“Applause, Applause,” Soap Opera Weekly, September 14, 2004

  applause, applause    Outstanding performer for the week of Aug. 16    Soap Opera Weekly, September 14, 2004, p. 34. Photo by Robert Milazzo; inset photo: PGP.     Hooray to As The World Turns for signing Mary Beth Evans to a contract, because that means her character will be around more. Every time Sierra returns to Oakdale, Evans steals the show—which was exactly what happened this week. Sierra, As the World Turns   Sierra was at first exasperated when she opened her door to Lily (spewing her belief that Sierra’s dead husband Alan was behind Lucy’s kidnapping) so she spun around and continued packing to avoid eye contact. There was no emotion on Evans’ face as Sierra coldly informed Lily that she didn’t need her help with funeral arrangements—or anything else, thank you very much. “You are not losing a sister, but I just don’t know how to be around you,” struggled Sierra, who blew up the moment Lily uttered Alan’s name. The shouting led to tears, and few on daytime can cry like Evans. The tears were real, not forced, and she bit her lip as if trying to hold herself together. “I’m not going to stop until I find out everything. And maybe after I uncover all of that, we can be close again,” she muttered. Evans’ body was stiff and unresponsive when Lily pulled Sierra...

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