Wednesday, December 29, 2010



Margo Hughes & Maureen Bauer

Brian McColl, Mark Evans & Grant Harrison

Annie Dutton & Vicky Hudson

Mr. Big & Wallingford

Guiding Light's Nola Reardon and As The World Turns' Iva Snyder looked a lot alike. They also had quite a few things in common.

Nola was the youngest daughter of a hard-working single mom who ran a boarding house in Springfield. Iva was the oldest daughter of a hard-working single mom who ran a farm in Oakdale. (Iva was later revealed to be adopted, but that was primarily so that her own daughter, Lily, could date Iva's brother.)

Nola lied about her daughter, Stacey's, paternity, so she could snag a well-off young medical student. Iva lied about her daughter's (later, it turned out to be twins) existence so no one would know Iva had been raped and impregnated by her cousin (who also turned out to not be her biological cousin since Iva was, again, secretly adopted, and Rod/Josh was revealed not to be a blood Snyder. I guess once the writers decides not to go the incest route, they really wanted to be doubly-sure no one was related in any way. Ed. note: This all would have been a lot easier if the show had stuck to the original plan to make Shannon O'Hara, not Iva, Lily's birth mother.)

Nola gave birth to a son, Anthony James, nicknamed AJ, and later just J. Iva gave birth to a son, Matthew John, called MJ.

Nola dreamed of a better life by constructing elaborate fantasies based on old movies. Iva suffered silently and nobly; like the heroines in a lot of old movies....

(Iva arrives home after a 15 year absence at the 2:20 mark)

1 comment:

Matt said...

Can you tell us a little bit more about the Shannon as Lily's mom story and why it was changed? I had never heard that before!