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This is all from memory, but I believe that Born sent a song to Rauch where he basically told him off. Roberta Bizeau was fired and Flame's storyline quickly wrapped up as a result. It was probably more involved but that's what I remember.

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I know Roberta Bizeau was fired. However, Flame was recast. I forget the name of the recast actress. But next to Bizeau, that "Flame" played like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and she quickly did a fade. I'm not sure if the second actress was meant to just finish things off or if she was supposed to be permanent, but Flame went from sizzle to fizzle under the recast and that was that.

 

By the way, based on everything I had ever read about Paul Rauch, he was a complete piece of crap, so I'm inclined to side with Roscoe Born, even if I'm not privy to the details of their conflict.

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2 hours ago, Wendy said:

I know Roberta Bizeau was fired. However, Flame was recast. I forget the name of the recast actress. But next to Bizeau, that "Flame" played like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and she quickly did a fade. I'm not sure if the second actress was meant to just finish things off or if she was supposed to be permanent, but Flame went from fizzle to sizzle under the recast and that was that.

 

By the way, based on everything I had ever read about Paul Rauch, he was a complete piece of crap, so I'm inclined to side with Roscoe Born, even if I'm not privy to the details of their conflict.

Marguerite Hickey was the second Flame. Earlier, she had played the role of Allison MacKenzie’s daughter Megan in one of the Peyton Place movies.

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19 hours ago, pdm1974 said:

Besides the Capwells (and to a lesser extent) the Lockridges, SB was never able to establish another family that really clicked. There were sooo many attempts to start a new core family. Just off the top of my head, I remember...

 

Cruz's extended family

Gina's extended family

The Donnleys

The DiNapoli sisters

The Richards

The four "orphan boys and Cassie"- an attempt at a "different kind of family"

The Walkers (at the end)

The DeAngelis family (at the end)

 

Not to mention the Perkins and Andrade families which started the show but were soon gone.

 

Out of all these unsuccessful attempts, which family group do you think had the most potential if maybe handled better?

 

 

There were also the Duvalls/Bassetts in 1985, made up of Mary, Christie, their white trash mother Theda and violent stepbrother Steve. I honestly believe that their story with the Capwells in the summer of 1985 finally made SB click after a very rocky first year on the air. Of course, none of them were on for long in the grand scheme of things, but it was Mary who finally helped turn Mason into a three-dimensional character.

 

I think the Perkins family should have had more staying power. Dane Witherspoon, Valorie Armstrong, Melissa Brennan (now Reeves) and Kerry Sherman even looked like they could be related. All of them had blond/light brown hair, blue eyes and fair skin. They had a natural family chemistry. Then Dane was fired after his first 13-week contract cycle and recasting Joe with Mark Arnold was just too jarring. The only one who seemed to weather the storm was Kerry Sherman as Amy, who was in a popular romance with Richard Eden's Brick. It was her choice to leave the show (and show business altogether) in 1986 when she became pregnant with her second child. I think Amy was a viable enough character to try to recast instead of kill off, but maybe the writers felt that since she was the only Perkins left, it wasn't worth it. But it left Brick/RE rudderless, even though he was tied to three of the four original families by blood and marriage. I could also go on about how the character of Brick was wasted post-Amy, but I'll save that rant for another day.

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28 minutes ago, amybrickwallace said:

 I could also go on about how the character of Brick was wasted post-Amy, but I'll save that rant for another day.

Brick was definitely a wasted character...he should have stayed throughout the duration being part-Lockridge, part-Capwell (sort of)...

 

It's amazing thinking of all these different families that came and went when the show was only on 8 1/2 years! Sometimes characters, except the Capwells, came and went in a blink of an eye.

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55 minutes ago, pdm1974 said:

It's amazing thinking of all these different families that came and went when the show was only on 8 1/2 years! Sometimes characters, except the Capwells, came and went in a blink of an eye.

 

It's amazing that SB packed so much into 8 1/2 years. It's still hard to believe it lasted less than a decade when it feels like more!!

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On 10/29/2019 at 12:10 PM, dragonflies said:

 

I've read this headline 12 times and I still don't know what it means. 

 

Is it a performance art piece?  A sculpture of the Capwell Villa?  Miniature dioramas of the whole town? 

 

Does the Icelandic artist have a US publicist or does Daytime Confidential read Pravda on a daily basis to get soap scoops?   

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Nice photos. So lovely to see everyone. 

 

This montage is so beautifully done - it gets you emotional even if you weren't the biggest fan of the couple.

 

 

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