Susan Flannery Eager to End Tour of Duty on 'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Susan Flannery Eager to End Tour of Duty on 'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Imagine The Bold and the Beautiful minus manipulative, scheming, controlling and to most of us, evil, Forrester matriarch, Stephanie.  If you were Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), that would be tantamount to paradise or nirvana.  But for the soap's avid viewers, it could mean a gaping hole where the show's longest-serving and arguably most effective villain used to hold court.

Yes, it's true – fans of The Bold and the Beautiful must brace themselves for the inevitable departure of Susan Flannery, the lady who has breathed life into Stephanie Forrester for the last 20 years.  The 68-year old actress has expressed her desire to retire soon, during a recent interview with an Australian news program.

While the majority of The Bold and the Beautiful fans have probably made a daily habit of loathing Flannery's onscreen character, regular doses of her vile and twisted sense of family have made her a daytime guilty pleasure.  However, after two decades as one of only four original cast members on the soap, the actress has felt a hankering for other pursuits outside of filming over 200 episodes each year.  Flannery, who will celebrate her 21st year on The Bold and the Beautiful next month, told Australia's Ten Network that she'd “like to leave in another year or so.”

"You know, you're in the grave a long time, and it's nice to be able to do other things, so I'm seriously considering it," Flannery explained.

Foremost on the actress' plans is to travel and hopefully take her daughter on a safari once Kenya is considered safe to travelers again.  Ever the adventurer, Flannery is also a sailing enthusiast, aside from being a gourmet cook complete with an authentic wood-burning pizza oven in her home kitchen.

Although the actress is likely also looking forward to more down time to visit her daughter, who has been attending a university in Australia for a couple of years now, it will be a bittersweet parting for her and her three fellow Bold and the Beautiful pioneers.

"The four of us have been there from day one - Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss, John McCook and myself - and this is boring, but in 21 years, we've never had a cross word between us."

"I feel so fortunate," Flannery said in closing.  "As a child, as a young person, you dream that you want to do something, then you get to do it with you life and you really enjoy it. It's truly something to savor."

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Soap Central
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