Polly Bergen was an American actress, television host and entrepreneur. She won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her performance as Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story. For her stage work she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carlotta Campion in Follies in 2001, her film work included Cape Fear and The Caretakers, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She hosted her own variety show for one season, as an author wrote three books on beauty and charm. Bergen was born in Tennessee, to Lucy and William Hugh Burgin, a construction engineer. "Bill Bergen", as he was known, had singing talent and appeared with his daughter in several episodes of her 18-episode NBC comedy/variety show, The Polly Bergen Show, which aired during the 1957–1958 television season. Bergen appeared in many film roles, most notably in the original Cape Fear opposite Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, she had roles as the romantic interest in three Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy films in the early 1950s: At War with the Army, That's My Boy and The Stooge.
She was featured in a number of Westerns during the 1950s, including Warpath and Escape from Fort Bravo. She starred in a horse racing comedy, Fast Company, as the first female commander-in-chief in Kisses for My President and as the wife of James Garner in the romantic comedy Move Over, Darling starring Doris Day. Bergen's roles included Mrs. Vernon-Williams in Cry-Baby, a John Waters film. Bergen received an Emmy Award for her portrayal of singer Helen Morgan in the episode The Helen Morgan Story of the 1950s television series Playhouse 90. Signed to Columbia Records, she enjoyed a successful recording career during this era, as well. In the 1950s, she was known as "The Pepsi Cola Girl", having done a series of commercials for that product, she was a regular panelist during its original run. She was a panelist and Mystery Guest on CBS' What's My Line?. She appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood, she earned an Emmy Award nomination for her role as Rhoda Henry, wife of Captain "Pug" Henry, in two ABC miniseries, The Winds of War and its sequel and Remembrance.
She starred in a 2001 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the Belasco Theater and received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2003, she starred at the same theatre in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Mark Hamill in a role she took over from Rue McClanahan. Bergen played Fran Felstein on HBO's The Sopranos, the former mistress of Johnny Soprano and John F. Kennedy. From 2007 to 2011 Bergen had a guest role in Desperate Housewives as Lynette Scavo's mother, Stella Wingfield, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination, she was a semi-regular cast member of Commander-in-Chief as the mother of Mackenzie Allen, the President of the United States, played by Geena Davis. Bergen herself had once played the first female President of the United States, as President Leslie McCloud in the film Kisses for My President. Another late appearance came in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, Candles on Bay Street, in which she played the assistant to a husband-and-wife team of veterinarians.
In 1965, Bergen created the Polly Bergen Company cosmetics line. She created lines of jewelry and shoe brands, authored three books on beauty. Bergen was married to actor Jerome Courtland in the early 1950s. In 1957, she married Hollywood agent-producer Freddie Fields with whom she had two adopted children, Pamela Kerry Fields and Peter William Fields, stepdaughter, Kathy Fields. Bergen converted from Southern Baptist to Judaism upon marrying Fields; the couple divorced in 1975. She was married to entrepreneur Jeffrey Endervelt in the 1980s. Bergen was feminist, she was women's education and Planned Parenthood. Bergen's niece is the television producer Wendy Riche. Bergen died of natural causes on September 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, surrounded by family and close friends, she had been diagnosed with emphysema and other ailments in the late 1990s. Upon her death, she was cremated. Albums list adapted from Discogs. 1955: Little Girl Blue 1956: The Girls" 1956: Today's Hits" 1957: Bergen Sings Morgan 1957: The Party's Over 1958: Polly and Her Pop 1959: My Heart Sings – Columbia #CS 8018 – orchestra conducted by Luther Henderson 1959: All Alone by the Telephone 1959: First Impressions – with Farley Granger and Hermione Gingold 1960: Four Seasons of Love 1961: Sings the Hit Songs from Do-Re-Mi and Annie Get Your Gun 1963: Act One, Sing Too 1958: "Come Prima" Bergen, Polly.
The Polly Bergen Book of Beauty and Charm. Prentice Hall. ASIN B0007E27RS. Bergen, Polly. Polly's Principles. Bantam Books. ASIN B000H4KY1Y. Bergen, Polly. I'd Love To. G. P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN 978-0872235236. Polly Bergen on IMDb Polly Bergen at the Internet Broadway Database Polly Bergen at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Polly Bergen at AllMusic Polly Bergen – Madame President Gallery: Polly Bergen in Knoxville, TN
General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light. Concurrently, it is the world's third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world's second-longest-running televised soap opera still in production. General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. Same-day broadcasts as well as classic episodes were aired on SOAPnet from January 20, 2000, to December 31, 2013, following Disney-ABC's decision to discontinue the network. General Hospital is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history, it holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins. The show was created by husband-and-wife soap writers Frank and Doris Hursley, who set it in a general hospital, in an unnamed fictional city.
In the 1970s, the city was named New York. From its beginning, General Hospital starred John Beradino and Emily McLaughlin, both actors stayed with the show until their deaths in 1996 and 1991 respectively, they were joined a year by Rachel Ames who remains to date the longest serving actress on an ABC soap opera, having been continuously on the show from 1964 to 2007. General Hospital was the second soap to air on ABC. In 1964, a sister soap was created for The Young Marrieds. General Hospital spawned a primetime spinoff with the same name in the United Kingdom from 1972 to 1979, as well as the daytime series Port Charles and the primetime spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift in the United States. Taped at The Prospect Studios, General Hospital aired for a half-hour until July 23, 1976; the series was expanded from 30 minutes to 45 minutes on July 26, 1976, to a full hour on January 16, 1978. Since the late 1970s, most of the storylines have revolved around the Quartermaines and the Spencers.
From 1979 to 1988, General Hospital had more viewers than any other daytime soap opera. It rose to the top of the ratings in the early 1980s in part thanks to the monumentally popular "supercouple" Luke and Laura, whose 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history; the soap opera is known for its high-profile celebrity guest stars who have included, among others, Roseanne Barr, James Franco and Elizabeth Taylor. In 2007, the program was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME." On April 23, 2009, General Hospital began broadcasting in high definition, making it the first ABC soap opera to make such a transition. The serial aired its 14,000th episode on February 23, 2018. General Hospital became the oldest American soap opera on September 17, 2010, following the final broadcast of CBS' As the World Turns. On April 14, 2011, ABC announced the cancellation of both All My Children and One Life to Live, leaving General Hospital as the last remaining soap opera airing on the network after January 13, 2012.
The show celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2013. General Hospital was created by Frank and Doris Hursley and premiered on April 1, 1963; the first stories were set on the seventh floor of General Hospital, in an unnamed midsize Eastern city. "They had this concept of the show that it was like a big wagon wheel – the spokes would be the characters and the hub would be the hospital," John Beradino reflected to Entertainment Weekly in 1994. Launched in 1963, the first stories were set at General Hospital in an unnamed midsized Eastern city; the name of the city, Port Charles, would not be mentioned until 1976 by headwriters Eileen and Robert Mason Pollock. Storylines revolved around his friend, Nurse Jessie Brewer. Jessie's turbulent marriage to the much-younger Dr. Phil Brewer was the center of many early storylines. In 1964 Audrey March, a flight attendant and sister of Nurse Lucille, came to town, was the woman who won Steve's heart. By the end of the 1970s, General Hospital was facing dire ratings when executive producer Gloria Monty was brought in to turn the show around.
Monty is credited with creation of the first supercouple, Luke Spencer and Laura Webber, played by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis. The end of their hour wedding on November 17, 1981, was the most-watched event in daytime serial history. During the 1980s, the series featured several high-profile action and some science fiction-based storylines. Location shooting at sites including Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. After Gloria Monty first left the series in 1987, General Hospital entered into a transitional phase that lasted until Wendy Riche took the position of executive producer in 1992. Under Riche, the show gained critical acclaim for its sensitive handling of social issues. In 1994, Riche started an annual Nurses' Ball, a fundraiser and AIDS awareness event both on the show and in real life; that year, a heart transplant storyline involves the death of eight-year-old B. J
Port Charles is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC from June 1, 1997 to October 3, 2003. It was a spin-off of the serial General Hospital, running since 1963 and takes place in the fictional city of Port Charles, New York; the new show features longtime General Hospital characters Lucy Coe, Kevin Collins, Scott Baldwin, Karen Wexler, along with several new characters, most of whom were interns in a competitive medical school program. In its years, the program shifted more towards supernatural themes and stories, with a reduced emphasis on the original hospital setting. Plans to spin off General Hospital were announced in December, 1996. ABC had passed on the idea of a GH spin off proposed by former head writer, Claire Labine. Tentatively titled GH2, the series was set to revolve around interns at the medical school across from General Hospital. Wendy Riche, executive producer of General Hospital, was hired to fill the same role for the new series. Riche said of the new show, "This will be a multigenerational show, the kind of drama we've always done at GH".
It was announced that the series would be titled Port Charles, after the fictional city the series are set, would star Jon Lindstrom and Lynn Herring, playing their roles from GH. The series premiered with a two-hour prime time special, that aired on June 1, 1997, it started in its regular timeslot the following day. The series featured the return of General Hospital characters Scott Baldwin, Karen Wexler. After the series premiered, it was unclear if Lindstrom and Shriner would remain with the series, it was confirmed the actors would stay on the show. Riche recalled the creation process by saying, "We knew that The City was not going to last. I was having lunch with Pat at some event. We were talking about The City. I said,'If I were a programmer, I would start the ABC lineup with a half hour of the west wing of General Hospital with the interns in a learning hospital, cap the day off with General Hospital. I would interface the characters in Port Charles with both wings of General Hospital.' Pat thought, a great idea.
She thought about it for a few hours, ran it by upper management, told me to write it up. I sat down, wrote down some characters and storylines, sent her back some pages, created the show; that was a natural bridge as a programmer. I had worked as a programmer at ABC and FOX so my head thinks in those terms. We wanted to bring continuity to the show, Lucy and Scotty."In the first episode, tenured nurse Audrey Hardy was injured and an intern had to operate on her with a power drill to save her life. Despite low ratings, Port Charles celebrated its first anniversary on June 1, 1998, as the series continued to establish its own audience and improve in its time slot. In its first few years, Port Charles developed a reputation for focusing most of its energies on the medical school program, setting more of its main action at Port Charles' General Hospital than was seen on the parent show, General Hospital; as it evolved, it turned its focus to stories with gothic intrigue that included themes such as forbidden love and life after death.
In December 1999, Julie Hanan Carruthers was promoted to executive producer after Wendy Riche wanted to step down to focus on General Hospital. Carruthers was the senior supervising producer of Port Charles, while serving the same role on General Hospital at the inception of Port Charles. In December 2000, it was announced that Port Charles would abandon the traditional open-ended style of storytelling, in favor of 13-week story arcs, similar to Latin telenovelas; each arc is referred to as a "book", has its own plot line. The approach was designed to attract more younger viewers, with shorter format being easier for many viewers to keep up with. ABC's head of daytime, Angela Shapiro said of format change, "It's not about the destination, it's about the journey, still, we need to come up with stories that have a beginning and end." The new production model allowed the cast and writing staff to only work six months out of the year. In June 2003, Port Charles was cancelled by ABC after six years due to low ratings.
The final episode aired on October 3, 2003. Brian Frons said of the decision to cancel the young series, "This was an difficult decision, we were pleased with the creative execution of the show, but the 30 minute format in this time period posed significant financial challenges, which led to this decision." Since the program taped for only six months out of the year, the remaining episodes were aired with the cast not allowed to return to tape resolutions to storylines. This left the final episode as a cliffhanger. ABC returned the 12:30 P. M. time slot to its affiliates after Port Charles ended its run. After Port Charles, the characters of Scott Baldwin and Audrey Hardy returned to General Hospital, many of the other actors from Port Charles moved on to play roles on other dramas, including a few who took on new roles on General Hospital, such as actors Kelly Monaco, Kiko Ellsworth, Eddie Matos, Kent King, Jay Pickett; the cancellation of Port Charles, along with ABC's relinquishing of what was a death slot at the time of the s
ABC Afterschool Special
ABC Afterschool Special is an American television anthology series that aired on ABC from October 14, 1972, to July 1, 1997 in the late afternoon on weekdays. Most episodes were presented situations controversial, of interest to children and teenagers. Several episodes presented as documentaries. Topics included substance abuse and teenage pregnancy; the series won 51 Daytime Emmy Awards during its 25-year run. In 2004 and 2005, BCI Eclipse and Sunset Home Visual Entertainment issued six DVD collections of episodes from the series, produced by Martin Tahse, each collection containing four episodes. A boxed set, in the shape of a school bus, was released containing all of the DVD releases, with a detailed information booklet of all the specials on the set and including an extra DVD of two specials that had not been released on DVD; the DVDs are out of print. In 1993, TV Guide named the series the best kids' show of the 1980s. ABC Weekend Special The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie After school special CBS Schoolbreak Special Special Treat ABC Afterschool Special on IMDb ABC Afterschool Special at TV.com
Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County
Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County is an American reality television series that aired on MTV from September 28, 2004 until November 15, 2006. The series aired for three seasons and was focused on the personal lives of several students attending Laguna Beach High School, its premise was originated with Liz Gateley. The series was narrated by Lauren Conrad as she completed her senior year of high school, it additionally placed emphasis on her classmates Lo Bosworth, Stephen Colletti, Morgan Olsen, Trey Phillips, Christina Schuller, juniors Kristin Cavallari and Talan Torriero. The second season was narrated by Cavallari, saw the additions of Taylor Cole, Alex Murrel, Jessica Smith, Jason Wahler. Upon its conclusion, all cast members departed from the series and were replaced by a group of current students; the third season was narrated by Tessa Keller, showcased Cameron Brinkman, Breanna Conrad, Lexie Contursi, Raquel Donatelli, Cami Edwards, Kelan Hurley, Chase Johnson, Kyndra Mayo. Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County received moderately favorable reviews from critics, has been recognized as a "guilty pleasure" by several media outlets.
However, the series was criticized for tending towards a narrative format more seen in scripted genres including soap operas, appearing to fabricate much of its storyline. The show has produced several spin-offs, most notably The Hills, which chronicled Lauren Conrad's personal and professional life after moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the fashion industry; the first two seasons of Laguna Beach were released on DVD. Created by Liz Gateley in 2004, Laguna Beach was planned to document a group of students' on-campus lives as they completed their secondary education at Laguna Beach High School. However, after an incident during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII exposed the breast of performer Janet Jackson, the school board questioned if the network, who produced the event, held the care necessary to operate in an academic setting. Subsequently, their contract was ended jeopardizing the feasibility of the series' concept. Laguna Beach chronicles the lives of several students attending Laguna Beach High School.
Every installment commences with a voice-over narrative from series leads Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari, Tessa Keller foreshadowing the theme of the episode. Each season concludes with a finale involving a major event such as a progressing relationship or a personnel departure. Most installments revolve around the students' everyday lives, but the show puts emphasis on their personal, rather than academic, lives. Throughout its run, the series was led by seven and nine primary cast members, who were credited by their first names, its original main cast members were Conrad, Cavallari, Lo Bosworth, Stephen Colletti, Morgan Olsen, Trey Phillips, Christina Schuller, Talan Torriero. The second season saw the additions of Taylor Cole, Alex Murrel, Jessica Smith, Jason Wahler. By the conclusion of the season, all students had graduated high school, departed the series before production of the third season began. Consequentially, the program was revamped to showcase an new group of current students.
In its series premiere, Laguna Beach first introduces Lauren Conrad, who with friends Lo Bosworth, Stephen Colletti, Morgan Olsen, Trey Phillips, Christina Schuller was completing her senior year at Laguna Beach High School. Younger students Kristin Cavallari and Talan Torriero were shown to be finishing their junior year; the first season highlighted the love triangle involving rivals Conrad and Cavallari and their shared love interest Colletti. The latter two began a turbulent romantic relationship. Meanwhile, the close friendship between Bosworth and Conrad provided both with a stabilizing influence, similar to the bond between Olsen and Schuller. Phillips, an advocate for youth community involvement, coordinated a fashion show benefiting the Active Young America organization. Upon the seniors' graduation nearing the season finale, they prepared to leave Laguna Beach as they began their college studies. By the beginning of the second season, Cavallari became the series' narrator and focal point.
She and her friends Jessica Smith and Alex Hooser were involved in a conflict with Alex Murrel and Taylor Cole, though they appeared to have reconciled as the season progressed. Despite preferring to remain single during her senior year, Cavallari wished to continue her friendship with Colletti, though the latter faced difficulty coming to terms with their changed dynamic. Shortly after, Torriero developed romantic feelings for both Cavallari and Cole, though both women were uninterested in beginning a relationship with him. Meanwhile, Jason Wahler dated Smith and Conrad in separate periods during production, though his womanizing tendencies placed a strain on each failed relationship; the season concluded as the graduated students prepared to leave for college. Additionally, Conrad was offered and accepted a role on a spin-off series titled, The Hills in which, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the fashion industry. During the third season, Tessa Keller is established as the series' new narrator and lead position, involved in a turbulent relationship with Derek LeBon.
She and her friend Rocky Donatelli are feuding with Kyndra Mayo, Cami Edwards, Nikki Dowers. Keller remains close with Chase Johnson, after Donatelli reconciles with her former best friend Breanna Conrad, she becomes estranged from Keller. Johnson and his band Op
Who Will Love My Children?
Who Will Love My Children? is a 1983 American made-for-television biographical film based on the life of Lucile Fray. Lucile Fray was diagnosed with cancer in 1952 and wanted to find suitable homes for her ten children, since she felt her husband could not properly care for them. Prior to her death, she succeeded; the film was directed by John Erman, written by Michael Bortman, starred Ann-Margret in her first television film. It was broadcast on American Broadcasting Company; the same evening as its original broadcast, February 14, 1983, the children of Lucile Fray appeared on That's Incredible!, an ABC program. Ann-Margret as Lucile Fray Frederic Forrest as Ivan Fray Cathryn Damon as Hazel Anderson Donald Moffat as Dick Thomas Lonny Chapman as Milton Hammond Patricia Smith as Cleta Thomas Jess Osuna as Dr. Willis Christopher Allport as Kenneth Handy Patrick Brennan as Carl Fray Soleil Moon Frye as Linda Fray Tracey Gold as Pauline Fray Joel Graves as Warren Fray Rachel Jacobs as Joyce Fray Robby Kiger as Frank Fray Cady McClain as Virginia Fray Hallie Todd as Joann Fray Cory Yothers as Ivan Fray Jr. Kyle Chapman, Wade Chapman, Brian Mazzanti as Stephen Fray 1983 Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series Or A Special — John Erman Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Makeup — Zoltan Elek and Monty Westmore Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special — Laurence Rosenthal Outstanding Drama Special — Paula Levenback and Wendy Riche Outstanding Film Editing for a Limited Series or a Special — Jerrold L. Ludwig Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Limited Series or a Special — Michael Hilkene, Rusty Tinsley, Bill Jackson, Joseph A. Mayer, Jill Taggart, Ben Wong Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special — Ann-Margret Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special — Michael Bortman1984 American Cinema Editors Award Best Edited Television Special — Jerrold L. Ludwig 1984 Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials — John Erman 1984 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television — Ann-Margret Nominated Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Who Will Love My Children? at AllMovie Who Will Love My Children? on IMDb TV: Ann-Margret Plays a Dying Mother of 10 at the New York Times