To My Devoted Fans of All My Children

To My Devoted Fans of All My Children

You’ve been loyal and supportive, glued to your television sets for  the drama, laughter, and tears happening in Pine Valley for all these years.
The sudden cancellation news came as a shock to all of us. I was actually on a plane on my way back home to Maryland when the ABC executives converged upon our studio to deliver the news. But it was Brian Frons, head of ABC daytime who actually delivered the devastating words that we’d be going off the air in September. From what I was told there were gasps, cries, and just sheer disbelief on the studio floor that an institution like this was being permanently dismantled.

When I landed at Washington Dulles Airport, I turned on my cell phone and saw that I had a message from my All My Children make-up artist, Terri Carter. She said, “Debbi, I cannot stop crying!” I was completely baffled and was praying nobody had died or anything. I tried calling Terri back, but it just went to voice mail. But when I walked out of the airport and saw my handsome husband waiting for me, my spirit immediately lifted. But then I noticed that Jeff’s mood seemed a bit off. He wrapped me in his big, strong arms and asked if I were alright. I told  him I was great, but wondered what was going on with him. He said, “The show.” I said, “What about the show?” Jeff said, “Baby, do you know the show has been canceled?” I chuckled, and said, “Oh, Honey, that rumor has been circulating for awhile. We’ve been told it’s not true.” And then I immediately thought of the text my make-up artist had sent me. Now I knew why she couldn’t stop crying, and I also knew the story was no longer a rumor.

It’s been several months now since we were told we were getting the axe, and we’ve all had a chance to wrap our brains around the inevitable. Come this September, 2011, the cast and crew  of the 41 year-old soap opera, All My Children, will be no more. However, there has at least been a few silver linings. Our show was nominated for an outstanding 13 daytime Emmy Awards, including Best Daytime Drama. And the icing on the cake was that I was once again nominated for Best Lead Actress! The award ceremony will air this Sunday night, June 19th on CBS. Check your local listing for the time in your area.

Whether or not I win, I am over the moon to have been recognized by my peers once again for my portrayal of the beloved “Angela Hubbard”. I know everyone says “Angie”, but “Jesse calls her “Angela”. I love the way Darnell Williams says …”Angela”…so that’s what I actually prefer. Though I know my fans will forever refer to me as “Angie”. At any rate, this whole thing is sort of bitter sweet. While my nomination is exciting, it’s also sad in a way because I know this is the end of an era for “Jesse and “Angie”. Like many of you, I will miss the show, and playing this heartfelt character for a very long time.

~ Love Debbi

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  1. twania daniels
    June 24, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Hi, just wanted to let you know you looked so wonderful on the awards. I am one of your biggest fans my kids talked about me so bad when I came home from having back surgery because it was like I was wake up just in time to watch AMC and after I would go back to sleep. Even my husband was laughing about it. Anyway LOL and God Bless I hope that I will be able to keep up with your acting career as I am in the process of starting to work on my 1st cd but I will try and keep up.

  2. Juliette
    June 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    You looked beautiful on the Daytime Emmy Awards along with the handsome Darnell. Thank you so much for giving us soap oprea fans a shout out. We will not stop until actions are done. SOS! Save Our Soap!

    June 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Yes. you looked like a true black princess! I love you! I love Darnell too! Your love on screen inspires my life to stay and fight through life with my real life Jesse. Darnell looked fine as wine on Sunday night! He has done his part in making you both our icons. I love him because of his fully giving of himself for these fictional characters by what he doesn’t declare in his own life! We are so in love with Jesse and Darnell. Sexy, slender and brother can wear a pair of jeans. The greatest fan of all, Angie and Jesse, forever! We will support anything you guys want to do, after the canceling of the show!

  4. Yolandria
    June 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Congratulations on all that you have accomplished and looking forward to seeing you move on to bigger and better! As the saying goes, when one door closes another opens…………..

  5. Whitney Swist
    June 27, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Hi, Mrs. Debbi Morgan Winston, I am a huge fan I absolutely adore “Angela Hubbard” you portray her so well you show us what we can become. I am very disappointed that the show is ending, but wish you the best in whatever comes next for you, I look forward to see you on something else amazing allowing us to see what more Mrs. Debbi Morgan Winston can do!

  6. PJ Santos-Eisenberg
    July 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Ms. Morgan-Winston,

    Just a few lines to tell you just how much I have enjoyed your work. From the early days of “What’s Happening” to All My Children” and even through the “Charmed” years you have been and continue to be a consummate actor. Many is the time that I have watched others and been reminded only of their last role. Yet, with you, although instantly recognizable, you inhabit each role and while you are on the screen, for this viewer, you are that character and that character only. Thank you for sharing your talent with your fans. May you continue to flourish as a performer and may your many humanitarian works bear amazing fruit.

  7. Sandy Douglas
    August 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Dear Mrs. Winston, I just want to thank you for giving us “Angela” Hubbard, the way she was MEANT to be PORTRAYED! You are true to the heritage of a woman of color, without being ignorant, or acting like a “hoodrat” type character. You put the emphasis where it SHOULD be, if you had to give that “Mama” look, lol, but not OVER doing it, like SOME actresses have found it necessary to do. You keep Angela fresh, beautiful, versatile, entertaining, funny, and most of all, you portray her as a fierce lioness that protects her family, at ALL costs! There is not another out there like you “Angela”! We as fans, certainly appreciate all of the hard work you have done, in ALL of your roles as a performer!! Continued success in your professional life, and also in your private life! You seem to have it all covered! We love you Ms. Debbi!

  8. Whitney Swist
    September 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Hi, Mrs. Debbi Morgan-Winston, just wanted to wish you a Happy Happy Birthday, I pray that the day is all you want it to be. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Y&R, I know you’re going to bring something great to the show to make it amazing, You will be missed as Angie, but change is good. I wish you all the best and again Happy Birthday!!!

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