I remember hating Christie's hair most days vividly, but it probably wasn't a big deal. I just recall her making a serious of bad hair choices and it was bothersome to me on the show, but I can't find any good pics or vids of it.
Lisa Linde played Ali and she was married to James Marsden for years. They have a couple of kids. She hasn't had an acting credit since 2000 so I assume she retired from acting.
Little correction Karen was born in 1945 not 1955
If she tested the first time maybe she could get the role would be nicer than an extreme deaging
Well Judy sounds right but Susan I don't know anyway it's hard not to think of Nicole as a Brunette
I don't remember being bothered by it very much but I do remember it being very trendy. The covers certainly evoke that: this is the Rachel cut with Melrose Place Sydney Season 5 collection of over-the-top little-girl hair accessories.
I remember really liking the Ali story. It was working a lot better than it had any right to and as you say, it had a more serious undertone than it looked outwardly. With enough comedy that it wasn't depressing.
Whatever happened to that actress?
I thought Roark and Christie had good chemistry (she never has with Austin Peck), but the Mike and Carrie story was probably too overextended. I remember Ali getting some attention at the time because the character was very extreme but not as much in the campy Reilly way, in a more grisly way, like the scene where she tried to kill herself and wrote Mike's name on the wall in blood. There was also the fantasy scene, which was posted here a few times, with Carrie as a real life Barbie doll, ending in Ali choking her out.