It’s the start of a new week, and time again for the next item up for bid from One Life to Live’s Hillary B. Smith’s special online auction to benefit The Willee-Coppee Fund, and also the next installment of On-Air On-Soaps exclusive interview with Hillary! Why should you bid? Not only because you can win a piece of Hillary’s acting career, but also The Willee-Coppee Fund serves to discreetly assist pet owners who may be struggling with overwhelming veterinary bills. In this economy, it’s important to be able to help man’s best friend with routine or medically necessary services. Read below the official description of this week’s (pictured here) item from Hillary’s days as Margo on As the World Turns!
Never let it be said that Hillary doesn’t know a great wardrobe item when she sees it. Back in her previous life as Margo on “As The World Turns” she was smart enough to buy this beautiful coat from the wardrobe department when her character was finished with it, and it’s still as useful and stylish today as it was twenty-ish years ago. It’s a double-breasted below-the-knee military style coat from Mondi, made in Germany. (And you’ll notice the name “Margo” in felt-tip pen on the label.) It’s a black medium-weight blend of 55% polyester and 45% new wool, fully lined in a black/tiny white dots 100% acetate. The collar is shawl-style and 2″ wide. There are six gold-tone crested buttons in front and three on each sleeve, with two slash pockets at the hip and one breast pocket, still partially sewn shut. It’s unbelted and hangs straight in the back with a 17.5″ slit at the hem. It’s marked a German size 38, which roughly corresponds to a size 10 U.S. But please read the measurements carefully so that you won’t be disappointed by the fit when it arrives. All measurements are taken with the coat lying flat and fully buttoned.
Now in this week’s fourth installment of our interview with Hillary B. Smith, she tells us about working with three of her favorite performers in the soap biz- DAYS and Venice stars, Crystal Chappell and Galen Gering, and Eddie Alderson (Matthew, OLTL)!
Hillary on working with Crystal Chappell: “When Crystal came on One Life to Live they made her a nun! And Crystal is the sexiest woman on television, and then they turned her into a juggler! We just sat down and had a good cry over that one. (Laughs) We could not believe that. I had no idea the depths of her ability until Venice. And working with Crystal, she is not just smart, but bright. She gets it, and she thinks outside the box and she thinks in holistic terms. Crystal is very passionate about the fans as I am, and very passionate about the soap medium as I am. There are not many people left, except probably some of the actors, who understand the medium and the importance of that connection with the fans. What she did with creating Venice was truly a love letter to the fans, and brilliant because she understood through all the letters that she received that there was a market out there that hadn’t been touched. And, there were a group of people out there who needed to be addressed, and we are not done with that. I told Crystal, we have a whole other thing that we are going to do. Nobody I know could conceive this, and then bring in Kim Turrisi, who is a beautiful writer, and then put this all together so that it is an homage, and so that it brought these actors together in a forum in which we all felt so comfortable that we could do anything. It was outstanding. I think season two is going to be exciting.”
Hillary on working with Galen Gering: ”I don’t know what he is doing on DAYS, but I have such a crush on him because of Venice. When you are in a room with him and you start working with him, you get his subtlety and his humor. Galen is funny, and he is sexy, and good-looking and relaxed, and there is vulnerability about him that most men do not show.”
Hillary on working with her One Life on-screen son, Eddie Alderson: “First of all, Eddie Alderson was a tiny little boy who ran around the studio because his sister, Kristen (Starr) was there working, and when we were having trouble with our Matthew, we went, “What about him?” Our executive producer at the time Gary Tomlin went, “What?” And we went, “Yeah. We all know him and we all love him.” And Gary went, “OK.” Eddie suddenly grew up in this role and is getting more comfortable, and more and more inventive. I have to tell you, his ability goes deep when he can get out of is own way. But, it’s hard to get out of your own way when you are growing so fast. I really take my hat off to him, because he has changed his whole life for this job. He is my son, and Bob Woods (Bo) feels the same way. I am so proud of him and the work he did this past year was just beautiful. The scene on Christmas Eve when he walked again…when I watched it back I sobbed and sobbed. We don’t have a lot of happy moments on One Life to Live. Was that not breathtaking?”