Friday, January 15, 2010

WLS Interview Archive: Harding Lemay

I had the distinct honor and privilege of sitting down to talk with the legendary Harding Lemay last summer.  As We Love Soaps continues to countdown the 50 Greatest Soap Actresses Of All Time, I wanted to revisit the words of this brilliant and fascinating Emmy winning writer of ANOTHER WORLD.  Please take some time this weekend to catch up on our interview with this esteemed living legend.

Part One - Lemay shares how he began writing for ANOTHER WORLD, how the atrocities of World War II affected his writing, and his push to get the first gay character on the air in the mid-1970's.   
Part Two - Find out which actress helped Mr. Lemay learn how to write for soaps, which leading actress irritated him by reading lines off her sleeve cuffs, how he became known as "Mr. Why" and his unique experience working with Paul Rauch  
Part Three - Lemay shares his feelings on ANOTHER WORLD spinning the character of Iris off to TEXAS, his return to the show in 1988, and how network interference increased over time.
Part Four - The Emmy winning writer talks about the censored story he would have told on ANOTHER WORLD in 1988, his relationship with Jill Farren Phelps, and what he really thinks about the violent murder of Frankie Frame.
Part Five - Lemay shares perspective on ATWT's burning of the Purple Heart, Chris Engen's exit, and the role the internet has played in soap watching in recent years.

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