Daytime's 10 Most Insane Recasts!
No. 9: Robin Christopher for Alicia Coppola as Lorna on Another World
Glamorous romance novelist Felicia Gallant (Linda Dano) searched for years for the daughter she gave birth to as an unwed, teen mother. Imagine her surprise, when Lorna Devon (Alicia Coppola), the scheming music exec/henchwoman of resident villain Carl Hutchins (Charles Keating) turned out to be Felicia's long lost love child with one-named mob kingpin Lucas (John Aprea). Italian American Coppola quickly shot to popularity on Another World as Lorna, due to her volatile scenes opposite Dano, Aprea and Alla Korot who played Lucas and Felicia's adopted daughter Jenna. When the actress left the role in 1994 after a three-year stint, TPTB decided to replace the olive-skinned, dark-haired actress with flame-haired, porcelain-toned All My Children veteran Robin Christopher. While the recast was initially jarring, Christopher eventually made the role her own, thanks to a ready chemistry with Dano (the two would later play mother and daughter again as Rae Cummings and Skye Chandler Quartermaine on the ABC soap lineup) and popularity opposite John Bolger, who played Lorna's tragic love Gabe. Results: Mixed.