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“Death” becomes her! Since being killed off as the soap’s original heroine, Caroline Spencer — and returning as her surprise twin, Karen — the actress has moved behind the scenes, where she’s made a name for herself as an executive producer on The Fosters and as the creator of its spinoff, Good Trouble, as well as the sitcom Hope and Faith.
As crazy as the soap’s characters are, we can’t imagine why Dr. James Warwick isn’t still around to counsel them. But alas, he ain’t. After exiting stage left, the Emmy winner returned to General Hospital, where he resurrected his first soap role, Duke Lavery, only to be “kilt” off again!
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When not crossing mischievous Amber Moore back and forth between Bold & Beautiful and Young & Restless, the Emmy winner on the left is raising three kids with husband Scott Bailey (Sandy, Guiding Light). As of 2022, the Emmy winner on the right has been working on the web soap Studio City with former castmate Sean Kanan (Deacon).
Thanks to his five years as Santa Barbara boy next door Ted Capwell, this late-’80s hot commodity was snagged a year after his exit from that soap to play troubled Jake Maclaine on Bold & Beautiful. Per his Wiki page, he began working as a financial adviser in the late 1990s.
Since wrapping her late-’90s run as the tween Bridget Forrester, the rising star has gone on to appear in at least one movie pretty much every year. At least. She’s also guested on everything from Touched by an Angel to Once Upon a Time, from 24 to Alias, from… Well, by the time you read this, probably a dozen more series!
On Instagram, this original cast member — who played Rocco Carner, the only character whose ’80s hair ever rivaled Danny Romalotti’s — says that “family is everything.”
Owing to his long run as playboy Lance Cumson on primetime’s Falcon Crest, the ’80s heartthrob was already soap royalty when Bold & Beautiful tasked him with turning up the heat as firefighter Hector Ramirez in 2004. He… um… Let’s just say that he didn’t turn it up too high (and was gone just two years later).
A decade before she got engaged to Tanner Novlan (who we know now as Finn Finnegan) — that’s them with daughter Poppy on the right — the Vampire Diaries fang favorite originated the role of Hector’s gorgeous daughter, Caitlin, in the mid-2000s.
When we think of Thorne Forrester toiling away in the basement of Forrester Creations, it will always be this actor that we picture. For 20 years, he embodied the son that Eric and Stephanie hated to admit that they liked… er, somewhat less than golden boy Ridge. After being recast in 2017, Harmon reclaimed his role for the show’s 35th anniversary in 2022.
To be clear, the soap vet, who played Maggie Forrester, doesn’t always look so anxious these days. In the photo on the right, the star of such cult classics as Re-Animator and Chopping Mall is just capitalizing on her scream-queen bonafides in 2021’s Alone With You.
The Chicago native who originated the role of Sally’s and Clarke Garrison’s son C.J. in 1998 has, sadly, not appeared on the show since 2017, when Young & Restless’ Courtney Hope was introduced as Mom’s namesake grandniece. In real life, the actor is married to Schae Harrison, who played the original Sally’s dingy gal Friday, Darla Einstein.
No sooner was this fan favorite killed off as Sally Spectra’s daughter Macy Alexander — for the second time, we might add! — than she was snapped up by All My Children to play Southern-fried Krystal Carey. Also of note: Her CD with former Bold & Beautiful husband Jeff Tracta (ex-Thorne) went double platinum in Europe.
Following her 1996-97 stint as illegal immigrant Claudia Cortez — an if-only-it-had-succeeded attempt to diversify the then-lily-white soap — the veteran of General Hospital (as Sonny Corinthos’ ill-fated first wife, Lily) went on to win two Daytime Emmys for her work as a producer on the web soap The Bay.
What the… ?!? No, the Daytime Emmy winner who ushered Rick Forrester out of adolescence hasn’t gone from teenage dream to scary woodsman. The picture on the right is from the actor’s 2021 stint on The Walking Dead as a member of the fearsome Reapers. (Trust us on this, they were even scarier than the zombies.)
Though best-known for her Emmy-winning work as Molly Conlan on As the World Turns, this soap-hopper — who also replaced Bold & Beautiful star Rena Sofer (Quinn) as Lois Cerullo on General Hospital — made herself so indispensable as Felicia Forrester in the mid-2000s that the show couldn’t bear to kill her off.
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The ingenue who wore a halo as Jessica Forrester in the mid-1990s has gone into a very different line of work. (Read all about it here.) The leading man who played her stripper boyfriend Dylan Shaw has become a primetime mainstay, boasting an IMDb page that includes Dawson’s Creek, Blood Ties and The L Word.
Following her four-year run as Bridget, the three-time Emmy winner carved out an enviable primetime career, one that has included lead roles on Close to Home, Better With You and Tyrant. Oh, and on top of all that, she’s married to Jonathan Silverman of Weekend at Bernie’s fame.
We don’t know how much spinach he’s been eating, but damn! The Melrose Place baddie who from 2003-12 brought to life seaman Nick Marone — aka Brooke Logan’s alternate “destiny” — looks so good all these years later, Popeye the Sailor Man has to be green with envy.
The actress originally known as Deborah Morehart originated the role of Taylor Hayes back in 1990 and last paid a visit to daughter Steffy Forrester & Co. in 2019. Since then, the knockout, twice named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, has been recast with Krista Allen, who’s so good, we hardly minded the wig. Well, hardly.
From 1987-2012, “dressmaker” Ridge Forrester’s Speedos were filled by the actor/singer whose hit with Player everybody knows. (“Baby Come Back” sound familiar?) Since departing the soap, Moss has appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap, the Flemish soap Familie and the web sudser The Bay.
After absolutely slaying in a 1987-2012 run as Forrester queen bee Stephanie, the three-time Emmy winner retired, at which point we can only hope that the powerhouse began living the life of leisure to which she was so richly entitled. And enjoying the fact that her portrait still occasionally made appearances on Eric Forrester’s mantel.