There were plenty of times when "All My Children" fans hated Kendall. And whether they have forgiven her or not, they at least are OK with the woman who played her.
Alicia Minshew, who portrayed the scheming Erica Kane's equally scheming daughter on the ABC daytime drama, comes to town Sunday with five other veterans of the show, which aired for 41 years before its cancellation in 2011. They'll talk about the show during a live Q&A.
Like many daytime stars, Minshew finds it remarkable that fans will come up and ask her questions about plot twists from years ago, or ask about the well-being of a TV character with the same level of interest they would about a close relative.
"The difference between us and people you see in movies is it's a daily connection. They're really hardcore fans," she says. "They see us every single day at the same time for years, and you're right in their living room, and you go through their weddings and divorces. We all cry. And then, you see us have sex."
Minshew, 38, was born in Plantation, graduated from South Fork High School in Stuart and was studying at Indian River Community College before leaving to pursue an acting career in New York.
"You work at restaurants, take acting classes, and you don't have a lot of money. But you have great friends," she recalls. "I wouldn't trade it for anything."
She eventually was cast as Kendall, the daughter Erica forgot about after being raped at age 14. Sarah Michelle Gellar played Kendall from 1993 to 1995. The character didn't make another appearance until 2002, when producers decided to bring her back.
"They turned her in to such an awesome character to play," Minshew said. "In almost 10 years, I was in comas, I cheated on people, I tried to kill people. My husband died and came back twice, and I had two children."
Now married and with a child in New York, Minshew soon will appear off-Broadway in "My Big Gay Italian Wedding." She also has the lead in the independent movie "Desires of the Heart" and a small part in "Lies I Told My Little Sister." She'll make guest appearances in the online version of "All My Children," set to launch on Monday.
Minshew's sister, Amy, and cousins live in Fort Lauderdale, and her parents, who are divorced, live in Stuart. She says her 102-year-old grandmother from Stuart may attend Sunday's event.
A Tribute to Pine Valley will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St. Tickets cost $55-$95. An autograph and photo session will cost an additional $95 and run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Go to ATributetoPineValley.com.