Despite being introduced as a cunning author who slept with whomever she wanted almost anywhere she wanted, Another World’s Felicia Gallant soon evolved into not only one of Bay City’s finest citizens but one of the most beloved characters in soap opera history.
Felicia Gallant – christened Fanny Grady — arrived in Bay City on January 6, 1983, and while luxuriating in the back seat of her limousine she could be heard narrating her latest novel: “Sonya stared into her mirror. Yes, there was the Parisian nose…”
Felicia immediately made an enemy of Cecile DePoulignac, when it was revealed that Louis St. George — Felicia’s long-estranged husband and Cecile’s father — had left his fortune to be evenly divided by the two women.
The Write Stuff
While living in Europe far and away from Louis, Felicia made the acquaintance of Edward Gerard a man who encouraged Felicia to try her hand at writing. Felicia discovered she had quite the talent and subsequently became one of the most popular writers in the genre of Gothic Romance.
Listed among her plethora of bestsellers are titles such as Fallen Females, Gardenias for Gwendolyn and Lock Out the Night. In the 1990’s Felicia tried her hand at biography. First with the semi-autobiographical Into the Fire and in 1997 she helmed Frankie Frame’s life story and called it Walking in the Light.
Never one to rest on her laurels — or even really rest for that matter – Felicia also appropriated a number of highly patronized business in her new home town. Her first acquisition was the North Woods In — for which she paid $100,000.
Subsequently, she would purchase — and personally manage — the popular TOPS restaurant, a health spa named Gallant’s, and a book store called Wallingford’s she co-owned with best buddy Cass Winthrop.
Felicia also hosted her own mid-morning talk show Breakfast With Felicia — which was later renamed Jam Sessions. And, of course, Wallingford’s was named for her dear friend, the late Wallingford.
The Marrying Kind
After her first disastrous marriage to Louis, Felicia was gun shy when it came to matrimony and she preferred to simply take a string of lovers -chief among them Cass, Carl Hutching and her faithful chauffeur Gil Fenton.
But Felicia found herself falling in love with fisherman Zane Lindquist and regardless of their class differences the two made a go at marriage. And it was a happy partnership until Zane lost his life after being felled by a stray bullet during a gun battle between the police and hitman Herman Ludwig.
Felicia’s third marriage was to Mitch Blake, the former lover of her gal-pal Rachel Cory. Their union was marred by indiscretions on both sides and they parted ways on amicable terms. In 1989, Felicia’s girlhood lover, Lucas Castigliano, tracked her down and they were wed in 1992 although he would be murdered by an old flame one year later.
Of Mothers and Daughters
During Felicia and Lucas’ all-too-brief reunion, they set out to locate the daughter that Felicia had birthed and believed dead — but who in reality had been sold by her step-father Noah. Their initial search was fruitless but they did adopt — and partially raise — teenage Jenna Norris whom they loved just as they would have their own.
Just before Lucas died the couple discovered that Lorna Devon – a schemer who they both loathed for her many misdeeds — was actually their biological child. Lucas was quick to come around — and Lorna was beside him when he died — but it took Felicia much longer to accept her although they developed a very close relationship later in life.
The Struggle Is Real
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