“The New & Improved Mary Beth Evans,” Soap Opera Update, November 4, 1991

Days of Our Lives; Kayla reveals her thoughts on her controversial storyline, Stephen Nichols’ return, and her real-life history with her sister. By Bonnie Siegler Photos by Robert Ferrone Beauty has so many faces, and often the most appealing looks of all are those that take us by surprise.  More than just a pretty face is one that reveals individuality, wit and more than a little wildness.  Lovely Mary Beth Evans, a.k.a. Kayla Brady Johnson on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, has an unexpected other side:  free-spirited and sassy, while possessing a serene elegance—a unique combination.  Shakespeare said that beauty provokes more thieves than gold.  Surely he was referring to both Mary Beth and her alter ego Kayla. With a new look, new attitude and new storyline, Mary Beth is quickly transforming Kayla Johnson into a 90s woman.  Left in the devastating wake of her beloved husband Steve’s death, confronted with single parenthood, juggling the demands of a career and diaper duty (both on screen and in real life), Kayla is now embroiled in a love triangle with none other than her ex-brother-in-law Shane Donovan.  But 90s women wield all kinds of clout.  They run cities and congressional committees, production companies and military platoons.  And they take charge of their own lives.  Keeping everything in perspective, though, is paramount to Mary Beth.  “Seriously, my life is being a mom.  When...

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