By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
Right now, The Bold and the Beautiful’s “Dollar” Bill Spencer is on top of the world: He’s standing on a balcony in a hotel in Dubai about to marry the current love of his life, Brooke Logan. He’s also the CEO of Spencer Publications. But can Bill keep having it all?
Of course he thinks he can. Bill is the epitome of self-confidence to the point of arrogance. He is mucho macho. He habitually wears skin tight shirts and sports bling, including a sword necklace which all the Spencer men wear. This includes his two illegitimate sons Liam and Wyatt and his soon to be step-son R.J. Forrester. He also has a baby son named Will with his ex-wife Katie Logan.
Bill was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. He is the son of nasty, obnoxiously self-confident Bill Spencer Sr., mogul and friend to Stephanie Forrester. His sisters are the late Caroline Spencer and Karen Spencer, the latter a lesbian whose lifestyle Bill Jr. approves of in one of his most positive aspects.
When Bill first came to Los Angeles he married Katie, a woman who is the most opposite of him in many ways. She is gentle and kind and not pushy. Katie and Bill’s marriage broke up, some say, because in a post-partum depression Katie pushed him away. But undoubtedly the real cause was the fact that Bill started a torrid affair with his sister-in-law Brooke.
In Brooke he met his perfect match. Brooke is as self-centered as Bill and believes love is all and that her whole life is based on love. Bill lost Brooke for a while but through his own steadfast belief got her back. The two finally found the opportunity to get married and will do so — unless someone (like Bill’s enemy Ridge Forrester) comes to break up the wedding.
What makes Bill Spencer work is the vastly underrated actor who plays him: Don Diamont, who once played Brad Carlton on The Young and the Restless. He plays the role with tremendous energy and edge and thus brings out the best in his scene partners. This year three of them have been nominated for Emmys, including Heather Tom for Best Lead Actress as Katie the wife Bill wronged; Scott Clifton as Liam Spencer, Bill’s new found son as Best Supporting Actor and Katherine Kelly Lang, Best Lead actress nominee as Brooke, Bill’s love.
But there’s no nomination for the excellent Don Diamont – and that’s a tremendous oversight.