As The World Turns/Days of Our Lives Alum Joins Bold & Beautiful as Paris’ Mother, Grace

It looks as if we’re about to learn a bit more about The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Paris. Soap Opera Digest reports that Cassandra Creech, perhaps best known for her stint as Denise Maynard on As The World Turns, will join the cast of the L.A.-set sudser on Monday, January 10.

So far, not an awful lot is known about Grace Buckingham aside from the fact that, like former husband Reece, she is a doctor (although what her specialty is remains to be seen). There’s also no indication as of yet exactly what brings her to town. Until a few days ago, we might have speculated it would be for the wedding of Paris and Zende, but that was before Zoe’s younger sister evaded her beau’s proposal and wound up making out with Forrester CFO Carter!

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Above: On As the World Turns, Creech’s Denise found a good man in Andy and married him… only to wind up breaking his heart.

Credit: CBS/Courtesy of the Everett Collection

As is often the case with Bold & Beautiful, it seems we’ll be backfilling details on the history between Paris and her mom. (You’ll recall that until Finn got it into his head that telling Steffy of his adoption was the most important thing in the world, we’d not been given any clue as to his familial ties.) Similarly, while we know that Paris and Zoe’s dad was a ne’er-do-well with a history of loving-and-leaving women and gambling issues (all of which led to his involvement in selling Hope’s child to Steffy), their mom is a blank slate.

There’s a bit of irony in the fact that Creech’s ATWT character arrived in Oakdale searching for a child she regretted having sold… whose name was Hope! This ultimately led to Denise marrying good-guy Andy, the adoptive dad, in order to be in Hope’s life. Of course, her heart truly belonged to another. Eventually, Denise left Oakdale in order to start a new life with her daughter in Chicago.

Creech also appeared briefly on Days of Our Lives as Diane, a woman Gabi met during one of her stints behind bars.

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Above: As usual, Days of Our Lives‘ Gabi made friends with everyone while in prison.

Credit: Jill Johnson/JPI

As for Creech’s new role, she told Digest, “I think it was an aligning of the stars, because everything just fell into place.” She did a test read with Paris’ portrayer, Diamond White, after which, she said, “the rest is history! Here I am, and I’ve got to say, it is extraordinary being here.”

No word on how long Grace will be sticking around. But if she’s written the way we hope she will be — read how she could electrify the whole show — we’re never gonna want her to leave! In any case, to help the character get acclimated to her new environment, we’ve put together this handy-dandy guide to all the folks she’ll be crossing paths with… and they’re even wearing their finest fashions to make a great impression!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

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