Lady Bosses: 6 Female Soap Opera Gangsters Who Put Hits Out on Daytime Television

No. 5: Claudia Zacchara, General Hospital

Daytime television has been full of dangerous women practically since the invention of the soap opera. Perhaps the most lethal of all female soap characters is the lady gangster. Mobbed up femme fatales, like the late Claudia Zacchara (Sarah Brown) on General Hospital, aren't afraid to be just as ruthless and unhinged as their male counterparts to get what they want — and they want everything!

Ms. Z and her adopted brother/bio son Johnny (Brandon Barash) thought they were so clever, when they put a hit out on Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). Claudia barely lost a night's sleep, when her gunman took down Sonny's little boy, Michael (then Dylan Cash), instead.

Claudia eventually married Sonny, combining their rival mafia families. The naughty nuptials didn't make the sociopathic brunette feel any more secure. In fact, she went so bonkers, she tried to kidnap Josslyn, the daughter of Sonny's ex-wife Carly Corinthos-Jacks (Laura Wright)! Good thing a rapidly-aged Michael (then Drew Garrett) knew how to swing an axe handle by that point.

Ex-GL Stars Robert Bogue and Saundra Santiago Star in Manipulation

Former Guiding Light stars Robert Bogue and Saundra Santiago wrapped previews of their new play, Manipulation.  The production took place at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City and is written by Victoria E. Calderon.  

In Manipulation, Cristina outwardly appears to have everything she can desire, however, she cannot enjoy her life. Her husband, Mauricio, torments her with flagrant displays of infidelity while her mother, Dona Beatriz, encourages her to have an affair with Luis. When Cristina turns to a psychoanalyst for help, he proceeds to take advantage of her. With every attempt to find herself, Cristina is manipulated back into submission until she finds a way to cut the ties that bind her to her previous existence.

Scheduled to premiere on June 16, Playbill is reporting Manipulation is on hiatus, while changes are being implemented. A new premiere date has not been announced.

Check out photos of Robert Bogue, Mandy Bruno and Saundra Santiago after the jump!

Mauceri Claims She Was Fired From OLTL Over “Religious Beliefs”, Exploring Legal Options Against ABC

Well, at least now I know why Patricia Mauceri couldn't be reached for comment regarding her exit from One Life to Live. She was waiting for a bigger fish! Enter cable whale FOX News. Mauceri spoke out to the "fair and balanced" cabler's website about her dismissal from OLTL after refusing to play out her storyline as written. As I originally reported, Mauceri objected to her then-character Carlotta being portrayed as a gay-friendly Latina mother, resulting in the soap having to do an emergency recast with Saundra Santiago
"I did not object to being in a gay storyline. I objected to speaking the truth of what that person, how that person would live and breathe and act in that storyline," she said. "And this goes against everything I am, my belief system, and what I know the character's belief system is aligned to."

ABC Confirms Carlotta Recast on OLTL

A show representative has confirmed Daytime Confidential's report of Saundra Santiago being tapped to replace Patricia Mauceri in the role of Carlotta Vega on One Life to Live. OLTL was unable to discuss any details about why Mauceri was let go.

As previously reported, setside sources informed Daytime Confidential that Mauceri allegedly strongly voiced objections to an upcoming plot point in the Kish storyline that portrayed her character as gay friendly. Soap Opera Digest is also reporting that  their sources have revealed the same thing we've been hearing.

As for claims made in a Soap Central article that Mauceri's dismissal was part of some elaborate plot to get rid of the actress or garner publicity for the storyline, several network moles say these claims have no merit.

Perez Hilton Links DC’s Post About OLTL’s Carlotta Drama

Perez Hilton
has linked Daytime Confidential's breaking news item about the recasting of Carlotta Vega on One Life to Live. As we previously reported, actress Patricia Mauceri was reportedly fired from the role and replaced with Saundra Santiago after Mauceri allegedly vehemently protested an upcoming beat in the gay storyline featuring Kyle (Brett Claywell) and Fish (Scott Evans) that had Carlotta, as a result of a comedy of mistaken identities, believing her son Cristian (David Fumero) was gay, as opposed to his roommate Fish.

DC #424: OLTL Casting Shocker

It was the news that rocked the soap-o-sphere this weekend—One Life to Live's Patricia Mauceri (Carlotta) was fired, replaced by Sopranos and Guiding Light actress Saundra Santiago, after allegedly demanding re-writes of a scene showing her character as gay friendly. Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens, who broke the story, joins Luke, Regan and Karen from WUBS to discuss the shocking turn of events.In other One Life news, Robin Strasser revealed on her hotline ABC has offered her a "take it or leave it" deal, and the soap superstar proclaims One Life executive producer Frank Valentini will save daytime.

OLTL wasn't the only ABC soap with behind-the-scenes drama exploding all over the Internet this past week. All My Children star Beth Ehlers (Taylor) recently gave an explosive interview to Stardish Radio where she accused AMC head writer Chuck Pratt of "writing camp" and complained about allegedly having to "hedge her performances" due to being paired with real-life and reel life war hero JR Martinez (Brot) whom Ehlers claims "is not an actor". The group sounds off on Ehler's interview.

On the General Hospital front, Regan slams ABC's flagship soap for the lackluster exit of Rick Hearst (Ric), while Luke and Jamey react positively to Sonny the Patriarch and Carly asking the Q's for help. Then Karen provides a helping of her juicy spoilers. It's an episode you won't wanna miss!

All this and much more on today's show.

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