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Mara Levinsky


Mara Levinsky, Soap Opera Digest’s Executive Editor, was born and raised in Evanston, IL, where she first developed the interest in soap opera history that led her to read every book on the genre in the local library and spend hours viewing vintage episodes at the Museum of Broadcast History in Chicago, in addition to reading soap magazines religiously. Mara graduated with high honors in women’s studies from Smith College, where she wrote her honors thesis on soap operas and feminism, and interned at Soap Opera Weekly before moving to Brooklyn, NY, where she currently and proudly resides. Mara joined the Soap Opera Digest staff in 1999 and, in addition to writing and editing historical and critical content for the magazine, she has interviewed hundreds of actors across the daytime dial, serves as SOD’s GENERAL HOSPITAL editor, has hosted Facebook and Instagram Lives for GH, and since 2018, has hosted the popular podcast, Dishing With Digest, with Stephanie Sloane (SOD’s VP, Editorial Director), where they welcome current soap performers and popular alums.

Vanessa Marcil, Ingo Rademacher
Goin' To The Chapel: Memorable GENERAL HOSPITAL Engagements
Mishael Morgan luncheon
Y&R's Mishael Morgan Hosts Lead Actress Luncheon
Ladies Who Luncheon: (from l.) Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Sharon Chase (Sharon, Y&R), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), Mishael Morgan (Amanda, Y&R), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R) and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, B&B). Last year’s Daytime Emmy winner for Lead Actress, Mishael Morgan (Amanda, Y&R), hosted this year’s annual luncheon for the 2023 crop of nominees: Read More
Kristos Andrews, A Martinez
The Cast Of The Bay Joins Michael Fairman For A Livestream
On Monday, December 4 at 9PM ET/6PM PT, several key cast members from the Daytime Emmy-winning series THE BAY will join Michael Fairman for a livestream conversation ahead of the December 11th premiere of the show’s 8th season. A Martinez (Nardo), Mike Manning, (Caleb), Kristos Andrews (Pete/Adam), and  Eric Nelsen (Daniel), Maxwell Caulfield (Sir Thomas Read More
Episode # 13942
Five Things That Happened On December 4 In Soap History
Five Things That Happened On December 4 In Soap History
Steve Burton, Tamara Braun
Record This: Your Handy Guide To Can't-Miss Episodes
BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL On Monday, December 4, Donna panics when Eric suffers a medical emergency, and Zende confronts R.J. about his new place at Forrester…. Brooke, Katie, and Donna worry about Eric’s determination to continue the party as planned on Tuesday, December 5…. On Wednesday, December 6, hiding his illness, Eric kicks off his soiree, Read More
Five Things That Happened On December 3 In Soap History
Five Things That Happened On December 3 In Soap History
Jon Lindstrom Marks 30 Years As GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kevin
On December 3, 1993, GENERAL HOSPITAL introduced a new alter ego for Jon Lindstrom, who at the time had been playing serial killer Ryan Chamberlain for more than a year: Dr. Kevin Collins, Ryan’s buttoned-up identical twin, a psychiatrist. The second character was created to keep Lindstrom in Port Charles after he’d been offered another Read More
Five Things That Happened On December 2 In Soap History
Five Things That Happened On December 2 In Soap History
Jennifer Gareis, John McCook
Exclusive: BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL's John McCook On What's Next For Eric!
Fight For Your Right To Party: Despite his ill health, Eric (John McCook, with Jennifer Gareis as Donna) is determined to host a big soiree. When Donna finds her beloved Eric collapsed on the floor at the Forrester mansion, she rushes to action to revive him. Once Eric regains his strength, he insists on going Read More
Haley Pullos, Kate Mansi
Exclusive GENERAL HOSPITAL Preview: Will TJ Get On Board With Molly?
Sister Pact: Molly (Kristen Vaganos, l.) has come to an agreement with Kristina (Kate Mansi) — but will TJ sign on? Though Molly was originally opposed — adamantly so — to the idea of using Kristina as a surrogate, Andrea’s miscarriage has shifted Molly’s view on the matter. Offers Kristen Vaganos (Molly), “As Molly and Read More
Jackie Cox, Peter Porte
Exclusive DAYS Preview: Jackie Cox Has A Proposition For Dimitri
The Great Escape? Darius Rose (r.) tempts Dimitri (Peter Porte) to betray Leo.   Dimitri is thrown for a major loop when Darius Rose — also known, when in drag, as Jackie Cox — arrives in Salem just as Dimitri is preparing to turn himself in in exchange for Leo’s freedom. Darius, still smarting over Read More
YOUNG AND RESTLESS's Hayley Erin Chats With Michael Fairman
Y&R’s Hayley Erin (Claire) will chat live with Michael Fairman on his YouTube channel today, Friday, December 1. The livestream begins at 2:00PM ET/11:00 am PT. To watch live, click here.
Jackie Cox
Exclusive: Jackie Cox On Returning To DAYS OF OUR LIVES!
Jackie Cox makes a glamorous return to Salem. Drag artist and RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE alum Jackie Cox, who first appeared on DAYS OF OUR LIVES: BEYOND SALEM in 2021 and was last seen on DAYS in 2022, is making a return trip to the soap next week. Cox is delighted that their appearance on the Read More
Five Things That Happened On December 1 In Soap History
Five Things That Happened On December 1 In Soap History
Sal Stowers
New Gig For DAYS OF OUR LIVES Alum Sal Stowers
When Sal Stowers (ex-Lani, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) visited Salem earlier this year, she shared with Soap Opera Digest that she had “just got back from Atlanta. I’ve been working on a show for the past couple of months. It’s a TV project. It will start airing towards the fall, and I’m excited about that. Read More
Join Vincent Irizarry In THE LOCHER ROOM
Vincent Irizarry will sit down for a one-on-one interview with Alan Locher live in The Locher Room on Thursday, November 30th at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PDT. The actor made his daytime debut as Brandon “Lujack” Luvonaczek on GUIDING LIGHT in 1983, receiving his first Daytime Emmy nomination for the role in 1985. He went Read More
Five Things That Happened On November 30 In Soap History
Five Things That Happened On November 30 In Soap History
Colleen Zenk
Join Colleen Zenk In THE LOCHER ROOM
Join Colleen Zenk, beloved to daytime fans for her 32-year run as Barbara Ryan on AS THE WORLD TURNS, live in THE LOCHER ROOM on Wednesday, November 29 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT to hear all about her return to daytime TV as troublemaker Jordan on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. To view the Read More
Carolyn Hinsey, Brooklyn Silzer Tristan Rogers Finola Hughes
Carolyn Hinsey's It's Only My Opinion
How well did soaps celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Check out what Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey has to say about what’s happening across the daytime dial. Home For The Holidays: Emma’s (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) return sweetened Robert (Tristan Rogers) and Anna’s (Finola Hughes) Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving shows are tricky because soaps have to combine schmaltz and struggle Read More
Five Things That Happened On November 29 In Soap History
Five Things That Happened On November 29 In Soap History