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Soap Opera Update Interview With Elizabeth

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December 27, 1994

All The Glitters: OLTL & LOV beauties model holiday fashions.

Soap Opera Update invited One Life To Live‘s Kassie Wesley (Blair) and Stephanie Williams (Shea) to join Loving‘s Elizabeth Mitchell (Dinah Lee) and Laura Sisk (Ally)  to spend a fun-filled afternoon at Macy’s Herald Square, New York department store to model some great fashions that our readers can wear this holiday season.

Dressing the ABC actors was Macy’s Carolyn Moss, fashion director of ready-to-wear. “I chose something that was young-looking because I knew all of these girls were bright and young,” says Moss, who adds, “I assumed that all these girls were slim, so I pulled 4s and 6s, but what threw me was the height. I had thought that soap opera stars were smaller than they are.”

Once the show of their sizes was behind her, Moss explained that the clothing that she selected for these ABC women to choose from stayed within an affordable price rage for mainstream America. “I felt that the audience would relate to these clothes more than something that was so cutting edge. I didn’t choose anything tat was higher than about $350. And the quality is so good.”

According to Moss, “The buzz word for this holiday season and going forth to spring ’95 will be ‘glamour.’ And it’s a return to really looking as best as you can, with luxurious fabrics and makeup. It’s a more pulled-together effect that we’ve seen in the last seven seasons. And the clothes reflect that. They’re in luxurious fabrics of velvet and beading and sating.

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 Carolyn Moss: “Elizabeth is wearing a ball gown with a velvet bodice and a full brocade skirt, and it has a matching shawl. It’s by Jessica McClintock.”

Elizabeth Mitchell on her own sense of style: “I normally dress in long flowy things; long pants – anything that’s big and completely covers my body in every direction, basically. I’m comfortable in a glamorous look, but only if somebody else does it. But if I have to do it, I’m not comfortable, because I know invariably there’s going to be something I completely missed.
For the holidays, I usually borrow my mothers’ clothes. I go home for Christmas, and they have all kinds of parties. My mother has lived a little bit longer than I have, and she has some incredible stuff. She’ll buy one nice thing a year, so that means there’s quite a large selection to choose from. My mother’s six feet tall; I’m 5’9” and a half. Since I’ve been working out, maybe I’ll wear something short this holiday season. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a short skirt.
(This outfit) reminds me of Grace Kelly; that’s a lovely look. I’m usually so simple, so this is something completely different than me.

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SOW Interview: “Loving’s Dinah Is Put To The Tess”

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December 13, 1994

EMlov3.jpgLoving’s Dinah Lee is put to the tess
Tess is in very big trouble when Dinah Lee learns the real story behind Buck’s airplane accident.

Tess has a lot of explaining to do this week on Loving when Curtis and Dinah Lee realize she’s kept mum about Curtis’ involvement in Buck’s plane crash.

The week begins with tensions running high between Tess and Dinah Lee: D-L calls Tess on the continued efforts to make Buck feel guilty about the plane crash, forcing Tess to justify herself. Later, Tess fumes when Buck opts to stay with Dinah Lee rather than go home with Tess.

According to Elizabeth Mitchell (Dinah Lee), “Dinah Lee had given everybody a clean slate, because she’s sort of relearning everyone. She looked at Tess as being fine. Then, all of a sudden, she overhears this conversation and sees Tess tearing him down and Buck going down, and she gets really angry. She knows that Tess is up to something, but she can’t quite put her finger on what it is.”

Things go from bad to worse for Tess when a newly freed Jeremy tells Tess and Gwyn that Curtis was responsible for Buck’s accident. Of course, this isn’t news to Tess. “At that point, Tess doesn’t say anything,” Catherine Hickland (Tess) explains. “She can’t. She’s completely flipped out because she knows the cat is out of the bag, and it’s all going to come crashing down on her head.”

Tess then goes to see Curtis, hoping to silence him before he can tell Dinah lee that he is the guilty party. “She gets there too late,” Hickland says.

Curtis has already confessed his misdeeds to Dinah Lee. When D-L asks why he didn’t tell anyone before this, Curtis explains that he confessed to Tess weeks ago, and told her to tell everyone. Enter Tess. According to Hickland, “Tess stands up for what she thinks is right, and Dinah Lee stands up for what she thinks. It’s not a pleasant exchange, by any means. Tess has to justify her actions, and that’s not easy. Every time a character does something that’s not right they have to justify it – if not in their own mind, then to all those they’ve deceived.”

According to Mitchell, “I think the hurt goes so deep for Dinah Lee that she’s just thinking about the nearest thing that doesn’t hurt, and that’s Buck. She’s glad that Buck doesn’t have to feel guilty.  It’s righteous anger for Dinah Lee. At this point, she’s not even thinking about having lost the baby.”

Hickland feels this incident will trigger a change in Tess. “I think she’s been far gone for a while, regarding her feelings for Buck. This situation, Buck’s reaction when he finds out Tess knew about the accident, is devastating. I believe Tess will be going back to what she knows best – being bitter.”

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Loving: Soap Opera Update Interview Preview

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December 13, 1994

SOU121394.jpgSoap Opera Update invited ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Kassie Wesley (Blair) and Stephanie Williams (Sheila) to join LOVING’s Elizabeth Mitchell (Dinah Lee) and Laura Sick (Ally) to romp through Macy’s department store in knock ’em-dead fashions. The result are a colourful pictorial on what the well-dressed woman should be wearing this holiday season. “I’m usually so simple, so this is something completely different than me,” smiles Mitchell, while co-star Sisk admits, “When I do get to dress up for an occasion, I love it.” Wesley reveals, “I look best and fell most comfortable in the less-glitz and the more classic look,” though Williams states, “Most of the stuff that we wear as actresses and celebrities, I don’t have the courage to wear.” There’s so much more in the next issue

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SOW Interview: Return to Mayberry – Loving’s Elizabeth Mitchell

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November 22, 1994

returntomb.jpgReturn to Mayberry
Loving’s Elizabeth Mitchell

CHARACTER: Dinah Lee Mayberry, Trucker’s fiancée, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a plane crash.

BORN AND REARED: “I was born in Los Angeles, but raised in Dallas.”

FAMILY ALBUM: “I have two parents and two little sisters, who I’m just nutty about. One of them, Kristie, just made 1450 on her SATs. The other one, Kate, is 13. And I have a cat, Thomas.”

BACKSTORY: “I went to an arts high school, kind of like [the school on] Fame, and we had colleges come and watch us perform. From there I was drafted to go to Stephens College (in Columbia, Mo.) I graduated in three years because I doubled up on classes, and I did summer stock during the summer. Then I went to London and did a little Chekhow, a little Shakespeare, and tried to get my voice in order. After that I came home and did some regional theater, got my union cards, did a gig on Dangerous Curves, and then decided I was ready for New York, I moved here about a year ago.”

THE CORPSE HAD A FAMILIAR FACE: “I did a small show off-off-Broadway – Red Channel, at the Theatre for the New City. I also did an episode of The Cosby Mysteries, I played a corpse, but it’s the main corpse. My mom wrote my sister Kate at camp, ‘I think that Liz playing a corpse is an important step forward in her career’?”

QUIET ON THE SET: “My first day was interesting. It was a small scene with Robert (Tyler, Trucker) in the video store. He had seen my screen test, so I didn’t feel like I hade to prove anything. Anyway, at the end of that scene, he picks me up and carries me out – but as he carried me out we ran into a wall I burst out laughing.”

DINAH LEE’S DISABILITY: “Her injuries are problematic for a long time. The brain embolus has created all kinds of memory problems and speech problems, and basically she’s regressed… she’s very childlike. There’s an innocence there that I think is interesting to play, and now that she is beginning to speak a little better, the part is getting interesting.”

MACROBIOTIC MAMA: “I’m macrobiotic. I get my food delivered once a week. They make everything to my specification and I swear it’s cheaper than regular grocery shopping – and I lost 25 pounds [after I went macrobiotic]. I’ve been a stage actress my whole life [so my weight] never mattered; I never thought about being thin. Being macrobiotic changed that and made me eligible for other roles, and that’s nice. I’m into seaweed these days.”

THE WORK ETHIC: “The idea of working is so lovely to me. It was so exciting to know that I got this part, because acting is so exciting to me. It’s a thrill, otherwise I wouldn’t do it. Not to be hokey, but I think life is definitely worth living, whether you’re working or not. For an actor, the character in the thing… it doesn’t matter what medium you’re in, as long as you have something to do.”

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Soap Opera Update Interview

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November 15, 1994

LOVING elizabeth mitchell.jpgReplacements

Two new faces, two old roles: Elizabeth Mitchell has become Loving’s new Dinah Lee #2 and Wendee Pratt has given One Life To Live’s Andy a complete transformation. Can replacing an old favourite be hard for a new actress? Read on!

Elizabeth Mitchell portrays Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden on Loving.

For some viewers who weren’t aware that Jessica Collins (Dinah Lee) was leaving the show, it was undoubtedly a shock when they tuned in one day and found a complete “stranger” in her hospital bed! The new Dinah Lee, Elizabeth Mitchell, acknowledges how unnerving this kind of “switcheroo” can be for a fan. “It’s like your sister all of a sudden becomes somebody else!” she says. “All of a sudden she’s got dark hair! I watch One Life To Live. And I remember every time someone new would come on, we’d be like, ‘Oh, look at her! Oh my gosh!’ And what’s so strange is that all the other characters react to her as if nothing changed.”

Which means, in order for the viewers to feel comfortable with the change, there’s a lot of “water under the bridge” that Mitchell has to absorb. Which can be a challenge in itself. “It’s hard because (Dinah Lee and Trucker) have had such a relationship… and then all of a sudden here I am,” explains Mitchell, “I walk onto the set and we’ve been friends forever, and now we’re terribly in love and I just lost the baby…”

But Mitchell gives her co-star Robert Tyler (Trucker) a lot of credit for making this potentially awkward situation extremely easy on her. She relates, “When I first came on, he said ‘I’m sorry that you have to just throw yourself into this.’ He couldn’t have been sweeter and more sensitive about it.” Since they get along so well in real life, Mitchell explains that she was able to go into her scenes, “as if that feeling of closeness (between Dinah Lee and Trucker) was already there. Robert made the transition a lot easier.”

Although Mitchell admits that stepping into someone else’s shoes can be intimidating (especially when the someone is as popular as her predecessor), she is ready to make the role her own… and asks that you give her a chance. “I went to a wedding yesterday and I talked to a lot of people who had watched the show forever,” the Texans native says, “I got all kinds of different reactions… but what I heard a lot was, ‘Well you’re different, but we enjoy watching you too.”

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SOW | Great Review About Elizabeth’s Performance On Loving

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November 8, 1994

EMLov2.jpgLoving: As I wrote here only two weeks ago, Loving is better right now that it’s ever been – more creative and, to say the least, more adventure-some. What I admire about the show are the choices being made by its production team.

It took all of two episodes for Elizabeth Mitchell to impress as the new Dinah Lee. Her lovely natural aura is quite special.

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Soap Opera Digest Interview | Meet Loving’s new Dinah Lee

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September 13, 1994

EMcasting.jpgMeet Loving‘s new Dinah Lee

After a whirlwind casting search, Loving execs have chosen Elizabeth Mitchell to replace Jessica Collins as Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden. Mitchell started taping on August 12;  she’ll start airing September 9.

Although the Texan raised actress is new today-time, she wasn’t nervous during her audition. “I tested with Robert Tyler [Trucker] and he couldn’t have made things easier. We were kind of on the same wavelength,” Mitchell recalls. Also at the screen test was Jessica Collins. Was that awkward? “Oh, not at all,” Mitchell laughs, “I can’t tell you how sweet she was.”

It’s been a good month for Mitchell, who learned that she had the job shortly after her boyfriend, David Lee Smith was cast as Luna’s physical therapist, Brent Sutton, on One Life To Live. “We found out within a week of each other,” she laughs. “We’re the ABC kids.”

Mitchell has been learning as much as she can about Dinah Lee and so far, she likes what she sees, “I think because Jessica Collins was so popular, the writers wrote an incredible character for her. I have so much material at my disposal, which is wonderful. So although I’m nervous, it’s kind of exciting.”

“There’s a lot of optimism around here,” nods Randolph Mantooth (Alex). “The Aldens are back and we’ve got a great actress playing Dinah Lee. Mark my words – this girl is good.”

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