Bold and Beautiful Backtracks: 21 Years Ago!
Nancy Sloan as Katie Logan (CBS)
Ridge (Ronn Moss) fears that his father Eric (John McCook) is having an affair with Margo (Lauren Koslow). Thorne (Clayton Norcross) is suspicious of Ridge. Bill (James Storm) threatens to expose Ridge as a playboy. Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) is attacked. Katie (Nancy Sloan) worries about her acne. Ridge proposes to Caroline (Joanna Johnson). These storylines comprised the first episode of a new daytime drama co-created by Bill and Lee Bell called The Bold and the Beautiful. This episode aired on March 23rd, 1987, making this week a celebration for B&B of 21 years on air!
Amazingly, as with sister soap, The Young and the Restless, the Bells managed to keep the stories of many of the original characters going strong right through to today. A handful of the original actors still remain with the show as well, Ronn Moss, Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook and Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester), all originated their roles and currently are still involved in front-burner stories!
While The Bold and the Beautiful is criticized by some for having plots constantly centering around it's core characters, there is no denying that when someone turns on the show they expect to see Brooke or Stephanie, and B&B delivers! While continuity has been a key aspect of the drama, there have been many beloved and interesting characters and cast members that have made their mark on the show through the years, notably Sally Spectra (the late Darlene Conley), her sidekicks Clarke (Dan McVicar) and Darla (Schae Harrison), and more recently the wonderfully talented Alley Mills playing Stephanie's sister Pam. B&B has often landed big names to play key roles, which has also made the show a standout. The likes of Lorenzo Lamas (Hector), Mario Lopez (Christian), Lesley-Ann Down (Jackie) and Patrick Duffy (Stephen) have lent the show, which centers on the fashion world in L.A., an appropriately elite air. Musical talent such as Usher and Constantine Maroulis, have rounded out the celebrity in more recent years.
Soaps.com would like to congratulate B&B on it's 21 year milestone - we know there will be many more to come! Soaps.com readers may want to check out the original opening credits for the first show in 1987 on YouTube! Keep an eye on this section as we revisit more blasts from B&B's past this week!