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FINOLA HUGHES, GENERAL HOSPITAL
You hated her. Instantly. Quite obviously, Finola Hughes was doing something very right. As Anna Devane, she was calm, cool, calculating and cruel. She roared back into ex-husband Robert Scorpio's life with a vengence and nearly destroyed Robert and Holly's "perfect" marriage in teh process. Then, just when you wanted to wring her pretty little neck, Anna turned into the patron saint of Port Charles and saved everyone in sight.

Not an easy transition for an actress, but Finola was up to the challenge. And, oh yes, she successfully survived the wrath of GH viewers who unfairly persecuted her for simply doing her job -- which happened to be causing trouble in paradise for GH's premiere couple. Brava, Finola!


KAREN KELLY, CAPITOL
The party for the final RITUALS episode proved to be a good luck charm for Karen Kelly, who played Noel before the syndicated soap was cancelled. It was at the good-bye gathering that she caught the attention of an eagle-eyed CAPITOL executive. Soon Kelly tested for and won the role of Brenda, where her energy, exuberance and maturity make her perfect as the Cleggs' spirited youngest daughter.


FRANCES FISHER, GUIDING LIGHT
How do you make an agressive, abrasive and basically obnoxious woman a sympathetic character? GUIDING LIGHT solved that not insignificant dilemma with the inspired casting of Frances Fisher as teh ambitious rock promoter Suzette Saxon. Suzette was a barracuda in business, but Fisher's portrayal of her hurt and disillusionment when she discovered the betrayal of both Lujack and David won over GL viewers. Suzette was still no angel, but having seen her soft side, it was hard to hate her.
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