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  1. I recall in the early 80's in like a 4 month span the role of Sally Frame was recasted like 3 times. From Jennifer Runyon to Dawn Benz and then finally Mary Page Keller who owned the role after that. Two years later Taylor Miller stepped in and was horrible. I dont understand either why roles get recasted in such a short amount of time and Gloria Monty was famous for never recasting.
  2. Years ago, I always wanted to write for AW because of the mistakes I saw but in reality I am not a writer. I bet if social media and technology was adavanced when AW was on the writers could rely on people like us at least as consultants for facts about the families and history
  3. Wow, words to live by unfortantely there is no such thing as a soap opera anymore and this advice won't probablly hold true to the last 3 on the air. I have no idea if there are 2 or 4. Although, GH and DOOL were the only other shows I followed other than AW and they are still on the air but have no idea what the storylines are about today . I know Marland did write for AW but for the most part he, like any other writer wrote differently for any other actor that replaced a role. Otherwise, all the other rules he believed were a receipe for a sucess make sense At least to bring him back when Connie Ford passed away. Not even a mention about Ada's brother, when she passed. Harding Lemay would have been writing at this point if he stayed and hopefully he would have made the writing to include Sam could not make it. Yeah and as much as I love Harding Lemay and his dedication to characters he had no problem with recasts. The most weirdest one was Wesley Ann Pfenning as Alice Frame #3. So odd and the actress looked nothing like her the previous actresss's. I get it, sometimes the Prodcuers that make these decisions but dont write or subscribe to rules that don't fit a character. Why wouldnt a show like AW ask VW for advise when they are writing about a past character or family. We as fans, see all their mishaps with writing..
  4. I think us, who knew and loved Beverlee's Iris just see Carmen Duncan as just different and not really Iris. I do like Carmen Duncan very much and she did a great job portraying Iris but in a different way. Even when she appeared in 1988 and I thought maybe someone else should have been casted for the role, I still thought she was great. I always say, dont blame the actor, blame the soap. They are responsible for turning someone into a completely different person when they recast. Rachel and Iris would have never gotten even rometely along if it was Bev's Iris. I believe at one time there was talk of Pammy Davis (Rachel's sister) returning. Technically she was on Somerset and not AW (spin off soap). I could be wrong. I don't recall if there was any real interaction between Rachel and her sister Pammy who was not Ada's daughter. Someone wrote that even a soap magazine wrote they were casting for the role but obvisoulsy it never happened.. They should have had Rachel's father return to town. When Connie Ford passed away, I think Jordan Charney should have returned as her brother, Sam Lucas. He was best known as Mr Angelino on Three's Company in the late 70's after he left AW around 1975. At least for the funeral anyway but AW had lost all is real family connections at this point and probably know one even knew about these characters..
  5. Ah! I think AW has numerous problems for years. We all know about the drama during the 70's with actors being fired or recasted. Makes sense that behind the scenes the same crap went on. Not sure if the same stuff went on in other soaps. AW was always considered the drabby soap filmed in Brooklyn. It showed after 1980 but I still tuned in and it had its moments sense as a good show
  6. Who is CJ? The show was terrible at this time. The big down fall that last lasted for about the next 7 years until the robust of characters and Harding Lemay in 1988 for only a few months.
  7. Titan you pretty much took the words out of my mouth. I watched DOOL, AW and GH. I never watched GH prior to the early 80's and remember people talking about the actress that played Heather or Laura or Rick. You never saw a recast on GH from like 1981- 1990 unless it was a child actor who had grown up and show years later and that is normal. I remember when Christine Jones filled in for Jane Elliot as Tracy Quatermaine and that was the first time I ever heard an intro to a character playing somone else in the 9 years I had been watching the show. DOOL never recasted either at that time except when minor characters were created. I believe Kayla and Caroline Brady were seen in a few episodes with different actresses playing them but they were so minor they never even announced they were being recasted. AW never stopped recasting. Sallly Frame had dark hair and eyes one day and the next she was blonde and blue and a completely different person. AW is still my favorite and they were not much different than most Soaps with recasting but I do remember that GH and DOOL never did until after the 90's. I do also remember I think from like 1987- 1989 the only recast I saw on AW was Anna Stuart returning as Donna Love. Very unusual for AW as there was constant recasting with characters.
  8. I did not know that Virginia Dywer and George Reinholt were fired on the same day. So that means the Matthews family had two deaths at the same time? Very daring move on Harding Lemay
  9. Why have not seen some of the pics in the bible? Who is the first actress sitting in a diner? Is the J Courtney? When I go to AWHP this creating of AW does not show up Kind of typical of AW recasts. All of a sudden a characater become a completely different person but I would compare this more to recast of Rachel. Robin acted a bit more like Susan and Vicky like Nancy. Still both mean but a different kind of conniviing way . Of course Rachel became a heronie just a few a few years where Cecile got worst
  10. I would say 1976is not even comparable to the 80's. 1976 was at its prime for AW
  11. I agree. I dont know how anyone could think of the early 80's better than the late 80's
  12. I thought it was weird that they never really showed the siblings interact with each other. Courtney was on the show for month I think before she even showed up at the Marshall farm. Dawn and Paiges fued over Dennis was almost like two long lost enemies. I come from a big family and see weird things but they were all young people and just so disconnected.
  13. I always see writers on soaps (back then) No idea how the 3 on air operate today have nothing really do the actual writing. All soaps were set up with a certian theme and I believe the EP is the one who does all the driving. I have watched certain writers on shows and thought it was amazing only to yawn at their next gig show. I believe they dont have control of how they really want to write. Wasn't Susan Sussman ( i think her name) bringing the Y&R to star ratings and then she writes and creates her own show Generations which was just awful and so boring.. They write based on the direction who controls it all. Harding Lemay worked very closely with Paul Rauch on AW in the 70's and the EP knew he was doing a great job and let him have it but that is not typically the case
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