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#1 allmc2008

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

Helen Hayes is considered the "The First Lady of the American Theater" so I am wondering who could classify as the "First Lady of the Daytime Serial" The question is not limited to women but also to men.

I am not sure about the best actress. Maybe Erika Slezak? Mary Stuart?

Also, if you don't mind I would like a YT link to an example of there performance.

Here is mine.
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Start at 5:03. An Adam scene is right after.

When I said Biggest star I meant "The First Lady/Man of the American Serial Drama" NOT the biggest star. I was thinking along the lines of Mary Stuart.

Edited by allmc2008, 16 December 2012 - 05:04 PM.

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#2 Khan

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:06 PM

For my money, it'd have to be Beverlee McKinsey. But she's probably not everyone's cup of tea.

Neither Eileen Fulton nor Susan Lucci were the greatest actresses in the world. However, any discussion about "The First Lady of American Daytime Drama" would feel incomplete without these two.

And do I really need to include a YT link on Erica Kane?

Edited by Khan, 15 December 2012 - 11:07 PM.

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#3 allmc2008

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:38 PM

For my money, it'd have to be Beverlee McKinsey. But she's probably not everyone's cup of tea.

Neither Eileen Fulton nor Susan Lucci were the greatest actresses in the world. However, any discussion about "The First Lady of American Daytime Drama" would feel incomplete without these two.

And do I really need to include a YT link on Erica Kane?

Yes. I don't know who she is!! JK!
I thought Eileen was pretty good from a clip I saw of her. Did she have a moment that defined her such as Her talk with Mona from that soap net rerun. The one were she says, "When I set my eyes on a man I am going to make sure he has success written all over him!"
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#4 MrQuartermaine

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:39 PM

I don't think you can really pick just one Daytime actor or actress and call the the greatest. Each soap has had its staples over the years, and quite frankly, they wouldn't have been staples if they weren't great. Each of them has their strengths and weaknesses, but something about them has made them great.
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#5 OldGHFan

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:51 PM

Susan Lucci is the most well-know soap actress. She gets my vote.
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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:53 PM

Mary Stuart was the first queen of daytime, that is unarguable.

I'd consider Jada Rowland and/or Rosemary Prinz the first princessess.

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#7 LoyaltoAMC

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:06 AM

I think of the big icons: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Kim Zimmer, Denise Alexader, Susan Seaforth Hays, Mary Stuart, Beverlee McKinsey, Ruth Warrick, Jeanne Cooper, Melody Thomas Scott, Genie Francis, Dee Hall, Robin Strasser, Jackie Courtney, Rosemary Prinz.
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:20 AM

The Greatest Soap Star ?
Susan Lucci.

Edited by Pine Charles, 16 December 2012 - 02:01 AM.

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#9 Marco Dane

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:42 AM

Susan Lucci and Erika Slezak

http://youtu.be/thLyOFo-UJM?t=1m39s



Still waiting for Erika to play some type of role on L&O SVU LOL

Edited by Suzanne Sugarbaker, 16 December 2012 - 01:46 AM.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:17 AM

Beverlee McKinsey I think clearly gets the title first lady of the soaps. It isn't biggest star because if Helen Hayes was the first lady of the theater, then Ethel Merman was the biggest star. Meryl Streep is the first lady of american cinema but she is not the biggest star.
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#11 Khan

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:08 AM

I take back what I said before: for the title "First Lady of American Daytime Drama," this one gets my vote:

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 02:47 PM

Susan Lucci, there is no question in my mind, she is the genre's greatest ambassador and biggest star.


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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:02 PM

Susan Lucci! Hands down!

Erica Kane is a household name whether or not you watch soaps.
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#14 Khan

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 03:11 PM

SL better be the greatest, or else this script idea I got this morning is baseless.
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#15 Dr Neil Curtis

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 04:03 PM

Hands down Charity Rahmer! *End of Thread*
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#16 Graham

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 04:19 PM

The greatest soap star Is unquestionably Susan Lucci. Greatest actor is harder. Beverlee McKinsey, Erika Slezak, David Canary. Lots to choose from.
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

The FIRST LADY is Mary Stuart. STAR is Susan Lucci.
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#18 hendersonite

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:51 PM

Mary Stuart.
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#19 Antoyne

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:25 PM

I don't even know who Mary Stuart is..
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

Mary Stuart grew into the role as matriarch on Search for Tomorrow. She was the first person to make it 35 years on an American soap opera, as she was on SFT from its beginning to end.
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