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October 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm #1203126918
I just hope they can get Ann Ramsay and Lelia Kenzel on-board as well. They were IMHO the best part of the show, aside from the snotty British neighbors.September 20, 2019 at 9:20 pm #1203090051
Susan Sarandon was a big name leading lady during the late eighties-mid nineties. She has an Oscar on her resume and four other nominations from the Academy.
and then suddenly her career as a leading lady seemed to just sort of vanish overnight. At one point Meryl and Her got all of the roles for females over 40 and then suddenly, only Meryl got them. I don’t know if Susan stopped taking leading roles or if she just wasn’t cast anymore.September 16, 2019 at 11:38 am #1203080565
I will say, I was always surprised at how quickly Toni Braxton’s career sort of fizzled out. She was so huge and then she sort of lost all her fame. She made a series of poor choices in her life and career; between bankruptcy (twice), choosing the wrong management and record label (Barry Hankerson/Blackground Records) and simply never having the same star power that her contemporaries like Mariah, Whitney or Janet had.September 15, 2019 at 9:37 pm #1203079158
A few more (some of these may have already been mentioned; perhaps by me):
Mena Suvari: She was a big up and comer in the late 90’s with roles in big movies like American Beauty, Sugar and Spice, American Pie and Slums of Beverly Hills and somewhere around the mid-2000’s she sort of just stopped getting cast in big roles and never got a chance to really develop into a big star.
Sela Ward: Yes, she won two Emmy’s and had a strong and diverse TV career; but I always felt she had the potential to be a big movie star. She just never seemed to really get cast in any big films. Her career did seem to focus solely on TV. She had that famous cameo on “The Fugitive” and the meaty role in “The Stepfather” but her film career is pretty limited.
Wes Bentley: Seriously WTF happened to him after “American Beauty” he just sort of vanished. Didn’t I read he had a drug problem or something?September 15, 2019 at 9:21 pm #1203079121
I was mostly an ABC soap guy (and at one point my screenname on Goldderby was actually ABCSOAPS55 or something like that) but I had my brief love affair with CBS soaps at one point too. I watched “GL” on a semi-regular basis on and off for years. The first time I got hooked on “GL” was in either 1996 or 1997, and the storyline I was most into involved Hart Jessup, Cassie Layne Winslow and Dinah Maheler. This is when Frank Grillo was playing Hart and the character was killed off. It was so sad.
I also vividly remember the Clone Reva storyline of 1998. That story was legendary. I also remember the deaf character of Abbie (I think she was Amish too?)
I think ultimately what did “GL” in was a combination of factors; first off ratings for all soaps were declining rapidly for many years. “GL” also had a production company “Procter & Gamble” that wanted to get out of the soap opera business which was expensive and no longer profitable for them, and CBS saw the ratings (especially in demos) going down. Several last ditch efforts were made to save the show; but those efforts namely the new production model and Peapack, New Jersey only rushed the series into an earlier than neccesary grave.September 14, 2019 at 8:33 pm #1203075529
Not to rehash and old thread, but I just rewatched Men In Black and was suddenly forced to realize that I haven’t heard the name Linda Fiorentino in over a decade. What the heck happened to her career?September 3, 2019 at 8:25 pm #1203056587
I would also include the following names I thought of after my original reply:
Ruth Warrick: All My Children’s original grande dame was Phoebe Tyler Wallingford the eccentric, snobby society queen of Pine Valley and Aunt to Brooke English. Phoebe was a force to be reckoned with and Warrick the original mega-star of AMC. No list of soap actresses would be complete without her.
Eileen Herlie: By the time she joined the cast of “AMC” in 1976 she was already a shakespearean trained actress with a film career spanning the 1940’s until the 1970’s. She was cast as Myrtle Fargate in 1976 and remained on the series the remainder of her life until her death in 2008. Myrtle was a former carney who ran a boarding house and a boutique in town and served as a motherly figure and mentor to many characters over the years; most notably Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Kendall Hart (Sarah Michelle Gellar; Alicia Minshew).
Dorothy Lyman: This amazing actress appeared on numerous soaps from 1972-1983. Her first soap opera role was “A World Apart” in 1971 as Julie Stark, followed by, “The Edge of Night” from 1972-1973 as Elly Jo Jameson. from 1978-1980 she appeared on “Another World” as Gwen Parrish, and landed her most iconic role as Opal Sue Gardner on “All My Children” in 1981 (staying until 1983). The role of Opal was unique in soaps; she wasn’t rich, she wasn’t glamarous and she wasn’t motherly. She was a bad mother with a bad relationship with her son and bad men in her life. She was basically white trash. But Lyman made her entertaining and likeable. She won back-to-back Emmy’s for her work on the show in 1982 and 1983. After leaving AMC in 1983, she developed a successful career in primetime television as an actress and later director. She landed further soap opera roles on “Generations” (1990-1991) as Rebecca Whitmore #2, “The Bold & Beautiful” (1991-1992) as Bonnie Roberts, “Days of Our Lives” (2001) as Contessa Dorothea DiLyman, and finally “As the World Turns” (2004) as Naomi The Maid,
Sharon Case: Case has been acting on soaps since the late 1980’s; starting with a role as Dawn Winthrop on “General Hospital” which she played from 1989-1990. From 1992-1993 she played Debbie Simon on “As The World Turns” She joined “The Young & Restless” as Sharon Newman in 1994 and has remained there since. She won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 and has been nominated five times in total. Though her character can be rather irritating and controversial among fans, Case has proven to be a reliable performer and a stalwart of the industry.
Cady McClain: An industry (and at times fan) favorite since she began her career in the early 1980’s, McClain has more than made her mark on daytime soaps. She has had roles on three iconic soap operas and a web soap and played two of the industry’s most compelling characters. Her first role of note was Dixie Cooney Martin on “All My Children”; starting as an ingenue in 1988 she played that role on and off until 2013. Following her exit from “AMC” in 2002, she joined the cast of “As The World Turns” as Rosanna Cabot, taking over a role that had long been neglected by the writers and ushering the show into a new golden era. Her transformative work two back-to-back Emmy nominations (2003-2004) and a win in 2004. She had previously lost three previous nominations for “AMC.” She played Rosanna from 2002-2005 and again from 2007-2010. From 2014-2015 she appeared on “Young & Restless” as Kelly Andrews. She has appeared on the web soap “Venice: The Series” as well.
Tonya Lee Williams: A fan favorite on “Y&R” as Dr. Olivia Barber she played that role originally from 1990-2005 and again in 2007 and again from 2008-2012. She has also appeared on “Generations” (1989-1990) as Linda Dukes.
Tonja Walker Davidson: Her first notable soap opera role was on “Capitol” in 1982 and lasted until 1984; she played Lizbeth Bachman. In 1988, she joined the cast of “General Hospital” as Olivia St. John (Jerome). She played this villain until 1990 and at that point she joined the cast of “One Life To Live” her perhaps her most well known role, as psychotic social climber Alex Olanov Buchanan. This role allowed Walker to display a range of comedy, melodrama, villainy and hysteria. She became a fan favorite and remained on the series until 1997 when she departed. She made return appearances from 2001-2002, 2007, 2009 and in 2011. Following her stint on “OLTL” she had brief roles on “Guiding Light” and “Passions”.
Susan Haskell: She has had only one notable soap opera role, and a doozy at that. She played Margaret “Marty” Saybrooke on “One Life To Live” and earned critical acclaim and two daytime emmy’s for her efforts. Her character was everything an actress could dream of, a party girl turned good girl who grows up after becoming the victim of a horrible crime. In this case, her character is raped and brings her attackers to justice. After her original run on the series ended in 1997, she returned for numerous short stints in 2004 and 2005 before returning in 2008 full-time. She remained on the show until 2011. For her work she won Daytime Emmy’s in 1994 and 2009.
Rebecca Budig: Rebecca Budig is one of the defining actresses on soaps in the late 1990’s. Best known as Greenlee Smythe on “All My Children”; a role she played continuously from 1999-2005 and again from 2008-2011.) Perhaps the most extraordinary part about her work on “AMC” is the fact that she wasn’t even intended to become a long-term character. Greenlee was introduced as a romantic rival to another character Becca Tyree (Abigail Spencer) and Scott Chandler (Forbes March), but soon became such a scene stealer that she outlasted that storyline as those other characters left the show and faded into obscurity. It was her pairing with Josh Duhamel as Leo DuPress that sent fans into a tizzy as they became a supercouple and Greenlee became a big fan favorite. Later AMC struck gold again when Greenlee was paired with Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison) a con-man who eventually turned legit.
Prior to her career defining role on “AMC” she played good girl Michelle Bauer on “Guiding Light” (1995-1998) and following “AMC” she appeared on “General Hospital” as a con-woman named Hayden Barnes (2015-2017; 2019-Present).
Robin Christopher: Robin Christopher is an often overlooked but vitally important soap opera performer. She has appeared as two important characters and appeared on four important soap operas. Her career started on “All My Children” in 1987 when she started the role of Skye Chandler, the daughter of series patriarch Adam Chandler. She continued on the series until 1991 and returned briefly in 2000. Following her exit from “AMC” she took on another iconic role, Lorna Devon on “Another World” (1994-1997) playing the daughter of Linda Dano’s Felicia Gallant. She was absent from soaps until 1999 when she reprised the role of Skye Chandler on another ABC soap opera “One Life To Live” and was once again paired with Linda Dano as her mother (Dano played Rae Cummings on all four of ABC’s soaps at the time). Skye lasted on “OLTL” until 2001 and then moved over to “General Hospital” where she stayed until 2008. She returned for brief stints in 2010, 2011 and 2012. For her incredible work Robin has two daytime emmy nominations (2003, 2005).
Vanessa Marcil: She has only 1 soap opera credit to her name and that credit is Brenda Barrett on “General Hospital” (1992-1998; 2002-2003; 2010-2011; 2013). Brenda was introduced in 1992 as a rival of Karen Wexler (Carrie Shayne) for the romantic attention of Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato Jr); but it was her romances with two other men, mobster Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Jasper Jax (Ingo Rademacher) that catapulted her into soap opera superstardom. Brenda quickly became THE character on “GH” that people tuned in for and an absolute fan favorite. She she returned to the show in 2002 ratings went through the roof. For her work she earned three daytime emmy nominations (1997, 1998 and 2003) winning in 2003.September 3, 2019 at 7:26 pm #1203056532
That is a pretty interesting list. I honestly wouldn’t have placed Amy Poehler so high on the list. As much as I like her she doesn’t belong to be higher on the list than Betty White, Debra Messing, Patricia Heaton, Jane Curtin or numerous other who weren’t included on that list.September 3, 2019 at 7:19 pm #1203056519
Some I would add (and I apologize if they are already there, I may have missed a few on your list):
Robin Mattson: This woman is a soap opera ICON and has appeared on virtually every soap opera there has been. Her most notable roles have been Gina Lockridge on Santa Barbara (for which she earned critical acclaim and three consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations from 1987-1989); Heather Webber on “General Hospital” for which she earned a 1983 Daytime Emmy nomination and that will go down in history as one of the most unhinged characters in soap history; and finally for taking over the role of Janet Green on “All My Children” and bringing Janet from insane to sane to insane again. She also did shorter stints on Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Days of Our Lives, Bold & Beautiful and Ryan’s Hope.
Helen Gallagher: Best known for her iconic role as Maeve Ryan on “Ryan’s Hope” she was a unique and otherworldly talent that captivated a generation of viewers with her character.
Denise Alexander: In the 1970’s she was THE soap actress. She is best known for her extremely popular work on “General Hospital” in the 1970’s playing Lesley Webber. Lesley was a definitive character on the show in the 70’s; a rival for Monica and biological mother to Laura. Her popular role on GH only ended during a contract dispute with ABC in 1984. At the time she was offered a massive contract by NBC to steal her away from GH and brought her over to “Another World” as Mary McKinnon, which despite her best efforts failed to become a popular or long-lasting character. She also had soap opera roles on The Clear Horizon in the early 60’s and Days of Our Lives in the late 60’s and early 70’s and did a short stint on Sunset Beach in the 1990’s.
Anna Stuart: This is an important actress in the genre who is often overlooked or forgotten. Her best known role was on “Another World” as Donna Love Hudson; which she played from 1983 to 1986 and again from 1989 to 1999 when the series ended. She has also had roles on The Doctors, All My Children, General Hospital, As The World Turns, Guiding Light and the web soap Gotham.
Lisa Peluso: Perhaps best known for her work as Ava Rescott on ABC’s low-rated “Loving” she had a very long career in the soap opera world. her first notable role was on the popular series “Search For Tomorrow” as Wendy Wilkins from 1977 until 1986. Next up was Ava on “Loving” from 1988-1995 when “Loving” ended and she was not asked to join it’s spin-off “The City”. She joined “Another World” in 1997 as Lila Hart Cory Roberts Winthrop; and played that popular role until the series was cancelled in 1999. She also had two different roles on One Life To Live; first as Billie Giordano from 1987-1988 and as Gina Russo in 2001.
Laura Wright: Although probably most associated with the role of Carly Corinthos on “General Hospital” a role she has played continuously since 2005 (despite being the fourth actress to play the role). She has actually played three iconic soap opera characters since her career began in the early 1990’s. Her earliest role was as ingenue Ally Rescott Bowman on ABC’s “Loving” a role for which she earned three soap opera digest award nominations. She continued the role on “The City” (1995-1997) and then joined the cast of “Guiding Light” in 1997 taking on the role of Cassie Layne Winslow, later revealed to be the sister of Reva Shayne Lewis; the series main female protagonist. The role proved to be a popular one and gave Wright the chance to stretch her acting muscles and grow as a performer. Her character evolved over the years and was a fan favorite. She left “Guiding Light” in 2005 and was cast as Carly in that same year. She has continued in the role ever since becoming the series lead female character and earning six daytime emmy nominations for the role; winning once in 2011.
Lynn Herring: Already a veteran of episodic work in primetime when she landed her first (and most iconic) soap opera role as Lucy Coe on “General Hospital” in 1986; she quickly became a fan favorite as her character evolved from mousy librarian into a complex and often times misunderstood villain seeking to improve her financial stand in life. As the character evolved she later became a quirky and beloved heroine. She played the role from 1986-1991 and returned in 1992 and continued playing the role 1997 when she joined GH’s spin-off “Port Charles” and continued played Lucy, now a leading character until the series cancellation in 2003. She made a one-off return to GH in 2004 and returned as a recurring character on 2012 and has been there ever since.
She also played soap roles on “Days Of Our Lives” (1992) and “As the World Turns” in 2009.
Fiona Hutchison: This outstanding actress has had a storied soap opera career playing fan favorite roles on two iconic soap operas; “Guiding Light” and “One Life To Live”. Gabriella Medina on “OLTL” (1987-1991, 2001-2004) and Jenna Bradshaw on “GL” (1992-1994, 1996-1998). She also briefly appeared on “ATWT” in 2000 and again in 2006 (for like two days).
Andrea Evans: Best known for her extremely popular role as Tina Clayton Lord (et all) on “One Life To Live” this actress is one of the soap opera genres most beloved performers. as Tina on “OLTL” she was introduced as the troublemaking half-sister of series lead Victoria “Viki” Lord (Erika Slezak) and quickly became fan favorite. She played the role from 1978-1981 and returned in 1985 and left abruptly in 1990 when Evans was being stalked by a psycho fan and her life threatened. She left the show and dropped out of public life for over a decade. She finally returned to public life in 1999 when she joined the cast of “The Bold & the Beautiful” as Tawny Moore; she left that show in 1999 and joined the cast of NBC’s “Passions” in 2000 as Rebecca Hotchkiss, playing that role until 2008. She finally returned to “OLTL” and her iconic role of Tina Lord in 2008; appearing from June through November and then returning again in 2001 for several months.
She also appeared on “The Young & Restless” from 1983-1984 as Patti Williams; sister of Doug Williams.August 26, 2019 at 11:29 am #1203040654
My choice is the 1980’s. It’s kinda hard to argue about the dominance of a decade that created mega-stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Whitney Houston or Janet Jackson.August 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm #1203039738
Though if Julie Andrews had not decline her nomination for Victor/Victoria, would she have won the Tony? I myself am not sure about that. On the one hand, she was already considered a legend that had never won a Tony despite having been nominated twice before for her iconic performances in My Fair Lady and Camelot. Though she was the only nomination Victor/Victoria received. Meanwhile, Tony voters pretty much went for the performance from a production they clearly liked more, which was Donna Murphy in The King & I.
just to clarify a point: Andrews publically declined the nomination but was not officially removed from the ballot and actually was a nominee. She just sort of publicly disavowed the nomination in protest of her show not being nominated.July 30, 2019 at 9:21 pm #1203003288
Kristina Wagner as Felicia on GH most definitely deserved a nomination for her work during the heart transplant storyline. In particular the harrowing scene when Felicia realizes where Maxie’s new heart came from and breaks down in a sob-filled realization.July 30, 2019 at 9:17 pm #1203003280
Yes, Kim Zimmer thought she would win (it was 1999 though; she did win in 1985, 1987, 1990 and 2016) for her dual work as Reva and “Dolly”, which is what she wrote about in her autobiography.
I was disappointed that Elizabeth Hubbard never won for her Lucinda Walsh on As The World Turns – she was nominated in 1986, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92 and for 1998 – 8 times for her iconic role. However, she had won for The Doctors and for First Ladies Diaries: Edith Wilson, so at least she had two Daytime Emmy awards.
Part of why Zimmer thought she would win is because Mimi Torchin from Soap Opera Weekly kept telling her she was going to win and was heavily advocating in the magazine for Zimmer to win.
I don’t think anybody else believed Zimmer was going to win; and it became especially clear once voters saw the reels that Zimmer wouldn’t win. Reportedly, her reels were viewed as laughable compared to the more heavy reels the other nominees submitted.
Based on the tapes; Zimmer and Hubbard were essentially non-factors leaving the door open for Cooper, Lucci or Scott to prevail. My feeling is that in reality it was likely really a two-way race between Cooper and Lucci. Lucci edged out Cooper though.
Perhaps vote-splitting between Cooper and Scott cost Y&R the win giving Lucci the edge?