Soap Center”, to producer for over seven Daytime Emmy, Soap Digest , and Soap Update award shows, for Dick Clark Productions, ABC and Lifetime Television Networks. Currently, he operates his own web site, Michael Fairman On Air On Soaps. View Guest page

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David Fumero

One Life to Live star David Fumero (Cristian Vega) swims ashore to talk about his film project, Greetings From The Shore, which is now available on DVD. Find out how David juggled movie-making and the soap opera grind. Plus find out why this Jersey Shore production is nothing like that other Jersey Shore you may have heard about. View Guest page

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Stephanie Gatchet

Stephanie Gatchet made her daytime television debut as Guiding Light's Tammy Winslow while still a student at New York University. In addition to small television roles on television (Law & Order, Cabinet of Spells, and As the World Turns), Gatschet has also appeared in a few films. In 2009, she landed what was to have been a short-term role of Madison North on All My Children. The role was eventually crafted into a contract role. Gatschet, a member of the humane society, grew up in Philadelphia with her family, a dog, Cassius, and two cats, Jammer and Faye. In her spare time, she enjoys modern dance, playing classical piano, and woodworking. View Guest page

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Ricky Paull Goldin

Acting since the age of three, Ricky’s first professional job was a contract role on TV’s Romper Room. By the age of fifteen, he was on Broadway in On Golden Pond. Ricky headed to Hollywood where he landed recurring roles on shows such as Alf, Kate & Allie, and 21 Jump Street. After a season of Hail to the Chief starring Patty Duke, and a dozen other TV pilots, he was offered a three-year contract as Dean Frame on Another World. Ricky was hand-picked out of over 3000 singing and dancing performers to star as Danny Zuko in the Broadway revival of Grease. In 2001, he returned to daytime for a contract role on Guiding Light, where he reinvented himself as the lovable rogue FBI agent, Gus Aitoro. Ricky earned Lead Actor Daytime Emmy nominations in 2003 and 2007. In May 2008, Ricky joined All My Children in the role of Dr. Jake Martin. In 2010, Ricky developed a series focused on exposing those claiming to have “supernatural” powers called Seeing Vs. Believing. View Guest page

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Deidre Hall

Hall created the role of Dr. Marlena Evans in 1976, a character whose popularity has created a furor and a fan following seldom seen in television. In 1986, Hall became the first performer ever to star in both daytime and primetime series when she was cast as Jesse Witherspoon in NBC's Our House. She left daytime the following year to concentrate on this show and a growing career in television movies. Hall was nominated for two Peoples Choice Awards for Our House and was nominated two consecutive years as Best Actress by Viewers for Quality Television. In 1993, Hall created Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story, in which she not only starred but executive produced as well. The tele-movie was based on her real-life struggle to create a family and her final choice of a surrogate as their solution. Deidre was born an identical twin, and her sister, Andrea Hall-Gengler, spent a short stint in Salem as Marlena's twin, Samantha. Deidre is the devoted mother of David and Tully, both miracle babies via surrogate birth. View Guest page

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Shelley Hennig

New Orleans native Shelley Hennig is widely recognized for her status as Miss Teen USA 2004. Her prize was a scholarship to attend The School for Film & Television, which inspired Shelley’s undying love for acting. This led to her landing the role of Stephanie Johnson on Days of our Lives two months before graduation from SFT. Having lost her brother in an accident with a drunk driver, Shelley has campaigned vigorously in schools across the U.S. against drinking and driving and worked with the organization Buzz Free Prom to encourage students to stay sober for prom. View Guest page

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Catherine Hickland

Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Catherine Hickland is well-known to television audiences for roles in both primetime and daytime. To soap viewers, she is known as Tess Wilder on Loving and The City, the dual role of Julie Clegg and Jenny Diamond on Capitol, and bad girl Lindsay Rappaport on One Life to Live. In 1995, Catherine starred as Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway. Catherine also staged two sold-out performances of her cabaret, Boys on the Side. In 2006, Catherine began studying hypnosis and is now certified as a clinical hypnotherapist. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, and lovingly assists people of all ages to overcome fears, phobias, heartbreak, and other habits which hold them back from their highest potential. Catherine is also an author. Her first book, The 30 Day Heartbreak Cure: A Guide to Getting Over Him & Back Out There One Month From Today. She also has her own line of cosmetics, Cat Cosmetics. View Guest page

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Carolyn Hinsey

Carolyn Hinsey has covered daytime television for over 20 years for such publications as Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, and the New York Daily News. She has written a weekly humor column in Digest called "It's Only My Opinion" for 14 years, cited as the #1 reason to buy the magazine in all reader polls. Prior to that, she covered gossip, entertainment and television for the New York Daily News. She has appeared as an expert on daytime television on The View , The E! True Hollywood Story of Kelly Ripa, Politically Incorrect, ABC Eyewitness News, A&E Biography, Soap Talk, NPR Radio, and many other programs (including soaps!). Fun fact: Carolyn attended Indiana University, where she befriended Mark Cuban and invested in his bar, "Motley's Pub." Cuban went on to make $6 billion on and now owns the Dallas Mavericks. Carolyn feels that investing in Cuban's bar but not his Internet company was good practice for covering soap operas. View Guest page

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Lynda Hirsch

Lynda Hirsch is the syndicated columnist of Lynda Hirsch on Soaps, which has been in continuous syndication since 1976. Hirsch's columns are archived in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, to serve as a reference source for anybody researching soap operas. She has been featured regularly on numerous local TV talk shows in major markets. Her special on Guiding Light in Pittsburgh won the Matrix Award from the Women's Group of Pittsburgh. View Guest page

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Drake Hogestyn

Drake Hogestyn had every intention of becoming a doctor if his career as a professional baseball player didn't pan out. A gifted athlete, scholarships provided his college education. He graduated with a double major in microbiology and applied sciences from the University of South Florida. He was also drafted by two pro baseball organizations: the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees. Drake signed with the Yankees as a third baseman and was climbing the farm system ladder when he sustained a career ending injury. At the same time, Columbia Pictures was heading up a national talent search. The director in charge encouraged Drake to fly to Los Angeles to participate in an intensive four-month acting training workshop. Drake's wonderment as to why he was chosen was met with a "You act like a ball player, you don't play like one" response from the director. Drake surfs, snowboards, works on his old '61 Corvette and '57 T-Bird and generally spends all his free time with his wife, Victoria and their four children. View Guest page

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Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson rejoined the cast of General Hospital in October 2009, playing the role of Lucky Spencer, the son of TV's beloved supercouple Luke & Laura. Jackson originally created the role in 1993, winning three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actor in 1995, 1998 and 1999, and two Soap Opera Digest awards in 1995 and 1999. Jonathan has appeared in both film and television, including Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Deep End of the Ocean, Tuck Everlasting, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Camp Nowhere, Trapped in a Purple Haze, Insomnia, Boy Meets World, and Riding the Bullet, among others. Born in Orlando, FL, but raised in Washington State, Jonathan now splits his time between Los Angeles and Washington with his wife, Lisa Jackson (ex-Hannah Scott) and their two children. He is also the frontman for the band Enation with his brother, actor Richard Lee. Together they’ve released several albums and garnered a Top 10 single on the iTunes Rock Charts. View Guest page

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Marcie Jacobs

A 20+ year advertising pro, Jacobs' new passion is being an entrepreneur game developer. From concept to completion in one year, the debut edition of Girls' Night StoryClub is being touted as the NEW book club. Friends are taking a break from reading someone else's stories and gathering to write their own. View Guest page

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Kimberley A. Johnson

Kimberley A. Johnson was born in Baltimore Maryland and raised in Southern California. During the 1980-81 school year, she lived with her father, a network news cameraman which provided the opportunity to attend the Anglo American School in Moscow Russia. She portrayed a police officer on the popular daytime drama Days Of Our Lives for over seven years. The make-up crew referred to her as "Diva Cop." Currently, Kimberley is a regular guest on The Jorge Rodriguez Show on She also has a background in sales, including fine bone china, perfume, industrial chemicals and energy and is now pursuing her dream of conquering the world. She resides in Northern California. Facebook: Author Kimberley A. Johnson View Guest page

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Lauren Koslow

Born in Boston and raised in Newport, Rhode Island and Amherst, Massachusetts, Koslow wanted to be an actor even as a young age. After graduating with a theatre degree specializing in costume design from Virginia State University, Koslow signed on with a summer stock theater group in Virginia as a costume designer. She was also asked to audition for the role of Vera in the play Ten Little Indians. Koslow soon put her costume designing talent aside to become a full-time actress. While in an acting class, Koslow met a producer from The Young and the Restless who encouraged her to audition for his series. Koslow not only won the role, but found her husband, make-up artist Nick Schillace, on the show. Koslow was then cast as fashion designer Margo Lynley on The Bold and the Beautiful. Following this role, Koslow was cast as Kate Roberts on Days of our Lives. View Guest page

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Christina Bennett Lind

Christina Bennett Lind joined the cast of All My Children in 2010. Ms. Lind is from upstate New York and a graduate of Fordham University. Her TV credits include As The World Turns, All Time Low and Elle and Guy. In film, she has appeared in Confessions of a Shopaholic and Mona Lisa Smile. Stage credits include The Odd Couple, Mary's Wedding, Dutchman, Metamorphoses and more. View Guest page

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Joseph Mascolo

Born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut, Mascolo was endowed with a musical ability that seemed to guarantee a brilliant career as a classical musician. He never considered an acting career until a music scholarship took him to the University of Miami where a drama coach heard in Mascolo's hearty basso a voice that was destined for the stage. When he became a candidate for a Fulbright Scholarship to study orchestral conducting, there was a snag; Mascolo was determined to submerge himself in the study of opera in Italy and the available position was in Germany. That being the case, he passed up on the Fulbright and, instead, took advantage of an offer in New York City. Mascolo was first seen off-Broadway and on the silver screen. His appearance in the film Yes, Giorgio! gave him the opportunity to sing a duet with his friend, international super-tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. An avid tennis player and patron of the arts, Mascolo celebrates his birthday on March 13. View Guest page

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Peggy McCay

For nearly three decades, Peggy McCay has portrayed Days of our Lives favorite Caroline Brady. As the actress embarks on a powerful new storyline, she looks back at her time in Salem and shares some of her favorite memories. Plus, Peggy talks about her recent high-profile honor: the key to the city of Mount Airy, North Carolina. She also jokingly shares some of the “perks” that come with the honor. View Guest page

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Greg Meng

Greg Meng is Sr. Vice President, Corday Productions, Inc. and Executive in Charge of Production for Days of our Lives. He is co-author of the book Cooking with Days of our Lives and Days of our Lives 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos. An Oklahoma native, Meng resides in Beverly Hills, California. View Guest page

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Kelly Monaco

Monaco's television credits include co-hosting the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were broadcast for the first time from Hollywood. She also starred in the first season of the ABC primetime summer mega-hit, "Dancing with the Stars," and won the dance championship. She also had a three-and-a-half-year stint the soap Port Charles, where she garnered her first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (2003). Her television debut occurred in 1997, when she landed a recurring role on "Baywatch." In addition, she has appeared in the feature films "Idle Hands," "Mumford," and "BASEketball." Monaco grew up in Philadelphia, where she participated in soccer, swimming, track and softball, among other sports. In addition to athletics, she participated intensely in speech, debate and theater in high school. Monaco is involved in numerous children's charity events and programs for the elderly. View Guest page

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Growing up in the city, Orfeh attended New York City public schools. Immediately after graduation from a performing arts high school, she landed a record deal with EMI Records, headlining the early-1990s dance group Or-N-More. The group's self-titled album quickly went gold and the single "Everyotherday" climbed to #1 on the club music charts. Last year, Orfeh released her first solo album, What Do You Want From Me, which is available on iTunes and from Orfeh became a household name to millions of people for her Tony-nominated role in the Broadway smash Legally Blonde, where she played the role of sassy hairdresser Paulette. But before that, Orfeh had her first acting gig on As the World Turns. She and husband Andy Karl, who currently stars as Fiyero in Wicked, reside in Manhattan. View Guest page

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Sydney Penny

Sydney received critical acclaim for her performance as young Meggie in the miniseries, The Thorn Birds. She played the popular role of B.J. Walker on Santa Barbara, earning a 1993 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress. In 1995, she earned an Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination as Julia Santos on All My Children. Sydney's entrance into show business came early. Her parents, country entertainers Hank and Shari Penny, took their daughter to many of their performances. On one occasion -- and without prompting -- Sydney, just three-and-a-half years old, jumped on stage and sang her own composition, "My Little Pony." Three years later, Sydney landed her first paying gig -- a toy commercial. Sydney's list of credits also include the TV series, The New Gidget, and the films Pale Rider, Running Away, and the French film, Bernadette. Off camera, Sydney enjoys horseback riding, cooking, and has "a passion for anything to do with the era of the 1930s and 1940s." View Guest page

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Victoria Platt

Victoria Platt is known to soap fans for her work as Vicky Spaulding on Guiding Light and for a brief role as All My Children's possible voodoo princess, Corinne. That dark magic storyline isn't lost on Platt, especially in light of her latest project. Platt currently stars as Peg on ABC's supernatural primetime series, The Gates. As the local doctor, Peg heals her patients with homeopathic remedies, while hiding the truth behind the magic of her treatments. Platt's recent feature credits include My Girlfriend's Back and Cover. She also played iconic entertainer Josephine Baker in the HBO original movie, Winchell. She can be seen in the upcoming Jonah Hex, starring Megan Fox. On Broadway, Platt played opposite Gregory Hines in Jelly's Last Jam, and appeared as as Sammy Davis Jr.'s wife, Altovis, in the musical Sammy. Platt was nominated for two NAACP Theatre Awards for her roles in Opening Doors and Hope Runs Eternal. She is married to One Life to Live star Terrell Tilford. View Guest page

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Nic Robuck

Nic Robuck joined the cast of One Life to Live as James Ford in 2010. Mr. Robuck grew up in Indianapolis, IN, where he attended Scecina Memorial Catholic High School. He went on to receive his BA in Theater from the University of Southern California, where he graduated Cum Laude. Prior to joining the cast of OLTL, he appeared in guest starring roles on television shows such as The Young and the Restless, CSI: Miami, and iCarly. When not acting on OLTL, Mr. Robuck spends his free time working out, playing indoor volleyball, going to the movies, hanging out with fellow cast mates, reading good books, and working on any kind of art project from drawing to throwing pottery on a wheel. Mr. Robuck is the youngest of four siblings (2 brothers and 1 sister), has a passion for art history, and speaks French. View Guest page

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Suzanne Rogers

Suzanne Rogers joined the cast of Days of our Lives in July 1973, and six years later won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Maggie Horton. Rogers began her career at the age of 17 when she left her hometown of Colonial Heights, Virginia, to join the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. She moved to Los Angeles in 1973. Rogers dedicates much of her spare time to helping people afflicted with myasthenia gravis, a rare muscle disease with which she was diagnosed in 1984. She is currently in remission and lives a strong and healthy life. Her birthday is July 9. View Guest page

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Tristan Rogers

Tristan's journey through the entertainment industry began in the 1960s in his native Australia. Australian TV was in its infancy when Tristan came onto the scene, working as a walk-on stuntman and doubling as a boom carrier. Ambitious, and eager to learn, Tristan also did sound effects in the parking lot at night and volunteered for any other work which would keep him on the lot and in peoples eyesight. It wasn't long before he landed a series regular role in The Link Men. In December of 1980, Tristan landed a job in a show called General Hospital. Initially slated as a three-week gig, it eventually turned into a three-year contract role. In 1992, Tristan made the momentous decision to leave General Hospital and seek other challenges. He had always felt that it is after all show business and that he had only participated in one portion of it. Tristan has also been a key figure in the development of internet-based soaps. View Guest page

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Victoria Rowell

Born in Portland, Maine, Rowell was raised in the foster care system for 18 years. Under the auspices of the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, eight-year-old Rowell received the Ford Foundation scholarship to the Cambridge School of Ballet. She flourished as a dancer, earning scholarships to the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Rowell later chose to pursue a career in modeling and graced the pages of countless magazines, before turning her attention to television. Rowell debuted as Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless in March 1990. She exited the show in 2007, earning two Daytime Emmy nominations and 12 NAACP Image Awards along the way. Victoria has also appeared in feature films such as The Distinguished Gentleman, Dumb and Dumber, and Eve's Bayou. Outside of daytime television, Rowell spent eight yeass as Dr. Amanda Bentley on Diagnosis Murder. In 1990, Rowell founded Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan. View Guest page

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Tina Sloan

Tina Sloan portrayed Guiding Light's level-headed nurse Lillian Raines from 1983 through the series' finale in 2009. A graduate of the Ursuline School and Manhattanville College, she studied acting with Bob McAndrew and Warren Robertson. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. In addition to performing dinner theatre, she has spent time with the Boston Theatre Ensemble and has appeared Off-Broadway. Tina has been married to Steve McPherson since 1976 and has one son. She is an avid athlete who has competed in races in Paris, London, Honolulu, and Washington, and has run both the New York City and Los Angeles marathons. One of her biggest accomplishments is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1987. In 2010, Tina released her first novel, Changing Shoes, a book that chronicles her life with the tagline: growing older -- not old -- with style, humor, and grace. View Guest page

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Hillary B. Smith

Hillary B. Smith originated the role of Nora Hanen in September 1992. She received the Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in 1994. The youngest of four girls, Hillary was raised in Palm Beach, FL. She returned to Massachusetts at 14 to attend boarding school. She began working with a geneticist at the New England Medical Center, creating an interest in the field. She attended Sarah Lawrence College because it had a Masters program in genetics as well as theater. It wasn't long before she turned her attention from gene screening to screen-testing. While still a senior in college, Smith performed off-Broadway in Song Night in the City. In addition to OLTL, Hillary has appeared as Kit McCormick on The Doctors, and on As the World Turns, where she played Margo Hughes for six-and-a-half years. She left As the World Turns in 1989, after the birth of her second child. Hillary and her husband, Phillip "Nip" Smith have two children. View Guest page

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Cornelius Smith Jr.

Cornelius Smith Jr. graduated from Cass Tech High School in Detroit and went on to study at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He did his graduate work at the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Cornelius started singing in Detroit with his own group, Chapta II. After moving to New York, he appeared in Shakespeare in the Park's production of Romeo and Juliet with stars Lauren Ambrose and Camryn Manheim. All My Children is his first television role. View Guest page

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Aaron D. Spears

Aaron D. Spears stars as Justin Barber, the executive vice president of Spencer Publications. Spears has appeared in guest starring roles on numerous television shows such as Boston Legal, Lincoln Heights, Bones, and Criminal Minds. His film credits include the blockbuster hits Babel and I Love You, Man, in addition to the independent film, The Mannsfield 12, in which he starred, composed the music and lyrics, as well as executive produced. In 1997, Spears established his own company, HENNA, LLC, which brings a new facet of spoken-word poetry and thought-provoking films to Hollywood. An avid sports enthusiast, Spears is a native of Washington DC, and celebrates his birthday on July 10. View Guest page

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Chrishell Stause

Chrishell Stause joined the cast of All My Children in the role of Amanda Dillon in April 2005. Stause was born and raised Draffenville, Kentucky (population: 1,000). She attended Murray State University where she received her B.A. in Theatre. At Murray State, she played Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Mina in Dracula, Poopay in Communicating Doors, and Isabella in Androcles and the Lion. View Guest page

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Robin Strasser

Robin Strasser, the 1982 winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama, has been one of the most loved -- and hated -- performers in that genre for over 30 years. In addition to One Life to Live's Dorian Lord, she created the role of Rachel Davis on Another World, played Christina Karras on All My Children, and starred as a 300-year-old witch named Hecuba on Passions. Born in the Bronx and raised in Manhattan, Robin graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and attended the Yale School of Drama on a full scholarship. She has appeared on Broadway, and is a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre. Robin is active in fundraising for AIDS research, the New York City Blood Center, and Telicare. She is on the Advisory Board of the American Menopause Foundation and has been a spokesperson for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Her proudest accomplishment, though, is being a mother to two sons, Nicholas and Benjamin Luckinbill. View Guest page

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Gina Tognoni

Gina Tognoni returned to One Live to Live on February 12, 2010, ending an eight-year absence with the ABC soap. Tognoni originated the role of Kelly Cramer 1995. In addition to her work on One Life to Live, Gina appeared for more than five years on CBS's Guiding Light. During her time there, she won two Daytime Emmys. Those two wins, for Outstanding Supporting Actress, came in 2006 and 2008. She earned an additional nomination in 2007. Tognoni's other television credits include The Sopranos, Law & Order, This Time Around, Fastlane, and Phenomenon. Tognoni was discovered by a judge as she was competing in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Tognoni celebrates her birthday on November 28. View Guest page

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Heather Tom

While only 15 years old, Heather booked the coveted role of Victoria Newman on The Young and the Restless. A year later, she earned her first Daytime Emmy. In 1999, Heather repeated the honor, winning her second Emmy award. When the nominations were announced in the spring of 2000, Heather and her brother, David, became the first brother and sister to ever be nominated in the same year at the Daytime Emmys. Since that time, Heather has gone on to become the most nominated actress under the age of 35 in the Television Academy's history, receiving 9 consecutive Emmy nominations. In total, Heather has received 12 nominations for an Emmy award. Heather describes acting as "the feeling of losing the audience for a moment and truly becoming connected with the scene and the character is absolutely incredible". Heather also works very closely with several AIDS service organizations such as Project Angelfood, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and AIDS Project Los Angeles. View Guest page

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Aiden John Turner

Aiden John Turner was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. He chose to go to Culinary school from the ages of 16-18, not necessarily with intention of being a chef forever -- but he did love to cook dinner and desserts at home so much (mainly making a mess in the process). While in Hertford working, Aiden also developed another hobby, mixing music. This then led to a job DJ'ing at a night club. He saved up enough money to put a deposit on an apartment and to buy an around the world ticket. He traveled to London; Bangkok, Thailand; Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; He settled in Bali for a month, before making his way to Australia. Upon returning to London, he was approached by a modeling agency where he says he was "whipped him into shape." Aiden also took acting classes, which led to auditions for commercials, and small parts in televisions programs. He eventually was inspired to "shoot for stardom," and auditioned for All My Children. View Guest page

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Denise Vasi

Denise Vasi came from a successful modeling career. She's booked jobs for Bobbi Brown and Oil of Olay cosmetics, among others, and has appeared on magazine covers all over the world. Deciding to dive head first into acting, she scored roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and has appeared in several films, including When in Rome with Kristen Bell and The Good Guy with Alexis Bledel. Her role on All My Children is her first in daytime TV. View Guest page

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Ronald Lewis Weaver

Ronald Lewis Weaver is author of the novel Soul Mate. He’s at work on a second novel, and is the Senior Producer of The Bold and the Beautiful, the world’s most watched daytime soap. View Guest page

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JD Webb

It's part one of a special two-part Daytime Emmy preview. This week, Dan chats with Emmy-nominated recording artist Jd Webb. Jd is nominated in the Outstanding Original Song category for the song "Captured," which appeared on Days of our Lives. Plus, Dan takes your calls with your thoughts on who will take home Emmy gold. And next week, be sure to tune in for part two of our Emmy preview with guests Michael Fairman and Emmy producer Jim Romanovich. View Guest page

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Ann Werner

Ann Werner was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland, moved to Southern California in 1977, lived a few years near Sedona Arizona and now resides in Northern California. Along the way she has held a variety of jobs including bartender, cemetery plot salesperson, auto salesperson, actor and wine consultant, to name a very few. For seven and a half years she portrayed Eliana, maid to the evil Dimera family on Days of Our Lives. She is the author of the novel The People Next Door. She considers life to be a smorgasbord and intends to dine at the table for as long as she can. View Guest page

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Walt Willey

Walt Willey didn't plan to be an actor. He majored in sculpture -- working in concrete and cast aluminum -- at Southern Illinois University, and is also accomplished at drawing and painting. It wasn't until he was a senior in college that Walt began to concentrate on acting. After graduation, he toured with an improvisational comedy group and decided to pursue an acting career in New York. Walt's first professional acting assignment in New York was as an extra on All My Children. He went on to play Joe Novak on Ryan's Hope, and appeared in several off-Broadway productions. His stage credits include a wide variety of plays, ranging from Frankenstein and Barefoot in the Park to Five Finger Exercise and Cyrano de Bergerac. He is also certified in stage combat. When not appearing on All My Children, Walt tours the country with his one-man stand-up comedy show. He has also created his own line of tee-shirts and penned a children's book. View Guest page

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Bree Williamson

Bree Williamson joined the cast of One Life to Live on February 5, 2003, in the role of Jessica Buchanan. Bree was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where she originally planned to pursue a career in business, psychology or women’s studies. She opened a successful clothing store with her sister, Tarra, while she was in her late teens. Bree attended the University of Toronto, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. While still in Toronto, she devoted her free time to community service, most notably as a “planned parenthood” advocate at a Toronto organization for teens in need of sexual-health counseling. Bree completed a leading role in the feature film “Adam and Eve.” which debuted at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. Her television credits include guest-starring roles in the Toronto-based “Mutant X,” “Columbia Tristar’s “DOC” and “Nikita.” Bree relocated to Manhattan for her role on One Life to Live. She is an avid reader and an extreme sports enthusiast. View Guest page

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Jacob Young

Emmy-winner Jacob Young has a distinction that few other daytime stars can claim: he's played three different roles in daytime (Rick Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful; Lucky Spencer, General Hospital; JR Chandler, All My Children), and he's been nominated for an Emmy for playing each of those roles. Join Dan as he talks to Jacob about those three incredible roles, All My Children's move to Los Angeles, and his new project producing readings of a popular writer's mysteries. Call in to talk to your favorite stars of past and present! View Guest page

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Dominic Zamprogna

Dominic Zamprogna joined the cast of General Hospital in June 2009, playing the role of Dante Falconeri, an undercover cop who also happens to be the secret son of mobster Sonny Corinthos. In story, father and son just found out they are related with explosive results. Zamprogna has starred in film, theatre and television, including "Smallville," "The L Word" and "Battlestar Galactica." Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Zamprogna currently resides in Los Angeles. He comes from a theatrical family; both his parents were in the industry as dancers/actors, as well as his sisters, Amanda and Gema. View Guest page

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Jacklyn Zeman

Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Jacklyn completed her high school studies at 15 and studied dance on a scholarship to New York University. Soon she was dancing and modeling professionally while continuing her studies. A desire to act on daytime television led to a role on One Life to Live. After her character’s untimely demise, Jacklyn was asked to go to Los Angeles to create the role of Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital. In addition to television work, she has performed off-Broadway and in community productions, and in feature films. She is also the spokesperson for the Allure Collection, which offers colorful, elegant, fashion jewelry with an updated, modern flair. Jacklyn has also given her time and energies to help support public awareness programs for organ donors, and filmed a video used in hospitals nationally to promote Hepatitis B vaccines to medical workers. Jackie has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy nominations. View Guest page

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Arianne Zucker

Arianne Zucker, born Arianne Bethene Zuckerman in Northridge, California, and raised in Chatsworth, began her career as a model at age sixteen. Modeling provided her with several opportunities to travel. Her favorite assignments included print jobs in France, Australia, New York, and Japan. Arianne continues to be represented by Ford. Although Days of our Lives is her first daytime role, Arianne is no stranger to television, having appeared in several national commercials, including Mazda Miata and McDonald's, where she got to laugh at a joke-cracking McNugget. Theater credits include "Crimes of the Heart," "A Coupla White Chicks," and Elaine in Neil Simon's "Last of the Little Red Hot Lovers." Arianne continues to study theater at the Howard Fine Studios in Los Angeles. When not living the rigorous life of a young actress, Arianne's other passions include horseback riding, skiing, and tae kwon do, in which she has a green belt. A lover of all sports, Arianne has also taken an interest in golf. View Guest page

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