Opal Cortlandt (as played by Jill Larson on All My Children)

Useful information about Opal Cortlandt

* Marital Status - Singled/Divorced.
* Blackmailed Langley Wallingford into an affair, and tried to get him to divorce his wife, Phoebe.
* Kept quiet about Erica's plan to confess to Frankie Stone's murder.
* Got herself arrested on a minor civil disobedience charge to spend time with Erica in jail).
* Attempted to buy drugs to frame Michael Cambias.
* Conspired with Ruth Martin to lock Diana Cole in a shed.
* Predicted that Richie Novak was dangerous.
* Predicted that danger was coming to Pine Valley.

Who's played Opal Cortlandt over the years?

Jill Larson (contract: 1989 - May 2, 2006) (recurring: June 14, 2006 - present)
Dorothy Lyman (1981 - 1984)

Past History

Opal came to Pine Valley, along with daughter Jenny, in search of her son Tad. She was determined to get her daughter into show business or a modeling career so she could make a fortune. While they waited for Jenny's big break, Opal made her work in a bar called Foxy's, while Opal took a job as a maid for Phoebe Wallingford, and seduced her husband, Langley. Despite Opal's pleas, he refused to leave his wife for her.

Opal turned her attention to opening a beauty salon, the Glamorama. She met and married Ralph Purdy, and the two left for Europe. Opal didn't return until Palmer Cortlandt enlisted her help in ruining the romance between his niece, Dixie, and her son, Tad. Opal and Ralph had divorced, so she saw this as an opportunity to become the next wealthy, Mrs. Palmer Cortlandt, but Palmer was highly annoyed by Opal's flashy dress and shrill voice, and paid Sean Cudahy to date her. Eventually Sean couldn't stand her, and refused to continue. Opal continued her pursuit of Palmer until they eventually fell in love and married.

Someone was poisoning Palmer and Opal became suspect, but the culprit proved to be an old partner of Palmer's that Opal had dated for a while in an attempt to make Palmer jealous. When fences were mended, Opal and Palmer became copasetic, and Opal became pregnant and gave birth to Petey.

Financial troubles ensued, and Palmer lost control of his business. At Opal's suggestion he opened a fast-food restaurant using her fried chicken recipe to make the Cluck Cluck Chicken Shack a success. The business became a franchise, and Palmer earned enough money to get Cortlandt Electronics back.

Both Cortlands strayed from their marriage, he with Janet Green, and Opal with Seabone Hunkle, but the union survived. The final curtain fell on the marriage when Palmer hid stolen World War II art and refused to surrender it when Government Agents came looking for it. Opal turned him in, then discovered that one of the agents was her long lost son. Palmer faked his own death, but resurfaced, angry that Opal had sided with her son against him. He divorced her, and although she tried to get Palmer's Electronics firm in the settlement, she got Cortlandt manor instead. She promptly turned it into a larger version of her gaudy beauty salon.

Opal moved in with Tad and Krystal and mourned Palmer when he died from a heart attack in 2010. She regretted never telling Palmer that she still loved him, but her family and friends assured her that he knew.

Flings and Relationships

Frank Dawson
Langley Wallingford
Sam Brady
Ryan_Lavery (kissed)
Hank Pelham (dated)


Jamie Martin (grandson)
Kathy Martin (granddaughter)
Jenny Colby Carey Martin (granddaughter)


Tad Martin (son with Ray)
Adrian Sword (son with Frank)
Jenny Gardner (daughter with Ray - deceased)
Peter Cortlandt (son with Palmer)


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