Iconic soap opera actress Elizabeth Hubbard joins Emmy-winning series

Posted Friday, September 18, 2015 12:13:54 PM
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Iconic soap opera actress Elizabeth Hubbard joins Emmy-winning series

Two-time Emmy Award winner and Guiding Light/As the World Turns alum Elizabeth Hubbard (ex-Anne Fletcher, GL; ex-Lucinda Walsh, ATWT) has joined the cast of Anacostia.

Elizabeth Hubbard (ex-Anne Fletcher, GL; ex-Lucinda Walsh, ATWT) is once again back on the screen, delivering memorable performances. The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has been cast in Anacostia, opposite her former on-screen daughter and ATWT costar Martha Byrne (ex-Lily Snyder).

Hubbard has been cast as Eva Montgomery on the web series, which follows a cast of characters who navigate through love, betrayal, and deception against the backdrop of Washington, DC.

"We are incredibly excited to have the amazing Elizabeth Hubbard join us for Anacostia this year," says the series' creator Anthony Anderson. "It was so hard keeping such a huge secret from the loyal viewers of the series. Ms. Hubbard is a legend and is one of the true architects of daytime drama. This is a dream come true. The episodes are gripping and compelling and I am sure will be a treat for all of Ms. Hubbard's fans to see her again doing what she loves."

Hubbard began her daytime drama career in 1962, starring as Anne Fletcher on Guiding Light. The following year, she joined the cast of The Edge of Night as Carol Kramer, and in 1964, she originated the role of Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors. In 1974, the actress was awarded the very first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. During her tenure at As the World Turns, she was nominated nine times for a Daytime Emmy Award.

Hubbard's role in Anacostia will serve as a long-awaited mini As the World Turns reunion with her former on-screen daughter, three-time Emmy Award winner Martha Byrne, who portrayed Lily Walsh Snyder on the now defunct CBS soap for almost two decades. Byrne, who has appeared on Anacostia since 2011 in the role of Alexis Jordan, wrote the story arc for Hubbard with Anderson and will make her directorial debut in the scenes featuring the two actresses. "I've said it many times, Liz forever changed the course of my life with her willingness to treat me as a peer, even as a teenager," Byrne says. "To be able to write for her and guide her as a director is something I never thought possible in my career. Thanks to Anthony and Liz, I have another opportunity to work with one of the most influential people in my life. I can't wait for the fans to see what we have planned."

Meanwhile, Byrne is also working on a docustory about Hubbard's life. "For years I've wanted the world to see the Liz I've gotten to know throughout my life. Her experiences in daytime are ones that everyone in our industry and beyond need to know," the actress previews of the project. "Who Liz is outside the world of soaps is filled with bravery, humanity, fearlessness and humor. Being a witness to her life, I'm a richer person for it and so are millions of others. I'm hoping our audience for this piece will learn more about Liz and walk away with a greater understanding of what drives her. She's amazing."

Watch for Hubbard to make her debut on Anacostia later this fall.

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