By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
For more than 25 years, the main story of The Bold and the Beautiful has been the story of the love life of Brooke Logan Forrester (fascinatingly played by Katherine Kelly Lang) . She’s been married to all the Forresters — Eric, Thorne and Ridge –and is the mother of five children. When it came time to die from cancer, Stephanie Forrester chose Brooke’s arms to die in.
Brooke has been such a good soap heroine because her life is centered on what soaps are all about: love. To Brooke, love is all. Whoever she has sex with she must be in love with. And because she believes love is her fate, she believes any of her actions toward that end are justified.
Armed with the nobility of that motivation, Brooke has gained much in life. She became a top scientist and later designer at Forrester Creations, inventor of the Belief fabric formula and lead designer of Brooke’s Bedroom, a line of luxe lingerie. When she became Mrs. Eric Forrester, she became rich and famous at a very young age.
But it’s her continuous love affair with Ridge Forrester that has dominated her life. A young girl when she met him, she set her sights on him immediately even though he was involved with and later married Caroline Spencer Forrester. Though men came and went in her life, it was always the love of Ridge she sought — and won and lost many times. The two have been married three times.
Because Brooke believes nothing she does is wrong, she has trespassed often on the lives of many around her. She fell in love with her daughter Bridget’s husband Nick Marone. She fell in love with her sister’s Katie’s husband Bill Spencer and had a torrid affair with him.
But right now everything that Brooke has stood for and believed is coming apart. She was set to remarry Ridge when her maid of honor Katie fainted in the middle of the ceremony. It turns out that Katie, who had been so harmed by Brooke when Brooke fell in love with her husband Bill, is now in love with Ridge. And Ridge is in love with Katie.
Now that Brooke is finally faced with what she can’t have – namely Ridge, the once inevitable “fate” of her love — it may be time for her to take a good look at herself. What is it about her that she has been able to steal so many other women’s men? How will she survive now that Katie has stolen her man. Will Broke ever change and see the errors of her ways ? Will she once again wrest Ridge from another women’s once arms?