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2nd Annual Soap Opera Hall of Fame; Inductees Announced (14/02/10)
Topic Started: Feb 14 2010, 12:00 AM (898 Views)
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The 2nd Annual Daytime Royalty Soap Opera Hall of Famers are as follows:

(1) William J. Bell (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns, Another World, Our Private World, Days of our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless

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William J. Bell is one of two of Irna Phillips' proteges. The first soap opera he ever wrote for was the TV version of The Guiding Light. Irna would move him to As the World Turns and eventually helped her create Another World and As the World turns spin-off Our Private World. He had tremendous success as the head writer of Days of our Lives, where he created some of the show's best and most memorable characters and stories. However, his biggest success was when he created The Young and the Restless, a show that has the prestigious honor of being the number one soap opera for decades; a feat that has never been matched. He also created Y&R's sister soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, which is highly regarded as the most widely known program in the world. Sadly, Bill Bell passed away on April 29, 2006 from Alzheimer's disease. However, the legacy he left behind will always be remembered. To learn more about Bill Bell, visit his Wikipedia page:


(2) Macdonald Carey (Dr. Thomas Horton, Days of our Lives)

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Macdonald Carey was loved by many as Dr. Tom Horton, the patriarch of the first Days of our Lives family. Look no further for proof then the fact that he was this year's fan voted inductee. Much was made in the media when Carey first took on a role on a soap opera, as he was a bonafide Hollywood movie star. The naysayers would be proven wrong as Carey not only would be nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for his role on DOOL, but also would have the honor of being the first to win the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Daytime Drama series, going on to win again the next year. Unfortunately, Carey passed away on March 21, 1994, but lives on in the hearts of all who watched him on screen, whether it was from his movies or from Days. In addition, he can still be heard every Monday through Friday reciting the Days of our Lives epigraph, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of our Lives," during the shows opening sequence. To learn more about Macdonald Carey, visit his Wikipedia page:


(3) Mary Stuart (Joanne Gardner, Search For Tomorrow, Claire Webber, One Life to Live, Meta Bauer, The Guiding Light)

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Mary Stuart is regarded as one of the very first stars of Daytime Soap Opera. Her role as Joanne Gardner Barron Tate Reynolds Vincente Tourneur lasted for nearly 36 years, Search's entire run. She has the distinction of being the only actress nominated for her role on a soap in a normal category at the Primetime Emmy's, losing to Shirley Booth. Though nominated for three Daytime Emmy's for Search, she never won. However, when Search was canceled, the Daytime Emmy's gave her a Special Recognition Award for her tenure on the long running soap. After having a supporting role on One Life to Live, Stuart would retire having been working for 40 years non-stop. When she came out of retirement, she took the matriarchal role of Meta Bauer on The Guiding Light, a role she played until her death in 2002. To learn more about Mary Stuart, visit her Wikipedia page:


(4) Erica Kane (Susan Lucci, All My Children)

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When you think of soap opera characters, Erica Kane is generally the first character that instantly comes to mind. Even if you've never watched a soap in your life the name Erica Kane is still familiar. She is most known for having many lovers and getting married to nearly all of them, once or twice. The character has been through the ringer, not only with cliche soap opera plots, like back from the dead ex lovers and being in a love triangle with two brothers, but also with social issue stories that rocked the nation, including TV's first legal abortion and the time her daughter, Bianca, came out as a lesbian. Perhaps the most devastating thing that has happened in her rich past, however, is her rape by Richard Fields, a rape that was later revealed to be set up by her own father Eric. Through it all, Erica has managed, eventually, to get herself together, hold her head up high and demand the utmost respect. To learn more about Erica Kane, visit her Wikipedia and AMC History pages:


(5) Peyton Place (ABC, 1964-69)

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Peyton Place is arguably the very first prime time soap opera. The show, coming off a novelization and film, was a huge success in it's first few years and made huge stars out of Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal. Actors from the show were nominated for both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards during it's run. At the show's peak, ABC ran three half hour episodes per week. In a fun fact, it was Irna Phillips, the creator of soap operas, that was responsible for retooling the original pilot episode that aired on September 15, 1964. Unfortunately, after Mia Farrow quit the show, the ratings started to dwindle and the show was eventually canceled airing it's last episode on June 2, 1969. The show would later spawn a daytime revival of the series, entitled Return to Peyton Place. To learn more about the show, visit it's Wikipedia page:



Note: Erica Kane, the character, was inducted, meaning Susan Lucci has yet to be. The same goes for last year's couple inductee Luke and Laura from General Hospital. The couple was inducted but the actors themselves were not. As a reminder here are last year's (and the Hall of Fame's 1st annual) inductees.

1) Irna Phillips - Creator/Writer
2) Painted Dreams - Radio Show
3) Helen Wagner - Actress
4) William Roache - Actor
5) Luke and Laura, GH - Couple
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