Archives for 2009

Ten More Marlena Summer Questions

Thinking Fans' summer thoughts on this, that and the other: Esther is happy Holly is making an appearance on Guiding Light, and wishes Monti Sharp would come back, too ... Steve finds, "The acting from the new younger set on General Hospital is good, but I'm horrified by the misogyny and thug worship in their stories" ... while Roger Newcomb is … [Read more...]

Marlena’s Midsummer Night’s Questions

Thinking Fans' summer thoughts on Destiny et al.:  JTG says Shenell Edmonds' Destiny is no stereotype. "It's obvious OLTL's writers are positioning Destiny as Matthew's first girlfriend. Most of the time, the stereotypical 'mammy' character is either sexless or oversexed. That is not the case with Destiny" ... while Mike Goldberg confides Destiny … [Read more...]

Satire: Ex-Soap Stars, This Is For You … And the Fans Who Miss You

By Matthew Weaver It's so hard to be a cheerleader for a team that doesn't even want to win any more. In the football team that has become daytime television, the quarterback is spitting on the legacy of the greatest love stories ever told, the wide receiver has been recast with a Melrose Place actress and suddenly turned into a lawyer out of … [Read more...]

One Life to Live: Defending Dorian

Thinking Fans defend Dorian, too:  Rebecca demands, "Dorian has always been a great soap villainess. I have a big problem thinking that she actually was in her cups at the party she hosted for Markko -- as we all know, soap villains do not lose control. I want the indomitable, formidable woman that Dorian is back on screen, giving no quarter to her … [Read more...]

Marlena’s Summer Plans

By Marlena De Lacroix Bonjour, everyone!  I'm sorry I haven't posted in many weeks.  As you know, my mother passed away.  It happened amid the frenzy of the end of spring semester, at the end of a long academic year.  I need the summer to recharge, so I'm going on relaxed summer mode until the Daytime Emmys at the end of August. However, … [Read more...]

A Soap Shrink Interview: James DePaiva’s Ultra Candid Look Back at One Life to Live — and His Own Life

PART TWO OF TWO PARTS In Part Two, James DePaiva talks about being Max, then not being Max; about the joys of family life; about being angry for a long time, and about dealing with those destructive "shoulds."  By Damon L. Jacobs D:  Now, you mentioned being terribly shy.  But I remember when Max came back One Life in 1992, the promotional ads … [Read more...]

A Soap Shrink Interview: James DePaiva’s Ultra Candid Look Back at One Life to Live — and His Own Life

 PART ONE OF TWO PARTS By Damon L. Jacobs If there is such a thing as a modern day cowboy in New York City, James DePaiva would be it. He is brutally honest, impossibly handsome, jarringly tough, yet surprisingly sensitive.  And although you are more likely to find him driving his motorcycle around town instead of a riding a horse, you … [Read more...]

Soap Shrink at Sea: On Deck with One Life to Live’s Kassie DePaiva

Thinking Fans on KDP: Matthew J. Cormier observes, "Kassie has clearly thought a lot about what makes Blair tick and has put her own life into perspective" ... OLTL no more scolds, "When you have an actress dedicated to giving wonderful performances and staying true to her character, she shouldn't be used as a prop in favor of 'romantic rapes' and … [Read more...]

Soap Shrink at Sea: On Deck with All My Children’s Melissa Claire Egan

By Damon L. Jacobs When I interviewed Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Novak Lavery on All My Children) on SoapNet's "Rock the Soap Cruise," all I kept thinking was, "courage."  This young woman has the courage to reach inside herself and expose the deepest parts of her soul every day in front of her audience and in front of her peers.  She was … [Read more...]

All About My Mother

By Connie Passalacqua Hayman (Marlena De Lacroix) My mother,  Jeanne Passalacqua, passed away last Thursday, April 23, in Bronxville, N.Y from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 88. My mother had two great passions in life: entertainment and education.  She became totally devoted to movies during her Lower East Side Depression … [Read more...]