Q: I happened to catch a few
minutes of AMC last week and discovered that Hayley is pregnant.
Wasn’t there a time in the past when she and Mateo found out she
couldn’t have children? Hope you
can shed some light on this for me. Sarah
1998, Lee Hawkins traveled to Pine Valley set on destroying Adam Chandler’s
family. Hayley and Mateo gave him a
job at their restaurant, Holidays, unaware of his deadly intentions. Lee was
planning on sabotaging the boiler at the restaurant right in the middle of the
Fourth of July celebration, and killing everyone inside. As it turned out, the
did explode as he had planned, but the patrons had been warned just in
time to make their escape. However, Holidays, and Hayley and Mateo's dream was
|Lee continued to plot against Adam and kidnapped both Junior and Marian. In an effort to help Junior, Hayley willingly left Wildwind with Lee after he confronted her. He then held her hostage as well. Mateo was frantic with worry and feared that visions he’d had of Hayley's death were becoming a reality. Using toxic paint, Lee gave Hayley a tattoo before Edmund and Mateo were able to rescue her. Unfortunately, Hayley's toxic tattoo left her with severe organ damage. Then the doctors told Hayley and Mateo that she may never be able to have children, but the two of them never gave up hope.|
Q: Every day on my lunch hour I get
to watch All My Children and love seeing Tad’s mother, Opal.
She’s so down to earth, unlike many of the other female characters on
the show. I’m curious to know
more about the actress who plays her. Can
you give me all the details? Pam
character of Opal Gardner Purdy Cortlandt has been colorfully portrayed by Jill
Larsen since 1989, but she has had many years of prior experience in both stage
and screen performances.
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|Jill grew up in Minnesota, with her parents and three sisters. Her father was an aerospace engineer and her mother was an interior decorator. Jill’s love of acting became very apparent even as a young girl, where she would perform in the living rooms and basements of friends, family and neighbors and was soon landed roles in summer stock theater productions. She soon started to produce her own plays and began working professionally at the world-renowned Children's Theater Company, where she was one of only two children among its founding members. During her five years with the company, one of her fondest memories was her appearance on a talk show, promoting a play, where she met Tony Bennett and sat on his lap.|
Jill enrolled at the University
of Minnesota, and began singing in nightclubs with a group called Just Us. It
wasn't long before the group was discovered and headed to New York
City, where they recorded several
soundtracks, including the one for the film, “Rachel, Rachel”, starring
Joanne Woodward. After this, she decided it was time to see the world, so she
and her sister traveled throughout Europe in a Volkswagen bus, before she
settled in Paris as an au pair. She became a model, and was soon appearing in
major fashion spreads in
America's and Europe's top magazines, including Mademoiselle, Marie
Claire, and Vingt Ans. While in
Paris, Jill also landed her first film role (as a Swedish au pair) in “Deadly
Trap”, starring Faye Dunaway and Frank Langella.
Her next film role was as Jeanne Moreau's rival for her character's
younger lover in the film, “Chere Louise”.
Jill's desire to pursue acting
more consistently prompted her to move to New York City. At that time, she also
decided to enroll at Hunter College, first majoring in economics and later
switching to communications and theater. After
graduation, she joined Circle in the Square Professional Theater Workshop, where
she worked with her fellow students Ken Olin and Kevin Bacon, among others.
Her acting resume filled up with
roles on and off-Broadway. Her Broadway credits include Death and the King's
Horseman, written and directed by Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka; Romantic
Comedy and Dancing in the End Zone. Off-Broadway and at the nation's top
regional theaters, she starred in Agnes of God, Gypsy, The Glass Menagerie,
Private Lives and The Tempest, among others. Jill is also a founding member and
President of GLM Productions, through which she produced the off-Broadway revue,
Serious Business, and co-produced the student Academy Award-nominated
documentary film, Gibbs Garden, a profile of a painter with AIDS.
Jill garnered more film and television roles, with her early forays
generally as a sight gag; among them the memorable frenetic disco dancer
alongside Joe Piscopo on Saturday
Night Live; a tall skinny wife to
a fat wrestler in Piscopo's film, Wise Guys; and a stint on David Letterman.
Other television parts followed, including guest appearances on Kate and Allie,
The Equalizer, and the ABC Afterschool Special, Over the Limit.
In 1986, she made her daytime
television debut as bitchy TV columnist Judith Clayton on As the World Turns;
and in 1988 she played psychotic kidnapper Ursula Blackwell on ABC's One Life to
Live. And in 1989, her popularity skyrocketed when she joined the cast of All My
Children as Tad and Jenny’s wild, wacky and flamboyant mother, Opal.
When Jill’s performance earned her two daytime Emmy Award nominations
in 1991 and 1993 as Outstanding
While playing Opal, Jill has also appeared in Dearly Departed at New
York's Second Stage Theater, The Lost Dreams and Hidden Frustration of Every
Woman in Brooklyn at
the Soho Rep Theater, Hysterical Blindness, directed by Jared Harris,
and Riders to the Sea, by John Millington Synge. Other film roles include White
Squall, starring Jeff Bridges, and Vertical City.
After all of her traveling, a recent journey lead her to her greatest joy
of all, the adoption of a baby girl, Anni-Ming, whom Jill brought home from
Shanghai in June of 1996. Jill and her new daughter live in Manhattan and spend
weekends at their country home in Pennsylvania. In addition to playing with Anni-Ming,
Jill also enjoys anything relating to food, as well as home improvement-type
projects. She also loves arts and crafts, which she most enjoys sharing with her
many nieces, nephews, her godchild and of course, with Anni-Ming.
Even with her busy schedule, Jill still finds time to volunteer at the
52nd Street Project, which helps inner-city youths get started in theater by
encouraging their writing and performance talent.
LIFE TO LIVE
Viki and Joe
Q: Viki fell madly in love with Ben
Davidson and they finally married, but just how many times has she done
this in the past? It seems
like she’s had a long list of husbands in her lifetime.
I know about Ben, but who were the others? Bea Skinner, CA
A: Viki has been down the aisle seven times and had five different husbands (remarrying two of them) in the span of thirty-three years.
Her first husband was journalist Joe Riley whom she married in
1970. Later Joe was presumed
dead from a car accident and she married another newspaper reporter, Steve
Burke in 1972. Joe returned,
having survived his accident, and she divorced Steve to remarry Joe in
1974. Joe later died the
classic death of a true soap hero in 1979, of a brain tumor.
In 1982, Viki married Joe’s replacement at the Banner, Clint
Buchanan. They divorced and
remarried again in 1986.
When Viki and Clint’s marriage began falling apart, she found
herself drawn to General Sloan Carpenter, who was writing a book on her
father, Victor Lord. They
fell in love and Viki and Clint divorced for a second time.
She married Sloan in 1994. Sloan
was later diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease and died in 1995.
And of course you already know about Benjie.
Q: I’ve been reading some of your
archives and one of the answers you gave mentioned Eterna, but you said it was
another story. I have no idea what
it was, who was involved, etc. Would
you please fill me in now? Thanks.
glad you asked about this, as it hasn’t been brought up since this column
During the fall of 1988, a few storylines began to come together. Viki
had just learned that she had given birth to a baby girl while she was a
teenager, and was searching for her. Fortune hunter/con man Leo Cromwell was
trying to pass off his own daughter, Christine, as Viki's lost child. Michael
Grande, a ruthless businessman also arrived in Llanview secretly
trying to learn the truth about
his father Garrick, who had been a business associate
of Victor Lord's many years ago. After meeting Gabrielle Medina, he
instantly became attracted to her, and set out to win her for his own. Also
around this time, Roger Gordon, who was the real father of Viki’s missing
daughter, came to Llanview. His presence was troubling to Viki, as if he had the
answers to what she needed to know.
While Viki had been investigating Victor's past, she was surprised when
some very unusual records. They were documents showing the existence of
a city called Eterna, as well as proof of the illicit dealings with a man by the
name of Danton Gordon. Viki wondered if this man could be related to Roger. The
truth was that Danton was Roger's father, and had been hired by Victor Lord as
an architect to design a fantastic underground city. Viki had never known about
these things in which her father had been secretly involved.
As it turned out, both Roger and
Michael Grande had memories of growing up in a totally different world. They
both felt that this world still existed somewhere deep underground near or under
Llantano Mountain. Gabrielle learned of this city through her relationship with
Michael Grande, and was doing some investigating of her own to find this city.
It was during this time that Leo
Cromwell, the man who was trying to con Viki about her missing daughter, was
also searching for the entrance to the lost city. He had been a former resident,
but he could only remember that the entrance was somewhere located on Llantano
Mountain. Leo had heard about the
legends of stolen gold that had been hidden there within the walls of the city.
He was almost possessed in his need to find a way in, and he pushed his
daughter, Christine to help him find it. Christine asked Wade Coleman to help
her, thinking that her father had gone crazy and that he was a danger to himself
In January 1989, Tina took
Gabrielle up to Llantano Mountain to show her where she and Cord planned to
build a house. They discovered a small opening in the rock that appeared to lead
down into a tunnel. Tina, who was always adventurous, and Gabrielle, knowing
about the lost city, decided to find out where it led. As they went down into
the mountain's depths Tina became caught in one of the traps that the early
builders had placed there, to discourage any explorers.
Gabrielle was terrified and ran back down the mountain looking for help
to save Tina. She went to Wanda's Place where she found Viki and begged her to
help them. Gabrielle drew a symbol on a napkin, and gave it to Viki saying that
all her questions would be answered if she went with her. The symbol was the
trademark for Eterna. Viki gave the napkin to Wanda and told her to keep it safe,
then left with Gabrielle. Later, Wanda called Llanfair to make sure Viki had
gotten home safe, but she wasn’t there. She described the symbol on the napkin
to Cord, and Roger overheard the description and told him that he knew where
Tina, Gabrielle and Viki were. The two of them headed for Llantano Mountain.
Viki and Gabrielle got Tina out of the trap, and were surprised to run
into Cord and Roger as they were making their way out. They were even more
surprised to run into Michael Grande who had also managed to find his way back
into the city. Michael pulled out a gun and threatened to kill them all. Cord
and Roger tried to take the gun away from him, and it accidentally fired,
setting off an avalanche that trapped them all inside the mountain. Leo,
Christine and Wade had also found another way in, through a fissure in the wall
of the mountain. After the avalanche was over, everyone was trapped inside
with no way out. They
panicked and tried to run through the tunnel looking for a way to
escape, but they all soon came together deep inside the mountain in the
city itself. What they
found was shocking. Eterna was a
beautiful underground city, with bedrooms, kitchens, libraries, and all the
other comforts of life. A golden statue of an angel stood watch over the city.
Because of some advanced technology they were also able to breath clean fresh
air. the hours passed into
days, then weeks, they learned about the origins of the city, through videotapes
of Eterna's creator, Danton Gordon, Roger's father, who had constructed a huge
television screen that lowered from the ceiling.
Leo holds a gun on Viki. Click to enlarge.
|The city of Eterna was beautiful,
but it became a living hell for those who were trapped inside.
Leo, who was still consumed with his thirst for gold was scaring
the others, as he came close to snapping on many occasions. Cord, Tina and
Gabrielle blamed Michael for their being trapped, while Roger and Viki
grew closer and he finally told her the truth about her missing daughter.
He explained to her that after he escaped from Eterna he met the
then teenage Viki and they had fallen in love. He also told her that after
they found out that Viki was carrying his child, her father, Victor became
very angry and arranged to
have Viki hypnotized during the birth, by a man named Lysander Clair.
Viki had changed into Niki Smith when she went into labor, and
Larry Wolek, who had delivered the baby, was told never to breathe a word
of it again. When Viki came out of her hypnotic state she had no memory of
her pregnancy, childbirth, or Roger. Victor paid Roger to take the baby,
leave town and raise her. He also warned Roger to stay away from Viki
forever. When Roger later married, he and his new wife raised the baby
girl as their own along with their daughter. Viki was shocked to learn
that her missing baby girl was actually Megan Gordon, whom she had
considered to be almost a mortal enemy.
Meanwhile, the family and friends of those trapped inside Eterna were desperately searching for them. Michael Grande's wife found a map of the city among her husband's belongings and brought them to Clint, Asa, and Renee, along with a full taped confession by Victor. Using them as a guide they were able to pinpoint the position of Eterna and soon began drilling into the mountain. Cord and Roger found a transmitter, and were able to send weak signals up to the rescue workers. Clint was hopeful when he found out they were alive, and worked nonstop hoping to find a spring or a body of water that would open the way into Eterna for the rescuers.
Inside the mountain, the situation
was becoming worse. Leo Cromwell had finally found the gold he had desperately
searched for and was threatening to kill everyone over it. During a fight with
Michael Grande, Leo fell to his death from a precipice. The drilling from above
was causing the city of Eterna to crumble as it began to fall apart. With the
situation already seeming hopeless enough, Gabrielle nearly killed all of them
by becoming gold hungry herself. She grabbed the golden staff that the angel
statue held in its hand, which set off a series of booby traps set by the
original builders, threatening to destroy the entire city.
As Eterna began to self-destruct
Tina almost fell to her death into a hidden abyss, while Roger and Cord just
barely escaped being hit by the falling rocks. The booby traps had set off
explosions everywhere and the walls of the city began to collapse. They were
barely able to hear Clint from above as he tried desperately to get to them.
Viki said a tearful good-bye to Clint, thinking she was going to die, and
she and Roger held each other as they waited for the inevitable. Ash and debris
poured down as fire began to sweep through the city. Viki buried her face into
Roger's shoulder only seconds before a huge explosion shook Eterna in its last
When it was finally over, those
who were still alive were surprised to see the light coming from above them. The
last explosion had opened a small fissure in the rock that led to the outside.
As they hurried toward the light, they barely missed the death of Eterna as it
took its last breath. As the small group stumbled into the arms of their loved
ones who had been waiting, the angel statue fell from its pedestal and crumbled
to the ground, consumed in
Roger and Viki had grown close
while they were trapped together underground, and this put quite a strain on
Viki and Clint's marriage. It became worse when Roger explained that he and Viki
had actually been married. To show Clint that she still loved him, and wanted to
make their marriage work, she got an annulment from Roger. During this time Viki
enjoyed an uneasy reunion with her daughter, Megan, but in time, Viki and Megan
mended their fences and came to respect, admire and love each other very deeply.
Q: My mom was trying to explain the
story of the Ice Princess to me, but she forgot so much of what happened way
back then. Maybe you can find some
information on this for me. Thanks!
Brandy, Copperas Cove TX
In 1981, Edward Q’s favorite niece, Alexandria, returned to Port
Charles to find the world's largest uncut diamond, The Ice Princess. She also wanted to find the Cassadine brothers who were after
this priceless gem as well. She
thought they were in Port Charles living under assumed names, so she hired Luke
Spencer to find them.
While Luke was conducting his investigation as to their whereabouts,
Alexandria was becoming quite taken with him and tried to get him into her bed.
Unfortunately for her, Luke turned her down because he was in love with
Laura, but he did agree to continue the search.
Even though Luke wouldn’t sleep with Alexandria, Laura couldn’t help
being jealous, so she managed to get a job at ELQ where she could keep a close
eye on the situation.
While he was doing his investigating, Luke discovered that someone had
gone through his apartment, and was living there.
He tried to catch the intruder, but he was knocked out and the man
escaped. After Luke regained
consciousness he went to Edward and his niece and confronted them about what had
transpired. He told them he was off
the case and added that now they had someone else besides the Cassadines to
The Ice Princess -
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Luke decided to track down his intruder.
When he located him, he broke into his apartment, and knocked him out. The man turned out to be Robert Scorpio, a handsome
Australian who was an agent for the World Security Bureau (WSB). Oddly enough,
Luke and Robert forged a friendship and he told Luke that the Ice Princess was a
Luke, Alexandria &
Edward Q - Click to
Luke returned to Alexandria and Edward and forced them to tell him the
truth about the Ice Princess. He learned that it was a very large, uncut diamond
that Alexandria had painted black, mounted on a pedestal and had shipped from
to Port Charles. Later, when she went to the docks to retrieve the statue,
she discovered that it had been stolen. Luke agreed to help her find it, for a
The Ice Princess soon became a much sought after commodity as Luke,
Robert, Alexandria and Tony Castle joined the search for the statue. What
Alexandria didn’t know was that Tony Castle was actually Tony Cassadine, one
of the Cassadine brothers, and Robert was his partner, although Robert
was also working with someone else as well.
Luke and Scorpio discovered that the Ice Princess had been stolen from
the docks by a cabbie named Charlie, who had given it to Lila Quartermaine for
the General Hospital art auction, hoping to gain the favor of Port Charles
society. The night of the auction, Luke, Robert, Alexandria, Tony, and Edward
all planned to steal the Ice Princess. As the bidding continued, the Ice
Princess was ready to be sold when suddenly the lights went out. When the lights
came back on, both the Ice Princess and Luke had disappeared.
A few weeks later, Luke showed up
back in Port Charles, claiming to be completely innocent in the disappearance of
the statue. With Robert’s help,
Luke went in search of the Ice Princess. Meanwhile,
Alexandria and Tony Cassadine teamed up together to find the Statue, and to rekindle their past love affair. They both quickly
confirmed that the Ice Princess was priceless because of a secret formula that
had been hidden within its base.
The formula worked in two ways. On the surface, it was a formula to
manufacture synthetic diamonds, but it also had a more diabolical purpose that
interested the Cassadines. The secret formula could also be used to produce a
powerful weapon that would allow them to hold the world hostage by freezing
every living thing. It had been
created by Dr. James Duvall with whom Alexandria had worked. When Dr. Duvall
discovered that the formula was missing, he was furious. He attacked Alexandria,
who promptly hit him over the head with the Ice Princess, killing him. After she
found the formula, Alexandria went to the Cassadine yacht and handed it over to
Tony and Victor Cassadine.
At the same time, Robert, who was also working with the WSB to bring down
the Cassadines, had a spy named O’Reilly watching their yacht. Victor
Cassadine recognized her and gunned her down. O’Reilly died in Robert’s
arms, and he promised vengeance against the Cassadine Family.
Robert and Luke decided to stop
the Cassadine’s plan by sneaking aboard their yacht before it left Port
Charles. They hid by the docks and watched as the Cassadine’s and their guests
boarded the ship, including Victor’s latest girlfriend, Tiffany Hill, English
engineer Nigel Penny-Smith, General Konrad Kaluga and his girlfriend Corinne,
and world leader Maxmillian Von Stade and his wife, Noel. Most of the guests
were only interested in the diamond, but Victor, Tony, and Alexandria knew its
The yacht set sail bound for an undisclosed tropical island where
brilliant, but diabolical, Mikkos Cassadine waited for the return of the Ice
Princess in his underground command center. Luke and Robert soon learned that
Laura had also joined them aboard the yacht.
As it docked at the island, the entourage debarked, while Luke, Robert,
and Laura swam to shore and hid out on the island. Robert took off on his own to
stop the takeover bid of the Cassadine brothers, and
Luke and Laura soon followed. As
they reached the center of the compound, Luke and Laura discovered Alexandria had
been frozen to death, along with Tony Cassadine and the Von Stades.
They were horrified at what they saw and were captured shortly
thereafter. Eventually Luke was able to kill Mikkos by pushing him into a deadly
ice chamber and was able to stop the weather machine by cracking the code and
entering the password, "Ice Princess" to save the world from the
ultimate freeze. Robert had Victor Cassadine arrested and sent to prison, where,
we were led to believe, he eventually died.
Q: I used to love seeing and
hearing John J. York’s portrayal of Mac Scorpio when he first came to GH, but
over the years I couldn’t help but notice that the wonderfully charming
Australian accent he had at the beginning is now completely gone!
I thought he was really from Australia, but is he?
Melinda Carter, DC
A: Sorry to disappoint you Melinda, but John is definitely NOT an Aussie. In fact he was raised on the East Side of Chicago USA.
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John studied marketing for two years at the University of Whitewater in Wisconsin before returning to Chicago to study acting with Edward Kaye-Martin, and made his professional debut at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, where he appeared in Picnic, Loss of Roses, Career and Golden Boy. John relocated to Hollywood in 1983 and began appearing on such television series as 21 Jump Street, Murder, She Wrote, Sydney, Family Ties, Newhart, Hunter, and Arthur Hailey's Hotel. He then starred for two seasons as Eric Cord on Werewolf, a horror-action series.
His feature film credits include roles in Steel and Lace, House of the Rising Sun, The Bear (about University of Alabama coach Bear Bryant, with Gary Busey), and Chattanooga Choo Choo. During the filming of the latter project, he met his wife, Vicki, who is a casting director. They were married on August 15, 1986, and have a daughter, Schyler.
When he isn’t busy pursuing his acting career, John enjoys spending
time with his family, riding his bike, working in the yard and garden, and
I guess you’ll just have to credit that accent to a dialogue coach.
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