I'm currently in the middle of reading Jeanne Cooper's autobiography, and I must admit, I was surprised to learn she began drinking after she started at Y&R, because I always thought she had a very mature, aged look to her from the very beginning of her Y&R days, and I thought it was because she had been drinking heavily for years beforehand.
Similarly, someone like Erika Slezak always had a mature/matronly look to her, even in her early years at OLTL. Can you imagine someone such as Rebecca Budig (don't hate, just using her as an example, ha) portraying the role in the late 70's/early 80's, married to someone looking like Clint?
I can see Erika playing the mother to an adult or teenager at that point, but someone like Farah Fath, who looks like she's still in her early 20's (with enough make-up on her face for a 55-year-old prostitute, but that's another story), looked kinda out of place playing the mother to a 14-year-old a couple years back.
Another example, I can buy Deidre Hall playing a mother to teens in the late 80's (on Our House) when she was in her late 30's/hitting 40, but it seems kind of strange seeing Alison Sweeney (36) playing mother to a 20-year-old today, because she still has a very youthful look to her.
Does that all make sense or am I offending some actresses?