my top 50 actresses on daytime of all time

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my top 50 actresses on daytime of all time. I chose these based on my preferences in acting. I know that the some shows were favored over others. I know I didn't even list everyones most famous roles. I just listed one role per actress but many of these actresses played several roles on daytime over the years. I know I left out some great actresses but I had 50 spots and I wasn't willing to remove any of these women. The order is definitely subjective. I worked on this over a long period of time and wanted to publish it. Please respond back with any comments or critiques of the list. If you do not know who someone is, they are all listed on the internet. Some of these actresses did not play long term roles (such as Lois Smith but she played on many different shows). Some have graced our screen practically since tv began! I already regret not having some actresses on the list (such as Charita Bauer), however I wanted to have a large sampling from every decade that I have watched. If anyone else has a top actress list please share as well!

Susan Flannery (Stephanie B&B)
Beverlee Mckinsey (Iris AW)
Kim Zimmer (Reva GL)
Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda ATWT)
Nancy Lee Grahn (Julia SB)
Constance Ford (Ada AW)
Jess Walton (Jill Y&R)
Marcy Walker (Eden SB)
Victoria Wyndham (Rachel AW)
Victoria Rowell ( Dru Y&R)
Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Days)
Nancy Frangione (Cecille AW)
Louise Sorell (Viv Days)
Linda Dano (Felicia Days)
Jane Elliot (Tracy GH)
Helen Gallagher (Mauve RH)
Ellen Wheeler (Marley and Victoria AW)
Darlene Conley ( Sally B&B)
Anne Meacham (Louise AW)
Lois Smith (Zoe Somerset)
Michelle Stafford ( Phyllis Y&R)
Anne Heche (Marley and Vicky AW)
Heather Tom (Victoria Y&R)
Jeanne Cooper (Kay Y&R)
Kate Mulgrew (Mary RH)
Cynthia Watros (Annie GL)
Laura Wright (Cassie GL)
Deidre Hall (Marlena Days)
Robin Wright (Kelly SB)
Tricia Cast (Nina Y&R)
Marj Dusay (Alex GL)
Jada Rowland ( Carolee The Doctors)
Elizabeth Franz (alma AW)
Jennifer Leak (Olive AW)
Beverly Pembernanthy (Pat AW)
Nancy Marchand (Edith Lovers and Friends)
Eileen Davidson (Ashley Y&R)
Denise Alexander ( Lesley GH)
Jackee Harry (Lily AW)
Julie Osburn (Kathleen AW)
Joabeth Williams (Carrie Somerset)
Margaret Mason (Linda Days)
Hillary Bailey Smith (Nora OLTL)
Ellen Dolan (Margo ATWT)
Robin Mattson (Gina SB)
Leslie Charleson (Monica GH)
Anna Holbrook (Charlene AW)
Brenda Benet (Lee Days)
Maura West ( Carly ATWT)
Melody Thomas Scott


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I'm tickled that you've

I'm tickled that you've included MTS. She's always been under rated. The character of Nikki in her hands has been one of the best in Daytime. Good choices.

One more Y and R fav of mine is JL Bauer. But I respect your list.

And one more is Lisa Brown/GL & ATWT

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So glad to see that you

So glad to see that you included Denise Alexander and Leslie Charleson on your list. I always want these women to get props for their huge role in saving General Hospital in the 1970's and driving it to the top of the ratings. If my understanding of GH history is correct, GH's rebirth can really be traced to the Monica/Lesley/Rick/Alan quadrangle (is that the right term?) ... before Luke and Laura ever even met.

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That is nice list of

That is nice list of actresses...

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Mark, I love your list. Being

Mark, I love your list. Being a fellow NBC boy at heart, I'm glad to see we are so well represented. I think our ladies have about 24 out of the 50 spots.

Not to be nitpicking, but I see you have Linda Dano as Felicia (Days). I know you know that's supposed to be AW.Smile And I thought for sure you'd have Anna Stuart as Donna Love on there.

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Thanks for the typo.notice Of

Thanks for the typo.notice Of COURSE Fanny Grady is on AW! LOL
I am surprised I don't have Anna on there too. I might have to take a second look! I ab so lutely LOVE Donna Love!
NBC has to be represented here because I was an NBC daytime kid!
But then there are many fine actresses out there that did not make this list. pfferando mentioned Lisa Brown. Then there is Erika Slezak. Then of course Mary Stuart. Too many people that belong on this list!

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Here is my top 50 list of

Here is my top 50 list of actress in ABC order by last name.

1. Jonell Allen (Doreen, Generations)
2. Julia Barr (Brooke, AMC)
3. Tonya Boyd (Celeste, Days)
4. Tamara Braun (Carly, GH)
5. Kimberlin Brown (Shelia, Y&R)
6. Jensen Buchanan (Vicky/Marley, AW)
7. Tricia Cast (Nina Y&R)
8. Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC)
9. Beth Chamberlin (Beth, GL)
10. Leslie Charleson (Monica, GH)
11. Kate Collins (Natalie/Janet, AMC)
12. Darlene Conley (Sally, B&B)
13. Jeanne Cooper (Kay, Y&R)
14. Linda Dano (Felicia, AW)
15. Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R)
16. Ellen Dolan (Margo, ATWT)
17. Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH)
18. Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B)
19. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kendall, AMC)
20. Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline, OLTL)
21. Lynn Hamilton (Vivian, Generations)
22. Susan Haskell (Marty, OLTL)
23. Linsday Harley (Theresa, Passions)
24. Shari Headley (Mimi, AMC)
25. Ellen Holly (Claire, OLTL)
26. Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda ATWT)
27. Renee Jones (Lexie, Days)
28. Mia Korf (Blair, OLTL)
29. Judith Light (Karen, OLTL)
30. Florencia Lozano (Tea, OLTL)
31. Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC)
32. Amelia Marshall (Gilly, GL/Liz, Passions)
33. Juliet Mills (Tabitha, Passions)
34. Debbie Morgan (Angie, AMC)
35. Hillary Bailey Smith (Nora, OLTL)
36. Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Y&R)
37. Robin Strasser (Dorian, OLTL)
38. Suzanne Rogers (Maggie, Days)
39. Tracey Ross (Eve, Passions)
40. Victoria Rowell (Dru, Y&R)
41. Eika Slezak (Vicki, OLTL)
42. Louise Sorell (Vivian, Days)
43. Heather Tom (Victoria, Y&R)
44. Tamera Tunie (Jessica, ATWT)
45. Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia, Y&R)
46. Jess Walton (Jill, Y&R)
47. Maura West (Carly, ATWT)
48. Victoria Wyndham (Rachel, AW)
49. Kim Zimmer (Reva, GL)
50. Colleen Zink (Barbara, ATWT)

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God I miss Dru and

God I miss Dru and Olivia.

Another example of great casting, great acting, and such believability as sisters.

You don't have Beth M. on your list, but I think the same thing is to be said about Ashley and Traci.

Those good ole days.

Good list David. (See we are agreeing again.) Tongue

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@pferrando: Thanks we're not

@pferrando: Thanks we're not Jack and Victor Wink http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwfLFwa3TaY

But yes I miss Dru too. Yes I was trying to fit her in but damn-it the list was just too packed with goodies. But she was almost there. I love her too.

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David, I cannot even begin to

David, I cannot even begin to speak properly until I see Beverlee McKinsey on your list.

And I know that everyone says that she overacts, but I gotta some serious props to Susan Hayes as Julie Williams.

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Hey mon, and she actually did

Hey mon, and she actually did a good turn as Lauren's cold mother too. I loved her as Joanna.

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@hey mon: I never watched her

@hey mon: I never watched her on TV. So I can't put her down.

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david -- You are forgiven. To

david -- You are forgiven. To watch Beverlee is to watch a goddess, moving across a daytime stage. Such a joy to watch. So fantastic. I can remember sitting there with my Mother watching 'Another World' after football practice, what fantastic memories.

There would be some banter between Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) and Mac,and then Iris (Beverlee) would walk into the room. Unbelievable! McKinsey would deliver her lines perfectly, and with such diction. Fantastic!

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Susan Seaforth Hayes. Who can

Susan Seaforth Hayes. Who can forget Julie, burned and disfigured on her face? The raw pain and emotion that Hayes gave during that performance when she wouldn't let Doug (her husband on the show, and in real-life) into that cramped apartment she was renting. Then the cat-fighting between Lee Dumonde and Julie when Julie got reconstructive surgery. Good times before baseball practice in high school.

I can still remember my Mom crying over that story-line arc. I think one time she got so involved in the s/l, that she prayed a rosary for Doug and Julie's marriage. I had a hard time convincing her that Susan and Bill Hayes were still married in real life!

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Hey mon, your mom sounds just

Hey mon, your mom sounds just like my "abue" on the Latina side of our family. She actually learned English from the soaps in less than a year, according to family legend.

Una señora sumamente orgullosa de sus raices. Smile

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I have to mention one that I

I have to mention one that I don't see on either list...unless my 48 year old eyes are missing it...

Kathryn Hays- My Kim from ATWT.

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I loved Colleen Zinc and

I loved Colleen Zinc and Eileen Fulton...

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SoapA, Thanks for the kind

SoapA, Thanks for the kind words.

Pferrando - Susan did a great job as Joanna, in the 80s, in 2005 during the Sheila returns s/l, and in 2011 when Jill became a Fenmore.

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Hey mon, I like your taste in

Hey mon, I like your taste in actresses! Susan Hayes is and always shall be my first soap opera love. She is old soap in the very best sense of the word. I used to get all excited when I would see her on reruns of Dragnet. For some reason she seemed to have done several eps as different characters.
Julie WAS the 70s for me in soaps. Iris and Rachel on AW too though.
I have also been thinking about Colleen Zinc and Eileen Fulton. Lisa(ATWT) was the original bad girl of daytime. All the other girls were just copies of her. Colleen gave many bravura performances over the years. Then I was also thinking of Susan Sullivan, LOL I think I could make a second list of people I didn't put on the first list but should have!

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Here is my list of favorite

Here is my list of favorite all time soap actresses. After the top 10, they are in no particular order:

1. Judith Light (Karen – OLTL)(my favorite TV actress of all time)
2. Beverlee McKinsey (Iris – AW)
3. Erika Slezak (Viki – OLTL)
4. Kim Zimmer (Reva – GL)
5. Susan Flannery (Stephanie – B&B)
6. Debbie Morgan (Angie – AMC)
7. Robin Strasser (Dorian – OLTL)
8. Crystal Chappell (Carly – DAYS)
9. Dixie Carter (Brandi – EON)
10. Victoria Rowell (Drucilla – Y&R)

11. Heather Tom (Katie – B&B)
12. Linda Dano (Felicia – AW)
13. Denise Alexander (Susan – DAYS)
14. Ellen Parker (Maureen – GL)
15. Julianne Moore (Frannie – ATWT)
16. Marcy Walker (Eden – SB)
17. Jess Walton (Jill – Y&R)
18. Kimberlin Brown (Sheila – B&B)
19. Jane Elliot (Tracy – GH)
20. Victoria Wyndham (Rachel – AW)
21. Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda – ATWT)
22. Michelle Stafford (Phyllis – Y&R)
23. Lisa Brown (Nola – GL)
24. Louise Shaffer (Rae – RH)
25. Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie – DAYS)
26. Tricia Cast (Nina – Y&R)
27. Susan Haskell (Marty – OLTL)
28. Susan Lucci (Erica – AMC)
29. Sharon Gabet (Raven – EON)
30. Robin Mattson (Heather – GH)
31. Judi Evans (Beth – GL)
32. Jeanne Cooper (Katherine – Y&R)
33. Ellen Wheeler (Marley – AW)
34. Helen Gallagher (Maeve – RH)
35. Florencia Lozano (Tea – OLTL)
36. Deidre Hall (Marlena – DAYS)
37. Genie Francis (Laura – GH)
38. Gina Tognoni (Dinah – GL)
39. Dorothy Lyman (Opal – AMC)
40. Melody Thomas Scott (Nicki – Y&R)
41. Kelly Monaco (Sam – GH)
42. Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia – Y&R)
43. Julia Barr (Brooke – AMC)
44. Melissa Hayden (Bridget – GL)
45. Laura Wright (Carly – GH)
46. Jamie Lyn Bauer (Laurie – Y&R)
47. Hillary B. Smith (Nora – OLTL)
48. Anna Stuart (Donna – AW)
49. Finola Hughes (Anna – GH)
50. Beth Maitland (Traci – Y&R)

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@fmat great list! You got

@fmat great list! You got some great ladies on your list that I didn't manage to get on mine. I thought of Dixie Carter, and Judith Light but I have only seen them in their night time shows. I didn't watch OLTL or EON when they were on those shows so I didn't include them. But they certainly qualify as some of the best actresses out there.

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If you've never seen Karen

If you've never seen Karen Wolek on the witness stand on OLTL (which won Judith Light an emmy) then here it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez79MbbIeFA