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Ali MacGraw is the kind of actress who brings out the worst in an audience: howls of derision and groans of despair. Despite her excellent potential as an office temp, she still gets work on TV where her employer is usually ABC. They first cast her as the love interest in the mini-series THE WINDS OF WAR: her performance was the unintentional laff riot of the television season. ABC proved the joke was on us when they gave her another W-2 form to play Lady Ashley Mitchell, world famous photojournalist, on DYNASTY. In a boa constrictor-like bun that made her look less than alluring, Ali batted her eyes and treated John Forsythe to some seductive grins. It didn't work. While she showed some talent for flaring her nostrils, the whole enterprise looked like a bad screen test. There are plenty of actresses out there with talent who could use the work that Ali gets.
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SOD Best & Worst -- 1985 · Soap Opera History & Discussion