Q: Whatever became of Bonkers the
cat who was owned by Daisy Cortlandt years ago when she was still with Palmer?
Jeanine Young, Sebring FL
Spencer, who played the character of Daisy, stated that the cat in question
belonged to the executive producer at that time, Jackie Babbin. Bonkers has long since passed on, but even after all these years people still ask about him.
Ms Spencer also admitted that the cat received more fan mail than she
Where is Harold, that wonderful
dog that the Dillons had? I noticed that when the family made their departure from Pine
Valley there was no mention of him. Genia
In late 1998, the family started to notice that Harold wasn’t being
himself, after not eating or wanting to play.
Trevor took him to the vet and they later found out that Harold had
cancer and would not live out his normal life span.
Amanda and Tim became very upset .
They decided to camp outside one night in order to be closer to him.
The next day while the kids were getting ready for school, Trevor and
Janet sat with Harold on the couch, and knowing he was suffering, they decided
the time had come to have him euthanized. Janet
refused to do anything until Tim and Amanda were told the truth, and she asked
Trevor to talk to them. Trevor
explained that Harold's health wouldn’t be improving and he’d soon start feeling worse. He
told them that this would be the best thing for Harold.
Tim cried and insisted on staying with Harold, but Trevor told him to wait in
the house with Janet and his sister. One
by one they each said their own good-byes to their beloved pet. While Trevor
spoke with the vet, Tim prayed for his mom (Natalie) to take Harold to heaven.
Then we saw Harold running into Natalie's open arms in heaven.
The Dillons returned to the house with Natalie’s assurance that they
would all be together again. The
last glimpse we had of Harold was as he turned around to take one last look at
the family he was leaving, then he followed Natalie.
Out of all the death scenes
we’ve had on this show, this one gave me a chill.
During this time I lost my own dog, Lucky, who passed away at home with
us. Even though many people said they thought this scene was overdone, to any
true dog mama, it was quite poignant.
Q: How many of the original
characters are still on AMC? Janetta
are currently three original characters remaining, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci),
Phoebe Tyler (Ruth Warrick), and Joe Martin (Ray MacDonnell).
Erica’s mother, Mona, who was
played by Francis Heflin, died in June 1994, when Francis Heflin passed away.
Another long-running character, Ruth Martin, was played by Mary Fickett
from 1970-1996, then Ruth returned for Christmas 1998.
Mary retired for a brief period between 96-98.
According to soap industry sources, she asked to be let out of her
contract. During 1995 and 1996 Ruth
Martin made few appearances. However,
her husband Joe often mentioned that she was in the garden or taking care of her
Aunt Clara in Iowa.
Lee Meriwether was later hired to play Ruth Martin from 96-98,
which again made Ruth a constant presence in Pine Valley.
Then in the late 1990’s, something happened between Lee Meriwether and
the producers that had her either going off contract or leaving the show.
Whatever it was has never really been clarified and it looked like Lee left
permanently, and Mary Fickett returned for the Christmas 1998 episode.
Ruth's absence between Lee Meriwether leaving and Mary Fickett returning
was explained by having her go to Mexico to lend her nursing expertise to the
medical people down there.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
I miss Dorian and wish she would return to Llanview.
Things were always hopping with her around. However, I have only been watching for about ten years, and
would be interested in knowing what happened when she first came to town and
exactly what year it was. Thanks
for your help. Barbara West
Dorian Cramer moved to Llanview in the early 1970's with her younger
sister, Melinda. In 1974, Dr.
Dorian lost her license to practice medicine for inadvertently giving a patient,
Rachel Wilson, an overdose of medication. She became quite bitter because her
career had been destroyed, and Dorian was determined to get even with the
residents of Llanview.
The following year, she married newspaper magnate Victor Lord, who was
many years her senior, and very frail. When Victor died under mysterious
circumstances in 1976, his daughter, Viki suspected that Dorian had withheld his
medication, thus causing his death.
In 1980, she had a brief affair with Clint Buchanan, but when he grew
tired of Dorian's constant scheming, he ended their relationship.
Later the same year, Dorian saw an opportunity to become Pennsylvania's
First Lady, and grabbed it by marrying attorney and future governor, Herb
Callison. With Asa Buchanan's help,
she bought the election for Herb. Unfortunately for Dorian, her dream collapsed
when Herb was forced to resign from office in order to avoid a scandal when
Dorian’s scheming came to light.
In 1981, Dorian’s teenage daughter, Cassie, moved to Llanview.
Cassie was the product of an affair Dorian had with David Renaldi while
she was in medical school. In 1982,
Herb adopted Cassie, but there was trouble down the road as she and her mother
had a very volatile relationship.
Not long after, Dorian tried her
best to win back David. Herb had no
other recourse but to divorce her, and did just that, and when they found
themselves together in a stalled elevator at the courthouse, they enjoyed one
more “roll in the hay”.
In 1986, Dorian began a romantic relationship with lawyer, Jonathan
Russell. When she was convicted of
murdering drug dealer, Mitch Laurence, their affair was put on hold when she was
sent to prison. Dorian remained
incarcerated for many months until a tape was found, proving that she had killed
Mitch in self-defense. After her
release, she left Llanview for Mendorra (??) where she became its Ambassador.
Returning two years later, Dorian, who by then was the owner of The
Intruder newspaper, had her sights set on destroying Viki and her Buchanan
empire. During this time she also
had an affair with young Jason Webb.
In 1993, while she renewed her
affair with Jason, Dorian learned she had breast cancer.
She went through treatments and was soon back to her old ways, when she
went into battle with Viki, over the amorous attentions of Sloan Carpenter.
When Viki and Sloan set out to prove that Dorian murdered Victor Lord 17
years earlier, Dorian went into revenge mode and seduced Viki's innocent teenage
son, Joey, but that plan was soon interrupted when new evidence came to light
and she was finally convicted of killing Victor.
Dorian was sentenced to death by lethal injection. However, her life was
spared when newcomer to Llanview, David Vickers claiming to be Victor Lord's
long-lost heir, produced a page from a diary that ultimately cleared her name.
No one knew that David was an imposter and a liar to boot.
I hope that fills in the years
that you missed.
Q: I’m so confused and I hope you
can straighten me out. I watched GH
for years and remember Heather Webber being played by Robin Mattson, who also
played on All My Children as Janet Green. OK,
a friend of mine told me that she is Cher’s sister. For the life of me I cannot see this, as they look NOTHING
alike. Help! Brendalyn Cosey, NH
Brendalyn, let me straighten this out for you before I become confused with this
question myself J.
There were three actresses who played Heather Grant Webber.
They were Georganne LaPiere in 1976, Mary O’Brien in 1977, and Robin
Mattson beginning in 1980.
Georganne LaPiere (who was once
married to actor Michael Madsen) is Cher’s younger half-sister, and you will
be happy to know that there is a resemblance, although Georganne is a blonde.
BTW, Cher’s full name is Cherylin Sarkisian LaPiere.
Georganne, who is five years younger than her sister, is pictured far left with friend Richard Dean Anderson, who played GH’s Jeff Webber. I also found a photo of Cher as a blonde, maybe this will help to see the resemblance. (and maybe not) Personally, I like Cher better as a brunette.
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