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Here's an excerpt from "Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments," in which Eileen talks about her Lead Actress Emmy nomination in 1998 for playing Kristen, Susan, etc.
Eileen Davidson: As a lead actress who’d always been known as a dramatic actress, it was just such a hoot for me, and so freeing to just let go and have fun. I had a tape recorder and I would read the scene and turn it off when the character I was supposed to be talked. I ran lines that way. The major way that I knew it was working was because the crew was laughing, and I was laughing, we were cracking up all the time.

They worked me to death. I was at the end of my contract, I was going to leave after the first year I played Susan. And they asked me to stay an additional year to finish off the storyline, so I did. James (Reilly; Headwriter) actually ended up apologizing to me at the end of it. He knew he’d worked me sixteen-hour days, Saturdays, I was really exhausted. He apologized to me. He said he couldn’t help it, he felt inspired by me. He had no reason to apologize, it was a great, great, great thing for me.
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