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Soap Star Michelle Stafford (AKA Phyllis Summers-Romalotti-Abbott-Newman) Expecting


Soap Star Michelle Stafford (AKA Phyllis Summers-Romalotti-Abbott-Newman) Expecting

One of my favorite soap stars, Michelle Stafford of “The Young and the Restless” (Hey!  Don’t judge me!  As you may know, I used to write for Y&R’s sister show, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” so watching soaps was WORK for me!) is expecting her first child — a girl — via surrogate this December.

Michelle, 43, who has won two Emmys for her role as scheming-yet-lovable Phyllis Summers-Romalotti-Abbott-Newman on Y&R, released this statement:

“After a three-year journey through hell, I’m elated, ecstatic and feel ultimately lucky to be able to announce I’m expecting my own child via surrogate in December.”

Well, that’s one of the more honest statements I’ve ever read.  And she used a curse word!  +1!

Michelle, who is single, tried artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and also looked into adopting after deciding to start a family on her own.  Four surgeries and three egg retrievals later, she finally arrived at the surrogate option.

“I never wavered in my desire to be a mother,” she says. “But I did waver on aspects of the process. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Fingers crossed nobody switched her egg with an alien’s — which, as I learned during my time with “The Bold and the Beautiful,” is ALWAYS a distinct possibility.

Congrats, Michelle!

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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