July 16, 2008By Lauren Flynn Kelly Posted: Jul 16, 2008
Greetings, readers! Hope you're getting over this hump day okay! I'll be taking a break from blogging next week as I take a romantic jaunt down the California coast with my "longtime love," as we say in soaps. But before I go, I want to thank those readers who've created such an online buzz about my recent feature Q&A with real-life ONE LIFE TO LIVE BFFs Bree Williamson (Jessica) and BethAnn Bonner (Talia)! For those of you who characterized it as "bizarre," I'd like to state that the point of the Q&A was to put the tape recorder on the table and just let these girls be themselves, which is fun, infectiously silly and unapologetically outgoing. Bonner called me as soon as the feature came out to tell me a friend had just read it out loud to her and she howled. Williamson, who became understandably more press-shy after her much-publicized divorce last year, shook my hand at yesterday's 40th Anniversary luncheon and congratulated me on a job well done. I told her the same thing I told Bonner, "You made it what it is. Funny and adorable." As for readers' questions as to why Williamson's boyfriend wasn't mentioned in the article, let me clarify that an hour and a half lunch had to be condensed to three pages, so the many mentions of her BF Michael didn't make the cut, but if you were a subscriber you'd be privy to our subscribers-only newsletter, which included juicy excerpts from the interview. Hmm ... something to think about, huh?