LYNDA HIRSCH ON TELEVISION -- GOSSIP

By Lynda Hirsch

May 23, 2020 3 min read

Two iconic actors with soap affiliations died this week, Fred Willard and Jerry Stiller. Both celebrated actors have movie and TV credits a mile long, and they died a day apart. Willard's credits include "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show" and "This Is Spinal Tap." The flicks are a must-see. On TV, he was Amy's dad in "Everybody Loves Raymond" and Phil's dad in "Modern Family." In the show's last year, the character died. Willard, 84, died of natural causes. Jamie Lee Curtis, whose husband, Christopher Guest, wrote many a film for Willard, took to Twitter to share how loved he was by her and her husband.

Parry Shen (Brad, "General Hospital") has a touching story about Jerry Stiller. In his early acting days, he had a small part on "Seinfeld." Shen had nine lines. Suddenly, the producer cut most of his lines and gave them to an actor who had been around for a while. Stiller said that was not going to happen. Stiller said the lines were right for Shen's character instead, "Give them back to him." Which they did.

After a year away from "General Hospital," Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) wants to check back in. He says he misses the show, the cast mates and his character. Dante was very central to the show as the son of Olivia and Sonny, the husband of Lulu, the father of Rocco and the only smart cop in Port Charles. Hopefully, the powers that be will welcome home the prodigal son.

Judi Evans (Adrienne, "Days of Our Lives") remains hospitalized after a nasty riding accident. The actress was riding on her property when her steed was spooked. Evans went flying. Her massive injuries include seven broken ribs, two chipped vertebrae, a broken collarbone and a collapsed lung. The list goes on. Lucky for her she did not land in Salem's hospital. Salem's hospital is pretty much do not pass go and head the cemetery. Speaking of graveyards, when not acting, Evans sells cemetery plots.

Although LA has stopped its lockdown law, not everyone feels safe. One actor, who did not wish to be named, said: "I'm not ready. I am ready to go back to work. I am. I have a family; I do not want them exposed. On a soap set, there is no social distancing. It is not called 'love in the afternoon' for nothing. Characters swap spit, beds and lots of hugging. Of course, if we are called, I will show up at the studio."

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