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Star of the Week

The Soap Opera Digest Awards

Cady McClain, Michael Knight and Julia Barr (Dixie, Tad and Brooke, AMC) on the Digest Awards issue


Soap stars crawled out of the shimmering Beverly Hills woodwork for the Ninth Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards on February 26, where the big winner was -- surprise! -- DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Hosted by Paul Reiser and Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS), the show honored soap fans' favorite show, actors, social-issue storyline and even soap song. Over 89,000 fans voted for their favorites.

AS THE WORLD TURNS's Laurence Caso and Douglas Marland (executive producer and head writer) were awarded the Editor's Award. Tragically, Marland died of complications following abdominal surgery a week after his triumphant evening.

Crystal Chappell and Mark Derwin on the cover of the Digest Awards special issue

While DAYS took home favorite show and a slew of other awards, ATWT received its first ever when Yvonne Perry (Rosanna) won Outstanding Female Newcomer. ATWT soon made up for lost time with Ellen Dolan's (Margo) win for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Social-Issue Storyline (Margo's Rape). Two-time Emmy winner Peter Bergman (Jack, YOUNG AND RESTLESS) added another award to his stash, taking home a trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor. Daytime legend Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) was honored as Outstanding Lead Actress...

Favorite Daytime Show: DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Outstanding Lead Actor: Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)

Outstanding Lead Actress: Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Richard Biggs (Marcus, DAYS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Ellen Dolan (Margo, ATWT)

Outstanding Male Newcomer: Monti Sharp (David, GL)

Outstanding Female Newcomer: Yvonne Perry (Rosanna, ATWT)

Outstanding Villainess: Kimberlin Brown (Sheila, B&B/Y&R)

Outstanding Comic Performance: Matthew Ashford (Jack, DAYS)

Outstanding Younger Leading Actor: Matt Borlenghi (Brian, AMC)

Outstanding Younger Leading Actress: Alicia Coppola (Lorna, AW)

Outstanding Child Actor: Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH)

Outstanding Social-Issue Storyline: Margo's Rape (ATWT)

Hottest Male Star: Mark Derwin (Mallet, GL)

Hottest Female Star: Crystal Chappell (Carly, DAYS)

Favorite Song: One Dream, DAYS

Editor's Award: Douglas Marland and Laurence Caso

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