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BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CELEBRITY


AVA GARDNER, KNOTS LANDING
Ava Gardner, there is a whole generation of us who grew up hearing about your controversial life-style and incredible beauty. What we didn't hear about was your impressive acting ability. Although Gardner was quoted in the press as saying that the only reason she took the role of Ruth Galveston on KNOTS LANDING last season was for the bucks, she could have fooled us. We have seen too many celebrities come on to the soaps and do little but mug the camera. Not Gardner. She turned in a powerhouse performance each and every time as a gutsy, no-nonsense woman who had no intention of apologizing to anyone for her life. Gardner was always tough, always chic and always interesting to watch. Her scenes with William Devane (Greg) were priceless and we miss her.


BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT


BILLY DEE WILLIAMS, DYNASTY
Billy Dee Williams isone the hottest men in the entertainment business. When we first saw him as Gayle Sayers in the TV-movie BRIAN'S SONG, we swooned. He melted our hearts with his style and talent in LADY SINGS THE BLUES, and he kept on doing just that in every production he subsequently appeared in. Williams crosses color lines -- he touches all of us, which is one of the many, many reasons we were so thrilled when DYNASTY signed him on for a limited number of episodes last season. But the role of Brady Lloyd was a big hollow trash can. No substance, no depth, no nothing. Why, oh why, bring on a star of that magnitude and talent if you have no intention of writing for him? That's a cheap ratings gimmick and we don't like it one bit.
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