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Russian artists re-enact Santa Barbara !


It is the event of the new museum of contemporary art GES-2, in Moscow : until March 22, 2022, 80 actors and technicians will re-enact in live performances scenes of Santa Barbara !
At the origin of this crazy project,
Santa Barbara, a Living Sculpture, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. 98 days for 98 episodes played, filmed and edited live, in front of the museum audience. For the occasion, sets of the show have been recreated and almost look-alike performers of the actors have been hired !
A completely unexpected and totally exciting tribute to the first soap-opera broadcast on Russian television in 1992 and became there a real societal phenomenon.
To watch :
> An extract of the talk-show of Arte channel 28 Minutes Samedi of December 11, 2021, which presents the event and pays a tribute in music to the show ! (In French)
> Bridget and Jerome Dobson interviewed at the GES-2 Museum for the event opening
To read :
> The presentation of the performance on the GES-2 Museum website
> An article of The New York Times on the event
Eden in a wedding dress in Soap Opera Digest


The American magazine Soap Opera Digest asked its readers to vote for the most beautiful wedding dress in the soap-opera history.
And it is Eden's which arrives in 5th position, as announced it the last issue on July 26.
A good score, even if the work of Richard Bloore deserved even better !
> Read also : The work of Richard Bloore
Nancy Lee Grahn loses at the 48th Daytime Emmy awards


The 48th Daytime Emmy awards took place on June 25, during a limited ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nancy Lee Grahn (ex-Julia Wainwright), who was nominated for the sixth time in the category outstanding lead actress for General Hospital, unfortunately did not win the victory.
We hope to see her try her luck again next year !
> The nominations and rewards of the Santa Barbara stars at the previous Daytime Emmy awards
The first book on Santa Barbara !


The first book on Santa Barbara is expected in June !

Santa Barbara - the Fan Book contains more than 270 pages of highlights about the show, including original production notes, storyline synopsis from 1984 to 1987, over 40 biographies of actors and actresses, behind the scene reports from 1988 to 1993, and many rare color photos.

The book can be ordered online until May 31.

A nice initiative for which we can congratulate the author, a faithful German fan of the show !

Homage : Tawny Kitaen (1961-2021)


The rumor was confirmed during the weekend : Tawny Kitaen died on May 07, at the age of 59.

The actress was in Santa Barbara Lisa DiNapoli, sister of Celeste and Emily and confidante of Mason, for five months in 1989. In the United States, she is best known for her often naked and sexy appearances in rock music videos, and her personal mischiefs that link domestic violence, drug and alcohol use.

In recent years, she had mediatized her various cosmetic surgery operations on social medias.

She leaves behind two daughters, who have officially announced her death, from causes for the moment not communicated yet.

Nicolas Coster's autobiography


With 70 years of career to his credit, Nicolas Coster had things to tell. It is now done with the release of his autobiography, Another Whole Afternoon.

The ex-Lionel Lockridge talks about his London youth, his first roles on stage on Broadway and then on television, in dozens of series and daytime soap-operas.

While waiting to be able to read him, we hope that the actor reserved beautiful pages for his Santa Barbara years. No doubt he talks about his lifelong passion for scuba diving and his involvement in people with disabilities.

Homage : Henry Darrow (1933-2021)


He was born Enrique Tomás Delgado Jiménez in 1933. Henry Darrow died on March 14, 2021.

For us, he was the incomparable Rafael Castillo in Santa Barbara, Cruz's father, always optimistic and smiling. For the Americans, he was especially Manolito "Mano" Montoya, in the four seasons of the western TV show The High Chaparral between 1967 and 1971. It is the role which made him famous to the public, already whimsical and roguish, as will be later Rafael.

His career has also been linked to the character of Zorro : his voice in the animated series The New Adventures of Zorro in 1981, an aging Zorro in 1983 in the TV show Zorro and Son, and his father in the show The New Zorro in 1990.

That same year in 1990, he won a Daytime Emmy award for his role of Rafael Castillo in Santa Barbara, and in 2012 an ALMA Award for the rest of his career.

Henry Darrow was 87 years old.

> Read extracts of his autobiography Lightning in the Bottle, published in 2012

The 1st movie of director Robin Wright


Robin Wright director ! After 10 episodes of her series House of Cards and a medium-length film in 2017 (see the News du 03/02/2017), the actress got down to business with her very first feature film, Land.

It tells the story of Edee Mathis, whom Robin plays and who, after an experience that made her see death up close, decides to continue her isolated life in the Wyoming mountains.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival at the end of January, and hits American theaters this Friday, February 12.

We hope for a release in France soon, after the reopening of cinemas...

Long life to Land, and good luck to Robin !

Homage : Peter Mark Richman (1927-2021)


He was the first interpreter on screen of C.C. Capwell in 1984. Peter Mark Richman died this January 14 of natural causes, at the age of 93.

While he had replaced at the last minute Lloyd Bochner, victim of heart problems, Peter Mark Richman had chosen to leave Santa Barbara hastily after barely more than a month of shooting, pretexting to find the scenarios too lazy.

The actor began his career on television in 1953. After several theater movies, it was in television series that he continued his career, accumulating dozens of guest-star appearances as the recurring role of Andrew Laird in Dynasty between 1981 and 1984. He had also acted in theatre, staged two plays, and wrote two novels, Hollander's Deal and The Rebirth of Ira Masters.

He leaves behind his 67-year-old wife, Helen Richman, five children and six grandchildren.