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The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful is a CBS network soap opera created by William J. Bell & Lee Phillip Bell which premiered on March 23, 1987 and as of 2017, it has aired for 6886 episodes.

Since its premiere, the show has become the most-watched soap in the world with an audience of an estimated 26.2 million viewers and as of 2010, it continues to hold on to the second-placed position in weekly Nielsen Ratings for daytime dramas.

PlotEdit

Set in Los Angeles, California, the series centers around the Forrester family and their fashion house business Forrester Creations.

Stephanie Douglas, a strong-willed woman and the daughter of wealthy Chicago businessman John Douglas, met her husband-to-be Eric Forrester, who aspired to become a fashion designer while they both studied at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

The young lovers hurried to get married after Stephanie became pregnant. They moved to Los Angeles, California where they established Forrester Creations, designing and producing upscale men and women's fashion, based on Eric's designing talent and Stephanie's financial funding.

While winning international recognition, fame, and wealth with their work, the couple managed to raise four children in a happy and caring environment including the elder and favorite son Ridge, brother Thorne and younger sisters Kristen & Felicia. It was discovered years later when the children were all adults that Stephanie's elder son, Ridge was actually fathered by Massimo Marone.

Like many soap operas, "The Bold and the Beautiful" looks into the lives of wealthy families and how love affairs, scandals and betrayals affect each of the family members and their relationships with each other.

Beginning of the Series

The pilot episodes of the show focuses on the preparations of the wedding of the Forrester's eldest son, Ridge, to Caroline Spencer Forrester, the daughter of the media mogul Bill Spencer. At this time, Ridge has already become a fashion designer and vice president of Forrester Creations.

Many media outlets throughout the world, from the big television networks to the most honorable newspapers, to the last gossip newspapers publicize their wedding, declaring it "the wedding of the year in the fashion world". Thousands of women see the pictures of Ridge and speculate on the identity of the woman who has won the heart of the man who has, until recently, been a playboy, and who has refused to settle for one woman.

One of these women is a chemistry student named Brooke Logan, who comes from a working-class family and who lives with her single mother Beth, her siblings Storm, Donna and Katie in a typical American home in the San Fernando Valley in the city of Los Angeles.

In an ironic twist of fate, Beth was Eric's college girlfriend before he married Stephanie. Brooke's life soon becomes a key element in the series. Originally from a middle-class background, her love affair with Ridge sets up much of the story-line, beginning in the first year.

Every so often, Ridge and Brooke reunite only to break up due to various circumstances, and Ridge invariably finds comfort (in most cases, this would lead to marriage) with another love of his life Dr. Taylor Hayes. In addition, the rivalry between Ridge's mother Stephanie and Brooke plays a key role in the drama.

Following one of her breakups with Ridge, Brooke marries his father Eric, who divorces Stephanie to do so. Brooke gives birth to two of Eric's children. They eventually divorce and Eric reconciles with Stephanie. Likewise, Brooke and Ridge resume their pattern of an on-again-off-again relationship, between Brooke's relationships with other men and Forrester family members, and Ridge's multiple reunions with Taylor.

Eric eventually marries Brook's sister, Donna Logan and legally adopts her son Marcus. They later divorce due to their family's bitter history. Felicia and Kristen Forrester choose to follow their own paths, leaving the family company to be run by Ridge, Thorne, Rick, Marcus, and their families.

Subplotting

For many years, Spectra Fashions was Forrester's main rival, headed by Sally Spectra. Sally, a larger-than-life character with outrageous clothes and a sizable red coiffure, is a key element in both comedic and dramatic story-lines with the help of ditzy receptionist Darla Einstein and fashion designer Clarke Garrison, who fathered CJ Garrison, Sally's son. Though, at first, Sally and Stephanie Forrester are bitter enemies, in later years, they develop a friendship; Sally even ends up working at Forrester Creations after she finally makes the decision to shut down her own company.

Sally's daughter Macy Alexander, a singer, undergoes many traumas, most notably alcoholism. She and Thorne Forrester are involved in an on-again-off-again marriage. After she eventually loses Thorne to Brooke, Macy goes abroad and into hiding with her father, Adam. After being discovered in Italy, Macy returns to Los Angeles where she reunites with Thorne Forrester before developing an interest in fellow recovering alcoholic, Deacon Sharpe, whom she marries.

Weeks later, Macy is gravely injured at a nightclub where she is headlining as a singer. She enters a coma and it is implied that her family pulls the plug off-camera.

The Spectra family and friends are supplanted by the introduction of Massimo Marone and his entourage. Marone, a billionaire shipping magnate, was a childhood friend of Stephanie and dated her in college.

They slept together once just before Stephanie began dating Eric Forrester, and after forty-something years, a medical crisis reveals that Massimo is Ridge's biological father. Shortly thereafter, Jacqueline Payne, a former lover of Massimo, arrives on the scene and announces that her son, Dominick "Nick" Payne, a captain at Marone Industries, was also fathered by Massimo. Unlike Ridge, Nick wasn't a businessman and took the surname Marone.

In recent years, the Spencer family and their media conglomerate Spencer Publications have been part of the show's focus. Original character Bill Spencer's children, Karen Spencer and Bill Spencer, Jr., along with Karen's daughter Caroline Spencer and Bill's sons Wyatt Spencer, Liam Spencer, and Will Spencer make up the Spencer family.

CastEdit

Current CastEdit

Actor Character Duration
Darin Brooks Wyatt Spencer 2013–
Scott Clifton Liam Spencer 2010–
Felisha Cooper Sasha Thompson 2015–
Patrika Darbo Shirley Spectra 2017–
Don Diamont Bill Spencer, Jr. 2009–
Reign Edwards Nicole Avant 2015–
Rome Flynn Zende Forrester Dominguez 2015–
Pierson Fodé Thomas Forrester 2015–
Courtney Hope Sally Spectra 2017–
Thorsten Kaye Ridge Forrester 2013–
Katherine Kelly Lang Brooke Logan 1987–
John McCook Eric Forrester 1987–
Alley Mills Pamela Douglas 2006–
Karla Mosley Maya Avant 2013–
Rena Sofer Quinn Fuller 2013–
Heather Tom Katie Logan 2007–
Anthony Turpel R.J. Forrester 2016–
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Steffy Forrester 2008–13, 2015–
Jacob Young Rick Forrester 1997–99, 2011–

Recurring CastEdit

Actor Character Duration
Zane Alexander Achor Will Spencer 2013–
Obba Babatundé Julius Avant 2015–
Ashleigh Brewer Ivy Forrester 2014–
Mick Cain C.J. Garrison 1997–2004, 2007, 2010, 2017–
Crystal Chappell Danielle Spencer 2012–
Dick Christie Charlie Webber 2013–
Othello Clark Othello 2011–
Andrew Collins Jarrett Maxwell 2004–
Zack Conroy Oliver Jones 2010–
Jennifer Gareis Donna Logan 2006–
Linsey Godfrey Caroline Spencer 2012–
Theodora Greece Alison Montgomery 2011–
Jacqueline Hahn Dr. Caspary 2005–
Winsor Harmon Thorne Forrester 1996–
Jon Hensley Dr. Meade 2012–
Anna Maria Horsford Vivienne Avant 2015–
Sean Kanan Deacon Sharpe 2000–05, 2012, 2014–
Kristolyn Lloyd Dayzee Leigh Forrester 2010–
Dan Martin Lieutenant Baker 1997–
Chris McKenna Dr. Hayden 2016–
Zach Rance Zach 2014–
Lawrence Saint-Victor Carter Walton 2013–
Rodney Saulsberry Anthony Wallace 2010–
Scott Turner Schofield Nick 2015–
Tigerlily and Ginger Siler Rosie Forrester 2011–
Taja V. Simpson Adele 2012–
Aaron D. Spears Justin Barber 2009–
Sandra Vergara Theresa Corazon 2013–
Stephanie Wang Madison Lee 2007–
Fred Willard John Forrester 2014–
Alex Wyse Saul Feinberg 2017–
Andres Zuno Rafael 2013–

Past CastEdit

Actor Character Duration
Marla Adams Beth Logan 1991
Luigi Amodeo Lorenzo Barelli 2002–03
Justin Baldoni Graham Darros 2010
Judith Baldwin Beth Logan 1987
Texas Battle Marcus Forrester 2008–13
Kabir Bedi Prince Omar Rashid 1994–95, 2005
Drew Tyler Bell Thomas Forrester 2004–10
Brandon Beemer Owen Knight
Casper Knight
2008–12
2009
Paulo Benedeti Antonio Dominguez 2001–02, 2012–13
 
Tracey E. Bregman Lauren Fenmore Baldwin 1992–99, 2002, 2004, 2007
Kimberlin Brown Sheila Carter 1992–98, 2002–03
Peter Brown Blake Hayes 1991–92
Sarah Joy Brown Agnes Jones 2009–11
Agnes Bruckner Bridget Forrester 1997–99
Sabrina Bryan Alisa Cordova 2002
Ian Buchanan Dr. James Warwick 1993–99, 2004, 2007–11
Nancy Burnett Beth Logan 1987–89, 1994, 1996–98, 2000–01
Sarah Buxton Morgan DeWitt 2000–01, 2005
Ashley Lyn Cafagna Kimberly Fairchild 1998–2001
Brian Patrick Clarke Storm Logan (#2) 1990–91
Robert Clary Pierre Jourdan 1988–89
Darlene Conley Sally Spectra 1989–2006
Mace Coronel R.J. Forrester 2013–14
Barbara Crampton Maggie Forrester 1995–98
Eileen Davidson Ashley Abbott 2007–08
Tamara Davies Tricia Quick 2002-03
Michelle Davison Ruthanne Owens 1991–93, 1995, 1997
William deVry Storm Logan 2006–08, 2012
Michael Dietz Mark Maclaine 2002–05
Lesley-Anne Down Jackie Marone 2003–12
Courtnee Draper Mary Warwick 2002
Patrick Duffy Stephen Logan 2006, 2007-11
Bobbie Eakes Macy Alexander 1989–2000, 2001, 2002-03
Andrea Evans Tawny Moore 1999–2000, 2010–11
Kayla Ewell Caitlin Ramirez 2004–05
Jennifer Finnigan Bridget Forrester 2000–03
Susan Flannery Stephanie Forrester 1987–2012
Adrienne Frantz Amber Moore
April Knight
1997–2005, 2010–12
2003
Brian Gaskill Oscar Marone 2003–04
Bryan Genesse Rocco Carner 1987–89, 2009
Frank and Morgan Gingerich Jack Marone 2010–11
Ricky Paull Goldin Jesse Graves 2013
Charles Grant Grant Chambers 1996–98
Adam Gregory Thomas Forrester 2010–13, 2014
Dax Griffin Shane McGrath 2006–07
Ken Hanes Mike Guthrie 1993–98, 2010
Emily Harrison Bridget Forrester 2004
Rick Hearst Whipple Jones 2002, 2009–11
Ben Hogestyn Harry Jackson 2006
Addison Hoover Phoebe Forrester 2005–06
Alex Hoover Steffy Forrester 2005–06
Jack Horan R.J. Forrester 2011
Mykel Shannon Jenkins Charlie Baker 2007–09, 2012
Joanna Johnson Caroline Spencer Forrester
Karen Spencer
1987–90, 2001
1991–94, 2009, 2011–14
Ashley Jones Bridget Forrester 2004–12, 2013, 2015, 2016
Lesli Kay Felicia Forrester 2005–11, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Lauren Koslow Margo Maclaine Lynley 1987–92, 2002
Lorenzo Lamas Hector Ramirez 2004–06
Teri Ann Linn Kristen Forrester 1987–90, 1992–94, 1997, 1999
Mario Lopez Dr. Christian Ramirez 2006
Kyle Lowder Rick Forrester 2007–11
Constantine Maroulis Constantine Parros 2007
A Martinez Dr. Ramon Montgomery 2011–12
Joseph Mascolo Massimo Marone 2001–06
Kim Matula Hope Logan 2010–14, 2015, 2016
Mackenzie Mauzy Phoebe Forrester 2006–08
Todd McKee Jake Maclaine 1990–92, 2007–09, 2011–13, 2015–
Daniel McVicar Clarke Garrison 1987–92, 1996–2009
Tracy Melchior Kristen Forrester 2001–06, 2008–09, 2012–13
Lilly Melgar Claudia Cortez 1996-97
Ronn Moss Ridge Forrester 1987–2012
Carrie Mitchum Donna Logan 1987–91, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001
Dylan Neal Dylan Shaw 1994–97
Clayton Norcross Thorne Forrester 1987–89
Ashlyn Pearce Alexandria Forrester 2013–15
Sydney Penny Samantha Kelly 2003–05
Robert Pine Stephen Logan 1988, 1994, 1996, 1997–98, 2001
Lindsay Price Michael Lai 1995–97
Usher Raymond Raymond 1999
Robin Riker Beth Logan 2008–10
Victor Rivers Ricardo Montemayor 2013–14
Chris Robinson Jack Hamilton 1992-94, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
Gina Rodriguez Beverly 2011–12
Jane A. Rogers Julie DeLorean 1990–92
Antonio Sabato, Jr. Dante Damiano 2005–06
Colleen Dion Scotti Felicia Forrester 1990–92, 1997, 2004
Mary Sheldon Donna Logan 2001
Hillary B. Smith Dr. Stacy Barton 2012
Nancy Sloan Katie Logan 1987–89, 1991, 1994–96, 1997–98, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Jim Storm Bill Spencer, Sr. 1987–94, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2009
Michael Swan Adam Alexander 1998–2000, 2001, 2002–03
Marissa Tait Becky Moore 1999-2000
Justin Torkildsen Rick Forrester 1999–2006
Jeff Trachta Thorne Forrester 1989–96
Hunter Tylo Dr. Taylor Hayes 1990–2002, 2004, 2005–13, 2014
Sandra Vidal Sofia Alonso 2001–03
Lark Voorhies Jasmine Malone 1995–96
Jack Wagner Nick Marone 2003–12
Maitland Ward Jessica Forrester 1994–96
Chris Warren Jr. Jimmy Ramirez 2004–2005
Ethan Wayne Storm Logan 1987–89, 1994, 1997–98, 2000, 2001, 2003
Betty White Ann Douglas 2006–07, 2008, 2009
Shanelle Workman Gabriela Moreno 2005

RatingsEdit

Upon its debut as the replacement of former soap opera "Capitol" in the CBS Daytime lineup, "The Bold and the Beautiful" ended eighth in the final year ratings. Initially CBS' lowest-rated soap, its numbers were still respectable and began to climb.

By 1992, after a successful crossover involving villain Sheila Carter from The Young and the Restless, it had climbed to third. By the mid-to-late 1990s, following yet another crossover, it moved up to second and has consistently remained there since.

Throughout the 2000s, the show and all the other remaining network daytime dramas have witnessed a steady erosion of viewers, mainly due to vastly altered viewing habits induced by cable networks and alternative genres such as reality, court shows, and talk shows on minor network affiliates.

AccoladesEdit

"The Bold and the Beautiful" has been nominated for over two hundred prizes and accolades since its debut. It has also won several awards over the years, including the Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series" in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The writing team also won the Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team" in 2010 and 2013.

Susan Flannery has personally won a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" on three separate occasions.

VideoEdit

The Bold and the Beautiful Opening Credits (1987)00:36

The Bold and the Beautiful Opening Credits (1987)

The Bold and the Beautiful 1990 Opening Credits00:34

The Bold and the Beautiful 1990 Opening Credits

The Bold and the Beautiful Opening Credits (2015)00:45

The Bold and the Beautiful Opening Credits (2015)

Bold and the Beautiful Promo (March 10, 1987)00:21

Bold and the Beautiful Promo (March 10, 1987)

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