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156 January 3rd, 2013 REVIEW: Crystal Chappell’s Stunning Memoir: “The Perfect Art Of Imperfection: My Life So Far”!

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In her stunning and often times startling new memoir, Crystal Chappell lays it all on the line about her childhood, her relationships, and her professional life in The Perfect Art of Imperfection: My Life So Far.

Chappell’s memoir was released just before the new year, and is already generating quite the buzz.   In it, she chronicles her confusing childhood complete with often times absent parents, her two cases of molestation (one when she was very young and another when she was a teen) and her search for her true passion in life.  The reader also learns about her first marriage to Scott Fanjoy that was instrumental in kick-starting her acting career! And while the dissolution of her marriage to Fanjoy was happening, she met and fell head over heels for her then current DAYS co-star, Michael Sabatino, and her husband to this day.

We also become enlightened to some of Chappell’s deep demons including: her penchant for self-mutilation, her battle with post-partum depression after the birth of her sons, her drinking, the stress of playing Salem’s Carly Manning, and how her co-stars often made things quite challenging for her including: Guiding Light’s Robert Newman and Kim Zimmer, Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso at DAYS, and the replacement Bo, Robert Kelker Kelly!

It is Chappell’s long-rumored feud with Kristian Alfonso that is brought up inside the memoir, and is a must-read for soap fans.  As it is told, when Chappell returned for her second stint on DAYS in 2010, things were quickly being sabotaged by Alfonso and then things began to go south for the Daytime Emmy winner behind-the-scenes.

In an exclusive excerpt when relating what went down after she re-joined the show with then DAYS Co-EP’s Gary Tomlin’s support, Chappell wrote, “Somehow, with no effort or even awareness on my part, two camps evolved.  It became the Kristian Alfonso/Ken Corday camp vs. the The Crystal Chappell/Gary Tomlin camp, and everyone apparently felt compelled to pick a side for the preservation of their jobs.  The crew and even a couple of directors began feeling as if they had to pull me offstage, out of sight, and whisper if they wanted to pay me a compliment.”

When Chappell learned that DAYS EP, Ken Corday, wanted her off the screen and given less airtime, (after trying to shepherd Carly Manning into stories that did not directly involve Bo and Hope) things took a drastic turn for Crystal.  In fact, when Corday told Gary Tomlin to get Crystal off the screen, because it was her fault that the ratings had plummeted, Crystal revealed in this exclusive excerpt, “I wish I could say that personally, off-screen, I handled it all with grace and dignity.  Unfortunately, that would be a lie.  I felt diminished.  I felt unfairly targeted.  I felt bullied.  I felt as if showing up on time, lines learned and ready to work on whatever material I was given counted for nothing.  I felt as if my soul was in pain and shrinking fast. I began disliking who I was and who I was becoming.  I was torn between wanting to go to work every day and dreading it at the same time, wishing the air there would somehow magically clear and knowing it wouldn’t. To lower my confidence level even further – and I take full responsibility for this – I reverted to some old, tired, habitual self-destructive behavior.  I began hurting myself again, especially scratching myself hard enough and deep enough to leave marks while I slept.”

There is also a shocker that DAYS recently asked her to return again as Carly!  Her answer to that appears in the memoir, too.

But with several heartbreaking circumstances which include the cancellation of Guiding Light and the ending of the beloved Otalia romance, came some greater good as well!  Chappell shares many letters from fans all across the globe that inspired her to continue on telling a same-sex love story, and thus Venice was born!  And with Venice, Chappell became the entrepreneur, the innovator and online pioneer, and we learn of her struggles to master the art of online programming, and her deep devotion to her fans.

The Perfect Art of Imperfection: My Life So Far is a straight from the hip, unguarded, and intimate account from one of the most talented performers ever to come from the daytime genre, whose incredible passion and ability to touch many has made a profound impact. With self-effacing humor, wit, and emotion, Chappell’s memoir strikes all the right chords.

To purchase your copy of The Perfect Art of Imperfection: My Life So Far there are several ways to obtain it.  To get your PDF version, visit all three of Chappell’s online stores at The Grove, Venice, and CCnFriends.  and you can buy it for only $9,00! There is also a color photo gallery from Chappell’s private collection that comes with the memoir  In addition, an online Kindle version will be available soon on Amazon.com, and the memoir will come out in paperback come March of this year.

So soapers, what do you think about the excerpts from Crystal’s memoir on her time at DAYS?  Will you pick up a copy?  Let us know!

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  1. Lynn says:

    I bought the book and finished reading it in a couple of hours. Once I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down. It was an honest and candid look into her life. I admire her bravery for sharing her story with all of us.

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    Daisy replied

    Dear God. The woman wrote an autobiography that was 112 pages long, my son could do that right now and he’s only 8 months old.

    Yes she shared some of a tragic childhood, but unfortunately her story took a turn down revenge and petty road. OMG KA rolled her eyes at her, whoopdy doo! I rolled my eyes reading that whole chapter, I hope CC dedicates 2 chapters to me in an updated version of her memoirs.

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    Sam replied

    KA fan go tell your son to write a memoir and I’m sure we will all be interested to read *ROLLS EYES* what is your problem lady? who knows you could be KA herself.

    Blake replied

    I know right Sam? lol

    Becky replied

    Amen to that, Daisy. So some eyes were rolled. You’d think that KA had actively gone out of her way to make CC’s life a living hell given the number of pages she wrote about their so-called “feud”. It reads like CC’s bitter and jealous and wanted to write as much negative info (true or not) about KA, probably hoping that some day some producer/director/etc will read it and not want to cast KA for a part in their show/movie/whatever. If KA had been such an evil bitch, do you really think she’d still be employed at Days? Wouldn’t we have heard the same sorts of stories from the chicks that have played Billie over the years?

    Ces replied

    I agree with you Daisy & Becky. You don’t see KA writing a memoir talking trash about backstage stuff.

    Destiny replied

    Oh Becky, now you’re just giving CC’s book far too much credit. If some producer/director/etc does not want to cast KA in the future it will be because, among other acting deficiencies, KA could not cry if her life depended on it.

    Dickens replied

    Hmm.. Becky says that CC was bitter and jealous to write her book really?? Jealous of Kristian? for what exactly? for her award winning acting? or is it she was jealous of Kristian remaining employed while she was not?

    Lets see the facts as we know so far here,

    1. CC is one of the best daytime actresses out there her double daytime emmy win and multiple noms speak for themselves
    2. DOOL actually reached out to her to return to days, she declined!!!
    3. Ratings on DOOL plummeted the moment CC walked out of that door.

    So jealous you say?

    If CC wanted the job so badly she would have decided to not publish her book and taken the job, for me even the job offer seems to have been a way to try to control on what was going to come up, what she was going to put in her memoir. It might be DOOL including Corday was trying to keep the things under wrap cause they might have suspected she was going to tell the whole truth of behind the scenes at days.

    ashlee replied

    Bottom line…none of us know these people. To debate who is nicer is pointless. I just like to let the work speak for itself. KA has been one of daytimes most underrated actresses for 3 decades. Her commitment and dedication to Hope and the show has been constant. She has always given gracious and tactful interviews. She may be a nasty person, but we will never know. For appearance sake, she comes off as the classy one. CC, on the other hand…she comes across as playing the victim, and that never endears someone to people. She seems like a woman who will do almost anything for attention and publicity. Look at her book cover…someone else‘s body, naked, inked up, butt crack showing…not what I think of when I think of “class.“ also, CC has shamelessly grabbed hold of the gay audience, promoting that filth on count ‘em…four different shows. She is married to a man and a mother in real life, while in reel life she is bull dyke lesbian go to gal. I think her priorities may be a bit, um, distorted? Both KA and CC ARE AWESOME AT WHAT THEY DO. We are just fans who appreciate their work. I wish them both the best and if they are not friends then they dont have to work together anymore or even cross paths anymore. May God bless them both and soften their hearts and work His healing in both their lives.

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    Patrick replied

    Crystal Chappelle… is as straight and FOCUSED on her intent. Portraying a Gay Character was ‘taboo”… her inner beauty and character give her the strength to reach audiences who’ve been belittled, ignored, and closeted….

    she also physically, is striking, stunning, must watch… so this all enables her to ACT so many Parts… vividly with realism that all shows have taken notice…

    I applaud you Ms. Chappelle… I applaud you Chandler Massey!

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    promoting filth. God Bless.

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    I don’t care about the book cover… this country is so puritanical… Nudity… comfortable in your own skin… she’s just as vulnerable, sensitive, heck, has naivete…. She’s in the public eye… her persona is fodder and speculated upon… operative word… speculation. She’s still with us.

  2. 90'scc4life says:

    What kind of bookcover is that there was a time when Crystal Chappell was drop dead gourgeous oh crystal 4 shame!!!

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  3. Christine says:

    I am probably in the minority, but I really do not understand why people feel the need to unburden themselves, in print, for the world to see. I suppose it could be therapeutic for some, but I guess I am from the camp that prefers not to know all these details.

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    Ces replied

    I’m with you. Some things are better left unsaid and kept private. I sure won’t be purchasing it.

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    brandon replied

    Yet you came on here and read…

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    erica replied

    AH ah good one brandon i agree..lol

    Ces replied

    I always check Michael Fairman’s posts and read what they have to say. I didn’t read her book though. There is a difference.

    Christine replied

    I’m with Ces. I didn’t real Crystal’s “memoir,” but I ALWAYS read Michael Fairman’s posts and I expressed my opinion because that was what was asked of us. Some of us just have a different opinion about this particular post, that’s all. There is no need to take it any other way.

    Chaz replied

    In some cases I am sure it is to shock, titillate , or get revenge. But, I am also sure that in many cases it is because if someone is going to write a memoir or autobiography they want to give the truth in matters – at least from their perspective.

    I am currently reading Jeanne Cooper’s book, “Not Young, Still Restless” and enjoying it very much. Her honesty and humor are refreshing. And, she does discuss certain things but states that the details are not hers to give (Braeden/ Bergman fight). If someone is going to write about their life I prefer honesty to a watered down version.

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  4. Daisy says:

    After the first couple of chapters CC’s autobiography read like a series of diary entries from a 12 year old girl who was peeved the cool kids didn’t like her. There was no depth to this autobiography and I can understand why it was self published.

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    Cindy replied

    Agreed Daisy!

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  5. Jay says:

    If you prefer not to know all the details..easiest way is not to read! simple really

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  6. Sam says:

    Crystal has some major balls for coming out and telling her tale without sugar coating it.. I have a new level of respect for Chappell. She is by most the most admirable person and fast topping my hero list. I mean to think that you think you know what people are all about by just seeing them on (TV) screen has suddenly been altered. I feel sad for the treatment that she endured in both the hands of the people who should have protected her as a child and also the people who should have been professional acquaintances. I for one has undergone bulling at working environment, where you loathe the idea of waking up in the morning and dressing up and go spend 3/4 of your daytime with these people, its hard. I had to leave for my own sanity, because it became unbearable. So I give Chappell props to have walked out of the DOOL studios even though beaten down but not destroyed. And look at Chappell now!!!

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  7. nnn2u says:

    I thought the book well written, very honest and at times, heart breaking. I appreciate her sharing this glimpse into her life and some of the machinations that go on behind the scenes. And well done on the cover photo!

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  8. vanessa says:

    This is the first time I’ve heard of this feud.I would be on Crystal’s team any day! I think she’s beautiful, talented and smart.They were so lucky to have that gorgeous lady!Sounds like jealousy, imaturity on Alfonso’s part, so disappointed in her. Hope Crystal tells them to keep the distance they put there in the first place and finds success elsewhere!

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  9. Brandi says:

    I love Crystal Chappell. I have a few choice words for Kristian Alfonso and Ken Corday but ill refrain.

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  10. Jules says:

    I wouldn’t pay for the book if I made money buying it. She seems to have a lot to say, has lived quite the life, and I have absolutely NOTHING against her personally or professionally (though I do think the public worship is a bit overboard) but I don’t appreciate airing dirty, one-sided laundry in the public. I just don’t. KA has been classy and quite throughout and CC just comes out of this (through the excerpt above at least) as being small and petty. It may come with the territory of writing a memoir to talk about previous work experiences and co-workers, but there’s a graceful way to do it, and there’s “throwing them under the bus” and it sounds to me like she’s doing the latter.

    CC fans have a problem with what I’m saying and want to start something? Take it to someone else. A respectful disagreement, and I’m open to conversation. But this is my opinion, I’m entitled and won’t be changing my mind (98.9%).

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    Davis replied

    Classy isnt being nasty behind the scenes, then pretending your all rainbows and lollipops to the outside world. Im sure it helps for KA to be quiet about it, because really then the facade of her being a “nice” person can be kept up, instead of owning up to the way she has treated people. At least CC has owned up to things she has done or how she has behaved in the past.

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    Jules replied

    Who says KA was nasty behind the scenes? CC? Nelson Branco? Her fans? Reliable, unbiased source please?

    I’m judging based on what I myself have seen, and though I have seen CC make a not so subtle dig at KA when standing up for that idiot Nelson, and I have now read an excerpt (granted, it’s only the excerpt) from her book on the subject, I have also not heard a disparaging word about her from KA. You can call that a “facade”, but in my books not saying a bad thing about someone is just the mature thing to do. Nice is not the issue and is entirely the wrong choice of word. I think CC is a pretty lovely person who goes out of her way with her fans and speaks out on important issues. It’s not a contest of who’s nicer. It’s about the restraint, tasteful and classy reactions VS the not so much.

    They say there are two sides to every story, and while it’s lovely CC has an outlet to share her side, it doesn’t mean it should be taken at face value as what actually happened. To her, this is it and I believe that the experience was real to her. But what would KA say? Something completely different of course, but in the end, she’ll say nothing and be the bigger person as she’s done all this time.

    And by the way, CC may have owned up to certain things she has done in her past, but other than making a dig on twitter at KA and writing at length what awful things KA did to her, what is she really “owning up to” in this situation???

    Becky replied

    Can you prove that what CC said is really the truth? She’s said many things on twitter and in interviews that contradict what she says in the book.

    Davis replied

    :EyeRoll:

    Jules replied

    An eye roll? There’s a response from someone who really wants to put me in my place. You got me, I’m shaking.

    Davis replied

    :)

  11. Me says:

    Tacky book cover….

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    Davis replied

    I found it fitting with the book stripped bare, being vulnerable and sharing her story. I find it brave especially coming up against all the nastiness that is thrown at her. As we can all see from comments on here.

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    Lou replied

    Tacky is everything from the poorly designed cover, to the bad cheesy, hideous font, to the photoshopped curves. It’s not the idea of the image, but the way it was executed. Cheap and cheesy.

    Beacon replied

    CC has become so pretentious. That book cover says it all.

  12. Cindy says:

    I am Team Alfonso ALL THE FREAKING WAY

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    Sam replied

    Good for you!!! who cares?

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    Blake replied

    lmao Sam

    Cindy replied

    THANKS! It is good for me isn’t it? Team Alfonso

    Jules replied

    I’m not on a “team”, but I certainly don’t like running names through the mud. She may feel she was bullied, but putting KA on blast the way she is is hypocrisy at its finest. Not to mention when she supported Nelson Branco calling KA anorexic. For me, it’s not about liking an actress more- professionally or personally- but how they’re handling the situation during and post scandal. That speaks to me. And IMO, KA has been doing it right.

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    Ces replied

    agree Jules. CC needs to get over it.

  13. Charmaine says:

    What a brually intriguing memoir. This was the first book that was put on my new Fire Kindle and I basically read it in a few hours time. Her honesty, poise , talent and determination seem boundless. I truly believe that this must have been very cathartic for her. Thank you for sharing the most private parts of your life with others, I look at it as we all are getting a “daily dose of Ms. Chappell’s love”.

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  14. Siobhan says:

    I found the book a little too poor me and I was uncomfortable with her constant victim status. Also being somewhat in the industry I know that isn’t the full truth. Kristian is a beautiful person and yes she believes in Bo and Hope and felt the story for both Bo and Hope was out of character but she did not sabotage Crystal. I only wish others would come forward with their stories but Kristian is too classy to encourage that. Lets see who returns and continues to return to CC’s projects because I believe that in itself speaks volumes. That autobiography was unfortunately not the whole truth.

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  15. Kelly says:

    For those who read the book, what does she say about Otalia, La Zimmer, and Robert Newman?

    IMO, her best soap role was on GL, although her last turn on Days was incredible acting.

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  16. Blake says:

    Oh man I want to read this! That is messed up what Alfonso did. Didn’t Nelson Branco talk about this when it was going on? So it’s all true then. I’m sorry but I have lost respect for Alfonso after this, to be that threatened by your co-star, thinking they are going to take your place! She is Hope Brady, I don’t think she has to worry about that!

    But I’m dying to read what she says about Guiding Light, I loved her on there. And it’s making me wonder what she said about Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman!

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    Becky replied

    I love how you’ve lost respect for someone based on what an ex-castmate with a clear grudge against her and a, what is he calling himself these days, soap critic (?!), said about her. In order for someone to lose my respect for them, I have to see them act in such a way that would make me dislike their actions, or say something that is disrespectful. Anything CC or Nelson say about Kristian is hearsay. Just because it’s in a book doesn’t make it true.

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    Cindy replied

    Wonderful point Becky!

  17. KarlaB says:

    What a story of courage in the face of life’s trials and standing strong through adversity in learning how to accept and love oneself. I applaud Crystal Chappell bravery in putting to paper her journey to true happiness.

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  18. olddoolfan says:

    What a shame for Kristian Alfonso that what Crystal describes in private played exactly with the public changes on the show.

    It was fairly obvious to all that something very unsettling was at play in Salem when the show cast aside 6-7 year high ratings for a return to a pairing that had not been frontburner for years. And then they watched their ratings plummet to all time lows. Meanwhile Peter and Crystal nonsensically stopped sharing airtime. At all. To the detriment of both characters.

    Crystal lays it bare here. While she talks about others she is extremely blunt about her own faults, struggles and actions. Some of which she admits to not being very proud of. This makes it hard to refute the harder words to hear about some of her co-stars. Owning your own faults is the start to being real.

    I was one of the fans who sent symbolic cakes to Peter to celebrate the last airdate of Carly and therefore as closure to Bo and Carly. The disgusting photo Kristian Alfonso tweeted out to her followers on that day was a very public display of just how un-classy she is. The celebration she was reported to have had when Crystal walked from the set is therefore hardly a stretch.

    I actually feel terribly sorry for Crystal and Peter Reckell. I don’t doubt he wasn’t always prepared to step up and fight for Crystal in a terribly frustrating situation but what a terrible position to find yourself. It’s a shame he wasn’t willing/able to stand up for himself. There was enormous potential to be found in exploring this triangle. Heck, the video clip that Crystal shared in her book is absolute proof of that (ironically Kristian actually offered something opposite CC) but instead two of these fine actors are now gone from Salem and Kristian fills her time taking to the other half of her beloved supercouple through single sided phone calls.

    Taking one some stylin’ from The Grove …. who won? who won here? who won?

    Crystal’s book represents a raw and courageous telling of her story. It’s as open and honest as you’d expect. If you don’t want to deal, don’t play. Noone is forcing you to take a look inside her life. I am grateful to have had the opportunity.

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    Michelle replied

    Doesn’t the book contradict the perception Crystal has given fans of her relationship with Peter? She always made out they were very close – something that seemed evident at Day of Days 2010. But they book reads entirely differently. She seems to be attacking her ‘friend’.

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    olddoolfan replied

    Not in my mind. I think there was (and hopefully can be moving forward) a positive working relationship between the two. What is evident is that the situation at Days was toxic and Peter was stuck in an awful position. That was always clearly evident.

    Anyone who was interacting with these two saw something obviously shift publically during her time at Days and just following. Privately (ie not in relation specifically to Days) Peter joined two projects Crystal was driving during this time. His wife even came on board for a while.

    If the situation at Days has soured that (neither were very open in the reason for his recent announcement of not taking any further part) well that is nothing but unfortunate. I hope they can find a way back to that professionally happy place again. Peter appeared to really enjoy The Grove shoot based on his performance. He has really glowed in both Venice and The Grove. It would seem a shame if that was the last we saw of him in these projects.

    Melissa replied

    I really hate how things turn into a Bope versus Carbo war. CC really does need to get over it, it’s been what 18 months now? One thing I do want to say is that Peter, Kristian and Crystal were all co-stars so whilst you can point to Peter doing projects with CC as proof of their great relationship, Peter also participated in a Bope event, after his decision to leave Days had been made and his wife also gave a a performance that night. He interacted with many, many fans and anyone at that event can tell you that he and Kristian appeared to have a great relationship. Peter also told many fans how he felt about Bope. He also tweeted that he believed Hope was Bo’s soulmate. We could play tit for tat all day about what he’s done with his co-stars, except that I am not denying he had a good working relationship with CC, I am simply saying that you cannot point to some behavior as proof and ignore others. Peter appeared to get along with both of his leading ladies, at least until he stopped following CC on twitter and quit her projects and unless they both speak about what happened, we won’t ever know. The bottom line is that for fans to blame Kristian for any of Peter’s behavior is ridiculous, the man is 59 and has never been one to listen to others. For anyone who even remotely knows Peter this is pretty funny. He is responsible for his own actions and CC herself has made that clear. Like I said you can’t listen or read one bit of information and then refuse to acknowledge the rest. They are all co-stars. Nothing more, nothing less and Peter during his Days time had no problems with either co-star.

    Siobhan replied

    Perhaps someone should ask Mr Reckell just why Bo disappeared off canvas when the Carbo storyline took off or whether or not he ignored Chappell because Kristian asked him too. Also ask him who gave the cupcake to Kristian in the disgusting photo sent out.

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    olddoolfan replied

    I will never think as lowly of Peter as you apparently do.

    Becky replied

    There was a note that was sent with the cupcakes that Peter could share them with the rest of the cast and crew (the note was tweeted or posted somewhere). There’s also a picture of Kristian and Camilla enjoying cupcakes, so it’s not just Kristian that ate the cupcakes. Besides which, it’s not like Kristian went to Peter and demanded a cupcake, or stole one of his cupcakes. If you ask Peter who gave Kristian the cupcake, the likely answer is he did. Are you gonna go bitch at him for doing that when the note clearly said to share?

    Michelle replied

    No one needs to ask him about disappearing off the canvas because this was clearly explained at the time in SOD.

    Siobhan replied

    I don’t think lowly of Peter at all. I just know the truth. Mr Reckell is neither afraid of or intimidated by Kristian. And Kristian never created the toxic workplace but its clear you are a loyal CC fan and that’s perfectly okay. Even admirable. Mr Reckell knows the truth and CC did tell you all that no one tells him what to do. When he speaks hopefully you will listen and not misinterpret his words.

    Michelle replied

    And you know the truth how Siobhan? You were there?

    Jamie replied

    All this talk about cupcakes is making me hungry. Seriously though, I feel like I just read a burn book written by a bunch of junior high, MEAN girls. How can anyone care this much about people they have never met? I love my soaps as much as the next one, but I think reading these comments is probably more entertaining than reading the actual book!

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    Patrick replied

    olddoolfan – NICE! Thank you for sharing… and not “righting” the pick of the litter…

    meldodrama behind the scenes is a given. My star belongs…

    it’s always been my shared belief? that the guys don’t get caught up in the STAR treatment and right…? not saying both CC and KA were out of line… but, Peter Reckell may not have cared to get involved, and that’s OK… heroines and MEN, like Reckell, are humbled and he cared about his time on the set.

    what Stars in their own right… I mean seriously… they’ve been led to believe they’re in a league of their own… I honestly wouldn’t know what to say to them if i met them… other than to say i’ve loved your work.

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    Patrick replied

    I’ve posted this before….. Peter Reckells’ BO was so much more Alive, with Carly.

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  19. erica says:

    I am not really fan of these ‘memoirs’ except if it is about really fascinating lives stories a la Mohammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, great politic figures or iconic artists like Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Orson Welles ect..but if these other actors want to do it and there are people who want to read it after all..why not..
    But what make me laugh is people on internet boards bitching about their idols being somewhat bashed on these ‘tell all’ books, at least it is not sugary sweet hypocrisy fake books which are midly boring and pathetic..Seriously it is her POV that’s all, maybe the truth is in the middle like it is almost always the case, Crystal has her view and she has the right to express it, you are not forced to read and to contre-attack by dismissing what she says and making an ode to your favorite actress (in this case it seems to be Kristin Alfonso) you think is mistreated in the book while you don’t know her what’s so ever, it is pretty silly..You can love ‘Hope’ but Kristin is not Hope, you just don’t know her guys and never will, get over it. Maybe one day she will write and publish her side of the story, who knows..
    p.s: that being said Tomlin is a crappy writer Cristal, even if he is your friend, he has his pets and their characters suck imho, the Hernandezzzzzzz show no thanks !

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  20. Ces says:

    Can’t we all have opinions without being nasty to one another? Team Alfonso or Team Chappell — come on, we can like who we want too. I happen to love KA and have met her many times and just because CC says something about her doesn’t mean I’m going to start disliking her. CC hardly needed to write a memoir about whatever beefs she had at Days. We all have beefs where we work, we don’t write books about it. Geez, let things go…

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    Blake replied

    You said it!

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  21. Michelle says:

    It certainly takes a lot of courage to share your inner demons with the world, however, sometimes I think it’s best to keep some things to yourself. I admire Chappell’s tenacity but she certainly slammed several of her former colleagues which I think could damage her professionally in the future. It saddens me to see the manner in which she wrote about Peter Reckell who she claimed to be close with. It would appear that with his and his wife’s distancing themselves from Venice and The Grove that a falling out has taken place in recent months. Hopefully it can be repaired as Reckell adds a wonderful dynamic to Chappell’s web series, especially The Grove.

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  22. k/kay says:

    I don’t as they say have a dog in this fight have not watched either one of them in years. But I do have a question if Corday disliked her blamed her for the ratings etc then why did he reach out once again to bring her back? I beleive their was a twitter battle going on with her buddy calling KA names so are we really the victim in all of this. I am sure KA has her side too but please do not give it.

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    Dickens replied

    Why Corday reached out to her? hmm…lets see, could it be because the ratings nose dived after CC left? ….now that is a question that needs an answer K/Kay

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    Blake replied

    True Dickens. Not only is it proven that she raised the ratings when she got there but they dropped after Carly left. And she got the emmy nom!

  23. louisa says:

    I don’t know what the real story is, but I think it’s beyond tacky to tell all in a book like this. The cover photo says a lot. She sounds messed up.

    I don’t watch Days but there are always two sides to every story.

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    Ces replied

    agree!

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  24. Mary SF says:

    It is almost impossible to be objective about your own life. All our experiences are filtered through our perceptions. There are two sides to every story. CC is telling her story as she experienced it. It has merit and those who read it and can take what they will from it. Her motives for exposing her life in this matter are hers to know, but I have never been a fan of autobiographies in general so I doubt if I will read this one.

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    erica replied

    totally agree !

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    Christine replied

    Every time I start to read a comment on this board that is written so eloquently, it is by YOU, Mary SF. You say what I want to say, but the way I only wish I could.

    Happy New Year, friend. :-)

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    Mary SF replied

    Thank you- I enjoy reading your posts as well. I wish you and yours all the best in the new year

  25. Michael (not Fairman) says:

    I’d be tempted to agree that Kristian A. has taken the classier route by being silent, except that Crystal isn’t the first costar that has said KA behaved badly toward her, and it’s entirely possible that KA has good reason to remain silent (i.e., there could very well be too much truth in what CC is saying about her, so that being silent wouldn’t be class but self-preservation). Also, at some point, somebody does need to speak up when that kind of behavior is a pattern. KA has been a valuable part of Days for almost three decades now, so she has a right to assert some preferences, but I’m not sure anybody should be allowed to have quite as much say as she seems to have regarding whom she will or will not act with and who she does or does not want to be on the show. If that’s the way they’ve been making personnel decisions at Days, then they deserve the mess they’re in.

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    Davis replied

    Exactl
    Exactly!

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    Michelle replied

    Well said. If things did play out as Crystal describes than questions need to be asked of Corday. These people are employed to do a job. If the triangle was a ratings winner, which it was, then he should have demanded they continue with it – leave their egos at the door and simply, do what they’re paid to do.

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    olddoolfan replied

    Word.

    And it’s not like the ratings argument is really up for debate. Out there in black and white each week.

    What I have never really understood is what Alfonso’s problem was. It wasn’t like Bo and Carly were going to be a forever couple. What they provided was the chance at a genuinely meaty SL for Bo and Hope. That doesn’t come along every year … it even every decade as the ratings had proved for the show. Surely any actress would have jumped at the chance. Crystal was pretty explicit in here memoir. For her this represented an opportunity to tell some good stories. It wasn’t about dethroning Bope …. as if that was ever going to be possible. It defies belief that Corday and Alfonso failed to collectively cash in.

    Michelle replied

    “I won. I won” Exactly what did KA win? Rather than embrace the opportunity to be involved in a storyline that had enormous potential and had already had fans rooting for their favorite couple, she is now relegated to backburner again. KA did some of her best ‘acting’ opposite CC. Probably because the emotions weren’t far from the truth.

    You lost bigtime KA.

    Dickens replied

    Michael (not Fairman LOL)

    Well put, it sure seems like a pattern KA has developed over the years cause she is a vet in DOOL and when CC came along she seemed to have met a more than her much, so she couldn’t handle it she had to get CC outta days ASAP to preserve her face LOL. She obviously was shaking in boots when CC walked through that door the second time…hahahaha and DOOL begged CC back again but CC turned them down, good for CC!! props for refusing to help and already dying soap after they treated you like shit.

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    Nunya replied

    Which co-star are we talking about here? RKK? Same guy who Crystal claims tried to suffocate her during love scenes? Yeah, he’s real credible.

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    There were complaints, or at least hints, as I recall, from two of the actresses who have played Billie, and there was that guy in the 90s whose face I can see but I can’t think of his name that KA got fired because she didn’t approve of his past in porn films, and that’s just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. But yes, she did also apparently play a big part in having Peter Reckell come back and getting RKK booted out the door. (And much as I liked RKK in the role, that might have been the best decision for the show given that Reckell is so incredibly popular–but I still don’t know that it’s a good idea to have one performer having so much say in personnel decisions.)

    Oh, and Susan Seaforth Hayes as well–except that at the time all that was happening, I discounted what she said about KA, because SSH had a reputation for difficulties with some of her costars as well, and I assumed whatever had happened with KA might have been SSH’s own fault, but in retrospect, maybe not.

    Patrick replied

    Michael – God how I loved her… Krista Allen 1996-99… she did soft-core porn..? which is now laughable… but she rocked DAYS as Billie IMO.

    I’ll never forget her Baby Georgia storyline…

    I recall their being dissension in her hiring…

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    Michellle replied

    Jeff Griggs, Jude St Clair.

    Siobhan replied

    Oh my the lies. Let’s set the record straight, first off the only person Kristian ever played a part in getting someone fired was RKK and she was not the only actor instrumental in his firing, Lisa Rinna also played a part, as did Alison Sweeney’s mother and yes it was because of Kristian that Peter was re-hired. Krista Allen never complained about Kristian, she did however complain about Peter’s behavior towards her. But I can say a bunch of stuff and you are so smitten with CC that anything I say without proof can be written off as a fan having Kristian’s back. So I point you to a couple of things, please find me an article or radio interview where Susan Seaforth Hayes says she had problems with Kristian because in her book and several radio interviews that are on the net she says only glowing things about Kristian and states that Bill thinks of Kristian as his daughter. Also during Lisa Rinna’s stint on Days there were rumors again that Peter and she were not getting along. It’s interesting that Kristian was on Lisa’s talk show more than once at Lisa’s request and if you watch the Days reunion on Lisa’s show, she gives a much warmer welcome to Kristian than she does Peter. Now if Kristian was the troublemaker wouldn’t that be reversed? There were also “rumors” that Peter was less than cordial to the actor who played Patrick and Brody Hutzler did say how much he and Kristian would have liked to work with each other. Before you list a bunch of rumors that you have no proof in backing up, why don’t we list the rumors for CC. It’s ridiculous that she has managed to create a vicious attack on Kristian. There are a bunch of rumors about CC’s behavior on various soaps and not getting along with actors. Why are you only pointing out the Kristian ones? Enough is enough. I have no problem with fans siding with CC or being loyal to their favorite actor, but I do have a problem when said fans try to come up with accusations that there are no basis for. Every single big Daytime star will have a rumor about them and a co-star not getting along and most have some basis in truth. They sometimes spend more time with their co-stars than they do their own families and things can get heated, people get on your nerves but to paint Kristian out to be the only one and to be instrumental in getting people fired is really very unfair. I also want to make it clear as someone pointed out I must have a low opinion of Peter, I do not. Peter is an extremely charming and kind man but not without faults as the entire human population. I honestly think what CC has done, knowing how vicious her fans can be (not all but some) was a low thing to do. She knows very well how studios work and what went down behind the scenes and she also knows how she behaved. Enough said, if you don’t like Kristian that’s a fair call but be fair when quoting things you’ve heard.

  26. Brian Greene says:

    God Bless You, Crystal!

    I’m Sending Big Hugs & Loads Of Love To You This Brand New Year, My Dear! :D

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  27. robert says:

    so what did she say about being asked to return to days again?

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  28. JustMe says:

    I loved Crystal’s book. It was more startling than I expected, that’s for sure. I do wish it had been longer. I’d gladly read more. She was very brave to reveal all that she did. She laid it all bare as her cover photo suggests. I applaud her.

    As far as KA goes, I won’t say all the choice words I have for her, but I think the lack of scenes between these two women is enough to suggest that CC was truthful in her words. I have no reason not to believe her. KA has shown us her lack of class through Twitter on several occasions. At least CC apologizes when she is wrong…and even when she’s not wrong.

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  29. Kat says:

    Well, I don’t believe her. I’m not saying everything is a lie, but I saw the mess that was twitter gate and saw her deny her actions the next day and not take responsibility for what she did and said in the weeks following, so why would I believe every word out of her mouth now is gospel? Just because she put it in a book? Big deal.

    She seems remarkably self-involved and eager to point finger the finger of blame at others for her troubles. Others were unkind to her? Was HER behavior above reproach? Really? She seems eager to set herself up as a victim.

    She has admitted how difficult she was during her first run at Days. If she wasn’t liked this time, maybe it’s because people remember her behavior from before and were wary of her.

    Sometimes first impressions stay with people.

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    Patrick replied

    I don’t think so… because if you think about it…

    People who’ve been at the same job for a lifetime… surely, aren’t remiss in their place…. ?

    it’s remarkable to be in a position that you are comfortable in… not in-fighting… and upsetting the nest you’ve been sharing….Neither is the queen bee.. that pink slip tells it all…

    Crystal Chapelle or any other actress for that matter had no place in the Bo/Hope supercouple.

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  30. Barb says:

    I applaude Crystal. She is a Person who happens to be a great soap actress. Some of you say she is messed up. You go through abusive situations as a child and come out of it without regrets, self abuse, and confidence then you are super human. Crystal is a human being. This is her battle with her demons in her life and her career as a result of her childhood. This can be therapeutic for her and victims of abuse to keep fighting. Thank you Crystal for your honesty.
    I am not surprised about Days and KA issues. She just confirmed what was reported already, but it is her perspective. The fact she left Days and had a Emmy nomination on her work should say that it was a bad business decision regardless.

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    Max replied

    Just because Crystal said it in her book, doesn’t exactly make it true. In fact, Crystal contradicts herself quite alot in this book from what she has said on prior magazine interviews, TV interviews, tweets and other media conversations. I think she did more of disservice than help for her image. I actually met both Kristian and Crystal at different functions before and they were both charming. So she could have kept her dislike/jealousy whatever of Kristian off the pages. Seems really childress for a 40+ year old to still be crying over sour grapes! JMO

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    Patrick replied

    I’m not shocked, surprised, or annoited by Kristan and Cryals’ behaviours’. It was what it is. I can’t even believe it was a rivalry.

    The supercouple melodrama has more than hindered what could have been?

    Kristian has had the same “job” for 30 years plus… and Crystal Chappelle… is and or was a newbie who came in to HER WN. The Hollywood acting industry hasn’t changed.. you either make it or you don’t. Press your STAR!

    Mary SF replied

    Yes, it would be nice if all soap actors got along and played nice, for the good of the show, but unfortunately these types of situations are quite common in a lot work places, not just soap sets. Ideally it would be nice if we could all choose our co-workers like we could choose our friends, but often we cannot. However, it looks like CC did that for the Grove, so I hope she focuses on the positives in her life, be grateful the lessons the crappy stuff taught her and move on.

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    Blake replied

    You said it Barb!

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  31. PalmGirl73 says:

    I read the book in a few hours it was very well written.I thank Crystal for being so candid, honest and transparent. I am grateful she chose to expose her personal experiences with us. Any one who has the courage to talk about personal experiences so openly and show recognition of their own faults and flaws has the type of character i hope I can attain one day. For those of us who have been victims of abuse her willingness to share her story gives us strength to keep fighting and pushing for a vital successful life. As for the behind the scenes drama from her co stars on DOOL im sorry she had to endure that and it startled me to think that adults would act that way. Clearly she took the highroad! Kudos!

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    Terry replied

    Actually, I heard taking the “high road” you think Crystal took is very far from what went down! She really needs to move on and let it go like she keeps claiming she wants to do! The other people involved in her issues during the time on the show have done this yet she keeps bringing it back to the surface! Maybe, additional therapy is needed for Ms. CC! She would have made a better representation for herself and fellow victims of abuse if she had focused on that issue and not the behind the scenes crap she decided to devote a entire chapter too. This is probably why certain Days actors/actresses have decided to “wish her good luck and goodbye” with alittle “good riddance” nicely placed underneath their. Crystal still needs ALOT of counseling. Here’s hoping she gets it by the proper person and/or people and stop using the self health through the pen or computer! They always seem to backfire on her in the end! :)

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    Patrick replied

    “Devoted” One Chapter… and she needs more Therapy. I don’t think so…

    it’s not like it was peer pressure from STARS colliding…

    there will always be a heirarchy…

    she has quite the fan following for good reason… TALENT.

    Melissa replied

    Kristian has a bigger following. Just saying. Check twitter followers.

  32. Evelyn says:

    Wow! This woman better still be in therapy or she’ll never get better! The fact that she took an entire chapter to basically up-chuck her dislike for Kristian is totally PATHETIC! Crystal worked with one of the greatest women ever in Daytime by the name of Kim Zimmer for many years and she worked with Kristian for less than 18 months and Kim gets paragraphs (although, still negative) and Kristian gets a chapter! Guess CC wanted more awkward love scenes with Peter Reckell! I understand that Crystal had to throw ALOT of mud so that she could sell some more books, and trashing Kristian would probably help free up a box or two. However, if she wanted to really free her spirit of all her pain, yea right, she would have handled it in an adult manner. She could have picked up the phone or something and privately went face to face, woman to woman with Kristian instead crying like a spoiled child that couldn’t get the toy they wanted. That would have freed up that chapter to deal with another possible “real” issue going on in her life! Sadly, this is just like her Nelson twitter screw up from last year! At least she has her buddies Michael and Nelson to give her some free P.R. on a book whose cover is as tasteless as what appears to be the rest of the 120 pages! Time to grow up Crystal! Even Alice in Wonderland figured that out apparently way before you!

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    k/kay replied

    Evelyn if you want to read an uplifting beautiful book by a former soap star then read JR Martinez of AMC’s book Full of Heart. You will cry and be so proud that their are some true gentlemen in this genre.

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    Christine replied

    k/kay, that is a great comment. THOSE are the types of stories that should be told, not like the one being commented here in this post.

    Ever since I read this headline here, it has just felt off to me. I guess because some say it is very short and that she talks about people behind their backs – not to mention the fact that she is not selling her story through a major retailer and, I don’t even know if she has a publisher when it said it was available for .pdf download.

    It all sounds to me like the world we live in which so many people just like to talk about themselves (i.e., Facebook). Some people just want the world to know everything about themselves – the scintillating and the mundane (i.e., what they are having for breakfast) and I prefer much less.

    Terry replied

    YES! YES and YES again Kay! JR’s book was and is worth more dialogue than this book! Which is probably why he had a publisher! LOL If people truly want to read about about true heroism and coming back from the depths of pain and fighting their way back, this is the book! No backstabbing of co-stars to sell a copy. His book is a book that whatever your trials in life have been, this is the inspirational book that can make you realize that what you think was beyond drama in your life, doesn’t even come close!! Thank you so much Kay for sharing this much more worthy book with those that can benefit from a TRUE inspirational read!

    Dickens replied

    Canada SPEAKS!

    Lets all agree on something here, after all the eyes rolls and insecurities displayed by some of you even fans in here, CHAPPELL is the real deal. The woman has bagged 2 daytime Emmys for gods sake and not by chance, she E.A.R.N.E.D each one of them with her superb acting and genius creativeness by creating a fantastic show in support of minorities, so we all know which one of the two is the real talent here.

    Truthfully speaking I grimace most of the times when I see Kristian Alfonso on my TV screen. She sucks in acting, she should just stick to designing jewelry, I hear she designs a mean stylish jewelry “EYE ROLL” , She obviously has some major acting insecurities, poor HOPE’s character will never be done justice by Kristian, at this point I feel sorry for the writers who have given Kristian some of the best materials to work with but she just does not deliver.

    So on to the book reviews; READ IT LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hear me all the KA FANs in here. I was once a die hard KA fan, hated Billie with all my guts LOL but..I guess it comes a time when the shit’s smell is too much to take in you gotta flash the toilet. So I did and moved on, and in 2009 I met (ON TV not yet in person) this flawed and yet absolutely beautiful creature known as Crystal. I have been a fan since and tell you the truth her honest will keep me glued to her, cause I for one appreciate honesty in people. She is entitled to her truth and so is everyone else. So for some of you to accuse her of saying “false” stuff about Kristian its unfair, why? you ask, because none of you ass faces were there when she went through that treatment. I have had friends who were bullied at work by the likes of Kristian and know what they went through at work was becoming dangerous for their health even and do not appreciate people who discount when someone speaks of such treatment. FYI if you did not read she mentions both Kristian and Peter Reckell and for some reason I have not see anyone defending Peter?? And yet Peter Reckell came to see the light and is now back to being good friends with Chappell.

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    Patrick replied

    The last time Hope gave good story.

    was the JT and Isaac baby switch with Lexie… and IMO.. it was Lexie’s BEST.

    This was 10 years ago.

    and i’ll give props to Isaacs’ passing… both Hope and Bo always gave good show reminiscing about Isaac.

    I really have to feel for them at times… Jennifer and Hope… IE: the case of too much supercouple…

    I watch Hope and Jenn, cause they are Grans’ Jewels… and I can’t see them with any one else. save for Jason Brooks. Peter Blake… talk about Sexual Healing… He would stir up so much with Jenn… and would enliven Hope… this would be a hot triangle… Kristen would love this distraction… so she can focus on John and Marlena….

    Patrick replied

    Evelyn – my take on Crystal Chappelle…

    She’s a happily married woman and mother. She’s thrived in an industry that shoots out wannabe’s faster than give me a star on the hollywood walk of “FAME”.

    She shared facts…

    I love DAYS for bringing their talents to light… I cheer on Ms. Chappelle, because she resonates sensual, dramatic, alluring, captivating… and quite frankly, has been given so much more meaty material, script wise, to share. Fans and her peers alike have taken notice.

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    Evelyn replied

    Got it! You’re a Crystal fan! I’m AMAZED at some of the fans on here! You’re impressed I’m not! Agree to disagree. However, FYI. There are a few of us that know more to the story, and all I CAN DEFINITELY say is that Ms. CC’s hands are not all that clean in any of this as well. She knows that! Which is why, unless this was basically done for the profit side, which is her right to do so, the wah, wah, wah woo is me route puts a smirk on my face as well as a shake of the head! For the record, Matt Ashford contact, so I have no pony in this race between Kristian and CC. Stand by the comment she needs therapy! Doesn’t matter if she is a wife and mother! This woman needs to be on a psych couch at least once a week! She always quotes the phrase “Move On” Hey Crystal! Live your words and do that! Let it go already! Geeze! How old are you again?

  33. Annie says:

    I dunno – in the real world, when a person has several different jobs and has a list of people at each place of employment that they think had it in for them, that’s a pretty big red flag to me – it just makes you wonder who has the problem.

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    Jules replied

    Interesting point. Also wondering why the only stories she seems to share of cast members are the “scandalous/slanderous” ones? Are the only experiences she’s had with co-stars worthwhile enough to share the “bad sides” to people? Does she have nothing praiseworthy or kind to say about someone else that might be of interest to readers (other than, presumably, people from you casts of Venice or The Grove)?

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    molsongrrrl replied

    She praised Kim Zimmer, Wally Kurth, really the entire cast of GL, various folks on OLTL, she said positive things about Peter Reckell and Deidre Hall and also various writers and producers on the shows. Just because people are only focusing on the bad stuff in the book doesn’t mean there wasn’t any good!

    Jules replied

    Good to know. As I’ve said previously, I have not read the book and am only going by the excerpts. And all I’m hearing are the negative things said about Kim, Peter and so on. It wouldn’t have surprised me to know she kept it mostly about the “juicy” stuff, which to be honest still sounds like that’s what took up most of the book (…someone said KA got a whole chapter, and the book was only apparently 122 pages long…..?) , but it’s still good to know. Thanks.

  34. AlishaJ says:

    I’m really curious as to what makes a professed hater of an actress purchase said actress’ product. KA fans loathe CC to the point of delirium, yet many of them spent their money to buy her book. What the insanity? KA could be giving out fleur-shaped hope diamonds on my street every single day for free and she would never have to worry about seeing me……cuz’ I don’t like that ______. Oh and she would have had one time to write some notes/lines/etc on my script. Just one. How the hell are you going to give somebody pointers when you can’t act yourself. Thirty years in the biz and still terrible. I would have told her “When you get an Emmy like me, I might listen to you for a second. Hell, just cry on cue and I might give you my ear for a minute. Until then, keep your pen in your pocket, _____!”

    Crystal is entitled to tell her story. Don’t like her, don’t read it.

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    Blake replied

    Exactly!

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  35. AlishaJ says:

    For the record, I believe Crystal. It is absolutely believable to me that KA felt threatened by CC. There are a couple of problems with both KA & Hope. First, KA thinks she’s Hope. Second, the Hope character has never been developed outside of the Bo/Hope pairing so it cannot stand a part from the pairing, which I would think any actor worth their salt would want to do. But, not her.

    So, yes, she felt threatened. You’ve been this character and in this pairing for so long. That’s all you know and are known for. In walks, Crystal Chappell, the woman that was brought in to replace you many years ago and DID replace you. This was not Billie Reed. Oh no no no. This was not the two Bo/Billie fans going up against the inevitable tide that was Bope fanaticals, coming with the claws out. This was Dr. Carly Manning coming for Bo Brady and bringing the formidable Carbo fans in tow. She knew this was not been the rising tide bullying others into silence and cowering in the corner. Somebody saw their future and decided to make the workplace into MeanGirls 2. She should be happy that Peter Reckell was hell bent on near career suicide (Johnny Rourke, anyone?). Otherwise, the vat of acid would have won. *sips tea*

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    Evelyn replied

    Wow! Mean Girls 2? So you know EXACTLY what Kristian Alfonso is thinking and how she felt when CC returned? Yeah, I don’t think so. No morre than I know why Crystal would decide to make a decision to write a whole chapter on her dislike of Kristian! She is getting slammed over the web and not just from the Kristian and Bope fans! She had to know that the other supercouple fanbases were going to not let her rantings go unnoticfed! And now CC’s feelings are hurt?! Old school logic always wins out! If you can’t say something nice, keep your damn mouth shut! Ot at least accept the repercussions!

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  36. DakotaCelt says:

    In some ways Crystal is innovative and I will give her that.

    However, airing of her issues with Days and Guiding Light is only going to create animosity and dissension among different fan groups. In someways, I am sorry to see this being printed as it is only going to hurt others and polarize fans of the people involved.

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    Patrick replied

    I wonder about that…

    Robert Newman, Kristian Alfonso, Kim Zimmer, Peter Reckell.

    HUGE STARS. Period. The gauntlet, trophy, oscar, has been passed on… Three of them are no longer with us.

    with all due respect… HUGE IMPACT.. these 4 listed above. Neither is the worse for ware…. ?

    I will state emphatically.. you won’t find bigger stars again… Crystal Chappelle… will be in the hall of fame for this genre.

    if a new hunk/starlet doesn’t make it or have instant STAR in 3-6 months… they’re gone…

    There’s only 4 soaps left.. so… they, the actors, take not… it’s being mindful of the cast and crew and keeping alive the longest medium that is successful…

    Thanks DakotaCelt… i posted more below…

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  37. Janelle says:

    Love memoirs when they are brutally honest and not afraid to hold back. So Yes I will buy the book when it becomes available on paperback.

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  38. Sasha says:

    I thought the book was a must read. I could not put it down and read it the whole way throught. I thought it was honest and I am glad she told her story. She was honest about what happened to her and about her own mistakes in life. I applaud her for writing it and my admiration and respect for her grow more and more every day.

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  39. Bry says:

    Jesus Christ, the woman wrote a memoir people. It was about HER life, not yours. Who cares and calm the eff down. The reason KA hasn’t responded is because she’s too busy making that jewelry of hers.

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  40. Karen says:

    I see the playground is getting a bit rough!!! I was going to wait until the hardback copy came out but seeing what a horneets nest it has kicked up I’m going to d/l it. Everyone is human & eveyone makes mistake’s. My opinion is if this wasn’t true about the fued Crystal is a smart woman & wouldn’t hv printed it as KA wld hv the right to sue. After all that’s what American’s luv to do. As that is such a small part of what the book is about (reading frm the comments) I am interested on what has made Crystal the person she is today. What we see on screen & her performance’s she obv. can draw on that experience & every other crappy one to help her drop tears on cue. She is an amazing actress in my opinion.

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  41. PalmGirl73 says:

    First off this was the first time CC actually opened up about what went on behind the scenes of DOOL. Its far easier to put something behind you (cover up) when your the one being the bully. Actually CC didn’t really need to write about all her positive experiences with the rest of her cast mates, as any one can see she has kept in touch and has many wonderful relationships with many former cast mates from all three shows and even more. Actually CC makes a great representation, any one who can be so transparent and admit they are flawed says a great deal. I find it disturbing that those of you leaving posts talk about being adults and yet there you are slinging the mud. You don’t like her yet you read the book funny how the truth always finds you. Crystal is authentic, I believe in her ,her work, and who she is. The Greatest gift you can give is sharing who you are and your life experiences, no matter how ugly they may be it is when we are willing to share and be transparent we end up helping others more than we know.

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  42. lou says:

    CC is a great actress but if you work for or with an unsupportive jerk it messes with your head. I have no doubt DAYS was a miserable experience for her and any EP who allows this to go on has no business managing a show whatsoever. DAYS was, in fact, awful during the Carly drug story and evil Rafe- not the actors fault at all.

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  43. Patrick says:

    I wanted to take the high road on this… leave well enough alone. My allegiance to DAYS.

    Do I think Kristen Alfonso is capable of protecting what she is? Days #1? you could argue this… Marlena and Jennifer a close 2nd and/or 3rd.. however you roll the dice… Longevity in an industry that Hires’ full time… Wow…

    I’m smitten… Drawn to Crystal Chappelle… we all have our choices.

    I don’t think this has impacted what Days of our Lives is. Geez! go figure.. our beloved stars come and go so fast… KA could be another accounting. food for thought.. she’s been on DAYS for what? 30 plus years… alongside Bo…? caught up in the supercouple? My heart and sentiment are with Hope. She’s another one of Grans’ Jewels.

    Crystal Chappelle… has made an endelible mark in the daytime genre…. she’s made her mark on all the soaps she’s had the priviledge of sharing with us… DAYS-Carly, GL-Olivia, B&B’s-Danielle… She’s been revered by her peers… and daytime fans alike. Respect… I would find it hard to believe that she’s a prima donna… A diva… course you could say that the behind the scenes tell another story… To believe press, is a dime a dozen… these people have a product to endorse.

    As for her personal life… across the board… those persons who chose to bring to light Molestation… I applaud… it’s one of the few hidden “shames”… that is not the fault of the “victim”… which they certainly ARE NOT. How Dare He/She take advantage and abuse that child who has no voice or understanding of what’s happening… It’s a criminal offense that should be dealt with.

    Gosh!?!? The soaps from the start.. were big budget, big stars, BEAUTIFUL, caught up in the storm of what Hollywood is fraught with… all the trappings of your own success… it’s like any job… you want security when threatened with that NEW STARLET…

    when one takes the high road and mums the word… and the other… shares the slap in the face… soap boxes her speal… in this day and age.. when no one’s safe.. ie: the economy… tighter constraints… will my soap be the next to be axed…. I can’t fault either of them… but, to wish both parties.. both extraordinary in their own right… The best. DAYS and any other soap… is more than you… the cast and crew rely on each other…

    Both of these ladies have careers in daytime. Period. they’ve proved that… so, i don’t see this book.. (and kudos to CC for publishing herself) affecting either/or…

    Oye! HIRE GOOD WRITERS TO MOTIVATE and ENERGIZE THE CAST. THE DELIGHT OF FANS IS HEARTFELT….

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  44. Denise says:

    I bought and read Crystal’s book. I think it takes a certain amount of courage to share such intimate details of one’s life. It was a good read.

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  45. Kathy says:

    Yes!! I will definitely purchase Chrystal’s Memoir! I LOVE HER!!

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  46. Beacon says:

    Ever since Crystal got the Otalia storyline, she’s attracted a demographic of charismatic lesbian hipsters as her primary audience. As a result of this hipster credibility, I think Crystal has become very narcissistic. Look at that book cover – it says it all. People cast themselves as the protagonist of their lives – they spread messages of tolerance and love whilst in private they are totally self destructive, solipsistic, self-entitled and act like victims. If Alfonso was unprofessional and jealous, there’s no need to go down to such a childish level. Chappell will find her hipster credibility and fantasy of utopia has made her into a very vain and self absorbed person – then again, her twitter BFF is the repugnant Nelson Branco with his pornographic decadent bile spewed on a daily basis… so it’s bound to have an effect.

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  47. buttons30 says:

    Not only have I purchased Crystal’s book, I’ve reread it a couple of times trying the absorb the lessons therein. Crystal’s courageous rendition of her life, the ins and outs of the soap world, is a must read. While it’s easy to enjoy watching a terrific actor on our screen, it’s not as easy to realize that this is also a person with real feelings and experiences, a past and a present where life’s traumas need to be faced and dealt with! I have been a supporter of all things Crystal Chappell for over 20 years-I continue to support whatever projects she has in store for us. As I watch her work from now on, I will always remember the real life person, rather than the fan’s idol, behind everything that she does. Go Crystal-you rock!

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  48. Ceridwyn2 says:

    1) There is no point in hurling vicious comments at posters from either camp.

    2) i read this. I liked this. In retrospect, having read this, it brings some perspective to earlier comments/tweets I’d read in the past few years.

    3) I don’t take her initial interactions with Robert Newman or Kim Zimmer as her being verly critical of them, at all. It has to be hard when she (CC) is brought in several times as a spoiler for supercouples. Just likeBo & Hope, Reva & Josh always made their way back to each other. CC & Zimmer’s sarcasm with each other did not seem malicious – they had give & take like Olivia & Reva traded sarcastic barbs. Not all sarcasm is malicious and as she notes that Zimmer liked her because CC didn’t put up with her (Zimmer’s) BS. I’ve met Kim Zimmer in person 3 times; don’t always agree with her POV, but she speaks her mind. I’ve met Crystal & Jessica once at a GL fan event and though brief, it was a great experience.

    4) Personal childhood demons, frequent moving and not forming strong attachments along the way & bullying. All of this happening to a child/teen helps/hinders us as we get older. It can’t not in some way shape our present. We all have history, good and bad. It’s what we make of it that moves us forward or get left behind. I see Chappell in this book opening up about this as a way to address the issues she’s faced -from her perspective – good and bad, owning up to her faults, misdeeds, and moving forward to create a positive place/environment to be in/work in. Also it opens discussions about mental health issues in a positive way, something that is sorely lacking. If we sweep those discussions under the rug because they are uncomfortable for some, it doesn’t do anyone any good.

    And If I take anything from this book at all is that she’s married to a man she loves and adores, who loves and adores her, and they have two wonderful sons. She’s also finally getting to a place in her career that she likes and positively challenges her, a woman who loves to learn.

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    Patrick replied

    CC has made in impact as being the one person who fans may have actually wanted to make it.. as in…. steal that man…. ie: GL-Josh, and DAYS-Bo.

    wouldn’t you agree…? i think a lot would…. going just by their quality work.

    Crystal Chappelle had the HUGE Task of being the spoiler, coming between 2 immensely popular couples in daytime… and she succeeded… i’d even go so far as … both Robert Newman and Peter Reckell found her amazing to work with.

    I’ve already posted… I read… she’s a happily married woman and a loving mother… and that’s her personal happiness… and Success in an industry that is difficult to find work… and she’s done that… now she’s an author, and “producing’ on the internet.. so she has plenty of irons in the fire…. and by all accounts proven herself.

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  49. Tamla says:

    Although I didn’t read the book yet, I did hear about the “Feud” between KA and herself. KA was part of one of the most memorable Couples on Days and when she left the first time, it must have been quite humbling to see CC kicking “Butt” with Both Bo’s.

    Also, Crystal was very lucky that she was always able to get Soap Work whether it’s B & B, OLTL, or even GL and when she came on Guiding Light in 1999, it wasn’t exactly during the best of times. Writers came and went, They all but forgot the Bauers, The Michael Zaslow debacle damaged their credibility and let’s not forget that KZ had her own issues most notably with Ellen Wheeler who is next to JIll Farren Phelps and Megan McTavish one of the worst people to have on a Soap. Also, maybe RN may have been angry knowing that every time Reva & Josh got together something “bad” always happened.

    Yet look at how she has persevered. She’s the creative force behind two successful Web Series, she’s still employable and in the Three Years that GL has been cancelled, what have the Other Actors been up to. Lawrence St. Victor (Ex-Remy) and Karla Mosley (Ex-Christina) are doing B & B as well but since Daytime is a dying art form, you got to grab on to what you got.

    You’re not always going to get along with everyone you work with, but you make the best of what you got and that’s what CC is doing. I have to admit I was very angry when they turned Carly into a Drug Addict. Anyone agree with me.

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    lenafreed replied

    I totally agree about the drug addiction story. I hated it! There was potential for an interesting triangle with Carly/Bo/Hope. It’s too bad the writers didn’t write something worthy maybe if they had KA would have gone along with it.

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  50. Tyler says:

    Did she write anything about Deidre Hall or was she too scared to go after her lol

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    molsongrrrl replied

    She actually does mention Deidre Hall. Direct quote from the book: There were countless head games like, like a comment to me one day that, “You know Deidre Hall is coming back and she is going to eat you alive.” (I’m sure it was a huge disappointment to a whole lot of people when Deidre did come back, and she and I were able to forge a straightforward, honest working relationship with no head games at all).

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  51. molsongrrrl says:

    I enjoyed the book. It’s very short for sure, but still covered a lot of ground and it was interesting.

    I would have preferred her spending a lot more time on GL and the Otalia storyline. Unfortunately, I think the Days stuff really hurt her and sure I’d prefer she let it go, but sometimes that isn’t so easy for humans. We tend to dwell on things we probably should move past.

    She’s only telling this situation from her viewpoint. She owns that viewpoint and has a right to it. I tend to believe most of what she says here because it played out onscreen!

    The storyline started out promising enough and then suddenly it just made no sense. Here was this terrific opportunity to have a really powerful triangle and it all just sputtered away. Bo was with Carly and pretty much forgot Hope and then in the next beat of the story he was back with Hope and pretty much forgot Carly. It was dumb. Triangles work best when all sides are rootable and the person in the middle is truly torn. We should have seen scenes with Hope and Carly (not cat fighting … I hate that stuff) having real conversations about the past, about Bo and about the situation. Instead none of that appeared on screen.

    Based on what I saw onscreen, it seemed to me that KA had an issue with CC and Carly. And that is also supported by her interviews – at least her issue with Carly/Bo. The thing is this triangle could have helped the ratings for quite a while. It would have given all the actors something to do. Instead, where is the show now?

    The funniest part to me, was that in the very few scenes they had together, I thought CC and KA had some onscreen chemistry (and no, I don’t mean in a romantic sense … I mean an interesting dynamic).

    I am a Carly/Bo fan for sure, but I was never dumb enough to think that pairing would ever unseat Bo/Hope permanently. I wanted to see a real and true triangle play out. One based in tons of history. I hated the very shallow take that actually happened.

    I do think CC needs to let this chapter of her life go and maybe putting it in print will allow her to do that. I appreciated her honesty about her shortcomings and faults. She owned her bad behavior.

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    lenafreed replied

    Excellent post!

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    Patrick replied

    Ditto – excellent Post!

    I can’t help but think, was their a change in writing team? it would explain a lot…

    ie: your post -

    The storyline started out promising enough and then suddenly it just made no sense. Here was this terrific opportunity to have a really powerful triangle and it all just sputtered away. Bo was with Carly and pretty much forgot Hope and then in the next beat of the story he was back with Hope and pretty much forgot Carly. It was dumb. Triangles work best when all sides are rootable and the person in the middle is truly torn. We should have seen scenes with Hope and Carly (not cat fighting … I hate that stuff) having real conversations about the past, about Bo and about the situation. Instead none of that appeared on screen.

    I mean… they dropped the ball with so much potential for this triangle… and basically wrote her as an addict to give her a send-off… and we all know… the ratings for DAYS rose… and fell with CC’s departure.

    it’s all evident… some things’ transpired…

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    Jusme replied

    Agreed it would’ve been nice to hear more about Otailia but I do admire her putting it all out there! Also would’ve been nice if there had been something else a lil more juicy like a confession of a lesbian fantasy or something! Lol naw anyway no matter how you feel about CC that lady makes things happen she has put out two shows a book and is still doing daytime that’s badass!

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    FaeCym replied

    Excellent Post. Yes she put it out there and Yes, she Owned It.

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  52. Loveundone says:

    I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, and it’s to be expected that not everyone will agree. It’s not necessary to degrade someone for offering to share their inner most thoughts and feelings. Someone asked why some people bare it all. I say it takes courage, commitment, and selflessness. Some of us believe it is to help others that have taken the same journey. I for one am thankful and feel blessed to have had the opportunity to look into Crystals life then and now. Thank you CC! as for all the haters, get a grip! l

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  53. Patrick says:

    people got all excited over Brenda Dickson and god.. will we ever get over her… Drucilla… Victoria Rowell…

    imagine if Kristian Alfonso was reaching for her STAR and Protecting her Legend.

    LOL. The supercouple mode is over. Crystal Chappelle ticks and smolders.

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  54. Esmeralda says:

    Si pudiera salir una edición en español, con mucho gusto la compraría. Pero, no sé ni cómo poder adquirirla en Inglés. El resumen hecho por esta web de la autobiografía de Crystal, descorre las cortinas de una vida que no sospechaba en Crystal Chappell, a quien he seguido desde Otalia por youtube junto a Jessica Leccia, quien parece ser un remanso en la vida de cualquier persona, conformando una historia que vence obstáculos, como le ha tocado a la propia Crystal vencer. Catarsis necesaria en ella, el amor y fidelidad de sus fans, el reconocimiento de su brillante trabajo y sobre todo el haber conquistado afectos que la aprecian y se enorgullecen de ella. Si hubiera una manera de adquirir las Memorias…si la hubiera. (Traductor de Google): If I could get out a Spanish edition, gladly buy it. But do not know how to buy in English. The summary by this site’s autobiography Crystal, draws back the curtains of a life not suspected in Crystal Chappell, whom I have followed since Otalia on youtube with Jessica Leccia, who seems to be a haven in the life of any person , making up a story that overcomes obstacles, as he has had to overcome Crystal itself. It necessary catharsis, love and loyalty of its fans, the recognition of his outstanding work and especially having won the affections appreciate and are proud of it. If there was a way to acquire the Memories … if any.

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  55. John says:

    For Ken Korday to say the ratings were low cause of Crystal is a Huge Joke. They were low before she came back then they picked up, then went down when she left. The ratings didn’t pick up when Bope were back together, either with the return of John,Marlena,Austin,Carrie,Jack. Look what they are doing with Hope now NOTHING. Caue Hope is nothing without Bo, Thats been proven time again.

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    Evelyn replied

    No offense. But if you TRULY go back and look at the ratings during CC time on Days, they start off well and steadily went down her entire time. You can go to NBC’s site, TV.com and several other sites that will give you the breakdown. They really were not good. However, I blame ALL the stories that were going on at that time and not just CC. However, the Bope and Carly storyline didn’t help

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  56. PalmGirl73 says:

    Just have to say the book was inspirational, well written and awesome! I admire, respect Crystal Chappell!

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  57. FrogProd says:

    As I cannot fully critique this book based on the fact I have not read it yet due to the fact I am old school in the way that I love to read a book that I can hold in my hands. I find myself increasingly tempted to purchase the electronic version through pure curiosity and wanting to gain more insight into the life of Crystal Chappell, the woman I have admired for over 20 years. I was not going to spoil it for myself by reading threads like this…but since I did spoil it for myself…this is my opinion on this matter based on the information I have seen so far and my personal knowledge of her.

    Yet again she proved how “human” she really is. She obviously is not super human absent of flaws and skeletons in her closet. We all have them and to say we don’t is a lie. It takes courage not only to take responsibility for events that have happened to her in her life but also to be accountable for her actions that may have perpetuated the situation. More admirably sharing to a world of admirers the details of the ghosts that have haunted her, making it who she is today fault and all. I appreciate learning some of the information she has shared in the past, in the present, through this book and what she has told me personally. It takes true moxi to put herself out there for people to identify with from tragic set of circumstances to really positive events. This book apparently expresses just as the title states: “The Perfect Art of Imperfection”. She is not claiming to be perfect, if she was, she would not have written this or shared openly intimate parts of her life. Either perfectly or imperfectly she has written a book for us that clearly people have either been happy or upset with. But isn’t that an example of imperfection? If we were writing books to please everyone, then there would be no point in having a discussion about it. It’s the amazing insight or lackluster parts of a book that make reading and discussing it so very interesting. We are either going to be amazed or let down, and that’s ok. But from what I have gathered so far, she is bringing up discussions about mental health, sexual assault, relationship failures/successes, family dysfunction, career highs and lows as well as work place realities. A lot of these issues we can all identify with one way or another. This is her “life so far”, who knows what the next chapter of her life will contain, that’s up to her.

    To know her is to adore her. She is the true genuine article. She is the complete opposite of narcissistic. She is very humbled and taken back by people’s admiration of her. And from what people have written about this book so far, she obviously has some issues in regards to self-hatred, which explains her reactions to the compliments people shower her with. It’s hard to handle them when you don’t believe that in yourself or people have verbally abused you. Which brings me to some people’s critique of this book, constructive criticism goes a long way. A critique should include both positive and negative attributes. I’m not trying to come off as pretentious, I just think that it’s not realistic to expect people to always let things roll off their back and let things go! That is easier said than done and no one truly is able to do that all the time. I respect people’s opinions as I am sure she does, but there is no reason to be blatantly disrespectful.

    Kudos to Crystal Chappell for giving us yet another reason to admire her.

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  58. Jo says:

    LOL admire her,realy,
    I admire people when they know to keep there mouth cloesd

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  59. 90'sguuuurl says:

    that is one messed up bookcover damn!! what the hell happened 2 cc she used 2 b the most beautiful woman on tv damn!!!!!! now she needs 2 b tossed in a wastebasket that is if she can fit lol

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  60. 90'sguuuurl says:

    Oh crystal why? i was ur biggest fan :”(

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  61. DeDe says:

    I remember years ago when she was on the first time, how beautiful she was. She gave off a sweetness to her acting back then. When she came back to the show she was not the same kind of actress, there was a darker side to her from the start. I don’t know if it was the writers or what, but I didn’t like her.

    I haven’t read the book, I don’t like tell all books. I’ve read a few and I think they tend to be slanted, you don’t get the whole picture. You get how one person felt in situations. Work places for many people are not easy, it depends on how we can deal with them. I wish her well in her life, I think she had a rough childhood, maybe that had a lot to do with her adult life.

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  62. jill says:

    This book was a huge dissapointment!! I thought she had more class than this!

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  63. Beth says:

    I love you CC always tell it like it is baby! I admire your courage for speaking out! You will always rock in my book!

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  64. Tina Lancaster says:

    First of all I could care less who believes me or not, but my aunt has known Crystal way b4 she was famous. She left out more than she did out of respect! Do any of u know what being bipolar means? She has it, like I myself do, and yes when we talk talk we seem to sound more like the “victim” type, but u also haven’t walked a mile in Crystal’s shoes, I dare u to! U don’t know even anywhere near half of what her life was like & is like. Sometimes it’s a day to day struggle, & there are issues going on that are no one’s business! And I also happen to know that it’s no secret that Crystal is bisexual, she announced that back in 2007!! Trust me, if her husband wasn’t fine with it they wouldn’t be together, he’s a wonderful guy! And as for the whole KA thing, u can take what she wrote however she wrote it we all have our opinions. Sometimes we just need to get things off our chest, it’s cathartic. What I do know is that Crystal is a wild, crazy, wacky sense of humor, lovely person & great friend. I love her for just being her, in good, bad or crazy times! And Jessica Leccia is a sweetheart if anyone is wondering. Do u really think someone as sweet as Jessica could work with Crystal all of these years, if miss thang was as hard to get along with as some people think? Plz!! Lol. We all have our good & bad times & days, she’s no different, but cut the woman some slack ok? Her b’days is tomorrow, happy birthday Crys!! We’ll see u & hopefully Jessica too on the 10th! I love u guys!! Hope u don’t mind I ran off at the mouth, oh well, if u do I’ll get punishment when I see u! Lmao!! ;-)

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  65. lindee says:

    I purchatsed and read Crystals book and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Kud os. to CC for your honesty. Happy Birthday today 8/04 /2013

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  66. Anna gipson says:

    am big fan of cc and will read book

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