Ivy and Caroline: Two Fascinating Women to Watch on The Bold and the Beautiful

By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalcqua Hayman

Ashleigh Brewer

Before we begin, I’d like to thank the many of you who wrote in with good wishes for my continued good health.  I’m feeling much better now and was greatly bolstered, not just by notes from so many readers but also by the shout-outs from long ago friends and former soap world colleagues.  It’s great to know that good feelings of friendship persist despite the fact that we haven’t been in touch in years.  Cheers! And now to business:

Ivy from Down Under

I’m greatly cheered by the appearance on The Bold and the Beautiful of a truly 21st century independent and strong woman character, who doesn’t owe anything to anyone and exists solely because she is intelligent and strong. She’s Ivy Forrester, the Aussie Forrester cousin and jewelry designer who has been slowly introduced on the show of late.  She’s played with great vivacity and savvy by Ashleigh Brewer, a veteran of Australia’s Home and Away soap opera.

When Ivy first appeared on the scene, brought in to take over the jewelry arm of Forrester creations from that liar and cheat Quinn Fuller, she faced the chore of getting to know all her Forrester relatives, most of whom worked at the firm.   She got to know Hope for the Future designer Hope Logan and through her one of Hope’s suitors, Liam Spencer.  Hope has been ricocheting between Liam and Wyatt Fuller, Quinn’s son, for what seems like years.

Ivy liked Liam, but instead of stealing him, she concentrated on making him a good friend.  It’s Liam who rescued Ivy when Quinn pushed her into the Seine in Paris and that good deed has created a special bond between the two.  Ivy listened patiently as Liam bewailed  the sudden marriage of Hope and Wyatt,  and consoled him on Hope’s pregnancy.

Ivy expressed her growing romantic interest in Liam with impressive subtlety.  She threw Liam an Australian-style barbeque and invited him out to dance when he felt low.   As of now, with Hope being pregnant, it looks like Ivy has a clear shot at Liam.  But you never know, as the Liam-Hope-Wyatt triangle seems like an eternal storyline on B&B.  But whatever happens, self-confident and brainy Ivy will still be standing there. At last, a soap heroine who can truly take care of herself.

Caroline in Conflict

Speaking of soap heroines, another B&B actress, Linsy Godfrey, has been terrific of late playing one who is in a sticky position. The heroine is Caroline Forrester, wife of Forrester son and exec Rick. She is a designer at Forrester creations. Since Ridge’s accident in which he lost the inability to draw and design, Caroline has been helping him out by collaborating on designs.  But Ridge and Caroline have slowly been developing romantic feelings for each other, forbidden since Ridge is engaged to Katie and Caroline is married to Rick.     

Godfrey has done a wonderful job of playing Caroline’s inner conflict, which isn’t easy because the handsome and charismatic Ridge is a very attractive man to Caroline.  For now, Caroline has chosen to stay with Rick.  But now that Maya has publicly spilled the secret that Caroline and Ridge have kissed in the past, that relationship should grow more complicated.  We’re always hooked on forbidden soap romances! 

I’m Ba-a-ack – Not Quite from the Dead, but Almost!

By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman

Sorry for the prolonged absence of late. I’ll spare you the gruesome details of a medical issue that finally kept the entire gastroenterology department of a major New York City hospital in high gear for one long day. I’m on the road to recovery now, thanks to a team of superb doctors, one guardian angel nurse and one magnificent husband, and happy to be back at the keyboard.

Through it all, I continued to watch soaps, of course.  All of you would have done the same, n’est pas?  We can’t let a little pain in the gut stand between us and our shows, now can we? So let’s play a little catch up:

The Young and the Restless.  I am not surprised that Nick and Sharon are not married yet. If they did succeed, there wouldn’t be much of a soap opera would there?  After all, they’ve been breaking up and making up for twenty years! …  Gina Tognoni has made an auspicious debut as Phyllis.  Many of her scenes have little dialogue, yet Tognoni can express a variety of fearful ad particularly bewildered expressions well. …  I have no doubt Victoria will deliver her baby soon; I don’t know how she can go on not knowing who the biological  father is (Billy her ex, or maybe Stitch, in my view her one true love). … Because Niki isn’t as strong as she thinks she is, she’s fallen off the wagon occasionally.  … I particularly like Meredith Baxter as her friend Maureen. She has a certain vivaciousness and intelligence that adds a lot to Y&R.  I think it has been particularly wise that they have made her the mother to Stitch and Kelly.

The Bold and the Beautiful carries on with the most consistent storylines on soaps.  It was finally revealed — much to my surprise – that Hope’s true love is Liam, although she can’t have him because she’s married to Wyatt, by whom she is already pregnant by him.  Liam to me has always been very spoiled and full of himself.  I’ve much preferred Wyatt’s boyish charm.  Wyatt’s biggest problem is his mother Quinn. To me, Rena Sofer is the most charming performer on soaps right now as Quinn has a bit of the devil in her and will never change. … Speaking of never changing, do you think Brooke and Bill will ever get married? They come near Liam and Hope for number of weddings that almost happened but never really did.

General Hospital really disappoints me.  The show seems to write for characters it cares about and leaves many others idle and undeveloped. …  Nina is way overdone, although I think Michelle Stafford is definitely giving an Emmy-winning performance. … Sonny and Carly continue to cheat behind Franco’s back, making him seem like a total fool.  … Although I like Billy Miller, I’m not crazy that Jason is back. He never paid for anything he did on the show, ever. … I like the romance between Maxie and Nathan. Kirsten Storms is adorable and Ryan Peavey is by far the most attractive male on the show. …  All in all, G&H off its game is interfering with my convalescence. It’s always been the stellar attraction of my afternoon, and I want it to be so again.

By the way, illness makes one reflect a lot more than one would otherwise. So lately I’ve been thinking about how much it means to me that I’ve spent nearly twenty-five years as Marlena De Lacroix. First, I’d like to thank all off you out there for your loyalty and steady and always thoughtful correspondence.   I’ve gotten to know so many of you well over the years.

 As the twenty-fifth anniversary of Marlena is coming up at the end of November I have a special request of all of you.  Help me think of a special way to celebrate!   Send me your ideas and wishes and we’ll come up with a remarkable way to mark the anniversary. Meanwhile, I’ll try to feel better and I hope you’ll be thinking and praying for me as I think about you.