Ellen Lowell is a fictional character from the American daytime soap opera As the World Turns. She was portrayed by Wendy Drew from the series first episode on April 2, 1956 until September 1960 and by Patricia Bruder from December 1960 until November 1998. Wendy Drew played Ellen from 1956 until 1960, when Patricia Bruder took over the role; when Drew requested to be released from her contract as she was getting married, the fictional Ellen was sent away on a cruise, returned played by Bruder. Bruder appeared in. Alongside Eileen Fulton and Don Hastings, who played Lisa Grimaldi and Bob Hughes Bruder was one of the serial's longest serving cast members. In 1990, a party was organised to honor the longevity of these and other cast members, viewers were invited to attend to the event. In 1995, Bruder was "let go" from the serial. In 1998, Bruder returned to the serial to play Ellen once again; as The World Turns focused on two families: the Hugheses and the Lowells. Ellen's father, Jim Lowell, was one of the soap's original protagonists.
An early plot featured an affair between Edith Hughes. Creator Irna Phillips had intended to contravene the typical format of soap opera storylines by allowing the affair to lead to a happy marriage, however killed Jim off instead; this resulted in younger members of the Lowell and Hughes families, including Ellen, being brought to the forefront of storylines. Ellen had been horrified by her father's affair, as Marilyn J. Matelski writes in The Soap Opera Evolution, alongside her doubt as to whether her parents loved her, set Ellen on a "somewhat reckless love and security from any source". In 1958, Ellen subsequently gave their son up for adoption. According to The Daytime Serials of Television, 1946–1960, she was the first major character in any serial to have an illegitimate child. Lynda Hirsch of the Youngstown Vindicator summarised Ellen's following storylines: After Tim divorced his wife, he and Ellen married, but Tim died of a blood ailment shortly after the wedding. Meanwhile David and his wife Betty Stewart had adopted Dan and had a natural son named Paul.
Betty died and David hired a housekeeper to raise his boys. Ellen learned where Dan was and tried to win custody but the court denied her motion. Several years David fell in love with Ellen and they married, but not before Ellen murdered his house-keeper Franny Brennon; the Stewarts became a prominent family in the serial in the 1960s, members of the Lowell family were written out in their favor. David and Ellen had Carol Ann and Dawn. Over the course of the decade, Ellen's son Dan Stewart was aged; when Bruder joined the serial in 1960, both she and Ellen were in their early twenties. By 1966, Dan was in his twenties—his portrayer John Colenback was only a year younger than Bruder. Bruder's costume and in-character appearance were altered to complement Ellen's aging. Copious amounts of grey powder were used, she began dressing in old fashioned outfits and wearing her hair in a French twist. In 1979, Jon Reed of the Star-Banner described Ellen as "matronly", reported that Bruder wore little make-up, applied white powder to her hair.
For a brief period in 1980, Bruder tried wearing it loose. She changed it back, after receiving dozens of letters from viewers who felt that the style was inappropriate given the "mother image" which Ellen had gained. In 1988, Mary Anne Cooper of The Madison Courier described Ellen as one of the serial's "popular characters". In one storyline Ellen discovers. Michael Maloney of The Huffington Post questioned the chances of someone babysitting an infant and it turning out to be their long-lost child, he noted that the character went through a series of "trials and tribulations" in her unsuccessful battle to gain custody of Dan. He opined that Ellen and David were "one of Oakdale's more stable duos" and that the "bouffant hairdo" was a trademark of the character's image. In 1982, a columnist for The Tuscaloosa News said that "Ellen Stewart has had many problems lately" and that she needed a friend in the series, they said the serial came up with "the best" when they cast Betsy Palmer as her best friend, Suzanne Becker
Nancy Hughes McClosky is a fictional character from the CBS Daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Portrayed by Helen Wagner for 54 years from the soap's inception in 1956 until 2010, Nancy served as the core family's and, by extension, the town's matriarch. Wagner was acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records as being the longest-running character portrayed by one actor on television, held the title until her death on May 1, 2010. Wagner spoke the first lines, "Good morning, dear," on the series debut on April 2, 1956. Throughout the course of the series, Nancy remained a matriarch figure in the lives of those she cared for. Over the course of the program, Nancy had appeared in some 19,700 scenes and has been described as a straitlaced and unassuming woman who stood for "old-fashioned values". In 2004, Wagner received her first award for her work on the show in the form of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys after 48 years on the soap. Wagner died of cancer on May 1, 2010, Nancy last appeared onscreen June 1, 2010.
As the World Turns dedicated two episodes to both the character and actress with surrounding characters illustrating different ways of dealing with her death. She is one of the original characters of the long-running soap, spoke the first line on the debut episode on April 2, 1956. Show creator Irna Phillips modeled Nancy in the mold of a member of a Greek chorus: someone who stays on the sidelines but comments on the crises that more dynamic residents of the town faced. In many respects, Nancy's "moral voice" served to further how Phillips wanted certain characters to be perceived by the public; when Nancy spoke out against her son Bob's ex-wife Lisa in the mid-1960s, the Lisa character became, by and large, the character everyone "loved to hate." When Nancy forgave Lisa for her past transgressions in the 1970s, public opinion softened toward Lisa and she became a respected character on the program. Traditionally a housewife, Nancy was bit by the feminism bug in the late 1970s and worked for a time as a secretary.
In the early 1980s, she returned to keeping house. For several years she worked as a volunteer at Oakdale Memorial Hospital where her son, Bob, is Chief of Staff. In 1936, she married attorney Christopher Hughes, they had four children. Chris died in 1986. After a considerable mourning period, she married Detective Dan McClosky in 1987. McClosky died two years later, she enjoyed the company of Joe D'Angelo, as the two developed a strong bond over their frustrations at being unable to help their respective offspring with their ongoing problems. Since McClosky's death, Nancy has lived with her son Dr. Bob Hughes and his wife and has spent much of her time with her grandchildren, she is close to her grandson Chris. Nancy was seen in years, averaging about three or four appearances a month when the storyline permitted. Unlike other soap actors who have advanced in years, Helen Wagner had few health problems as she got older, her lack of appearances on the series were solely due to limited storyline.
The character made a long-awaited appearance at Tom and Margo's 25th Wedding Anniversary on July 2, 2008. Much of her screen time in 2006 finds the character "embroiled in a mystery surrounding the publication of a scandalous novel, Oakdale Confidential, which sheds light on the checkered pasts of several characters."In 2009, Nancy was still active and worked as a volunteer at the hospital. On Thanksgiving 2009, she gives pieces of advice to Katie after the death of Brad. Nancy again showed up just after Christmas, she gave him the engagement ring. When the engagement was broken off, the ring was returned to Nancy, but she insisted that Casey hang onto it. Nancy was on hand in 2010 to celebrate Kim's 25th wedding anniversary. Nancy and the rest of the family were all shocked to find out that they weren't married, she helped Bob and Kim settle their recent differences and was delighted when Frannie returned to see them wed. In her final appearance on the series, Nancy is seen having breakfast with Casey and Alison, yet again giving advice to Katie on coping with Brad's death.
Nancy was written out of the show by having her die in her sleep in her apartment and be found by her son Bob. Episodes that aired August 30 and August 31, 2010 dealt with her death, the former episode featuring the death and the latter serving as a memorial. Wagner began portraying Nancy in the first episode in 1956. Six months on, producer Irna Phillips sacked Wagner due to her dissatisfaction with the way that she poured coffee – an important task for a character who provided a sympathetic ear and a shoulder on which to cry; the character was reinstated. In a 1968 New York Times interview, Wagner called Nancy Hughes "a tentpole character." "Nothing happens to Nancy," Wagner said. "She's the one the others come and talk to."However again in the 1980s, Wagner and on-screen husband Don MacLaughlin were relegated to recurring status by new producer, Mary-Ellis Bunim, who wanted to attract a younger audience. She voiced her displeasure at the situation in a 1981 Associated Press article, where she claimed she'd been given one line in three months worth of television.
"There just hasn't been anything to Nancy's character. Anybody could read the lines I've been given," Wag
Penny Hughes (As the World Turns)
Penny Hughes is a fictional character from the daytime drama As the World Turns. She is one of the core cast members. Prinz herself described the character as "America’s sweetheart at the time". Rosemary Prinz originated the role of Penny in the first episode of. Prinz recalled the on-set tension with the show's creator Irna Phillips, who had fired the show's leading cast member Helen Wagner six months into the show because she didn't like the way she poured coffee. "Irna did not like my going out and doing plays," she recalled, "I was twenty-five when I was hired to play Penny. I thought. I stayed for twelve. I did the twelve. After those twelve years, analysis made me as uncrazy as I was going to or wanted to be." Prinz claimed she would deal Phillips threats back stage. "I would tell I was going to get pregnant." A focal point of Penny's angst was her inability to have children. "I would have to tell Irna that I was Rosemary, not Penny. Penny was a character." Prinz told the New York Post in December 2009 that they recast Penny, however that actress only lasted 13-weeks due to enormous "uproar".
Prinz wanted the show to deal with the death of the country's president John F. Kennedy in 1963. "When Kennedy died, there was four days of complete television coverage, Friday to Monday, it was just — the nation was in this deep mourning. It was just 9/11, for four days, and when we got back on Tuesday, I said, “We can’t just have a scene without mentioning what we’ve all been through." "They said,'Oh, no, we can’t do that. Just do the script.' So I started a scene with Grandpa, of course it’s live, what are they going to do? So I said,'Grandpa, here we are talking about Tommy, after all the country’s been through for the last four days.' I got in. And they all rushed down from the control room and I said,'Oh God, I just said the first thing that came into my head!'" "Irna got with me in the end. I couldn’t wait for my contract to be over — I paid the analyst, I got un-crazy and I didn’t want to do the show anymore, and so Irna had me go off to England. So this heroine is doing this terrible thing."
"I was supposed to be this monument of goodness." One of the first love stories of the show was that of Jeff Baker. When they fell in love Penny's mother, Nancy Hughes disapproved of the relationship. Penny accused her mother of loving her dead sister more than her. Penny eloped with Jeff and they were going to run away but decided to turn around. Nancy insisted the marriage be annulled. Al James, one of their classmates, called Penny a tramp and teased Jeff so one day Jeff got into a fight with him and ended up killing him and being charged with murder. Penny started to date Tom Pope and Nancy was happy; when Tom overheard Jeff declare his love for Penny, Tom left her and she and Jeff get married in a church. Jeff's mother Grace wanted him to resign for the business but when Jeff overheard that he began to drink and left Oakdale and went to another town and assumed the name of Jack Baily. Penny was saddened by it and Nancy wanted her to divorce Jeff but she wouldn't. Penny and Greg Williams made a date which Meg Blaine overheard and doesn't tell her Jeff is in the hospital.
Jeff returned to town and Penny was about to divorce him but decided to take him back. They get married again with their parents blessing' but tragedy struck when they got into a car accident which killed Jeff and put Penny into a coma; as Penny was walking in the park she met a guy by the name of Neil Wade. Neil was a doctor but didn't want anybody to know that but they soon found out. Penny and Neil live in an apartment. Neil decided to open the "Wade Book Shop." The accident had left Penny with a bout of amnesia. With no memory of who she was, Penny became friends with Neil Wade and started to fall in love with him. Neil was estranged from his mother and Penny felt an urge to help them reconcile. On one stormy night, Penny regained her memory. Realizing that Jeff had been killed in the accident, Penny ran out into the rain calling his name. After dealing with Jeff's death, Penny soon married Neil. During this time, Neil's family pressured him into returning to medicine. However, the stress of medicine became too much for him and, when he lost a patient due to his ineptness, he lashed out at everyone and quit.
He realized that Penny was not the cause of his problems and, with some help from his father, Dr. Doug Cassen, he opened a bookstore. For the next few years the Wades were blissfully happy until Neil's tragic death. Several years Penny found romance again with Roy McGuire, her sister-in-law, Sandy's, ex-husband; when Sandy became ill, Penny helped Roy care for Jimmy. Soon, Penny became convinced Roy to marry her so that they could get custody. Though Roy decided that Jimmy belonged with his mother and dropped the suit. Realizing that she only married Roy because of Jimmy, Penny had the marriage annulled. Feeling that Oakdale had nothing left to offer, Penny moved to New York City and England where she met and married Anton Cunningham, a race car driver. In 1972, Penny sent her adopted daughter, Amy Lin, to stay with Nancy and Chris when she had a major disagreement with Anton. A well-spoken, intelligent young lady, Amy was welcomed warmly by the Hugheses but felt like an outcast with most of the Americans her age.
Penny’s nephew, discovered that Amy's grandmother, Mrs. Parsons, was by coincidence, a resident of Oakdale and a patient of Dr. Rick Ryan's. Mrs. Parsons and her husband were overjoyed to find their granddaughter. However, uncomfortable in
Margo Hughes is a fictional character on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns, a show about working life in the fictional town of Oakdale. She was first played by Margaret Colin, by Hillary B. Smith for six years; however the actress most recognized for the role is Ellen Dolan, who played the character from 1989 until 2010, with a break from January 1993 to June 1994. Margo's storylines focus on family dramas and police matters; the character is portrayed as a stoic, hard-nosed and level-headed character, who in years has begun interfering in the lives of her children. A pivotal storyline for the character came in 1992 when the character was raped by two criminals she was attempting to arrest during a holdup; the storyline was continually re-hashed by the show in the years after. Margo's only marriage in her 30-year history on the show was with that of lawyer Thomas "Tom" Hughes; the couple met during their investigation of Mr. Big and married in 1983; the super couple endured many trials and tribulations over their 27 years of marriage, most notably when Margo had an affair with Hal Munson, Tom cheated on Margo with Emily Stewart.
For her work on the show, Dolan won Soap Opera Digest's Outstanding Supporting Actress award in 1993, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy the same year. Tom Hughes and Margo Montgomery are the longest married couple in US soap opera history; the character of Margo Montgomery was brought in as the daughter of John Dixon. Marrying Tom Hughes three years after her arrival, the move connected her to the core Hughes family. Margo gave birth to son Casey Hughes. In the 1980s, Margo gave birth to a son Adam Munson which turned out to be the son of policeman Hal Munson; the character of Margo had been with the soap since 1980 and was played by several actresses: Margaret Colin Hillary Bailey Smith Ellen Dolan Glynnis O'Connor Originating the role in 1980, The Edge of Night's Colin stayed for two years. In 1983, Bailey took over the role and admitted Deas didn't agree with the idea of the character being recast. "Because he and Margaret, they were not yet together. This was his way of interacting with her at work, he didn’t like the idea that she wasn’t there anymore.
I think I handled him that's why I got the job. Subsequently we became good friends." In 1989, after six years with the show, Bailey Smith quit the role, admitting she was burned out after her time on As the World Turns. "I wanted to spend more time with my kids. I felt. I needed to do something else. Doug’s feeling was, “Go take a break and come back.” I said, “I’d loved to do that, I just need a break.”Ellen Dolan was offered the role of Margo Montgomery Hughes in 1989 by head-writer Douglas Marland. Dolan said. "I wanted her to be funny/quirky.... Everything you don't get to see in her these days." Dolan's first scene on the show, was aboard an airplane. "My first storyline Casey, my husband’s Casey, had some rare disease and he was going to die. And I unplugged his life support but the way they brought the character of Margo back was they brought her home, so my first scenes were on an airplane," Dolan recalled. Dolan said the writers never wrote the character funny and any humour there was she brought it to the show.
"Anything that's in there that brings a twinkle to anybody's eye is. In fact, they have to take a lot of it away, they don’t let me do it a lot."After several years of forecasting the cancellation of the 54-year-old show, Dolan's 20-year role came to an end when CBS ended the show, with the last episode airing in September 2010. When asked how she hoped her character would leave, she replied: "I don't hope anymore." Upon arriving in Oakdale, Margo Montgomery became involved with the married James Stenbeck. When Margo confided in her friend, Jeff Ward, that James loved her and would marry her, Jeff told her she was a fool. Meanwhile, Margo was beginning continually perplexed at her mother, Lyla's, antagonism toward Dr. John Dixon and his cold demeanor toward Lyla. Not long after, Margo's life changed forever during Dee Stewart's rape trial. Lyla seemed to be protecting the accused, John Dixon. District Attorney Tom Hughes's questioning of Lyla brought out the truth: John Dixon was Margo's real father.
After being exonerated, John ended up being a victim of a run. John was in the hospital for a few days and started running his own investigation despite the pleas of Lt. Savage not to. John pretended that he was blind and asked to stay with Margo at the house that she lived in on the Stenbeck estate. While John was recuperating but faking his blindness, he was dismayed to find out that Margo was carrying on an affair with James. John had started to suspect that James was involved somehow with Dr. Rick Ryan. John was more convinced of this when he saw Rick and James having secret meetings; when James set up Rick to date not only Margo but his good friend, Hayley Wilson, James started to suspect that John was investigating him. Realizing that John wasn'tblind, James threatened to kill John with a knife. However, John recorded the whole meeting on a hidden audio tape. Soon, John discovered it was James who had attempted to run. Meanwhile, dating Margo's Aunt Maggie, tried to convince Margo that John was faking his blindness, but Margo didn't believe him.
One day in August 1981, John tried to play the blackmail tape for Margo, but the only
Julianne Moore is an American actress and children's author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is known for her portrayals of troubled women in both independent and Hollywood films, has received many accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actress. After studying theatre at Boston University, Moore began her career with a series of television roles. From 1985 to 1988, she was a regular in the soap opera As the World Turns, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance, her film debut was in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, she continued to play small roles for the next four years, including in the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Moore first received critical attention with Robert Altman's Short Cuts, successive performances in Vanya on 42nd Street and Safe continued this acclaim. Starring roles in the blockbusters Nine Months and The Lost World: Jurassic Park established her as a leading lady in Hollywood. Moore received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s, earning Oscar nominations for Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, Far from Heaven and The Hours.
In the first of these, she played a 1970s pornographic actress, while the other three featured her as an unhappy, mid-20th century housewife. She had success with the films The Big Lebowski, Hannibal, Children of Men, A Single Man, The Kids Are All Right, Crazy, Stupid and won several awards for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change. Moore went on to give an Academy Award-winning performance as an Alzheimer's patient in Still Alice and was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars, she appeared in the final two films of The Hunger Games series and starred in the spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In addition to acting, Moore has written a series of children's books about a character named "Freckleface Strawberry", she is married to director Bart Freundlich. Moore was born Julie Anne Smith on December 3, 1960, at the Fort Bragg army installation in North Carolina, the oldest of 3 siblings, her father, Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, attained the rank of colonel and became a military judge.
Her Scottish mother, was a psychologist and social worker from Greenock, who emigrated to the United States in 1951 with her family. Moore has a younger sister, Valerie Smith, a younger brother, the novelist Peter Moore Smith; as Moore is half-Scottish, she claimed British citizenship in 2011 to honor her deceased mother. Moore moved around the United States as a child, due to her father's occupation, she was close to her family as a result, but has said she never had the feeling of coming from one particular place. The family lived in multiple locations, including Alabama, Texas, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, Moore attended nine different schools; the constant relocating made her an insecure child, she struggled to establish friendships. Despite these difficulties, Moore remarked that an itinerant lifestyle was beneficial to her future career: "When you move around a lot, you learn that behavior is mutable. I would change, depending on where I was... It teaches you to watch, to reinvent, that character can change."When Moore was 16, the family moved from Falls Church, where Moore had been attending J.
E. B. Stuart High School, to Frankfurt, where she attended Frankfurt American High School, she was clever and studious, a self-proclaimed "good girl", she planned to become a doctor. She had never considered performing, or attended the theatre, but she was an avid reader and it was this hobby that led her to begin acting at the school, she appeared in several plays, including Tartuffe and Medea, with the encouragement of her English teacher, she chose to pursue a theatrical career. Moore's parents supported her decision, but asked that she train at university to provide the added security of a college degree, she was accepted to Boston University and graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1983. Moore moved to New York City after graduating, worked as a waitress. After registering her stage name with Actors' Equity, she began her career in 1985 with off-Broadway theatre, her first screen role came in an episode of the soap opera The Edge of Night. Her break came the following year. Playing the dual roles of half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes, she found this intensive work to be an important learning experience, she said of it fondly: "I gained confidence and learned to take responsibility."
Moore performed on the show until 1988, when she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series. Before leaving As the World Turns, she had a role in the 1987 CBS miniseries I'll Take Manhattan. Once she had finished the soap opera, she turned to the stage to play Ophelia in a Guthrie Theater production of Hamlet opposite Željko Ivanek; the actress returned intermittently to television over the next three years, appearing in the TV movies Money, Murder, The Last to Go, Cast a Deadly Spell. In 1990, Moore began working with stage director Andre Gregory on a workshop theatre production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Described by Moore as "one of the most fundamentally important acting experiences I had", the group spent four years exploring the text and giving intimate performances to friends. In 1990, Moore made her cinematic debut as a mummy's victim in Tales from the Darksid
A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their emotional relationships. The term soap opera originated from radio dramas being sponsored by soap manufacturers. BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the first serial considered to be a "soap opera" was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20, 1930 on Chicago radio station WGN. Early radio series such as Painted Dreams were broadcast in weekday daytime slots five days a week. Most of the listeners would be housewives. Thus, the shows were consumed by a predominantly female audience; the first nationally broadcast radio soap opera was Clara, Lu, Em, which aired on the NBC Blue Network at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on January 27, 1931. A crucial element that defines the soap opera is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the defining features that makes a television program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is "that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative.
Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode". In 2012, Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Lloyd wrote of daily dramas, "Although melodramatically eventful, soap operas such as this have a luxury of space that makes them seem more naturalistic. You spend more time with the minor characters. An individual episode of a soap opera will switch between several different concurrent narrative threads that may at times interconnect and affect one another or may run independent to each other; each episode may feature some of the show's current storylines, but not always all of them. In daytime serials and those that are broadcast each weekday, there is some rotation of both storyline and actors so any given storyline or actor will appear in some but not all of a week's worth of episodes. Soap operas bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time; when one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development.
Soap opera episodes end on some sort of cliffhanger, the season finale ends in the same way, only to be resolved when the show returns for the start of a new yearly broadcast. Evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more to feature the entire cast in each episode, to represent all current storylines in each episode. Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger. In 1976, Time magazine described American daytime television as "TV's richest market," noting the loyalty of the soap opera fan base and the expansion of several half-hour series into hour-long broadcasts in order to maximize ad revenues; the article explained that at that time, many prime time series lost money, while daytime serials earned profits several times more than their production costs. The issue's cover notably featured its first daytime soap stars, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives, a married couple whose onscreen and real-life romance was covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press at large.
The main characteristics that define soap operas are "an emphasis on family life, personal relationships, sexual dramas and moral conflicts. Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, or focus on a large extended family; the storylines follow personal relationships of these characters. "Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as'chance happenings, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found from EastEnders to Dallas. Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are English. However, several South African soap operas started incorporating a multi-language format, the most prominent being 7de Laan, which incorporates Afrikaans, English and several other Bantu languages which make up the 11 Official Languages of South Africa. In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, the characters are attractive, seductive and wealthy.
Soap operas from the United Kingdom and Australia tend to focus on more everyday characters and situations, are set in working class environments. Many of the soaps produced in those two countries explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown or financial problems. Both UK and Australian soap operas feature comedic elements affectionate comic stereotypes such as the gossip or the grumpy old man, presented as a comic foil to the emotional turmoil that surrounds them; this diverges from US soap operas. UK soap operas make a claim to presenting "reality
Craig Montgomery is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. He has been portrayed by Scott Bryce from 1982 to 1988 and 2007 to 2008, Hunt Block from 2000 to 2005, Jeffrey Meek from 2006 to 2007, Jon Lindstrom from 2008 to 2010; the role of Craig Montgomery has been played by four separate actors through the character's run. Scott Bryce appeared in the role from January 1982 to May 22, 1987, May 9, 1988 to November 1989, March 1990 to November 1990, March 1993 to December 1994 and April 10, 2007 to February 21, 2008. Hunt Block was the second actor to play the character from July 19, 2000 to October 31, 2005) before Jeffrey Meek joined from September 28, 2006 to April 2, 2007. Jon Lindstrom was the last actor to play the character from December 3, 2008 to September 10, 2010. Bryce is considered to be the most well known actor in the role and was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1986 and 1987, as well as for two Soap Opera Digest Awards in 1986 and 1988.
Following his final appearance on the show, Bryce appeared on ABC's One Life to Live as Dr. Crosby in 2006 and co-created and executive produced the web series Steamboat with Michael O'Leary of Guiding Light; the series was intended to become a cable television show. Block is known for his daytime roles including Ben Warren on CBS' Guiding Light, Lee Ramsey on One Life to Live and Guy Donohue on All My Children. Following his exit, he appeared in the 2010 feature film Salt, which starred Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber. Meek has had a career all throughout television including The WB series Charmed and appeared on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. Lindstrom took over the role after the exit of Bryce, he is a veteran of daytime dramas, having most notably played the character of Kevin Collins on ABC's General Hospital from 1993-1997 and 2004 and on the show's spin-off Port Charles from 1997-2003. He played Kevin's twin brother Ryan Chamberlain on GH from 1992-1995, his other daytime roles include Brady Chapin on Rituals in 1984, Mark McCormick on NBC's Santa Barbara from 1985-1986 and Paul Jarre on Generations in 1989.
Lindstom was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role on ATWT in 2010. Lindstrom was pre-nominated for the award in 2011. After the end of ATWT, Lindstom continues to act and most appeared in the romantic comedy What Happens Next in 2012, co-starring Wendy Malick, who stars on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland; the actor appeared on the CBS series Blue Bloods in 2011 released a CD with his band The High Lonesome that same year. Craig Montgomery is the son of Bart Montgomery and Lyla Crawford, making him the brother of Margo Montgomery Hughes, Cricket Montgomery and Katie Peretti, his relationships surround Lucinda Walsh and her daughter Sierra Esteban. While he was married to Sierra and had two children with her including Bryant and Lucy Montgomery, his attraction for Lucinda resulted in their contempt for one another and battles in business. Craig is involved in mysterious business dealings and his attempts for power tended to cloud his judgement when it came to what was best for his family.
He was married to Betsy Stewart, Barbara Ryan, Rosanna Cabot, whom he adopted their son Cabot Sinclair with, Meg Snyder. His children include Gabriel Caras and Johnny Montgomery, products of affairs with Lydia Caras and Jennifer Munson