The Y&R spoilers for Friday, June 17, 2022, promise a day of laughs, tears, and 1980s fashions as Genoa City celebrates four decades of Eileen Davidson as Ashley Abbott and Beth Maitland as her younger sibling Traci Abbott.
Y&R Spoilers: The First Sister
Ashley arrived at the Abbott mansion as a brand new college graduate, ready to take on the world. It was obvious she was the apple of her daddy, John Abbott’s (Jerry Douglas) eye — he called her “My Beauty” — and one of the few people who could tease her playboy brother, Jack Abbott (then Terry Lester), about his peccadillos — and get away with it.
Ashley, like any soap character, lived a tumultuous life, going through several marriages, including with the one and only Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). She actually managed to distract him from Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) for longer than any other woman, although the daughter they ended up having, Abby Newman Abbott (Melissa Ordway), was the result of a little bit of sperm theft.
The greatest tragedy of Ashley’s life was learning that she wasn’t John’s biological daughter. But at least he died without ever having learned the truth.
Y&R: Baby Sister
Traci also came home a graduate — from high school. She started college, where she met lifelong rival Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman). They competed over Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian), Traci got pregnant by her professor and tried to commit suicide. Then she married Brad Carlton (Don Diamont), the hunky pool boy turned executive.
The great tragedy of Traci’s life was the death of her beloved daughter, Colleen Carlton. Colleen’s death was indirectly caused by Victor. And, instead of beating him to death with a rusty shovel, Traci even saved Victor’s life by allowing Colleen’s heart to be transplanted into the mogul. It didn’t help his personality much.
Tune in to see highlights from all of the above and more. Plus, yes, our shoulder pads really were that big back in the day.
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