Daytime Emmys Flashback: Susan Haskell

One Life to Live” star Susan Haskell went two for two with the Daytime Emmys, winning both Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress for her portrayal of Dr. Marty Saybrooke. However, reports are that she will be leaving the show once again in the coming weeks.

In 1994, Susan Haskell won the supporting race for her raw portrayal of a rape victim who fight backs. Saybrooke bravely testified against the group that assaulted her at a fraternity party. This moment defined her character forever.

Ohers involved in the compelling case also reaped rewards. Hillary B. Smith won the lead actress trophy for her work as Nora Hannen, the defense attorney representing the accused frat boys. And, as the ringleader of the rape, Roger Howarth won Best Younger Actor. The writers alsp picked up a prize as well.

While this ushered in an umatched period of creative excellence for the show, “OLTL” wasn’t even nominated for Best Drama Series that year. ‘All My Children,” which also had a great season, won over “As The World Turns,” “Guiding Light” and “The Young & the Restless.”

Haskell left the show in 1997 but returned in 2008, winning the Best Actress award for another  riveting storyline. Marty, who had been suffering from amnesia, finally learns that the man she has fallen in love was one of her rapists.  Haskell’s haunting work triumphed over a quartet of formidable foes: Jeanne Cooper (“The Young & the Restless”), Susan Flannery (“The Bold & the Beautiful”), Debbie Morgan (“All My Children”) and Maura West (“As The World Turns”). 

However , since then Haskell has been relegated to barely supporting status as the writers found little for her character to do. Not surprisingly, she did not earn a pre-nomination this year, with Kassie De Pavia (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer) chosen to represent the show.

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