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Today in Soap Opera History (January 9)

1984: One Life to Live's Estelle was full of herself. 1985: Cruz

found Eden unconscious and tried to save her on Santa Barbara.

1986: Days of our Lives' Mike met Robin Jacobs.

1989: Delia and Roger were married on Ryan's Hope."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1958: On The Edge of Night, Virginia (Cathleen Cordell) bumped into John H. Phillips (House Jameson) and identified him as "Mr. X". Phillips told Virginia he wanted to keep his identity confidential to avoid making enemies with any of his clients. He wanted to remain politically neutral in their eyes.

1968: On Another World,
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Loretta Lynn In 'Great Spirits' After Breaking Hip at Home — as Family Jokingly Blames New Puppy for Fall

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Loretta Lynn In 'Great Spirits' After Breaking Hip at Home — as Family Jokingly Blames New Puppy for Fall
Loretta Lynn is recovering after breaking her hip in a fall at her home on Jan. 1.

“She had an accident on New Year’s Day and fractured her hip,” Lynn’s daughter Patsy tells People exclusively. “At my mom’s age it’s so dangerous when it comes to the hip, so we’re all just grateful she seems to be okay. She’s up putting weight on it and starting her rehab now.”

A furry new friend may have been the cause of the 85-year-old country legend’s fall, her daughter reveals.

“She has a new puppy — we don
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Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85
May Mel Tillis rest in peace.

The country music singer-songwriter died at the age of 85 early Sunday morning at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. A representative for the Country Music Hall of Fame member cites respiratory failure as the cause of death, following a lengthy battle with intestinal issues.

Related: Country Music Legend Don Williams Dead at 78

Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, tells Et that Tillis' death "brings such sadness" and describes him as "one of the funniest and most genuine people."

"Mel Tillis spent a lifetime giving us joy and laughter and music, which is why his death brings such sadness," Young says. "Had he never stepped on a stage, he would still have been one of the funniest and most genuine people on the planet. But his whimsy and warmth were only a part of his appeal."

Young continues, "He wrote some of
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Country Singer and Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies at 85

Country Singer and Songwriter Mel Tillis Dies at 85
Country singer and songwriter Mel Tillis has died, according to multiple outlets. He was 85.

The country legend had battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and died following a lengthy struggle to regain his health in a Florida hospital, a statement from Tillis’ representatives said.

Tillis’ suspected cause of death is respiratory failure.

The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, who was beloved for his stutter, wrote hits for Kenny Rogers and had several top 10 country singles including “Good Woman Blues,” ”Coca Cola Cowboy” and “Southern Rain.”

In a statement posted to her own Facebook official page, Tillis’ daughter Pam Tillis — one
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Loretta Lynn Is ‘Doing Great’ Post-Stroke as She Moves to Rehab

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Loretta Lynn Is ‘Doing Great’ Post-Stroke as She Moves to Rehab
Loretta Lynn is on the mend.

After being hospitalized in Nashville on May 4 after suffering a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, the country legend, 85, has been moved into a rehabilitation facility where she continues to recuperate.

“Loretta wants to thank everybody for their prayers love and support,” a message posted to her official Facebook page Monday afternoon reads. “Loretta has been moved from hospital facility in to rehabilitation and we’re happy to report she is doing great!”

In the immediate aftermath of the stroke, Lynn was “under medical care and responsive and expected to make a full recovery,
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Loretta Lynn Admitted Into Nashville Hospital After Suffering a Stroke

Loretta Lynn Admitted Into Nashville Hospital After Suffering a Stroke
Loretta Lynn was hospitalized in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday evening after suffering a stroke at her Hurricane Mills home.

The country legend is “currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery,” according to a statement posted on her website.

Lynn’s tour schedule has been postponed.

“Loretta, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recuperating,” the statement read.

“Many of you have heard that my sister, Loretta Lynn, had a stroke. She’s a strong woman and I know she’ll come out of this.
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Loretta Lynn Resists Her 85th Birthday (but Not the Celebration) at Nashville Concert

Loretta Lynn Resists Her 85th Birthday (but Not the Celebration) at Nashville Concert
You knew from the get-go that Loretta Lynn wasn’t too keen on her landmark 85th birthday.

“Don’t sing ‘Happy birthday,’ ” the country legend commanded her audience after her first four songs at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Friday. “This ain’t my birthday…. You know I ain’t but 26!”

Lynn paused, perhaps to reassess reality. “Aw,” she declared, “I could work any 26-year-old girl under the table any time.”

The capacity crowd roared, of course. They’d been invited to this indomitable icon’s birthday concert and were determined to throw her a party whether she wanted one or not.
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All the Behind-the-Scenes Fun at People's Acm Honors Photo Shoot!

All the Behind-the-Scenes Fun at People's Acm Honors Photo Shoot!
"Look at him!" Dierks Bentley laughed, pointing toward Luke Bryan who was passing by with a drink in each hand. "He's got two drinks! No respect for the show!" With a wide grin, Bryan retorted, "I'm trying to get my wife drunk!" When Nashville's A-list gathered for a special People photo before the taping of the 10th Annual Acm Honors, the atmosphere was more family reunion than formal event, and the good-natured barbs flowed as freely as the booze. Once country's wildest child, Acm Honoree Tanya Tucker proved that at 57, she's as rowdy as ever when she pretended to flash
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All the Behind-the-Scenes Fun at People's Acm Honors Photo Shoot!

All the Behind-the-Scenes Fun at People's Acm Honors Photo Shoot!
"Look at him!" Dierks Bentley laughed, pointing toward Luke Bryan who was passing by with a drink in each hand. "He's got two drinks! No respect for the show!" With a wide grin, Bryan retorted, "I'm trying to get my wife drunk!" When Nashville's A-list gathered for a special People photo before the taping of the 10th Annual Acm Honors, the atmosphere was more family reunion than formal event, and the good-natured barbs flowed as freely as the booze. Once country's wildest child, Acm Honoree Tanya Tucker proved that at 57, she's as rowdy as ever when she pretended to flash
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Loretta Lynn Postpones Concerts Following Recent Chest Injury That Will Require Minor Surgery

Loretta Lynn Postpones Concerts Following Recent Chest Injury That Will Require Minor Surgery
Loretta Lynn is recovering after a recent fall that forced her to cancel her annual Labor Day concert at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch. The country legend announced on her website Wednesday that she is currently recuperating at her home and will be undergoing minor surgery soon. Though her injuries are not serious, Lynn's doctors advised her to take a break from touring to make a full recovery. Therefore her upcoming Sept. 9, Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 concert dates have been rescheduled to later dates. On what was supposed to be Lynn's Labor Day performance, her sister Crystal Gayle performed without the
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Miranda Remembers Merle and Blake Pays Tribute to Glen at Acm Honors

Miranda Remembers Merle and Blake Pays Tribute to Glen at Acm Honors
If ever there was a reminder of country music's transcendent power, it was Tuesday night's Acm Honors. The event managed to gracefully honor both Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker - for years the two had an infamously turbulent love affair - showcase both Blake and Miranda (separately - with their movements carefully orchestrated so the two exes wouldn't cross paths) and seamlessly blend the R&B stylings of Alicia Keys into the genre. Before the show even began, there was controversy: on Monday after the Acm announced the creation of the new Merle Haggard Spirit Award, alt-country singer Sturgill Simpson
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Set Your DVRs: Here's the Entire Star-Studded Line-Up for the 10th Annual Acm Honors!

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Set Your DVRs: Here's the Entire Star-Studded Line-Up for the 10th Annual Acm Honors!
The 10th Annual Acm Honors has finalized its line-up - and you're definitely going to want to tune in! Alicia Keys, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Dan + Shay and The Band Perry are the last additions to the star-studded list of performers, it was announced Thursday. The artists will join previously announced acts Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Toby Keith, Maren Morris, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban and hosts Lady Antebellum. Carrie Underwood's hubby Mike Fisher, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Thomas Rhett have also been added as presenters. Related: Miranda Lambert Releases New Single,
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Aussie director snares Kate Winslet and Kate Moss for new feature

Gabrielle Weller.

Australian director Gabrielle Weller has enlisted Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Kate Winslet and Laura Bailey to star in her new documentary Never In, Never Out.

Weller is a writer, actor, director and producer..

In 2016 her schedule will find her on both sides of the globe.

This coming June, in the gold rush town of Ballarat, Weller will play the lead role in her first feature length film, Box, directed by Samuel O.Brien..

In August, she will return to London where she will direct Never In, Never Out, which she also wrote and produced, about the life of fashion designer Thea Porter. .

Weller said the two projects have provided a good contrast.

"They.re both challenging, but in completely different ways,. .she says.

Box, developed .by O.Brien is a poetic and surrealist screenplay, which is co-written by Weller. She will also take the lead role..

Box tells
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Dear Indiana: If you're so antigay, why did you give us these gay icons?

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Dear Indiana: If you're so antigay, why did you give us these gay icons?
Indiana's coolness took a south bend this week when Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a bill that allows businesses to turn away Lgbt customers on the grounds of "religious freedom." Sort of makes you wish that "not sucking" was a religion.  To remind Indiana lawmakers why their nonsense is, well, nonsense, let's take a look at some gay icons and iconography that originated in Indiana. If you're so concerned about protecting the hatred of gay people, why do these folks below rule so much?    Adam Lambert, our Precious Moments figurine version of George Michael The wailing "American Idol" runner-up came out in the most decadent way possible: with a Rolling Stone cover story and salacious serpentine imagery. Lambert was raised in Southern California but was born in Indianapolis, which basically makes him a living version of "Saved by the Bell."  "Let's Hear It for the Boy" queen Deniece Williams
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Thoughts I Had... while looking at new "Into the Woods" images

If there is one thing in life that's certain at Tfe beyond daily postings, Actress mania, Oscar chart delays, and time-jumping movie coverage, it's this: if Meryl Streep is featured there are a bajillion comments. And yet the last two Streep attacks, a look back at 2009 and a subliminal Hours reunion proved the exception. Is this merely summer doldrums or a sign of the Streepocalypse? Or were people just waiting for Into the Woods news? If so, it has arrived.

Update: And the Teaser too!

Yesterday a bunch of new images surfaced from the movie and you know how this goes. We look at the image and we list off thoughts as they come without self-censorship to keep the brain loose and the words flowing and to not be too mundane about what this actually is - free advertising for Disney and regurgitated photo sharing.

Meet Rapunzel

• I always forget
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Review: Kermit & Co. bring the fun (and the fuzz) in delightful 'Muppets Most Wanted'

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Review: Kermit & Co. bring the fun (and the fuzz) in delightful 'Muppets Most Wanted'
As a professional film critic -- whatever that may be -- I have a handful of concrete rules by which I ply my ostensible trade, and not reviewing films by or heavily involving close friends is one of them. Which presents a bit of a problem when tasked with writing about any given Muppet movie. No, I can't claim I've ever knocked back a beer with Kermit the Frog, gone shopping with Miss Piggy or got close to any of the cloth-skinned crowd without the dividing wall of a television screen between us, but damn it if I don't feel closer to them than I do to any number of human names in my address book. Growing up, I knew their vaudeville numbers inside out. I'd record the umpteenth rerun of even the Crystal Gayle episode with completist's excitement. And I treasured my Kermit toothbrush until the bristles began falling out,
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Briefs: Lee Ryan Discusses “Experimentation,” Blaine Anderson Visits Boston, and “The Hotwives Of Orlando”

Birthday shoutouts go to Aj Mclean (above), who is 36, Dave Matthews is 47, Crystal Gayle is 63, and Joan Baez is 73.

The faboo Camryn Manheim, who isn’t on my TV nearly enough, will co-star opposite Halle Berry on the CBS summer scifi series Extant.

EW has a pic from X-Men: Days Of Future past, featuring Wolvie and a 70′s era Beast in Brady Bunch clothes.

Lance Bass: The First Thing My Mom Did When She Learned I Was Gay … And The ‘Miracle’ That Occurred After.

Here’s the extended trailer for Lifetime’s Flowers In The Attic. Thankfully, I don’t see any powdered doughnuts. And Lifetime has just announced that they’re already planning the sequel Petals On The Wind. I read the first four books in the series when I was a kid, and I remember silently weeping in study hall when I got to the end of #4 Seeds Of Yesterday.
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Country Music’s 10 Greatest Moments (For Gays Who Don’t Care About Country Music)

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The 2013 Cmt Awards flew by in a rush of big hats and southern accents, and what a sweet cavalcade of talent it was! Jason Aldean mixed it up with Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow presented the biggest award of the night with Kenny Rogers, and Video of the Year winners Lady Antebellum thrilled me by putting vocalist Charles Kelley in the hottest, tightest pants imaginable. Call me John Denver, because when it comes to sexual tastes, thank God I’m a country boy.

Today, I’m hoping to reach out to non-country fans with a definitive list: the 10 greatest moments in country music for gay guys who don’t care about country music. These 10 historic things will make you care, gents! Kick up your imaginary spurs and pour yer’self a cup of ambition, because these country moments will impress-a-you much.

10. Olivia Newton-John is a liar who claims to be
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'American Idol' Top 5: Has Amber Holcomb done enough to stay?

Here we go -- it's on like Donkey Kong on "American Idol" now. Janelle Arthur has lagged behind the other women some weeks, so we'd love to see her make smart song choices and make this a real dogfight for who moves on.

For theme, Round 1 is Year of Birth and Round 2 is Divas. Year of Birth has ceased to be that much fun anymore, now that everybody is like 12 years old. Kidding, kidding -- but not really.

1. Candice Glover, 1989, "Straight Up"

She's doing the slow-jam, R&B-bordering-on-reggae version of Paula Abdul's big hit. It's ... interesting. We don't hate it and her voice is smooth as butter, as per usual, but for that year, we wouldn't have minded Candice having a nice ballad moment on "If You Don't Know Me by Now." Yeah, we wish she had done that Simply Red number.

That was a great vocal, we just
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AfterElton Briefs: Previewing Anderson and Kathy, "Olaf & Paul," and The Year's Worst Anti-glbt Villains

Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Santa and the Ho Ho Hos prep for the 2013 I-Did-Rod."

Thanks to David for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Joe Manganiello (above) is 36, Dame Maggie Smith is 78, Seth Meyers is 39, Diego Luna is 33, Paul Rudnick is 55, Jude Law is 40, Mekhi Phifer is 38, Eliza Dushku is 32, and Tracey Ullman is 53.

The 25 Worst Anti-lgbt Villains Of 2012.Ad Out? In Search of a Professional Gay Male Tennis Player in 2013.3 New Year's Resolutions for the Lgbt Community 100 Beyonce fans will win a chance to join her onstage at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. 2012 Outsports Year in Review: The Rise of the Straight Ally It appears that the
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