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32 April 27th, 2013 Meet All My Children’s Francesca James Video! Longtime Favorite Returns In Front Of The Camera!

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Well what can we say about this terrific video from the folks at The Online Network and All My Children!  Soap opera actress and daytime drama director and producer extraordinaire, Francesca James is back working on AMC, but not behind-the-scenes as a director or a producer or executive producer, as she has done previously with AMC, and in part with General Hospital, but as one of the new online revival characters named Evelyn Johnson! But is she really “Evelyn Johnson”? That remains a big question!

Daytime and AMC fans remember Francesca for her role as Kitty Shea Tyler, and later as  her identical twin Kelly Cole!  Francesca also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1980 for her work on AMC! In this newly released video which landed first at TV Guide, “Meet Francesca James”, the talented woman is seen coming back to work for the first time in AMC’s new Connecticut studios, and having some very humorous banter in the dressing room hallways with co-star Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater).  In addition, Julia Barr (Brooke) and Vincent Irizarry (David) add their comments on having this true soap legend back in the saddle as one of the series cast members!

And yes, you will hear On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman asking Francesca questions and commenting on her return to All My Children during the clips from an interview conducted at the Sleepy Hollow cast photo shoot in New York City a few months back.

So what do you think of Francesca playing a role on-camera on the new All My Children? Who do you think Evelyn Johnson will turn out to be?  Related to who?  What will be her “drama”?   Share your thoughts below!

 

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  1. Kim says:

    Maybe David gets a momma? Or a thought dead wife for Adam?

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    Lin replied

    David had a mama. She was a horrible witch.

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    Kim replied

    She could come back! I actually dont remeber her! I only watched on occasion…i mostly watched OLTL!

    Lin replied

    I’m almost certain she was killed. She killed his father or caused the father to kill himself. She was a maniac.

    Patrick replied

    horrible… yes. but… grifter”s’-

    acted by the indomitable… “Marj Dusay”.

    love her… Period.

    Guiding Light was all that.

  2. Lin says:

    This was a fabulous interview. Thank you! The best thing I’ve seen.

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  3. Mark in FLA says:

    Michael, you are so correct, Ms James is on of the best actresses ever on daytime. I admired her as Marcy W

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  4. Mark in FLA says:

    Michael, you are so correct, Ms James is one of the best actresses ever on daytime. I admired her as Marcy Wade on OLTL before she joined AMC. Her speaking voice is so distinct and wonderful to hear again. I hope her new character is somehow related to Kitty and Kelly.

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  5. Lin says:

    Michael, this does not have to do with this video, but why is there no way to reach Prospect Park /TOLN.? I found a FB page, but it turns out to be just a fan page. thank you for keeping us posted through all of this, Michael. You are the best. I didn’t discover your page til our shows were originally in Jeopardy but am so glad I did!

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    Kim replied

    I agree…there should be an address to write them…they should listen to viewers feedback!

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    Lin replied

    They should have a presence on Facebook or a “contact us” or something on their website. Heck, if they’d hire me I’d do it from home, if they’d give me info. There is no way to contact them at all. I found a site on Facebook that looks like it is them. Then I read really old posts and it used to be an “anti” Prospect Park site. And once it looked like the shows were coming on, it changed the name, and now it looked like it IS Prospect Park, but it is just a fan page.

    CTwildheart replied

    You can write to the stars here:
    PO Box 110237 (for OLTL); 110236 (for AMC)
    Stamford CT 06911

    or contact PP via twitter:
    @prospectpk or @toln

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  6. lisa says:

    Love Francesca – But I must confess I do hope it’s revealed that she’s actually Kelly Cole Tyler and that Linc (Peter White) is not far behind.
    It would be nice to have some (old) stock of Pine Valley in the form of some Tyler blood (was there any left when AMC went off the air)?
    In any case glad she’s back – in front of the camera.

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  7. Llanviewer717 says:

    This is wonderful. I remember as Kitty/Kelly years ago when I did watch AMC and I’ve certainly watched episodes she directed on GH. Can’t wait to see her as a new character.

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  8. Mary Moore Fergen says:

    What a fun video! It’s great that Francesca is back on the show again. Yet another reason to be excited for April 29!

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  9. heidi says:

    Love it!!! I remember her from years ago and she was fabulous!!! She looks great!!! Se’s going to be awesome and love that there are mysteries… will have to watch!!! I stopped watching AMC years ago and yet now that I know she will be back… wow!!! Love it!!!

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  10. susan M. says:

    I alway’s liked her! Nice to see her back!

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  11. Gracies BFF says:

    I am absolutely over the moon!!!

    Welcome back Ms James… you have been off camera for way to long and I have missed you big time.

    I have watched AMC since day one and Monday cannot come soon enough for me to say the very least.

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  12. EJ says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! All I dreamed of was to retire and be able to watch All MY Children. I retired last July, and I have been waiting for you. Now my wait is over. I will be with you everyday. I have watched this soap from the very first episode b&w 1/2 hr.
    See you Monday

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  13. Kathy says:

    Wonderful news! Great actress! Yea!

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  14. Troy Turner says:

    One of my earliest soap memories was the Linc and Kitty pairing-though I ran into Kelly at some point, I’m sure. At any rate, this will be my first REAL exposure to Francesca-looking forward to it

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  15. Jody says:

    Love, love,love Francesca James……..great interview

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  16. Jonathan says:

    My first memory of her was as Marcy Wade 42 years ago!!

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  17. Kim says:

    Would love to see Gillian Spencer show up in Llanview claiming to be the real Viki Lord!(she did originate the role from what ive been told) Or is the war of two Todds, and the Natalie/Jessica storyline enough of the twin story? I still think the two Vikis would be fun to watch…especially if they turn out to be faternal twins like Nat and Jess!

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  18. David says:

    It seems incomprehensible that Brooke at least won’t say something about how much she resembles her cousin Linc’s wife. She and Joe Martin are probably the only character’s still on who really knew the Kelly Tyler character. She looks wonderful, and her spirit is as lovely as I recall.

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  19. Jody says:

    Hey Gracie. Actually, She was on in 2005 at Phoebe’s Funeral and that was 8 Years Ago. She was on in 2008 at Myrtle’s Funeral and that was 5 Years Ago. Maybe She Meant as Her Storyline was that They Moved to Switzerland. Francesca Took Care of Eileen in Real Life. Also, Ginger had It Wrong when she said that Francesca was on from the Beginning. Francesca came on in 1973. I Remember when Hal Short was on there and Somebody said He is A New Character. He was Actually Al Shea and He was her Ex Husband. He wanted Kitty to Smuggle Drugs through The Boutique. Somebody said when there was Kelly that they should have at least Gotten Somebody that Looked Like Kitty. That was Funny because It was the Same Actress.

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  20. Jody says:

    Hey Kim. NO, I want Erika Slezak to be Viki. Whenever I see Gillian Spencer, I Think of Daisy Cordtlandt. Jody

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  21. karen l fredericksen says:

    Hi, Michael Fairman, I just recently viewed your interview and video of Ms James! I am so happy that she is on the show as a new character! She looks fabulous! Do you ever get a chance to run into her? I am sure that a lot of people have missed her performances! She has accomplished greatness in her professional life. What a gift!Thank you, Karen Fredericksen!

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  22. Belinda says:

    I kept racking my brain trying to figure out who Evelyn is!! I googled and it brought me here…..got my answer! Of course, it is Francesca! It had been so long! I loved her then……cannot wait to see where this goes! It feels so great to have the AMC family back in my living room again. Now if I could just get the GL family back too! thank you OWN for doing this……I hope it is not temporary!

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  23. Cathy says:

    As soon as I saw her face, I knew she was Kitty, Link Tyler’s wife! Been watching a long time!

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  24. Lillian says:

    I went to school with Francesca and watched her on the soaps and I must say she is just as beautiful as she was then, and so talented. We all knew she would succeed in anything she tried, Good Luck Francesca, welcome back to the front of the camera

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  25. Carol says:

    I too, went to school with Ms. James and knew always that she was going to become somebody special in the acting arena. She could act, sing, dance, and she was a brilliant student. She had it all. I don’t watch the soaps but wish Francesca the best in the years ahead I am sure there will be another emmy for her in the near future.

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