“Let’s Hear It For…Kayla! Days’ Mary Beth Evans,” Soap Opera Update, January 29, 1990

In film and television, the magic of the camera brings the actor up close so that all the nuances and subtleties of a performance can come to life as they never could on stage.  In the days of silent movies, without benefit of words but with their faces and their talents, stars found ways to reach out to their audiences with merely the strength of their emotions and their ability to project universal, heartfelt stories.  These days, some stars are still capable of this kind of performance, and one of them is on our daytime TV screens everyday.  The unique talents of Mary Beth Evans were on display on Days of Our Lives recently, when the actress was called upon to drop her mask and expose her character’s broken heart. As Kayla Johnson on Days of Our Lives, Mary Beth Evans has run the gamut of emotions, from the elation of a honeymoon in the Orient with the man of her heart, to the desolation of suffering the indignity and violence of rape.  The recent Marina storyline and the revelation that Steve was married to this woman from his past culminated with Kayla confronting Steve in the hospital.  The swirling emotions of the moment were vividly etched in Mary Beth’s soft features.  Her eyes revealed not only Kayla’s anger at Steve for lying to her, but her intense love...

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