April 24, 2008By Janet Di Lauro Posted: Apr 24, 2008
Despite the thousands of stories I've written on actors over the years I have to admit receiving a phone call or note to say thank you happens rarely. Sure, you always hear about it when a performer doesn't like something the magazine has written. And there have been numerous times I've had to say, "I'm sorry," for an article I've honestly had no part in. If only saying "you're welcome" to a performer's "thank you" happened nearly as often.
Over the years, I've received notes from a handful of actors — Lynn Herring (ex-Lucy, General Hospital), Frances Reid (Alice, Days of our Lives), and Wally Kurth (ex-Ned, General Hospital) to name a few — and even flowers on two occasions from Patrika Darbo, Kevin Spirtas, and Lisa Linde (ex-Nancy, Craig and Ali, Days) and Lauralee Bell (Christine, Young and Restless). And Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) did rave for months (really!) about the story I broke about his nervous breakdown. Plus, there have been thank you calls from Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Bold and Beautiful), Natalia Livingston (Emily, GH) and the impeccably well-mannered Thaao Penghlis (Tony, Days).
Recently, I wrote an Applause on Peggy McCay (Caroline, Days) and instinctively knew she would call upon reading it. She did, quipping, "I'm glad I didn't disappoint you." And, a few short weeks later, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip, Days) regarding an interview and opinion piece on the misuse of his character.
In an age where people are so busy they squeeze in cell phone calls to their own family in between errands, it sincerely means a lot when someone takes time out of their day to say thanks. So to all of those who have over the years, it is most appreciated.