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I can't believe that photo of all the Christina/Blakes exists. I can't believe someone (other than a big fan of the show) would think to take the photo. I can't believe they cared enough to find Cheryl Brown. And I can't believe they were able to get them all together for the photo. It's very cool. I wonder what happened to Cheryl Brown? It looks she hasn't acted since she was a child according to her imdb page. 

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2 hours ago, amybrickwallace said:

The four Blakes (Cheryl Lynn Brown, Elizabeth Dennehy, Sherry Stringfield and Elizabeth Keifer) in a photo spread for the 20th anniversary issue of People in 1994:

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I'm happily shocked seeing this pic, especially with little Christina! Thanks for posting it! 

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I said it earlier, but Elizabeth Dennehy doesn't get enough credit for originating the character in the arch, semi-dark sort of Glenn Close Fatal Attraction mold. She's great in the stuff I've seen, albeit very different from Sherry.

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2 hours ago, amybrickwallace said:

How exactly did it go down?

Well as I said I am wary of misremembering the gossip but basically it was pretty abrupt and arbitrary in the sense of her working for several months before someone upstairs telling her it is not working and firing her despite the fact, as Vee said, she was doing a fine job in the role
Show-business is tough obviously but a lesser person might have been a little resentful and not wanting to revisit a bad memory.

https://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/11/nyregion/an-actress-learns-from-a-setback.html

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10 minutes ago, FrenchBug82 said:

Well as I said I am wary of misremembering the gossip but basically it was pretty abrupt and arbitrary in the sense of her working for several months before someone upstairs telling her it is not working and firing her despite the fact, as Vee said, she was doing a fine job in the role
Show-business is tough obviously but a lesser person might have been a little resentful and not wanting to revisit a bad memory.

https://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/11/nyregion/an-actress-learns-from-a-setback.html

Thanks for sharing the link. Thankfully, she went on to quite a successful career though as far as I can tell GL was her only continuing soap gig.

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Does anyone else remember Lynn Deerfield as the original Holly Norris? She was excellent, in a very different way from Maureen Garrett, and tall and lanky whereas Maureen was shorter, with dark hair and a rounder body. As originally conceived, Holly was a spoiled rich girl, though generally sympathetic. MG's Holly always seemed much more middle-class. Although Maureen Garrett was obviously a good actress, it took a good while for me to accept her as Holly. She was at least as different from Lynn Deerfield as Victoria Wyndham was from Robin Strasser.

I did not see Holly's introduction to the show or the trial where Leslie, then played by Barbara Rodell, was accused of the murder of Holly's father. However, I loved the very well-written story as Holly married a fallen-off-the-wagon Ed Bauer (Mart Hulswit) in Vegas, her brother Ken (Roger Newman) married Janet Mason (Caroline McWilliams), who had once had an affair with Ed, and Holly's ex-boyfriend Roger Thorpe (Michael Zaslow) pursued Janet, mainly because she couldn't stand him. Roger made it appear to Ken and Holly that he actually was having an affair with Janet, activating Ken's jealousy. All of these actors gave consistently fine performances, and all had great working chemistry with each other. With Roger's father (Robert Milli) falling for Holly's mother (Barbara Berjer), the situation became even more tangled.

To me, this character-based storytelling was more interesting than the contrived issue-oriented spousal rape drama which would eventually follow.

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9 hours ago, FrenchBug82 said:

Well as I said I am wary of misremembering the gossip but basically it was pretty abrupt and arbitrary in the sense of her working for several months before someone upstairs telling her it is not working and firing her despite the fact, as Vee said, she was doing a fine job in the role
Show-business is tough obviously but a lesser person might have been a little resentful and not wanting to revisit a bad memory.

https://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/11/nyregion/an-actress-learns-from-a-setback.html

I didn't know Dennehy thought Pam Long didn't like her. I always thought she was recast because Long wanted to redefine Blake after they turned her into Christina. Also, she was in Philip and Rick's age group and Chrissy was born about 5 yrs after Rick, so I thought they wanted to de-age her a bit. SOD said the show was taking Blake in a new direction. I swear Dennehy, in her exit interview with SOD, said she wouldn't do another soap. I don't remember context so I'm not sure if it was a knock against the show, daytime, or not a knock at all. I do remember when Larkin Malloy left as Kyle, he did say he would never do GL again because the writers kept keeping Kyle and Reva apart lol 

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