Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Austin Peck Loves Out Loud

Austin Peck was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but we have no doubt that he is a citizen of the United States of America. This former linebacker on his high school football team writes poetry and draws figures and caricatures. He has illustrated a book based on the lives of his two sons. In June 2010, Peck and his relationship with his former As the World Turns co-star, and current TV co-star Terri Conn was covered in the February 15, 2011 and March 8, 2011 issues of Soap Opera Digest magazine. It also covered his move to One Life to Live, where he is currently burning up the airwaves as Rick, the auteur. He played Austin Reed on Days of our Lives 1995 to 2002, 2005 to 2006 and 2010. Peck was a recast to the role, and succeeded a popular actor. Peck quickly became very popular in the role, reportedly getting the most fan mail of anyone in the Days cast. He assumed the role of Brad Snyder on As the World Turns, first airing in January 2007. He has also appeared in the acclaimed off-Broadway play The Irish Curse. We are happy and thrilled to have this perennial fan favorite joining us for Love Out Loud VI on May 11, 2011. His presence will no doubt be an opportunity not only helping raise awareness and funds but pleasing those attendees who will come to meet and greet him.

Terri Conn Loves Out Loud

Theresa Celeste Conn’s family moved often during her childhood, but eventually settled in Albuquerque, NM. Having forsaken acting for cheerleading in high school, Terri was in her junior year as a communications major at University of San Diego when she went to Florence, Italy — and had an epiphany. Realizing that she really wanted to be an actress, Ms Conn made a deal with her parents: She would move to Los Angeles for the summer to pursue her dream, but would return to finish her senior year. Soon after, she landed a part on the syndicated teen show Breaker High, then auditioned for As the World Turns , conn truly blossomed (along with Katie) when her scheming, high-strung character was paired with Paul Leyden's Simon. Terri was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2001 and for Outstanding Supporting Actress at the Soap Opera Digest Awards that same year. It is no surprise that this beautiful and talented young woman found herself on One Life to Live very soon after As the World Turns ended. As of March 2011 she gets to work with her real life love Austin Peck. It is a great honor to have Ms. Conn as a celebrity greeter on May 11, 2011 at Prohibition.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hillary B Smith Loves Out Loud

Emmy Winning Hillary B. Smith of One Life to Live, Venice, The Series, and now Fumbling Through the Pieces is scheduled to attend our Love Out Loud VI event. Smith has demonstrated consistent attention and commitment to helping people living with HIV. We are honored and thrilled to have her attend this fun and exciting event! Hillary Baily Smith is the consummate professional respected by colleague and loyal fan alike. Smith originated the role of Nora Hanan in September 1992, a headstrong attorney whose quick wit has kept her smiling through some difficult times. Ms. Smith received the Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in 1994 for her portrayal of the incredibly charming, irrepressible Nora, and was nominated again for the award in 2000.
Smith performed off-Broadway in Song Night in the City. She has performed in Wendy Wasserstein's Broadway play, The Heidi Chronicles, and off-Broadway in Lips Together and Teeth Apart. Motion pictures in which she has appeared are Purple Hearts, Love Potion #9, It Had to Be You, and Life Breath with Luke Perry as well as the feature film Maid in Manhattan starring Jennifer Lopez. Ms. Smith's primetime television experience includes starring opposite Gene Wilder in Something Wilder. Daytime audiences are familiar with Ms. Smith on As the World Turns, where she played policewoman Margo Hughes for six-and-a-half years. We are proud to have her support come on out and greet her for a cause that is near and dear to her.