It seems this is a week for soap weddings on this blog. I hadn’t planned on posting this video today, but when my mom called me yesterday with the news of David Canary’s passing at the age of 77, I felt compelled to write this post.
For those that don’t know who that is, Canary played twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on All My Children starting in 1983 and although he left the show briefly in 2010 because of his failing health, he reprised both roles when the show ended in 2011 (despite the fact that Stuart had been killed off prior to Canary’s departure–as a thanks to the fans, the writers decided to bring back many of the “dead” characters for the end of the series and as Stuart had long been considered the heart of Pine Valley, he was central to the storyline).
If I were to be completely honest, I’d have to admit that All My Children was not my favorite soap. I just fell into watching it after getting into General Hospital back in 1995, so I don’t recall as many storylines as I do for GH. Stuart and Marion’s romance is the exception. I remember watching it when it aired on Valentine’s Day in 1999. It (and all the soaps) was a part of ABC’s cross-promotion of its made for television movie/mini-series–an adaptation of a Stephen King book, called The Storm of the Century–so, the writers had to find a way to incorporate a blizzard into the episode. I loved the idea of the two of them showing up in a horse drawn carriage. It was all so romantic, but not as romantic as Stuart serenading Marion during the ceremony. This is today’s video.
One last comment–if you were paying attention to Marion’s vows and are having trouble remembering the whole mistaken identity thing, here’s a quick explanation:
Marion’s daughter, Liza, was involved with Adam and Marion was certain that Adam couldn’t possibly be in love with Liza, so she set out to seduce him into her bed. Instead of finding Adam, she found Stuart and because she didn’t let him speak, she didn’t know until after the fact that he wasn’t Adam, but his goodhearted twin brother.
RIP Mr. Canary. You will be missed.