Marlena’s Best of the Best, 2012

By Marlena De Lacroix, a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman It’s the end of 2012, time for best and worst lists.  Because soaps are in such danger and I’ve already recorded most of the worsts in the weekly column I’m choosing only to do the bests here.  And Marlena being Marlena sometimes I have multiple choices in each category. Best Actress: … [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...]

Soap January: Bombs Away!

Thinking Fans Comment Update: Steve's take on AMC's "January stunts" is "I don't know if I can think of a more blatant example of the type of heartless sickness that has wounded soaps" ... and S. Woods adds: "The crud on offer from these soaps is giving tastelessness a bad name" ... while Twb6y optimistically doesn't believe John and Marlena are … [Read more...]

Dee-A-Palooza Day Three: Searching for the Real Deidre

Thinking Fans Comment Update: John says "Deidre's Marlena is imo the greatest soap heroine ever" ... though Alan Ryan prefers the Dr. Marlena Evans of the 70s and 80s ... and more.  See Comments below. _________________________  By Marlena De Lacroix In 1986 I was given an assignment by a major women's magazine to interview Deidre Hall, … [Read more...]

Dee-A-Palooza, Day Two: Days’ Marlena’s “Cool Intelligence and Warm Sensuality Hard to Ignore”

Thinking Fans Comment Update: James sees Deidre's departure as another nail in Days' coffin ... and more. See Comments below.  _________________________  By Patrick Erwin I've watched Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans on Days of Our Lives since Marlena came to Salem in 1976. By some miracle of good living and genetics, Hall looks almost the … [Read more...]

Daytime Emmy Noms 2008: The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same

By Marlena De Lacroix I first attended and wrote about the Daytime Emmys in 1980 and I should be over them by now.  But I continue, year after year, to be exasperated by the fact that two things never change.  1) No matter how many times they have been revised or have been updated over the years, the nomination and award processes are still … [Read more...]