By Lynda Hirsch

December 3, 2016 4 min read

Dollar Bill Spencer of "The Bold and the Beautiful" is going to feel like chump change next week when Brooke, the current love of his life, stuns him when she reveals she is engaged to Ridge and giving him another chance. Another chance? Brooke and Ridge have tied and untied the knot four times. But the fact that they are engaged does not mean they will march down the well-warn carpet aisle. Ridge will start to spend more time obsessing about getting his CEO position back at Forrester Fashion.

Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, "General Hospital") joined the show as a young man. He leaves it as an older, wiser man with a wife and a child. Christopher told "Soaps in Depth" he had hoped to return to "GH" after a sabbatical. The actor who won best daytime actor this year could not sign off on the deal the show wanted. He is busy career-wise he has made two films; on a personal note, he and his family are moving to Nashville. He will have a soap star-studded welcome wagon. Three of his former GH cast mates already live there. Jonathon Jackson (Lucky), Scott Reeves (Steven Lars) and Steve Burton (original Jason) live in the music city. When Burton and Christopher were young men, they liked to golf. The links fit them to a tee until Christopher had a case of the yips; he took a swing, Burton was in the way. The club broke Burton's nose.

December 1 marked the 25th anniversary of World Aids Day. In the '80s and '90s the scourge known as AIDS decimated the soap opera acting society. With help from We Love Soaps, here is a list:

Bill Beyers (Wally McCandless, Capitol)?March 17, 1955 - May 29, 1992 (age 37)

Christopher Bernau (Philip Todd, Dark Shadows; Alan Spaulding, Guiding Light)?June 2, 1940-June 14, 1989 (age 49)?

Robert Christian (Bob Morgan, Another World; Dr. Colby, All My Children; Lieutenant Frank,Search for Tomorrow)?December 27, 1939-January 27, 1983 (age 43)?

Joel Crothers (Miles Cavanaugh, The Edge of Night; Jerry Cooper/Jack Lee, Santa Barbara; Julian Cannell, Somerset; Ken Stevens, The Secret Storm; Nathan Forbes, Dark Shadows; The Doctors)?January 28, 1941-November 6, 1985 (age 44)

Brad Davis (Alexander Kronos, How to Survive a Marriage)?November 6, 1949-September 8, 1991 (age 41)

Robert Drivas (Brad Robinson, Our Private World; Ernest Cooper in Young Doctor Malone)?November 21, 1938-June 29, 1986 (age 47)

Tom Fuccello (Paul Kendall, One Life - Live; Mark Elliott, Love is a Many Splendored Thing; Dave Culver, Dallas)?December 11, 1936-August 16, 1993 (age 56)

Leslie Graves (Brenda Clegg, Capitol)?September 29, 1959-August 23, 1995 (age 35)?

Douglas Lambert (Eddie Weeks, General Hospital) ?July 7, 1936-December 16, 1986 (age 50)

Irving Allen Lee (Calvin Stoner, The Edge of Night; Evan Cooper, Ryan's Hope)?November 21, 1948-September 5, 1992 (age 43)?

Timothy Patrick Murphy (Mickey Trotter, Dallas; Spencer Langley, Search for Tomorrow) ?November 3, 1959-December 6, 1988 (age 29)

David Oliver (Perry Hutchins, Another World; Sam Gardner, A Year in the Life)?January 31, 1962-November 12, 1992 (age 30)?

?Dack Rambo (Grant Harrison, Another World; Jack Ewing, Dallas; Steve Jacobi, All My Children; Wesley Harper, Paper Dolls; Tim, Never Too Young)?November 13, 1941-March 21, 1994 (age 52)?

Robert Reed (Lloyd Kendall, Search for Tomorrow; Mike Brady, The Bradys)?October 19, 1932-May 12, 1992 (age 59)?

Howard E. Rollins Jr. (Ed Harding, Another World, FBI Agent, All My Children)?October 17, 1950-December 8, 1996 (age 46)??

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