Throughout soap opera history, there have been many memorable heroines who don’t always make the right choices. One such leading lady was Holly Norris on Guiding Light, played by Emmy-nominee Maureen Garrett. Here’s a look back at Holly’s life and loves.
Rather than go to college, 19-year-old Holly Norris went to work for her wealthy father, Stanley, whom she had sought out. He’d abandoned her as an infant. Stanley paid employee Roger Thorpe to date his daughter. She preferred the enigmatic Roger to boyfriend Peter Wexler, but Holly was devastated after her dad was murdered.
Mrs. Ed Bauer
Holly found comfort in the arms of her doctor, Ed Bauer, after she’d been hit by a car. They wed impulsively in Las Vegas. Frustrated by Ed’s long workdays, Holly drifted into an affair with Roger. Pregnant with Roger’s daughter, Christina, Holly returned to Ed, letting everyone believe the baby was his.
Roger learned he was Chrissy’s dad when she needed a blood transfusion. Holly split from Ed and moved on to a romance with Dr. Peter Chapman, but lost him to another woman. Roger convinced Holly to marry him to give Chrissy a family.
Roger raped Holly after she turned to Ed for comfort. She filed a report with the police, and Roger was put on trial for rape. Fearing Roger was going to steal Chrissy, Holly shot him. She went to prison for his death (he was really alive) and befriended a fellow inmate.
Roger came back to town and fled to Santo Domingo with Holly (who had been released), who was his hostage. Ed and Mike teamed up to save Holly and Ed even tried to save Roger, but he fell off a cliff. Shortly thereafter, Holly moved to Switzerland with Chrissy.
Holly, split from husband Dietrich Lindsey, showed up on Ed’s door on Christmas Eve, hoping to reconnect with her Chrissy who was back in Springfield and going by her middle name – Blake. Holly was horrified to learn on the day of Blake’s wedding to Phillip that Roger was alive and back in Springfield!
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