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Actor Turned Photographer
Posted by Tommy Garrett on Sep 14, 2007 - 11:32:09 AM

Jeffrey Byron is a famous actor in the daytime genre.  He's played roles on ABC's "One Life to Live," "All My Children," "Port Charles," and CBS's "The Bold & the Beautiful."  His mother Anna Lee, was not only a daytime staple for a quarter of the last century, but also a movie star legend in both Great Britain, her home, and here in Hollywood.  Anna was perhaps the longest working actress in Hollywood history.  Her career spanned over a seventy year period.  Byron however, has not walked away from acting, but has pointed himself in another direction and taken up a whole new career as an artist.  A photographer to be exact.   Much like the late James Cagney, Byron has a passion for photographs.  His work is world class, is known on three continents, and surely will become much better known in America as well.  

Byron has been diligently working on his step father's library for years.  Robert Nathan was known as the most prolific novelist in the twentieth century and created such classics on the screen as "The Bishop's Wife."  Expect Byron to make an even greater impact in modern art once you get to see many of his works in galleries. His work is also perfect for any high end, elegant hotel chain or store that is looking for a fresh new image of photography.  If Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray ever see his work, they'd both probably give it their stamp of approval. 

For those who haven't heard about this man's penchant for photography and only know him as an actor on television and in movies, check out his new website  and you will be pleasantly surprised.  Go to:  The godson of the legendary director John Ford really has an eye for this new career.

Jess Walton has poured her heart and soul into the long running role of Jill Foster Abbott on CBS's "The Young & the Restless" lately.  The death of her on screen character's fiance' has shown the audience what this actress possesses as a daytime performer on this soap.  She and her on-screen mother, Kay Chancellor, played by Jeanne Cooper, are doing Emmy worthy work on the number one drama. "We hope that the writers and producers continue to play this storyline out and let the actress show what chops she has." said a longtime costar.   Two words for her, "Emmy Watch!"

And who remembers "Falcon Crest's" Angela Channing?  That may have been the last role of the Oscar winning actress Jane Wyman, but it was by far not her most distinguished  body of work.  The actress who won accolades and awards for playing deafs, mutea, rape victims, tomboys, and leading ladies died this past week at the age of 93.  Wyman was one of my favorite performers and I am happy that I gave her a chapter in my recent tome on Hollywood Icons.  Perhaps she'll be known best for "Falcon Crest" or any other one of her great on screen performances, but I will remember her as the lady who was tough but loving, smart but humble, and the lady that chose to go to her grave not discussing anything personal about her marriage and divorce from another great - the late Ronald Reagan.  Wyman was a class act.   Many of Hollywood's current A- listers could learn a lot from one of the greatest actresses and biggest stars of Hollywood's golden age.

Speaking of golden age.  There are two books that I recently read and couldn't put down.  EJ Fleming's The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine .  This book was rivetiing and fascinating to read.  As a Hollywood historian myself, I have loved the behind the scenes players that made our stars shine so brightly. This book shines brighter than most. Michelle Vogel's "Hollywood Blondes:  Golden Girls of the Silver Screen" is a knock out.  Vogel does it yet again in this tell all, which is well researched and brilliantly written.  They both are available at 


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