YEEEEEK! Wendy Moniz Cast as One Life to Live’s New Mayor!!!


Yes! Yes! Three-thousand times yes! Wendy "Da Baddest Chick" Moniz has been cast on One Life to Live! According to Soap Opera Digest, the Guiding Light alum will play Llanview's new top politico, Mayor Finn, when Dorian (Robin Strasser) vacates the job.

It looks like I can finally stop Wishfully Casting Moniz on each and every soap opera now (Although I still say she'd be a helluvah Sarah Horton on DAYS!). Seriously y'all, Moniz was IT when she played bitch goddess Dinah Marler on Guiding Light from 1995-1999 and again briefly in 2000.

Here's hoping Mayor Finn not only gets a first name, but a meaty storyline in Llanview. And while we're at it, Prospect Park needs to go on right ahead and lock Moniz in a deal to continue with the series online! WOOOO HOOOO! My Dinah Marler is back, bitches! Watch a clip of Moniz as Dinah opposite the incomparable Maeve Kinkead as Vanessa below.
 

 




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    shoegal

    This is the GL that I loved and remembered. Great acting, Great sets and great storylines!!!

    I had forgotten all about Wendy and how great of an actress that she was and now I’m wondering why some other soap had not picked her up!

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    Soap_Stud

    Wendy left daytime and had a pretty decent run in primetime. She guest starred one some great series and was also a series regular on a few shows, including The Guardian.

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    josser

    Wendy was a firecracker on GL! Since her husband, Frank Grillo, is making big feature films around the country, having a job on a soap in their home city of NY must work really well. I’d love to see her in a meaty role on GL.

    Ugh! I was suddenly hit by a wave of sadness realizing that Strasser, St. John, and Watkins have all left Llanview. Those three were some of the best actors and delivered some of the best snarky one liners on TV. What really sets OLTL apart from all other soaps is how well it blends different kinds of humor with drama. Three great artists are off the canvas.

    :-(

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    I remember a time period there (1996-98) when the soap press (as well as myself) were scratching our heads wondering why on Earth this beyond-magnificent actress was never nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Emmys. Year after year she turned in the most amazing, complex, layered and heartbreaking performances playing Dinah Marler.

    Seriously, Moniz had 10X better material to work with in the 1990’s than Gina Tognoni had in the late-00’s.

    Love Wendy and love this news!!!

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    bishbay

    I LOVE this scene you posted, Jamey. I never watched GL but I’ve actually read a lot about this mother/daughter’s storyline and this scene, with all of its disturbing/uncomfortable subtexts is just riveting. I love these actresses. “Would I be having this incredibly unpleasant conversation with you if I [didn't care]?”

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    harlee490

    Love, Loved :) her as my “hurricane Dinah”…Wendy was the one that gave Dinah teeth, we are had 2 other Dinahs and nothing grabbed the fans like WM did with her portray of a bitch out for revenge. This isn’t anything taken away from Gina, because Gina was still good because she follow WM’s vision and kept Dinah’s personality in tack..CRAZY ASS BITCHINESS!! I would personally love to see her as a recast as Victoria Newman personally.

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    soapbaby

    Jamey – Thank you for sharing the clip. I have seen it many times and I still cannot get enough. What a powerhouse scene! Why can’t we get scenes like this anymore? The length of the scene is more than double what average scenes are nowadays and the dialogue was so crisp and poignant. Wow. Scenes like this and actresses like Maeve Kincaid and Wendy Moniz made it easy to be a soap fan. Those were the days…

    No real hope for OLTL to make the most of this wonderful actress but it will be nice to see her onscreen. I loved seeing Ex-Frankie and ex-Sharlene from AW play day roles as doctors on OLTL a few years back!

    Umm…I wonder if Mayor Finn will be immobilized by silly string. ;-)

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    blake3b

    OMG I love Wendy as Dinah! She was one of my favorites actresses on GL ever!
    I also never understand why she was never nominated for an Emmy (and won), she was delicious as Dinah. She could make the biggest brat and bitch and still feel sorry for her. God she was awesome!
    Glad to see she’s working on a soap again, too bad it’s been too long. Looking fwd to this!

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    alstonboy4315

    I think I might have an orgasm over this news. Wendy Moniz’s Dinah coupled with the lusciously magnificent Cynthia Watros’ Annie were the TWO BEST THINGS about GL from 96-97. I am glad she’s finally resurfaced on daytime. I always felt that she deserved an Emmy as much as Gina Tognoni did for her tenure as Dinah, but unfortunately she was overlooked.

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    gray bunny

    Thanks for posting my lil clip there, it’s the epitome of my *love* for this actress. So glad to see her back on a soap! I loved Gina Tognoni as Dinah, but loved Wendy Moniz’s portrayal even more! :)

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    GHfan-4now

    Love it! And I LOVED her Dinah and she’s perfect to take over for Dorian! Plus, she’s a stone cold FOX! BTW, if GT is still there, I want them to cross paths, lmao. It would be funny if GT and WM had some interaction with past references, lol! I can’t stand all the stuff he does, but I will admit that RC does funny stuff like that.

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    dewlove

    Hi All…..Wow, TPTB at OLTL should be reading this thread. How often is it that EVERYONE agrees on a casting decision? I love love love me some Wendy Moniz. She was so great as Dinah and just immediately fit in with Kinkead, VerDorn (want this mayor and Clint to cross paths!), and Zaslow. I hope she ends up with a meaty supporting storyline (leave the lead stories to our vets for the last few ABC months…)

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    rozzberry

    [quote=soapbaby]Jamey – Thank you for sharing the clip. I have seen it many times and I still cannot get enough. What a powerhouse scene! Why can’t we get scenes like this anymore? The length of the scene is more than double what average scenes are nowadays and the dialogue was so crisp and poignant. Wow. Scenes like this and actresses like Maeve Kincaid and Wendy Moniz made it easy to be a soap fan. Those were the days…
    [/quote] Well said. Vanessa/Dinah dynamic was one of the most riveting mother/daughter relationships I’ve seen in all my years as a soap fan. Couple that with another powerhouse like Annie on the canvas as well at the time, I could NOT wait for the next day to come in that era of GL. Clips like this show how dumbed down daytime has become.

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    blake3b

    IA rozzberry, those days you never wanted to miss a day of GL they were so damn good!
    I agree with alstonboy also, WM’s Dinah mixed with CW’s Annie and the show was crazy good! Too bad it didn’t last longer.
    I miss the days of Dinah with Vanessa, Ross and Roger all fighting and bitching and being bad.

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    harlee490

    It would be delicious if JVD’s Clint and his first wife before Vicki was Clint’s daughter…what a dream..because if you back on clips with WM & Clint were absolutely mesmerizing with chemistry and Dinah was daddy’s little girl. I loved when Ross would scold Dinah and still intermix with love and Dinah took what Ross say to heart. WM’s Dinah looked more like Vanessa, where GT’s Dinah resembled more of Ross.

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    giogio

    I thought Robin needed back surgery then would be back as Dorian. There are 6 months left. I dont know who Wendy is as I’ve never watched anything other than abc. But she looks like Dorian…. and she will replace Dorian as Mayor. I guess this is an indirect way of letting us know they have replaced Robin. I was hoping to see her again. But I wish Wendy luck on her new job.

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