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Old 04-17-2011, 09:02 PM   #46
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Santa Barbara? Excellent choice. They had the best songs for Eden & Cruz - "The Change in Me is You", "Shelter From the Storm", "All My Life", etc. Not sure what A Martinez is up to these days (though he did have a short-term role on OLTL a couple of years ago), but Marcy Walker has since retired from show biz. She now goes by her married name of Marcy Smith and is director of children's ministries at a church in Charlotte, NC.

Plus, she and Robin Wright really looked and acted like sisters. Eden and Kelly Capwell were probably the most convincing sisters I've seen on soaps.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:12 PM   #47
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Those pictures sure bring back memories. Santa Barbara seemed different from the other soap operas and that is why I liked it so much. I really think they did the fans a big disgrace by not bringing Eden and Cruz back for the final episode.

I remember when NBC daytime started with Sale of The Century and ended with Santa Barbara. Now that was one hell of a daytime lineup even though they were usually third in the ratings.
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Speaking of Robin Wright, this show was her big break (and made The Princess Bride during her run as Kelly). Surprisingly (at least to me, I never saw SB when it was originally on), Eden and Cruz weren't on right at the beginning (A Martinez came on a couple of weeks after the premiere, and Marcy Walker didn't show up for about 2 months into the show's run - probably because she'd jumped ship from her first go-around on AMC and was waiting for her contract there to be up). The star-crossed couple at the outset was Kelly and Joe Perkins (originally played by Dane Witherspoon).

The Wright/Witherspoon chemistry was off the charts, and carried over into real life for a time (they fell in love when the show began in 1984, moved in together a few weeks later, wed in 1986 and divorced in 1988). Then Witherspoon was fired in a dispute with the producers about 3 months after the show debuted. His replacement, Mark Arnold (who had been Lori Loughlin's love interest on The Edge of Night), had none of the charisma in the role or chemistry with Wright that Witherspoon had. Arnold had a short-term contract (only 3 months) and it was his choice not to renew it; he wanted to pursue film work.

It's a shame things turned sour - both on- AND off-screen. None of Wright's subsequent pairings on the show even came close to what she had with Witherspoon's Joe. (Though I might have gone for a Kelly/Pearl romance. Pearl was one funny guy - he always cracked me up. )

Robin Wright, of course, went from SB to movie stardom and Sean Penn. They of course recently divorced, as have Dane Witherspoon and his second wife, Tracy Shaffer. Each of those pairings spawned two children (Wright/Penn have a daughter and son, Witherspoon/Shaffer share two sons). Dane Witherspoon left acting long ago to become an independent businessman/entrepeneur.

P.S. I LOVE the wedding gown Kelly wore for her and Joe's wedding in early 1985 (which was SB's first wedding, by the way). It totally cracks me up - so vintage 80s!!!
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Here's another interesting tidbit - one of the major obstacles in the Kelly/Joe romance was the shady Peter Flint, who after losing Kelly for good went completely off the deep end. He was played by Stephen Meadows, who was once married to Leeza Gibbons (!!). Now remarried, he and his second wife live with their combined family in Hawaii. Here he is as Peter Flint, posing with Robin Wright as Kelly Capwell:
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Definitely Sunset Beach, this soap opera never should have been cancelled, I loved every minute of it!!!

I'm another one with a soft spot for my Sunset Beach!!! Love it as well. Even was fighting for it to stay on the air longer, but it never happened. It was also one of the shows where I got to meet the entire cast. I just loved the show for its campiness.
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Sunset Beach, much like Santa Barbara, is still huge overseas. I read that some country (Croatia? Ukraine? I can't remember which one) shows reruns of Sunset Beach in primetime.
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I still miss Guiding Light.
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There are two soaps that I miss, As the World Turns and Santa Barbara. Those were the first 2 soaps I ever watched. My folks used to tape them and watch them at night and after I went to bed I would lay on the floor in my room since it was above the kitchen with the tv and wait to hear my folks turn on the VCR to watch there soaps. I would sneak down the stairs and I could see the tv from the bottom step and since the seats my folks sat in faced the other direction they couldn't see me so I could sit there and watch the soaps. I remember a couple years ago when I still lived with my folks I was going through my moms old VHS taps and I found one with a bunch of ATWT eps and it brought back alot of memories. I think ATWT was best in the 80's when Lily was young and she first met Holden those were some good eps.
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At least you can still find clips of both shows (as well as other soaps) on YouTube. Great stuff.
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Santa Barbara.

My girlfriend at the time was watching the show.
It had a lot interesting elements. Mason was a great character.

I remember one episide Mason got it on with Gina in the back of ambulance after a fire. I was in awe of Lane Davies after that.
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I guess we can now add Guiding Light and As The World Turns to this list now.
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Santa Barbara.

My girlfriend at the time was watching the show.
It had a lot interesting elements. Mason was a great character.

I remember one episide Mason got it on with Gina in the back of ambulance after a fire. I was in awe of Lane Davies after that.
That was when the first Gina, Linda Gibboney, was playing the role. Mason also had that wonderful love story with Mary Duvall (Harley Kozak) - until the poor girl was crushed by the neon "C" from the Capwell Hotel sign. SB sure had some terrific male characters that any female would love: Cruz, Mason, and Joe (well, when he was played by Dane Witherspoon, IMO).
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I miss the classic episodes of All My Children, One Life To Live and General Hospital. Wish they'd come out on dvd I'd buy them all.
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That was when the first Gina, Linda Gibboney, was playing the role. Mason also had that wonderful love story with Mary Duvall (Harley Kozak) - until the poor girl was crushed by the neon "C" from the Capwell Hotel sign. SB sure had some terrific male characters that any female would love: Cruz, Mason, and Joe (well, when he was played by Dane Witherspoon, IMO).
I remember Nick the photographer who was with Kelly (they married, I think).
I liked him. They made a good couple.

He had an evil brother, Dylan or something? Hated that bastard.

And don't get me started on Kirk Cranston.

Ok, I'm almost a woman right now.
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No, Kelly never married Nick (though they were engaged at one point). When Robin Wright was in the role, Kelly married Joe Perkins (who was killed by her crazy ex, Peter Flint) and then Jeffrey Conrad. In real life, Robin Wright married (and divorced) Joe #1, Dane Witherspoon. She was only 18 when she started on SB but just had that old soul thing going on.

SB also had great music - they would use pop hits of the day but also had stellar original songs. My favorites of the originals are "Shelter From the Storm" and "The Change in Me" (both Cruz and Eden themes) and "Sweet & Simple", which was used as a song for Kelly and Nick when they were in the ghost town.
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