Roger Newcomb over at We Love Soaps noted that yesterday, May 1, was the 20th anniversary of Douglass Watson’s death. For those of you who didn’t have the great joy of watching Mr. Watson onscreen, he was Mac Cory on Another World for many years.
His death was sudden and unexpected, and came just as AW was celebrating 25 years on the air. (It would be unceremoniously dumped by NBC almost exactly a decade later.)
As I searched for a Mac scene today on YouTube, a scene featuring the late Beverlee McKinsey popped up.
A shiver went up my spine as I realized today is exactly one year since McKinsey’s death. I hadn’t realized that these two greats, who played father and daughter, passed away on nearly the same day.
Here’s a clip that’s chock full of AW goodness. Rachel! Mac! Ada! And the return of shit-stirring, troublemaking Liz. As was customary for Christmas episodes, it features one of Douglass Watson’s magnificent toasts.
The more recent loss of McKinsey means that many of you have read our raves in the blogosphere about her work. She was magnificent on AW and GL. Many of you have seen the glorious, definitive GL/Alexandra country club scenes, so I won’t repeat those clips here.
But this clip, for some reason, has always been a favorite – a beautifully written and acted scene that may not have huge plot revelations or earthshaking action, but says so much about Alexandra (and Maureen Garrett’s Holly) in such a small window of time.
I may be boring and old-fashioned in the extreme. But let current viewers have all the gunfire, kidnappings, bombings and mob hits that their little 18-34W demographic hearts can stand. As for me, I love these kinds of scenes. I watch for these kinds of scenes. And I miss these scenes (and these memorable performers).