On the 25th Anniversary of Her Young & Restless Debut, Take a Photo-Filled Look Back at Camryn Grimes’ Epic Run(s) as Cassie and Mariah
On March 19, 1997, viewers of the CBS soap had their hearts stolen en masse by a 6-year-old newcomer whose future was as bright as her eyes.
This is going to be difficult, we know, but try, won’t you? Try to wrap your head around the fact that it has been nearly a quarter of a century since The Young and the Restless welcomed to its cast a freckle-faced newcomer by the name of Camryn Grimes.
It wasn’t just her innate adorableness that drew fans to the moppet who’d been cast as Sharon Newman’s long-lost daughter, Cassie, either; the 6-year-old was freakin’ good. Just over three years later, Grimes, 10 by then, became the youngest-ever winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress. The audience assumed that they’d watch her grow up on screen the same way they had, say, Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki or Heather Tom as Victoria.
The audience was dead wrong. In 2005, Grimes was killed off as Cassie. We were as gutted as Sharon and the little girl’s stepfather, Nick. But that wasn’t the end of the actress’ stay in Genoa City. How could it be, right?
In the years that followed, Grimes appeared now and again as Cassie’s spirit. Then, in 2014, she was reintroduced to the canvas as Cassie lookalike Mariah Copeland… who turned out to be the twin of the deceased. Now, of course, both Grimes and her new character are as integral to The Young and the Restless as plot twists and sharp turns.
On the occasion of her momentous anniversary, revisit Grimes’ wild ride via the below photo gallery that hits the highs (and lows) of her runs as both Cassie and Mariah.
<p>In 1997, <em>The Young and the Restless</em> cast the freshest of fresh faces — Camryn Grimes, then just 6 years old — as Cassie Johnson, the little girl that heroine Sharon Newman gave up for adoption at birth.</p>
<p>Though Sharon’s “pal,” Grace Turner, tracked down Cassie in hopes of putting the girl back in her mother’s arms, she got so attached to the tyke that she put off doing so for a year. Yes, a <em>year</em>!</p>
<p>Eventually, Sharon gained custody of Cassie with Richie Rich husband Nicholas, who came to love the little girl as his own. Who <em>wouldn’t</em>, right? The freckled mopped was nine kinds of adorable.</p>
<p>In 2005, a tween Cassie attempted to do crush Daniel Romalotti a solid by driving the soused older boy home from a party. It didn’t go well. An ensuing accident left her with injuries from which she would never recover.</p>
<p>Following Cassie’s death, she appeared over and over again to Sharon and Nick. At one point, she even visited her mom while she was carrying her sister, Faith — not that that prevented the baby-to-be from being kidnapped at birth by Nick’s half brother, Adam.</p>
<p>In 2014, Sharon’s sometime father-in-law and occasional husband Victor Newman hired a Cassie lookalike named Mariah Copeland to gaslight her. But it turned out he’d done Sharon a big favor by reuniting her with the twin sister that she’d never realized that Cassie had.</p>
<p>As Nick softened toward Victor’s pawn — and apparently developed his own secret handshake with her — Mariah got the hots for her sorta stepdad. Sharon, as you might expect, did not take it well.</p>
<p>While trying to figure out where she fit in Genoa City, Mariah struck up a relationship with Kevin Fisher. Unfortunately, they served up more comic relief than sexual tension — thankfully, that rabbit never died — and soon enough, she was moved on to…</p>
<p>While sparring with <em>GC Buzz</em> co-host Hilary Curtis, Mariah poured gasoline on that particular fire by dating her frenemy’s ex, Devon Hamilton. But to her surprise, she was more attracted to half brother Noah Newman’s girlfriend, Tessa Porter.</p>
<p>Though obstacles popped up left (Tessa was kind of a schemer) and right (Mariah cheated with a cute bartender), “Teriah” wholly committed to one another. Mind you, what that meant going forward, as with all things on <em>Young & Restless</em>, remained as uncertain as whether Tessa was going to be able to sink that eight-ball in the corner pocket.</p>
<p>Proving that no good deed can ever go unpunished, Mariah’s decision to team up with Devon to give Abby and Chance Chancellor the baby that they so desperately wanted resulted in the surrogate mother being kidnapped by the mother-mother’s off-kilter ex, Stitch Rayburn, and delivering baby Dominic like… well, this. No epidural. No Enya. Nothin’.</p>
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