Earlier this year I wrote about As The World Turns, and how much I enjoy the performances of Don Hastings (Bob), Kathyrn Hays (Kim) and Marie Masters (Susan). Though these vets are not as front and center as they should be, or could be, I included a video clip of the three actors from this summer’s Alison/Chris story that showed that all three were still amazing, compelling actors who still have “it”.
I noted that Hastings and Hays both turned 75 (!!) this year. Joining them today in the 75 Club is Elizabeth Hubbard, who has played Lucinda Walsh on ATWT for decades.
When I discovered ATWT in 1986, it was because I was flipping through the channels and saw Lisa Brown. My reaction was, “Hey, it’s Nola Reardon!” Lisa may have caught my eye, but Elizabeth, as Lucinda, kept me glued to ATWT in those days. Lucinda had the most to lose in the Lily/Iva/Lucinda birth mother story (and did). And not only was she involved in that story, but fiftysomething Lucinda had a love life of her own! Her whirlwind romance with Johnny D was a high point.
Imagine – a teenager watching not only for the young love story (Lily/Holden/Dusty) but loving the other characters too. I loved Lucinda and John Dixon. Hubbard and Larry Bryggman were a match made in soap heaven.
Clips of John and Lucinda are hard to come by, but here’s a lovely scene between Hubbard and another actor she had combustible chemistry with – Scott Bryce. (The character may be saying “get lost”, but the affection between the two actors shines through in subtext.)
Happy birthday, Ms. Hubbard, and many more for you and for Lucinda, one of ATWT’s most compelling characters ever.