Daytime Confidential's Top 10 Most Improved of 2008
No. 8: Mandy Bruno - Guiding Light
Marina Cooper (Mandy Bruno) was one half of a hot pairing this year in 2008, opposite Aussie bad boy Cyrus Foley (Murray Bartlett). With a blatant chemical connection, Bruno and Bartlett fed off one another in each and every seen, which is why it made absolutely no sense for a show on soap opera life support to split them apart. Cyrina fans were disgusted when Marina's beloved Aunt Harley (Beth Ehlers) swooped in and snatched the rogue right out from underneath her nubile niece. Harley's betrayal did have one positive effect. It gave Mandy Bruno material she could finally get dirty with. Going head-to-head with an actress of Ehlers' caliber and status on the soaps allowed the young actress the opportunity to expand her range and learn from a pro.
Bruno impressively kept Marina centered as the character raged at Harley and even tried her hand at revenge. Watching Bruno express Marina's devastation over what Cyrus and Harley put her through, and valiantly portraying her struggle to break free of the man she so desperately loved has been one of the precious few joys of watching Guiding Light this year.