Soap fans know and love Marla Adams as Dina Mergeron, the Abbott matriarch on The Young and the Restless. She’s played the part on and off since 1983. But did you know one on of her hiatuses from Y&R she played Brooke’s mom, Beth, on The Bold and the Beautiful?
Adams stepped into the role of Beth shortly after Brooke gave birth to Eric’s son Eric, Jr. (aka Rick). The role had previously been played by Judith Baldwin (briefly) and Nancy Burnett. Armed with Beth’s backstory — she and Eric were romantically involved when Stephanie learned she was pregnant with Ridge so Eric went ahead and married her, believing the baby was his — she set out to have a showdown with Queen Stephanie (Susan Flannery).
The reunion between Beth and Stephanie in the scene below is highly charged. On one hand, Stephanie and Beth finally had something in common — they’d each lost Eric to another woman, but this hardly bonded the two. Stephanie, still smarting from losing Eric, wasn’t about to let Beth realize how much she missed her partner of 30 years. Beth reveals great vulnerability, clearly still being in love with Eric, which made her the object of Stephanie’s ridicule.
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Knowing she’d lost Eric again — this time to her own daughter — Beth would return to Paris and her marriage to Stephen. Years later, her life was tragically cut short when Beth (then played by Robin Riker) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and accidentally drowned in the Forrester swimming pool following an argument with Stephanie.
The Bold and the Beautiful (BB) airs weekdays on CBS. Check local listings for airtimes.