Yes, I did put that in the title. Tamara sure was getting traction out of that coffee stir stick. She knows how to work her scenery and I’m here for all of it. I’m going to say I just adored Tamara and Steve Burton (Harris Michaela) today. They were magnetic to watch, as they were as Carly and Jason on GENERAL HOSPITAL. If not for Sonny (Maurice Benard), Carly and Jason would have been a good paring. We all know though, Sonny will always be Carly’s true love no matter what anyone else says.
The first of Tamara’s return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES in her Emmy winning role of AVA VITALI. I love Tamara’s scenes so far with her old GENERAL HOSPITAL partner in crime, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) here playing the part of Harris Michales. I don’t know whether it’s because of their comfort with each other given their history on GH as Carly and Jason, but the chemistry is off the charts. Welcome back Tamara, and nice to see you again Steve.
So going forward: I know I slacked off during Tamara’s last run as Ava. For me it was the fact they were pigeon-holing her into just “Crazy Ava,” and not actually writing for her. I still remember where she was in August of 2008 when Ava left Salem, and I hate it when they don’t write a consistent character. Also making her responsible for beloved characters’ deaths is not something I really want to see. I know it’s part and parcel of the soap genre, but when it’s a deliberate thing to deliberately write her into a corner, I check out. Also the device I used to capture stopped working and my ability to get daily episodes disappeared. I have a new way of recording now, and screencapping is a bit easier now. As long as Tamara’s story is good and it doesn’t become overwhelming again, I will be sticking with it. Also to note, screencaps are now in ultra hd, that means the clip is also in UHD. So that’s a plus.
Now onto the clips: I know the media section is not displaying or working right. I’m in the process of investigating why. Until that time instead of posting acreencaps from each episode with a link to the video, I’ll just be posting the video…for now. I will let you know when the media section is fixed and you can begin watching videos again. My apologies for the inconvenience.
Tamara is once again on her way back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Ava Vitali. The scans I have are from the recent edition of Soap Opera Digest. I will try to screencap her episodes, and make clips.
Second post for today. Here Tamara attends the Thirst Project’s 14th Annual Thirst Gala earlier this month. Also attending were Tamara’s DAYS OF OUR LIVES co-stars Mike Manning (Charlie Dale), Stacy Haiduk (Kristin DiMera), and Brandon Beemer (Shawn Douglas Brady). Enjoy.
A couple of event images for you. The first is from April of this year.
I just found out that Jacklyn Zeman, Bobbie Spencer on GENERAL HOSPITAL, has died. This is so shocking as she was still so young. I remember first seeing her back in the 70s as Lana McLaine on One Life to Live. After she left OLTL, she showed up on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Nurse Bobbie Spencer. Later on her older brother, Luke (Anthony Geary), came to town and caused quite a lot of trouble for Bobbie, or his “Barbara Jean.” Throughout my love-hate-love for GENERAL HOSPITAL due in most part to the storylines happening at the time, Jackie never disappointed with stellar performances. Whether it was the domestic violence story with D. L. Brock (David Grogh), her love for Noah Drake (Rick Springfield), or Bobbie’s brief flirtation with Stefan Cassadine (Stephen Nichols), she was always a joy to watch. I think though where I really fell in love with her was when Tamara came to the show as her daughter, Carly. I loved how Tamara and Jackie formed a beautiful mother/daughter team. The love the two had for each other was palpable. You could actually believe they were what they were playing. During most of Carly’s dramas with Sonny (Maurice Benard), Lorenzo Alcazar (Ted King), or with the discovery of Carly’s father, John Durant (Corben Bersen), Jackie and Tamara were to me, not really acting. They were mother and daughter. Their scenes in 2005 after the “death” of Michael (Dylan Cash) where some of the best scenes. Two mothers dealing with the deaths of children, Bobbie having lost her beloved BJ (Brighton Hertford), and Carly dealing with the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Michael, I was glued to the screen watching these two women play out intimate scenes making me sob like a baby.
When Tamara left GENERAL HOSPITAL in 2005, I missed their scenes together. I quit watching at that time and thought I’d never go back. However, Tamara returned in 2017 to play the part of Dr. Kim Nero. Seeing them in scenes together hurt, because I wanted Carly and Bobbie to have some of their talks together. I wanted to see the real Carly with her “Momma.” After Tamara left again in 2019 to resume her role as Ava Vitali on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, I kept hoping somehow someway Tamara would return and would play Carly again. That we would see Carly and Bobbie together again and Tamara and Jackie doing what they always did: Move me beyond tears with their eloquence and beautiful moments. I always hoped Tamara would resume playing Carly. Now with Jackie gone we, I. won’t have that chance. This saddens me. This hurts.
On behalf of TAMARA BRAUN ONLINE, I want to send my condolences to Jackie’s family, friends, colleagues, and fellow GH fans who I know will be mourning this loss. Goodbye Jackie. You will be missed and loved. Thank you for all you gave us over the years. The soap gods are fuller for taking you into their embrace. xx