After a long day and evening of working on both the Emmy production, Red Carpet and in the press room, I met up with my friend, Mariano and we headed off to the Officially Daytime Emmy After Party at the California Market Center to celebrate with the stars and our peers on their Emmy wins and nominations. When I approached the party, I was greeted by the amazing Michelle Stafford of “Y&R”, and her on-screen nemeisis, Sharon Case. “Phick “and “Shick” fans will love this picture!
Then the winner for Outstanding Lead Actor, “Y&R’s “Christian LeBlanc joined us, and I got to give this three-time Emmy winner a big hug on his much deserved win on Emmy night. See, I had him as my “Should Win”.
It has been such a joy for me to share with Christian his last two Emmy victories, and this time he let me hold up his statuette…well, he couldn’t do it as well, since he is still recovering from his broken wrist, suffered in a biking accident. Michelle, Sharon, Wes Ramsey from “DAYS” and Christian hung out and posed for pics, before they headed off to the official “Y&R” party at downtown’s amazing LOFT venue.
Once inside it was a bevy of daytime beauties and luminaries, headed up by Crystal Chappell, who could not have looked more stunning. We chit-chatted about the “GL” tribute ( yes, I gave Otalia, some love and recognition in the piece) and the upcoming “Venice” series, which Crystal informed me will start to tape in October. Crystal and I exchanged some kind words of praise to each other, which definately lifted my spirits.
When Mariano and I went inside to the dinner, someone ( and you know who you are) had taken our seats at the producers table, so we turned right around and sat at the “GH” writers table, where their Emmy was just sitting on the table. Once there, Martha Bryne popped up, and then DAYS Peter Reckell and wife, Kelly Moneymaker came by.
After finishing up our meal, we were on our way to the various show parties. We headed off with DAYS Rachel Melvin, Austin Peck ( nice to see ya again!), and Bryan Datillo walking the streets of downtown lost! We were trying to find the NBC party at the Broadway Bar. It was right next to the Orpheum! It was the blind leading the blind. Finally, we reached our destination where NBC and DAYS execs saluted Darin Brooks victory ( he was there) Tamara Braun, and DAYS Emmy comeback of 13 nominations. Gary Tomlin, Lindsay Hartley and others enjoyed the festivities outside.
Next up, The LOFT for the “Y&R” party. This spot was awesome. A three level huge loft with an extraordinary view of downtown LA. Elizabeth Hendrickson and I danced. She can move! Clementine Ford, Greg Rikaart, John Driscoll, and Melody Thomas Scott, got a moment to say “Hi” and to catch up. “GL’s” Jessica Leccia and her hubby, were there! And I could not resist to get a photo with Jess, Mariano and I.
Now we come to Mr. Kitty. “Y&R’s” Stacy Haiduk, brought Mr. Kitty as her accessory/slash purse to the Emmys. So, I found Mr, Kitty sitting alone near the DJ booth. Then Stacy came by and grabbed Mr, Kitty and we took this photo! Yikes!
Finally, we headed to The Standard Hotel’s penthouse for the “GH” event, but when we got there (well after midnight ) it looked as though it had dissolved into two parties: one for the stars, and one for some other club event. Once on the hotel rooftop, I caught up with Billy Warlock, Van Hansis, and my dear friend Kimberly McCullough. We did not make it to the “B&B” post-party as by the time we circled the downtown area it was well after 1:30AM and I was beat.
It was great to see everyone, and it was fun hanging out and showing Mariano the wonderful wacky world of soapdom!
Till next time,