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 Jabot, Jack gets a call and tells Abby, Traci, and Billy that Ashley wasn't on the plane to join their family gathering. They talk about their love lives and Jack blurts that he's in love with Kelly and it's time for him to let go of Phyllis. Billy wonders if he's sure. Jack can't stay in limbo. Traci wants Jack to be happy, but Abby still has reservations about Kelly. Once alone, Jack warns Billy not to start in on Kelly. Billy feels he has no room to criticize. He admits he's had sex more than once with Chelsea, who he cares about...as a friend. Jack is talking about Billy getting through his grief when Traci and Abby return. They have a group hug. Billy goes. Abby wonders if she should buy a black dress for Jack's wedding. Jack and Traci chide her. Abby tells them about her date with Devon, who admitted he was in love with a married woman. Jack urges her not to shut the door on love. Abby leaves and Jack and Traci marvel over him finding love again.
Abby spots Tyler flirting with a girl at the Club. She needles him about his lack of taste. They bicker about Mariah. Tyler gripes that Abby is the most insecure woman he's ever met. Leslie overhears and grills Tyler. She tells her brother Mariah is to blame for his problems with Abby. Tyler thinks women are complicated. Leslie gets a text about Austin's trial date. Meanwhile, Abby meets Traci at The Dive Bar for a spa day. Abby confesses she had a run-in with Tyler. Traci says it hurts because she still loves him. She gives Abby a pep talk and they discuss difficult love relationships. Traci opens up about Steve. She encourages Abby just to enjoy life for now and work on finding out what she wants and needs.