Soap-Opera Columnist Seli Groves Dies at 71

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By: E&P Staff

Seli Groves, longtime author of the “Daytime Dial” column and other soap-opera updates, died Sunday of complications from diabetes. She was 71.

The 1985-launched “Daytime Dial” column is distributed to more than 100 daily newspapers by King Features Syndicate, and Groves’ column for the King Features Weekly Service has been available to 1,300-plus weekly and community newspaper clients. “Daytime Dial” will now be written by Dana Block, who formerly edited the column and worked with Groves for many years.

Groves had numerous contacts within the daytime and nightime soap world — including actors, writers and producers, and media members who covered that TV genre. With two other editors, she helped develop the prototype for the first magazine — “Daytime TV” — completely devoted to soap operas. Groves later created another magazine, “Soap Opera Beat,” and had a monthly column in “Soap Opera Digest” for 10 years.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native wrote two books on the soaps — “The Ultimate Soap Opera Guide: The Inside Scoop on Your Favorite Daytime Soaps” (Gale, 1995) and “Soaps, a Pictorial History of America’s Daytime Dramas” (Contemporary, 1983). Groves also authored several books on the environment, writing, and other topics. At the time of her death, she was working on a mystery novel and a memoir.

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