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Which daytime-soap actress did the best job of acting crazy onscreen?

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Was it Kim Zimmer?  Erika Slezak?  Robin Strasser?  Susan Lucci?  Deidre Hall?  Someone else?  Who's your pick?

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It was such a horrific, out of character mess of a storyline, but damn me if Susan Haskell didn't sell the hell out of Marty's breakdown 

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I agree with a lot of the above but for me the definitive performance will always be Kristi Ferrell portraying Roxie Shayne's breakdown on GL. She didn't get a chance to be cute or clever like Marty Sayebrook or Annie Lewis. She just had one day where she showed a woman who was completely broken mentally.

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- Jane Elliot as Carrie Todd (GL) was phenomenal

- Kimberlin Brown as Sheila Carter (B&B and Y&R) is simply iconic and I admire her acting skills. 

- Cynthia Watros as Annie Dutton (GL) was so powerful

- Sabryn Genet as Tricia Dennison (Y&R) did a great job when the character lost her mind (and the writing was stellar at the time). 

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Did Marcy Walker (as Eden on Santa Barbara) ever go loony?

 

Sweden actually really liked Santa Barbara to the point they aired it here in reruns in the early 2000s. Or was she just a Rapunzel?

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21 hours ago, te. said:

Did Marcy Walker (as Eden on Santa Barbara) ever go loony?

 

Sweden actually really liked Santa Barbara to the point they aired it here in reruns in the early 2000s. Or was she just a Rapunzel?

 

She did, in her exit storyline which was a DID storyline.  At the time, it was painful to watch, knowing she was being written out that way but upon re-watching it, it was actually quite phenomenal.  Marcy was EXTRAORDINARY in it.  She never went over the top- each performance was subtle and full of nuance.  There was even this thing she would do with her eyelids to indicate that she was in the Lisa personality.  Remarkable work from an exceptional actress.

 

Other breakdowns I thought were fab-

Eileen Davidson as Kristen on DAYS

Kimberlin Brown as Sheila on Y&R and B&B

Sabryn Genet as Tricia on Y&R

Marie Wilson as Meg on ATWT

 

(I didn't watch GL during Cynthia Watros so can't speak to that)

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3 hours ago, juniorz1 said:

 

 

Eileen Davidson as Kristen on DAYS

 

Which one of Eileen's other Days characters was your favorite, juniorz1?

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21 hours ago, juniorz1 said:

 

She did, in her exit storyline which was a DID storyline.  At the time, it was painful to watch, knowing she was being written out that way but upon re-watching it, it was actually quite phenomenal.  Marcy was EXTRAORDINARY in it.  She never went over the top- each performance was subtle and full of nuance.  There was even this thing she would do with her eyelids to indicate that she was in the Lisa personality.  Remarkable work from an exceptional actress.

 

 

Could you possibly explain the stuff with the eyelids, juniorz1?  Could you possibly provide a link to a YouTube video that shows the eyelid stuff?

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