Top 5 villainesses in daytime!
5. Elizabeth “Liz” Sanbourne, Passions
Now if there was ever a villainous character I connected with in daytime then Liz (Amelia Marshall) was the one. She is the first truly villainous African American character I can remember in the history of daytime. Yes,there was Doreen (Generations), Virginia (Sunset Beach), and even Taylor (All My Children), but this one was the one who got the most storyline and seemed to pop off the TV the most for me. Liz came to Harmony with intentions on destroying her sister Eve’s life because of childhood abandonment issues and because she felt that Eve wasn’t there for her when she was being sexually abused by their father. Liz had the ammo that her sister’s husband and children never knew: That Eve was once a drunk, a drug addict, and a whore. But the biggest secret of all was that Eve and once dated TC, Eve’s husbands’ nemesis Julian and had a baby with him that Eve believed was dead. Liz tortured Eve for 3 long years before all the secrets came out. It was later revealed that Liz was behind the multiple attempts to kill Julian and she was the one who shot Alistair as well.
4. Janet Green, AMC
Janet (criteria Kate Collins) was the first real villainous I loved to hate on daytime. She stormed into Pine Valley as Natalie’s overweight and underprivileged sister, who was envious of Natalie’s life. She would go on to kidnap Natalie and keep her held captive in a well while she took over Natalie’s life. Janet as Natalie married Trevor and became pregnant with his child. Harold the dog was the first person to figure out that “Natalie” was really Janet. Eventually Janet was caught and tried in court. I found that the most iconic scene was when she announced to a stunned court room that she was pregnant with Trevor’s child.
3. Alex Olanov, OLTL
Alex (Tonja Walker) first came to town as an FAB agent and eventually fell in love with Bo, hoping that Bo would return her feelings. But instead, Bo fell in love with Cassie Callison. Alex's behavior became more and more erratic and eventually she even kidnapped Cassie and tried to drown her in a lake in an effort to get Bo for herself. The drowning was the most iconic. In the end Alex was arrested and taken to Mountain View Clinic. Alex was a nut.
2. Barbara Ryan, ATWT
Barbara (Colleen Zenk Pinter) was the mother obsessed with controlling her children’s lives. Paul seemed to be her first biggest obsession. She not only destroyed his relationship with Rose and made forced him to leave town temporarily, but upon his return forced him to have to protect his siblings and Barbara’s other children Will and Jennifer from her. Yes Barbara went on to mentally warp her youngest son Will in a tug of war game with Paul. When Will was put in the mental institution for arson she attempted to break him out at gun point. She even jumped out of a courtroom window to escape charges in a crime she said she was set up for by James Steinbeck her menacing and ever-haunting ex-husband. And trust me I am only giving you a taste of the atrocious acts she has done over the years. The most Iconic scene for me was seeing her try to break Will out of the mental institution. Barbara is still in Oakdale and has since become a more subdued woman to date.
1. Shelia Carter, Y&R / B&B
And the grand Dame of all soap villainous women is Shelia (Kimberlin Brown). Shelia first appeared in Genoa City in 1990 as a nurse working at Memorial.Since the first moment she laid eyes on Dr. Scott Grainger, Shelia has been terrorizing Lauren Fenmore! After drugging Scott, Lauren's husband, he and Shelia had sex and she became pregnant. Scott divorced Lauren out of obligation, and then found out that Lauren was pregnant too! Unbeknownst to anyone, Shelia had a miscarriage, but was determined to still have Scott's child. Shelia then bought a child on the black market and switched it with Lauren's baby! Lauren's baby,Dillon, ended up dying of meningitis and Shelia went on to raise Lauren's real child Scotty! After Shelia's mother threatened to tell Lauren the truth, Shelia kidnapped Lauren and held her and her mother in a cabin. When the truth finally came out, Shelia tried to kill Lauren, but in the end Lauren and Scott were reunited with their child, leaving everyone to believe that Shelia had died in a fire. Yes she did all that! And let me tell you I loved every minute of it.