Posts Tagged ‘Brent Lawrence’

Spauldingfield Character Profile Roundup

November 8, 2012

Normally I list the Character Profile videos Spauldingfield makes as posts only if they are in some way related to Manny OR are characters I really like. This time I’m going to do two characters that don’t fit either category.

Nick McHenry – Not a big Lujack fan or Nick McHenry Spaulding fan I’m afraid. Oh, he started out pretty good. While Mindy was being played by Kimberly Simms they were pretty magical and some of the later Eve is a psycho breaking them up stuff was kind of fun, but two bad Mindy recasts in a row were more than the pairing could stand. Once it was revealed Nick was really a Spaulding (Lujack’s twin than Alex didn’t know she had because his father sold him) the character went downhill fast. This video does a good job of summarizing Nick’s life, with the one exception that after Nick and Susan’s last on screen appearance they are mentioned again several times as living happily in Europe. No children, but Susan hadn’t yet developed full blown AIDS either.

Brent Lawerence-Marian Crane – Although there were more evil characters who just didn’t care, like Susan Piper, and more damaged people you liked anyway, like Roger Thorpe, probably the most genuinely psycho character ever on Guiding Light was Brent Lawrence who after raping Lucy Cooper and just generally being violent and awful, came back as a woman and was even more out of her mind. She killed two long term, if supporting, and well liked characters Nadine Cooper (Harley and Frank’s mom) and Patrick Cutter (a detective on the SFPD that was actually good at his job).  The world of Springfield was a poorer place for the time Brent-Marian spent there, but everyone has to admire way actor Frank Beaty who played the role did it. He was interviewed for this short article in Entertainment Weekly among others garnering lots of press for the show.
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,298929,00.html
Sadly he doesn’t seem to have done a lot since then.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0064260

Brent Lawrence/Marian Cramer

April 26, 2012

One of the most famous villains in Guiding Light history was Brent Lawrence. He raped show sweetheart Lucy Cooper (Sonya Satra, part of the excellent LAM pairing).  He faked his death and after his memory haunted both Lucy and her boyfriend Alan-Michael Spaulding, he returned in drag. He pretended to be a woman and fellow rape victim named Marian Cramer who sought to befriend Lucy. When Lucy’s father’s ex-wife Nadine Cooper discovered his/her secret, she was killed and dumped into the lake. Several people involved with Guiding Light have said that the actor, Frank Beaty got so into the role that he had a breakdown.

The popular press was quite taken with the storyline and did at least two stories on it.

“Boys Will Be Girls.” People 44.17. 23 October 1995: 14.

To prep, actor Frank Beaty enrolled in Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want To Be Girls, an actual school for transvestites in New York City, Beaty also requires pads, a corset, and (to hide his Adam’s apple) a rubber neckpiece. Made up as Marian, Beaty is at ease- except in his scenes with Satra. “She is literally half my size,” he sighs. “But what can you do? I’m just a big woman.”

Fretts, Bruce. “The Week.”  Entertainment Weekly 294. 29 September 1995: 48.

Being told about how his character was going to return:

“I about died!” says Beaty, 27.  “I thought, a woman? How am I going to carry that off?” The answer: charm school, ballet class, and some pretty amazing prosthetics. Now this Wong move has turned into a complex, risk-taking storyline that is upstaging the Atlanta native’s non-drag work. “Even I’m jealous,” Beaty laughs  of his Tootsie role. “Marian is on a screen more than Brent is.” But even after three hours of makeup, the hunk is no babe. “I make a horribly ugly woman,” Beaty admits. “But I have a great figure and nice legs. I’ve gotten compliments.”

CBS Soaps’ 50 Naughtiest Bad Guys

April 12, 2010

Danny Santos

No. 40 Danny Santos

CBS Soaps in Depth just finished counting down the “50 Naughtiest Bad Guys” on CBS Soaps (defined here as their current soaps, plus Guiding Light). Here are the ones from Guiding Light. Check out CBS Soaps in Depth for the entire list, 10 an issue complete with full color photos for each bad guy. The current issue April 26, 2010 has small photos of the entire count down.

3. Roger Thorpe

5. Alan Spaulding

8. Edmund Winslow

12. Brent Lawrence (The psycho who tortured LAM and killed Nadine Cooper.)

14. Grady Foley (I don’t agree with this one. Grady was a punk. He was evil, but with no ability other than picking locks, he was a punk. I mean he even screwed up a deliberate hit and run, killed the wrong person, left the target alive, and took along a witness. A PUNK!)

21. Ben Warren – “We could’ve put a lot of guys that Blake cheated on Ross with on this list. But his own brother? That’s the standout, don’t you think?”

30. Will Jefferys (The crazy psychiatrist involved with Sonni/Solita – Josh’s crazy wife, I mean one of them.)

32. Phillip Spaulding – “When Alan’s prodigal son returned to Springfield, he was a new man, sure. But he’s still on the list because of the jerkface he was before he came back.”

35. Alan-Michael Spaulding

40. Danny Santos – “When you run a criminal empire it’s lonely at the top, eh? Want some company?”

41. Cyrus Foley – This one is too funny not to quote. “This Aussie criminal boinked his way through town so fast, Reva darn near had to relinquish her Slut of Springfield title.”

44. A.C. Mallet – Mostly because of his secret hitman past.

47. Romeo Jones – An evil little punk, only Tony’s endorsement kept Danny from tossing him out his ear Day 1. CBS Soaps in Depth also criticized his bad habit of leaving his shirt on.

48. Tony Santos – “OK, granted, as dirty rotten scoundrels go, this JV mobster was pretty squeaky-clean. But admit it – you wanted to see this picture again as much as we wanted to run it again.” – The photo is of Tony #1 with his shirt off. OK,  I admit it. I wanted to see it. Jordi looks GOOD.


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