Category: As the World Turns

Soap Star Eileen Fulton Performs at The Metropolitan

Soap Star Eileen Fulton Performs at The Metropolitan

Update; From my inbox:

I just found out that we are going to have to postpone Eileen and Richard’s event due to a scheduling conflict. The charity event that you kindly posted has now been moved to 2/16/13 7PM. I’m thrilled. Now I think I can go.

When I saw an e-mail about soap star Eileen Fulton in my in-box yesterday, I put everything aside to read it. When I owned my art gallery Fulton used to perform cabaret in New Hope and she would stay at the B&B next to my gallery and we got to know each other in passing and she turned out to be one of the warmest, nicest, people that ever crossed through my doors. I’ve seen her perform here, and in NY, and her shows are excellent because it’s not the typical cabaret venue you would expect. Fulton doesn’t just sing old standards. She chooses interesting works and acts them out on stage. She’s also a romance author, which gave us even more to talk about. Unfortunately, fifteen years ago we didn’t have cell phones with cameras to take photos.

I’m posting a press release now about a show Fulton is doing for charity that’s going to help Habitat for Humanity. I posted about Fulton here on the blog a while back.

From my inbox:


CONTACT: Richard Skipper(845)-365-0720

Sparkill, New York 10976

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24th, 2013 7:00PM The Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY $25 cover to benefit Habitat for Humanity (2 drink minimum) For Reservations: (212)-206-0440 In an exclusive event at The Metropolitan Room, successful entertainer and celebrity interviewer, Richard Skipper, will be sitting down for an intimate chat with Soap Star, Eileen Fulton. Discussing her career, personal endeavors, and the many talents she has worked closely with, the final fifteen minutes of the event will be dedicated to Ms. Fulton addressing questions directly from the audience members. After the event, Eileen will also be available in the downstairs area of the venue, for an opportunity to meet and greet fans and friends. This extraordinary interview and performance is one too reckon with! Imagine: Inside the Actor’s Studio; embellished by and carefully crafted with Richard Skipper’s dynamic, energetic, and unforgettable style.

A Background: Fulton and Skipper…If we were going to crown a queen of daytime drama, Eileen Fulton would be the obvious choice. As a star from As The World Turns for 50 years, she brought life to the scandalous and popular character audiences loved to hate – Lisa Grimaldi. After studying with some of New York’s top acting teachers and making memorable stage, film and TV appearances, Fulton was cast on the CBS soap, As The World Turns, in 1960. In 2003, Fulton was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime EMMYs, and remained a lovely fixture of daytime television until the show’s final broadcast in September, 2010. Richard Skipper is a popular entertainer, theater historian, and pop culture blogger. Having conducted over an impressive 525 interviews for his daily blog celebrating people in the arts (RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES), he is currently writing a book to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Hello, Dolly!; based also on his award-winning website chronicling the Broadway classic. Skipper has covered several opening nights as the voice of Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and has conducted on-stage interviews for Julie Budd, Carol Channing, Jackie Joseph, Yelena Popovic, Carolyn Quinn – author of Mama Rose’s Turn – Tommy Tune, Ron Young, and Peggy Pope. Richard has also worn the hat of associate producer of the 2010, 2012, 2013 Bistro Awards, and has recently produced Peggy Herman’s CD Release Party at Feinsteins; an SRO success.

Skipper is also featured in Dori Berenstein’s documentary, CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE. Please call Richard Skipper for Press Inquiries 845-365-0720 A few Testimonials…Last night’s (Nov. 1, 20 book-signing by Carolyn Quinn of her book, “Mama Rose’s Turn”) had a full-to-capacity crowd in attendance as she gave an excellent interview and extended a tantalizing invitation to read her fact- filled and intriguing book. She also introduced to many of us, for the first time – Richard Skipper.

“His thought-provoking questions and comments, wittiness, sense of humor, and wonderful speaking voice made you feel like you wish you could have sat there for at least another hour…Kudos to Carolyn and to a new fond acquaintance, Richard Skipper”. -Tina Padas-Mavroudis. Elizabeth, New Jersey

“I was very glad I went to Richard Skipper’s event with Julie Budd at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Julie was the perfect guess — and she and the audience couldn’t have had a better interviewer than Richard. I felt like I was a guest at a fabulous luncheon and was privy to the Julie’s best stories and memories of her life as a person and entertainer. It was a great treat to see video clips and, of course, to hear Julie sing for all of us in attendence. She was glorious. AND this event celebrating Julie was a benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please be on the lookout for Richard Skipper’s future celebrations”. -Vicki Stivala, NYC

“Was such a pleasure attending your talk with Carolyn Quinn, Author of MAMA ROSE’S TURN! Very fun and informative. Keep up the great work Richard!” – Christophe Caballero, NYC

“A most wonderful evening with Richard Skipper celebrating Jackie Joseph! Time spent at these interviews gives one the opportunity of seeing a glimpse into the personal side of personalities that would never have the chance to… Thanks for a great time!” -Leslie Alter,

“NYC Richard Skipper did a great job November 1st, 2013 at Barnes & Noble, interviewing author Carolyn Quinn at the signing of her new book “Mama Rose’s Turn”! The evening came off brilliantly for both Carolyn and Richard. BRAVO!” – Loria Parker, Mineola, New York

Eileen Fulton: The Sweetest Celebrity I’ve Met…

For ten years, I owned and operated an art gallery in New Hope, PA, not far from my home on the outskirts of New Hope. It’s a tourist town that attracts all kinds of people from all over the country…and the world. And in the ten years I owned the gallery, I met my fair share of celebrities.

Some were clients; others were browsers. Lainie Kazan came in wearing a sweat suit and dark glasses, and Mick Jagger pulled up to the curb in a long limo. When Barbra Streisand came to town, everyone was on the lookout. Unfortunately, when she walked into my shop I was working on a manuscript for Cleis Press and I wasn’t paying attention. I didn’t even know it was her until someone across the street pointed her out. Ah well.

My brother, Mark Field, owns a wonderful business in Manhattan, . His client list includes celebs like Lucy Liu, Matthew Broderick, and Danielle Steel.

But the sweetest celeb I’ve ever met was Eileen Fulton. Eileen is most famous for her role as Lisa Grimaldi on “As the World Turns,” but she is also an accomplished singer with a very excellent cabaret act. I met Eileen the first weekend she started doing her act in New Hope in the late l990’s, at Odette’s (formerly owned by Odette Myrtle, the famous Hollywood actress). She walked into my shop with her manager, Richard Barclay, and I was dumbstruck. She’s just as gorgeous as all her photos, but her southern charm calmed my nerves. Eileen was spending the weekend at the Inn next to my gallery, and she was doing four shows that weekend for a sold out crowd.

I quickly made a few phone calls and got a couple of tickets to her show. And I never do that. I’m not starstruck and at the time I was putting long hours at the gallery. But I was glad I did. The show was excellent, and Eileen Fulton made the crowd roar.

But more than that, she came back to New Hope, twice a year, for the next five years to do other shows at Odette’s. I saw them all, and never got tired of hearing her sing. And when she wasn’t rehearsing or performing, she was hanging out on the streets of New Hope, charming everyone with her endearing personality. She purchased a large sterling tray from me for her home. I liked her so much I didn’t even want to charge her. But she insisted, so I gave her a huge “friend” discount.

Unfortunately, Odette’s nightclub was lost in the last huge flood we had here in New Hope. And the owners didn’t rebuild and Eileen stopped coming to New Hope. Then I closed the gallery and started writing fiction full time instead of part time. But, Eileen is still doing her cabaret act in New York, and I’ve seen it there, too. I know she just did one in June at The Metropolitan Room, and I’m sure she’ll be doing others. I’ll post dates when I get an update from her.

Thanks, Eileen, for some wonderful memories and some nice times.