SOAP ROLES: Nola Reardon Chamberlain, GUIDING LIGHT (1980-1985, 1995-1998, 2009); Iva Snyder, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1985-1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003); Carolyn, LOVING (1995)
1988 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1987 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1981 Afternoon TV Award win for Best Actress
COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Lynn Liccardo: Lisa Brown's Nola was probably my mother's all-time favorite character. A few years back, I was looking through Doug Marland's papers at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and read his original longterm. Turns out that he had intended for Brown's Nola and John Wesley Shipp's Kelly to end up together. I'd love to know if it was Doug who changed his mind, of if he was overruled by TPTB in favor of Kristen Vigard's angelic Morgan . I'd also love to know what my late mother would have thought; she loved Nola as the bad girl.
Roger Newcomb: I used to get home from school around 2:20 p.m. (pre-VCR days) and watch the rest of GUIDING LIGHT. The day that Kelly found out the truth about Nola I will never forget. Lisa Brown was superb. Nola's desires, her fantasy life and her relationship with Quint made her one of the most memorable characters in soap opera history. The fact that Brown was able to create a second memorable character in Iva Snyder on AS THE WORLD turns speaks volumes for her as an actress. Iva running into the barn with a pitchfork screaming at Josh and Lily, "She's your baby!" was one of the best scenes in the show's history. It's hard to believe she didn't win an Emmy during the 1980s, a decade she dominated.
COMMENTS FROM CO-STARS/CO-WORKERS/INDUSTRY:
Martha Byrne: (worked with Brown on ATWT and now on GOTHAM) The first word that comes to mind when I think of Lisa as the actress, is fearless. Her energy and creativity was contagious. It's hard to even be specific about what it is about her that makes her so special, because working with her is so effortless. The one thing that stands out to me now, looking back at the opportunity I was given to work with her, is that I was always treated like a peer. Elizabeth and Lisa carried me through personally with their support and professionally with their talent. Lisa was, and is, a powerhouse of an actress. Working with her now as a director and writer, it's interesting to hear her verbalize her understanding of the process. Back in the 80s the entire cast and crew was influenced by her process through her acting, which was subtle and powerful. We've been through a lot together and I've always believed in her because I had a front row seat to her love of the work.