plays the devious young woman who goes by the name of Angela Forrester, and later Deveney Dixon, on the daytime TV soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful
." But who Angela/Deveney really is requires an explanation.
We meet Angela Forrester as the beautiful, 24-year-old victim of a disease that leaves her with no awareness of the outside world and totally dependent on her doctor and full time caretaker, Dr. Todd Powell
. She is the daughter of the wealthy and socially prominent Stephanie Forrester
, who kept this daughter a secret from her family until they learned of the beach house she owned, and of Dr. Powell, whom she had been employing for 24 years. At first her husband, and the girl's father, Eric Forrester
, thought this Todd Powell must be Stephanie's longtime lover and kept man. He is shocked to discover that the daughter he thought had died at birth was still alive 24 years later. Stephanie had kept this secret from him to prevent distracting him from his budding career as a fashion designer. He was in Europe during her birth. Instead of telling him the girl was hopelessly disabled, Stephanie told him she had died.
Stephanie never could have predicted that Angela would live to adulthood. Her survival was a miracle--doubly miraculous because twelve years earlier she had had an accident. Todd parked her wheelchair on a curb and left her for only a moment to speak to the mailman. Angela had one of her violent spasms, which caused her to loose the brakes on her chair, sending the chair and her careening down a hillside. The trip ended in a crash that disfigured Angela, making it necessary to get her reconstructive surgery. Stephanie was with her family in a secluded cabin in Switzerland when this happened, making it impossible for Todd to get in touch with her. She learned belatedly of the accident. The crisis proved unpleasant but without long-term consequences. Angela recovered from the crash and emerged from the surgery still beautiful and little changed.
After 24 years, Eric finally discovers the existence of his daughter. This revelation shocks the entire family--which also includes Stephanie's two grown sons, another grown daughter (a third daughter lives in Europe), a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law-to-be. But they soon come to accept and love Angela. Stephanie is pleased and decides to move her daughter into her home, where most of the family already lives.
But "Angela" proves to be a farce. She hadn't survived that crash after all. Todd couldn't bear to tell Stephanie that her daughter had died. Instead, he happened to meet a young runaway who somewhat resembled Angela. He persuaded her to play the part of the disabled girl. The role demanded self-discipline but did not require a talent for mimicry: the real Angela was unable to do anything but lie in bed and stare sightlessly at the ceiling. Todd had gotten reconstructive surgery for this girl to make her look even more like the dead Angela. The girl who had finally emerged from the bandages in front of Stephanie's eyes was a fake.
But she has never suspected anything wrong until now. Now Todd is acting strange. He is inexplicably opposed to Angela being moved to the Forrester home and tries to talk Stephanie out of it. Stephanie resents this. Todd has been her trusted friend and confidante for 24 years--25, now that Angela has just had a birthday. Now suddenly he's an adversary. Why would Todd be against this move?
She doesn't know that "Angela" is even more against it. Life has become difficult for the impostor. It was one thing to play Angela for Stephanie's weekly visits. But now she and the Forrester clan are dropping in nearly every day. The impostor finds the idea of having to play Angela--who can't think, feel or even move beyond spastic jerking--24 hours a day in the Forrester home to be nightmarish.
"Angela" hits on a less-than-brilliant plan. She decides her only hope of living in the Forrester home and staying sane is to "recover" from her illness, even though this is medically impossible. Todd is against this, but can think of nothing better; so he insists that her "recovery" must be gradual. The opening night performance of Angela's Gradual Recovery is a success. Stephanie is shocked then thrilled to find Angela slowly and purposefully moving her hand to rest on her mother's.
Stephanie knows this is impossible. But it has happened. She saw it. She goes to church, instead of attending her husband's important fall show and then tells Eric the news. They both go to visit Angela, and another miracle takes place. Angela's eyes move to follow her father across the room.
The next day, Stephanie does the inevitable, though Todd and Angela had failed to predict it. She decides that she must admit Angela to a hospital so the doctors can run tests on her. Incredibly (to Stephanie), Todd objects. But Stephanie will not be talked out of it. The false Angela, in a desperate move, cries out, "Mother!" Then she sits up and says, "I won't go!"
Stephanie faints. When she comes to, Angela is still lying in bed, as immobile as ever. Todd pretends that Angela's instant recovery hadn't happened. But Stephanie won't be put off. She insists on taking Angela to the hospital. So "Angela" tries to dissuade her again. "No!" she moans. "No hospital!"
Stephanie is baffled, but the truth soon becomes clear. Todd is hiding something. And, more horribly, so is Angela.
They are forced to tell her everything. Todd and Angela try to persuade Stephanie that they meant no harm; but Stephanie sees their actions as a stupendously cruel hoax. Angela tells Stephanie that she felt as if she really were her daughter; but her one-time mother slaps her across the face. Then Stephanie picks up the telephone to call the police.
The fake Angela had begun to love her supposed family and indulged fantasies of becoming one of the rich and famous Forresters as a normal, healthy woman. But now she faces the possibility of prison. She strikes back with the one weapon she has: knowledge of the family's darkest secret.
Stephanie and Eric had frequently discussed their troubles next to the woman they thought was their deaf and dumb daughter. These included their terrible secret: their son Thorne
had recently shot and wounded his older brother Ridge
. Thorne's act was fueled by sleeping pills, alcohol and the newly-discovered knowledge that his wife and Ridge had slept together. Thorne, because of the pills and the booze, did not remember having committed the act nor even that he had learned of his wife's infidelity. Ridge, who quickly recovered, never saw his assailant. Stephanie was the only witness to the crime; and only she and Eric knew what had happened. That is, until they unwittingly revealed this secret to the false Angela.
Now Angela threatens to trumpet it to the world if Stephanie calls the police. Stephanie returns the next day with Eric, who is nearly apoplectic with rage. He picks up the telephone to call the police himself, but Angela makes the same threat as before. And this time, she blackmails them. She demands enough money "to live on comfortably." For a month? A year? For life? She doesn't say, and the Forresters don't ask. They return the following day with a suitcase filled with cash: $250,000.
Todd and Angela drive off with the money. Angela is thrilled with the cash and tells Todd that she plans to extort more from them. But Todd is remorseful and had wanted nothing to do with her blackmailing; and he refuses to allow this woman to torment the family further. He drives the car off a cliff, sending it crashing to the bottom and exploding in flames. The fire consumes the car, the money and both its passengers.
The next day Stephanie reads in the newspaper that Todd and an unidentified woman were killed in what was evidently a murder and suicide. Witnesses said the driver seemed to have gone over the cliff deliberately. Stephanie and Eric think this is the end of their ordeal.
But it isn't. Later we discover that "Angela" hadn't been killed in the crash after all. She had only been burned and horribly disfigured. The unidentified woman who died had been a Good Samaritan who pulled Angela out of the wreckage just before Angela hit her over the head with a rock and pushed her into the car with Todd. The disfigurement proves to be the perfect disguise, allowing her to insinuate herself once more into the Forresters' lives and plot revenge.
Now she goes by the name of Deveney Dixon. As Miss Dixon, she claims to have been a patient at the burn unit of the Children's Medical Center, Stephanie Forrester's favorite charity. She persuades the clothes manufacturer Sally Spectra
--who has joined with Forrester Creations in organizing a fashion show to benefit the hospital--to let her speak at the event and tell her story. Unknown to anyone, the story she really plans to tell is how Thorne had shot Ridge. This will surely destroy Stephanie's family, giving Deveney her revenge on the woman she believes is responsible for her disfigurement. Stephanie, in her mind, had driven Todd to suicide.
As she rehearses the speech in her suite on the Queen Mary, the location for the show, she notices Dr. Joyce Brothers
on TV talking about amnesia. Brothers explains that re-enacting the traumatic event that the amnesiac has forgotten could trigger that person's memory--but could also cause him to become violent. "A re-enactment!" Deveney whispers to herself.
At the last minute, she decides not to reveal her secret. Instead, she plans to give Thorne clues to what he has forgotten, hoping to trigger his memory and prompt him to shoot Ridge a second time.
Her presence on the Queen Mary gives her the opportunity to meet Thorne; but after she does, her plans change yet again. The two of them become friends, with Thorne never suspecting that Deveney is the same woman who had once posed as his sister Angela. Thorne soon arranges to get plastic surgery for Deveney in order to restore her face to the way it once was.
This frightens Deveney. If she were to look the way she once did her secret would be exposed, and Thorne, with whom she is falling love, would hate her. She tells the plastic surgeon that she has no picture of herself from before the accident. But it doesn't matter. The doctor explains that he can use computer technology to examine her bone structure and create an image of what she once looked like.
Deveney hits on another of her bad ideas when she sees a beautiful woman buying her pictures from a photo developing shop. She steals one of the photos, and then passes it off to Thorne as a picture of herself. Thorne sees the processing date on the back and knows that she's lying. This only makes Thorne pity her more. This must mean that Deveney was never especially attractive, not even before the accident.
She nearly sabotaged herself with that trick, but then tries another. Thorne arranges to have her flown to Switzerland for a series of treatments. She tells him she's worried he'll stop making payments on the operations after they've begun; she asks for all the money up front. But not even this sabotages her. Thorne agrees to give her the money.
Stephanie has been suspicious of Deveney from the beginning, and when she learns of Deveney's request, she distrusts her more than ever. Thorne distrusts her, too--though he explains away his misgivings. What Stephanie and Thorne know, but Deveney doesn't, is that the doctor is creating that computer image of her real face after all.
Deveney decides that after Thorne gives her the money she has two choices: drug Thorne with Scotch and sleeping pills in an attempt to cause him to shoot his brother Ridge again; or spare the man who has been so generous to her. It all depends on whether or not he loves her. She must find out.
She calls Donna Logan
, who is dating Thorne. She tells Donna that although they've never met, she is a friend. Donna doesn't know what to make of this odd phone call. Is it a prank? But she does answer the question: "Thorne and I are not having a love affair if that's what you mean."
Deveney is so happy, she's in tears. Thorne soon shows up at the door with the check. Deveney tells him how happy she is and apologizes for how rude she has been to him lately. Thorne tells her it's not important. The important thing is that she is about to start a whole new life.
Deveney asks Thorne to kiss her. This makes him uncomfortable, but he kisses her on the cheek. "On the lips," she demands. Meanwhile, Stephanie is in the doctor's office, looking at the computer image. Incredibly, the image shows her the face of the woman who had pretended to be her daughter--and who had supposedly died in a car accident. Yet here she is again--the fake Angela.
Thorne tells Deveney that their friendship has been important to him, but that he can never love her. This admission nearly dooms him. She serves him Scotch laced with ground-up sleeping pills. Then she tells him that Ridge and Caroline had once slept together. He remembers. He finds a gun and goes back to the house to confront Ridge.
Meanwhile, Stephanie confronts Deveney in her apartment. "What do you really want, you evil bitch?" she demands. "You look evil, you smell evil. This room smells of it. It reeks of it!" Then Stephanie sees the Scotch and the two glasses. And then she sees the empty bottle of sleeping pills. She runs out of the room.
Deveney's plan fails. Stephanie gets to the house in time; she and Ridge talk Thorne out of shooting him. Deveney Dixon disappears from their lives, but not without creating long-lasting enmity between the two brothers.