15 Soap Opera Moms Who Didn’t Deserve Anything For Mother’s Day




No. 15: Dr. Liesl Obrecht, General Hospital

With a mother like Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) on General Hospital, can Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) really be blamed for turning out so screwed up? Dr. Obrecht loves only one person more than herself — Faison (Anders Hove), whom she frets over not providing with a son.

The nutty, international criminal-turned-hospital chief of staff did manage to give someone a male heir. We wonder if Detective Nathan West (Ryan Paevey) knows what he's in for, having a mutter like Obrecht? 

— Luke Kerr




No. 14: Dr. Ellis Grey, Grey's Anatomy

Dr. Ellis Grey (Kate Burton) put her medical career above everything else. While her brilliance won her two Harper Avery Awards, Grey's impossible expectations left her daughter Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) desperate for approval and emotionally scarred. Is it any wonder, Meredith needed both a "Person" and a "McDreamy" to make it as a medical intern in Seattle?

— Luke Kerr

Photo credit: ABC

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    ChrisGa

    Wow, some really great characters on this list! Sigh…Beverlee McKinsey. Her Alex is probably my favorite soap character of all time, played by the greatest soap actress of all time. GL from ’91-’93, pure soap gold. And I always thought Olivia Birkelund was fantastic as boozehound Arlene Vaughan. But the Top 2 are more than well-deserved; Melinda Clarke was delicious as Julie Cooper-Nichol–hello Y&R, can you say new Phyllis Newman?–and Khandi Alexander is disturbingly psychotic as Maya Lewis.

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    blake3b

    [quote=ChrisGa]Wow, some really great characters on this list! Sigh…Beverlee McKinsey. Her Alex is probably my favorite soap character of all time, played by the greatest soap actress of all time. GL from ’91-’93, pure soap gold. And I always thought Olivia Birkelund was fantastic as boozehound Arlene Vaughan. But the Top 2 are more than well-deserved; Melinda Clarke was delicious as Julie Cooper-Nichol–hello Y&R, can you say new Phyllis Newman?–and Khandi Alexander is disturbingly psychotic as Maya Lewis.[/quote]

    Beverlee McKinsey as Guiding Light’s Alex was the best ever. She still has people praising her even to this day.

    And I agree with Chris that GL was pure soap gold from ’91 to ’93, I’ve always said that also! Perfection.

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    soapjunkie88

    How could you guys forget Carly Corinthos Jacks? LOL

    The woman deserves to be on this list if Felicia Jones is.

    Carly isn’t only dating Franco, a man at least partly responsible for her son’s rape, she’s also hiding the fact that she knows AJ’s killer from Michael. Not to mention that Carly rather stays in Franco’s hotel room instead of being at her house and taking care of Josslyn.
    And while Carly seems to care for her younger son Morgan, she didn’t really make it hard on him after it was discovered that he worked for the Jerome crime family. Carly also found it hard to support her son in some way after his marriage to Kiki fall apart.
    While present, Carly is practically non-existing – and if only in a bad way – in any of her children’s life these days.

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    SwanQueen59

    Carly, as she is being written presently, is an idiot. I give props to LW for her commitment to her portrayal. Somehow she is able to justify what her character is doing…… 0:)

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    Cuppa_Coffee

    So should Sharon Collins Newman, Abbott, Newman, Newman, Newman…
    other than the list of names above, how many times has she left her kids to run “find herself”, play dead, get hospitalized for loonitis, marry, torch…
    The list goes on.

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    harlee490

    OH hell Beverlee, #6 you had my heart as soon I saw the picture…loved Alex and the reminiscing of the stories you brought up…GOD! I miss my Light… :(

    I got to say GL had long golden period for over a decade worth…’79-’82 Marland era, ’84-’87 (writer’s strike) ’87-’90 Pam Long era, and Pam’s team stayed which look who it was included Pam Long 1987–1990

    Robert Calhoun long EP for P&G EXCELLENT for GL and was EP during most of Marland’s period at ATWT.

    Stephen Demorest, James E. Reilly & Nancy Curlee ’90-’91
    Stephen Demorest, James E. Reilly, Nancy Curlee, and Lorraine Broderick

    JFP came in in ’91 and KEPT Pam’s writers but tweaked it slightly…not what she has done to YR…she had amazing writing staff which included

    Stephen Demorest, Nancy Curlee, and Lorraine Broderick

    Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest ’93-’94
    Stephen Demorest, Patrick Mulcahey, and Nancy Williams Watt ’94
    Stephen Demorest, Patrick Mulcahey, Nancy Williams Watt, Millee Taggart, and Leah Laiman ’94 but the mistake JFP made was getting rid of Curlee for Taggart, Curlee was Pam’s right hand and she knew how to write for those characters Pam created ahhh…Reva, Alexander, Lewises, Fletcher, India etc

    Jamey speaking of Alex\India MKP\BM had liquidizing chemistry on TV:

    Prime Examples of these prolific actresses :love: :love:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE4yEorY100
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgZ20iKo4fA

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    Jamey Giddens

    I love and miss Beverlee McKinsey. In fact, I have been missing the entire P&G soap brand lately. I truly hope some executive there one day has the foresight to realize what could be done with those iconic soaps.

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    GL fan

    i just listened to the Emmy podcast and i find it interesting when you all were talking about JFP’s ability to pick Emmy reels (SB & GH) but she couldn’t do it for GL. Guiding Light from 91-94 was one of the best eras of soap opera but never won a Best show Emmy. P&G needs a soap channel where they run all their old soaps.

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    GL fan

    i agree that GL had many “Golden” eras. i watched GL since the tale end of the Dobson era (i was a little kid and GL was always on TV) but it was the Marland era the got me hooked. The creepy Lucille Wexler/Jennifer Richards story, along with the Nola/Kelly/Morgan triangle,leading into the Nola/Quint romance, and the crazy Carrie Todd story were the best. The Pam Long Era form 83-85 kicked butt but then the show fell off after Lujack’s death for the next three years but turned around in 1988 with the introduction of the Sonni/Solita story line. once Reva drove of that bridge in 1990, the show went thru a little transition then was the best soap on TV until 1994.

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    Mets82

    I dont watch a lot of what was listed on here. Revenge, Scandel, Knots Landing but I do agree on a couple. I do think Felice Martin should be higher. What a self centered snob she was. I always wondered why John Martin married because I like John on the show.

    Carly and Felicia I would put on there as well as well as Dr. O. I think Dr. O is higher than Felicia and Carly. Btw, with Felicia, when you say she abandoned Georgie and Maxie, wasnt she supposedly taking care of there grandmother who taken ill?

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    Cornfed

    [quote=harlee490]OH hell Beverlee, #6 you had my heart as soon I saw the picture…loved Alex and the reminiscing of the stories you brought up…GOD! I miss my Light… :( I got to say GL had long golden period for over a decade worth…’79-’82 Marland era, ’84-’87 (writer’s strike) ’87-’90 Pam Long era, and Pam’s team stayed which look who it was included Pam Long 1987–1990. Robert Calhoun long EP for P&G EXCELLENT for GL and was EP during most of Marland’s period at ATWT. Stephen Demorest, James E. Reilly & Nancy Curlee ’90-’91, Stephen Demorest, James E. Reilly, Nancy Curlee, and Lorraine Broderick, JFP came in in ’91 and KEPT Pam’s writers but tweaked it slightly…not what she has done to YR…she had amazing writing staff which included, Stephen Demorest, Nancy Curlee, and Lorraine Broderick, Nancy Curlee and Stephen Demorest ’93-’94, Stephen Demorest, Patrick Mulcahey, and Nancy Williams Watt ’94, Stephen Demorest, Patrick Mulcahey, Nancy Williams Watt, Millee Taggart, and Leah Laiman ’94 but the mistake JFP made was getting rid of Curlee for Taggart, Curlee was Pam’s right hand and she knew how to write for those characters Pam created ahhh…Reva, Alexander, Lewises, Fletcher, India etc
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    Awesome post Harlee! Loved all the info you included there and some things i wasn’t aware of, tho i remember Bev loved Nancy Curlee. Although i fell in love with DOOL in the early 80’s, my longest overall allegiance had been to P&G soaps (AW especially), and those are probably what i YouTube the most. I probably get most nostalgic overall for Guiding Light, pre- Paul Rauch period (tho i remembered and loved his work on AW). The quality control at P&G was great up to a certain point, and Kim Zimmer even talks about it in her book, as did Harding Lemay. I think there was a day when quality mattered AS MUCH as the $$ bottom line did.

    The Mindy/Roger/Alex story probably ranks in my Top 20 faves, b/c of perfect acting/casting/producing etc. Bev lit the screen up when she had the ideal nemesis, i loved her confrontations with Lisby Larson on Texas too! “I LOATHE you Paige”…

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    shane1969

    Notable exclusions:
    Falcon Crest’s Melissa trading her son for Falcon Crest. Edge of Night’s Raven abandoning Jamie, then trying to get him back when she found put he was Geraldine’s heir. Or B and B’s Brooke, who sleeps with her daughter’s husbands/boyfriends-though one was an accident.

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    Ryan-Scott

    I don’t think though we can blame JFP for Nancy Curlee leaving.
    It was my understanding she was pregnant and wanted to be a full time mom.
    Her husband Stephen Demorest stayed behind.

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    ChrisGa

    Agree with Jamey, it’s a shame those great P&G soaps floundered and fell by the wayside. Back in the early ’90s GL, AW and ATWT were arguably the three best soaps on the air creatively(Santa Barbara was right there as well though it lost a lot when Marcy Walker left and they brought on Kim Zimmer in a failed attempt to stop the bleeding). I’d love to see someone with a passion for serialized drama revive any one of those properties.

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    Ryan-Scott

    Beverlee was just the best. :beer:
    Best I have ever seen and will probably ever see.

    I am sorry that I started watching GL in her final year (and yes GL was THE BEST from 1991 to 1993) but thank God for Youtube. Beverlee will live on forever.

    When Alex says her final line to Vanessa (after telling her she is in charge of Spaulding while she is away): “Do a good job baby” it gets me everytime.

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    jezza

    I don’t think Days of Our Lives’ Sami Brady deserves to be on this list. Yes, she made some extremely questionable choices with Will when he was a kid, but there’s never been any doubt that she loves her children. And the way I saw it, when she found out that Will was gay, she reacted more out of shock and disappointment that he hadn’t confided in her than out of any deep-rooted homophobia. (My mom had a similar reaction with me. Yes, sometimes they do make it all about them.) She came around extremely quickly after a pep talk from EJ because she loves her son.

    I think in the last several years, she’s been quite a caring mother. In fact, most of the stuff she’s pulled recently has been in the name of looking out for Will. That’s the only reason why she got involved with Nick’s first “murder” (she didn’t want Will’s daughter to grow up without a mother) and why she was in Nick’s orbit at all. I don’t think she gets enough credit for being a ferocious mama bear. I’d put GH’s Carly on this list before Sami. Wait, is Carly on this list? She’s sleeping and crime solving with the man responsible for her son being raped in prison, and she hasn’t seen or spoken of Josslyn in months! How does that not qualify her?

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