Esteemed theater actress Laurinda Barrett is probably best known to celluloid buffs from her work in the 1968 film adaptation of Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Eagle eyed viewers will also remember her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man, as well.
Thankfully, working with the Master of Suspense must have prepared Barrett for her work as Molly Sherwood on the long running mystery soap The Edge of Night. With knife like precision and incisive skill, Barrett enacted Sherwood’s reign of terror with a rare sensitivity – and a cold blooded determination. Illogically predisposed to do away with anyone who seemingly threatened a loved one, Sherwood not only calmly killed those she considered perpetrators, but also anyone she suspected may have knowledge of her crimes.
Utilizing horror influences to the extreme here, this EON plotline reached its pinnacle when Sherwood stabbed one offender while wearing a disturbingly cheery clown hand puppet to mask her fingerprints.
A veteran of multiple soap operas, including All My Children and Guiding Light, it is ultimately Barrett’s macabre run as Molly that lingers on in viewers’ minds. Decades after those initial airdates, this observation is a true testament to the richness and power of her work all those years ago – and proves that even without superstar status, this dedicated performer made a true impact on people’s lives.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
I remember very fondly Laurinda Barrett, my friend, when`she was a student of mine taking one-on-one conversation lessons in French at the BERLITZ SCHOOL of languages located then close to the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. I hope you are OK, Laurinda, and I am grateful that we met as I had just arrived in New York, from Paris. I have never forgotten you.
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HI, Emile! Ms. Barrett has no connection with this blog, unfortunately. I am so thrilled that you got to meet and interact with her, though. I so admire her talent! Brian