COUPLE: Mason Capwell & Julia Wainwright
SHOW: SANTA BARBARA
Mason: Lane Davies, Terry Lester, Gordon Thomson
Julia: Nancy Lee Grahn
Julia came to Santa Barbara to help her blind sister, Augusta (Louise Sorel). When she met Mason he mistook her for a prostitute. Both Mason and Julia were unlucky in love so Julia decided to have a baby asking Mason to be the father. Mason agreed and during the process of making that happen they eventually fell in love (although neither would admit it). Julia did become pregnant, and Mason proposed to Tori (Kristen Meadows). Julia and Mason, both sharp-minded lawyers who fought as well as they made love, eventually admitted their feelings and came together.
Complications would persist including Mason's amnesia thinking he was Sonny Sprocket (featuring an appearance by Brian Frons as God), but Mason and Julia were finally married. Life was never easy and other lovers would come, Mason would turn to the bottle and Dash (Tim Gibbs) would force himself on Julia. But as the show went off the air in 1993, Mason and Julia were together and happy.
Mason and Julia were smart, sexy and funny, a combination that helped the popularity of SANTA BARBARA grow, including internationally, although the show never achieved the type of ratings success it deserved. The actors received seven Soap Opera Digest Award nominations during the show's run including as Outstanding Super Couple: Daytime in 1991. The couple worked so well together it survived a recasting in the middle of an episode (from Lester to Thompson)!
When Davies was asked by Daytime TV to describe Mason and Julia's relationship he said, "Love-hate in a nut shell. They're just really different. They view the world differently and are psychologically different. He's much more practical; she's more emotional. He's rational, whereas she tends to be irrational."
Grahn won her first Emmy in 1989 for the role of Julia. She finally won a second Emmy last month for her role as Alexis in GENERAL HOSPITAL, which she has played since 1996.
Davies and Grahn were reunited on GENERAL HOSPITAL for a time. Davies currently stars as Mackenzie Johnson in the Emmy-nominated indie soap THE BAY.
Thompson will be starring in the upcoming season of indie soap DEVANITY.
Lester, who had previously starred in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and moved on to AS THE WORLD TURNS next, died in 2003 at age 53.
From Patrick Erwin (A THOUSAND OTHER WORLDS): This couple worked with all three actors playing Mason, but it was at its most flammable during Lane Davies’ tenure as Mason. He and Nancy Lee Grahn were ice and fire on screen, and every scene they were in was compelling. A side note: It was phenomenal to see a woman like Julia on our screens – beautiful and with her intelligence seldom, if ever, compromised for the sake of a man.
- Mason meets Julia and thinks she's a prostitute (1985)
- Mason & Julia's Weddings
- Mason is drunk and wants so small Julia's hair (1988)
- Mason recast in the middle of an episode!
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