In Depth An­swers

Got burn­ing ques­tions? Lay them on us!

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Q.I was sur­prised when St­effy “pro­posed” to Hope on Liam’s be­half on THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL, but didn’t Stephanie do some­thing sim­i­lar to Brooke? Rachael via E-mail

A:It was sim­i­lar, yes, but the con­text was com­pletely dif­fer­ent! Un­der duress, Stephanie did place an en­gage­ment ring from Ridge (then Ronn Moss) on Brooke’s fin­ger. Long be­fore Brooke and Stephanie fi­nally kissed and made up, Ridge planned on pop­ping the ques­tion dur­ing a 2003 press con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing his and Brooke’s lat­est ven­ture, Lo­gan De­signs. Stephanie, as was her na­ture, made a scene, order­ing him not to pro­pose. En­raged, Ridge pulled his mom out of the press con­fer­ence and told her that he would cut her out of his life for­ever if she didn’t apol­o­gize to Brooke… and place his ring on Brooke’s fin­ger! With much dis­taste, Stephanie did as her son re­quested, but, as you can prob­a­bly imag­ine, she wasn’t nearly as mag­nan­i­mous as St­effy was with Hope!

Q.Is it my imag­i­na­tion or did I hear that THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Kather­ine’s por­trayer, the late, le­gendary Jeanne Cooper once was in­volved in a feud with show­biz vet Betty White (ex-ann, B&B)? Sha­nia K. via E-mail

A.It’s not your imag­i­na­tion, Sha­nia… but it’s not ex­actly the truth, ei­ther. The ori­gins of this can be traced back to Cooper’s mis­chievous sense of hu­mor and the time both at­tended an event for the Hu­mane So­ci­ety in the 1970s. “I thought to pull her leg,” the Emmy win­ner told Soaps In Depth years ago. “I said, ‘My dog, Cookie, is sort of a science mir­a­cle. She’s had over 52 pup­pies!’ She was like, ‘52 pup­pies!’ Then she turned away and never spoke to me the whole trip!” It wasn’t un­til 40 years later when White guest-starred on B&B that Cooper fi­nally re­vealed to the an­i­mal lover that she wasn’t ac­tu­ally se­ri­ous and it was just a joke!

Q.I read once that Y&R’S Peter Bergman (Jack) sug­gested the dop­pel­ganger sto­ry­line where Vic­tor brought Marco to Genoa City to re­place his long-time ri­val. Is that true? Car­rie D. via E-mail

A.There are some ac­tors who like to chat with soap scribes about their char­ac­ters, and even sug­gest up­com­ing sto­ry­lines, but Bergman is not one of them! “Peo­ple ask me all the time, ‘Do you talk to the writ­ers?’” shares the Emmy win­ner. “And I al­ways tell them, ‘No! Ab­so­lutely not!’” That’s not to say, though, that Bergman doesn’t have a wish for the scribes of the sudser. “If I had any­thing to say to the writ­ers, it would be this: When­ever Jack breaks up with some­one, he’s al­ways over it so much faster than I — Peter — want him to be. If I had my druthers, Jack would fall into a two month funk!”

“And while we’re here, I’m go­ing to need you to pinky swear to never fight again.”

Cooper wound up get­ting the best — at least for a while — of White!

“Just be­cause I tried us­ing that gi­ant plat­ter to serve pasta doesn’t mean I’m not act­ing like my­self!”

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