An iconic soap opera character can often live on without the performer who made them iconic in the first place! Take a look at The Bold and the Beautiful’s (B&B) Taylor Hayes, General Hospital’s (GH) Trina Robinson, The Young and the Restless’ (Y&R) Phyllis Summers and Days Of Our Lives’ (DOOL) Billie Reed; they’re all fan-favorites, yet they’ve also survived being recasted in recent years! So let’s look at a special group of soap opera actresses who are so entwined with their characters, they simply cannot be recast!
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12. Christel Khalil As Lily Winters (Y&R)
Much like her onscreen adoptive brother, portrayed by Bryton James, Christel Khalil has literally grown up in front of Y&R viewers. The star was 34 when she celebrated two decades of playing Lily Winters, a character who evolved from a teenage brat to successful CEO of Chancellor-Winters. While her role was recast once, with Davetta Sherwood assuming duties, it clearly didn’t take because Khalil was back within a year! We suspect that Y&R has learned its lesson!