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Thirty years after the show's cancellation, the show is most famous for, arguably, the most shocking case of stunt casting in soap history. When Chrstina Crawford fell ill, her adoptive mother, Joan Crawford, filled in for her, even though she was 30 years older than the character! She was a major embarrassment to Christina as it was evident that she was drunk on the live episode transmisson. After the entire scandal, Christina was written off of THE SECRET STORM. Christina's illness, her time on the soap and her battle with her legendary mother are well chronicled in her book MOMMIE DEAREST.