That Sure is a Big…Brain: Soaps’ 10 Smartest, Sexiest Supercouples


 




With the return of acerbic, comical newspaper man Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) to Salem on Days of Our Lives, one of soap's smartest, sexiest pairings, Jack and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), have been reunited. Well, not quite. There is the matter of Jenn's hairy, hunky new boyfriend Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian) for the roving reporter to contend with.

Never fear. Our boy Jack's no stranger to having to use his brains to best another man's brawn when it comes to Jennifer Rose. Remember Emilo Ramirez or Hawk Hawkins? Yeah, neither do we. In celebration of Jack and Jenn getting another shot at a little, ahem, intelligent interaction, let's look back at 10 of daytime's smartest couples.


10.) Jennifer Horton and Jack Deveraux, Days of Our Lives  

There's absolutely no way this pairing should have worked. He was the insanely jealous, political scion, who had raped his first wife, town sweetheart Kayla Brady (Mary Beth Evans). She was the plucky, virginal granddaughter of Salem's most prominent family on NBC's Days of Our Lives. Yet from the moment Jennifer Horton started an internship at Jack Deveraux's newspaper, The Spectactor, there was no denying the combustible chemistry that flowed beneath every snarky barb Jack shot in Jennifer's direction. 

Though everyone tried to warn Jenn, her Grandmother Alice ( the late Frances Reid) and her cousin Melissa (then Camilla Scott) to name a few, she was determined to make Jack admit he had feelings for her, and to see himself the way she saw him.  When Jenn grew weary of waiting on Jack to finally realize he was just as crazy for her as she was for him, she opted to marry good-natured Latin heartthrob Emilio (Billy Hufsy), causing Jack to do what any sensible man in love would. He hijacked a fire engine and kidnapped Jennifer on her wedding day!

In Jennifer, Jack found the redemption he was so desperately searching for and in Jack, Jenn found the greatest love (and challenge) of her life. In the over two decades that have followed, Jack and Jenn have endured Cruises of Deception (complete with diaphragms!), marriages, divorces, the births of two children, childhood cancer, a couple of returns from the dead and even Peter Blake, but through it all, they've always managed to make smart look hella sexy. Okay, except for when Steve Wlder and Stephanie Cameron were in the roles…



 

48 Responses

  1. Profile photo of soapbaby
    soapbaby

    Oh Jamey, you are a soap fan after my own heart! You list ten of my favorite all-time couples in soaps. Mason and Julia made me swoon and I think their relationship was one of the smartest, sexiest and most fun on soaps. And I had forgotten what a sex kitten Louise Sorel was as Augusta. Va va voom, indeed! Loved Cass and Kathleen. I liked Cass and Frankie but I LOVED Cass and Kathleen. ATWT’s Lucinda Walsh and John Dixon were great and made the final week of ATWT’s final run worth watching.

    I loved the entire list with the exception of Luke and Tracy. I think that couple had an untapped potential but after Luke ran out on his marriage and family to go sleep with hookers, I was done.

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    blake3b

    Jamey! You picked Alexandra and Fletcher! Yah! It’s funny, right when I saw this article I thought of a few Guiding Light supercouples that would be on it, and Alex and Fletch were actually one of them! And I was shocked that you chose them, assumed it would have been a more popular supercouple! But bravo!
    GL was full of awesome couples in the early 90s. My favorite were Nick and Mindy (played only by Kimberly Simms!). Other great ones: Alan-Michael and Eleni, Frank and Eleni, Harley and Mallet, Ross and Blake, Holly and Roger, Nadine and Billy, Vanessa and Billy, Gilly and Hamp, Kat and David, Ed and Maureen, Reva and Josh.
    On Another World I loved Amanda and Sam (played by Robert Kelker Kelly, if i spelled that right), they were so hot I had a centerfold poster of the two of them dancing. Sam and Amanda along with Nick and Mindy at the same time! Hot!!!!
    I liked Cass and Frankie also. And on AMC definitely Leo and Greenlee and Ryan and Gillian.

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    jphelps

    All of these are great barring Tracy and Luke. I can’t support any woman being considered smart who keeps taking back a man who cheats, steals, lies to her and makes her look pathetic. The Tracy Q I knew in the day would have thrown his *ss out like yesterdays garbage years ago.But I would include them in a list of couples where the female character was ruined and gutted for them. Talk about todays world? In today’s world women over 50 don’t settle for some worthless leech of a man.

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    Bourgeois Nerd

    Yeah, I can’t really co-sign Tracy and Luke, either. I think they had amazing potential, but at this point it’s all Wacky Hijinks and “LOL, OLD PEOPLE HAVING TEH SEX!” Tracy just looks sad at this point, taking his hooker-shtupping, wife-abandoning ass back time after time.

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    Jamey Giddens

    @The_Moustache, yep. He raped Kayla Brady while they were married. He was tormented for years by the thought that he’d end up like his biological father and adopted father, also both rapists. Jenn’s love and Patch and Kayla’s forgiveness ultimately redeemed him.

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    Miry

    Um, Dr. Hairy McSTD is not fit enough to wipe Jack’s ass! Get him off my screen! (& out of Jenn’s life! I want my damn Jack & Jen back, dang’it!!)

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    Brenda-OnlyMrsMorgan

    Awesome list Jamey. While I was never really a fan of the couple, I always thought Ric/Alexis (GH) was another smart sexy couple. But maybe that is just NLG rubbing off. Mason/Julia were probably my favorite couple back in the day – all 3 faces of Mason. I wish there were more portrayed so smartly.

    And thanks for the Cruise of Deception diaphragm shout-out. Totally made my day!

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    SoapSnob

    Ahh, The Great and Incomparable Beverlee McKinsey. I Loved EVERYTHING she did as Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light. Beverlee is sorely missed. And a presence like hers could elevate any soap opera scene today simply by having her stand silently in the room. (I would not want her to have to utter the horrid drivel that passes for writing on daytime dramas nowadays.)

    And while she and Fletcher were cute, I actually preferred her with Roger when they were in courtship mode. But, their nasty divorce mode was delicious, too. :-)

    Can anyone who has ever seen Beverlee’s work nelive that she does NOT have an Emmy for Best/Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama? Blasphemous.

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    liason4real

    Tracy and Luke? No. Tracy and Luke are played for laughs whenever AG is not on vacation.

    Dorian and Herb! Yes! Heck yes! I always preferred when Dorian and Viki had their own love interests.

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    ktbob

    Great list! If you didn’t already have two supercouples from ATWT, I’d put in a vote for Luke Snyder and Dr. Reid Oliver as well. The minute the snarky, brilliant neurosurgeon hit Oakdale, Luke ditched the striped polos and crippling self-doubt, turning into the confident, strong young businessman who could hold his own with the good doctor.

    Their chemistry was off the charts, their banter witty and smart, and their combined brain power a thing of beauty. They were a supercouple denied the time they deserved.

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    Angie Lucy

    Mason and Julia’s wedding was so sweet and funny. NLG looked fab. What on earth did they do to poor Marcy Walker’s hair. Some things from the 80s I hope will never return.

    We need another good wedding in daytime. Sam and Jason in Simon Cowell couture does not count. I could have seen them eloping on a beach with Jason in jeans and a button down shirt (tails out, no tie of course) and Sam in a pretty but not bridal dress. That would have matched their breezy, no-frills taste. But instead we got some schtick in a Chinese restaurant.

    Back to smart couples…what about Bo and Nora?

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    dkellergrl2001

    It’s very interesting, but I’ve noticed that almost all of these couple (which I have very fond memories of, especially Mason and Julia – Santa Barbara for the WIN), both the male and female characters are older than what’s supposedly currently “acceptable” now in this day and age of fictional pairings on US daytime soaps. Also, that the female actresses aren’t 10 to 15 (or even 20 years) younger than their male counterparts.

    Just very interesting and thank you, Jamey for the walk down memory lane.

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    elwood123

    LOVE this list, but Luke and Tracy? NFW in hell EVER. Tracy is a boil on Luke’s ass. Laura cancels out anything and everything Tracy. She’ll always be the consolation, and nothing else. I don’t care how much crap Guza or GW writes to try and force that contrived BS pairing down peoples throats, there is NO WAY IN HELL that Tracy is Luke’s true love.

    She’s a wart.

    All of the others I completely agree with. If you would have had Luke and Laura in there or Liz and Lucky, you would have been 10 for 10.

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    Freerhythm

    Great job on the list, I think that it’s always the smart/clever pairings that are most entertaining. Lust in the afternoon is good, but you can’t beat witty and sexy!

    I understand that’s it a “Top Ten”, but I wonder who your honorable mentions were. For me:

    – Harley and Gus, GL (before they were ruined, of course)
    – Monica and Alan, GH (how could Luke/Tracy make the list before them? Their banter was Legen-wait for it- dary!)
    – Reva and Buzz, GL (shortlived, but amazing chemistry between KZ and JD)
    – Alan and Olivia, GL (they “got” each other in an amazing way, too bad it was ruined with Phillip’s muscle-ing in….not that we minded the muscle, lol)

    Other “Top Tens” that I’d love to see:

    -Friendships (sometimes these give us the most heartbreaking moments on soaps. No rivalries, just pure friendship like Maureen and Vanessa on GL or Katherine and Nikki on Y&R)

    – Frenemies (Of course Viki/Dorian on OLTL and Katherine/Jill on Y&R would have to top this list, but I’d love to see some guys like Palmer/Adam on AMC or Phillip/Rick on GL)

    -Sibling Rivalries (and not just the tired, we fought over the same guy/girl rivalries. Alex and Alan on GL have gotta be #1, their battles over Spaulding were so riveting; Viki and Todd’s relationship on OLTL has always fascinated me too)

    -Momma’s Boys and Daddy’s Girls (again, these parental relationships that don’t fall into the whole “we slept with the same guy/girl” help to make soap families so much more dynamic. Victor/Victoria on Y&R, Mac/Iris on AW, Stephanie/Ridge and Brooke/Rick on B&B)

    I love these trips down memory lane! Keep ‘em coming!

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    soapbaby

    [quote=ktbob]Great list! If you didn’t already have two supercouples from ATWT, I’d put in a vote for Luke Snyder and Dr. Reid Oliver as well. The minute the snarky, brilliant neurosurgeon hit Oakdale, Luke ditched the striped polos and crippling self-doubt, turning into the confident, strong young businessman who could hold his own with the good doctor.

    Their chemistry was off the charts, their banter witty and smart, and their combined brain power a thing of beauty. They were a supercouple denied the time they deserved.[/quote]

    I agree with you ktbob. I never watched Luke and Reid first-run but caught up on Youtube and they were mesmerizing and smart and wonderful.

    Also, I agree with AngieLucy on the missing Bo and Nora. Bo and Nora were smart and funny and lovely.

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    Ms 45

    Q: Was the Jack who raped Kayla played by a different actor than MA?

    This is an awesome list, but it speaks volumes that most of the pairings are from so long ago. *sigh* Let’s include Adam and Brooke as well.

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    Myst Stied

    I like the list..Well, all the couples that I’m familiar with. My favorite current sexy pairing is Jill and Colin and they’re also over 50..I know they’ve a lot of crap thrown at them from the hack writers..But they’re just so good together..They’re sexy, adorable pair and it’s really too bad MAB wrote Colin all wrong. Jill/Colin could’ve become something really amazing..Jess and Tristan has Chemistry galorE. Love them better than any pair on the show now..

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    For Whom the Bells Toll

    :) :) :) Ah, Mason and Julia….. those were the days when the writing was so clever and the actors could really show their talent. Where are the good writers now? Also, the scene length was long and made you want to watch – too much editing these days that does not allow scenes to captivate you and glue you to the screen.
    This also shows how Nancy Lee Grahn is treated like a BURIED TREASURE now at GH…………maybe she could go to the new DOOL? ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

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    marknsprmo

    Preach it Miry!

    Ms 45 no it was Matt Ashford that was playing Jack when he raped Kayla. It was practically his first day at work too! Before Matt, Jack was a sweet innocent type guy. Then Matt turned the character upside down then rightside out. BTW Jack and Jen were only smart as played by Matt and Missi. Their recasts in the 90s were dumb as boards.

    Nice list Jamey and I don’t know who to kick off but Marlena and Roman (as played by Wayne Northrop) were sexy and smart. Dr Marlena Evans and superslueth/action hero/secret agent Roman Augustus Brady were smart sexy funny and cute. Back in the day, Marlena cured them and Roman caught them. They were a couple that could not be beat. The bad guy did not get to run around wild with him around. He was a master of disguise and a master of deduction. Not even Stephano could escape him. (Stephano had to “die” to get away from Roman). He always caught his man and she Alway cured her patients. She was also great advice giver to anyone. You can find some of this on utube if you like. Especially good stuff is the eps when they caught the Salem Strangler. Marlena kept Jake Kosichek busy long enough for Roman to find her and kill Jake (ironically Jake’s brother Chris was played by current Roman Josh Taylor who is not intelligent like Wayne’s version).
    I would put this couple near the top of the group! I do however agree and love no 1 pick. Julia and her three Masons were incredible. She managed to have incredible amounts of chemistry with all three actors that played Mason. It certainly aided in our acceptance of the three different actors because Lane Davies the first Mason, was astonishing. But Terry Lester and Gordon Thompson also turned in very capable versions of the character. I thought Terry and Nancy were really cute together. They always seemed like they were having fun. With Lane it was obsession and romance. WIth Gordon it was a stable more mature style.
    I also Love that you added Augusta and Lionel Lockridge to the list. Augusta and Julia must have had brilliant parents to have raised these two kids. Maybe some of the smartest two women in daytime ever. Lionel and Augusta were sparing partners who had wild unabandoned sex. Interesting way to have a marriage….. They also spent alot of time apart. But when they were together, things were combustible!

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    days4ever

    I agree with most of these and certainly Mason and Julia are number one and I miss the sexy Lane Davies to this day. I have a few others I would add but otherwise this is pretty good. They don’t make soap couples like this anymore.

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    Restless Vixen

    I was going to have a temper tantrum in my family room if my Mason (yummmmy, Lane Davies!) and Julia from SB weren’t number one. This list reminded me of a time when soap runners collectively realized smart women were allowed on a daytime dramas. Not just allowed, welcomed. For every damsel in distress, soap fans also enjoy women with their wits about them and the men who loved them for that.

    These current showrunners (killers) should take notes…too bad they don’t seem to give a damn

    Bravo Jamey for reminding of why I have loved this genre since I was a schoolgirl, even though it mostly aint acting right lately.

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    SoapArmageddon

    Jamey Giddens, you never disappoint. :)

    Before reading numbers 10 to 2, I went directly to the number one couple and, as I fully expected, found that you chose as the smartest supercouple
    the witty and brainy Julia Wainwright and the jaded yet kindhearted Mason
    Capwell. I wholeheartedly agree.

    I used to watch Santa Barbara and repeat most of Mason and Julia’s dialogue at school the next day, impressing everybody with how smart I was.

    Note:Gina and Keith’s schemes never ever worked out but I think they were pretty smart in making life hell for the Capwells and Castillos.

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    SwanQueen59

    I remember a brief pairing on ATWT between Kelley Menighan-Hensley (Emily) and the late Benjammin Hendrickson (Hal). What I loved about it was that it seemed to come “out of left field” and was (I thought), a good example of a couple that grew
    out of what their respective character’s careers were (journalism and law enforcement) and the chemistry was a total(but very happy) surprise.
    I miss Ben. :( An actor’s actor… 0:)

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    Smallboy

    Great list, Jamey. SB was my favorite soap of all the times… Augusta&Lionel and Julia&Mason electric dynamics, stunning chemistry!! I want to do a special mention to Gina and Keith, Justin Deas, of course!

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    Carol2

    Cass and Kathleen were the ideal. So much fun. Constant witty banter, both stubborn, both caring and scared to admit how much they cared. Laughs and tears with plenty of natural, believable chemistry. It was never the same when Cass returned. He just cried, and seemed very serious. What the show did to the couple when she returned, all for Frankie, was a downer. Frankie and Cass were one of those couples where you always hear from other people about how in love they were but they rarely seemed happy onscreen.

    Lucinda and John were also wonderful. Lucinda only allowed herself to be vulnerable when she was with John. They had such a connection.

    I would have put Mac and Rachel Cory on the list too.

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    marknsprmo

    Love the list. It was great that Julia and Mason topped the list as they should. Nancy Lee Grahn has chemistry for days. She managed to continue that couple with two other actors after Lane left and have as much success with each of the actors. I thought she and Terry Lester were very cute together. They always looked like they were having a ball and they knew something we didn’t know. Then with Gordon Thompson, the relationship bloomed into a more mature but no less passionate love. Nancy for me is one of the best actresses ever for soaps because she is smart, funny, strong, and has chemical reactions with her scene partners. All of them in fact.
    Thanks for putting Augusta ( Julia’s sister, they must have had SOME parents to raise those two girls) and Lionel Lockridge as well. These two were not so much a married couple as two frenemies that blew out the bedsprings occasionally. They bickered their way through their marriage and had large spaces in it where they didn’t even see eachother. I always loved the high drama/comedy their interactions produced. He was so suave and sophisticated and debonaire. She was so manipulative, passionate and hugry for love (and sex). If their marriage was not exactly an open marriage, each stepped outside the bounds of it with other people but they managed to find their way back to eachother. I would like to think that they would have done that again if the show had continued. Although I loved Gina (Gina and Keith would have made my list too. The most brilliant antisupercouple ever), Augusta and Lionel were the end game.
    And Cass and Kathleen. Cary Grant meets Katherine Hepburn. I never did buy that Cass prefered Frankie to Kathleen. Kathleen pushed and chalenged Cass. They were so brilliant together that they glowed. I understand about the fact that Cass loved Frankie but I believe that Kathleen was his true love. It felt forced that he chose Frankie. As if that is what the writers wanted not what Cass would want.
    One other couple I would have put on the list is Marlena and Roman (Wayne Northrop). Dr Marlena Evans, the super psychiatrist had not met a patient she could not cure. Roman Augustus Brady, superhero/ master slueth/secret agent and master of disguise had never met a bad guy that could slip through his fingers. She seemed at first to be the brains of the outfit, however he matched hers equally. But it wasn’t just their supersized brains, they were fun and tender, sweet and romantic with eachother. Later fans for instance think that the strawberries and whipped cream belong to John and Marlena but it was Roman that started that on their first date.
    Unfortunately the character was dumbed down in later incarnations. But the original Roman Brady WAS the smartest cop ever on daytime bar none.

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    mecasey

    Tracy and Luke have no place on this list. Luke’s overall treatment of Tracy is that she is a joke to be used and discarded anytime he wants. Tracy is so desparate and has such low self-esteem that she allows this worthless piece of scum to debase and degrade her ego and existance on a regular basis. There is nothing smart or super-couplish about them. I abhored watching both Lulu and Lucky making jokes about Tracy about her behind her back, while at the same time pushing for her to take their louse of a father back – even though Luke had hurt her tremendously by misleading her into thinking they had been married for years – when no such event had occured. It was like Tracy’s pain and shame mattered little to them – ‘get over it dumbass and take our good for nothing dad off our hands.’ Blah!

    Bravo on your selection of Mason and Julia. They were well-matched and wonderful to watch.

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    SoapArmageddon

    I know this is an old argument, but, after all these years, I still question whether Julia was really the love of Mason’s life. Wasn’t Sister Mary, who got killed by that giant C on the Capwell Hotel, his one, true love?

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    soapshipper

    Jamey really is abusing the notion of “supercouple” with almost all of these choices, and I like most of them!

    But seriously, Luke and Tracy? The list lost so much credibility when Jamey called them a “supercouple”, and then took pot shots at the biggest supercouple of them all just to make it fly. All it makes me ask is “Guza, is that you?”.

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    shane1969

    As a true Guiding Light fan and for the category of Smartest, Sexiest Super Couples-Alexander and Fletcher aren’t on the radar for me Alexander and Roger would have been a better choice. Of all the GL couples-Blake and Ross would have been my choice for sexiest. Smart eliminates most couples,but for Smartest and Sexiest-would have to be-though short lived Philip and Olivia, or Ed and Maureen.
    And Luke and Tracy-No WAY!!!
    You also picked the right Tom and Margo for the list Deas and Colin, Deas and Smith were good too, after that the smart and sexy ended for them.

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    jphelps

    [quote=soapshipper]Jamey really is abusing the notion of “supercouple” with almost all of these choices, and I like most of them!
    But seriously, Luke and Tracy? The list lost so much credibility when Jamey called them a “supercouple”, and then took pot shots at the biggest supercouple of them all just to make it fly. All it makes me ask is “Guza, is that you?”.[/quote]
    Most who actually didn’t watch the evolution of Luke and Laura still think of Laura as the guzafied humdrum Luke is bored version. Newsflash people. When Luke was saving the world in the Ice Princess story, Laura Spencer was on that adventure with him toting a gun and saving his life as well. Laura spent a year after LL’s summer on the run to turn her life around and prove herself to Luke again. Laura lived underground with Luke raising Lucky to protect their family. Laura was the one who lashed out at Jason and Sonny for Lucky’s “death” not Luke but lets continue to buy into the mantra that all Laura was was some pretty acceossory for Luke to play with while he pined for Tracy. Laura walked out of Luke’s life with dignity in 2008 when Luke offered to go with her to Paris but she gave Tracy the scraps. Thats how weak Laura is.

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    blake3b

    [quote=SoapSnob]Ahh, The Great and Incomparable Beverlee McKinsey. I Loved EVERYTHING she did as Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light. Beverlee is sorely missed. And a presence like hers could elevate any soap opera scene today simply by having her stand silently in the room. (I would not want her to have to utter the horrid drivel that passes for writing on daytime dramas nowadays.)

    And while she and Fletcher were cute, I actually preferred her with Roger when they were in courtship mode. But, their nasty divorce mode was delicious, too. :-)

    Can anyone who has ever seen Beverlee’s work nelive that she does NOT have an Emmy for Best/Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama? Blasphemous.[/quote]

    You said it SoapSnob! I was so upset when she was not nominated and won Best Lead Actress on GL, especially in 1992! She is the best actress on television ever! Even Michael Logan at TV Guide said she was the best actress on soaps. Guiding Light was on fire while she was there, and was never the same when she left. She brought so much class and prestige to every show she was on.
    Love that we both have her in our pictures, from the same photo shoot also lol.

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    dkellergrl2001

    I know this is an old argument, but, after all these years, I still question whether Julia was really the love of Mason’s life. Wasn’t Sister Mary, who got killed by that giant C on the Capwell Hotel, his one, true love?

    IMO, I believe that Mary was the love of Mason’s life. Yet, he grew to love Julia, because of the love that he shared with Mary. Before he met Mary, Mason never really believed in love, that he could fall in love or even that he could be loved by someone. Mary was able to open up Mason’s heart, which allowed him to let Julia in his life.

    That’s my particular opinion about it, because I adored the Mason and Mary love story as well as his love story with Julia.

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    alstonboy4315

    Luke and Tracy might not be a stereotypical “supercouple,” but I love them as a couple. Their relationship, for me, is the most interesting one on GH. They blow JaSam, CarShawn, Scrubs and all the other so-called “IT” couples on that show out of the water. I adore their witty banter and the chemistry between Jane Elliot and Anthony Geary. They sparkle together and there’s never a dull moment.

    Just goes to show, a couple doesn’t have to be 20-something and perky to make it work.

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    marknsprmo

    I am weighing in on the Mary/Mason Julia/Mason who was the love of his life. Why MUST there be just one? Mary was part of Mason’s life for about 6 months and he loved her intensely. But that short of time can be both untested by life and also idealized. I was sad when Mary died as well and did not think Mason would get over it. But Julia stuck by Mason and their love was tested and tried over and over. They were the end game here. If that is not true love, I don’t know what is. They had the children together, they had the law partnership, they stuck by eachother when life handed them very harsh times. As far as I know Mason and Julia are still together growing old together. And probably fighting about something….. If that isn’t the love of ones life instead of six months, give me that one instead of the love of my life.

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    SoapArmageddon

    Long after Mary’s death, Mason used to have dreams about her whenever he was despairing over whatever bad thing might be happening in his life at the time. That’s why I sort of felt that his heart never fully healed after he lost her. For me, the love they shared was a more innocent and pure type of love while his love for Julia was more mature and accepting of flaws.

    Lord, I miss Santa Barbara! I think that show is why I continue to be a fan of the soap opera genre to this day. I know how great it can be when done right.

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