Within the past year or so someone posted a scene between Reva and Alexandra (then played by Beverlee). It was a brilliantly written exchange where Reva was talking about her difficult relationship with her long lost son Dylan, and Alexandra was able to provide insight given her experience with finding her long lost son Lujack. It was just two women, on a sofa, discussing a topic that should have been absurd, (I mean how many friends both have long lost rebellious sons?) but it was played so well that it became memorable.
I believe that even as soap fans we have only a certain tolerance for the farfetched. So, once Nick McHenry came to Springfield, and now Alexandra had miraculously found the twin of her long lost son, the character crossed a line for me. As much as I enjoyed the idea of Mindy being Alexandra's enemy after her affair with Roger, and how that was a perfect setup for conflict in establishing a relationship with Nick, the idea of a long lost twin was just too silly.
For as ridiculous as the story of Eterna was on One Life to Live, at least it created a viable explanation for how a woman could forget giving birth to a child. Since then, no soap has been able to find a reasonable solution for women who had long lost kids. It is easy for a man to have a long lost kid, because one can always say that the baby was hidden from view by the mother. But, even before digital prenatal care, women knew that they were pregnant, and very few were surprised by multiple pregnancies. There have always been female characters who never had a child on screen, but a future generation was needed for storyline purposes. Which is why step children like India, or a favorite nephew like Alan-Michael serve a purpose. However, I think it makes a female character looks dumb when they suddenly realize that they gave birth to a twin without knowing it.
So, beyond whether certain actors were favored by producers or writers, I think Alexandra was done irreparable damage for the purpose of a plot driven story, and from there the rules that defined her as a character went out the window, allowing her to become shrieking, blackmailing, kidnapping, extortionist shrew.
This one I already saw kinda made me cry but thanks for trying to help me, Capitol is pretty hard to find especially the early episodes I was really curious on Carolyn or Marla as Myrna as my search give results only for Marj
By the way did you like the link I sent? I've forgotten about Lara Parker being on Capitol