STARS IN WARS
Illness Throws Sons and Daughters Schedule into Disarray
A series of bizarre accidents involving the cast of Sons
and Daughters has left production schedules in chaos.
No less than five of the soaps major stars have been
laid low due to illness or accidents over the past three months.
The biggest nightmare that faces a producer is the cancellation
of filming schedules.
Episodes are churned out at such a rate on a popular series
that no cast member can really afford to be sick.
In Sons and Daughters case it has been a nightmare
for producer Posie Jacobs as Abigail, Sarah Kemp, Leila Hayes
and Mark Conroy have all been struck down by this mysterious
The latest victim is young actress Oriana Panozzo, who plays
Susan Palmer in the Seven Network soap.
Oriana is recovering from a serious car accident. Some weeks
ago she was taken to hospital after the crash with burst blood
vessels in the eye and bruising and lacerations to the face.
Her accident could not have come at a worse time as she was
set to fly to Queensland to film scenes for the 800th episode.
The Noosa outside broadcast was one of the biggest planned
for the year, but Oriana was in 80 per cent of the scenes and
the important shoot had to be delayed.
Producer Posie Jacobs told TV WEEK she cannot believe the bad
luck they have had.
"Its been chaos. In three months weve had
five major actors struck down in such a way theyve all
had to have time off," she said.
Posie said it all started at the beginning of the year with
Oriana when she got 'flu and had to have 10 days off.
"Then we all went to Brisbane for a charity picnic and
on our return Abigail was rushed to hospital with a heart attack
scare," Posie said.
Abigail, in fact, had a virus that affected the muscles around
the heart. Called viral pericarditis, it causes the muscles
to swell and impairs breathing.
The next to fall victim was newcomer Mark Conroy, who plays
Mark had a skin cancer removed from his lip, but it had to
be redone so he ended up having to miss two weeks of work.
Then Sarah Kemp, better known as Charlie, was bitten on the
face by a dog at a telethon.
Sarah had to have nearly a month off the show and undergo plastic
surgery to remove the ugly scars.
"The other amazing accident happened on that day with
Leila Hayes having to stop working," Posie Jacobs said.
"Leila got suntan lotion in her eyes, which puffed up,
closed and began weeping due to an allergy."
By: David Brown
Source: TV Week
Date: 10 May 1986