“Hell’s Bell,” Soap Opera Digest, January 31, 1995

   Hell’s Bell by Roberta Caploe Mary Beth Evans took a big chance by accepting the role of wily Katherine Bell on GENERAL HOSPITAL.  After all, she reigned as sweet Kayla Brady on DAYS OF OUR LIVES from 1986-92, and playing a bitch wasn’t really in her repertoire.  But she has taken to the part of the no-good money-grubber like a blackmailer to money, and fan reaction has been shocking.  “I remember Shannon Tweed [ex-Savannah, DAYS] told me once that people threw tomatoes at her in the grocery store,“ Evans recalls with a grimace. “I thought, ‘Oh God, I don’t want that.’  But it’s a nice twist for me.” Since joining GH, Evans’s character has been on quite the roller coaster.  She seems to genuinely love Damian, yet had no problem marrying Ned and blackmailing his whole family.  Of course, that  little escapade blew up in her face.  “She’s been taken down and will have to fight her way back up,” Evans remarks.  “But I don’t think she’s done.” Along the way, Evans has gotten to work with three very different actors—Leigh J. McCloskey (Damian), Kin Shriner (ex-Scotty) and Wallace Kurth (Ned).  “Kin is so irreverent,” laughs Evans.  “You had to go by the seat of your pants a bit more.  Wally and I were old friends [from DAYS, where Kurth played Justin], so we really felt like brother...

Read More