ALL MY CHILDREN
Q: I miss seeing the Dillons on AMC, and hope that the writer’s will bring them back soon. I have a question for you. I know that Amanda is Trevor and Natalie’s daughter, but what about Tim, is he Trevor’s son? Guiseppa, NY
A. Tim's real father was Alex Hunter, who was played by Mitchell Ryan, who now stars as Edward Montgomery on ABC’s Dharma and Greg. Alex died after falling off his horse during a foxhunt, and Trevor adopted Tim when he and Natalie were married.
Q: How many actors have played Tad
Martin? Brenda Cox, KY
actors have played Tad Martin, since his arrival in Pine Valley:
John E Dunn 1978-1981
Michael E Knight 1982-1986, 88-90 and 1992-present
Terrell Anthony (filled in for Michael E Knight in 1990)
Q: Leo’s mother is such a conniving witch, how long has she been in Pine Valley and what’s her story? JC Worley, Miami FL
David Hayward’s mother,
Vanessa Bennett slithered her way into Pine Valley in February 1999, a few weeks
before Erika suffered terrible facial scarring from a car accident.
On the night of the Chrystal Ball, Vanessa began having heart
palpitations and it was clear that there was no love lost between her and her
son as he stood nearby and couldn’t even bring himself to help her. David
simply walked away, but fortunately for Vanessa, Joe Martin came to her rescue.
It wasn’t long before David
found out that Vanessa was broke, after losing her fortune to a string of young
lovers. With no money, she hoped to
re-connect with her son. She told
David she only wanted him to love her and help her with her heart condition, but
David knew her well enough to know she only wanted his money.
During a confrontation with Vanessa, David finally accused her straight
out of being responsible for his father's suicide and told Vanessa she was a
monster. Vanessa tried to lash out at him by pointing out that David was
responsible for Erica's tragedy, as he had been driving the car. David lashed
back that Erica was ten times the woman and mother that Vanessa ever was or
After her argument with David,
Vanessa decided to tell Erika the truth about her face. She made it appear that
she was Erica's only true friend because she was the only one willing to tell
Erica the truth.
Not being able to get money from her son, Vanessa soon began a project
with the unscrupulous journalist, Donald Steele, to write a tell-all book about
Erica. Vanessa became close with her and even wormed her way into an invitation
to live with Erika, while at the same time giving Donald Steele slanderous
details about Erica's life for the book. Luckily
for Erika, Janet and Trevor were looking out for her best interest and managed
to expose Vanessa.
When Vanessa overheard David
telling Erica how she had goaded his father into killing himself when David was
a young boy, her anger raged again and she retaliated by claiming it was David
who pulled the trigger and that she had covered up all of the pieces.
Finally Erica wised up and kicked her out.
Vanessa intended to continue the book, but David stepped in the middle of
the project on Erica's behalf and pretended to poison Donald Steele to get him
to admit on videotape that Vanessa was behind the idea for the book in the first
Vanessa then began spending time with Palmer Cortlandt. The two of them
had several public dinners together, which sparked the curiosity of Opal and
David. Vanessa also accompanied Palmer on his private jet to Brazil to visit
Erica after her surgery with Palmer's hope of winning Erica's Cortlandt
Electronics CEO vote. A short time later, David learned that Vanessa checked out
of the Valley Inn. Thinking that she had left town for good he was pleased, but
he later discovered that she had really gone on a cruise with Palmer and would
eventually be returning to Pine Valley.
In September of 1999, Palmer was becoming suspicious of Vanessa, who was
then his wife, and began wondering if she was cheating on him with a younger
lover. He kept his suspicions to himself and began to keep a closer eye on her
and also hired a private investigator to keep tabs on where she went and who she
met. Palmer had his private
investigators track down Vanessa's supposed younger lover, Leo, in New York
City. He concocted a plan to have
Vanessa shot and killed at their party and frame Leo for the murder. Palmer's
men drugged Leo and brought him back to town, but Leo had overheard enough of
Palmer's plan to realize that Vanessa was in trouble.
As the party reached the point where Palmer planned to have Vanessa shot,
Leo entered the room. When Vanessa
shouted for someone to help “her son”, Palmer realized he had made a
terrible mistake and took the bullet meant for her.
Vanessa began having a real affair
in April of 2000, with an unscrupulous gigolo named Paolo, who was also a con
man blackmailing Leo for money. Vanessa and Paolo had a heated argument when he
also tried to blackmail her and she was crushed when Paolo admitted that he had
never even loved her. A short time
later, Paolo was found dead and Leo was arrested for his murder.
As it turned out, Vanessa had accidentally given Paolo a lethal overdose
when she secretly drugged his drink. Wanting
to save her own skin, she was prepared to let Leo take the rap for murder and
was sure Palmer's lawyers would get him off the hook. David and Erica were certain that Leo was innocent and that
Vanessa was guilty. With Palmer's
help, David and Erica tricked Vanessa into thinking she was having a heart
attack. On what she thought was her
deathbed, Vanessa confessed to murdering Paolo. Leo was devastated and wanted
nothing more to do with his mother. Palmer
kept the incriminating evidence in order to keep Vanessa out of prison and
decided to deal out his own form of punishment.
To make a long story short, Vanessa was forced to give away her designer
clothes to the homeless shelter and began plucking chickens at the Chicken
Shack. This was sweet revenge
in anyone’s book.
Even though Palmer has eased up on
Vanessa over the months, she would trade him for a nice lump of cold hard cash
tomorrow. She was beside herself
with happiness when she found out that Leo and $$Greenlee$$ had decided to wed,
but her good mood didn’t last long, as Greenlee’s father, who is a past
cohort in crime with Vanessa, wants to share in the good fortune as well, which
is not making Vanessa a happy camper.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Q: I’m glad to see that ABC has
been casting more African-Americans on their daytime shows.
I especially enjoy watching Timothy Stickney as RJ Gannon on OLTL. Please give me any available background information.
Nikeisha Sullivan, NY
D. Stickney was born in Wichita Falls TX, on January 31, 1965, and raised in
Wilmington, Delaware. He is the
brother of actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, and is a graduate of the American
Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Timothy’s professional theater
experience is deeply rooted in Shakespeare.
He toured with the National Shakespeare Company for three years.
His first role, as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, came shortly after
answering an ad in Backstage, and he appeared in the New York Shakespeare
Festival productions of The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Parts of Henry IV.
In addition to his other Shakespearean credits, he performed in 1969, a
play which the actors and director wrote while in rehearsal, and the 20-minute
play, Stones and Bones, at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival
of American Plays.
Timothy was also a Teaching Artist
at New York City's Theatre For A New Audience in 1990. He has appeared in a
number of films, including Green Card, Presumed Innocent, King of New York,
Where the Heart Is and Three of Hearts. Although his role on One Life to Live is
his first on daytime television, it reunited him with actor Nathan Purdee, star
of The Return of Superfly, in which Timothy played his cabdriver.
Timothy’s portrayal of RJ earned him a 1996 Soap Opera Award nomination
for Outstanding Villain.
Timothy has also appeared in a
number of network and cable television movies, including Barbarians at the Gate
and The Marla Hanson Story. His
talents extend to music as well. He
toured Europe with the American Youth Jazz Band as a vocal soloist and also
performed with both the All Eastern Honors and Delaware All-State Choirs.
Before concentrating on theater, he also performed Caribbean and African
He is married to dancer/choreographer Laura
L. Priestly. When he is not busy being trying to keep RJ out of LPD, Timothy is
an avid cyclist, science fiction fan, and comic book and toy collector.
Q: I work during the day and hardly
ever get to watch the soaps, but I got to see it Friday with my grandmother, and
she was so excited and happy when Viki announced that Niki was back! I asked her how Niki came to be and she told me it was too
long a story to go into. PLEASE,
would you tell me? Samantha
A: This has been brought up before, but I’ll be happy to reprint it for you now.
|In 1994, Dorian Lord went to trial for the murder of her husband, Victor, after new evidence was presented. The jury returned a verdict of guilty and Dorian was sentenced to death. Her future looked bleak, until an eleventh hour witness stepped forward with evidence he claimed could exonerate her. This witness was David Vickers. David went to Viki claiming to be Victor Lord's son by Irene Clayton. To support his claim, he gave Viki Irene's diary, in which she admitted killing Victor herself. When the diary was proven to be authentic, Hank Gannon had no choice but to drop the case, and Dorian went free.|
Dorian was the only one who
knew that David was a fraud. The diary, verified by the experts, was
little more than a brilliant forgery. In exchange for saving her hide,
Dorian gave David $50,000.
A year later, Dorian told Viki that David Vickers was not her brother as he had claimed. Viki hurried to confront David with the horrible truth. Assailed by Viki, David was forced to confess his evildoing but he swore that Dorian was behind the entire scam. Then, it dawned on Viki. If David lied about Irene Manning killing her father, Dorian must be the murderer after all. Viki went to confront Dorian.
In a bitter exchange, Dorian warned Viki that if she reopened the Victor
Lord murder case, then she would be forced to reveal Viki's secret. Viki had
absolutely no idea what she meant, but when she threatened to call the police,
Dorian launched into a vicious diatribe about her late husband. Viki held her
ears as Dorian told her the shocking news that Victor had seduced her when she
was a child.
Unable to bear another word, Viki snapped. She took Dorian
prisoner and Dorian quickly discovered the strain of the traumatic events
had caused Viki to take on several new personalities. Among them was the cool
and calculating Jean Randolph, who locked Dorian in the secret room then told
the world that she had confessed to Victor Lord's murder before skipping the
country. All the while, Dorian remained a prisoner in her dank and dark
makeshift prison, wondering if she would ever see the light of day again.
confinement, Dorian came to see Viki's personality split into several other
alters including vengeful Tori, violent Tommy, and Princess, the little girl who
was molested by her father. Most of the time, Jean, the gatekeeper, remained in
control of Viki's psyche. Jean blackmailed Dorian into breaking up with Viki’s
son, Joey as a condition for her freedom.
Upon her release, Dorian broke up with Joey. Jean then paid a surprise
visit to David (who had returned from Spain and was promptly arrested) in jail,
telling him to divorce Tina or she would have no choice but to press charges
against him. David reluctantly agreed, then lied to a stunned Tina that he never
loved her. Dorian married David,
even though she despised him, because as man and wife, they would not have to
testify against each other.
Viki's alter, Tori, set out to destroy everything that Victor Lord had built in his lifetime including Llanfair and The Banner. On the night of Bo and Nora's wedding, Tori torched Llanfair, only to discover to her horror that Viki’s daughter, Jessica was inside. Briefly turning back to Viki, she saved Jessica, but Llanfair was destroyed.
|It came to light that Viki had one more alternative personality buried deep in her psyche, her father, Victor Lord. Later on, during her therapy, Viki discovered the dreadful truth that her alter, Tori, was the one who pressed a pillow onto her abusive father's face, smothering him to death. Because of the circumstances, Viki was not put on trial, and was allowed to return home for further healing.|
Q: I’d like to know more about
Bobbie Spencer. The last time I
watched GH she was married to Tony Jones and they had just lost their daughter. Now she’s with Roy DiLucca. What’s been happening since
Rosalind Feagle, OH
1994, after BJ died, Bobbie and Tony’s marriage began to disintegrate.
Bobbie met Frank Smith’s son, Damian, who was also in the mob, and
their relationship soon turned to a steamy affair behind Tony’s back.
Two years later, Tony, who had
been going through his own personal torment after losing his daughter, became
very vulnerable and began an affair himself, with a new nursing student named
Carly Roberts, who, unbeknownst to either him or Bobbie, was the child that
Bobbie had given up for adoption when she was a prostitute in Florida.
the rebound, at the same time as Bobbie was going through a divorce from Tony,
she became involved with her brother Luke’s lifelong enemy, Stefan Cassadine.
Stefan offered Bobbie a very lucrative, practical marriage, and because
she had never had any luck marrying for love, she accepted his proposal, which
became a decision she regretted later on.
Soon after Bobbie and Stefan were married, he accidentally shot Katherine
Bell, and the two grew closer as she regained her health. When Bobbie finally
realized how Stefan was deceiving her, she teamed up with Luke to destroy him.
However, Stefan found out what Bobbie and Luke were planning and she
became just another on the long list of his enemies. They had a quick divorce
and Bobbie went back to being a Spencer again in both name and spirit.
Not long after her divorce from Stefan, Bobbie learned that Tony and
Carly had broken up and that Carly was pregnant with Jason's child.
What she did not know was that Carly was hiding the fact that AJ
Quartermaine was the baby's father. Carly
told Jason the truth about her past and the fact that she was Bobbie’s
Bobbie found herself very supportive of Tony during this difficult time
and even helped deliver Carly's baby boy, but Carly couldn't touch her baby,
convinced that she was going to hurt him. Bobbie and Jason tried to convince her
that it was all right, but she was having none of it.
Tony was convinced that Carly's inability to bond with her son made her an unfit
mother. After several weeks, Carly asked Bobbie about the baby she'd given up
for adoption. Bobbie gave Carly an emotional account of the heartbreaking scene
when she gave up her baby. Carly was so moved to realize that her mother really
had loved her that she wanted to see and hold her own baby right away.
Bobbie's help and her emotional
account of why she had given her own baby up for adoption brought them closer,
and Carly finally told her mother the truth. Bobbie was shocked to learn that
Carly was actually her daughter Caroline.
She couldn’t understand why Carly, knowing Bobbie was her mother, would
scheme to ruin her life. Bobbie then cut off all ties with Carly. What made
matters worse, Bobbie also learned that Luke had known the truth about Carly and
kept it from her. Bobbie was upset with Luke for his deception, but still
remained close to him.
The distance between Bobbie and
Carly quickly closed when baby Michael was kidnapped by Tony. The two rekindled
their bond and Bobbie stood by Carly during Tony's kidnapping trial.
When Tony got off practically scott-free for his crimes, Carly became
over emotional and shot him in the courtroom.
Because of this, she was sent away to Shadybrook
Psychiatric Center for tests, but Bobbie never left her side. Fearing
what Tony might do next,
Bobbie tried her best to keep him away from their son Lucas. As time
passed, Tony started to slowly return to normal, and Bobbie no longer feared for
Lucas's safety. She and Tony were
able to rebuild their friendship.
1998, Bobbie began a romance with Jerry Jacks, who had actually come to town to
try and neutralize Jason and Sonny's business. Bobbie loved Jerry very deeply
and forgave him after she learned that he had set Sonny and Jason's warehouse on
fire. Jerry remained supportive of
Bobbie and always came to her defense when Tony harassed her about seeing
In 1999, Bobbie was devastated to learn that their Aunt Ruby had died in
her sleep. Luke returned to Port Charles and he and Bobbie held an open house at
Kelly's in memory of Ruby, who had been like a mother to both of them for many
years . Bobbie also accepted Jerry's marriage proposal and they planned on
getting married at the brownstone.
|In October of 1999, Roy DiLucca was released from prison and started making his way to Port Charles. Roy had been the love of Bobbie’s life, but had been presumed dead after he was shot while trying to assassinate Mitch Williams. As far as Bobbie knew, he had died in her arms. Bobbie was shocked when she came face to face with Roy on the docks and became angry that he had let her think he had been dead for the last twenty years. Although she was still attracted to him, she was determined to make her future with Jerry and marry him as planned.|
On the day of the wedding, friends and family gathered together, but
their celebrating came to a halt when FBI agents burst in and arrested Jerry for
money laundering. Bobbie believed that Jerry was innocent, but he later
confessed the truth to her. Bobbie was devastated, but continued to love Jerry.
Meanwhile, Roy felt guilty for his role in Jerry's arrest, but didn't tell
Bobbie or Luke that he had given the FBI the information to use
As the months passed, Bobbie and Roy continued to grow closer, but Bobbie
worried that Roy would return to a life of crime. She even went to Sonny and
asked him not to allow Roy to work for him, but Sonny refused.
A short time later, Roy confessed to Bobbie that he was FBI agent Hannah
Scott’s father. Roy, however, still didn't tell Bobbie that he was an FBI
informant assigned to bring
Sonny down. Roy and Bobbie grew even closer as the weeks passed.
While at Luke's club one night, Bobbie overheard the details of Roy's
next job for Sonny. She decided to
go to the warehouse where the meeting was going to take place and was kidnapped
by Sorel. Roy and Sonny then teamed up to rescue Bobbie from Sorel, who demanded
that Sonny move drugs for him in exchange for Bobbie's freedom.
Sonny had no intention of dealing in drugs and he and Roy were able to
beat Sorel at his own game. Roy
rescued Bobbie and Sonny's position in the organization remained solid.
With that danger behind them, Bobbie told Roy that she loved him. Roy
then stunned Bobbie by telling her the entire truth about himself and confessed
that he was an unwilling informant for the FBI. He also admitted that he was the
reason Jerry had been arrested. Bobbie was furious at Roy and threw him out, but
her anger later subsided when she learned Roy was going to be sent back to
prison by the FBI. Bobbie was
heartsick when Roy was taken back to prison and she pleaded with Agent Larkin to
release him, but he refused. Soon after, Roy revealed to Bobbie that Larkin had
locked him up in order to keep him quiet and told Bobbie that Larkin was
crooked. With Roy's permission,
Bobbie then told Hannah the truth about her father.
Sonny arranged for Roy to escape from prison, and together the three of
them teamed up to get incriminating evidence to use against Larkin, and Sonny
agreed to wear a wire to trap him. Bobbie and Roy tracked Larkin to the Florida
Keys and after Bobbie helped Roy beat some cheaters in a poker game, they
located a pilot to fly them back to Port Charles.
Once in the air, Bobbie and Roy
were shocked to find Larkin in the cockpit. Thinking fast, they were able to
make a daring escape from the plane using a parachute.
Bobbie and Roy survived their ordeal and made it back to Port Charles,
where they successfully nailed Larkin
and had him arrested.
The two of them have enjoyed making up for all the time they lost, but
are still just taking things one day at a time.
Q: I was stumped on a trivia question about John Beradino-Dr. Hardy, what did he accomplish in 1948. Any ideas? Thanks . Bette
Berardino third from left)
|A: In 1948 John, also known as Bernie to his friends, played in the Major League for the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. They won the Series that year. Following his release by Pittsburgh in 1952, Berardino had to hock his 1948 Indians World Series ring. He had appeared in a few of the "Our Gang" comedies as a child actor, and Bill Veeck once insured the infielder's face as a publicity stunt Berardino dropped the second “r” from his name and returned to acting, spending over 25 years as Dr. Steve Hardy.|
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