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, Phyllis tells Jack family and friends are coming for an engagement party. Jack replies, "No Phyllis. That is not a good idea." Summer and Austin arrive, followed by Abby and Traci. They enthuse over the engagement news. Jack says the announcement is premature. Phyllis asks why. Jack wants time to savor it with Phyllis first. It turns out no one can stay. Phyllis is upset. Jack intervenes. Summer thanks him. Later, Traci takes Phyllis to see some roses out back. Ashley enters and hisses at Jack, "You're marrying her?" She wonders how him falling for another woman fits into the plan. Jack says he has to tell Kelly it's over. Ash is appalled he hasn't already, and urges him to tell her immediately before she hears it from someone else. Phyllis and Traci rejoin them. Jack has to go out. Phyllis accuses Ashley of talking behind her back. Ash suggests they get things out in the open. Phyllis thinks not. Ashley convinces her to stick around. Phyllis suggests they get the family albums out and then slips out.
At the Club, Traci is suprised when Abby spots Kelly and admits she feels bad for her. Traci has a feeling Phyllis might not ruin Kelly's life. At the bar, Kelly calls Jack - she can't stop thinking about the kiss. Kelly greets Abby and Traci. She tells them yesterday Jack clarified things. Abby says she saw Jack with Phyllis and Summer acting like a family - maybe she misunderstood. Abby warns that Phyllis won't let Jack go easily. Kelly says, "Neither will I." Traci follows Kelly to the bar and apologizes for Abby. Kelly appreciates her directness. They talk about letting someone in after you've suffered a loss like they have. Kelly asks Traci for reassurance about Jack, but Traci can't answer that.
Billy arrives at the Club as Abby and Traci are leaving. Abby is all over him about moving in with Chelsea. Billy says, "Thanks for always sharing your thoughts, Abby. Kick in the head." Billy joins Kelly, and they discuss Abby having opinions on things that don't affect her. Kelly asks Billy if she should fight for Jack. Billy absolutely thinks she has a chance.