“Katherine the Great,” Soap Opera Update, August 10, 1993

                    By Damon Romine Mary Beth Evans is a recognizable face.  For six years she played the popular heroine Kayla Brady Johnson on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  After a year’s absence to pursue other acting opportunities—and give birth to her third child, Matthew Joseph—there was a great deal of speculation that the actress might return to DAYS.  In an exclusive interview this past June, Mary Beth told SOU that not only was she ready to go back to work, but that she was interested in a return to daytime.  She hinted, though, that she would entertain offers from soaps other than DAYS.  “It might be more fun to just go to GENERAL HOSPITAL where it would be new stories and a new character,” she told us then.  “Everyone knows that I was pregnant, so I don’t really think that people realize that I’m back out there and ready yet.” Just days after that issue went into circulation, GH came a calling.  To keep the memory of Dominique alone and fresh, the soap created the character of mysterious Katherine Crawford, and Evans was asked to read for the part.  Now to someone as experienced and respected as Mary Beth, being asked to read for a soap role may seem like a slap in the face.  But she followed her instincts and...

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