Happy 50th Birthday, Laura Wright!
I know she's kind of a polarizing figure on the show, but I will give her this: She commits to everything she is given, no matter what it is. For all the talk over the years about how she dominates the show along with MB and SBu, I do NOT think she would be able to get away with "phoning it in" the way that they so clearly have/do (and to her credit, I don't think she'd ever do it anyway).
I can understand the criticism she's gotten for being too loud as Carly/for not playing Carly in a way that relates to the way that SBr/TB both played her, but there's something about her that I just find very...watchable, I guess? I don't know, there's just something about her that I can't ignore/help but like when she's in a scene (despite Carly being a harpy overall, but again, I don't put that on Laura herself).
And I do think it's pretty damn cool that she's spent nearly 30 years (next year) exclusively in daytime--from Loving, to The City, to Guiding Light (where I first saw her as Cassie), to this show...and all because of a contest she won to be on a soap back when she was working at her family's gas station in Clinton, Maryland (only about an hour and a half north of where I'm from in Maryland...REPRESENT!). She grew up loving soaps and wanted to make a career in soaps...and she did just that. Pretty awesome, overall. And for the record, as someone who watched both her and Wes Ramsey on GL back in the day (I had SUCH a crush on him as Sam), I do think they make a VERY beautiful couple, regardless of the circumstances that got him on the show.
...Okay, I've embarrassed myself enough for today. Peace out, everyone. :)