September 13, 1994
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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