Susan Flannery opened up about why her daytime soap opera days are over, despite her wildly popular portrayal of Stephanie Forrester on Bold and the Beautiful.
To Everything There is a Season
Flannery echoed Pete Seeger’s classic 1950s tune when she spoke to tvinsider‘s Michael Logan about whether she’d come back to daytime.
“There comes a point when you just know it’s time to get off the stage,” Flannery said.
She lamented that the budget constraints in contemporary daytime drama allow for less “polish” to the hard work daytime cast and crew put in.
“To that I say, where is the art?” Flannery asked, pointedly.
Perhaps her disillusionment with the greater constraints in soaps these days is one reason she said she would act again if a great part came along, but only in primetime TV or film.
“I have no desire to go back to daytime,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, I loved doing it,” she added.
She’s Still Connected to Daytime Though
Flannery noted that she still shares close relationships with many in the soap industry, including some Bold and the Beautiful (B&B) ex-costars. She remains in touch with Alley Mills (Pamela Douglas) and Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan), for example. She also counts Rebecca Budig (Hayden Barnes, General Hospital) among her good friends. In fact, she once lived with Budig to cut down on her commute to LA from her home in Santa Barbara toward the end of her B&B tenure. She’s also tight with Finola Hughes (Anna Devane, General Hospital).
Sure, Quinn’s (Rena Sofer) portrait now hangs where Stephanie’s once did in the Forrester mansion, much to the chagrin of many family members. We at Soap Cities, however, bet Stephanie’s will be back up there one day, serving as a reminder of her eternal presence on B&B.
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