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December 29th, 2011  |  Leave a comment ( 49 ) Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods Interview – One Life to Live Farewell

In an emotional final video interview with On-Air On-Soaps as cast members of One Life to Live (taped at the series final press junket), Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods talk with Michael Fairman about the legacy of Bo and Nora as one of soaps most iconic couples, their love for the fans, and their sentiments on working together, and saying goodbye to the 43-year old soap.

  1. Doe says:

    Loved Bob Woods And Hillary B. Smith interview. Bob Woods is one of the most natural actors on soaps. I will miss him. Hillary is Nora in my book. Their story has been up and down, but they always belonged together.. Thank goodness we will be able to see them ride off into soap stardom for all time… Thanks Michael for another great interview….

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    Shirley Westerhuis replied

    Bo & Nora are the consummate soap couple. I’m SO gonna miss being able to watch my FAVORITE soap! I can’t believe ABC cancelled AMC & OLTL, in favor of STUPID shows, like The Chew & whatever the new one will be. I won’t be watching either, as I find them boring & ridiculous. ABC SCREWED UP BIG TIME, in my opinion. Nothing more to say, is there!?!?

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    Susan replied

    I am devastated that OLTL has been canceled. I feel as if part of my family has died. With the exception of TiVoing GH, ABC is now banned in our house. I watched ABC faithfully for 45 years, if my husband would let me I’d sell our Disnet stock and DVC membership, too. I love Llanview like my own town and am not sure what I will do every afternoon for the rest of my life. I wish the entire crew and cast the very best, and I wish ABC a continued decline until it’s demise. Maybe then the CEO will move on into oblivion like so many of the others that have brought down the best of the companies.

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    Deb replied

    I agree with everything you have said
    The CEO of ABC has messed with what is and has been the core of ABC the soaps! Is ABC aware of all the complaints or do they just not care about what the people want that pay their salaries???? Is Frons should be fired!!!!!

  2. Joyce A Joblonski says:

    I have been a fan of One Life To Live since 1973. I have been fortunate to meet and greet most of you at fan luncheons, baseball games in Brooklyn, One Life/Many Voices. I also particpated in Daytime Encounter I and II where I had the pleasure of working directly with some of the cast. By having this experience it put a new perspective in watching the show.
    I just want to thank all of you of being part of my life all these years. I wish you love and peace to all of you and again THANK YOU.

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  3. Linda Dowell says:

    Well, damnit, it made me cry…this is so unbelievably sad……

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  4. Jim says:

    I remember Bob from the Waltons. Hilary was wonderful no matter what implausible storyline they gave her. Well done, you two. Well done.

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    gloria replied

    I remember him from the Waltons too! I loved him even then!

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  5. Tara Karlowicz says:

    I loved this interview Hillary made me cry they both made me laugh and brought me down memory lane i have bee watching the show since 1992 and remember every moment of the show since then. I am going to miss the show and Bob and Hillary the most they are my only reason for watching this show. Thank you for all the memories love for both.

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  6. Beverly Salhany says:

    PLEASE COME BACK ON LINE OR ANYWAY YOU CAN OLTL
    WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO YOU GUYS HELP US DO IT TELL WHAT WE NEED TO DO

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    amanda replied

    i agree what do we got to do to keep you guys atleast online

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  7. Lisa Campbell says:

    we lost GL and ATWT, now that I have been watching OLTL, its going off the air also. its not fair that the networks are doing this to the fans. its very sad, knowing our shows will no longer be on the air. At least we will have Youtube. I wish all of the actors the best of luck. I will miss you!!

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  8. Tahine says:

    I have loved these two from the first time I watched them back in 1997 and thanks to YouTube I got a chance to see all the stuff before 97 . All I can say is the chemistry between these two is electric I loved watching them dance play and love I’m so sad to see them go what a waste of talent . I wish them the best of luck I will love bo and Nora till the day I die!!!!!

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  9. MONA JOHNSON says:

    I LOVE THE INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT S. WOODS AND HILLARY B. SMITH.. THEY ARE MY FAV COUPLE ON 1L2L.. I’M GOING TO MISS THEM ACTING OUT GREAT SCENES 2GETHER… YOU ALL ARE GOING TO BE TRULY MISS… :-) ) XXXOOOO

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  10. Linda says:

    I absolutely LOVE Bo and Nora and the wonderful actors, Bob and Hillary who portray them! I will miss so much seeing them. Thank goodness for youTube! I started watching them right after they divorced, and loved their chemistry even when they were not together. Watched for 10+ years waiting for their reunion. My all time favorite Bo and Nora moment is the dancing in the warehouse during Y2K! That’s when I knew they would always LOVE each other! Will miss, miss them so much!

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  11. Bina says:

    Thank U So Much Michael for sharing this interview with the Bob & Hillary fans . Hillary brought me to tears during the 1st part of the interview. I am so sadden that OLTL is going to done with in just 2 weeks. It really breaks my heart. I am a huge fan of these 2 beautiful people. I am going to miss them cutting a rug on the dance floors, fishing trpis & just their love story as a whole. After watching the interview amost 50 times already, I went on you-tube and watch the very scene “Ice Cream Sundae” My all-time favorite scene is “The Beach House” scenes. I absolutely loved how Bo was so tenitive to Nora after he rescued her from Todd. Of course I love all there scenes, even the angst ones but that one sticks out for me. I’m just so disappointed that we didn’t get more dancing & fishing trips the 2nd time around. I am truly going to miss them on screen together. They have such great chemistry and it really showed when they were performing together on the show. Bob & Hillary brought Bo & Nora to life for me. I started watching OLTL right around the time of their 1st wedding. I missed out on them dating but Thanks to You-tube I am able to watch them from the beginning, Bo & Nora’s love story is what I wish for, for myself one day. I really hope TPTB don’t disappoint us fans that have waited 10 looong years for our favorite couple to get back together, Give us our Happy Ending for Bo & Nora (The Super Couple) of Daytime. :)

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  12. pamala says:

    Frons said he would cancel the two shows and he did, he left after ‘a job’ well done’ IMO. These shows should never have been canceled and the ending for AMC left me embarrassed. It looks like OLTL will be doing the same, the HW and others have had it ready. No one will forget the elephant in the room and OLTL no matter what is said, is leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth and horrible writing which equals only a permanent STAIN to a one time glory day.

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  13. gloria says:

    Are you kidding? Will we miss them? OMG-I GUESS SO! I remember when the Bukes came riding into Llanview & I have totally adored Robert S. Woods ever since. He is precious! I love Nora too but honestly have loved Bo with every love he’s had on the show & he’s had plenty! I cried all weekend the Friday in January 1986 I think when Bo was “killed” at the end of the episode. My husband asked what the hell has happened? I cried “Bo is dead, they killed Bo!” He knew exactly who I meant & was as shocked as I was! Bo is wonderful with everyone! I just love Bo & Rex’s relationship-Bo & Clint, Bo & Viki, Bo & everyone. The expressions on his face without saying a word can crack me up especially when Nora is on a rampage, ha! Life as we have known & loved will end on the Blackest of Fridays, January 13, 2012. Just sick every minute of the day over this.

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  14. Sharon says:

    I LOVED your interview!! Thank you Bob/Bo and Hillary/Nora for the wonderful years that you’ve shared!!!! OLTL would not have been the same without you both!!! I feel like I’m loosing half of my family now. :-(

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  15. carrie lynn porterfield says:

    I no longer will watch abc I loved One life to live there family . Abe doesnt think of us or them the People of One life to live or family thats a big Mistake they are making in deed. very saddened Carrie

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  16. Sue says:

    I have watched OLTL since it’s beginning. I left only when Roger Howarth left. So glad he came back after 8 years. I will miss OLTL, of course; but I hope I can still see Roger on TV somewhere.

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  17. Tom655 says:

    After the final episode of OLTL, I will be deleting the ABC station off my cable. I wish all the cast and crew of One Life to Live the very best and thank them for 43 years of memories.

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  18. Maya S. Anderson says:

    Truly enjoyed this interviewed. Very sad that OLTL has come to an end. Bo and Nora are the super soap couple. I was very happy to see the two back together! Their breakup should have never happened. HBS and RSW chemistry on screen is one that legends are made of! BO and NORA FOREVER! Best to all at OLTL. Happy New Year to all! Moving forward – no looking behind! Only one who should have regrets should be ABC for cancelling OLTL! I am thankful for the years that I was able to be apart of the OLTL family!

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  19. Brian Greene says:

    Thanks A Million For This Michael.

    We OLTL Fans In Evanston, Illinois Love You, Bob, & Hillary A Whole Bunch! :D :D

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  20. Julie says:

    Shame on ABC for cancelling OLTL! What are they thinking! Their are thousands of viewers! and to replace them with some reality crap shows like” The Chew” ! I have fb, tweeted, sent letters, petitions, etc.. no response from ABC.. I have watched this show for years! taped and dvr’d while at work, my family and friends all calling each other after a long day at work to talk about what happened on OLTL who did what, etc.. OLTL is like family. I will not be watching ABC! This is unforgivable and I am a very forgiving person, but ABC is not listening to the People! the CEO’s are greedy and only care about money! To replace OLTL with these stupid reality cook and home over shows is just crazy!! Not to mention that they don’t care about the actors being out of work! I am ashamed for ABC! I even asked Oprah’s OWN network along with alot of people to pick it up.. If a network were smart they would say” OLTL has thousands of daytime views for 43 yrs!! duh! no brainer! I just don’t know why ABC does not care about the viewers ! I wish all the actors would get together and and say we can do this ourselves!! I will miss you all so much! Thank you Michael for these interviews I hope you have more actors from OLTL on .. There are no words to express how badly I feel about the decision to cancel OLTL! I will watch The View for the last time when they air in January and dedicate one hour to OLTL !! Shame on ABC!! you lost a ultimate viewer!! and my friends and family etc! Good luck to all the cast of OLTL God Bless!!

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  21. amanda says:

    my question is why? why take off the best of the best and leave the worst? I just want to say this stinks that oltl is leaving the air it is by far my favorite show and i am truly disappointed that it is going.

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    amanda replied

    and must say thank you for the interviews, all of you will be missed here and thank you for the years of drama and excitment

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  22. esther britstone says:

    I cannot believe that after 43 years this show will be over. I have been watching One Life To Live for 35 years! There has never been one episode that I have not enjoyed. This show has been a daily routine for me for so long and I cannot believe that the network could not give it a go. I think they will regret their decision and any new show that they replace it with will not compare. Please, I have seeing one episode of “The Chew” and will not see it again! What a loss!

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  23. Leanne says:

    I have watched One Life to Live for over 30 years. It may sound strange, but the characters on this show became my “dysfunctional” family. I have been alone for most of my life and it made me feel good to know that every evening I would be able to watch Todd, Blair, Vickie, Asa, etc. The show was great and I am sorry that such a wealthy network such as ABC/Disney cannot find the money to budget for this production. All of the cast will be missed. It is almost like a death in the family.

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  24. barbara t says:

    Its not strange at all,I know how you feel,I dont know what Im going to do at 2 oclock weekdays one life to live has been on my tv for 43 years,I watched all my children to ,and miss it ,I try to watch dool.but its just not the same ,abc had the money to keep these shows on ,they choose not to its creed,more money in their pocket s Daytime tv will never be the same,and one life to live is the best soap ,I will miss my dysfunctional family to.

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  25. Jan Phipps says:

    Thank you Michael for this lovely gift! It was the best interview with RSW and HBS ever. I so cherish it because I don’t know when I’ll be able to see them again. Thanks for all you coverage of OLTL over the years.

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  26. Vicki says:

    Michael, this was a great interview! Bob and Hillary are so natural together and this is what I’ll miss about them the most in their performances. I will also miss them. I met them both a few times and I will never forget what great people they are!

    I still cannot believe that ABC has done such a horrible thing to this show and that all these people will no longer be on my soap!

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  27. Debbie N says:

    I’ll miss “One Life To Live” so much!! ‘Bo’, ‘Nora’, ‘Viki’, ‘Blair’, ‘Roxy’, etc., are the best!!! They are such talented people.
    ABC made a huge mistake…they say people want “information shows” ?? NO WAY, we like entertainment. It’s helped me get through so many hard times I’ve had.
    I was hoping some cable station would pick it up. After OLTL ends, it’s bye-bye ABC. -Crash and burn!

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  28. Vicki says:

    Loved the interview with Bob & Hilary. I love them as Bo & Nora. I remember when Bob came on as Bo, I had such a crush on him, and I still do. Nora is Bo’s soulmate, but he has had great chemistry with all of his wives. Next to Nora, my favorite was Didi. Barbara Treutelaar was gorgeous, and she and Bo were my favorite couple at the time. I cried when she died. Hilary is fabulous as Nora. Love how natural she is with Matthew. You can believe she is really his mother. Hilary has chemistry with everyone, but Bob and Hilary are dynamite. I own an oldies record store on LI and was in heaven when Bo & Nora got married by Little Richard. I love that they were into the oldies. It definitely helped our sales. I wish them luck in whatever they do next. I just wish that OLTL was not being cancelled. I will not watch ABC after Jan. 13.

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  29. W. Harris says:

    OMG Hillary had me crying. I just Love her and Bob they were my sole reason for tuning into OLTL all these years. I am going to miss them. I have been following fumbling the pieces online with Hillary and, I LOVE it! God bless you Bob and Hillary for just being the best and giving us your best every time You and Bob are amazing!!!! :)

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  30. Amy says:

    I just love Bob and Hillary as Bo and Nora!!! I have watched the show for years and they are by far the BEST. I have been watching some Bo and Nora (the early stuff) on you tube and it was hard to watch them split up, what a great love story!! I am so glad the writers put them back together a few years ago!! The last scene at Asa’s house, and when Bo said, “I love you Red” all choked up, was the when tears started flowing….OMG. How can you not love them!!!!

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  31. Judi says:

    I still miss OLTL!! and it is not going away… I still won’t give up.. I emial, Twitter, fb, mail to ABC, etc. Even ask other networks. I think some network should breath life back into OLTL and make the viewers and fans happy again! I Love Bo,, and Nora.. what a team… and Vicki, Asa, Clint, Dorian… OLTL was always my favorite soap, the acting, the energy.. I loved to run home from work and watch everyday for years and get on the phone with my family, friends and co-workers and we would talk about the characters and if was like family … “Did you see what Nora or Bo said today ,, great acting!!! the best!! I will not give up,, I still write and fb, twitter hoping some network will wake up and realize the money they can make bringing back the best show OLTL… I will be watching for you both Bo and Nora… because your fans don’t give up on you… I wish you both the best and you are still in my heart….

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