Tuesday, October 6, 2009

News Round-up: Lucci, Joosten, Wildman, Tellem

Susan Lucci to be honored by the NYSPCC
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world's first child protection agency, will honor Avon Products, Inc. Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung and Emmy-award winning actress Susan Lucci at its 2009 Gala on October 26 at 583 Park in Manhattan.

"Susan Lucci is dedicated to improving the lives of children not only in the U.S., but also in Africa. She has brought much needed attention to the neglect and abuse many children face on a daily basis. Andrea Jung has also shown herself to be a committed leader in promoting the welfare of children through the work of the Avon Foundation. Since 2008, the Avon Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to organizations that help children who are affected by domestic violence. It gives us great pleasure to honor both of these exceptional advocates at this year's Gala," said David Stack, President of The NYSPCC.

Jerry Douglas asking asking $2.695M for house in Encino
Jerry Douglas (John, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) and wife, Kymberly Douglas, have listed for sale a five-bedroom, six-bath home at 17336 Rancho St. in Encino for $2.695 million. The 5,335-square-foot house was built in 1951.

Nancy Drew Twitter soap launches
Giving fans a peek inside the world of its next game, Her Interactive, the designer, developer and publisher of the best-selling Nancy Drew PC game series, today announced an online soap opera delivered through the Waverly students’ Twitter accounts, called WATCHING WAVERLY.

Nancy Tellem Eyeing New Role at CBS
Nancy Tellem, president of the CBS Television Studios Entertainment Group, is in talks to step down and take on a new role in the company, according to multiple reports. Reports say that Tellem is talking to CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves about giving up day-to-day responsibilities and moving into a more strategic role at the company.

You may remember Tellem from her statements when the GUIDING LIGHT cancellation was announced: "It was not an easy decision to make, but we talked it over with our partners at Procter & Gamble, and we agreed it was time."

GOSSIP GIRL had 2.07 million viewers this week
On Monday night, The CW's GOSSIP GIRL was watched by 2.07 million, down from 2.3 million last week. ONE TREE HILL had 2.19 million viewers.

Kathryn Joosten Recovering from Lung Surgery
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES actress Kathryn Joosten, 69, underwent surgery Monday morning in Los Angeles to remove a cancerous growth on her lung, PEOPLE is reporting. According to Joosten's rep, the actress's doctors believe the cancer was well contained – and that the surgery was a complete success.

Valerie Wildman returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Wildman is coming back to DAYS as Fay Walker. No word on the length of her visit.

Grace Keagy dead at 87
Grace Keagy, a former housewife who made her Broadway debut in 1950s, appearing in a series of 1970s musicals, died of ovarian cancer in Rochester, New York on Oct. 4, at the age of 87. Keagy made her television debut in 1985 and appeared numerous times on AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, THE DOCTORS, RYAN'S HOPE and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.

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