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Chalking up first Emmy

May 13, 2006|By Joyce Rudolph

Fans of the daytime drama "General Hospital" can only dream about running their fingers through the hair of stars like Tony Geary, but Linda Rondinella-Osgood gets paid to do it.

The Burbank resident is part of the popular soap opera's hairstylist team, which received Outstanding Achievement For Hairstyling In A Drama Series at the 33rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony on April 22.

"We jumped up and screamed," she said.

Her mother, Mae Rondinella, and daughter Melinda were also there to see them receive the award.

"They had smiles from ear to ear," she said. "Since my daughter works with me, she knew everybody on 'General Hospital.' It was really exciting to be there. My mom's a big die-hard 'General Hospital' fan."

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She has found that winning a Daytime Emmy is a huge event to those around her.

"It's humbling," she said. "Everyone makes such a big deal out of it. You feel like you have to live up to it."

Her success has spread throughout town and even her daughter's orthodontist threw a party in her honor, she said.

"They had cake and balloons and they took lots of pictures," she said.

As part of the hairstylist team on "General Hospital," she gets to do the hairstyles for all the stars, such as Geary, who plays Luke. Geary presented the team with the honor at the ceremony in the Hollywood and Highland Complex in Hollywood.

"He's just the nicest most caring and giving man," she said. "He's an all-around good guy."

And he's got quite a sense of humor, she added.

When the seven team members went up to the podium, Geary jokingly whispered to head hairstylist Kim Anderson "It was really won by 'The Bold and the Beautiful' but take the Emmy and run," Rondinella-Osgood said.

Anderson was supposed to read a long list of names to thank, but got flustered, said a quick thank-you into the microphone and turned around and started quickly away.

But Rondinella-Osgood stopped her.

"I told her, this is a chance of a lifetime, go ahead and do the speech," she said. "Then, everyone on the team went up to the microphone and thanked everyone."

Longtime "General Hospital" star Emma Samms thought it was the highlight of the event.

"Emma Samms told me, 'people are sick of eloquent speeches. It was pure joy to watch you. It was funny.'"

While the hairstylist team has been nominated nine times before, this was the first time this group won, Anderson said. The last time "General Hospital" won a Daytime Emmy for hairstyling was back in 1986, the former Burbank resident added.

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