DALLAS Unknown Role 1983
BARE ESSENCE Unknown Role 1983
THE GUIDING LIGHT Roxanne "Roxie" Shayne 1984-88
CHIPS Jenny 1982-83
MELVIN VAN PEEBLES
ALL MY CHILDREN Melvin Woods 2008
THE SOPHISTICATED GENTS Silky/ Walter "Moon" Porter 1981
SONNY SPOON Mel Spoon 1988
Appeared in many Blaxploitation films including:
SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG Sweetback 1971
Father of actor Mario Van Peebles.
MARIO VAN PEEBLES
ONE LIFE TO LIVE Doc Gilmore 1982-83
ALL MY CHILDREN Samuel Woods 2008
NASHVILLE Henry Benton 2014-15
EMPIRE Uncle Ray 2019
THE SOPHISTICATED GENTS Nicholas 1981
L.A. LAW Andrew Taylor 1986
SONNY SPOON Sonny Spoon 1988
RUDE AWAKENINGS Marcus Aderno 200-01
DAMAGES Agent Randall Harrison 2007-09
BLOODLINE Prosecutor 2017
SUPERSTITION Isaac Hopkins 2017-18
Z NATION Cooper 2018
SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG Sweetback as a kid 1971
NEW JACK CITY Stone 1991
ALI Malcolm X 2001
Very successful Director
From being de-aged, to finding a long lost half-sister that didn't fit with her established backstory, to the relationship with Geraldine, it felt like Nicole became a different character during her relationship with Miles. The thing with Geraldine is hard to explain, but early Nicole was mature, whereas the Nicole that worked for Geraldine at the TV station felt in need of mentoring and advice. Maeve's Nicole was more like a contemporary of Nancy and Geraldine in terms of status and power, whereas Jayne's felt less evolved; more similar to April or Chris Egan.
I remember reading one of the novelizations, and they characterized early Nicole as a bit of a spoiled princess, dependent on her father's wealth, who grew into a more liberated woman through her romance with Adam and their adventures in bringing the mob to justice. As far as I recall, none of those early qualities, nor the cool sophistication that Maeve brought to most of her characters, were present in the character as portrayed by Jayne.
I didn't dislike Jayne, and her Nicole was around for most of the period that I watched the show every day after school, but it always stuck with me after reading Soap World and the novelizations that she was more Nicole's younger sister than being the original Nicole as portrayed by Maeve.
I'm pretty sure I once read Agnes Nixon saying it's best not to mention past characters as it only reminds viewers who may miss them or remember them fondly that they are not around.
Not sure I agree...
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.