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SOD ~ October 14, 2000

Queens Of Mean

Wicked Women: We Love To Hate 'Em And Gotta Have 'Em

In the beginning, there was the Garden of Eden, a nich enough place, but things didn't really get exciting until the serpent came along. Then unrelenting bliss was jazzed up with seduction, intrigue, deception and finally, retribution. On soaps, every tale gets better the moment a vixen slithers on the scene.

"Bad girls, to a great degree, are what people tune in to see," muses perennial soap troublemaker Andrea Evans, who shook things up as ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Tina and BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL's Tawny before portraying the haughty Rebecca on PASSIONS. "We look to the bad girl because she does all the things we can't do. We live vicariously through the bad girl. If you had a bunch of nice people on a soap, it'd be pretty damn boring."

Frustrating as they are with their lies and trickery, the beautiful baddies make soaps fun. They keep you watching as they raise hell or get their inevitable comeuppance. Evans attests that fans don't even remember that she once played a daytime good girl. "On YOUNG AND RESTLESS, I was Patti Williams. I played that role for two years, but it's the one that everyone forgets. I guess I make a better bad girl."

For writers, the siren is indispensable. AS THE WORLD TURNS Executive Producer Christopher Goutman notes, "Vixens can provide a real storytelling engine and be a lot of fun and stir the pot; that's what they are there for."

But the hellcat wasn't always there for soap scribes, "In the radio days, many of the characters were much more passive," points out Ron Simon, curator of television at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. "The characters came to the fore in the late '50s, early '60s. We traced it to two of the great amateurs of daytime television: Agnes Nixon and Bill Bell, both working with Irna Phillips, helping to develop this new character with a lot of drive."

Enter ATWT's Lisa Miller, originated by Eileen Fulton in 1960. "[ALL MY CHILDREN's] Erica is sort of the prototype. But before Erica, there was Lisa. You talk about a bad girl!" boasts Goutman.

At first, Lisa's ruthless manstealing so outraged and audience of housewives what bodyguards were hired to protect the actress. As times changed, however, viewers began to admire a woman willing to fight for the brass ring. Fulton recalls, "In the '60s, I read the New York Times, 'Why are there so many children born these days named Lisa and Bob?' They said, 'It's our belief that it's from the wildly popular Lisa and Bob of AS THE WORLD TURNS.' People loved her back then because it was the beginning of the woman's movement. They wanted their daughters to grow up to take care of themselves and to survive and to take no crap from anybody."

Speaking of growing up, at some point, all soap she-devils have to shape up or ship out. "It's a little hard to be the bad girl when you're in your 40s and 50s, so you have to reconceive the character," contends Simon.

Even soap's most beloved bitch, Erica, has settled down. "I think the writers have done a superb job in keeping Erica true to her Erica Kane character," praises her portrayer, Susan Lucci. "We've seen her evolve, but the core of the person is always there. So, while she's trying desperately to be the best mother to her 16-year-old daughter, she's also being thrown on the desk by David in his office and making wild, passionate love in the afternoon in a public place. So she's still Erica Kane."

Even in her early days, Erica had her (rare) good moments. And the kind of complexity make for the most memorable minx. "You always have to have a point at which you can show vulnerability, otherwise she becomes just a hate-to-hate rather than a fun watch," reasons AMC Executive Producer Jean Dadario Burke.

"It's really important for the character to have kind of depth," concurs Alison Sweeney, who plays DAYS OF OUR LIVES schemer Sami. "One of the wonderful things about my character is there are so many different sides to her personality. She's not just evil for no reason. She really has a motivation behind it -- protecting her son. She has people who she really cares about. It makes it that much more interesting for the audience who wants to hate you to know that there's that part of you inside. They can't hate you that much because they understand you."

Real Bad Girls Even reality TV execs know the value of soap-style vixen. THE REAL WORLD routinely includes one hellion in heels, and fledgling BIG BROTHER played up sassy stripper Jordan. But no one compare to SURVIVOR's tart-tongues truck driver, Susan Hawk, who cut down ex-friend Kelly Wiglesworth with the infamous snake/rat finale speech: "If Kelly was lying in the street, dying, I'd walk past without giving her so much as a drink of water."

"That speech that Susan made is a perfect vixen speech," says Ron Simon.
"It's almost as if she worked on it with a soap writer. You make a comment that many people are thinking, but you go over the bounds of good taste. She portrayed the bad girl perfectly."

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