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Love of Life Discussion
Topic Started: Jan 1 2010, 01:17 PM (1,080 Views)
Mason
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Love of Life
1951 - 1980







Discuss Love of Life here.
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RutherfordBHayes


The following article of mine was published in our local newspaper at the time of Christopher Reeve's death. (I live less than a half hour west of where Reeve lived)

Keep Reeve's legacy alive
(Original publication: October 13, 2004)
To his legions of fans, throughout the world, Christopher Reeve was "Superman." But, before he shot to superstardom as the Man of Steel, I knew him on the small screen. I, along, with millions of daytime viewers, watched him perform on the CBS-TV soap opera "Love of Life," where he played Benno Harper. During the course of his storyline, Benno became, of all things, a bigamist. I knew, even then, that he had unique qualities that would serve him well during his career. After he left the mythical town of "Rosehill," he went on to the city of "Metropolis," and the rest, as they say, is history.
Nine years ago, when he suffered his accident, it would have been very easy for him to retreat to a private life, and concentrate his energies, solely, on the insurmountable odds that now confronted him. But, Christopher Reeve refused to give up. Indeed, it was his "love of life," his courage and tenacity that truly made him a real-life "Superman."
His death should not be in vain; stem-cell research should and must be allowed to continue. That is why I will be casting my vote for the only presidential candidate (John Kerry) who favors this key that will, someday, allow thousands to discard their wheelchairs and walk again.
May God bless Christopher Reeve; he will always be in my heart.

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jam6242
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I remember Christopher Reeve on Love of Life. John Aniston played his step-father.
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Matt
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LoL is one of those soaps I never got to watch, but fell in love with through old SOD synopses. I've got that 1975 ep that's floating around with Christopher Reeve on DVD and I love every minute of Tudi Wiggins' overly dramatic Meg and John Aniston's hysterical faux-Latin accent.
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Oh, I loved Tudi Wiggins' Meg! I think she may have been the snobbiest character I've ever seen on a soap (she may have even been worse than Iris Carrington). Yes, John Aniston's character on LoL was a far cry from Victor Kiriakis. Eduord (sp?) was supposed to be a playboy and just after Meg's money. I managed to catch bits and pieces of most of the soaps in the 70s. This one was aired around 11:30 a.m. which seems strange now!
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jam6242
Jan 5 2010, 10:06 PM
Oh, I loved Tudi Wiggins' Meg! I think she may have been the snobbiest character I've ever seen on a soap (she may have even been worse than Iris Carrington).
Watch her kill a bunch of people on Strange Paradise ... lol Best psycho eeeeeeever!

http://www.youtube.com/strangeparadise69
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Drew
May 12 2010, 03:06 AM
jam6242
Jan 5 2010, 10:06 PM
Oh, I loved Tudi Wiggins' Meg! I think she may have been the snobbiest character I've ever seen on a soap (she may have even been worse than Iris Carrington).
Watch her kill a bunch of people on Strange Paradise ... lol Best psycho eeeeeeever!

http://www.youtube.com/strangeparadise69
Thanks for the thread and for posting the episodes Drew! She really was terrific as Meg! I never saw the original actress but Tudi was a sophisticated jet-setter who was still attracted to rotten and wealthy men! That era of LOVE OF LIFE really SHINED!
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Drew
May 12 2010, 03:06 AM
jam6242
Jan 5 2010, 10:06 PM
Oh, I loved Tudi Wiggins' Meg! I think she may have been the snobbiest character I've ever seen on a soap (she may have even been worse than Iris Carrington).
Watch her kill a bunch of people on Strange Paradise ... lol Best psycho eeeeeeever!

http://www.youtube.com/strangeparadise69
Thanks for posting! I've never seen this show. Still love Tudi. One consolation of getting older is that I was around to see wonderful actresses like her (though it spoiled me!).
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Drew
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Erica kills Reverend Dawson.

Edited by Drew, May 16 2010, 06:44 PM.
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Matt
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LOVE OF LIFE premiered on CBS 59 years ago today on September 24, 1951.
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I was a teen when I started to watch LoL.....I loved the Ben/Betsy / Arlene triangle! Christopher Reeve was one of the reasons I stated to watch!
Edited by chooky54, Sep 30 2010, 06:13 PM.
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darraholic
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Out of all the older soaps, LoL and EON are the two I most want to see.
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jam6242
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Someone posted an episode from 1975 on yt! :biggrin: The great Tudi Wiggins is featured, as is Christopher Reeve, playing her son, Ben, and John Aniston, as her ex, Eduardo. I'd forgotten John used an accent on this show.


http://youtu.be/1lihvTuP1Ks

http://youtu.be/Z5EHrue6mQc

http://youtu.be/BoWQPsWD7WE

http://youtu.be/y19TQT3D-Hk

http://youtu.be/HqNHA_U15wU
Edited by jam6242, Sep 18 2011, 05:43 PM.
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Matt
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jam6242
Sep 18 2011, 05:41 PM
Someone posted an episode from 1975 on yt! :biggrin: The great Tudi Wiggins is featured, as is Christopher Reeve, playing her son, Ben, and John Aniston, as her ex, Eduardo. I'd forgotten John used an accent on this show.


http://youtu.be/1lihvTuP1Ks

http://youtu.be/Z5EHrue6mQc

http://youtu.be/BoWQPsWD7WE

http://youtu.be/y19TQT3D-Hk

http://youtu.be/HqNHA_U15wU
He used one on SFT, too! Everytime I watch that LoL ep (I have it on a DVD) or any of his eps from SFT that are online, I really have to try not to laugh because he sounds SO different.
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Matt
Sep 18 2011, 06:13 PM
jam6242
Sep 18 2011, 05:41 PM
Someone posted an episode from 1975 on yt! :biggrin: The great Tudi Wiggins is featured, as is Christopher Reeve, playing her son, Ben, and John Aniston, as her ex, Eduardo. I'd forgotten John used an accent on this show.


http://youtu.be/1lihvTuP1Ks

http://youtu.be/Z5EHrue6mQc

http://youtu.be/BoWQPsWD7WE

http://youtu.be/y19TQT3D-Hk

http://youtu.be/HqNHA_U15wU
He used one on SFT, too! Everytime I watch that LoL ep (I have it on a DVD) or any of his eps from SFT that are online, I really have to try not to laugh because he sounds SO different.
I know, didn't John have a southern accent on SFT?
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Matt
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jam6242
Sep 18 2011, 06:16 PM
Matt
Sep 18 2011, 06:13 PM
jam6242
Sep 18 2011, 05:41 PM
Someone posted an episode from 1975 on yt! :biggrin: The great Tudi Wiggins is featured, as is Christopher Reeve, playing her son, Ben, and John Aniston, as her ex, Eduardo. I'd forgotten John used an accent on this show.


http://youtu.be/1lihvTuP1Ks

http://youtu.be/Z5EHrue6mQc

http://youtu.be/BoWQPsWD7WE

http://youtu.be/y19TQT3D-Hk

http://youtu.be/HqNHA_U15wU
He used one on SFT, too! Everytime I watch that LoL ep (I have it on a DVD) or any of his eps from SFT that are online, I really have to try not to laugh because he sounds SO different.
I know, didn't John have a southern accent on SFT?
I believe so since the Tourneurs were supposed to be from (I think) Louisianna. I don't know if it's still on youtube, but there was a full episode of SFT once featuring both Aniston as Martin and Maree Cheatham as Stephanie that was SO beautifully played. I could listen to Maree talk all day with that voice of hers.
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Matt
Sep 18 2011, 07:39 PM
jam6242
Sep 18 2011, 06:16 PM
Matt
Sep 18 2011, 06:13 PM
jam6242
Sep 18 2011, 05:41 PM
Someone posted an episode from 1975 on yt! :biggrin: The great Tudi Wiggins is featured, as is Christopher Reeve, playing her son, Ben, and John Aniston, as her ex, Eduardo. I'd forgotten John used an accent on this show.


http://youtu.be/1lihvTuP1Ks

http://youtu.be/Z5EHrue6mQc

http://youtu.be/BoWQPsWD7WE

http://youtu.be/y19TQT3D-Hk

http://youtu.be/HqNHA_U15wU
He used one on SFT, too! Everytime I watch that LoL ep (I have it on a DVD) or any of his eps from SFT that are online, I really have to try not to laugh because he sounds SO different.
I know, didn't John have a southern accent on SFT?
I believe so since the Tourneurs were supposed to be from (I think) Louisianna. I don't know if it's still on youtube, but there was a full episode of SFT once featuring both Aniston as Martin and Maree Cheatham as Stephanie that was SO beautifully played. I could listen to Maree talk all day with that voice of hers.
That reminds me, I saw Maree in a commercial for flea treatment the other day!
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LOL premiered 60 years ago today. Published a bunch of classic articles in its honor.
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2011/09/loveoflife60.html

So funny reading old magazines and seeing LOL pre-internet. :)
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RutherfordBHayes


Zina Bethune, who played Barbara Latimer, on 'Love of Life,' was the victim of a tragic hit and run accident over the weekend. She was 66 years old. I have nothing but the fondest memories of her on LOL, but also in the film (1960) 'Sunrise at Campobello where she played Anna, the daughter of FDR (Ralph Bellamy) and Eleanor Roosevelt (Greer Garson)
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i got to see Jessica Walter and Bonnie Bedelia at the beginning of their careers on LOVE OF LIFE
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