Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana) July 16, 1966
The move to color by the NBC Television Network live dramatic serial "Another World" meant work for both the staff and cast of the Monday-through-Friday show. To the characters in "Another World," it has meant the fun of late spring cleaning, and new wardrobes for all or most all. Costume designer Hazel Roy was the first to explain, "Costuming becomes doubly hard. You not only have to think in terms of which color is flattering to an individual character, but you have to keep in mind who is going to play which scene with whom making sure that people don't wear clashing colors and that their clothes are complemented by the colors of the sets." Audra Lindley (Liz Matthews) of "Another World" said, "It's quite something to get new clothes, particularly when someone else selects them for you. I've had a reluctance to go in for certain certain shades of green, but I've got a new green silk suit and a flowered hostess gown that are both knock-outs." Even the men are affected by the color changeover. Joe Gallison, who plays Liz's son Bill said, "Now I have to start wearing ties that actually match the rest of my clothes." The makeup man put it this way: "My biggest task," he said, "is to restrain the actors. In black and white, television actresses who wanted to wear bright blue eyeshadow could be accommodated. It didn't show up on the air. But now, well, nice females from refined homes just don't walk around with bright blue eyeshadow during the middle of the day."
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) August 30, 1979
One of the wickedest women on television is Iris Bancroft, villainess on the long-running soap opera, "Another World." Iris is played, with morals askew, by Beverlee McKinsey. In an interview here, Miss McKinsey discussed her character with the breezy enthusiasm of a good actress gone unrepentantly bad. "She's nuts, my character," said Miss McKinsey. "She's very wealthy, her father a powerful man. I thought in the beginning he was patterned after William Randolph Hearst. She's spoiled, traveled in Europe. I suggested (to the writers) that she's in love with her father. So we played incest to the best of our ability on daytime.” When he married a woman Iris's age, she hired a gigolo to seduce her father's wife. She was responsible for the death of the baby. "It's obvious that Iris and Mac (Iris's father, Mackenzie Cory, played by Douglass Watson) can only be together if he's not her father. So we fixed it that father would find her mother's diary and discover that another man was Iris's father. I became his adopted daughter and they brought a mother for me out of the woodwork. I finally got rid of the stepmother after years and the fans went berserk." Iris has also been active on her own behalf. “I had a two-year relationship with Dr. Russ Matthews and we never left the sofa," Miss McKinsey recalled. "I've done everything but give birth on that sofa." Energetic mischief-making has taken its toll on Iris, but she always bounces back with enthusiasm. Miss McKinsey remembers: "I (she means Iris) had a nervous breakdown from which I recuperated in one day. I went totally batty and sang songs in German. The next day I was talking normally to the nurse, attempted suicide in the same show and then recovered."
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) March 22, 1980
The cast and crew of "Another World" have packed their bags after taping around this tropical island's quaint and colorful settings. All of the scenes leading up to the near-death of Mac Cory, the stabbing of Mitch Blake, the death of Janice Cory and Rachel Cory's rescue of Mac were completed with the cooperation of Project St. Croix, who arranged the accommodations and facilities for the "Another World" crew. Everyone's pleased, but everyone is visibly exhausted. Victoria Wyndham (Rachel) has been joined by her husband, financier Wendell Minnick and they are waiting for a plane to whisk them off for a short vacation. Doug Watson vacationed with his wife, daughter and granddaughter for a week before the St. Croix filming in St. Thomas. And Christine Jones and William Gray Espy (Janice and Mitch) are heading for a romantic rendezvous to parts unknown. Yes, fans, they are "an item," as gossip reporters say. Local residents who were cast as extras are bidding the stars goodbye. Tourists from the States, who had followed the taping from one location to another, are trying to get a last autograph or photo. Some of them were lucky enough to be cast as extras in several street scenes. A man in a Madras shirt and walking shorts exclaimed, "By gum, me and my Mrs. came down here for a vacation. But we never coulda guessed that we see these folks. The Mrs. nearly had heart failure seeing that guy who plays Mitch." Two white-haired matrons are overheard commenting, "I saw Mac take a tour boat out to Buck Island this morning. I think we ought to follow him out there and make our own love scene," one of the ladies giggled. Wyndham admits she feels as though she just wrapped up "one of the nighttime cop-chase shows. It's been a strange mixture of action and drama. But I think the audience will love what we've done down here." Espy confesses that after he departed his popular role of Snapper on "The Young and The Restless" several years ago, he had sworn he'd never do another soap. "But I've matured to the point where I wanted the opportunity to learn the craft of doing a soap. When I left Y&R I was full of negatives. Working on AW has given me a different perspective that has been generally worthwhile, and I'm considering staying with the show longer than I originally intended." Jones, one of the best actresses on daytime television, has no choice about remaining on the show. Her character is dead as a doornail. "I understand the melodramatic point of Janice's death. But I was frankly frustrated by the change in her character that was needed for the plot. Janice was never a manipulative character in the beginning. Her 'bad girl' reputation came from what other people said about her, and the audience believed she was no good, even though she really wasn't a typical soap villainess. She merely happened to be in the right place at the wrong time and took advantage of the situation. In order to justify Janice's decision to kill Mac, I decided to play Medea, the vengeful, scorned woman. The one time Janice became noble was when she thought she killed Mitch. It was then she decided to take responsibility for the act, because she'd never taken responsibility for her other actions which were imposed on her. She didn't manipulate things, they manipulated her. In any case, I wanted to stage Janice's death scene in a classical manner. Janice wanted to end her own life because of the guilt that finally caught up with her. But she couldn't do it herself. That's why Janice forced Rachel to make the fatal attack. And when the ladies surface in the pool after the struggle with the knife, Janice lays her cheek on Rachel's shoulder. I wanted it to be a symbol of gratitude, as well as a reminder to the audience that Janice never had a mother and in her dying breath saw Rachel as a redeemer and a mother figure. Most soap opera 'nasties' are here today and forgotten tomorrow. I refused to let Janice go to her death at the hands of a mechanical plot device. I wanted the audience to remember and perhaps understand Janice. "Another World" fans will not only remember Janice, but they'll cherish the memories of all the St. Croix supercharged location action for a Jong, long time to come. Bravo to all.
Herald and Review (Decatur, Illinois) December 13, 1981
Beverlee McKinsey (Iris on 'Texas") has quit daytime TV for good. But she has strong things to say to those who look down on soap operas. When McKinsey was offered the role of Iris Carrington on the NBC daytime drama "Another World," the part was a minor one due to be written out in three months. Beverlee admits she accepted it "just for the money" but eventually this small role expanded to become one of the best-known "bitch goddesses" on daytime TV. Beverlee's salary rose along with the show's popularity. Now, after seven and a half years of portraying Iris on "Another World" and on its spin-off, "Texas," Beverlee is leaving the world of soap operas. Looking back on her successful reign as one of the most talked-about women on daytime TV, she still finds it surprising that the character Iris caught on with the viewers. "I needed to make money, that's all," says Beverlee. "I had to make a living because I had a child to support and I wasn't really trained to do anything else but act. I really had no idea the part would ever last this long, and I certainly never dreamed it would bring me this much attention, although I still don't consider myself a star. I guess to some people, it must seem like a big deal, but there's no way you can compare the attention I get with the attention someone like Robert Redford gets. Now there's a really big deal!" Well, big deal or not, the cool, aloof and ever so nasty Iris won't be around to wreak havoc anymore. Beverlee McKinsey is leaving daytime TV to try her luck in the New York theater. Why would the queen of the soap operas relinquish her throne? "I'm bored," says Beverlee, with just a touch of Iris' haughtiness in her voice, "and I've been bored for years. Mainly, I just feel overworked. When 'Another World' went from 30 minutes to an hour, it was almost the end of my life. I'm highly disciplined, but the schedule took a terrible toll on me." The demands on Beverlee's time included learning 30 pages of dialogue a day (without the help of cue cards or teleprompters), rehearsing and taping 16 hours a day, and working on a year-round schedule. But though she is quitting the soap scene, Beverlee McKinsey is quick to defend the vehicle that brought her national acclaim and a string of Emmy nominations. "I'm so bloody furious at people like Johnny Carson," says Beverlee, "who says he has so much admiration for soap opera actors and then won't have any of them on his show. I've been trying for years to get on the Carson show and they won't touch daytime people as if we were somehow beneath them. They don't think we can be entertaining. "I went on an interview (with Carson's talent coordinators) and the girl said, 'Well, if we put one on, we'll have to put them all on. I said, 'What kind of statement is that? If I can't be as witty and amusing as some of the people you have on that show, I'll give you your money back!' "I've done all the other talk shows," Beverlee continues, "and I do those shows well. But you see people come on there and use phrases like 'soap opera acting’ and I'm thinking, 'What does that mean, buddy?' Because if it weren't for the profits made by daytime TV, nighttime TV wouldn't even be on the air. The networks rely on the daytime shows.’ Outspoken? You bet. That's gutsy, vivacious Beverlee McKinsey for you. Off and running on some brand new career endeavors, including a return to the Broadway stage, there's no doubt that daytime's "Iris" has just begun to bloom. Miss McKinsey, a pert and bright-eyed woman who is somewhere in 40s, mentioned another new facet of her character: "Iris has never been promiscuous until the last few months, when we got new writers. I've always said that old ladies shouldn't run around in their underwear. But I did run around in my underwear a week ago Friday. Vivian, the batty maid, came home and found Iris in bed with a guy. I have good legs, so I wore a chemise and told them to focus on my legs from a distance." After previous marriages to Eliot Carrington and Robert Delaney, Iris is now exhausting the patience of her third husband, Brian Bancroft. Miss McKinsey thinks she sees a break in the clouds, however, through which the sun may soon shine warmly upon Iris. "They've brought in another wealthy man who's going to try to ruin my father. I'll fight for my father, so finally Iris may get some sympathy." All these shenanigans take place in Bay City, a mythical metropol whose exact locale is unknown. "Another World" began on NBC (Channel 3) in 1964 and on March 6 became the first soap opera to expand to 90-minute length. Miss McKinsey has been playing the role of Iris Bancroft since December 1972. Although the fans may hiss, Miss McKinsey is understandably sympathetic to a character who has brought her more than 300 weekly paychecks. "Iris is just starved for love," she said. "She just wants everybody to love her. She's after the world. A man won't do."
The Jackson Hole Guide, September 9, 1982
If you, like Donald M. and Kathleen Rowen of Gerber, California, happened by the Gros Ventre slide early last Wednesday, you might have seen a man fall off a cliff onto an inflated pad on a platform about 20 feet below. What you would have seen was the cast and crew of the popular NBC soap opera, Another World, shooting the climactic scene of an eight-part series filmed on location in Jackson Hole. Thirty actors and crew members came from New York City, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City to film this remote. They were aided by 12 locals, led by Breck O'Neill, president of the Jackson Hole Film Commission. The locals performed a variety of functions, from picking up People magazine reporters to providing horses. Included in the local crew were county coroner Bob Boetticher and his deputy, Stan Wilhelmsen, who provided their mobile mobile homes for use as dressing rooms. But the cameras did not pick up the entire jump, so they had to do it again. The stunt man got back in position at the top of the cliff, the cameras set up again, and the pad was re-inflated. On Take 2, everything worked. The crew applauded, and the director said, "It's a bite!" They moved to set up the next scene. The "next scene" actually preceded the jump in the story's sequence, and took five attempts to satisfy the director. It was more complicated to film, since it involved switching from a stunt woman to an actress when the camera moved in for a closeup. The scenes shot here represent the end of a four-year on-again, off-again love affair between Blaine (Laura Malone) and Buzz (Eric Conger), two characters in Another World originally from Wyoming. Buzz takes Blaine back to the Cowboy State, but Sandy (Chris Rich) her lover from Bay City, U.S.A goes after her for a showdown with Buzz. The producers of the show, and Procter & Gamble, which owns Another World, know how popular they are. An estimated six million people, mostly women, watch Another World, and they consider the actors stars. When Malone received her 5 a.m. wake-up call August 31, the caller asked for her autograph. The fan later appeared at her door and even though the actress was exhausted, she obliged. Despite these hazards, the stars do get out on the town when they can. While here, they went to the Cowboy Bar, and rode horseback in the mountains. All effused at the sights, although Malone, who was born in Washington State, said, "It's not quite Mt Rainier." Mostly, though, they worked, and while waiting to appear on camera, they play Scrabble. Rich "usually wins, by two points." They don’t mind the long hours, because soap opera stardom is extremely lucrative. According to Rich, the only people in show business who make more money are prime time television stars and big-name movie actors.