FAQ: Part 4
Character HistoriesLast Modified July 29, 1998
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Bauer, Bert & Bill
Charles & Vivian Grant
Reardon, Bea & Tom
Shayne, Hawk & Sarah
Daughter of Max and Charlotte Blume of Goshen, Indiana. Abby was raised in an Amish-like religious community. Due to a childhood illness, she became deaf and learned to communicate using a home-grown sign language known only to her parents and close friends, including Rebecca the healer. Rebecca was, in fact, the amnesic Reva Shayne, who somehow found her way to Goshen after driving off a bridge in the Florida keys and losing her memory. When a local farmer was gravely injured, the trauma team from Springfield descended on quiet Goshen and Abby got her first glimpse of Dr. Rick Bauer. She was immediately smitten. By this time Reva had begun to regain her memory, thanks to a run-in with Alan Spaulding, who recognized Reva after being run off the road by her horse-drawn buggy. Some time later, when Abby's headaches became intolerable, Reva & Alan convinced Abby's parents to send her to Springfield for medical treatment. Once in Springfield, Abby discovered a whole new world. She learned American Sign Language and improved her speaking ability, and finally decided that she did not want to return to Goshen. Her romance with Rick blossomed, but she was dealt a cruel blow when the scummy Roy Meecham attacked Abby and attempted to rape her. After Roy's case was dismissed on a technicality, Abby impulsively grabbed a court officer's gun and shot Roy dead. She was convicted and sentenced to prison, but she & Rick eloped beforehand. Abby was recently released from prison on bail pending the consideration of new evidence in her case.
Maureen was best friends with Vanessa Chamberlain, and worked for her as her executive assistant at Spaulding Enterprises. During one rocky stretch in her marriage, Maureen almost had an affair with Fletcher, but in the end remained faithful to her husband. The same cannot be said of Ed, who boinked former wife Holly Lindsey during this period. Maureen died at Cedars as the result of a car accident, after discovering the affair between Ed and Lillian Raines.
Rick is the son of Ed Bauer and Leslie Jackson Bauer. Michelle is his half-sister and Holly Lindsey Reade was his stepsister (when his mother was married to Holly's father), as well as stepmother. His alleged son, Kevin Marler, was conceived during a drunken one-night stand with Blake Marler, and is being raised by Blake and Ross, along with his half-twin Jason, who is presumably Ross' son. Rick spent 5 years working in Chicago to serve a community service sentence for his part in faking best friend Phillip Spaulding's death. While Phillip was supposedly dead, Rick married Phillip's fiancee, Beth Raines, to throw the police off the track. Another close friend is Mindy Lewis, who Rick has had feelings for in the past. Rick was also married to Dr. Meredith Reade, Fletcher's sister, but after her baby was stillborn (Phillip was the father) their marriage fell apart. While in Chicago, Rick was married briefly to alcoholic nurse Annie Dutton, but later learned that their marriage was never valid because she had been married to someone else earlier and then faked her death. Rick is now married to his fourth wife, Abigail.--adapted from FollyWorld
Son of Jack Blue, who had a vendetta against the Bauer family because he believed Ed Bauer was responsible for his wife's death. Jesse's mom, whose maiden name was Diaz, died in childbirth at Cedars Hospital, and Jack never got over it. Jesse was a sick child, but Ed Bauer secretly arranged for a heart transplant that saved his life. The heart Jesse received came from Ed's wife, Maureen. Jesse was raised in a tough neighborhood where he built motorcycles and hung out with some shady characters. Due to missing so much school as a child, he was also illiterate. His life changed when he met Michelle Bauer, who was searching for the recipient of her mother's heart. She taught him how to read & the two fell in love in the process. When Michelle was blinded in a fire, she left town without telling Jesse of her condition. He found out on his own and followed her to a school for the blind, where he posed as a Hispanic attendant named Carlos. Michelle regained her sight and reunited with Jesse, but their relationship has been shaky ever since she returned to Springfield.
Son of Jenna Bradshaw and Buzz Cooper, and named for Jenna's dear friend Henry Chamberlain. Buzz didn't find out about Coop until the kid was about 2, because Jenna left town when she was pregnant, without ever telling Buzz that he was about to be a dad. For the first couple of years of his life, Jenna raised Coop along with high-class criminal Jeffrey Morgan, who was listed as the child's father on his birth certificate. Coop is seldom seen, often left to the esteemed baby-sitting services of the even-more-seldom-seen Mrs. Popoff.
Learned from Alexandra that her father didn't die in prison in 1974, but used various aliases to hide from the IRS, and did die in 1984, leaving her a $3000 bequest in his will. Lived in the firehouse with Buzz Cooper and became pregnant, but didn't tell him because he had remarried Nadine. While pregnant, she worked for Alan Spaulding, who had recently been released from jail. She left for Rio after a tearful farewell from Buzz at the gate to the airplane, without telling him she was pregnant. Gave birth in Rio de Janiero to Henry Cooper Bradshaw on Christmas Day, 1994.
Returned to Springfield two years later, but did not immediately tell Buzz that little Henry was his son. Her husband, Jeffrey Morgan, followed her to town and tried to get her to return to him and their life of crime. Jenna was caught red-handed in front of an open safe in the Grant home, but Buzz convinced Vivian Grant to withhold her testimony, so Jenna was only sentenced to probation and community service. Jeffrey blackmailed Jenna into remaining in their marriage, despite her desire to reunite with Buzz. In order to escape him, Jenna conspired with Harley and Phillip to pull a "sting" on Jeffrey, which was successful and resulted in his being sent to jail. After being reunited with Buzz, Jenna learned she was pregnant again, but was devastated to find out that Jeffrey was the father. Since Buzz suffered an untimely case of amnesia just as she learned this information, Jenna has yet to tell him that the baby she is carrying is not his.
Michael was first introduced as Vanessa Reardon's physical therapist in her Swiss convent clinic. It was later revealed that he had been a practicing physician in the U.S., but lost his license after being accused of murdering a patient. The patient was a married woman with whom he was having an affair, and she had the same incurable disease as Vanessa. In fact, Michael loved her deeply and did not murder her, but her angry husband was able to pull enough strings to cost Michael his license. Michael returned with Vanessa to Springfield after her illness went into remission and worked for a time at Cedars Hospital, where he crossed the line between physical therapist and physician one time too many and got himself fired. He subsequently went to work for Spaulding Enterprises, ostensibly developing the fragrance "Simply Annie," but also using the lab as a cover for his private research. He was unsuccessful in developing a cure for Vanessa's illness, so he branched out into cloning. First he cloned a cat, and then he cloned Reva Shayne for a distraught Josh Lewis. He wants to pursue his research, but Josh won't back him, so Michael's friend/associate Vicki Brandon convinced him to approach Alan Spaulding for funding.
Julie was a senior in high school when she moved from New York City to Springfield to live with her brother A.C. Mallet (who she called by his real name, Tony). Mallet had been in love with a woman named Francesca, but her mafioso father opposed their relationship and married his daughter off to an Italian doctor while his henchmen held Julie hostage. Julie was an aspiring ballerina and spent many hours pirouetting around the gazebo on the Spaulding grounds, where she was spied and admired by Hart Jessup. Julie became friends with Bridget Reardon and Kat Speakes, but Bridget was jealous over Julie's budding relationship with Hart, and advised Julie not to sleep with him. Julie was heartbroken when Hart left town, but didn't know that Hart had slept with Bridget the night before he left, fathering her child. Julie later became involved with Dylan Lewis and was engaged to marry him when Hart returned to Springfield. Confused about her feelings, Julie slept with Hart the night before she was to wed Dylan. Bridget found out and revealed the information to everyone in church shortly before the vows, thus preventing the wedding. Julie subsequently moved out of the boardinghouse and moved in with Frank & Eleni Cooper, where she helped out by watching Marina and working in the diner. But Julie coveted Frank and did everything in her power to woo him away from Eleni, including inserting her naked self into his bed one night when Eleni was away on a catering job. Although Eleni found the two in bed together, Frank was eventually able to convince her of the truth -- nothing happened and Julie was evil incarnate. A number of Springfield residents chipped in to buy Julie a one-way ticket to Florida, where she could bother her brother instead of them. Julie went off in search of the once-again missing Hart instead, and hasn't been seen since.
Son of Nola Reardon and Quinton Chamberlain, and half-brother of Stacey Chamberlain. As a child, J was known as A.J., but as a teen-ager decided that A.J. had one too many syllables. J was born in Springfield, but grew up around the world, going on archeological digs with his parents. He followed Nola to Springfield after she broke up with Quint. J was initially attracted to Michelle Bauer, who was infatuated with him, but Nola and Ed nixed the idea of any romantic relationship between the first cousins, even though they were not related by blood. After graduating high school, J developed an interest in photography, which he studied at Springfield University before departing for a job on the West Coast.
His other main duties were to babysit for his grandsons Bill & Peter, appear at family get-togethers, and tell Vanessa he didn't approve of Billy. He was originally shocked when he learned of Vanessa's relationship to Matt Reardon, but the young man eventually won his respect because of his obvious devotion to Vanessa.
Henry had a bad heart, which eventually did him in during a visit to Quinton in California.
For a long time, Buzz was torn between his feelings for ex-wife Nadine and Jenna Bradshaw. He lived with Jenna in the firehouse after she left husband Roger Thorpe, and was with her when she miscarried Roger's baby. Remarried Nadine to win a game show, but eventually they ended it with an amicable divorce. Jenna left town without telling Buzz she was pregnant with his baby. When she returned with the boy two years later, she originally kept his paternity a secret, but finally told Buzz the truth. After dispensing with Jenna's pesky husband, Jeffrey Morgan, Buzz proposed to Jenna and she accepted. Then he fell down a flight of stairs and lost his memory.
Her good heart led to a lucrative catering contract with "The Willows" nursing home, and a deep involvement in the protection of Bess Lowell from Roger Thorpe and the Spauldings. She kidnapped by George, a henchperson for Roger, but was saved by Alan-Michael and Frank. Spurred by the Willows contract, she started a successful catering company, which became a cause for a strain in her marriage. Resuming her friendship with former husband Alan-Michael was another strain on the marriage.
Was "promised" to marry into another family in her home of Crete, but being already married to Frank, this presented a problem. The family wanted payment, either with Eleni or her family's taverna. Eleni & Frank traveled to Crete to resolve the situation, which involved Eleni being imprisoned on the private island of her would-be husband, Christos. She escaped & returned to Springfield with Frank. Her family in Crete consists of her mother, her grandmother ("Yia-Yia") and two yummy older brothers.
Before marrying Eleni, Frank had relationships with Mindy Lewis & someone named Dana, who was killed by a psychopathic comedienne ["Looney" Rae Rooney]. Has also slept with Blake, but they're just friends. Helped raise sister Harley after Nadine left. Was best friends with A.C. Mallet, Harley's ex-husband.
Was estranged from Eleni after she found a naked Julie Camaletti in bed with Frank, but reunited after they got Julie to confess that she engineered the whole thing.
Lost the house that he renovated for Eleni in the second 5th Street fire and moved his family into the apartment above the diner. Became a cop to earn more money, and was quickly promoted to detective. But he still helps out in the diner.
Harley became nanny to Marah & Shayne Lewis, and was engaged to Josh Lewis after Reva presumably died. He broke it off when he learned Reva might be alive and went to search for her. Harley then worked for "Melinda Lewis Designs" for awhile, then entered the police academy after being falsely arrested by crooked cops. [She was acquitted and turned around by then-Judge, now Senator Collier.] There, she met & fell in love with A.C. Mallet, her instructor. They married and moved to Florida, where Harley became an investigator for an insurance company. After a few years, though, the marriage broke up when Mallet cheated on Harley, so she returned to Springfield and is now involved with her former brother-in-law, Phillip Spaulding.
After Lucy was raped by Brent Lawrence, Nadine started seeing disturbing visions. Just before leaving town to make a new life for herself, Nadine was killed by Brent and dumped in the lake. Her family, thinking she had left town, didn't realize she was dead until her body washed up months later.
Daughter of Tina Crede, a local "working girl." Tina tried to give Dahlia a good life, and kept her unsavory profession from her daughter. In an attempt to better her situation through robbery, Tina found herself facing jail time, so she turned to her good friend Frank Cooper, who agreed to take Dahlia in while Tina served her sentence. Dahlia, then a senior in high school, became friends with Michelle Bauer and Bill Lewis, who were both in her class. She was also the object of Marcus Williams's fascination. Marcus knew the truth about Tina and thought Dahlia should know it as well, so he told her. Dahlia was devastated at first, but eventually came to accept what her mother had done and why she had done it. Marcus encouraged the shy Dahlia to pursue her singing as he pursued his career as a musician. Marcus eventually caught the attention of music producer Sugar Hill, and tried to sell Dahlia as part of the team, but Sugar only wanted Marcus. When Marcus was late to a performance for record company executive David Jacobs, Dahlia warmed the crowd up with a song. Jacobs was impressed and signed Dahlia to a recording contract. Dahlia managed to get Marcus signed as well, and the two celebrated their success by making love for the first time. Thanks to David's meddling daughter Drew, Marcus was briefly fooled into thinking Dahlia was involved with Sugar Hill, but Dahlia was able to convince him of the truth. Dahlia and Marcus now live in the boardinghouse and continue to pursue their musical careers and romance, but mostly off-camera.
Cutter was a police detective with the Springfield Police Department until he was murdered by cross-dressing psycho-killer Brent Lawrence. Prior to his untimely death, his best friend was Tangie Hill, who he also had a crush on. His love life in Springfield never consisted of much... a date long ago with Holly Lindsey (set up by Blake) that happened to have been the night Billy Lewis shot Roger Thorpe. He also had a couple of dates with Mindy Lewis. --adapted from FollyWorld
For some time, Annie kept a big secret from Josh; this turned out to be that she was a recovering alcoholic and had previously been married to Dr. Rick Bauer. This news broke up her relationship with Josh for awhile, but he eventually got over it & they got engaged again. This time, their happiness was disturbed by the spirit of the presumed-dead Reva Shayne. Reva reappeared in the flesh just as Josh & Annie were married and has been a constant source of strain on their marriage ever since.
Annie, believing Reva to be a threat to her happiness with Josh, developed migraines which she self-medicated with an addictive drug. After an intervention, Annie went cold-turkey at the Bauer cabin, with Phillip Spaulding's help. She returned to Josh determined to make their marriage work, but Josh had turned to Reva. In increasingly desperate moves, Annie first slashed her diaphragm, then was twice artificially inseminated, in an attempt to get pregnant with the baby she believed would salvage her marriage. The second insemination took, and Annie became pregnant. In another desperate move to keep Reva & Josh apart, Annie engaged Alan's assistance in laying a false trail for Reva as she searched for her long-lost half-sister. As a result, Reva thought Annie was her sister. Following her miscarriage, Annie staged a fall down a flight of stairs in order to frame Reva for the fetus's death. When her evil actions were exposed and Reva was acquitted, Annie teamed up with Alan Spaulding to further torture Reva and the Lewises. They located Reva's sister and blackmailed her into working for them against the Lewises. This plan failed when Reva & Cassie figured out they were sisters and turned the tables on Annie and Alan.
Tangie had an affair with Josh & revealed to him her past connection to Roger Thorpe: When she was a teenager, her parents put her in the care of a man she knew as "Mr. Knight." This man kept an eye on her, watching every move she made, had her followed everywhere, and called her Chrissie. "Mr. Knight" was really Agency operative Roger Thorpe. Roger later explained to Tangie that her parents were spies for East Germany, who asked him to look after her when they were sent to jail.
Worked at the Springfield Journal, where she was unlucky enough to witness a one-night-stand between Holly Lindsey and Fletcher Reade (aka "DeskSex"). Became good friends with police detective Patrick Cutter. Was the first to meet Alan Spaulding when he returned to Springfield from jail, but didn't know who he was until after she (accidentally) shot him while caring for and falling for an injured Alan-Michael. Alan and his son vied for her affections; Alan finally won, but Tangie dumped him when she found out the kind of person he really was. Finally, with her character in a shambles, Tangie took a job in Washington, D.C.
Illegitimate daughter of Sarah Shayne and an unidentified Chicago businessman. Sarah hid the pregnancy from her family and gave the baby up for adoption in Chicago. Cassie's adoptive parents, the Raes, fell on hard times and Cassie subsequently spent the rest of her childhood in foster homes. She married her high school sweetheart, Rob Layne, and the two had a child, Tammy. Rob was a good-looking, smooth-talking nogoodnik who was arrested for dealing drugs. Although she was uninvolved and unaware of his dealings, Cassie was initially implicated as well, and Tammy was placed in foster care. After proving her own innocence, Cassie struggled to regain custody of her daughter, but found herself mired in the bureaucracy of Chicago's child welfare system. To earn money for legal assistance, Cassie took a job as an exotic dancer in a strip club, where she was tracked down by Annie Dutton and Alan Spaulding. Reva Shayne was also looking for her sister Cassie, having recently learned of her existence from Sarah in a deathbed revelation. Alan and Annie, having laid a false trail for Reva, recruited Cassie in a scheme to take over Lewis Oil, but were foiled when Cassie & Reva made the connection before the scheme reached fruition. Reva and the Lewises welcomed Cassie into their family and helped her obtain custody of Tammy. While working as a mole at Lewis Oil, Cassie was befriended by Hart Jessup, whose engagement to the wily Dinah Marler was precarious at best. Dinah was immediately suspicious of Cassie, and before long, Hart was unable to resist his attraction to the wholesome but needy Cassie, who stood in stark contrast to the manipulative and insecure Dinah. Hart broke his engagement with Dinah and hooked up with Cassie, but their relationship has not been smooth sailing either. Dinah continually tries new schemes to break them up, and Cassie's recent secrecy surrounding her "family problems" (that is, the cloning of Reva) caused Hart to mistrust her.
Mortal enemy of Roger Thorpe; Roger hates Billy because Billy gained ownership of the Towers after Roger built them for Spaulding; Billy hates Roger for having an affair with Mindy, his "princess." Half-brother of Kyle Sampson (same mother).
After his first divorce from Vanessa, she left with young Bill for a time; when she returned, Billy was involved with Nadine Cooper. Van & Billy got re-engaged, but Billy left her at the altar, having gotten drunk and run away to Cross Creek with Nadine after learning of Reva's death. In a later bout of drunkenness, he married Nadine in Las Vegas. He eventually sobered up & divorced Nadine when he learned she had lied to him about being pregnant & had presented Bridget Reardon's baby to him as their own. When he discovered that Peter was Roger's grandson, shot Roger & was sent to prison for 5 years, whereupon Vanessa divorced him.
Was released in January 1997 to a prison work-release program. Worked in the diner for a time, then returned to Lewis Oil. Was attracted to his lovely new assistant, Cassie Layne, but that fizzled when it turned out that she had been dating him on orders from Annie and Alan.
He was once engaged to virgin Samantha Marler, but they broke up after she fell in love with the doctor who cured her paralysis [the late Daniel St. John, former Cedars Hospital "Crazed" Doctor of the Year]. Also formerly engaged to Julie Camaletti, another former virgin and sister of A.C. Mallet, Harley's husband. Broke engagement when, during the wedding ceremony, Bridget Reardon spilled the beans about Julie doing the nasty with Hart Jessup the night before the wedding.
Headed up Lewis Construction, a division of Lewis Oil, until a shady business deal mastermined by Roger Thorpe, caused the division and Dylan to go bankrupt. Fell in in love with Bridget and revived Lewis Construction, but was blinded in a car accident engineered by Gabriella Lopez's mysterious Uncle Carlos. Went to a residential rehabilitation center in Duluth, MN, but recently regained some of his vision and returned in a vain attempt to rekindle things with Bridget. She gave him the boot, so he left town again. She eventually joined him in Michigan.
Returned to Springfield with the children after several years, followed by Tangie Hill,a mysterious woman he met on the Riviera. They had an affair, but it fizzled after Tangie revealed her past association with Roger Thorpe. Josh runs both Lewis Oil and Lewis Construction. He broke his leg saving Marina Cooper from the 5th Street fire, and became friends with Nurse Annie Dutton during his stay in the hospital. They eventually married, despite the reappearance of the presumed-dead Reva, which meant their marriage was doomed from the start. Josh fought a losing battle against his feelings for Reva and was miserable in his marriage to Annie, which was complicated by her calculated pregnancy. Unbeknownst to Josh, the child she was carrying was not his. When all of this was revealed, he quickly divorced her and reunited with Reva.
Marah moved to Italy with Josh, her brother Shayne and her grandmother Sarah after Josh thought Reva might be alive in Italy. She was a kindergartener when she left the show, but when she returned five years later, she was only about 8 or 9 [a rare example of soap de-aging in a child]. She became very attached to Annie as her Mommy & underwent psychological counseling after Reva traumatized her by returning from the dead, but she is over it now that her dad and mom are back together.
Runs a fashion design business and lived in the lighthouse owned by Rick Bauer until it was set afire by someone chasing Tangie Hill). She & Nick separated after he started working for Spaulding and revealed that he too has the Spaulding Scheme Gene. They reconciled when it seemed they might be able to adopt a baby, but Nick realized that Mindy only wanted him so she could get the baby, so they divorced. Mindy went to Europe shortly after the divorce to pursue her fashion design career, but returned briefly for her grandfather HB's funeral.
Born Christina Blake Bauer, she was the result of an illicit affair between Ed Bauer's wife, Holly, and Roger Thorpe. For the first years of her life, Holly passed Blake off as Ed's daughter. Eventually, Holly married Roger, but Blake still wasn't told Roger was her father. Soon after the madness with Roger was over, Christina and Holly left town for Europe. Years later, she returned to Springfield calling herself Blake Lindsey in an attempt to escape the specter of being Roger Thorpe's daughter. During her courtship with Phillip Spaulding, it was revealed that she had a prior relationship with his adoptive father, Alan Spaulding. After the marriage to Phillip ended, Blake turned to his brother, Alan-Michael Spaulding. Scared of losing him, Blake faked a pregnancy to get him to marry her and then faked a miscarriage soon after the honeymoon. The relationship ended when Alan-Michael learned of her duplicity from Gary Swanson (an ex-lover of Blake's). Since her attempts to get him back failed, thanks to Holly (in Blake's mind), Blake set out to destroy her mother's happiness by seducing the man Holly loved. Although Holly and ex-fiancee Ross Marler had been estranged for some time, Holly still wanted him. Blake seduced the senator hopeful and fell in love with him in the process. Eventually, Holly came around to them as a couple, as did Ross' arch enemy and now father-in-law, Roger Thorpe. Blake wanted her parents back together, but has come to accept Fletcher Reade's role in her mother's life. She is also establishing a relationship with her step-brother, Ben. Her half brother, Hart Jessup (Roger's son), has provided Blake with her first nephew, Peter. Formerly a PR whiz and detective, Blake is currently trying to have a baby with husband Ross. --FollyWorld
Dinah is the daughter of Vanessa Chamberlain and Ross Marler. Bill is her brother and Phillip Spaulding and Samantha Marler are her cousins. She shares a past with Alan-Michael, Cam Stewart and used to be friends with Harley Cooper Camiletti. She had many experiences in Europe that we never know what tidbit of knowledge might pop out of her to become useful at any point. --FollyWorld
When Ross arrived in Springfield, his brother, Dr. Justin Marler was already firmly established at Cedars Hospital. Ross came to town in 1979 as the cut-throat attorney defending Roger Thorpe against the rape charges brought against him by his wife, Holly. Later, it was discovered that he shared a past with former hellfire, Vanessa Chamberlain; a past which it was later revealed to include a grown daughter, Dinah. Ross has romanced many relatives of the top citizens of Springfield. These include Alan Spaulding's daughter, Amanda, Lillian Raines' sister, Calla, Frank Cooper's mom, Nadine and Billy and Josh Lewis' sister, Trish. Although once engaged to migrained plagued Holly, the only other trip down the isle was to nut case/multiple personality sufferer/murderess, Carrie. Ross has been a very good uncle to Justin's kids. He's always been there for Phillip and for a while he had niece, Samantha, staying with him. His friendship with Ed is a mainstay in his life and he's also been good friends with Fletcher Reade in the past. Ross has been D.A. and was even elected Senator in 1992 (which Judge Collier ended up serving instead), but he's currently in private practice. He is currently married to Blake, Holly and Roger's daughter. --FollyWorld
Ace reporter Fletcher Reade was introduced during the infamous 'Dreaming Death' storyline of 1983. While covering the mayhem in San Rios, he helped Hillary Bauer (Ed's half sister) escape the country and return to her true love, Dr. Jim Reardon. Unfortunately for Fletch, he fell in love with her in the process. Fletch repeated this pattern several more times in his life; sometimes winning the girl, other times... Also in love with Jim Reardon, Dr. Claire Ramsey became the first major relationship for Fletcher in Springfield. While in Beirut together with Ed and Maureen Bauer, Fletch and Maureen were thought dead. Devastated by their loss (and obviously incoherent), Claire and Ed sought solace from each other, thinking the other was their respective dead lover. This was how Michelle Bauer was conceived. While in Beirut, we learned that Fletcher's daughter, Rebecca, was killed there years earlier (as was her mother, Leah). Never wanting to feel that kind of devastation again and feeling responsible for her death, Fletcher had a vasectomy. Although he had forgiven Claire for not telling him about her one-nighter with Ed, they didn't last. Fletch has a sister, Meredith, who was once married to Rick Bauer and lost Phillip Spaulding's child. Fletcher next fell in love with Maeve Stoddard, publisher of the Springfield Journal and Kyle Sampson's wife. Fletch supported Maeve during her unhappy marriage and subsequent divorce and the two eventually married. Sadly, Maeve died in a helicopter accident. Fletch fought her mother for custody of Maeve and Kyle's son, Ben. Maureen Bauer was there for Fletch and she eventually developed a crush on him that contributed to the disintegration of his friendship with Ed. Later, while stranded on an island with Alexandra Spaulding, Fletch fell hard -- as she fell for the mysterious Adam, who turned out to be none other than Roger Thorpe. This started a feud that continues to this day. Alex and Fletch didn't last, but thanks to Alex's schemes backfiring, he and Journal co-owner/publisher, Holly Lindsey, found each other, married, and had a child, Meg, who has Down Syndrome. Apparently, the warranty on the infamous vasectomy expired. Unable to deal with Holly's continuing fascination with Roger, Fletcher finally left town in exasperation, taking Meg with him. --adapted from FollyWorld
Holly Norris Bauer Thorpe Lindsey Reade grew up spoiled and neurotic and has pretty much stayed that way. She was daddy's little girl, but loved the excitement and adventure that first lover, sexy Roger Thorpe, was able to show her. Her feelings grew into an obsession which continues to this day. Her father, Stanley, was once married to Leslie Bauer, Rick's mother. Holly's role model in neurosis is her mother Barbara. Brother Ken was put in a sanitarium after shooting Ed (but has since been released and is currently living in California) and her brother Andy was sent to jail. Holly's ex-fiancees are Dr. Peter Chapman, lawyer Ross Marler and the late psycho - Dr. Daniel St. John. Ex-husbands include Dr. Ed Bauer (her best friend), Dietrich Lindsey and of course... Roger Thorpe. She is currently married to Fletcher Reade. Holly still wears the emotional scars that loving Roger has given her. In the past, Holly has been raped, tortured, kidnapped and dragged through jungle at gun point by Roger Thorpe. She even spent a good amount of time in prison after shooting him. Their relationship is very complex, but has evolved into a more positive one. A couple of years ago, Roger was shot - again. Realizing her fear of living life without him, Holly threw caution and public opinion to the wind, and reunited with Roger. Unfortunately, they fell into old patterns and the relationship ended. Daughter Blake (Christina) had been a continual thorn in her mother's side, but now the two are quite close. Holly sank into a deep depression after finding Blake in bed with Ross. Holly's friendship with Michelle Bauer was what brought her back to the land of the living. These days, Holly, co-owner and publisher of The Springfield Journal, is building a future with new husband and fellow co-owner/Editor, Fletcher Reade. Together with Fletcher's son, Ben, they are awaiting an addition to the family. Thinking she was entering menopause, Holly was surprised to learn instead that she's pregnant. --FollyWorld
Meredith Reade, ex-wife of Rick Bauer and brother to Fletcher, is a doctor. A one night stand (during an estranged time with Rick) with Phillip Spaulding resulted in her getting pregnant. Rick knew the child belonged to another man, but he didn't know it was his best friend. When Meredith went into labor, Rick had to choose who's life to save; his wife or the baby. He did what he always did in times of turmoil; he turned to his best friend for advice. Phillip, sacrificing his own needs, told Rick to save his wife. Meredith lived and the baby didn't. Sadly, it looked like she would never be able to have children. Knowing Rick wanted kids, Meredith left him. Rick eventually learned the truth about the baby's parentage and eventually made peace with it and Phillip. Meredith's good friend during all of this was Blake. --FollyWorld
Bridget Reardon, daughter of Sean and Mary Reardon, neice of the late Maureen Reardon Bauer and Ed Bauer, is currently running the Boarding House and Company. She loves her munchkin cousin, Michelle. Her brother Matt is very special to her too, but the light of her life is her son by Hart Jessup, Peter Lewis Reardon, whom she shares custody of with Vanessa Chamberlain. --FollyWorld
Son of Sean Reardon, grandson of Bea and Tom Reardon. Matt grew up in Flint, MI, the oldest child in a large family. Matt resented his father for being both a loser and a cheater. Matt's independent streak and penchant for older women got him into a few scrapes and sent him drifting around the country after only a short time at college. He settled for a time in Malibu, where he hooked up with Mandy Harper, the Malibu Madame (aka Amanda Spaulding), as an "escort" for lonely women of a certain age. At Summit Lake, Matt met Vanessa Chamberlain, who was taking a vacation to try to forget her recent troubles, including a divorce from two-time husband Billy Lewis. Matt started out doing odd jobs for the woman he dubbed "Contessa," not knowing her true identity. When they were stranded on an island during a storm, they let their mutual attraction follow its natural course. Afterward, Vanessa went back to her life in Springfield. Eventually, Matt found his way to Springfield, too, where his sister Bridget was running the family boardinghouse and restaurant. There, he & Vanessa met up again & continued their affair in secret. Finally, they revealed their secret to the world. While many were disapproving at first, they soon came to accept the May-December relationship. Thanks to Vanessa's influence at Lewis Oil, Matt obtained a job with Lewis Construction, which he now runs. Matt & Vanessa married and survived numerous tribulations, including Vanessa's faked death, her reappearance, her mysterious illness and a complicated pregnancy. Matt is now the father of Maureen Bauer Reardon, named for his beloved aunt Maureen, Vanessa's best friend.
While pregnant, Nola took a job with the mysterious Quinton McCord, an archeologist. After many twists & turns, Quint and Nola were married and sailed off in a hot air balloon. After they returned, Nola had a second child, Anthony James ("AJ") Chamberlain. Too happy to remain in Springfield, Nola & Quint went off on a series of archeological digs.
Many years later, Nola returned to Springfield alone, estranged from her husband, who had taken up with a nubile young graduate student. Her devoted son, now known as "J," followed her. Quint also followed, eventually, in a vain attempt to salvage his marriage. Quint disappeared again, leaving Nola restless, despite the fact that she was now in charge of the boardinghouse & Company. She developed an obsession with Buzz Cooper, committing acts of random anonymous kindness that led him to believe he was being stalked. When he discovered the stalker was Nola, he confronted her. After they worked everything out, he promptly fell down a flight of stairs and lost his memory, and now feels much more attached to Nola than Jenna, no matter how much Nola pushes him back toward his now-unfamiliar fiancee and family.
Vanessa is a shrewd businesswoman and has been president of both Spaulding Enterprises and Lewis Oil. She divorced Billy after discovering that he had begun drinking again after shooting Roger Thorpe. Billy went to jail and Vanessa subsequently battled Bridget Reardon for custody of Peter. They eventually agreed to a joint custody. While on a vacation to try to shake her depression, Vanessa met Bridget's brother, Matt Reardon. After a long secret relationship, the two finally revealed their relationship and got married. Less than a year later, Vanessa came down with a degenerative soap disease, but didn't tell her family. Only Nola, Zachary & Rick Bauer knew of her illness. Rather than put her family through the torment of watching her waste away, she faked her death in a fiery car crash with the help of the Angel Zachary and went to a convent-clinic in Lucerne, Switzerland to sigh out her days. Roger tracked her down there, but agreed to keep her confidence in exchange for some dirt on the Spauldings. With the help of experimental treatments, she recovered & returned to Springfield. She was briefly deterred from telling Matt she was alive because she thought he was in love with Dinah, but it was all in her head. They have reunited and live in their "dream house" that Matt built for them on the island where they were stranded when they first met. When Vanessa learned she was pregnant, she decided to keep the baby, despite the potential threat to her health. She gave birth prematurely to Maureen Chamberlain Reardon, and both mother & daughter nearly died. In a near-death experience, Maureen Bauer convinced Vanessa to return to her family and go on living.
Sarah, meanwhile developed a deadly pneumonia in Italy. Reva, Josh & Rusty rushed to her bedside, where she confessed to Reva that she had given a child up for adoption some 10 years after Reva was born. The child had been conceived during a brief affair with a Chicago businessman & she couldn't bear to tell Hawk. She begged Reva to find the child then died. That child turned out to be Cassie Layne.
Reva is the mother of Dylan, Marah, and Shayne. She conceived Dylan with Billy in Tulsa when she was a teen-ager, and gave him up for adoption, only to be unexpectedly reunited with him years later in Springfield. Reva originally came to Springfield at Alan Spaulding's behest, to break up the impending marriage of her ex-husband Billy to Vanessa Chamberlain. This endeavor was unsuccessful, and Reva eventually wound married to her original true love, Josh, but only after many travails, which included her marriage to his father and the discovery that Josh's presumed-dead wife, Sonni, was in fact, alive.
After Shayne's birth she suffered a particularly bad case of post-partum depression, which caused her to wear lots of red clothes and act like a slut. She got medication and went on a trip with her family to Florida. While there, she had a bad reaction to the medication, so she stopped taking it and her condition returned. She drove her car off a bridge that was under construction. The body was never found and she was presumed dead.
Five years later, Reva resurfaced in Goshen, Indiana, living among an Amish-type religious community. She had gained a reputation as a healer and did not remember her former life. After a nasty bump on the head, which temporarily sent her into a coma, her memories started returning in brief flashes. Soon after that, she ran over Alan Spaulding with her buggy and brought him back to Goshen to help him recover. He recognized her & helped her (selectively) recover her memories. When Reva's friend, Abigail Blume, became incapacitated from headaches, Alan convinced Reva and Abigail's family to travel to Springfield so Abigail could receive treatment.
On her return to Springfield, Reva saw how happy her children were with Annie, who was about to become their new mommy. Not wanting to traumatize them, she kept her presence in town a secret. Alan convinced her to leave town with him, but Alexandra learned of her presence and brought the news to Josh & Annie's wedding. Reva stayed in town, but Josh followed through on his marriage to Annie.
To prove she was "over" Josh, Reva married Buzz Cooper, but her love for Josh proved too strong & Buzz & Reva divorced after a short time. On her deathbed, Reva's mother, Sarah, revealed that she had given birth to another child (fathered by a Chicago businessman) when Reva was 10 years old. She gave the child up for adoption & asked for Reva to find the child. Annie, wanting to torture Reva & keep her away from Josh, got Alan to help her lay false clues to the identity of the sister, causing Reva to think that the pregnant was Annie her sister.
In fact, Annie's child had been conceived through artificial insemination and when Annie miscarried, she staged a fall down the stairs in an attempt to frame Reva for the fetus's death. Reva was acquitted when Annie's deceptions were revealed. Annie continued to torture Reva by finding her long-lost sister and using her against Reva and the Lewises. Reva and Cassie recently discovered that they are sisters, and Annie has been vanquished, at least for the moment.
Alan is power. Family means a great deal to Alan, but running Spaulding Enterprises means the world to him. It is his life. His ex-wives eventually learned this. They include Elizabeth, Jackie Marler and Hope Bauer. (we're not counting his questionable marriage to the comatose Reva Shayne) His adopted son, Phillip, was the golden boy who no longer wanted anything to do with his father. Daughter Amanda and son, Alan-Michael, had to fight for any attention they could get from their father. His complicated relationship with his sister, Alex, has led to a great deal of pain for Alan, but his arch rivals include Roger Thorpe, Ed Bauer and his brother Mike, Hope's father. Alan was once engaged to Nadine Cooper and had a torrid affair with Ed's wife, Rita Stapleton. --FollyWorld
Alan-Michael is the son of Hope Bauer and Alan Spaulding. It is his continuing struggle, trying to reconcile his good Bauer genes with his edgy Spaulding genes, that makes him such an interesting man. Always living under the shadow of his near-perfect brother, Phillip, Alan-Michael has tried very hard to be the best that he can be... all in an attempt to earn his father's unobtainable approval. Now involved with Lucy Cooper, Alan-Michael was once married to her sister Harley, her sister-in-law Eleni and to Blake Marler. Disgusted with the power games at Spaulding, A-M and Lucy have quit their jobs and have gone to work at The Journal, of which A-M owns one third. Return to home page --FollyWorld
Alexandra Spaulding, daughter of Brandon Spaulding, sister of Alan Spaulding and half-sister of Amanda Spaulding, has known her share of loss. Her greatest loss was the death of her son, Brandon "Lujack" Luvonaczek. But the discovery of Nick, Lujack's twin, helped to ease her pain. Alex never knew she had given birth to twins because their father, Eric, secretly "sold" Nick to the McHenrys at birth. Alex's marriage to the Baron von Halkein ended badly. While stranded together on an island, Alex and Fletcher Reade fell for each other, but Fletcher was rescued without Alex, and she then spent several weeks on the island with Adam Malek, who turned out to be Roger Thorpe. Alex later married Roger, but divorced him when she discovered his affair with Mindy Lewis. The bad blood generated by the affair caused problems for Nick and Mindy when they fell in love; Alex did everything she could to sabatoge their relationship. After her marriage with Roger ended, it seemed as though Alex might be able to resurrect things with Fletcher, but she ruined the relationship by lying. She might have stood a chance had she not set up rival -- and former friend, Holly Lindsey, to think that Roger, now Holly's fiancˇ, was cheating with Alex. This plan is what sent Holly reeling to the Journal and into Fletcher's arms. Alex is still bitter over losing Fletcher. Especially to Holly. With all of this, you wouldn't think Alex had time for anything else, but she is also a savvy businesswoman who has won and lost her share of battles for control of the family business, Spaulding Enterprises. She lost the latest round and left town shortly after the revelation that Amanda was Brandon's daughter rather than Alan's, as had always been believed. --adapted from FollyWorld
Alan-Michael Spaulding found her on the side of the road after her VW beetle broke down, and she arrived at the diner during half-sister Harley's wedding reception. She moved into the boardinghouse, and got a job as Jenna Thorpe's personal assistant, which she lost. She was beaten up by Roger's operative "George," while trying to help Alan-Michael in his quest for Bess Lowell. She's lightfingered, as well as being a good mechanic. Alan-Michael gave her a job at Spaulding as his assistant. She stayed on as Alex's assistant after Alan-Michael left, and then went back to working for Alan-Michael after he regained the presidency of Spaulding. After breaking up with Alan-Michael, started dating junior executive Brent Lawrence, who raped her, stole her virginity, tricked her into thinking she was HIV-positive, and stalked her for months as a cross-dressing psycho serial killer.
After surviving this horror, Lucy married Alan-Michael. During their honeymoon on the Spaulding yacht, they hit a storm and were rescued by the mysterious Zachary. With nothing left to do but fight with the Spauldings, Lucy & Alan-Michael left Springfield.
Nick McHenry is the biological son of Alexandra Spaulding and Eric Luvonaczek. He was raised by the McHenrys, old reporter friends of Fletcher Reade. Until recently, Nick had been living with good friends Fletcher, Holly and Ben Reade. Nick's previous involvements were Eve Guthrie and ex-wife, Melinda Lewis. He had a twin brother, Brandon "Lujack" Luvonaczek, but he died saving his girlfriend's (Beth Raines) life. Beth is now married to Nick's cousin, Phillip Spaulding. His other cousin, Alan-Michael Spaulding, is one of the co-owners of The Journal, where Nick and his current girlfriend, Tangie Hill, are reporters. --FollyWorld
Roger Thorpe is a very complex man who considers himself above the law; answering to no one. Roger has never been satisfied with what he has achieved; he always wants more. His father, Adam, always a major motivational factor in Roger's life, made Roger feel like he was a constant disappointment. The major female influence in his life has been Holly Norris, but in-between dysfunctional dalliances with her (which produced a daughter), Roger tried to be a good husband to sweet Peggy Fletcher and good father to her son, Billy. But Peggy tired of his lies and left him. Discovering he was sterile (which, apparently, reversed itself later in life) daughter Christina became Roger's obsession. He married Holly to get closer to their daughter, but the marriage was doomed from the beginning. He had affairs with such women as Hillary Bauer, Diane Ballard and Dr. Renee Dubois. Roger had an anger in him that he couldn't control. This anger led to his raping both Rita Stapleton and Holly. Holly pressed charges and took Roger to trial. Later, Holly shot Roger, but he didn't die. He eventually followed Holly and Christina to Santa Domingo where he ended up kidnapping Holly and dragging her around the jungle at gun point. Eventually, Roger fell from Ed's grasp off a cliff to another supposed death. After bouncing, he was rescued by CIA types who put Roger back together and made him a member of their group, The Agency. Since returning to town, Roger has made an enemy out of almost every male but has had liaisons with almost every female. He has been married to Alex and Jenna Bradshaw (who miscarried their child), dated Sonni Lewis, had affairs with Melinda Lewis (who also miscarried his child), Suzanne Deveraux, Dinah Marler, and was engaged to Holly. He was reunited with the son he never knew he had, but fathered while on a mission with The Agency. Hart Jessup gave Roger his first grandchild, Peter, when Hart had a one nighter with Bridget Reardon. Although family is everything to Roger Thorpe, he's angered everyone related to him. Hart left town because of him and Blake has finally washed her hands of her father. --FollyWorld
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DVW - Diane Wilkerson
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