The 60-year-old actress, who has had coronavirus symptoms for a year, portrayed Fallon Carrington Colby on the U.S. soap opera from 1985 to 1991 and was recognized by MPs for bringing together some of her former co-stars for A Virtual Goodbye to raise funds for the Southmead Hospital Charity, which raises money for the hospital and community health services in Bristol.
Emma’s Local MP Siobhan Baillie said in Parliament yesterday (23/02/21): “My constituent Emma Samms, the actress, has put together a reunion for the cast of ‘Dynasty’ to add some glamor to the fundraiser for research into the long COVID.
“We’re also building a clinic in Gloucestershire.
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“We clearly have a lot more to learn about the symptoms.”
Jo Churchill, Minister for Public Health, Primary Services and Prevention, replied: “I am very happy to congratulate Emma, who I know is using her experience with COVID for such an innovative donation idea.
“I already have a ‘Dallas’ [‘Dynasty’] Doing a hairstyle because I haven’t been in a few months.
“I just need some shoulder pads. I would like to thank her and all of the volunteers and fundraisers who have done an excellent job generating some really great ideas to support research. “
The ‘Doctors’ actress is bringing together some of her former ‘Dynasty’ co-stars including Stephanie Beacham, Maxwell Caulfield and Heather Locklear for a virtual reunion next month.
She recently said: “The fight against COVID-19 is at the top of all priorities, especially mine.
“These doctors are stars in their field and are funded by the hospital’s local charity, not the government. I thought, “How can I help?”
“The feeling of helplessness is quite overwhelming when you are uncomfortable. That’s why I want to raise funds to support your work.”
Emma had “extreme tiredness” and shortness of breath among her long-term COVID symptoms.
She said, “Every day is different, some good and some bad, from shortness of breath and chest pain to extreme fatigue.”