I almost wrote a similar comment yesterday that included people like Kim Zimmer in the mix as well. While there are tons of amazing actors on soaps, a LOT of the "legendary" headliners are not great actors per se, simply people whose character is just a version of them. And, hey, being a good fit for your character goes a long way so I am not mad at it.
But I tend to think of Braeden being in that category too. I believe that's why I like Slezak as Viki and cringe when she plays the alters. Etc.
Inspired by Joseph's comment in the Unpopular Opinion thread... why do we think that Victoria W. was so consistently snubbed by the Emmys (only got nominated in 78/79 and then twenty years of nothing)?
Susan Lucci was over-rated AF. She just played herself.
One Life to Live was boring and uninspiring
Victor Newman should've remained off-canvas when Eric Braeden, who is also over-rated, left in 2009.
Despite horrible writing, Maura West was perfectly cast as Diane Jenkins.
Mal Young was entertaining as both executive producer and head writer, but should not have held both positions at the same time.
Cruz & Eden were probably the worst coupling on Santa Barbara.
Nikki & Victor do not belong together. Nikki belongs with Jack.
Never sold on Robin Wright as Kelly Capwell.
Just to name a few right now.