Mulgrew did return years later, as a "ghost" during the years Yasmine Bleeth played her daughter. KM agreed to participate in the show's finale as well. The idea of reprising the role temporarily must not have been distasteful to her. I guess we'll never know for sure if TPTB approached her about coming back for Mary's death storyline, but it would have been so much more meaningful and effective if an actress we knew and loved in the role had been playing her in that end. With NG, I felt no loss when Mary Ryan passed. (And I might have cheered if the character had died while KT was there, LOL!)
Me too. I thought--given decent, percept writing, which the the show usually did not have after the 1970s--that Hunter and Thomasina might have been interesting. There were a lot of dropped and/or missed opportunities over the years on AW.
Exactly. Then the show's going for a THIRD replacement, after Tolan, was ludicrous. They should have offered Mulgrew the MOON to return, even for a handful of episodes, and let her be the one who played the role upon Mary's death.
Thank you for letting us know @JAS0N47. I'm glad I got to see it from someone here rather than on a generic entertainment site.
Jay was so good on Port Charles, so underrated even as his character was turned into a baddie and a headcase, to the point of ludicrous and inappropriate writing choices (I think at one point they had Frank sniffing panties). He was charismatic, sexy, but also a very good actor. I think he didn't get enough credit because he wasn't the "type" of actor who was supposed to be talented.
I'm sorry to hear he's gone.