For nearly 30 years, Rachel Davis Cory Hutchins on Another World reigned as one of the most complicated female characters in soap opera history. In the 1960s and early 70s, she was the preeminent villainess on the NBC soap.
But her more manipulative tendencies were curbed by a 1975 marriage to a loyal spouse – and Rachel, in turn, became the victim of Iris Cory Bancroft’s machinations – not quite the relationship one expects between step-mother and child!
In the 80s and 90s, she continued to make mistakes – usually of the male variety – but Rachel was now a matriarch who helped steady a fractured family prone to infighting (with ole Iris generally at the center of the conflict). But just how much do you remember about this incredibly interesting woman who toggled between vixen and heroine?
As a young woman, Rachel was ashamed of the humble home her mother Ada had made for her after Gerald Davis abandoned his wife and child for greener pastures. Believing that wealth and status were the only things that mattered in life, Rachel married hospital intern Russ Matthews.
However, Rachel would make her new husband a cuckold and shamelessly pursue dark and brooding Steven “Steve” Frame despite knowing he only had eyes for her sister-in-law Alice.
She was able to maneuver him into a sexual liaison, and upon learning she was pregnant, Rachel corralled Alice into a bedroom – while Alice and Steve’s engagement party raged downstairs – and announced that she was carrying a child that belonged to Alice’s intended!
The Marrying Kind
Beautiful, trim, and vivacious Rachel was a woman who was never left wanting for male company. However, her problem was that she frequently chose the wrong partner, basing her decision on the man’s ability to provide for her monetarily and fulfill her sexually.
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