Full detailed profile on Traci Abbott Carlton Connolly Played by Beth Maitland on The Young and the Restless Daytime Soap Opera.
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Traci Abbott Carlton Connolly
Actor: Beth Maitland
Who played Traci Abbott Carlton Connolly over the years
Beth Maitland (1982-1996; 1999; May 2001 - present)
Useful information on Traci Abbott Carlton Connolly
* Married to Steve Connolly.
Current: Best-selling Author
Past: Singer in Danny Romalotti's band
Traci arrived back in Genoa City from boarding school in 1982. Having always felt inferior to her old sister Ashley, Traci grew up very insecure.
Her first bout of love came after being the fan club president to rock star Danny Romalotti. Just when Traci got the opportunity to sing with Danny, she found herself fighting for his affection with the beautiful Lauren Fenmore. In fact, most of Traci's life was spent feeling rejected. After she fell for Professor Tim Sullivan, Traci was so depressed after finding him in bed with another woman that she attempted suicide!
Shortly after Traci fell in love with the Abbott's gardener, Brad Carlton. As her luck would have it, Brad's bitter ex-wife Lisa came to town and kidnapped Brad! Kept in a cage, Lauren Fenmore came across Brad, but in an attempt to save him she was captured, too! Fortunately, just as Lisa was leaving the scene, Traci's brother Jack came in and rescued Brad and Lauren. During Brad's absence, thinking that he had abandoned her, Traci had filed for divorce. After finding out that Traci was pregnant with his child, Brad remarried her. However, even after Colleen was born, their marriage continued to falter and Traci ended up taking Colleen to NY, divorcing Brad and marrying Steve Connelly. For many years, Colleen would grow up referring to Steve as her father and to Brad as a visitor.
Traci finally found her calling after she wrote and published her first novel "Echoes of the Past," then went on to write a second "Epitaph for a Lover."
After discovering that Steve had cheated on her, Traci briefly moved back to Genoa City to sort out her life. Despite her daughter's objection, she forgave Steve and moved back to New York with an angry Colleen in tow. When Colleen began acting out through broken curfews and marijuana smoking, Traci sent her back to GC to live with her father John Abbott.
Although Traci hasn't made many visits back to town since, she did return to Genoa City in 2006 when John was sent to prison for the murder of Tom Fisher and later left her book tour to come back when he died from a massive stroke right before being released from prison. Having a difficult time handling her father's death, Traci left town soon after the funeral.
Traci has recently made a trip to Genoa City for a Jabot shareholder meeting, and met with Ashley, Jack, and Billy in New York to discuss Jack's plan to bring the company back into the Abbott family's control.
John Abbott (father - deceased)
Dina Abbott Mergeron (mother)
Jack Abbott (brother)
Ashley Abbott (half-sister)
Sharon Collins Newman Abbott (sister-in-law)
Billy Abbott (half-brother)
Robert Abbott (grandfather - deceased)
Keemo Volien Abbott (nephew)
Kyle Jenkins (nephew)
Abby Carlton (niece)
Robert Carlton (nephew - deceased)
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At the Abbott house, Jack and Traci bicker about Phyllis' motives for moving out. Traci says she will never give Jack everything he needs. Later, Jack leaves Phyllis a message wanting her to move back in and stares at the alcohol on the table. He puts it away. Traci reappears and invites him to a movie. He declines. Kyle arrives as she leaves. Kyle tells Jack about Fen and Nick being all over him again. Kyle admits he may be interested in Summer after all - he doesn't see what the problem is.
At the Abbott house, Phyllis tells Traci she is trying to be her friend. Traci reminds her that in the past she's hurt Jack. Phyllis guesses she can't change her mind. Jack appears. Phyllis leaves. Jack tells Traci how Phyllis was there for every ugly step of his withdrawal. Traci recalls how she got hooked on diet pills trying to impress Danny. Jack remembers that she crashed her car and got arrested. He says he hit rock bottom too, but he had Phyllis.
Abby and Traci happily greet each other at Jack's place. Jack loves seeing family in the house again. "I like it." John appears. "So do I." John says Jack should have more of this; more family in the house. It makes him happy. John says he feels John's presence. Traci feels him too. Phyllis returns. She tells Jack she should move out and asks if he'd choose her over family. Jack says she is his family.