My day started early, around
8:30am, headed to Houston to meet Renee and bond
with my new friend. We have been pen pals
for months and finally came face to face. And what
a reunion it was, very spiritual in deed. We are sisters
I reached my destination at 1:15pm. When
I arrived at the tour gathering Bob Guiney, former star of
The Bachelor, and his assistant were doing the price
give aways and audience participation games. Finally,
Renee came on stage at 2:15 to a round of applause and
cheers and did a 40 minute session of dialogue and Q&A
with the host and audience.
She was radiant and beautiful in
her green top, jeans, and heels. Renee's smile and open arm
response to the fans was priceless. Everyone in that section of the
mall was beaming with joy.
Renee's 3 MAIN POINTS for the
viewers/fans are: a) call and/or
write to Dena Higley, Frank Valentini, & Brian
Frons to express what you like and want to see on the show.
Keep it short, positive, and to the point.
b) Renee wants her character
to get some "LOVE"! It's been 3 years, long over due, and the time
is NOW for a change in the relationship department for Evangeline.
Renee wants Evangeline to have her own MAN, be a part of a
SUPERCOUPLE, whose relationship is stong, spiritual, and
healthy. She's ready, and so are her fans. c) The coupling is COMING she enthusiastically
said. So don't despair. Stay positive. Evangeline will get her
man. Renee hopes the viewers/fans will show positive support for
whomever that man is. Remember, it's not reality, it's only a
important question Renee asked the audience was who they wanted
Evangeline coupled with...John, Cristian, or Todd. John
received a good response. Cristian received a good response.
Todd received some good response also. Renee seemed to be surprised
by the audience's reaction to the CrisVan coupling; Cris
getting the greatest response of cheers and applause from the
audience. So, we shall see what we shall see.
Michael & Marcie will
definitely get married next month and Marcie will be singing at
her own wedding. Renee wrote a special song to be sung by her
character Evangeline at the wedding. So, tune in to hear some
beautiful music by these two gifted vocalists.
Renee's POV On
John, Natalie, & the Tri
Renee said that her
character Evangeline is written totally opposite of
herself in regards to the John &Van situation. Renee stated that
if she(Renee) were handling John's "demons" and Natalie's
disrespectful attitude , she would have told them both where to get
OFF! She said she would not take the CRAP that Evangeline has taken
from John and Natalie! It (the poop) would fly and it would hit
the fan. Renee said she's glad she was removed from the tri.
She's had enough TRI-ing to last a life
time. She feels the writers are trying to write her like Erica
Vicki. An interesting statement from Renee.
Think about what she said.
Renee talked about her hair concerns. She feels she has
to compete with some of the other actresses on the show in regards
to her hair maintenance. Renee said Kassie DePaiva (Blair) does
her own hair and it always looks gorgeous. Renee said she has a
great hair stylist that does her hair every week. But when she comes
home to Houston, the wind and humidity causes hair problems for
her. Thank goodness for a great stylist.
Renee is THRILLED about her supporting actress
nomination. She told her family that she didn't expect to win,
so she said to them "go ahead and
purchase your tickets for the show". They jokingly replied they
were going to be there anyway because they didn't think she would
win either. They didn't want Renee to be too stressed over the
excitement of her nomination. Renee said she feels such support
from her family, her friends, and her fans. She said the love
and support of the fans/friends and family come first to her Emmy
win. She knows the support will be there whether she wins or
not. But of course she would love to WIN
she stated. Renee's mom, dad, brother, and husband
will be there to support her.
Audience Q &
The audience asked Renee questions. Two questions that I
thought were interesting and stuck with me were: 1) Who do you like
kissing the most, John or Cristian? Renee smiled and answered "to be
honest with you, my HUSBAND". Classic answer. Way to go Renee!
Keeping it REAL! 2) Why would Evangeline risk her career to
help Todd Manning? Renee answered "Evangeline is doing all
the WRONG things for the RIGHT reasons". She says Van
is not thinking clearly right now. She believes in Todd's innocence.
She is fighting for JUSTICE. She fighting to save
After she left the stage, she signed CD's, books, and
whatever the fans/friends brought to be signed. She also gave away
autographed photos. She took pictures with fans/friends and gave
My Reflections & Closing
Saturday was truly a BLESSED day. All praises go to The
Glory of God. I enjoyed 90 minutes of fun and laughter with
"THE DIVA"....Renee Elise Goldsberry! I love you REG. You are
AWESOME!! I had a great time!! This is Renee's time to receive
and enjoyed the FRUITS OF HER LABOR, yet, she made all of us
there feel like we were receiving our fruits of labor. Thank you
Renee for being YOU!!!!!!!! Many thanks to the friends I've
met on the John & Evangeline Yahoo Group Board and the
CrisVan Fan Group Board. You all show sincere committment and love
for Renee and her character Evangeline Williamson. You inspire
me. Special thanks to my sweet partner in life, Dennis,
for sharing this special time with me and being my chauffeur to
Houston. I will always cherish my time with Renee. She made me
feel like she stated in her letter to me, a long
lost friend. Until the next time, spirit and peace to
all. God Bless.
Mary Catherine Stomer-McGregor
On June 2, 2007, I was invited to a special
private breakfast in NYC with Renee. My friend and co-author Stacey
was there with me. We had so much fun and we laughed a LOT. We are
spiritual sisters for LIFE!!!!!!
Renee, Me, & Stacey
Renee's Fan Club
Stacey & I
Debbie O'Connor & I
Renee sings "Beautiful"
Click on photo to see Renee's live performance in NYC
There is always LIFE after One Life To Live. Check out what
Renee is doing now. http://www.soaptownusa.com/Renee2007NYEvent.html
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