Wednesday, February 10, 2010

50 Greatest Soap Opera Actresses: Honorable Mention

Now that the countdown of the 50 Greatest Soap Opera Actresses has concluded, We Love Soaps would like to pay tribute to another set of wonderful actresses. These ladies received multiple votes from our panel and just missed the countdown. For us, it's more about honoring their work that has touched so many lives more than a specific ranking. The list is sorted by the decade and the date the actress started on soaps. Join us in paying tribute to these fine talents and if your favorite has been mentioned, please share your memories/videos/photos in the comments section.

THE 1950s
NAME: Peggy McCay
SOAP ROLES: Caroline Brady, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1983, 1985-2003; 2004-present); Iris Fairchild, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1967-1970); Susan Garrett, THE YOUNG MARRIEDS (1964-1966); Vanessa Dale, LOVE OF LIFE (1951-1955)

NAME: Ruth Warrick
SOAP ROLES: Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, ALL MY CHILDREN (1970-2004); Hannah Cord, PEYTON PLACE (1965-1967); Edith Hughes, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1956-1960); Janet Johnson, GUIDING LIGHT (1953-1954)

NAME: Frances Reid
SOAP ROLES: Alice Horton, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1965-2007); Rose Pollock, THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1964); Grace Baker, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1959-1962); Portia Manning, PORTIA FACES LIFE (1954)

NAME: Kathleen Widdoes
SOAP ROLES: Emma Snyder, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1985-present); Una MacCurtain, RYAN'S HOPE (1983); Rose Perrini, ANOTHER WORLD (1978-1980); Jill Malone, YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE (1958-1960)

NAME: Audrey Peters
SOAP ROLES: Sarah Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT (1989-2006); Lorraine Taylor, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1985); Judge Connors, LOVING (1983); Vanessa Dale, LOVE OF LIFE (1959-1980)

THE 1960s
NAME: Eileen Fulton
SOAP ROLES: Lisa Miller, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1960-1965, 1966-1983, 1983-present); Lisa Hughes, OUR PRIVATE WORLD (1965)

NAME: Ann Williams
SOAP ROLES: Blind Woman, GUIDING LIGHT (1985); June Slater, LOVING (1983); Margo Huntington Dorn, THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1978-1980); Eunice Gardner Wyatt, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1966-1975); Maggie Fielding, THE DOCTORS (1964-1965); Erica Brandt, YOUNG DOCTOR MALONE (1962-1963)

NAME: Rachel Ames
SOAP ROLES: Audrey Hardy, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1963-2007, 2009); Audrey Hardy, PORT CHARLES (1997)

NAME: Leslie Charleson
SOAP ROLES: Monica Quartermaine, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1977-present); Monica Quartermain, PORT CHARLES (1997-2003); Iris, LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING (1967-1970); Alice, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1966); Pam, A FLAME IN THE WIND (1965)

NAME: Judith Barcroft
SOAP ROLES: Pharmacist, ANOTHER WORLD (1988); Eleanor Prentice, THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1984); Sara Comstock, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1983); Viki, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1982 substitute); Barbara Wilde, RYAN'S HOPE (1981-1982); Louise Cavanaugh, THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1978-1979); Susan Stewart (1978 substitute); Ann Tyler, ALL MY CHILDREN (1971-1977); Lenore Moore Curtin, ANOTHER WORLD (1966-1971); Lenore Curtin, SOMERSET (1970)

NAME: Marie Masters
SOAP ROLES: Susan Burke Stewart, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1968-1979, 1986-present); Helen Murdoch, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1982), Missy Palmer, ANOTHER WORLD (1968); Hester Ferris, LOVE OF LIFE (1966-1967)

NAME: Louise Shaffer
SOAP ROLES: Judge Tillman, GUIDING LIGHT (1994); Goldie Kane, ALL MY CHILDREN (1988); Stephanie Wilkins, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1984-1986); Rae Woodard, RYAN'S HOPE (1977-1984, 1989); Serena Faraday, THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1975-1976); Allison Hathaway, WHERE THE HEART IS (1969-1973); Martha Logan, HIDDEN FACES (1968); Emily Rogers Hunter, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1967-1968)

NAME: Grayson Hall
SOAP ROLES: Euphemia Ralston, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1982); Marge Grey, ALL MY CHILDREN (1973); Julia Collins, DARK SHADOWS (1967-1971)

NAME: Ellen Holly
SOAP ROLES: Judge Collier, GUIDING LIGHT (1991-1993); Carla Hall, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1968-1981, 1983-1985);

NAME: Maeve McGuire
SOAP ROLES: Judith Sheffield, ALL MY CHILDREN (1997); Beverly Crane, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1994-1995); Lisa Mitchell, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1992 substitute); Selena, GUIDING LIGHT (1992-1993); Kate McCleary, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1986); Elena dePoulignac, ANOTHER WORLD (1981-1983); Maude Palmer, BEACON HILL (1975); Nicole Travis Drake, THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1968-1974, 1975-1977)

NAME: Diana van der Vlis
SOAP ROLES: Sherry Rowan, RYAN'S HOPE (1987-1989); Nell Beaulac, RYAN'S HOPE (1975-1976); Kate Hathaway, WHERE THE HEART IS (1969-1973); Susan Ames Carver, THE SECRET STORM (1960s substitute)

NAME: Tudi Wiggins
SOAP ROLES: Sara Kingsley, ALL MY CHILDREN(1980-1982); Meg Dale, LOVE OF LIFE (1974-1980); Karen Martin, THE GUIDIGN LIGHT (1971-1972); Erica Desmond/Helena Raleigh, STRANGE PARADISE (1969-1970)

THE 1970s
NAME: Francesca James
SOAP ROLES: Kitty Shea Davis/Kelly Cole Tyler, ALL MY CHILDREN (1972-1977, 1978-1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1995, 2005, 2008); Marcy Wade, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1970-1971)

NAME: Lois Kibbee
SOAP ROLES: Elizabeth Sanders, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1986-1988, 1989); Elaine Descot, SEARCH FOR TOMORRWO (1985); Geraldine Whitney, THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1970-1971, 1973-1984); Emily Moore Matson, SOMERSET (1972-1973);

NAME: Anna Stuart
SOAP ROLES: Elizabeth Manning, GOTHAM (2010-present); Mary Greenlee Smythe, ALL MY CHILDREN (2002-2005, 2009); Rae Cummings, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (2002 substitute); Donna Love, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1999-2002); Donna Love, ANOTHER WORLD (1983-1986, 1989-1990, 1991-1993, 1993-1999); Vanessa Chamberlain, GUIDING LIGHT (1981 substitute); Gina Dante Lansing, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1977-1978); Toni Ferra Powers, THE DOCTORS (1971-1977)

NAME: Dorothy Lyman
SOAP ROLES: Naomi, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2004); Contessa Dorothea DiLyman, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (2001); Bonnie Roberts, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1991-1992, 1994); Rebecca Whitmore, GENERATIONS (1991); Opal Gardner, ALL MY CHILDREN (1981-1983); Gwen Parrish Frame, ANOTHER WORLD (1976-1980, 1989); Sister Margaret, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1975); Elly Jo Jameson, THE EDGE OF NIGHT (1972-1973); Julie Stark, A WORLD APART (1971)

NAME: Kathryn Hays
SOAP ROLES: Kim Sullivan Hughes, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1972-present); Leslie Jackson Bauer, GUIDING LIGHT (1971)

NAME: Lenore Kasdorf
SOAP ROLES: Pamela Gellar, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1996); Caroline Wilson, SANTA BARBARA (1986-1987); Veronica Kimball, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1983-1984); Rita Stapleton Bauer, GUIDING LIGHT (1975-1981)

NAME: Kathleen Noone
SOAP ROLES: Patricia Julian, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT (2008); Edna Wallace, PASSIONS (2002-2008); Dame Kay Witty, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (2001); Bette Katzenkazrahi, SUNSET BEACH (1997-1999); Claudia Whittaker, KNOTS LANDING (1990-1993); Ellen Shepherd Dalton, ALL MY CHILDREN (1977-1989); Margaret Porter, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1975-1976)

NAME: Judith Chapman
SOAP ROLES: Gloria Bardwell, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (2005-present); Anjelica Deveraux, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1989-1991); Sandra Montaigne, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1987); Ginny Blake Webber, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1984-1987); Charlotte Greer, RYAN'S HOPE (1983); Natalie Bannon Hughes, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1975-1978)

NAME: Lisa Peluso
SOAP ROLES: Veronica Manning, GOTHAM (2010-present); Gina Russo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (2001); Lila Roberts, ANOTHER WORLD (1997-1999); Ava Rescott Masters, LOVING (1988-1995); Billie Giordano, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1987-1988); Wendy Wilkins, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1977-1986); Libby Wheeler, SOMERSET (1975)

NAME: Robin Mattson
SOAP ROLES: Cheri Love, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2007); Heather Webber, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1980-1983, 2004); Sugar, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (2003); Janet Green, ALL MY CHILDREN (1994-2000); Gina Blake Lockridge, SANTA BARBARA (1985-1993); Delia Reid, RYAN'S HOPE (1984), Hope Bauer, GUIDING LIGHT (1976-1977)

NAME: Catherine Hicks
SOAP ROLES: Faith Coleridge, RYAN'S HOPE (1976-1978)

NAME: Maeve Kinkead
SOAP ROLES: Vanessa Chamberlain, GUIDING LIGHT (1980-1988, 1989-2000, 2005-2009); Countessa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (2001); Angie Perrini, ANOTHER WORLD (1977-1980)

NAME: Marcia McCabe
SOAP ROLES: Carolyn Wheatley, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2008); Bunny Eberhardt, ANOTHER WORLD (2005); Alicia Grande, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1988-1989); Sunny Adamson, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (1978-1986)

NAME: Tracy E. Bregman
SOAP ROLES: Lauren Fenmore, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (1983-1995, 2000, 2001-present); Lauren Fenmore, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995-1999, 2002, 2004, 2007); Donna Temple Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1978-1980)

NAME: Anna Lee
SOAP ROLES: Lila Quartermaine, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1978-2004); Lila Quartermaine, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1997-2003)

NAME: Susan Pratt
SOAP ROLES: Barbara Montgomery Cudahy, ALL MY CHILDREN (1987-1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2007); Claire Ramsey, GUIDING LIGHT (1983-1986, 2000-2002); Charlotte Lindsey, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1999); Anne Logan, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1978-1982)

NAME: Karen Morris Gowdy
SOAP ROLES: Faith Coleridge, RYAN'S HOPE (1978-1984, 1989)

NAME: Colleen Zenk Pinter
SOAP ROLES: Barbara Ryan, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1978-present); Nurse, RYAN'S HOPE (1978)

NAME: Darlene Conley
SOAP ROLES: Sally Spectra, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1989-2006); Rose DeVille, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (1979-1980, 1986-1987, 2000); Trixie, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1984); Edith Baker, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1983)

THE 1980s
NAME: Ellen Dolan
SOAP ROLES: Margo Hughes, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1989-1993, 1994-present); Morgan Graves, ANOTHER WORLD (1989); Maureen Reardon Bauer, GUIDING LIGHT (1982-1986); Jeannie, TEXAS (1981)

NAME: Katherine Kelly Lang
SOAP ROLES: Brooke Logan, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1987-present); Brooke Logan, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1998, 2007); Gretchen, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (1981)

NAME: Hillary B. Smith
SOAP ROLES: Nora Hanen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1992-present); Margo Hughes, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1983-1988, 1988-1989); Kit McCormick, THE DOCTORS (1982)

NAME: Marg Helgenberger
SOAP ROLES: Siobhan Ryan Novak, RYAN'S HOPE (1982-1986)

NAME: Deborah Farentino
SOAP ROLES: Sloane Denning, CAPITOL (1982-1987)

NAME: Rebecca Hollen
SOAP ROLES: Patricia Kingsley, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1993-1994); Peggy Lazarus, ANOTHER WORLD (1986-1987); Trish Lewis, GUIDING LIGHT (1982-1986)

NAME: Marj Dusay
SOAP ROLES: Alexandra Spaulding, GUIDING LIGHT (1993-1997, 1998-1999, 2002-2005, 2005-2009); Vanessa Bennett Cortlandt, ALL MY CHILDREN (1999-2002); Vivian Alamain, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1993 substitute); Pamela Capwell Conrad, SANTA BARBARA (1989-1991); Marge Billings, DALLAS (1985); Myrna Clegg, CAPITAL (1983-1987)

NAME: Judi Evans
SOAP ROLES: Adrienne Johnson Kiriakis, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1987-1991, 2007-2008, 2010-present); Maeve Stone, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2009); Bonnie Lockhart, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (2003-2007); Paulina Cory, ANOTHER WORLD (1991-1999); Beth Raines, GUIDING LIGHT (1983-1986)

NAME: Ellen Wheeler
SOAP ROLES: Marley Hudson, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2002); Marley Love Hudson, ANOTHER WORLD (1984-1986, 1998-1999); Sarah, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1995); Phyllis Wicke, DARK SHADOWS (1991); Cindy Parker Chandler, ALL MY CHILDREN (1987-1989, 2000, 2001); Karen Parker, ALL MY CHILDREN (1989); Vicky Hudson, ANOTHER WORLD (1985-1986)

NAME: Julianne Moore
SOAP ROLES: Frannie Hughes, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1985-1988); Sabrina Hughes (1986-1988); Carmen Engler, EDGE OF NIGHT (1984)

NAME: Christine L. Tudor
SOAP ROLES: Gwyneth Alden, LOVING (1984-1989, 1991-1995)

NAME: Martha Byrne
SOAP ROLES: Catherine Prescott, GOTHAM (2009-present); Andrea Floyd, GENERAL HOSPITAL (2009); Lily Walsh Snyder (1985-1989, 1993-2008)

NAME: Tricia Cast
SOAP ROLES: Nina Webster, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (1986-2001, 2008, 2009-present); Christy Duvall, SANTA BARBARA (1985)

NAME: Kate Collins
SOAP ROLES: Natalie Marlowe, ALL MY CHILDREN (1985-1992, 1997, 1998, 2001); Janet Green, ALL MY CHILDREN (1991-1992, 2005-2007)

NAME: Finola Hughes
SOAP ROLES: Anna Devane, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1985–1992, 1995, 2006-2008); Anna Devane, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT (2008); Anna Devane, ALL MY CHILDREN (2001-2003); Alexandra Devane Marick, ALL MY CHILDREN (1991-2001); Helena Greer, SUNSET BEACH (1997); Kate Russo, PACIFIC PALISADES (1997)

NAME: Kimberly McCullough
SOAP ROLES: Robin Scorpio, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1985-1996, 1997-1998, 2000, 2004, 2005-present); Robin Scorpio, GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT (2007-2008); Robin Scorpio, PORT CHARLES (1998); Robin Scorpio, ALL MY CHILDREN (2001)

NAME: Ellen Parker
SOAP ROLES: Maureen Bauer, GUIDING LIGHT (1986-1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005)

NAME: Lynn Herring
SOAP ROLES: Audrey Coleman, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2009); Lucy Coe, PORT CHARLES (1997-2003); Lucy Coe, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1986-1997); Lisanne Gardner, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1992)

NAME: Kassie DePaiva
SOAP ROLES: Blair Cramer, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1993-present); Chelsea Reardon, GUIDING LIGHT (1986-1991)

NAME: Jill Larson
SOAP ROLES: Opal Cortlandt, ALL MY CHILDREN (1989-present); Opal Cortlandt, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (2003); Garnette, SANTA BARBARA (1990); Ursula Blackwell, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1988-1989); Judith Clayton, AS THE WORLD TURNS (1986)

NAME: Beth Ehlers
SOAP ROLES: Taylor Thompson, ALL MY CHILDREN (2008-2009); Harley Davidson Cooper, GUIDING LIGHT (1987-1993, 1997-2008)

NAME: Rena Sofer
SOAP ROLES: Eve Cleary, MELROSE PLACE (1998-1999); Lois Cerullo, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1994-1996); Amelia 'Rocky' McKenzie, LOVING (1988-1991);
Joyce Abernathy, ANOTHER WORLD (1987)

NAME: Michelle Forbes
SOAP ROLES: Maryann Forrester, TRUE BLOOD (2008-2009); Rhetta Slattery, HOLBY CITY (2006); Sonni Wells, GUIDING LIGHT (1987-1989)

NAME: Robin Christopher
SOAP ROLES: Skye Quartermaine, GENERAL HOSPITAL (2001-2008); Skye Chandler, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1999-2001); Lorna Devon, ANOTHER WORLD (1994-1997); Skye Chandler, ALL MY CHILDREN (1987-1991, 2000)

NAME: Kimberlin Brown
SOAP ROLES: Sheila Carter, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (1990–1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2005-2006); Paige Miller, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (2004–2005); Sheila Carter, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1992–1998, 2002, 2003); Rachel Reese Locke, PORT CHARLES (1999–2000, 2001, 2002); Shelly Clark, ANOTHER WORLD (1999); Candace Durrell, SANTA BARBARA (1990); Danny, CAPITOL (1987)

NAME: Alice Barrett
SOAP ROLES: Dr. Morrison, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (2008); Mary Frances "Frankie" Frame, ANOTHER WORLD (1989-1996)

NAME: Beth Chamberlain
SOAP ROLES: Beth Raines, GUIDING LIGHT (1989-1991, 1997-present)

NAME: Sherry Stringfield
SOAP ROLES: Blake Lindsey (1989-1992)

THE 1990s
NAME: Laura Wright
SOAP ROLES: Carly Corinthos, GENERAL HOSPITAL (2005-present); Cassie Layne, GUIDING LIGHT (1997-2005); Ally Rescott Bowman, THE CITY (1995-1997); Ally Rescott Bowman, LOVING (1991-1995)

NAME: Sarah Michelle Gellar
SOAP ROLES: Kendall Hart, ALL MY CHILDREN (1993-1995); Sydney Orion Rutledge, SWAN'S CROSSING (1992)

NAME: Alison Sweeney
SOAP ROLES: Sami Brady, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1993-present)

NAME: Florencia Lozano
SOAP ROLES: Téa Delgado, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (1997-2000, 2002, 2008-present); Penelope Del Rios, UGLY BETTY (2008); Mindy, LIPSTICK JUNGLE (2008); Eleanor Waldorf, GOSSIP GIRL (2007)

THE 2000s
NAME: Eden Riegel
SOAP ROLES: Bianca Montgomery, ALL MY CHILDREN (2000-2010 including short runs from 2005-2010); Bianca Montgomery, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (2004-2005)

NAME: Jennifer Finnigan
SOAP ROLES: Bridget Forrester, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (2000-2004)

NAME: Tamara Braun
SOAP ROLES: Reese Williams, ALL MY CHILDREN (2008-2009); Ava Vitali, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (2008); Carly Corinthos, GENERAL HOSPITAL (2001-2005)

NAME: Jennifer Landon
SOAP ROLES: Gwen Norbeck, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2005-2008); Cleo Babbitt, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2007)


  1. Great list although I would've liked to see Gina Tognoni's name in the 2000 list.

  2. How about Ann Flood, The Edge of Night's wonderful Nancy Karr (1962-1984) and then of course Bitsy Davidson on AMC? Her performances still stick in my mind.

  3. Seconded about Gina Tognoni and no Beth Maitland? Really? Thanks for the list guys. It was great fun to go through the countdown. Your presentation was excellent.

  4. Again, a great list with some incredibly talented ladies who also gave us or continue to give us many hours of entertainment. I'm sure I will think of others but two in particular came to mind that were omitted:

    1) Joan Copeland who was on several soaps but should be remembered primarily as the mother-in-law from hell, Andrea Whiting, on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW (I was a youngster but can still vividly remember her courtroom meltdown scene when she gripped her pearls breaking them & sending them everywhere) and

    2) Sofia Landon who was so delicious as a bitch supreme on GUIDING LIGHT as Diane Ballard


  5. What about Tricia Cast? I think she deserves to be on this list and lauralee bell as well. of course this list just proves there is such a wealth of great actresses out there in datyime. kristina Wagner is another i think belongs on this wonderful list too and andrea evans did i miss her name ?

  6. Jamilla - Tricia Cast is on the list...and deservedly so...

  7. What a great shame not to see the powerful, beautiful and admirable Tonya Lee Williams here. I feel that she should have replaced soap sister/scenery chewer Victoria Rowell in the rankings of Greatest Soap Actresses. Again, she has been egregiously overlooked.

    Btw, you should really have replaced Laura Wright with Gina Tognoni. Tognoni brings quirky, mercurial life to every part she plays - Wright brings a loud voice and that's about it.

  8. No Annie Parisse (Julia, ATWT) or Wendy Moniz (Dinah, GL)?

    Eden Reigel?! REALLY?!!

  9. Finola Hughes should of been on that list.

  10. Funny--there are more of my faves on the Honorable Mentions list than the Top 50! Kate Collins, Julianne Moore, Marie Masters, Robin Christopher, Christine Tudor, Robin Mattson...

    Thank you guys so much for doing this. Great fun!

  11. Any list of this nature that does not include the beautiful and talented Cady McClain somewhere near the top loses any credibility. There are actresses on this list who have failed to contribute one tenth of what she has to the genre and to the fans. And, I'm sorry, I will never understand all the love for Susan Flannery. I just don't get her appeal and, to me, she overacts.

  12. Great list, but I too am surprised by some of the omissions. What about Cady McLain, Eva Lerue, Andrea Evans, Susan Haskell & Constance Towers. Gina Tognoni should have made the list as well, but, technically Marley, she would belong in the 1990s list. She started on OLTL in 1995.

  13. Would loved to have seen Jensen Buchanan on the list as well!

  14. I echo the salute to Ann Flood. What a role model her character was considering the era. If only that show could be exported to some of the world's nations where women are considered less equal than men.

    Very happy to see Lois Kibbee. The You Tube clip of her confronting extended relations followed by being discovered at the bottom of the staircase is so striking even today.

    I am crushed not to see Carla Borelli, one of my all-time favorites. Alexandra Neil's Ruby Wright on Texas was one of a kind, particularly her unique friendship with Tina Johnson's Lurlene Harper.

    Someone who clearly left an impression was the late Gretchen Oehler on AW and Texas, Her Vivien Gorrow character lightened up any scene, no matter the tension level.

    Thanks for the caring tribute to all these actresses.

  15. I would've loved to see Lindsay Hartley on the list. She kept Passions watchable for 10 years.

  16. why is Rena Sofer listed under the 1980's when almost all of her work aired in the 1990's?

    Overall i'd say many of those ladies deserved to be much, much higher on the list.

  17. and why wasn't Gillian Spencer on any list? she's one of the most influential actresses in soap history! SOAP HISTORY. and what about Susan Haskell?

  18. Appreciate the time it took to compile the list but I'm shocked that Kristian Alfonso didn't even make the "Honorable Mentions". Seriously? Her performances over the past 27 years of Days of our Lives have been amazing, particularly her work in 2006.

  19. Eden Riegel? Youve got to be kidding me. Where the hell is Sharon Case? Shick just spanked every single couple in the SOW 20 year anniversary, beating out LnL. SC has been carrying front burner sl's for 15 years. Just because she isn't loud or over the top campy with her acting doesn't make her any less of a noteworthy actress. Clearly this is all a popularity contest. Kimberly McCullough should be on there, as young as she is, she carried that whole Stone/Aids sl and made it memorable.

  20. Thank you for finally mentioning Tamara Braun, easily one of the most underrated actresses in the daytime medium. Having bridged three soaps and won one Emmy for her role as Ava Vitali on DOOL, Tamara has over a short span of time, made herself a well respected name in the daytime world. For me personally, she made Carly Corinthos. No one before her or after has been able to bring forth the humanity and humility Tamara infused the character with. Her summer of fire as Carly was stuck in the Panic Room is just one of the reasons she should have been on the other list. In any other actress's hands, that Panic Room story could easily have failed. Her chemistry with both Ric Hearst and Ted King radiated off the charts.

  21. Kristian Alfonso should be in the top 5! The lady is fantastic!

  22. Pity we some prime-time soap stars weren't included. I would have liked to see Michele Lee and Susan Sullivan (who was also on daytime) included. A soap is a soap is a soap... :)

  23. Ruth Warrick and Louise Shaffer make honorable mention but Genie Francis makes #16???? And where is Jacquie Courtney? Not having her on this list should be considered a crime! I also would add Catherine Bruno to this list; she played Nora Fulton on "Edge Of Night" from 1981-83. Nora was a villianess par excellence! This official list? Meh.

  24. Great to see a few more of my favs on the honorable mention list such as Lois Kibbee, Maeve McGuire, Marcia McCabe, Lisa Peluso and the late Ann Williams.
    A few names which should also be on this list, in my opinion, includes the extremely talented Maree Cheatham (Stephanie on Search and several other soaps), Sherry Mathis and Ann Flood.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to put together this list.

  25. I am really surprised i DONT see Cady McClain on this list,50 greatest/HM. She IS by far my all time favourite daytime actress & i think that she is truley one of the best daytime actresses out there!!!
    Although ITA! w/Florencia Lozano, shes fantastic! i love her!

  26. Sorry, just can't buy this list without Mary Beth Evans being on it.

  27. insanity, Mary Beth was in the Top 50.

  28. What about Nancy Frangione from Another World? She was bitch supreme with a soft side. Also Carmen Duncan as Iris Cory # 2. She made every scene she was in pop.

  29. no Mary Fickett?
    her "Liz Thorpe" on THE NURSES and "Ruth Martin" on ALL MY CHILDREN were unforgettable.

    and...not to take anything away from the other "honorable mentions"..some of my favorite actresses are there...but Dorothy Lyman and Ilene Kirsten?
    Ms. Lyman's "Opal" on ALL MY CHILDREN and Ms. Kirsten's "Delia" on RYANS HOPE & "Roxie" on ONE LIFE TO LIVE are reason enough for them to be at the top of the "50 greatest actresses".
    (no explanation required!)

  30. Sharon Wyatt (Tiffany/GH) anyone?

  31. What about Hunter Tylo (Taylor,B&B) Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily ATWT) and Nina Arvessen (Cassandra,Y&R)..