Weekend Recap (1997)
Hi all, Just
wanted to share my GH fantasy weekend with you all! A good friend (Mina L.,
posts on Ratsa) that I met on AOL flew in Thursday night, it was our first time
meeting! We toured San Diego, stayed at my place that night. Friday am another
new friend met us and we drove up to LA together. I took them on a tour of Rodeo
Drive, Beverly Hills (won't mention the part about getting lost in the LA barrio
for an hour!). We had lunch at Planet Hollywood and headed to the hotel.
We stayed at the Sportsman's Lodge where the luncheon was to be held. Our room
wasn't ready so the manager bought us drinks by the pool. We were quite happy
since we found Crystal Carson (ex-Julia Barrett) there promoting her "Take
a Chance with the Stars" a benefit in Sept (?) for the American Cancer
Society. She was one of the absolute nicest people! Also JL from Days, and
another guy from Sunset Beach (the blond lifeguard).
Also going on was a soap boutique being held in a couple of the rooms by the
pool, found some great pictures of the actors for sale for $1.50/$2.00. After
this, our room still wasn't ready so you guessed it - more drinks by the pool!
Well we are sitting around talking and a group of AOLers came up and introduced
themselves, they heard Joan and I talking .....turns out they were a group of
S&Bers that I had met on line (Beth, Kathy, Mary, and many more)! Hooked up
with Cheryl (Cheyanne11) - great to see her again. Missed JMatt though!
Later, also ran into a group of MQAS (RedKar, IAMJO, Loids....) - its always fun
to put faces with screen names. Then we went out to see The High Lonesome (the
band Jon Lindstrom was formerly with), several others were there Anne, Razz, JT,
ect...... back to the hotel, wondered over to the Blast From the Past party that
was breaking up to hook up with our roomie, Danielle. We saw John O' Reilly
(Sean Donnelly), Sharon Wyatt (Tiffany), Billie Hayes (Witchipoo, she was
Robert's mentor on GH in late 70's), and Tony Cassidine. They all looked great!
Andre (the guy that played Tony) looked really good, he was on GH during the Ice
Princess business. You know storyline wise he didn't die did he? He would be a
great brother for Stefan! Wait a minute, did Mikos freeze Tony? I remember
Victor went to jail.
So on Friday, we expected to see no one, ran into several AOLer's, several GH
actors and went to bed feeling great! What a wonderful first day!
Saturday, (the absolute BEST day!), we had breakfast - once again met another
group of AOLers.....had breakfast at the lodge, then headed out to Hollywood.
Took the girls to see Grauman's Chinese Theatre, star footprints. Found some
shops, bought pictures (I knew if I bought a Mel Gibson picture I might be in
trouble - something else to collect! But that didn't seem to stop me!). Also
found a shop Lucas told us about, "Hollywood Book & Poster" that
had some GH & PC slides that could be order made into 8 x 10's for $5 each!
We decided to see Kin Shriner, and got there early were the first in line. We
got second row seating, (front row saved for the fan club staff). I won a Luke
& Laura return poster on the raffle, and a Daytime to Remember shirt on the
door prize! This was a great event, they kept passing out pictures - Kin alone,
Kin with Lynn, Kin & Carly, PC promo brochure, Billy picture.
Kin was very shy, think he felt kinda awkward with all the attention which made
it all the more special that he was willing to do an event like this! He was
joined by Peter and Susan (Lee & Gail Baldwin), Carly (Serena), Shell
(Dominique), and AJ (Billy Warlock), Karen's mom (whose name escapes me for the
moment). They were all very interested to hear the good fan response to PC,
wanted to know what we liked about it. They love the half hour format as it
really shortens their work day. It was cute when Shell was introduced to Carly,
"this is your mom....". They later posed for family pictures (Scotty,
Dom, Serena, the Baldwins). Kin told how he spotted Carly in a Shake & Bake
commercial and was sure she was the one!
He got her the audition, and during it she invited him to go swimming later! She
charmed everyone and was incredibly posed for such a young child, and very
sweet. It was obvious that Kin and her have a good relationship, he really
looked after her, they were very affectionate with each other. Susan Brown is a
very classy lady, very gracious, her and Peter are happy to be back on screen -
there were a lot of jokes about their new home (the masoluem, and decorating
choices that Gail made!). Billy Warlock was very nice, very open, he seems very
happy to be part of the GH family and was also one of the nicest people - he
really seemed to enjoy meeting the fans. I know after meeting him I'm really
going to be rooting for the character of AJ. We really enjoyed this one, it was
fun meeting everyone.
We stayed for Maurice's - My heart about stopped when Maurice came out, he's
chair was on the edge of the stage just a few feet away! He is known for being
shy, yet he was so warm, so touched by all the fan adoration. This place was
packed to the max, with fans sitting on the stairways. He answered questions for
an hour - us and Maurice just chit chatting. He was honest, open, talked about
how much he enjoyed working with Tony G., Jason, Ron, Vanessa. He did say he
would be willing to come back in December (or pre tape scenes) so when Vanessa
is schedule to leave that S&B could exit together happily. I got the feeling
he really just needs a break 6 mos - 1 year to relax, check out other
opportunities. He's a very gifted actor, I think if he gets the breaks he could
go far - I hope for his sake he does. He also said that Sonny is the best
character, and unless he gets an Al Pacino type role that it would be difficult
to match Sonny. He was very sweet about if things don't work out he would love
to come back to GH in a year or so. He mentioned how much he enjoyed doing Bob
Guza's work, and that if Guza comes back (he's currently under contract till Dec
I believe) that would be a big plus to coming back to GH. He said about the
Labines and the development of characters like Sonny, Stone that they were the
Best of the Best.
He shared that in his final scenes with Michael Sutton (Stone) that he spoke
from his heart to Michael, telling Michael how much he cared about him, how good
of an actor he had become. I want to see those scenes again now! Maurice seems
to really enjoy the scenes between Sonny & Mike, Sonny & Luke, Sonny
& Stone, those scenes that really show Sonny's soul, his heart.....he talked
about the connection that exists in the eyes that makes that on screen
relationship work - like with S&B. It felt like Maurice would have been
happy to sit and chat all day! Jim Warren (the event coordinator) had to about
pull Maurice off stage!
Jonathan Jackson came out and sang - he talked about what a doll Lulu is (she's
twins) and how she connects with him - if its a happy scene she understands and
plays happy, if its sad she picks up on that too. George Alvarez (Garcia) was
there - very happy to be back with GH. Ron Hale (Mike) was there - he is so
handsome! Ron does hope that Mike doesn't become to stable (bar owner, ect) and
lose his edge. Sounds like playing the nice guy gets boring. Maurice mentioned
that Jason will be taking over Sonny's work.
Afterwards, I was able to get a picture with Maurice, and also with Ron. I had
to concentrate very hard to hopefully not have the Rosie O'Donnell meets Tom
Cruise look on my face when Maurice put his arm around me! Maurice is the best,
when Jim W. was trying to speed things up, Maurice would say okay lets do just
pictures so everyone would have a chance. He realizes that fans would rather
have a picture than an autograph and he wanted everyone to get a chance. This
was a great event - what an afternoon!
Well off floating back to the hotel....had dinner, hooked up with Melanie
(ILOVEGH...) and then off to see Kurth & Taylor. What a nice surpise - Rena
was there and her and Wally did Q&A for an hour! This was fantastic! It was
so great to see them together, happy! Wally mentioned the Polish Up GH campaign
- they both seemed to get a kick out of that! They were both disappointed when
Heart & Soul didn't get picked up (the 1/2 hr show set in New York around
Ned & Lois). However, it would have been much more expensive that PC so ABC
chose to go with PC. Rena did say how very much she misses GH she would love to
come back. But she is enjoying spending this time with her beautiful little girl
so much. They mentioned maybe in a year or two she might think of returning. I
do miss Lois, but as a mother I've made those same choices.....to do temp work
and spend lots of time with my daughter. That time when the babies are little
goes by so fast.
She takes her daughter to Mommy & Me classes, swimming classes all that fun
stuff that you just can't do when working fulltime. She did finish that movie in
Vancouver, Wally was able to join. Yes that was Wally and the baby in
Stepsister. Evidently, the film was short on extras so Wally offered to help
out. Wally was hysterical talking about what motivation his character should
have, and Rena pointing out he was just an extra! They are so funny together.
Wally did just resign for 1 1/2 years with the option to stay for another 1 1/2
years. Rena made some comments about Ned's new relationship with Alexis.....got
the feeling there is a part of her that doesn't really care to see Ned move on -
she was also kidding too. I can't wait till Lois comes back and busts that one
up! There was lots of good discussion about Lois's departure - why it didn't
work initially - one fan mentioned that the old Lois would never have been
afraid of Tracy. Wally also mentioned how much he is enjoying working with
Billy. He said that for the past year all that Ned has done was to bash AJ, goes
to work, beats up on AJ and goes home. Wally commented on how Billy plays AJ
with a lot of strength, and this is going to change the dynamics between Ned and
AJ - more confrontational less Ned picking on AJ. Wally also mentioned that Ned
is going to buy L&B and do some more singing! Hurray!!!!! Sounds like Ned
might actually have a storyline coming up.
Christian Taylor (not only a great voice but oh so good looking) came out and he
and Wally played for about an hour - great music! They played a few new songs,
CD titled "Nashville" coming out on August 15th - great sound. Then
they stayed for another hour signing autographs, taking pictures, till the very
last person came thru - it was 1:00 in the am. Wally was so incredibly nice. I
had worn my K&T Dick's Last Resort shirt from SD tour stop, and brought a
group of girls who hadn't heard him before. He was very relaxed. Once again I
hope I wiped that Rosie meets TC look off my face. I also finally met Jami, she
sure is beautiful.
This was the absolute perfect day! Sunday am we woke up - exhausted. It had
already been a great weekend. This year the had an open area outside to brose
around for pictures outside. This was nice, lots of photos available. Met more
friends...though the entire weekend I never saw Mo....everytime I asked she was
off somewhere else.....the phantom. Wally was there again early, once again
signing. He too when pressed for time insisted on just doing pictures so more
people could come thru and he stayed till the very last one. He is very generous
with his time.
We then went into the ballroom around 12:00. Lunch was good. The stars came in,
the crowd cheered and screamed. First they gave out the awards, can't remember
them all. Vanessa won Hottest Female, Maurice Best Actor, S&B Best Couple,
Lynn Best Actress and Most Humorous. Tyler won Best Youth. For Best Storyline,
the entire room booed the nomination for N&L's breakup. I looked over and
saw Wally grin! The return of the Cassidine's won in that category.
Most of the cast of PC was there, and there was a big group Q&A. Anna Lee
(received a standing ovation) and said she would die with her Lila Quartermaine
boots on! Leslie & Stuart were given an award and acknowledge for their 20
year anniversary with the show.
Then they let out all the even tables (I was at #5 - : ( ) to go into the
autograph room. So we hung out and listened to the raffle. I won a Luke &
Laura color sketch. I just had an L&L winning weekend - also won an
autograph Soap Opera News with Tony G. on the cover!
There were a lot more people this year which made seeing the actors more
difficult. An attempt was made to organize this year better, more security, ect.
Unfortunately the implementation resulted in very long lines - 1 1/2 for those
at the odd # tables. Later though, Maurice came into the ballroom so everyone
could get a picture with him. Then Ingo came by and worked the room, this worked
out nicely. Stephen & MB had to leave so didn't get a chance to see them,
same with Sarah (Carly). I missed seeing her, met her briefly last year and she
is such a sweetheart. I'm really going to enjoy seeing Carly & AJ together!
Didn't get to see Vanessa & Tyler they had to leave early as she was Maid of
Honor in her best friends wedding.
Another highlight was seeing Jon Lindstrom, Kin, and the boys of PC - especially
the Scanlon brothers! They are both very cute. I really enjoyed meeting Julie
(Lisa) and Frank (Jay) - they were two of the warmest, and seemed so excited
about all of this. Also Karen (?), and Chris (Nolan) were very friendly!
I think overall last years luncheon was better - mostly because it was my first,
less crowded, actor's more accessible. But it was such a great weekend, and I
had already seen Wally, Maurice, Billy, Kin, Ron in a smaller more intimate
environment. I highly recommend the personal events, there are less people and
you can spend more time with your favorites. The luncheon was just extra - the
best part of that was to meet the PC people! That was fun. I can't till my pics
are ready! I also hooked up with a good photographer, she had great pictures of
many of my favs for $1.50/$2.00!
Next year will be GH's 35th anniversary. This year the luncheon sold out in
April - (or maybe it was Feb - it was very early). Next year tickets will only
be available to fan club members. If you've ever thought of going, the best
place to stay is at the Sportsman's Lodge because the are so many other things
going on there, its close to other events, and you run into other fans, ect. But
this place booked up in January!
Stacey : )