Credit: Joanna Johnson as Caroline Spencer (CBS)

At the request of some readers, we have decided to focus on one of the most special past heroines of The Bold and the Beautiful as it celebrates its 21st year on air! When the show first began, playboy Ridge Forrester (Ronn Moss) was in love with, and preparing to wed, the beautiful Caroline Spencer (Joanna Johnson). Ridge was the son of Eric (John McCook) and Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery), and was not only a fashion designer, but also vice-president of Forrester Creations. Caroline was the daughter of media mogul, Bill Spencer (James Storm). The upcoming wedding excitement built to huge proportions, as coverage of the nuptials went worldwide on television and in print. Many women read the story of the impending ‘wedding of the year of the fashion world’, including one Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang).

As Caroline was about to marry Ridge, her father Bill, who didn’t trust Ridge, produced evidence that he had been unfaithful to Caroline since the time of their engagement. Although broken hearted, Caroline seemed determined to go through with the wedding, until she collapsed in the aisle. Ridge’s brother Thorne (Clayton Norcross), who harbored feelings for Caroline, jumped to comfort her.

In her next story arc, Caroline was raped by Ron Deacon (Greg Wrangler), and turned to Brooke for support. A love quadrangle developed with Caroline, Brooke, Ridge and Thorne, and after machinations on the part of Thorne and Brooke to keep Caroline and Ridge apart, Caroline, in spite of carrying a torch for Ridge, decided to marry Thorne. One night, thinking he was her husband, Caroline slept with Ridge. Thorne was devastated when the truth came out and he turned to booze and pills to assuage his pain. In a stupor, Thorne shot his own brother in return for his betrayal with Caroline! Although Stephanie tried to cover up the truth, it eventually came out and Caroline divorced Thorne. After Brooke miscarried Ridge’s child, Caroline and Ridge once again grew close and became engaged to be married.

Tragically, soon after finally marrying her dear Ridge, Caroline found out that she was dying of leukemia. In one of the show’s most poignant moments, Caroline passed away in the arms of her true love, Ridge.