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Terry Lester (1950-2003)

You could have read the news in the beginning of December on the Forum of discussion of the site : Terry Lester, who was between 1989 and 1990, the second interpreter of Mason Capwell in Santa Barbara, died on Friday November 28th in California. He was 53.

Born on April 13, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Terry Lester seemed, as of his younger childhood, destined for artistic jobs. Gifted pianist, composer, singer, he had in particular taken part in several representations of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. In 1970, he begins in comedy by making an uncredited appearance in the film Airport. In 1976, he takes part in the science fiction TV show (absolutly kitsch today) Ark II. He continues in 1980 with the character of Jack Abbott in the success soap The Young and the Restless, a role he will play during nine years before giving his resignation, wearied and used by this shooting. At this point in time he accepts, at the top of his celebrity, to take the place left vacant by Lane Davies in Santa Barbara. Thus he becomes, for one year, the second face of Mason Capwell. Million fans throughout the world thus discover a certainly less tortured and more sprightly Mason, but in any cases very close with Nancy Lee Grahn, his partner on screen.

However, in 1990, Terry leaves the show. After three years far from the cameras, he decides to try again the adventure of the soap-opera with As the World Turns (in the part of Royce Keller), but the chemistry does not occurs and he decides to definitively turn the page of the soap in 1994. Begins then the long period of the difficult times : some (rare) appearances on television in shows like Star Trek : Voyager, JAG or Walker Texas Ranger, are not enough to fill a career continuation a little difficult. Since 1999, Terry Lester did not have the occasion to play the comedy on a film set any more.

If since this 28 November, no information filtered as for the circumstances of his disappearance, his death causes in all cases a great sadness to all the fans of Santa Barbara...

Read also : two articles on Terry To ballast, Santa Barbara causes a coup d'etat! (1990) and Terry To ballast, a ex-small genius (1993)

Stories of contacts The news of Santa Barbara : le site Francais
Bad Christmas for Lane Davies

Lane Davies learned the news during December from the producers of General Hospital : his contract will not be renewed for the year 2004. A quite sad disappointment for the actor who had made his return in November of the last year (and at the general surprise, remember the News of November 2002) in the famous soap of the network ABC. His contract running until mid-January, Lane should however continue to appear on the American screens until February.

Let us hope that the actor will be able to quickly rebound after this bad news... Perhaps besides thanks to theatre where, this year again, like every winter, he played with his troop The Santa Susana Repertory Company Charles Dickens's part, A Christmas Carol (see the News of December 2002).

2003 to 2004 : Time of the inventories

The ends of years are often favourable to many inventories. For the pleasure, here is a small summary in figures of the updates happened on the site this year 2003...

1480 new photos, of which 75 photos of actors for who it was the first picture on this site

17 new portraits of charaters

32 new press articles

12 new pages of the News

4 new audio credits to download in the section Multimedia

1 new site of videos, Santa Barbara Videos : le site Francais. This last one counted for its part on December 31 2003, that is to say two months after its birth, 45 videos to download.

Happy birthday this month to...

01 : Rawley Valverde (Amado Gonzalez)

07 : Kristen Meadows (Victoria Lane)

10 : Krista Tesreau (Andi Klein)

11 : Mitchell Ryan (Anthony Tonell)

22 : John Wesley Shipp (Martin Ellis)

       Maria Ellingsen (Katrina Ruyker)

24 : Brian Matthews (David Laurent)

26 : Paul Johansson (Greg Hughes)

27 : Carrington Garland (Kelly Capwell n░3)

        Tamlyn Tomita (Ming Li)

28 : Harley Jane Kozak (Mary DuVall)

       John Beck (David Raymond)