Nikki and Victor Newman. Inset: Y&R superfan Marie Dutter.

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By Marie Tierney Dutter

How long I have loved soaps? Well, I will be 90 next year and will continue to follow The Young and the Restless as long as it (and I) continue. A little background: My Austrian-immigrant mom—while raising three children and running a candy store in Brooklyn with my father—was devoted to the radio soaps of the 1930s and '40s. I grew up listening to them with her. By 1962, I was a stay-at-home wife and mother. I often joked that soap operas kept me sane during long afternoons of washing and folding cloth diapers while my son napped. I love this daily interlude with the people in Genoa City.

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How has the way you watch Y&R changed?

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Jeanne Cooper in the dual role as Marge the waitress and Katherine.

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In 1977, I got a part-time job, so watching soaps became spotty. Fortunately the video cassette recorder came along. I remember buying our first one for my husband at Christmas for $800! He was a rabid movie fan and the thought that he could collect films was an irresistible lure.

"Thank God for VCRs"

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Malcolm Winters (Shemar Moore) retuns home to attend Neil's funeral.

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I can honestly say I don't recall ever missing an important event in order to watch Y&R. Thank God for VCRs, CD cassettes, DVRs, and now, streaming and my iPad and iPhone.

Most Deserving of a 2021 Daytime Emmy

Marla Adams [nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama]. Bringing back John Abbott's ex-wife, a now successful global businesswoman, was a good move because new fans missed the backstory of the Abbotts. As Dina tried to reach out to her adult children, there were many roadblocks. The discovery that their mother was slipping away due to Alzheimer's and the subsequent storyline was beautifully handled and educational for families in similar circumstances.

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Favorite Wedding

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Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott as Victor and Nikki Newman

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My goodness, there have been so many. Genoa City residents get married multiple times. I remember one wedding that ended with Katherine and Jill (Jess Walton) throwing wedding cake at each other! I always enjoy seeing the wedding gowns and home decorations and the fashions as they've changed and evolved over the years. Perhaps the most beautiful bride was Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) when she wed Victor (Eric Braeden) for the first time. That wedding dress—opulent says it all!

Most Heartbreaking Death

The death of Cassie Newman (Camryn Grimes) was a classic soap tearjerker. I raised four children in the '70s and '80s and understand the difficulties parents face trying to keep their children safe. Most soap fans, IRL, understand parents' fears about trying to keep their teenagers out of harm's way. When drugs, alcohol, or cars are involved, bad things happen—too frequently. So, perhaps Cassie's death serves as a catharsis for soap fans who have lost, or fear losing, children or grandchildren to violence. Cassie grew up on our television screens—we "knew" her and loved her.

Favorite Hero

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Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott

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Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) gets my vote! If Tara proves to be a nice person—and not a schemer—Jack could take up with the mother of his own grandson! He's not immune from marrying badly and often, but Smiling Jack is always a gentleman!

Most Vile Villain

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Kimberlin Brown as Sheila Carter

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Y&R has a penchant for complex villains, so maybe Sheila Carter or Adam Newman. As a fan, I also love to hate Victor. But Victor does it all for his family! While his wife knows him to take illegal and deadly actions, she loves him anyway. His kids all have daddy issues, but always go home to the ranch.

Team Newman or Team Abbott?

The Abbott siblings

Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), and Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott).

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Team Abbott! I am a very conventional old lady who cheers for the good guys, so I am an Abbott fan. Of course, even they have trouble avoiding questionable actions on occasion.

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It takes a special kind of person to move towards danger rather than away from it. These people deserve our endless gratitude: doctors and nurses—whose bravery was especially visible during the COVID-19 pandemic—and the first responders in our country's police and fire departments who show their heroism every day. It's the perfect time to tune in to Paramount+ to celebrate their fictional and fearless counterparts.

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​Beth Hall

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Beth Hall as Wendy

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Mom

While the emotionally vulnerable Wendy Harris (Beth Hall) has wept her way through many an episode of Mom, she has never faltered as a nurse. As Hall has said, "When she's working...it's the one place she has confidence."

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda looks lost in thought as he sits at the edge of a patient's bed in a scene from MASH

Alan Alda In MASH

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M*A*S*H

Alan Alda won five Emmys for his work on M*A*S*H, in which he played Chief Surgeon Dr. "Hawkeye" Pierce, a doctor who embodied compassion, resilience, and the ability to find humor even amid horror.

Wilson Cruz

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber treats an alien patient in the sick bay on Star Trek: Discovery

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber

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Star Trek: Discovery

As the ship's chief medical doctor on Star Trek: Discovery, Hugh Culber(Wilson Cruz) tends to his shipmates with intelligence and kindness—and the perspective that comes with a second chance at life.

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Pernell Roberts

Actor Pernell Roberts wears a lab coat as Dr. Trapper John McIntyre

Pernell Roberts as Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre

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Trapper John, M.D.

First portrayed by Wayne Rogers on M*A*S*H, Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre was one of television's most beloved surgeons. As played by Pernell Roberts on Trapper John, M.D. from 1979-1986, he was a man who inspired unwavering confidence.

Folake Olowofoyeku

Actress Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola the nurse enters into a hospital room smiling

Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola

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Bob ♥ Abishola

When it comes to those in her care, Folake Olowofoyeku's nurse Abishola (Bob ♥ Abishola) shows her soft spot. Witness her singing a Nigerian lullaby to Bob—and thus winning his affections—when he is hospitalized.

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Dick Van Dyke

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Dick Van Dyke

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Diagnosis: Murder

Not only was Diagnosis: Murder's Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) a brilliant doctor, he was also handy at solving mysteries. One detective who relied on his savvy included his son, played by Van Dyke's actual son, Barry.

Sean Dominic

Actor Sean Dominic poses in a lavender blazer and white shirt

Sean Dominic from The Young and the Restless

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The Young and the Restless

The Young and the Restless' Dr. Nate Hastings(Sean Dominic) is a second-generation physician and Genoa City's most respected care-taker.

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Rob Morrow

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Rob Morrow in Northern Exposure

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Northern Exposure

Neurotic Queens native Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) may have rued living in Alaska, but as Northern Exposure's physician he had the intelligence and skills to tend—tenderly—to the town.

Jane Seymour

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Jane Seymour In Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Jane Seymour starred for six seasons on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, transforming the frontier doctor into an inspiring example of steely feminism. Watch her tackle an epidemic in Season One's second episode.

Jeremy Ray Valdez

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Jeremy Ray Valdez as Detective Alex Sanchez on The Bold and the Beautiful

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The Bold and the Beautiful

As Detective Alex Sanchez on The Bold and the Beautiful, Jeremy Ray Valdez solves the soap's myriad crimes with aplomb.

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Kathy Baker

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Kathy Baker as Dr. Jill Brock

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Picket Fences

Kathy Baker won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for her role as Dr. Jill Brock on Picket Fences. Married to the town's Sheriff, Brock's care-taking qualities extended beyond her family to the patients who needed her most.

Shemar Moore

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Shemar Moore as Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson in S.W.A.T.

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S.W.A.T.

S.W.A.T.'s Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is a natural leader of his unit, as well as a champion for the law—and the underdog.

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Christine Lahti

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Christine Lahti in Chicago Hope

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Chicago Hope

Christine Lahti won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role as Dr. Kate Austin on Chicago Hope. Patients' hearts couldn't have been in better hands than this cardiac surgeon's.

Zeeko Zaki

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Actor Zeeko Zaki portrays Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A." Zidan on FBI

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FBI

Zaki has won hearts playing Special Agent Omar Adom "O.A." Zidan, a West Point grad who served two tours in Iraq before joining the F.B.I. A practicing Muslim, he is passionate about his heritage—and keeping America safe.

Originally appeared in Watch magazine in the July/August 2020 issue.

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​Daniela Ruah

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As Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah delivers a mix of tomboy tough and feminine mystique. Here, she displays the latter in Santa Barbara.

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Christine Baranski

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Bellissima! Even in the stunning hills of Tuscany, The Good Fight star commands center stage.

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​Shemar Moore

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The man behind Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on S.W.A.T. strikes a steamy warrior pose.

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Jay Hernandez

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Magnum P.I. actor Jay Hernandez proves nothing is more relaxing than some fun in the Cancún sun.

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​Wilmer Valderrama

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NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama brings his signature smolder to this sexy photo shoot in Honolulu.

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​Melody Thomas Scott

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Melody Thomas Scott, who recently celebrated forty years of playing Nikki Newman on Y&R, takes some R&R in Malibu.

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Peter Bergman

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Further proof that Peter Bergman walks on water.

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​Candice Patton

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Candice Patton, who plays journalist Iris West on The CW drama, is photographed on the equally gorgeous island of Jamaica.

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By Deanna Barnert

Since taking on the role of The Young and the Restless' Chloe Mitchell in 2008, Elizabeth Hendrickson has found love with Greg Rikaart's Kevin Fisher, battled with Melissa Claire Egan's Chelsea Newman, delivered two babies, and played her share of paternity games.

Not only did she fake her own death, but she killed someone who came back from the dead, himself! Hendrickson, who got her start in soaps opposite All My Children's Susan Lucci, has played it all. But nothing could prepare the actress for delivering her baby during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Watch spoke to Elizabeth Hendrickson about the challenges—and the joy—of welcoming her baby girl to the world during this chaotic time.

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Elizabeth Hendrickson in The Young and the Restless.

Elizabeth Hendrickson as Chloe Mitchell in The Young and the Restless.

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Congratulations on your new bundle, Josephine James, born March 27, 2020! How has motherhood been so far?

It's kind of everything I expected it to be and more. It's like the greatest love you'll ever have… and there are such challenges. Some days are so hard, and then some days are just easier. It's like the best, hardest job you'll ever have. The crazy thing is that it is flying by. I didn't expect it to be going by so fast. Everybody keeps saying in the blink of an eye, she'll be 16.

But I'm happy it's all moving so quickly. Because when everything started to change and get kind of scary, the thought of having to bring a child into the world at a time like this was really daunting. I was really scared and there was so much unknown, and there still is, about babies and pregnant women with COVID-19. I was just afraid I might have it and could I give it to her.

Soap star Elizabeth Hendrickson with her newborn baby.

Elizabeth Hendrickson with newborn daughter Josephine James.

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Was this because your onscreen husband, Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), was sick with COVID-19 in March?

The thing was, he started getting symptoms the day after I worked with him, but he couldn't get tested. So I was just sitting there as scared as he was to see whether he had it. His symptoms sounded so much like coronavirus and then when they said he had pneumonia, I knew he had it. Josephine was due the day that Greg found out he tested positive. If I had delivered without going through the 14-day quarantine, I would have had to deliver alone. So I was just trying to keep her in there as long as possible. And thankfully, she listened to her mother for the first time and didn't come! And then, on day 15, we went for it. We induced.

When I checked into the hospital, they had just changed the protocol. So Rob was allowed in the delivery room, but I had to be in postpartum alone. So I had my first night by myself. There are nurses, but the nurses are busy. You're left there with a baby that's just a few hours old. It's hard.

\u200bElizabeth Hendrickson with onscreen husband Greg Rikaart.

Elizabeth Hendrickson with on-screen husband Greg Rikaart.

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Was it a relief to bring her home to your husband, Rob Meder?

Well, I was worried about how we were going to do when we got home, because we weren't able to add any of that postpartum care I'd been gearing up for! During my whole pregnancy, everyone asked how I felt about having a baby. And I kept saying, "It's going to be a breeze. I'm going to have all this help!" And then, instead, it was just us, left to our own devices. And it's just always changing.

The only thing to do is take it day-by-day. Anytime I got ahead of myself, my husband would slow me down and bring me back to reality. He'd say, "Listen, we got to go moment-to-moment here. We can't be thinking about tomorrow or a month out. We just got to take it day by day." That's how we've been dealing with it.

Newborn baby pic of soap star Elizabeth Hendrickson

Pretty in pink!

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Would that be your advice for fans stuck at home right now—potentially with kids—for channeling strength and patience during this time?

Just trying your best to carve out some time for yourself—even if it's just 20 minutes of your day. My time is in the morning. I set myself up my garden and I have my coffee. I just sit in peace for 20 minutes. But I have a newborn, so she sleeps a lot. I know it's really hard for a lot of parents at home with multiple kids or even one to find that 20 minutes… but it's important to do that, if possible.

Soap star Elizabeth Hendrickson with her newborn baby.

New mom Elizabeth Hendrickson bonds with her daughter.

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Your Y&R character Chloe Mitchell is still expecting her baby. What was it like to go through your pregnancy with her?

It was so awesome. It was so wild. I've been pregnant on the show a couple times and it was wonderful to not have to PLAY pregnant, but just BE pregnant… and then realize that you were playing it all wrong, the whole time! When I was in the throes of active labor and in the most excruciating pain in my life, I looked at the nurse and said, "I've done this on my show two times… and I just feel like I'm a horrible actress!"

I am so looking forward to getting to shoot what delivering was really like, whenever that happens. Although now, I just remember all the amazing, incredible parts. I've blocked out that couple hours of excruciating pain.

Pregnant Elizabeth Hendrickson with TV husband Greg Rikaart in The Young\u200b and the Restless.

Elizabeth Hendrickson as pregnant Chloe Mitchell with TV husband Greg Rikaart as Kevin Fisher in The Young and the Restless.

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You filmed Y&R right up to your due date and your castmates threw you a real-life baby shower. Tells us about that.

Greg Rikaart, Missy Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers), and Kate Linder (Esther Valentine) all threw me the most beautiful baby shower. I couldn't believe how many people came—cast, crew, wardrobe, casting, and even some of the guys came. Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) came. That was the best surprise!

Tony Morina, our executive producer, came. I felt so loved. There was this whole onesie station and everyone decorated these adorable onesies with Y&R-themed designs on them — "Young and Restless" and "Soap Diva." It was such a great party!

Elizabeth Hendrickson as pregnant Chloe Mitchell in The Young\u200b and the Restless.

Elizabeth Hendrickson as pregnant Chloe Mitchell in The Young and the Restless.

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Any last thoughts before we let you get back to Josephine?

I was so scared… and now, I'm just so thankful that this has been one of the most beautiful experiences. It's really given me a lot of time to just quiet my mind, be with my family, and be appreciative of my health. My heart goes out to those who are on the frontlines, those who are sick and mothers that are being separated from their babies.

Newborn baby pic of soap star Elizabeth Hendrickson

Isn't she the cutest bundle of joy?

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Elizabeth Hendrickson.

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