Monday, July 19, 2021

Keeping Up With Lesley Ann Warren

Actor Stuart Damon's recent death made me think about Lesley Ann Warren.  Although Damon was widely known for his role as Dr. Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital, he also played the Prince opposite Lesley Ann Warren in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1965 TV musical version of Cinderella.  

Lesley Ann Warren was born in New York City on August 16, 1946.  She comes from a Jewish family with some Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian and Bulgarian ancestry.  Her New Yorker father, William Warren, was a World War II veteran and a real estate agent.  Her mother, Margot (née Verblow),  was a British-born nightclub singer.  Lesley a has younger brother named Robert Lewis Warren.  As a six-year-old, she attended the Professional Children's School.  In her early teens, she was a student at the High School of Music and Art.  

Lesley started out as ballerina.  At the age of 14, she trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York.  In 1963, at the age if 16, she made her Broadway debut in in 110 in the Shade.  At 17, she studied acting under Lee Strasberg at his Actors Studio in Manhattan  Lesley made an unbilled appearance as Shelley Winters' daughter in the 1962 film The Chapman Report.  She was also given a bit part in the daytime drama The Doctors.  It was her work on Broadway however, that led to her breakout role as Cinderella.  In 1963, she won Broadway's "Most Promising Newcomer" Award.  She also won the Theatre World Award in 1965 for her work as a "cat burglar" alongside Elliott Gould in the musical Drat! The Cat!, which only lasted for eight performances.

Lesley enjoyed her first major television success in the title role in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1965 classic, Cinderella.  She and Sturt Damon were accompanied by a stellar cast, which included Walter Pidgeon and Ginger Rogers as the King and Queen, and Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother.

Below is a photo of Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon in Cinderella.

After Cinderella, Lesley made appearances in episodes of a number of  TV series in the 1960s, such as Dr. Kildare (1966), Gunsmoke (1966), Run for Your Life (1966), Mod Squad (1969) and Love, American Style (1969).  She also had leading reading roles in Disney musical films such as The Happiest Millionaire (1967) and The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968).

From 1970 to 1971, Lesley Ann Warren had the recurring role of Dana Lambert in 23 episodes of Mission Impossible.  She was hired to replace Barbara Bain after Bain left the show over a contract dispute. Audiences were lukewarm in their response to her as a replacement for Bain, and she departed after only one season.  Nevertheless, Lesley was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role on Mission Impossible.

 Below is a photo of Lesley with the Mission Impossible cast in 1970.  

Ryan O'Neal co-starred with Lesley in the 1971 TV movie, Love Hate Love.  O'Neal who had just enjoyed box-office success in the 1970 tearjerker film, Love Story, played Russ Emery, an engineer who captures the heart of fashion model Sheila Blunden (Lesley), whose fiancé turns out to be psychotic.

Below is a photo of Lesley with Ryan O'Neal in a scene from Love Hate Love.

Lesley has played an impressive array of characters in television miniseries.  She received a Golden Globe Award for her 1977 performance in Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue, a rag-to-riches story, in which she played a madam.  Lesley won acclaim for starring role in the 1980 Civil War miniseries Beulah Land and also for her portrayal of Anna Friedman, a Polish-Jewish immigrant, in the 1985 miniseries Evergreen.  In 1990, Lesley played the role of Barbara Walker in Family of Spies, a television movie based on the espionage exploits of John  A. Walker, a cryptologist with the United States Navy on a submarine. In 1995, she co-starred with Ben Kingsley, who played Potiphar, in the Biblical miniseries, Joseph. She played Potiphar's wife.

In the 21st century, Lesley Ann Warren has been as active as ever.  From 2001 to 2006, Lesley appeared as Tina, Will Truman's father's mistress, in five episodes of Will & Grace.  She also portrayed Sophie Bremmer, Susan Mayer's mother, in seven episodes of the ABC comedy/drama Desperate Housewives (six episodes in 2005 and one in 2011),   In 2019, she co-starred in a short-lived comedy/drama TV series on Lifetime entitled American Princess.  From 2008 until 2012, Lesley played Jinx Shannon in the crime/mystery series In Plain Sight.  She also had guest spots in episodes of Losing Grace (2001), Touched by an Angel (2003)I and The Practice (2003). 

Lesley has been married twice.  On May 13, 1967, she wed film producer Jon Peters, who was originally a makeup artist and hair stylist.  The couple had a son, actor/producer Christopher Peters (born September 23, 1968).  After a two-year separation, they divorced in 1975 and Peters moved on with Barbra Streisand.  However, Lesley didn't blame Streisand for the divorce.  In 1982, she told People magazine that "Barbra was not the reason we split.  Jon and I had severe problems."

From 1977 to 1985, Lesley co-habited with  choreographer and film director Jeffrey Hornaday.  She and Hornaday met while working on a television special.

Since January 16, 2000, Lesley has been married to Ron Taft, an advertising executive, whom she met at a hair salon.  In a 2019 interview with Closer Weekly, she was asked how her current marriage with Taft differed from her previous one to Peters, she replied, "It couldn't be more diametrically opposed.  I am not who I was when I got married at 20, and there's so much that I don't want in my life that my marriage encapsulated."

Lesley and husband Ron


* As a teenager, Lesley Ann Warren had anorexia.  "The epitome of a ballet dancer was to be super thin," she told Closer Weekly, "and all of us were starving ourselves."  A therapist eventually helped Lesley heal and made her realize how her demons were ruining her life.

* Lesley's former husband, Jon Peters, and Barbra Streisand stayed together until the early 1980s.

* In 1983, Lesley was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1982 film Victor/Victoria, a musical comedy starring Julie Andrews and directed by Julie's late husband, Blake Edwards.  Lesley portrayed Norma Cassidy, the annoying peroxide-blonde girlfriend of a gangster, played by James Garner.

* In 1986, Lesley was featured in a Bob Seager music video of his song "American Storm."  She also appeared in music videos by Aerosmith ("Jane's Got a Gun," 1989) and the Eagles ("Life in the Fast Lane").  

* Lesley's brother, Richard Lewis Warren (born in New York City on February 29, 1952) is a composer of music for television and an actor.

SOURCES: Closer Weekly, "Lesley Ann Warren Recalls Meeting Husband Ron Taft at a Hair Salon: 'It Was Love at First Sight!,'" by Closer Staff, October 13, 2019; People, "The Real Victor in 'victor/Victoria' Is a Newly Confident Lesley Ann Warren," by Gail Buchalter, April 19, 1982; Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

- Joanne

Friday, July 9, 2021

Whatever happened to the cast of Petticoat Junction?

Remember the catchy theme song and the steam engine? "Come ride the little train that is rolling down the tracks to the junction, Forget about your cares, it is time to relax at the junction . . . Petticoat Junction . . . .whooo whooo whistle stop).  The rural comedy Petticoat Junction originally aired on CBS from 1963 to 1970.  Petticoat Junction and its spinoff, Green Acres, were produced by Paul Henning (1911-2005), who was also the creator of The Beverly HillbilliesPetticoat Junction was set in the farming community of Hooterville.  Widowed Kate Bradley was the proprietor of The Shady Rest Hotel, assisted by her three lovely daughters, blonde Billie Jo, brunette Bobbie Jo and red-haired Betty Jo, as well as her uncle, Joe Carson. The show was also focused on the Hooterville Cannonfall, a steam driven train, vintage 1887, run by engineer Charley Pratt and fireman/conductor Floyd Smoot. The single-tracked secondary line ran from Hooterville to Pixy and was operated like a taxi service, frequently making unscheduled stops.  Railroad executive Homer Bedloe, played by veteran character actor Charles Lane, tried to shut the Cannonball down, but never succeeded.

Paul Henning

Below is a 1964 photo of the original Bradley sisters: L to R - Pat Woodell (Bobbie Jo), Jeannine Riley (Billie Jo) and Linda Kaye Henning (Betty Jo).

Petticoat Junction had a large cast turnover.  Three different actresses played the role of Billie Jo Bradley and two actresses portrayed Bobbie Jo Bradley.  The show's star, Bea Benaderet, who portrayed Kate, passed away in 1968 and new characters were added to fill the void.  Petticoat Junction was never really the same without Bea.


BEA BENADERET (KATE BRADLEY): Bea Benaderet enjoyed a noteworthy career in radio and television.  She had prominent roles in four TV sitcoms, beginning with The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show from 1950 to 1958 (In the 1940s, Bea became friends with Paul Henning, who was then a script writer on the radio production of Burns & Allen). 
Bea played, Cousin Pearl Bodine, Jethro's mother, on the Beverly Hillbillies and Henning made Pearl a recurring character in the 1962-63 first season of the show.  Henning had always admired Bea's talent and believed she was worthy of starring in her own series.  After the ratings success of The Beverly Hillbillies, CBS granted Paul Henning a time slot for which he created another successful rural comedy, Petticoat Junction, around Bea's character, Kate Bradley.

Bea's final episode on Petticoat Junction is entitled "The Valley Has a Baby" (Season Six, Episode 4,  Air Date: October 26, 1968).  She is not shown in the episode, but her voice can be heard.  Her last physical appearance on the show is the previous episode called "Only a Husband" (Season 6, Episode 3, Air Date: October 19, 1968).  Both episodes were aired after Bea's death.  Bea Benaderet died of lung cancer and pneumonia on October 13, 1968.  She was 62 years old at the time of her passing,

EDGAR BUCHANAN (UNCLE JOE CARSON): Veteran actor Edgar Buchanan appeared in over 100 films during his career, but he is probably best remember for his role as Uncle Joe Carson, Kate Bradley's uncle on Petticoat Junction. Edgar played sleepy, slow-moving Uncle Joe in all 222 episodes of the show, as well as in 17 episodes of Green Acres and three episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies.  Joe was often seen lounging on his favourite porch chair. "And that;s Uncle Joe, he's a-movin' kinda slow at the junction . . ."

After the death of Bea Benaderet, who played Kate, Joe Carson took over as proprietor of the Shady Rest Hotel.  Following the cancellation of Petticoat Junction in 1970, Buchanan took on a major role in the short-lived crime-drama Cade's County.   From 1971 to 1972, he played  J.J. Jackson, alongside Glenn Ford as Sheriff Sam Cade, in all 24 of the show's episodes.  He also guest-starred in episodes of TV shows such as The Partridge Family (1972) and Love, American Style (1973).  Edgar Buchanan's last film role was in the 1974 movie, Benji, along with Higgins the Dog, his Petticoat Junction canine co-star.  On April 4, 1979, Buchanan died of a stroke complicated by pneumonia.  He was 76 years old at the time of his passing.

: Jeannine Brooke Riley was born in Fresno, California on October 1, 1940.  She moved with her family to nearby Madera when her father left the Army and was eventually schooled in acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena.  Jeannine portrayed Billie Joe Bradley on Petticoat Junction from 1963 to 1965.  Prior to her role as Billie Joe, she had guest roles in episodes of series such as Dr. Kildare (1962), Route 66 (1966), My Three Sons (1962), Wagon Train (1963) and The Virginian (1963).  On March 22, 1964, Jeannine appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show with her TV sisters, Pat Woodell, Linda Kaye Henning and guest actress Sheila James Kuehl.  They called themselves The Ladybugs, after the name of their band in an episode of Petticoat Junction, which parodied The Beatles (Season 1, Episode 27, Air Date March 24, 1964) and was shown just two days after the Fab Four's much-heralded appearance on the Sullivan show.

In 1965,Jeannine left her role on Petticoat Junction to pursue a movie career..  She appeared in a few feature films such as The Mouth (1967), Fever Heat (1968), The Comic (1969) and Electra Glide in Blue (1973).  After Petticoat Junction, she also appeared in episodes of a number of TV series including The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1966), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1966, 1967), The Wild Wild West (1967), Gomer Pyle, USMC (1969), Love, American Style (1969, 1970, 1971) and James at 16 (1976).  From 1973 to 1974, Jeannine had the recurring role of Lulu McQueen, in 26 episodes of Dusty's Trail, a comic Western starring Bob Denver and Forrest Tucker.  Jeannine's last screen appearance was as a landlady in the 1991 science fiction drama Timebomb.  Her last TV role was as Marge Russell in a 1988 episode of High Mountain Rangers entitled "Ambassador."  In 2020, Jeannine released a self-help book called The Bolder Woman: It's About Time, which she wrote to advise women on how they can fulfill their dreams at any age.

Gunilla Hutton was born in Gothenburg, Sweden on May 15, 1944, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas,.  An actress, singer and dancer, Gunilla was the second Billie Jo Bradley and she played the role in over 30 episodes from 1965 to 1966,  She also appeared on popular game shows such as Password, Match Game and Family Feud.

In 1964, Gunilla toured with Nate "King" Cole's stage show.  The legendary singer fill recklessly in love with her and the two began an extramarital romance.  Gunilla urged Cole's wife, Maria, to divorce him.  Maria then confronted her husband about the affair with Hutton and he ended it after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer..  Nat "King: Cole died on February 15, 1965.  Prior to her stint on Petticoat Junction, Gunilla appeared in episodes of  Perry Mason (1965) and Burkes's Law (1965).  After Petticoat Junction, she guest-starred in two 1979 episodes of The Love Boat and two episodes of Fantasy Island (1980, 1981). She also played Raquel in the made-for-TV film Murder Can Hurt You, a spoof of television crime dramas, featuring Marty Allen, Tony Danza, Jamie Farr, Gavin MacLeod, Buck Owen, Connie Stevens and Buck Owens.  Gunilla was a regular cast member of the country music variety show Hee Haw until 1992, when she retired.

On January 10, 1970, Gunilla wed Allan L. Freeman, an American real estate developer.  The couple had three children: Christian, Amber and Erik.  They divorced after a marriage of 43 years and Allan died in Palm Desert California on August 30, 2014.  He was 80 years old at the time of his passing.

Gunilla appeared in Country's Family Reunion: Salute to the Kornfield, a 2015 documentary series involving the original Hee Haw cast.  In 2015 she also appeared in a MeTV commercial promoting Petticoat Junction, along with Linda Kaye Henning and Lori Sanuders.

: Meredith Lynn MacRae was born on May 30, 1944 in Houston, Texas, the daughter of actors Gordon and Sheila MacRae.  At eight years old, Meredith appeared in the film By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), starring her father.
She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  

From 1963 to 1965,  Meredith played Sally Ann Morrison ,on My Three Sons.  In an episode entitled "The First Marriage" (Season 6, Episode 1, Air Date, September 16, 1965), Sally marries eldest son Mike Douglas, played by Tim Considine, and the newlyweds leave town for Mike's new job out of state.  Meredith and Tim both left My Three Sons after their TV wedding.

In 1966, Meredith MacRae became the third and final Billie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction, taking over the role from Gunilla Hutton.  Meredith remained with the series until its cancellation in 1970.  She also played Billie Jo in three 1968 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies.

After Petticoat Junction ended its run, Meredith appeared in episodes of numerous TV shows such as The Interns (1971), Alias Smith and Jones (1971), Love, American Style (1970, 1971), The F.B,I, (1973), The Rockford Files (1977), CHiPs (1980), The Fall Guy (1983, 1984), Webster (1985), Magnum, P.I (1986).  In 1995, she appeared as herself as a talk show host in the film The Killers Within

Meredith was married three times.  In 1964, she wed Richard Berger (1939-2004), a film and television executive, as well as a theatrical producer.  The couple divorced four years later and Meredith went on to marry actor Greg Mulavey on April 19, 1969.  Mulavey, who starred in Marry Hartman, Mary Hartman, and Meredith had one child, a daughter named Allison (born 1974), and divorced in 1987.  In 1995, Meredith married her third husband, Philip Mark Neal,  Chairman and CEO of Avery Dennison Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of office products.

In 1999, Meredith MacCrae was diagnosed with brain cancer.  She died of complications from the disease on July 14, 2000 at her home in Manhattan Beach, California.  She was 56 years old.  

PAT WOODELL (BOBBIE JO BRADLEY): Pat played brunette middle sister Bobbie Joe Bradley from 1963 to 1965.  She left Petticoat Junction in order to pursue a singing career.  Singing was her first love and she performed musical numbers on the show.  Pat's final television acting role was in a 1973 episode of The New Perry Mason. as Jenny in "The Case of the Murdered Murderer" (Season 1, Episode 7, Air Date: October 28, 1973).  When her acting career ended, she worked for self-improvement guru Werner Erhard in his est seminar organization.  She later confounded a consulting firm.  Pat Woodell retired in 2013.  She passed away on September 29, 2015 at the age of 71 after having battled cancer for more than 20 years.

  Lori Saunders was born Linda Marie Hines on October 4, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri.  From 1960 to 1962, she appeared in five episodes of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (under the name Linda Hines).  She also had a bit part as a "brunette at a party" in a 1964 episode of Burke's Law.  Lori portrayed Bobbie Jo Bradley in over 145 episodes of Petticoat Junction, taking over the role from Pat Woodell, in 1965 and remaining until the show's run ended in 1970.  In the last season of The Beverly Hillbillies, Lori played her Bobbie Jo character in four episodes of Green Acres and two episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, one in 1968 and the other in 1969.  In 1971, after the cancellation of Petticoat Junction, she portrayed secretary Elizabeth Gordon in three episodes of The Hillbillies' final season.

After Petticoat Junction, Lori guest-starred in episodes of Daniel Boone (1970), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1970) and Love, American Style (1973).  In 1976, she played Cynthia Harris on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless.  From 1973 to 1974, she had the role of Betsy McGuire in all 26 episodes of the short-lived comic Western, Dusty's Trail.  Lori has been married to Bernard Sandler since 1961 and they have two grown children, son Ronald Sandler and daughter Stacy Sandler. Lori is retired from acting and focuses on photography and art.  She is a vegan and works with several charities.

LINDA KAYE HENNING (BETTY JO BRADLEY): Linda Kaye Henning was born on September 16, 1944 in Los Angeles, California.  An actress and singer, Linda is the daughter of TV producer Paul Henning and his wife, Ruth.  She began acting in stage musicals in the 1950s

Linda portrayed Betty Jo, the youngest Bradley sister, for the entire run of Petticoat Junction, from 1963 to 1970.  She also played Betty Jo in five episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies from 1968 to 1970 and in a 1966 episode of Green Acres.  For the first five seasons of Petticoat Junction, Linda  billed herself as "Linda Kaye," as she didn't want to be accused of nepotism.  

From the 1960s to the 1980s, Linda made guest appearances on several television programs, including Mister Ed (1962), The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1963), The Ed Sullivan Show (1964), Family Affair (1970),  Adam-12 (1971), Love, American Style (1973), Barnaby Jones (1976), Happy Days (1977, 1984), Mork and Mindy (twice in 1979), The Facts of Life (1987) and Mad About You (1988).  From 1995 to 2000, she played the role of Mrs. Mallory in the pilot and four other episodes of the fantasy/science fiction series Sliders.  Linda also appeared on game shows such as Password, Hollywood Squares and 3 for the Money.  She was the substitute host for the 1974-1976 daytime edition of NBC's High Rollers.

In 1968, Linda Kaye Henning married Mike Minor, who played Steve Elliot, her castmate on Petticoat Junction.  Linda's character, Betty Jo, had married Mike's character, Steve on the show a year previously.  Steve and Betty Jo had a daughter named Kathy Joe and were very happy.  Linda and Mike, however, divorced in 1973 and Linda married actor Ashby Adams in 1994. 

In some later episodes of Petticoat Junction, Linda sang in a trio with her television sisters (played by Lori Saunders).  She also sang duets with Mike Minor.

MIKE MINOR (STEVE ELLIOTT): Mike Minor was born Michael Fedderson in San Francisco, California, on December 7, 1940 (Minor was his mother's maiden name).  Mike's father, Don Fedderson, was a prominent television producer.  As a child, Mike's goal was to become  a professional baseball player, but he later switched his sport to golf.  

As a teenager, Mike began taking singing lessons and he had his first gig at Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills.  After attending University High School in Los Angeles and Brown Military Academy in San Diego, Mike performed at a number of clubs in a number of cities.

From 1962 until 1971, Mike made guest appearances as various characters in nine episodes of My Three Sons, a show which his father created and produced.  

Mike is best known for portrayal of Steve Elliott in 111 episodes Petticoat Junction and five episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies from 1966 to 1970.  The dashing pilot was introduced to audiences when he crashed his plane outside Hooterville.  The Bradley sisters nursed Steve back to health and after his accident, he remained in town and married Betty Jo.

After Petticoat Junction ended, Mike guest-starred in episodes of such series as CHiPs (1979), Vega$ (1979, 1980) and L.A. Law (1993).  In the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared in daytime soap operas such as The Edge of Night (as Lennie Small), As the World Turns (as Norman Garrison) and All My Children (as Brandon Kingsley).

Mike Minor became romantically involved with Linda Kaye Henning after meeting her on the set of Petticoat Junction.  They married on September 7, 1968, a year after their characters, Steve and Betty Jo, married on the show.  According to IMDb, Mike's character was intended to fall in love and marry older sister Billie Jo.  When Mike and Linda became a real life couple, it was decided to have Steve and Betty Jo get romantically involved.  After his divorce from Linda Kaye Henning, Mike married Marilyn Minor in 1981.

Mike died of cancer in New York City on January 28, 2016.  He was 75 years old at the time of his passing.

FRANK CADY (SAM DRUCKER): Frank Cady portrayed storekeeper Sam Drucker for the entire run of Petticoat Junction, from 1963 to 1970.  He appeared in 152 of  the show's 222 episodes.  From to 1968 to 1969, Frank played his Drucker role in three CBS sitcoms simultaneously.  He also appeared as Sam in 142 Green Acres episodes during its six-year run and ten episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies from 1968 to 1970.  Drucker's Store was a local hangout and Uncle Joe could be found there playing checkers with Sam.  Sam's telephone was widely used by Joe and the Bradley clan.  Sam was also the postmaster.

Frank died on June 8, 2012 at his home in Wilsonville, Oregon.  He was 96 years old at the time of his passing.  


JUNE LOCKHART (DR. JANET CRAIG): Actress June Lockhart recently celebrated her 96th birthday.  She was born in New York City on June 25, 1925.  June had two major starring TV roles as mother figures Ruth Martin on Lassie (1958 to 1964) and Dr. Maureen Robinson on Lost in Space (1965 to 1968).  After the death of Bea Benaderet in 1968, June joined the cast of Petticoat Junction as "lady doctor" Janet Craig, a role she played until the series ended in 1970,  Not much was known about Janet Craig's  background when she arrived in Hooterville and rented a room at the Shady Rest Holel.  Dr. Craig became the town physician when elderly Dr. Stuart retired.

June Lockhart has remained active in recent years.  In 2016, she played the role of Irene O'Connor in the 2015 comedy/drama Remake, alongside Sally Kellerman and Timothy Carthart.  She also provided the voice for Mindy the Owl in the 2019 animated film Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm.

: Rufe Davis was born Rufus Davidson on December 2, 1908.  One of 12 children, Rufe, was raised on a farm in Oklahoma.  At an early age, he began imitating animal sounds and he proved to be a talented mimic.  He later taught himself some guitar chords and won a local talent contest.  After dropping out of high school, Rufe left home to launch a show business career.  By 1932, he had his own radio show, Rufe Davis and the Radio Rubes, featuring a quartet who performed musical numbers and comedy sketches.  In the 1930s, Rufe participated in the radio broadcast National Barn Dance, which included his future Petticoat Junction colleague Smiley Burnette among its players,  Smiley and Rufe became lifelong friends.

Rufe appeared in over 30 films between 1937 and 1969.  He made his motion picture debut in Warner Brothers' 1936 short The City's Slicker.  In 1937, Rufe signed a contract with Paramount after a talent scout saw him perform in New York's Hollywood Restaurant.  In 1940, he was signed by Republic Pictures and was soon cast as Lullaby Jones in their Three Mesquiteers films, a series of Western B-movies.  Rufe played the role of Lullaby Jones in 14 films.

During a post-World War II United Services Overseas (USO) tour of the South Pacific, Rufe became acquainted with singing cowboy star Gene Autry, who invited him to join his touring company.  Rufe made repeated torus with Autry's group and he continued to enjoy performing live throughout his life.

From 1963 to 1970, Rufe Davis played Floyd Smoot, the happy-go-lucky conductor of the Cannonball train in 131 episodes of Petticoat Junction. He also portrayed Floyd in ten episodes of Green Acres from 1965 to 1967.  Rufe left Petticoat Junction in 1968 due to a dispute with producers over their refusal to grant him a minimum number of episodes.  However,  he did return to the show twice in 1970.  His final appearance was in an episode entitled "Last Train to Pixley" (Season 7, Episode 23, Air Date: March 7, 1970), in which his character, Floyd, retires.  

Rufe was married twice.  He married former ballerina Hermoine Hawkinson Davidson in 1940.  They had four children (Susan, James, Richard and Vivian) and divorced in 1956.  Rufus then wed Nettie Jane Scott on May 17, 1969,  Nettie was Petticoat Junction's wardrobe manager.  In the fall of 1974, Rufe Davis suffered a heart attack and underwent open heart surgery.  He died on December 13, 1974 at the age of 66.

: Smiley Bunette was born Lester Alvin Burnett in Summum, Illinois on March 18, 1911.  Smiley was a country music singer, a cowboy movie star and a comedic actor.  As a teen, he performed in vaudeville,  In the late 1920s, began working at WDZ, an Illinois radio station.  During his career, he appeared in almost almost 200 Westerns, sometimes with his friend Gene Autry and with Roy Rogers.  By 1940, Smiley Burnette ranked second only to Autry in Box Office popularity among Western stars.  In 1944, he became a sidekick to Charles Starett in the Columbia Pictures Durango Kid movie series, and he appeared with Starett in over 50 films.  Smiley was able to talk and sing in a "frog" voice and he would often play characters called Frog Millhouse.  He was a talented musician and he had the ability to play a wide variety of instruments by ear.  Smiley was a prolific songwriter who composed hundreds of songs and sang many of them on screen, but never learned to read music.  In 1971, he was  inducted posthumously into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

From 1963 to 1967, Smiley played railway engineer Charley Prat, Floyd Smoot's sidekick in over 100 episodes of Petticoat Junction. Just after the filming of the fourth season of the show, Smiley became ill.  On February 16, 1967, he died from leukemia, in Encino, California.  He was 55 years the time of his passing.  After Smiley's death, his Charley character was retired and Floyd became both conductor and engineer of the Cannonball.  Floyd (Rufe Davis) was eventually replaced by Wendell Gilbbs, played by Byron Foulger, but returned for two more episodes.

: During the seventh and final season of Petticoat Junction, Jonathan Daly was added to the cast as the bumbling, but earnest game warden, Orin Pike.  He portrayed Orin Pike in 11 episodes of the series from 1969 to 1970.  He was the love interest of Bobbie Jo Bradley, played by Lori Saunders.

Jonathan Daley was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 14, 1942.  Prior to Petticoat Junction, Jonathan had guest roles in episodes of such series as The Flying Nun (1968),and The Ghost & Mrs. Muri (1968).  He also appeared in two episodes of Bewitched (1965, 1969).  After Petticoat Junction, he played the role of Peter Howard from 1971 to 1972 on The Jimmy Stewart Show.  From 1976 to 1978, he portrayed Lt. Whipple in CPO Sharkey, a comedy starring Don Rickles.  His last TV acting credit is a 2005 episode of Law & Order: Trial By Jury entitled "Bang & Blame" (Season 1, Episode 7, Air Date: April 8, 2005).

In Australia, Jonathan Daly is known as part of the comedy team of Delo and Daly,  Jonathan and Ken Delo (1928-2016), became friends while serving in the U.S, Army and they performed in military shows.  From 1963 to 1964, they hosted their own Australian variety show, The Delo and Daly Show, which spotlighted both American and Australian entertainers,  Ken Delo later joined The Lawrence Welk Show.

Jonathan Daly is the father of a son, actor Rad Daly (born Robert Anthony Daly on January 18, 1966) and a daughter, Jules Daly.

DONALD WASHBROOK (HERBY BATES): Don Washbrook was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 15, 1945.  He died on May 15, 2000, at the age of 59, in Los Angeles, California (The cause of his death does not seem to have been made public).  From 1963 to 1964 Don portrayed Herby Bates in eight episodes of Petticoat Junction.  Herby was sweet on Billie Joe Bradley.  Prior to Petticoat Junction, Don appeared in episodes of Playhouse 90 (1956), The DuPont Show of the Month (1957), Outlaws (1962) and My Three Sons (1963.  He also appeared in two episodes of Bonanza (1963, 1964), Perry Mason (1964), Gidget (1965) and My Favorite Martian (1966).  From 1965 to 1966, he played the role of Ralph in three episodes of the sitcom Hank, his last television acting credit.  Don was one of three brother.  Former child actor Johnny Washbrook, who starred in My Fried Flick in the mid-1950s is Don's older brother.  Jazz musician Rick Washbrook is the youngest brother.

RUSSELL HORTON (JUNIOR HOOKER)Russell Horton was born  on November 11, 1941 in Los Angelis, California, USA.  He portrayed Junior Hooker in four episodes of Petticoat Junction from 1963 5o 1964.  Russell also appeared in Woody Allen's 1977 film,  Annie Hall and in the 1985 horror film Cat's Eye.  He guest-starred in a 1989 episode of Miami Vice and a 1990 episode of Law & Order.  Russell is an accomplished voice actor and he is known for providing the voice of Trix Rabbit in the cereal commercials. 

HIGGINS THE DOG: Higgins the Dog was born on December 12, 1957.  He was discovered by renowned animal trainer Frank Inn in the Burbank Animal Shelter in California.  Inn felt that the mixed-breed canine had the potential to be an animal actor.  Higgins started his acting career on television as the nameless pet on Petticoat Junction.  He appeared in over 140 episodes of the series  from 1965 to 1970.  The characters on the show just referred to him as "Dog."  In addition to Petticoat Junction, Higgins showed up on Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies.  

Higgins later appeared in the 1971 TV movie Mooch Goes to Hollywood with Vincent Price and Zsa Zsa Gabor.,  Higgins also starred as the original Benji in the 1974 feature film of the same name.  It was the dog's final role as he died at age 17 on November 11,1975.


* In the 1970s, CBS decided to focus on urban-based TV comedies such as All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  The network's "Rural Age" came to an end when all three Paul Henning shows were cancelled, Petticoat Junction in 1970 and The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres in 1971.

* In 1967, Higgins the Dog received a PATSY (Performing Animal Television Star of the Year).  That same year, he appeared on the cover of TV Guide.  Two episodes of Petticoat Junction revolve around Higgins: "The Dog Turns Playboy" (Season 3, Episode 3, Air Date: September 28, 1965) and "Come Home Higgins (Season 5, Episode 21, Air Date: January 27, 1968)

* Hugh Beaumont, who played Ward Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver, appeared in three episodes of Petticoat Junction, once as Ronnie Beckman in a 1966 episode and twice in 1967 as Donald Elliott, Steve Elliott's father.

* Charles Lane, who portrayed railroad executive Charles Bedloe, died on July 9, 2007 at the age of 102.  

Charles Lane

* The idea for Petticoat Junction came from Paul Henning's wife, Ruth.  The Shady Rest was based on am actual hotel in Eldon Missouri, run by Ruth;s grandmother.

SOURCES: The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network Shows 1946- Present; New York Times book review "Unforgettable: A biography of the balladeer whose mellifluous voice serenaded two generations of lovers," by Margo Jeffereson, December 26, 1999; Los Angeles Times obituary for Allan L. Freeman; Wikipedia, IMDb (Internet Movie Database)

- Joanne

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Keeping Up with Megan Fox

What's up with American actress and model, Megan Fox?

Megan Denise Fox was born on May 16, 1986 in Oak Ridge Tennessee and raised in Rockwood, Tennessee.  Her father, Franklin Thomas Fox, a parole officer, and her mother, Gloria Darlene (née Cisson), a real estate manager, divorced when she was just three years old.  Megan's mother eventually remarried and Megan and her sister were raised by their mother and stepfather, Tony Tonachio.  

At the age of five, Megan studied dance and drama.  At 10, she moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida, where she continued her training and completed her schooling.  At 13,, Megan began modelling after receiving awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  She eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

Megan made her acting debut as a spoiled heiress in the 2001 romantic comedy Holiday in the Sun. The film was released direct-to-DVD.  Although she is widely known for her 2007 role as Mikaela in the action film Transformers and its 2009 sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  She also starred as Jennifer in the 2009 comedy/horror film Jennifer's Body.  Although Megam is primarily regarded as a film actress, she does have some television credits.  

From 2002 to 2003, Megan Fox starred as Ione Star in Ocean Ave. a low budget Swedish-American daytime soap opera.  She also appeared as Cassandra Ridgeway in  three episodes of the short-lived sitcom The Help.  From 2004 to 2006, Megan portrayed Sydney Shanowski on the ABC sitcom Hope and Faith.  From 2016 to 2017, she had the recurring role of Reagan in 15 episodes of the Fox TV comedy New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel.

Megan Fox 2009
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On June 24, 2010, Megan married American actor and rapper Brian Austin Green in a private ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort on the island of Maui in Hawaii.  They had three sons together: Noah Shannon Green (born 2012), Bodhi Ransom Greem (born 2014) and Journey River Green (born 2016).  Megan filed for divorce in 2015, but the couple reconciled.  However, on April 25, 2019, Megan filed for divorce a second time.    

Brian Austin Green

Megan and rapper, songwriter and actor Machine Gun Kelly (real name: Colson Baker) are an item right now.  They met on the set of their upcoming film, Midnight in the Switchgrass and Megan has appeared in his music videos.  On Friday, June 25, 2021, the two were spotted walking hand in hand after attending a Yungblud concert at Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California.  Last weekend, The heavily-tattooed Machine Gun held a surprise rooftop concert in Venice Beach, California.

Machine Gun Kelly (PHOTO CREDIT: 
Erik Drost on Flickr

On June 28, 2021, Megan Fox appeared on Today, NBC's morning show, to promote her latest film movie, a horror flick called Till Death.  Her three children crashed the interview, after they awakened.  They had fallen asleep on the living room sofa after watching a movie.  Megan stated that she wishes she could put her children "back into that two, three-year-old period because it's hard to watch them grow up so quickly."


* Megan admits to suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder and low self-esteem.  

* Megan has had plastic surgery.  She had a nose job because of the width of her nose profile.  She also had a cleft, a vertical dent at the front tip of her nose.

* In 2010, Megan was the victim of a gang of  criminals known as the Bling Ring or or Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch.  They targeted her because of her prominence in the fashion industry and robbed her home for her possessions.


CNN (, "Megan Fox's kids crashed her 'Today' interview," by Lisa Respers France, June 29, 2021;  People, "Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly Walk Hand-in Hand Together After Attending Yumgblud Concern in L.A. (, by Nicholas Rice, June 2021; Life & Style (life and style/ emag,com); "Plastic Surgery: See Megan Fox's Transformation Right Before Your Eyes," May 7, 2021; Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

- Joanne

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Y&R Report (June 19, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

 Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance.

Hi fans,

As regular readers know, I have been writing this column for many years now.  The pandemic has been long and difficult, so I have decided to take a break for the summer.  I need to recharge my batteries and work on my second novel.  This column will return on Saturday, September 18, 2021.  Don't forget to mark that date on your calendars.  Thanks for your continued support and readership.  It is much appreciated.  If you would like to contact me during the summer, I will respond to your emails.

So, Ashland Locke is dying and it appears that Princess Victoria Newman wants to gain control of his media empire.  Is Ashland really dying or is it just a ruse, a ploy to manipulate everyone and get what he's really after?  Why would he make that up that story about his dire medical condition and what would he have to gain from it?  Victoria has proposed a merger between Ashland's company and Newman Enterprises.  He has accepted her proposal.  Is this ruthless media baron so smitten with Victoria that he would readily agree to the merger.of their two companies?  Are the two playing games with each other?  Victoria doesn't have any romantic interest in Ashland, so she is definitely using him for her own advantage.  She admitted to Billy that she has a plan.  Ashland couldn't be that naive, could he?  Maybe it doesn't bother him because he's dying anyway and he wants to enjoy his final days with Victoria.  Another possibility is that Ashland will recover his health by some miracle cure.  He won't die and the whole dynamic of the situation will change.  

I haven't discounted the possibility that Tara will eventually marry Jack in order to remain at the Abbott mansion and lead an extravagant lifestyle.  However, that scenario does seem rather creepy, given that Jack is the grandfather of Tara's child.

As I've suspected, Little Miss Tara is not as sweet and innocent as she appears to be.  She's cold and calculating. She wants Summer out of the picture so she can enjoy a happy family life with Kyle and Harrison.  Tara wants it all, including the Abbott mansion.  It's been a while, but she's finally ripped off her mask.  Summer saw the real Tara for the first time when Tara threatened to keep Kyle away from Harrison if Summer did not accept the job with the fashion house in Italy.  

In some ways, Tara is a more formidable opponent for Summer. than Sallly Spectra.  Sally is openly aggressive and forthright.  Meanwhile, Tara is  soft-spoken and she has an angelic face.  She keeps her claws hidden.  As Summer discovered, Tara pounces unexpectedly,  She launches surprise attacks.

Both Tara and Sally have sharp claws and they are both very dangerous and determined.  Still, it's hard to believe Summer would have allowed herself to be intimidated so easily.  She could have found a way to alert Jack and Kyle to Sally and Tara's threats and manipulations.  At least she has called upon Phyllis for support.  Snowflake's mother is worldly and tough.  Phyllis has seen through Miss Tara from the beginning.  She has never trusted her.  When they lock horns, Phyllis will put her in her place.

I must say that it's still hard to believe that Tara would turn out to be a villain and that Ashland would become a much more sympathetic character.  I don't think Sally and Tara's plan will work.  I can't see Summer moving to sunny Italy and I haven't heard that Hunter King, who portrays Summer, is leaving the show.  So, what is going to happen?  Only the writers know for sure.  All we can do is keep on watching.  They've got us hooked.

Will Noah Newman return to Genoa City soon?  He has been mentioned a few times lately and Victor and Adam would like him to join their new company, Newman Media.  As Y&R fans know, Noah has been working in London, England.  When last seen, the character was still being portrayed by Robert Adamson.  If he returns wilto Genoa City, Noah willl have to become involved in a storyline.  Right now, I can't think of a storyline where he would fit in.  I'll have to give it some more thought.

Is Chance coning back?  Y&R continues to tease us bout his return.  Somebody seems to be watching Abby and spying on her.  My guess is that the stalker is the bad guy that Chance is pursuing.  I think Chance will show up and capture the bad guy, but that Mariah will fall and lose the baby in the upheaval.  Sad to say, but I can't see that baby being born and  I expect that Abby will be devastated, as she was when she had a miscarriage.  A new actor will begin playing the role of Chance.  Chance will do his best to comfort Abby, but she will be inconsolable for a long time.  Of course, this is all speculation, but it makes sense to me.

The writers are making a huge mistake with the Amanda storyline.  They are getting bogged down in the details of Sutton's  history.  There have been endless, repetitive conversations about people we've never seen.  The storyline would be much more interesting if it were more focused on the present with the interaction of Amanda's family.


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I recently chatted with longtime Y&R viewer, Helen in Scarborough, Ontario.  Helen doesn't believe that Ashland has mellowed so much that he is willing to forgive Victor for forcing him to sign a contract when he was having a heart attack.  Helen also had something to say about Moses Winters.  Moses has focused all his energy on becoming a doctor.  The teenager has seemed so certain about his  vocation.  Yet, when Dr, Nate had an allergic episode after eating crab meat, Moses became quite upset and wondered if his strong reaction meant that he was not cut out to be a doctor.  Devon tried to reassure him, but for the first time, Miles questioned whether he was meant for a career in medicine.  Helen pointed out that Moses paid a visit to Victor's office and sat behind the desk there.  Could it be, Helen asked, that Moses is destined for a business career like his father, Neil?


Richard Burgi (Ashland Locke)

Do you think Ashland Locke is rally dying, or is he making the whole story up?  Is he faking it to fool everybody.  What do you think, fans?  Respond to the poll below and let me know.

Is Ashland Locke really dying?
Yes, Why would he make up a story like that? What would he have to gain from it?
No. He's faking it. I don't trust him.
I don't know.
Please Specify:

That's all for now.  Have a great summer and stay safe.  See you in September.  Enjoy the Daytime Emmys.  I am realy looking forward to the show on Friday, June 25th. 

- Joanne

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Dub Taylor: The Great Unknown Character Actor

"Acting is the most embarrassing business in the world.  You never know when you're going to eat."

- Dub Taylor, as quoted in his Los Angeles Times obituary, October 5, 1994

"I don't care about winning an Oscar.  I'm just an actor who can play parts and make people believe them."

- Dub Taylor, as quoted in

As filmmaker Mark Ezra Stokes said of Dub Taylor, "He pops up in everything."  Most people have seen Dub Taylor's face in movies and on television, but they don't remember his name.  Dub was never a handsome leading man, but he was a legendary character actor who made his mark on the American entertainment scene.  He often played grizzled sidekicks in Westerns,.  His career spanned decades in motion pictures and on television.  Walter Clarence Taylor, Jr., known professionally as "Dub," was born in Richmond, Virginia on February 26, 1907, the third of the five children of Walter and Minnie Taylor.  The U.S. census of 1920 recorded that Walter Jr. had two older sisters, Minnie Margaret and Maude, a younger brother, George, and a little sister named Edna.  

When Dub was five years old, his family moved to Augusta, Georgia where his father, Walter Sr., worked as a cotton broker.  One of Dub's best friends In Augusta was Ty Cobb Jr. and he would sleep over at the Cobb home. Dub also spent some of his early years in Oklahoma and in South Carolina, where he attended military school in Greenville.

Dub began his show business career in vaudeville, playing the harmonica and the xylophone in New York City.  During his nearly six decades as an actor, he appeared in about 150 motions pictures, bit he never played a leading role in any major film.  His first film appearance was in the 1938 Frank Capra classic You Can't Take It With You in which he played the part of ex-football captain Ed Carmichael.  He won the role because of his ability to pay the xylophone.  In another Capra classic, 1939's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, Dub portrayed a reporter.

Dub also originated the role of Cannonball in The Taming of the West (1939), a role he continued to playin many films.  "Cannonball" was the comic sidekick to "Wild Bill" Saunders, played by Bill Elliott.  Although Dub Taylor frequently portrayed heavyset cowboys and hillbillies, his roles were many and varied.  He was certainly a prolific TV actor.  

Through the years, Dub Taylor made numerous guest appearances on television.  Some of these include the Death Valley Days (nine episodes from 1954 to 1967); I Love Lucy ("Lucy Goes to the Rodeo, Season 5, Episode 8, Air Date: November 28, 1955); four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show (one episode in 1960, twio in 1963 and one in 1968); Dennis the Menace (three 1960 episodes in which he portrayed Opie Swanson); Perry Mason (1961); The Twilight Zone (1962); Hazel (three episodes from 1962 to 1963 in which he portrayed Mitch Brady); 77 Sunset Strip (1963); My Three Sons (1963), Dr. Kildare (1963); My Favorite Martion (1964); The Wild Wild West (1965, 1967); The Monkees (1967); That Girl (1967); Gunsmoke (seven episodes from 1966 to 1970); The Odd Couple (1971); Hawaii Five-O  (1971); The Mod Squad (1968, 1971); The Partridge Family (1971); Alias Smith and Jones (1971); Bonanza (six episodes from 1967 to 1971); Love American Style (three episodes from 1970 to 1973); Emergency! (1973, 1974); McMillan and Wife (1977); Little House on the Prairie (four episodes from 1980 to 1981 in which he played Houston Lamb); The Cosby Show (1988); Designing Women (two episodes, the first in 1989, the second in 1990, in which he played Daddy Jones); Law and Order ("Scoundrels,' Season 5, Episode 9, Air Date: November 30, 1994).

Dub Taylor in scenes from 1955 I Love Lucy episode

The 1994 Law and Order episode, in which he portrayed Arthur Kopinsky was Dub Taylor's last television acting appearance.  His final film appearance was a cameo role as a hotel clerk in the film 1994 film Maverick, starring Mel Gibson, James Garner and Jodie Foster.

According to the IMDb and Family Search websites, Dub wed Florence Gertrude Heffernan wed on April 21, 1931.  They remained married until Florence's death in on October 10, 1987 at the age of 81.  The couple had two children, including a daughter, Faydean Taylor Tharp and a son, Walter Clarence Taylor III, known as "Buck.".  Buck appeared with Dub in Conagher, a 1991 Turner Network television film, a Western, starring Sam Elliott, a friend of Buck's, and Elliott's wife, Katharine Ross.  

Dub Taylor died of congestive heart failure in West Lake Village, California on October 3, 1994.  He was 87 years old at the time of his passing.           


* Here's how Dub Taylor explained why he is called "Dub."  As a boy, he was nicknamed "W" for Walter.  The "W" was eventually shortened to just "Dub."

* Dub portrayed Ivan Moss, the father of a gang member, in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (Ivan was the one who told the police where to find Bonnie and Clyde).  In Back to the Future III (1990), Dub played Levi, an old fellow in the Palace Saloon.

Dub in Bonnie and Clyde

* Dub was an avid hunter and he often visited Mexico

* Dub was known for his trademark bowler hat.

* For six seasons (1985-1991), Dub made weekly appearances on the long-running TV country-music show, Hee Haw.  He was mostly seen in the Lulu's Truck Stop skit.

* Dub was the gravelly-voiced man in the Hubba Bubba bubblegum commercials in the early 1980s.  Dub also appeared in a 1994  "Dip Off" commercial for Pace Foods in which he and two other contestants use Pace Picante Sauce in their dips, while another competitor used a "Mexican sauce" as a secret ingredient.  Dub's character declared that the sauce was actually made in New York City.

* A feature length documentary about the life of Dub Taylor, That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor, had its  premiere on April 14, 2007 at Morris Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia..  The documentary was directed by Mark Ezra Stokes.  According to a press release for the film, "Taylor's recurrence in popular films, without gaining notoriety among the average American moviegoer," is what fascinated Stokes about Dub.  Dub's son, Buck, and his grandchildren, Matt and Cooper, were interviewed for the film."

* Buck Taylor, born May 13, 1938 in Hollywood, California, is a veteran actor and an artist.  He is a graduate of North Hollywood High School, where he was a skilled gymnast, although he failed to qualify for the 1960 Olympics.  Buck served in the United States Navy for two years.  He creates water colour and acrylic paintings of cowboys, horses and native Americans.

From 1967 to 1975, Buck portrayed deputy Newly O'Brien on the long-running CBS series Gunsmoke.  Newly O'Brien arrived in Dodge City as a gunsmith, but later became a deputy marshal.  From 2018 to 2020, Buck has played Emmett Walsh in four episodes of the Amazon Prime series Yellowstone. The series stars Kevin Costner and it chronicles the fortunes of a ranching family in Montana.

Buck Taylor

SOURCES: Los Angeles Times obituary, "Dub Taylor, Character Actor," by Myrna Oliver; October 5, 1984; Futurepedia (, "Dub Taylor;; James Works Entertainment Press Release, "World Premiere of That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor, April 14, 2007 at Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia;" Wikipedia; Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

- Joanne

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Y&R Report (June 5, 2021): The Latest on The Young and the Restless

Hey Y&R fans, every second Saturday TV Banter discusses the latest happenings and provides commentary on your favourite daytime drama. Note to U.S. readers - SPOILER ALERT: Here in Canada, I watch the show on Global TV which is one episode ahead of CBS.  I will inevitably refer to incidents you haven't seen yet.  Read at your own risk.  If you are the curious type, though, you may prefer to discover some things in advance

Hi fans,

Tara Locke is nicely ensconced in the Abbott mansion, isn't she?  She really enjoys living there and she is certainly in no hurry to move anywhere else.  Her husband, Ashland, is ruthless and controlling, but methinks Little Miss Tara has an agenda of her own.  It seems as if she's still sweet on Kyle Abbott, despite her expressions of regret about how her actions are causing so much grief for Summer.  However, I think Tara may wind up in a marriage of convenience with Jack.  Here's why: Now that Ashland knows about Harrison's true paternity, he's angry and vindictive.  Despite his ruthless business reputation, Locke truly loves Harrison.  He will do everything in his power to win custody of the little boy from Tara.  He's already changed the grounds of the divorce suit to adultery.  The custody battle is going to be bitter and nasty, especially since Ashland feels so betrayed.

Tara seems to like older, wealthy men, and Jack Abbott certainly fits the bill.  As for Jack, he would certainly marry Tara in order to protect Harrison and Tara from Ashland.  He would love to have his sweet little grandson around him all the time?  They could be one happy family and Tara could be the Lady of the Abbott Manor.  Kyle would certainly approve that setup.  It would get him off the hook with Tara and he would be free to marry Snowflake, who feels left out.  Not only that, but his biological son would be living in the the Abbott home and Kyle would be able to see him as often as he wanted.  Everyone would be happy, except Ashland; but what about the welfare of an innocent three-year-old?

Unfortunately, the biggest loser in this divorce and child custody battle will be Harrison.  The adults profess to love the child and they want to protect him.  Instead, they are confusing poor Harrison by putting him in the middle of their tug-of-war.  He's far too young to understand what's happening.  Now, he's been told he has a father and a daddy.  It's all too much for the child.  The adults in Harrison's life could write a manual on how to mess up a little kid.

Meanwhile, Princess Victoria Newman also has her own agenda.  Much to her mother Nikki's disapproval, she's decided to cozy up to Ashland Locke.  It's not that Victoria has any romantic feelings for powerful media mogul.  She is still hooked on Billy Boy Abbott.  Victoria hasn't fooled anybody by bringing a plant to Billy and Lily and wishing them well.  Yet she sees some personal and business advantage in being on friendly terms with Ashland.  To put it bluntly, she intends to use Locke.  Loke is not stupid and he will know that Victoria is just using him.  However, he will probably use her for his ow purposes too.  Maybe it won't matter to him.  He will just enjoy the attention of a woman who just happens to be Victor Newman's daughter and the CEO of Newamn Enterprises.

According to an online spoiler, Elena is going to have some competition in her quest to win Dr. Nate's heart - when she's not daydreaming about Devon.  At first, I thought the good doctor was bonding with Lola, but it doesn't seem that way now, especially since Genoa City's favourite chef is in Miami for the time being.  Now I think Nate's new love interest will be Amanda's half-sister, Imani Benedict.(Leigh-Ann Rose).  There seemed to be a spark when Imani was introduced to Nate recently.

Kudos to Y&R for its wonderful tribute to Kristoff St. John and his character, Neil Winters.  The episode was very tastefully done and it captured the very essence of Neil, his love for jazz music, his habits and his hangouts.


Y&R's Daytime Emmy Nominations

The 48th Annual Daytime Emmys will soon be upon us.  They air on Friday, June 25 on CBS.  Don't forget to mark that date on your calendars.

Here is a list of Daytime Emmy nominations for Y&R.

Mellissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson) has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Marla Adams (Dina Mergeron) and Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra) have both been nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Bryton James (Devon Hamilton) has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Alyvia Alyn Lind (ex-Faith Newman) has been nominated for Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series.

Y&R has been nominated for Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series and Outstanding Lighting Direction for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program.

The little boy who plays Harrison Locke on Y&R

Kellen Enriquez, the blond, curly-haired tyke who plays 3-year-old Harrison Locke on Y&R, is already making his mark.  Kellen is a newcomer to soaps and not much information is available about him at this time.  He is believed to be about four years old.  It is thought that he was born in 2017.  All I know that anyone could overdose on his cuteness.

Jess Walton (Jill) announces some terrible news

Jess Walton, who plays Jill on the Y&R, recently revealed some devastating news on social media.  Her husband John's cancer has returned.  John James and Jess married in 1980 and have two children together.  John is an author and an expert  in grief conselling.  He founded the Grief Recovery Institute, which provides training for grief specialists worldwide.

John had successful surgery for a malignant tumour on his neck and he was deemed cancer-free..  Unfortunately, his situation has changed and Jess has asked for the thoughts and prayers of her fans.


I have listed Y&R's nominees for a Daytime Emmy.  Now I want to know what you think, fans.  Who deserves the Emmy most?  Respond to the poll below and let me know. 

Which of the following Y&R Daytime Emmy nominees best deserves to win?
Marla Adams (Dina Mergeron)
Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson)
Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra)
Bryson James (Devon Hamilton)
Alyvia Alyn Lind (ex-Faith Newman)
I don't know.
Please Specify:
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That's all for now.  Please remember that the next edition of Y&R Report will appear in this space on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Take care,