Tuesday, April 03, 2012


In honor of this week's flurry of soap anniversaries (General Hospital, The Doctors, As the World Turns, Edge of Night), Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments enhanced ebook is on sale for 50% off on both Amazon and BN.com.

In it, we feature an interview with Thom Racina, GH Headwriter for the most famous wedding of all time, guest-starring the most famous movie star to ever grace the daytime landscape.

He recalls:

We would never have married them had it not been for Elizabeth Taylor, who called up one day when word leaked that we wanted to push off the wedding for another six months, screaming in her high voice that she had, "...shut down many movie sets to watch Luke and Laura, and I'll be goddamned if you're not going to give me a wedding!"

I said we'll give a wedding if you come, and she giggled and the rest is history....

My most fun recollection was of Elizabeth being unable to say her character's name. She pronounced Cassadine as Casa-deen, rather than Casa-dine. It's great to watch it on the blooper reels now, but I remember her turning to me and saying, "Can't we just change my goddamn name?"

Read much more from Thom (including what "trick I pulled out of my writer's hat at the last minute" that proved to be one of the most enduring images of all time) plus dozens of other soap opera actors, writers, directors, producers, experts and fans about which scenes they voted the best ever in Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments, and check out the infamous Liz blooper reel below!

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