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This Golden Age Star Is Passing Away, But It’s Not All Bad News


As people always said in the 1880s: Boy, bye!

It turns out that Golden age star Louisa JacobsonMarian Brook’s abandoned heroine won’t have to suffer in silence at the opera next season. Her former fiancé Tom Raikes, played by Thomas Coquerelwill not return for the second season of the HBO series.

The first-season finale saw Marian’s heart broken by the opportunistic lawyer after he ghosted her on their wedding day. When confronted by Marian, Tom explained he couldn’t marry her as they would be penniless, confirming he was nothing more than a social climber like his aunt, Agnes Van Rhijn (Christina Baransky), had predicted.

In other Golden news, 13 recurring cast members have been promoted to series regulars for the upcoming season. Among the returning socialites are Kelli O’Haraby Aurora Fane and Donna Murphy as the leader of New York society, Mrs. Astor. This means there is hope that the upstart Russell family will continue to dabble in New York’s old money.

The Van Rhijns will also be heartened by the continued service of their staff, including Debra Monk as maid Armstrong, Christina Nielsen like the cook Mrs. Bauer, taylor Richardson as maid Bridget and Well Ahlers as footman Jack Trotter. Likewise, the Russells will once again host Douglas Thresholds as Chef Baudin aka Borden, Celia KeenanBolger as governess Mrs. Bruce, Michael Cerveris as valet Watson, Erin Wilhelmi as maid Adelheid Weber and patrick Page as Secretary Richard Clay.

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