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Hillary Edson owns this list. I was very, very, very fond of Eve Guthrie - and I don't think I was the only one, as she somehow managed to stay on GL for two and a half years, with some of the worst and oddest writing and personality changes imaginable, until Edson chose to leave the show. But I hated, hated, hated self-righteous child-stealer Stacey Winthrop. Hated! Ugh.

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Speaking of the actors in her GL story (the Nick/Mindy/Eve "triangle" that was thankfully aborted after Eve went crazy and my guess is the show realized viewers were rooting for the crazy lady):

I just adored Barbara Crampton as Leanna Love. She was so much fun, and always gave Y&R a shot in the arm. Looking back at episodes now, I still get a kick out of her, so I can't just say it was some youth issue on my part.

At first I was happy she was cast on GL as Mindy, but, in no time at all, I wanted her off the show. She was shockingly vacant, lacking any of the drive or heart of Mindy. I can see that was partially the writing, but she still brought zero spark to the material. She was a Barbie. The only time I felt like she was getting into the role was at the very end, when Michael O'Leary returned as Rick.

I then liked her again as Maggie on B&B, for the first few months, when Maggie was spunky and trashy. When she was cleaned up, I lost all interest.

Vincent Irizarry. I spent three years wanting someone to punch Nick in the face. I hated the condescending manner in which he spoke to people. I hated his voice. I hated the way he said "Melinda." I hated the constant superiority dance he seemed to be doing. Only towards the last six months or so of his run did I start to like Nick. I was surprised at how quickly I took to him on AMC, but I really did, even with some lousy writing.

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Conversely, there isn't a role her one-time on-screen partner, Larkin Malloy (ex-Sky, EDGE; ex-Kyle, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Travis, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Clay, LOVING), has not excelled in, IMO. Even his brief stint as that weird doctor in the "rapid aging" plot on AS THE WORLD TURNS was a highlight in an otherwise abysmally stupid story.

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Conversely, there isn't a role her one-time on-screen partner, Larkin Malloy (ex-Sky, EDGE; ex-Kyle, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Travis, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Clay, LOVING), has not excelled in, IMO. Even his brief stint as that weird doctor in the "rapid aging" plot on AS THE WORLD TURNS was a highlight in an otherwise abysmally stupid story.

I know a lot of fans had issues with Kyle, although he did seem popular at the time.

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Frankly, I think the issues had more to do with the writing for Kyle, as well as the fact that he was a spoiler of sorts for Josh and Reva, than with LM's performance in the role.

Meanwhile, I believe Sharon Gabet could have done a lot more with OLTL's Melinda, but her time there suffered from a lack of airtime with Robin Strasser's Dorian.

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Judi Evans. She was the definitive Beth to me, on GL. I liked her as Adrienne on DAYS and finally realized just how awesome an actress she was when I saw her take over the role of Paulina on AW. She showed a side of herself that I would have never imagined existed.

And then there was Bonnie on DAYS. I tried so hard to like the character because I like Judi Evans, but I never could. I eventually completely gave up on watching her as Bonnie.

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Judi Evans. She was the definitive Beth to me, on GL. I liked her as Adrienne on DAYS and finally realized just how awesome an actress she was when I saw her take over the role of Paulina on AW. She showed a side of herself that I would have never imagined existed.

And then there was Bonnie on DAYS. I tried so hard to like the character because I like Judi Evans, but I never could. I eventually completely gave up on watching her as Bonnie.

Ya just beat me to it!

This was my first thought. HATED her as Bonnie Lockhart, but like her as Adrienne (as well as AW's Paulina). Didn't see her original run as Beth, so I think of Beth Chamberlin when I think of GL's Beth Raines.

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I just adored Barbara Crampton as Leanna Love. She was so much fun, and always gave Y&R a shot in the arm. Looking back at episodes now, I still get a kick out of her, so I can't just say it was some youth issue on my part.

At first I was happy she was cast on GL as Mindy, but, in no time at all, I wanted her off the show. She was shockingly vacant, lacking any of the drive or heart of Mindy. I can see that was partially the writing, but she still brought zero spark to the material. She was a Barbie. The only time I felt like she was getting into the role was at the very end, when Michael O'Leary returned as Rick.

I then liked her again as Maggie on B&B, for the first few months, when Maggie was spunky and trashy. When she was cleaned up, I lost all interest.

Ooh that's another good one. Liked her as B&B's Maggie and Y&R's Leanna, but she was AWFUL as GL's Mindy. She's one of those actresses who always had an older look to her. She could've played Billy Lewis' love interest, not his daughter.

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Judi Evans. She was the definitive Beth to me, on GL. I liked her as Adrienne on DAYS and finally realized just how awesome an actress she was when I saw her take over the role of Paulina on AW. She showed a side of herself that I would have never imagined existed.

And then there was Bonnie on DAYS. I tried so hard to like the character because I like Judi Evans, but I never could. I eventually completely gave up on watching her as Bonnie.

Same. :)

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