In January we will begin our countdown of the Top 50 Soap Actresses of All Time. We have received a number of questions about the list and are answering them here in this F.A.Q.
Where did the idea for the list come from?
We are huge fans of so many of the wonderful actresses who have graced our television screens and continue to do so and wanted to honor them in some way. Many of them have never been recognized by the Daytime Emmys, and in some cases, it's quite surprising.
How did you compile the list?
Along with We Love Soaps editors Roger Newcomb and Damon L. Jacobs we assembled a team of subject matter experts who have covered the industry or worked in the industry (or both) and asked each to submit their Top 25 list. We combined all these lists into one comprehensive Top 50 Countdown.
The judges panel consisted of Alan Carter, Claire Labine, Connie Passalacqua Hayman (aka Marlena De Lacroix), Damon L. Jacobs, Jonathan Reiner, Lynn Leahey, Lynn Liccardo, Mala Bhattacharjee, Mimi Torchin, Nelson Aspen, Nelson Branco, Roger Newcomb, Thom Racina and Tony Calega.
Can one person influence the vote?
Ranking someone #1 on your list definitely has weight but the Top 50 is made up only of actresses that appeared on multiple lists. In fact, there were more than 50 actresses mentioned on multiple lists and we will do an "honorable mention" celebration for those who just missed the cut once the countdown is finished.
Is the list weighted to favor current actresses?
The list consists of actresses from many eras dating back to radio and is quite comprehensive.
What can we expect from the countdown?
For each actress, we'll provide a career retrospective, classic videos where possible, comments from the judges and, in some cases, comments from their directors, producers, writers or fellow actors. Many great classic photos have been contributed by Rob Wargo and Roch Bellefeuille.