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BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT -- DAYTIME


SHARON GABET, ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Sharon Gabet earned her leading lady credentials in two daytime roles: Raven on THE EDGE OF NIGHT, for which she received two Emmy nominations, and Brittany on ANOTHER WORLD. Playing Dorian's younger sister, Melinda Cramer, on ONE LIFE TO LIVE would have seemed, at the time it was announced, to promise another strong performance, but Melinda was never developed into the major figure she should have been. Except for John Martin (Jon Russell) and Larry Pine (Roger Gordon), Gabet's potential with other leading men on the show was also not explored. Turning Melinda into a thoroughly obnoxious career woman was another mistake. For an actress who can, and has, handled important story lines, this was an insult. What's more, the character was not even given a proper good-bye; she simply vanished into thin air.


BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT -- PRIME TIME


ANA-ALICIA, FALCON CREST
Firing Ana-Alicia from FALCON CREST was a decision that spelled disaster for the series last season. A versatile and dynamic player, Alicia was the only woman on the series who worked as an adversary to queen bee Jane Wyman as Angela Channing and she ahd been given the opportunity to prove her strength. In fact, before she was sent packing, Alicia's character, Melissa Cumson, had wrested the vineyard away from Angela. The anticipated struggle between them promised exciting viewing. FC realized its mistake, and re-hired Alicia for five episodes as a courtesan named Samantha Ross in a too-late effort to boost sagging ratings. They never should have disposed of her in the first place.
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