By Lynda Hirsch

January 11, 2020 4 min read

Two Emmy award-winning actors celebrated Christmas with marriage proposals. Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, "General Hospital") got engaged to her longtime boyfriend. It happened in Eugene, Oregon, on the same spot they shared their first kiss. Aww.

This will be the first marriage for Grahn, who has a 21-year-old daughter, Kate.

Not to be out done, Greg Vaughan (Eric, "Days of Our Lives" got down on bended knee to ask Angie Harmon to be his wife. Each has been previously married. He has three boys; she has three girls. They were dressed in matching Christmas sweaters when he proposed. Another aww. Harmon starred on "Rizzoli and Isles" and "Law and Order." Vaughn played Lucky on "General Hospital" for several years. He also was Diego on "The Young and the Restless."

Daytime's favorite childhood actress has decided to quit acting. Kimberly McCullough (Robin, "General Hospital") has decided to become a full time director. So far, she has directed more than 25 TV shows. I first interviewed her when she was 7. She was amazing funny and smart. That is also what I thought when I interviewed Lindsay Lohan when she was in "Parent Trap." Sadly, I was wrong about the troubled Lohan. Thankfully, I was right about McCullough. She is all that and a bag of chips. Directors who have been actors know what an actor needs and does not need to nail a scene. A mother in real life, the actress was always uneasy about her on-air work. She shared scenes with Tony Geary and Steve Burton. Tristan Rogers and Finola Hughes played her parents. Both of them are currently on the "General Hospital" scene. Hughes was excited about McCullough's switch to directing that she got her Directors Guild of America card, too. Not to worry, Hughes is not leaving acting. As for McCullough, even though she will not consider a cameo on "General Hospital," she would be willing to direct. She went on Instagram to thank the folks of "General Hospital" for the wonderful opportunity they gave her.

Speaking of celebrations, Cady McClain (Dixie, "All My Children") posted a beautiful tribute to the show this week: "Today I am celebrating the 50th Anniversary of All My Children! I started on the show when I had just turned 19 in the fall of 1988," McClain begins her lengthy and heartfelt post. "For many years this show and the people on it were like family to me. The makeup artists as much mom's as my own mom to me at times. And thanks to the work I was able to afford some art school and college as well. I saw many great shows (both American and International) that came to NYC, which opened my eyes to what performance could be. It allowed me to do a lot of Off-Broadway theater and roles in five Indie films while working my day job. I was nominated three times and won my first Emmy..." Her real-life husband is also a soap star, Jon Lindstrom (Ryan/Kevin, "General Hospital"

Great news for Thaao Penghlis fans. He returns to "Days of Our Lives" on Jan. 21. Anna will be along for the ride.

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