|Emma Samms, MBE|
The former soap opera fave became a Member of the Order of the British Empire, bestowed with the honor by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, according to Gloucestershire Live. The monarch pinned a star lapel decoration on Samms who may now use the MBE suffix after her name.
Samms didn’t receive the honor for the legions of fans she entertained and amassed as Holly Sutton on General Hospital or Fallon Carrington on Dynasty. Instead the Queen honored her for her continuing work with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which she co-founded in 1983. Through that charity, Samms works to improve the lives of seriously and terminally ill children. She and her cousin were inspired to start the charity by the death of her brother of aplastic anemia when Samms was nine.
King George V developed the Order of the British Empire in 1917 “as a way of marking civilian achievement,” according to royalcenter.co.uk. It consists of six ranks that honor Britons for their contributions to the welfare of British society. The highest and rarest rank is Knght or Dame Grand Cross of the British Empire.
Samms most recently appeared on GH as a part of Luke’s extended farewell storyline when she aided him and Laura in rescuing Ethan and finding who had kidnapped Lucky.
Samms wasn’t the first actress to play Fallon on Dynasty, but she made the role unmistakably hers. Her great but subtle thespian talents, not to mention her delicate voice and features, provided a perfect complement to her commanding, powerful mother, the legendary Alexis Carrington.
Die-hard fans fondly remember her portrayal of Grayson Louder on cult hit, Models, Inc. On that show played a role wholly different than Holly and Fallon. She toyed with the lives of her boyfriends and employees as the ruthless head of a modeling agency.
Akbi Khan has been a soap mega-fan for 31 years. She has been writing about them and working to save the soap genre for several years. Last May she got her Master’s in rhetoric and composition, for which she completed a thesis on the Save Our Soaps (SOS) movement and created her own SOS group, thistimeitsforever.org. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, activism for various progressive causes, traveling down her spiritual path, rollerskating, going dancing, anything having to do with language or words, and laughing heartily and often, and more. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.