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Help Miller's Niece Achieve Her Dream!

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Billy Miller (Jason/Jake, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has started a GoFundMe donation page for his niece, Savannah Strain, in the hopes of helping her and her archery team afford to go to Nationals. "What makes this a unique and inspiring feat on Savannah's part," he writes, "is that she competes at this high-level despite being born without her left hand due to a congenital abnormality."

After seeing The Hunger Games and Disney's Brave, Savannah became interested in archery, and through her own flair and ingenuity, overcame her limitations and exceeded expectations. Savannah and her teammates on The Benton Louisiana Tigers Archery Team made the National Archery School Program National Competition, but need $15,000 to enter. Miller launched a GoFundMe campaign in the hopes of helping Savannah and her friends make their dream come true, and is asking for your help. They're already very close to their goal, but aren't quite there yet. Visit this link for more of the story and to donate yourself!

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Cheatham Is Making 'Em Laugh!

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Maree Cheatham (ex-Charlene, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES' ex-Marie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) was a hoot as Bettie Breeland, Zoe's snooty and oh-so-Southern grandmother on The CW's recently concluded drama, HART OF DIXIE. Now, she's landed a role on another primetime soap that not only took her to Atlanta for filming, but also promises to be every bit as much fun. "I've been cast in TYLER PERRY'S THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS," she tells Soaps In Depth. "Mr. Perry is wonderful to work for, and my role is pretty funny — I'm the comic relief!"

When the highly rated drama returns for its third season on OWN this June, look for Cheatham to debut in the second episode and then return for at least five more. "I play Pearl, the nosy parker neighbor who gets into everyone's bidness!" the actress laughs. "She lives across the street from Candace (played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Tika Sumpter (Layla) and hates her modern house and all the gentlemen callers she has... Pearl's family is on the police force, so she uses it as her private army!"

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GH Friday Recap: Baby Drama!

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If the rest of Avery's life goes anything like the first six months, she'll be airing her family's dirty laundry on a cable access talk show by the time she hits high school! On Friday's episode, it only got worse! Morgan and Kiki won the latest round in the fight to gain custody of their baby sister.

When they arrived at the Quartermaine mansion with the woman from Child Protective Services, Kiki rubbed it in Michael's face that she was getting Avery back, just as her mother would have wished. Yes, "cocky Kiki" was all smiles... until she learned that she couldn't take her home. First Avery had to be examined at GH to make sure was okay.

Meanwhile, Nina arrived at GH looking mighty suspicious. She told a nurse on duty that she was looking for Silas but it appeared that what she was really looking for was trouble! Although she was told that Silas was on leave, he happened to be at the hospital to retrieve the needed meds to help Ava "die with dignity" as he promised. Nina approached him and said that the report about Ava's baby hit her hard and she wanted to apologize.

The elevator doors opened, and it was Morgan, Kiki and the CPS lady with Avery. Nina attempted to give Kiki her condolences about Ava but Kiki went cuckoo crazy and flew off the handle. Nina leaned in and whispered to her, "I'm very sorry about your mother, but the truth is she was really a home-wrecking whore who had a baby that should have been mine." Kiki went into attack mode and jumped her!

When Lucas, who was supposed to exam Avery, was called away, Silas volunteered. He knelt beside her stroller and as he told her about her mother, she stared at him and listened attentively. Shortly thereafter, Avery was alone in the exam room when someone snuck in and... tune in Monday!

Maxie, Spinelli and baby Georgie (who was rocking a teeny tiny ponytail) were doing the whole "happy little family" thing, but it was clear that, as Spinelli put it, there was "an elephant in the room" that needed to be addressed. Plain and simple, he wanted to know if the fact that Maxie was spending time with him was because she was interested in reconciling or if it was simply because of Georgie. Maxie continued to evade. Then, after some deliberation, she agreed -- she wanted to get back together, too. Spinelli could not be happier, and they sealed it with a celebratory kiss. While Spinelli checked in on their daughter, Maxie answered a knock at the door. It was Nathan, who declares that he made a mistake... and he wanted her back!

Franco needed a stern talking to and Ned was the man to do it! "I'm a friend of Olivia Falconeri, which now makes you my enemy," Ned said making himself at home in Franco's suite. Ned demanded that Franco stop blackmailing Olivia, and Franco agreed. But for a price! Franco didn't want money; he wanted all of Ned's ELQ shares!

Monday on GH, Sabrina has a "light bulb" moment, Spinelli and Maxie are surprised by who comes calling, and what happened to Avery? Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #17

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Would you like to see Anna and Sloane explore their chemistry?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 16. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on an ABC, CBS or NBC soap, please mail your choices to:

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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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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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