Full detailed profile on Nora Hanen Buchanan Played by Hillary B. Smith on One Life To Live Daytime Soap Opera.
Hillary B. Smith
Nora Hanen Buchanan
Actor: Hillary B. Smith
Who played Nora Hanen Buchanan over the years
Hillary B. Smith (1992 - present)
Useful information on Nora Hanen Buchanan
* Resides at the loft with Matthew and Bo.
Current: Llanview DA
Past: Llanview ADA
Past: Defense Lawyer
After growing up in a ritzy Chicago suburb, Nora Hanen went on to get her law degree at Midwestern College where she met her first husband Hank Gannon. During college, unbeknownst to Hank, Nora had an affair with his brother RJ. After the birth of their daughter, Nora and Hank's marriage dwindled and they divorced five years later.
Nora Hanen, moved to Llanview in 1992 where she would meet, fall in love, move in with and become engaged to Bo Buchanan. The following year, Nora suffered from a brain tumor and underwent surgery that left her temporarily blind. While recovering in her beach house, a disgruntled past client, Todd Manning, terrorized Nora and attempted to rape her. However, she was able to distract him with a hard blow to the head just as Bo came to the rescue! Nora underwent another surgery and her eyesight was restored.
Nora and Bo rocked Llanview with their wedding of the century in which Little Richard performed! This would mark the beginning of the couple's love for dance and Bo and Nora went on to enter and win many dance competitions. Their happiness would come to an end with the death of Bo's son Drew. Desperate to save Bo from the emotional loss, and the fact that he could no longer have children, Nora slept with Sam Rappaport and conceived a child to pass off as Bo's. Not long after, Nora's enemy, Lindsay Rappaport, told Bo Nora's secret and their marriage came to an end.
After Nora gave birth to Matthew, she and Sam tried to form a family, but Nora's heart was still with Bo. Later, Nora would get the shock of her life after finding out that Lindsay had paid someone to switch Bo's test results! Worse yet, when she broke the news to Sam, he already knew! On Bo's way to the alter with Lindsay, Nora broke up their wedding and told Bo that Lindsay had tampered with his test results, not realizing that Lindsay was pregnant with Bo's baby. Bo called off his wedding and Lindsay ended up having a miscarriage.
While traveling with a prisoner on a train to Statesville, Nora begged for Bo's forgiveness. However he refused. When the train derailed, Bo was left with regrets when Nora was unfound and presumed dead. Little did anyone know, Nora had been rescued by Lindsay's ex-brother-in-law Colin MacIver. Nora once again became a victim to another one of Lindsay's scams after she convinced Colin to hold Nora hostage! Not knowing what she would use it for, RJ sold Lindsay a mind erasing drug and Lindsay wiped away Nora's memory!
Todd Manning stumbled upon Colin's house, saved Nora and bought her back to Llanview. However, the last Nora remembered was that she was married to Hank! Nora was given the proper care and a reversal drug was used to bring her memories back, except for the last three years. Wanting to prove Lindsay's involvement, Nora spent time with Colin until he tried raping her forcing Nora to push him down the stairs to his death.
Nora thought she'd seen a ghost when Colin's twin, Troy, arrived in town. However, after he saved Matthew from a rare disease, Nora was grateful. Troy also helped Nora prove that Lindsay was behind her kidnapping, in turn putting Lindsay in a rage. Thinking she was shooting Troy, Lindsay put a bullet in Sam and killed him! After Sam's death, Nora read a letter left in Sam's will stating that Matthew had been Bo's son all along! Allowing Bo and Matthew to bond, Nora threw herself into the case of the Music Box Killer. Being a main suspect, Troy kidnapped Matthew in order to make Nora believe he wasn't the killer. In the end, Matthew was returned unharmed.
Nora's biggest mistake would come after marrying DA Daniel Colson not realizing he was a gay serial killer! Although Bo and Nora have always had a connection, remarriage never came. Shortly after, Nora suffered a stroke and spent months in a coma. In April of 2006, she finally came to and has been working diligently to regain her strength, her life and keep the ones she loves close to her heart!
However, after the death and return of her friend Marty Thornhart, Nora took in Cole and Marty, stood by the Buchanan's after the death of Asa, and is now facing her biggest challenge... Dealing with the fact that her son Matthew is paralyzed - after being in a car accident with an impaired Cole, as well as her resurfacing feelings for Bo, especially since she was set to marry his brother Clint!
Nora and Bo couldn't ignore their feelings and decided to tell Clint the truth, who was told by Neval - posing as Nigel! Bo and Nora later married.
Their next bout of troubles came when Inez Salinger started working for Bo. Nora was jealous over their relationship and accused Inez of wanting her husband. Bo insisted he was only trying to help Inez ward off her abusive estranged husband Eddie, who disgusted Nora with his sexual innuendos toward her.
Nora was kidnapped by Eddie and held in a motel room. Eddie sent Bo text messages to imply Nora had left town and that she wanted him to sleep with Inez. Rex saved Nora then the two got in a car accident. Nora went missing for some time then later found out Eddie had been murdered. She slowly started to remember going back to the Minute Man Motel and seeing Clint, who had been arrested for the murder.
Lenny Hanen (father)
Selma Hanen (mother)
Susannah Hanen (sister)
At the Man Of The Year Gala at Shelter, Nikki complains to Rama about her lack of tips. When Dorian arrives, Rama hides behind Nikki. Carl Peterson joins Dorian and comments on the self-portrait she donated. Jo and David appear with their cameraman. Dorian introduces Carl to her soon-to-be ex-husband then trashes Rama. Viki arrives outside, late, and apologizes to Diego for Clint punching him. When Viki enters the gala, she tells Jeffrey and Destiny how lovely they look. Bo and Nora watch and hope Matthew's okay with Jeffrey and Destiny being together. They can't deny how they hoped one day Matthew and Destiny would reunite. Viki joins Natalie, where they discuss Clint and pray he stays away from the gala. Viki then takes Carl away from Dorian to meet Bo. Blair privately confesses to Dorian that she has no idea where Jack is tonight. Arturo and Dani appear. Tea spots them and orders Dani over. Dani claims Arturo is Brianna's uncle, but Tea is clearly upset by her daughter's date and storms off. Michelle appears and argues with Dani over Matthew and the fact that they're wearing the same dress. Arturo takes Dani away, and Michelle cries on Matthew's shoulder about how mean Dani is to her. Matthew races over to Dani, orders her to stay away from Michelle then goes to Tea and reveals that Arturo isn't Brianna's uncle. He was her sugar daddy. Tea stomps over to Dani and Arturo and demands he get his hands off her daughter. As they argue, the gala is called to order. Viki takes the podium and begins with the auction of Dorian's self-portrait. Dorian's embarrassed when no one starts the bidding. Carl notices, bids $100,000, and wins. At the bar, Nikki gets catty with Natalie and reveals that Cutter has been having sex with her for months. When Cutter joins Natalie, she seethes about what Nikki said. Nikki spills a drink on Natalie.
As Carl takes the stage at the gala, Clint appears outside and tries to make amends with Diego. Back inside, everyone listens with emotion as Carl toasts to those who have given them their freedom in our nation. As Blair cries, Tea whispers, "He'll be back." As Bo takes the stage to accept the Man Of The Year award from Viki, Clint appears. He pushes Bo off the stage, takes the award and says, "From the bottom of my heart, screw all of you."
In the hospital waiting room, Matthew feels bad about telling Michelle to leave. Nora agrees and wants to know if things are getting serious between them. Clint arrives wanting to know about Drew's fever. Clint and Bo argue. Jeffrey comes in. Clint wants him to get a message to the man who taped the video about buying it. Jeffrey doesn’t want to oblige. Clint leaves after telling Matthew to keep him updated on Drew. Jeffrey shows Matthew the video. Later, Destiny emerges and says they can take Drew home. Nora questions Destiny about Michelle. Michelle tells Matthew that she wishes he'd told her sooner about Drew.
At home, Nora answers a call from Christopher Stone and he asks to speak to Bo. Chris informs Bo that the board wants him to be Man of the Year. Bo wants to think about it, while Chris says there's only so much time to think. Nora tells Bo that Clint will hate him if he accepts the award. Bo says that Clint already hates him.
Outside Shelter, Tea appears with Dean, Cutter and Natalie arrive, and Bo and Nora enter. Natalie knows that Clint isn't happy and asks Bo if he’s heard from him. Inside, Tea asks Blair how she's holding up. Nora asks where Todd is. Blair lies as Tea and Dean head for the bar. David introduces Jo to everyone. Back outside, Dani tries to calm herself by telling Arturo her mom is inside. Jeffrey and Destiny arrive moments later as does Carl. Carl meets everyone as Michelle and Matthew approach. Dani and Michelle see they have the same dress on. All of them walk inside except Carl who stays to greet Dorian.