The reveal by slick Jones that Beverlee McKinsey played Diana Martin solves a long standing mystery.
But, as is often the case, new questions arise.
Did the writers create the role with the intention of Diana becoming the long term character of Diana Lamont?
Or did they make the decision and then decide BM wasn't suitable? She stated that she wasn't the best match for the role.
Charles and Diana are mentioned as coming on as neighbors of Bruce and Vanessa. it seemed like they were an established married couple, so why was she known as Diana Martin?
All those story details are lost unless an article is dug up or a long term viewer makes a contribution.
I know Joe Riley recruited Pat to work at the newspaper because she was a friend of Cathy Craig which is how she was introduced.
Here''s a link to her history https://thesoapoperasaga.blogspot.com/2018/05/one-life-to-live-pat-ashley-kendalls.html
Was Talbot Huddleston, who later killed Marco, driving the car that killed Pat's son Brian?
OLTL had quite a few popular actresses and female characters to juggle at this time. I wonder if Pat/Jacquie Courtney, despite the big fanfare with bringing her on, just got lost in the shuffle, and the fact she was apparently having an affair with producer Joe Stuart for much of that time couldn't have endeared her to much of that cast/crew (who knew).