I'm also enjoying the vintage AW clips from and thank you all of you who have pointed them out. Some of them are just brilliant in their simplicity and others pack a lot of emotion. I watched during the mid '80s, which was filled with some great actors and characters but not a lot of story. Victoria Wyndham had very little to do but seeing her in the 70s/early 80s really makes me realize how good she really is. And seeing the late 80s allows me to see how good Carmen Duncan is. I didn't see Beverlee McKinsey's years (except through the magic of YouTube) but I can see why Duncan lasted as long as she did.
Completely agree. Plus it isn't like Charlotte Ross has been frozen in time. She's in her late 40s and looks it (and looks good) based on recent pictures I've seen. I don't see much age difference between the two women. Neither one looks young enough to be Charles Shaughnessy's daughter but since when has that been an issue in the soaps!
On DAYS, I remember Eugene's cousin Letitia Bradford (played by Ruth Buzzi) in a handful of episodes. She had a pet lion, pet raven, flirted with Roman and maybe Abe (can't quite remember). I thought she clearly was there for some short-term comic relief so I was very surprised when she ended up as one of the Salem Slasher victims.
As part of that storyline, I also remember Nurse Joyce Campbell, played by Sarah Nall. She was suspected of Royal Dunning's murder (& maybe David Thatcher's) to cover up that she ended up keeping and raising one of the babies who was going to be sold.
I thought that Sin Stalker storyline was dumb altogether. As far as Quinn and Maisie as victims, it was just an easy way to get rid of two 40ish actresses whose characters had no familial ties to anyone on the show, and add a little shock value.
Regarding the McKinnons, I was surprised that they never tried recasting Ben. As I recall, Ben and Jake overlapped only a very short time (if at all) and that's when the McKinnon family was being positioned as a prominent one. The "good v bad" dynamic of the two of them could have been played out, with both eventually showing shades of gray.
The aging of her children AND grandchildren. Seeing a 50ish Patricia Bruder as the grandmother of a 30ish Lindsay Frost (as Betsy) and 25ish Melanie Smith (as Emily) circa 1987 was jarring to say the least. The generations of the Stewart family were squeezed so much there wasn't any realistic way to use them as a family unit.
I agree with Khan that Lucci, Geary and Francis are really the only soap stars who have/had significant recognition outside the genre while they were still on their respective shows, even in soaps' peak years. Nobody else crossed over as I recall - Brenda Dickson had a poster in the '80s and all the networks used soap stars on their game shows but that didn't catapult them to widespread fame. But to the initial point, there are TONS of daytime stars who went on to steady employment in the industry so Nancy Lee Grahn's and Kim Zimmer's comments to the contrary don't ring true. It might be harder if you hang around too long and get pigeonholed as the same character, but that's just as true for many long-term prime time actors. It takes talent, looks and luck, and, I imagine, a reputation of being relatively easy to work with unless you bring a lot of other positives and an audience with you.
The other thing I seem to remember about Peter is that the character changes coincided with actor changes. John Hutton as good Peter, Christopher Holder as cad Peter and Marcus Smythe as villainous Peter. I don't recall a gradual character change but had there been one, it might have made sense, especially once Reginald was introduced.
I got interested in AW in '84/'85 because I really liked the cast and there was quite a bit of humor. I also thought MPK Sally and Catlin were a great romantic couple. My interest didn't last long because of cast defections, and the sudden turns in character personalities. I wasn't familiar with Sharon Gabet or EON but I liked Brittany at the beginning. She was clearly going to be an obstacle in the Sally/Catlin romance but her hearing impairment, a deceased son, and her friendship with Zane made her a sympathetic character which might have led to a complex triangle where the viewers' allegiances might be challenged. But Brittany underwent the personality change and nobody liked her. I think Peter Love's personality change was even more drastic and made less sense. By the time the Sin Stalker storyline came to an end less than 3 years later, I was done with the show.
Isn't Margaret DePriest the serial killer queen? Someone correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't she the writer responsible for the Salem Strangler and Salem Slasher on DAYS, and the Sin Stalker and Bay City Stalker on AW? That's a high body count for one writer on 2 shows.
Anna DiMera's return to DAYS in 2008 after a 22-year absence not only brought back Leann Hunley (one of my favorites) but also me back to the show for awhile. Unfortunately it ended badly - Anna was always selfish and manipulative but in a fun way, so she never would have kidnapped a baby. Plus her friendship with Calliope was destroyed as part of that.
Love Khan's game show legend choices but I don't think anyone can beat Match Game's Patti Deutsch. Redhead, right age...and probably available!
But more realistically, Lyman is the only 60-something former "name" soap actress who I can think of who has the versatility to pull off whatever is thrown her way. Slezak, Strasser, Zimmer haven't shown a lot of versatility in recent years IMO although that might be a product of direction and writing.
Jason can probably confirm, but my recollection is that Hope celebrated her 18th birthday in late December 1983 so she was aged nearly a decade. If that age still stood (which I doubt it does since age is fluid in soaps) then Hope will be turning 50 a little over a month after DAYS itself does.