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May 27 2014, 08:18 PM
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May 27 2014, 04:23 PM
Renee Dimera
May 27 2014, 03:58 PM
Such character assassination on Renee, turning her into a murderer. Thanks, Margaret DePriest, for destroying a wonderful character and then killing her off. :shame:
DePriest was very good at that. She's the one who refused to write for Doug and Julie again after Bill and Susan met with her to tell her they didn't like how out of character Doug and Julie were being written. Bill wasn't happy with how Doug was reacting to Hope. DePriest told him he didn't know anything about raising children despite the fact that he had raised five of his own (and for several years as a single parent).
jam ... Do you have any idea if DePriest was also responsible for Gregg Marx's exit as David? It seems like his character was off-screen almost entirely after Renee's murder, then once he was vindicated as the murderer (after Julie's false confession), he just disappeared. I know that Marx and Philece Sampler were close friends, so I always wondered if he had just become disgusted with the direction of his storyline and left. Any idea?
I haven't seen anything about that. I only know about Bill and Susan's situation because they talked about it in their book. But I wouldn't be at all surprised. Wonder what he did to tick her off, lol? Guess it was better for Gregg in the long run because he went on to win an Emmy on ATWT.
At the time, the paradigm was for East Coast soap actors to head to Hollywood to do shows on the West Coast. Gregg made the opposite move. I always thought it was so bizarre how a central, legacy character like David, played by a very talented actor, just seemingly vanished. Of course, as you mentioned, DePriest was pretty much dismantling Doug and Julie at this point (they were gone within six months), so I guess it's not surprising that David would be taken off the canvas as well.

So many bad decisions were made at this time, but it took a new set of writers to usher in the age of the super couples and the so-called golden era of the mid- to late-80s. Still, there was definitely still a place for characters like Doug and Julie, David and Renee.
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