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Maura Peeks Into Ava's Head!

MauraWestGal.jpg GH's Ava is an assumed dead, terminally ill fugitive from justice. Could things get any worse for her? In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, Maura West shares insight into her character's mindset during these most traumatic of times and how she tackles not one, but two "issue" stories -- cancer and euthanasia. And, of course, there's that little thing about the father of her baby being a Mob kingpin, who once had an order out to kill her! "Who knows? Ava and Sonny could be in love in a month!" West jokes.

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Craig Changes His Emmy Strategy!

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Bryan Craig (Morgan) was at a speed shop with his father waiting for an engine when he learned via Twitter that he'd been nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in this year's Daytime Emmy Awards. And while he was also nominated in the same category last year, the actor went a different route with his submission this time around.

"I turned in the episode where I got to [Sonny] and confess to him that I've been working for Julian but I've quite for good and that Julian was forcing me to work for him," Craig explains. "I thought it was a different tone from last year's [submission]. Last year's was a big blowout. I thought this was a little more sincere and emotional and quieter.

"A lot of people wanted me to submit the crypt stuff," he adds. "That stuff was cool, but I felt like it was the same stuff that I submitted last year. A big blowout. I just wanted something different this year."

And while the stars always get dressed to the nines for the Emmy ceremony, Craig is one who wouldn't mind a more casual approach. "If I could wear a T-shirt and jeans to the Emmys, I would!" he declares. "I'm just a normal dude."

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Tyra Banks Hosts The Daytime Emmys

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The Daytime Emmy Awards has a host! Today it was announced that model-turned-mogul Tyra Banks will be emceeing the ceremony when it airs live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

"As a network that celebrates talent and personalities who 'pop' in fan culture, we couldn't be more excited to have the multi-talented Tyra Banks as the host of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," says Paul Adler, senior vice president, original programming and development, Pop. "We know she will bring her fun, charismatic energy to the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, which promises to be an entertaining show honoring the most notable achievements in daytime television."

Banks has two Daytime Emmys of her own for her talk show THE TYRA BANKS SHOW, and is returning to daytime in the fall of 2015 with a new lifestyle chat show THE FAB LIFE.

"Are you ready to get your Smize on?!!" Banks asks. "I'm honored to be hosting the Daytime Emmy Awards and can't wait to bring a fresh edge and lots of surprises to the show. It's a big year! I'm shaking things up, starting with a new look and a brand-new daytime talk show launching in the fall. I'm pumped to be partnering with a fun, new network like Pop to celebrate daytime TV and the diehard fans that watch every day. Let's do this!"

Visit PopTV.com to see where to find the cable network on your provider!

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Maurice's Music Vid!

You probably knew that Maurice Benard played ALL MY CHILDREN's Nico before becoming GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny, but did you know his first ever job was in a music video? Benard's wife, Paula, shared this lost treasure with the world, and now we're sharing it with you! Enjoy a baby-faced Benard as a member of a street gang in this mid-80s gem!

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Hughes Goes Supporting

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Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was actually on the East Coast, walking around Manhattan's Canal St. when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, and it was co-star Jason Thompson (Patrick) who was the one who let her know she was up for Outstanding Supporting Actress!

"I got this weird text from him about how he admires me and what he thinks of me as an actor," she recalls. "I thought, 'What's got into him?' Why is he talking to me like this?' I texted him back something like, 'Wait... What?' Then he said, 'You got nominated.' He was the first to tell me. It was a nice way to find out."

Although Hughes has previously been nominated four times in the Lead Actress category (taking home the trophy in 1991) for her work on both GH and ALL MY CHILDREN, this time she submitted for the supporting category. "I didn't really have the material to submit for leading," she confesses.

"I chose a scene that was Ian Buchanan's scene when Duke tells Anna that he wants her to stop rescuing him and that he wants to be the man," Hughes continues. "I really liked it. It was extremely well-written. It was nicely shot and edited. I felt that it stood on its own. It was very simple, to-the-point and connected. I felt good about it. I'm hopeless at choosing scenes, so I had to rely on the kindness of strangers to push me in the right direction!"

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Alderson Is Prepping For Emmy Night!

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Kristen Alderson may have left GENERAL HOSPITAL, but her work as Kiki earned her another Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress. She learned the news when boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael) checked Twitter and reported that they'd both earned Emmy nods! It's pretty crazy that we can share in that, too," Alderson marvels. "I think we'll look back at this time and be, 'Wow ,how cool is this?"

And while Alderson is still eligible for Younger Actress, Duell graduated out of the Younger category this year. "I'm so proud of Chad," she beams. "This is the big league, now. Supporting Actor is a whole other ballgame. It's really tough to get into. It's a really big deal."

To earn the nomination, Alderson submitted the dramatic dissolution of Michael and Kiki's relationship. "When Kiki walked in on Michael sleeping with Rosalie and then he, basically, breaks up with her," she explains. "I just found a dress today, too, which I'm really excited about.

"I found it, but I still want to call and see if they'll lend it to me," Alderson continues. "It's $1100, and that's a lot of money to spend for one night Usually designers are willing to lend it out to you. So I have to call and make sure. It's floral and looks very spring."

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Mills Stunned By Emmy Nod!

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Donna Mills was quite surprised to learn that she'd received a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Star category for her stints as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Madeline... mostly because she hadn't submitted herself, the show did!

"My daughter texted me," Mills reveals. "She saw a tweet from THE TALK. She said, 'Mom, what is this?' I went, 'Oh my God, I think it's a nomination!' That's how I found out. I couldn't believe it!"

The show biz vet found herself inundated with congratulations from everyone at GH and ABC, particularly from Laura Wright (Carly), herself nominated in the Lead Actress category. "I'm so happy for her," Mills declares. "It's funny. She and I have only had one scene together in the time that I've been on, and it was kind of a simple scene. It wasn't highly dramatic or anything. She is one of the best actresses that I've ever worked with. There's just something about her. She's amazing."

And Mills is just as happy to turn around and congratulate everyone else at the soap on their own nominations. "They work so hard and turn out in record time such good product," she marvels. "They deserve every nomination that they've gotten."

As for the episode that earned her the Emmy nod? "I have no idea," she admits. "I suppose I should find out!"

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GH's Thompson Ties The Knot!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jason Thompson (Patrick) is a married man! On April 5, the actor and his fianceé, Valentine NYC lingerie founder and designer Paloma Jonas, exchanged vows on the beach in San Pancho, Mexico.

Several wedding guests have been tweeting and Instagramming photos of the beautiful couple (who got engaged last July), like this one. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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GH Friday Recap: Fate Brings Jake And Sam Together!

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Patrick was aglow with the notion that Sam agreed to move in with him. He sat little Emma down on his lap and explained "big people" relationships and how Sam and Danny were going to living with them. Emma, being the smart cookie that she is, asked where Sam was going to sleep. Patrick's revelation that Sam would share a bed with him had Emma making the cutest boo-boo face you've ever seen and saying, "But that's Mommy's bed."

Meanwhile, Julian was set to meet Jake at the garage for his first day at work but was instead confronted by Shawn. He and Julian went head-to-head about their business setback, which Shawn blamed on him. Julian pulled a gun, only for Shawn to call that and raise it with two of his thugs stepping in with their guns drawn. Jake arrived and without blinking, knocked out the guys and pointed a gun at Shawn. Mission accomplished -- Jake won that round and Julian was mighty impressed.

Once alone, Jake found a fine-looking motorcycle and flashed back to seeing him and Sam hopping on the bike and riding off. Wouldn't ya know, seconds later Sam arrived at the garage to report that her car broke down on the way to Patrick's. How's that for a coinkydink?

Hayden woke up in a cranky mood. Jake was not performing his husbandly duties, and she was not pleased. As she put it to Ric, "Not getting laid and not getting paid makes for a very unhappy me." Yes, she said that. Anyway, Ric enlisted her to seal the deal with Liz by giving her a little nudge in his direction. And that's exactly what Hayden did. She paid a visit to Liz at GH and lied through her teeth, saying that she and Jake were having sex and boy, oh, boy, was it spectacular! She then told Liz to stay away from Jake and suggested she get back together with Ric. After Hayden left, Ric swooped right in to affirm his commitment to Liz... and to seal it with a kiss!

Nikolas and Spencer returned from Boston and settled back in at Wyndemere. To hide and protect the healing burns on his face, Spencer wore a Phantom Of The Opera-esque. Thinking he looked like a monster, Spencer didn't want to be seen. Sonny later gave his nephew a boxer's robe to replace the one lost in the fire. But more valuable than that, Sonny also gave him some sage advice, telling the boy that Emma likes who he is in his heart. "Be myself," Spencer said. "That's exactly how I'm going to hang onto Emma." Spencer then remembered the ring his father put in his safe. That would surely signal his love for Emma!

Nikolas later showed up at the hospital to meet with Spencer's plastic surgeon. He ran into Liz, who said that things got complicated when he was in Boston. She said how she nearly got together with Jake... until his wife showed up!

Monday on GH, Nikolas wants details from Liz about Jake's claim, a proposition from left field gets tossed at Ric, and Emma breaks Spencer's heart! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Dee Wallace On Her GH Experience!

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Nabbing film star Dee Wallace to play Luke's big sister, Patricia, on GENERAL HOSPITAL was casting gold. But just when we had warmed up to her as a loving member of the Spencer family, the soap opera gods snatched her away. Three days was just not enough!

"Gosh, I didn't think about staying longer because it wasn't an option, and now I'm dead, so..." Wallace laughs, realizing that daytime television can be flexible where mortality is concerned. "Somebody laughingly said to me that death doesn't mean anything in soaps." She got that right! "I would have definitely entertained going back and forth periodically but I'm juggling so many things."

Although her stay was only a few days, Wallace went all out to get the part down just right. When she got the script that noted that Patricia had Multiple Sclerosis, she did her homework to make sure she conveyed the condition with the utmost accuracy.

"I was researching on YouTube and the Internet, and I called some of my doctor friends," Wallace notes. "There were so many ways you could have gone with this particular disease. I finally called and they put me on with [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini. I said to him, 'Frank, I've read and have been told that one of the big detriments of this disease is that your words slur... and I can't say all of these lines if I don't speak clearly!'" Wallace laughs. "So we focused very much on the physical things."

And that work paid off in a very dramatic way. "At the end of the shoot," Wallace confides, "a beautiful young lady on the crew came up and talked to me about the fact that her mother had MS and the physicality I had chosen was very representative of it. We both kind of broke down and cried. I gave her a big hug.

"It's important to me because I think actors have a responsibility to those who are challenged with these things to represent them as accurately as possible," she adds. "People can become very bitter and negative or they can rise to the occasion and choose to look at it as a learning lesson and what they can still offer to the world. It was a really, really interesting exploration, and I left unbelievably empowered, as an actor and as a person."

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