“To Have & To Have Not,” ABC Soaps In Depth, September 9, 1997

To Have & To Have Not ABC Soaps In Depth, September 9, 1997 By Debbie Enders As the daughter of a cook in a wealthy household, Katherine Bell had the will from a very young age to go after what she wanted.  Her portrayer, Mary Beth Evans, isn’t the daughter of a cook, but she, too, knew her destiny from a tender age.  When she was 5 years old, her mother received an astrological reading that foretold her daughter’s bright future.  “I don’t know whether that planted a seed in me or if I was just really meant to be an actress,” she says. To hear her tell it, she just might have been meant to play Katherine, specifically.  From as far back as she can remember, she was coercing her grade-school teachers into letting her turn her assignments into performances instead.  And while underage, she toiled at a fast food restaurant to earn enough money to take acting classes – and to pay her sister to drive her to said classes. “I’m The Bad Guy?!” Despite her having determination and savvy at which Katherine would marvel, Evans wasn’t sure that she was up to the challenge of playing the Port Charles conniver.  Ironically, it was her six-year stint as sweetness personified, Kayla Johnson, on DAYS OF OUR LIVES that convinced GH consulting producer (and former DAYS colleague) Shelley...

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