The Bold and the Beautiful: The Forrester Family – Matriarch and Patriarch Stephanie and Eric Forrester
Eric and Stephanie Forrester
When The Bold and the Beautiful commenced in 1987 the storytelling revolved around three core families: The wealthy fashion house family – The Foresters; the media and publishing moguls – The Spencer’s; and the working class family from the Valley – The Logan’s.
The three families’ lives were interwoven by a love triangle amongst the younger generation. Ridge Forrester was engaged to marry Caroline Spencer; until he laid eyes on Brooke Logan the oldest of three Logan sisters who was working for with her mother, Beth, catering a Forrester party
The three families still remain the focus of the show today, though the number of Foresters has dwindled. This article will look at the Forrester family matriarch and patriarch, Eric and Stephanie Forrester.
Look for more The Bold and the Beautiful Founding Families articles at the bottom of this one!
The Forrester Family - The Patriarch and Matriarch
The heads of the Forrester family at the shows inception were Stephanie and Eric Forrester. Together they founded Forrester Creations the fashion house where most of the Forrester’s are employed. Eric was the creative genius behind Forrester Creations designs and Stephanie brought business acumen and money, via a loan from her father, to the business. Forrester Creations wouldn’t be what it is today without the contributions of both Eric and Stephanie
John McCook and The Young and the Restless
Soap Opera fans were not unfamiliar with handsome John McCook when he appeared as Eric Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.
John McCook portrayed Lance Prentiss on The Young and the Restless from 1976 to 1980. The role was taken over by Dennis Cole (one time husband of Charleis Angel Jacklyn Smith) in 1981.
Y&R and B&B Cross Overs
Of course, John McCook still crosses over and appears on The Young and the Restless from time to time - but as Eric Forrester. His last appearance on Y&R was for Nikki and Victors wedding (Nikki and Victor's fourth and Nikki's 12th in March 2013)
Instead of hauling a previous dress out of her wardrobe, Nikki had Eric Forrester design her dress!
Eric and Stephanie married in college when Stephanie became pregnant. Eric had been seeing another girl, Beth Henderson, but did the right thing and married Stephanie when she was pregnant.
By the time the opening scenes of The Bold and the Beautiful aired Eric and Stephanie had five children, Ridge, Thorne, Felicia, Kristen and Angela. Eric and Stephanie’s marriage was described as “stale” with Stephanie suspecting that Eric was having an affair with his assistant Margo Lynley (portrayed by Lauren Koslow, now Kate Roberts on Days of our Lives).
The assumption was incorrect. Stephanie in her choice of catering companies for a party brought Beth Logan (Beth Henderson in her college days) back into Eric’s life. This also brought Beth Logan’s daughter, Brooke into Ridge’s life. These two women would provide Stephanie much grief over the coming years!
Eric left Stephanie and resumed his relationship with Beth until Beth’s presumed dead husband Stephen Logan resurfaced thanks to Stephanie’s manipulations. Beth stayed with her husband and Eric went back to his wife. Until he left her again. This time for Brooke Logan! Brooke had been dumped by Ridge who resumed his relationship with Caroline Spencer and Eric was there to comfort Beth’s daughter. When Brooke and Eric’s affair resulted in Brooke becoming pregnant, Eric married Brooke. Eric and Brooke went on to have another child, Bridget. You can find out more about the circumstances around Bridget and Ricks’ births here.
Eric bounced back and forth between Logan women and Stephanie for many years, (He married Brooke twice and also married Brooke’s younger sister, Donna Logan) but in 2012, Eric and Stephanie remarried just months before Stephanie died from a recurrence of her lung cancer.
Though Eric did have a short lived relationship with Taylor Hayes merely months after Stephanie’s death he has been single since. Donna Logan and Quinn Fuller have shown interest in the silver haired fox though….
Stephanie’s portrait which hangs in the Forrester estate living room has a habit of “jumping” off the wall when Eric kisses another woman. It occurred first when Eric kissed Taylor and again when an exuberant Quinn kissed Eric to thank him.
Susan Flannery and Days of our Lives
Susan Flannery was also no stranger to soap opera fans when she first appeared in the second episode of The Bold and the Beautiful as Eric Forrester's wife.
Susan Flannery portrayed psychiatrist Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on Days of our Lives from 1966 to 1965.
Days of our Lives' Laura Horton would later be portrayed by Jamie Lyn Bauer who portrayed John McCook's wife, Lori Brooks Prentiss on The Young and the Restless
B&B casting trivia
Bill Bell originally created the role of Stephanie Forrester with Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams, Days of our Lives) in mind. When she turned it down it came down to Susan Flannery and Jane Elliot for the role. Bell requested that Flannery play Stephanie.
Stephanie and Eric’s relationship was on shaky ground from the outset. Eric designed clothes for beautiful women and enjoyed beautiful women. Stephanie believed he was having affairs. Though her fears were sometimes misdirected Stephanie’s fears were valid.
Stephanie Forrester was protective of her family and the business that she and Eric started together. That fierce protectiveness spawned most of Stephanie’s friendships and hardships in life.
Through her choice of caterers for a party, Stephanie introduced not only a threat to her shaky marriage but a distraction for her eldest son. Beth Logan (nee Henderson) Eric’s college girlfriend was catering the party. Stephanie had won Eric from Beth when she found out she was pregnant (with Ridge). Eric had married Stephanie thereby starting the Forrester dynasty.
Beth’s daughter Brooke also worked the Forrester party as a caterer because she had developed an interest in Ridge Forrester and wanted to meet him. There was an instant attraction between Ridge and Brooke and Stephanie took an immediate dislike to Beth Henderson’s daughter going so far as to refer to Brooke as the “slut from the Valley”
Stephanie, however, wasn’t the stereo typical mother in law whose daughters in law are never good enough for their sons. Stephanie did approve of Caroline and Taylor as partners for her eldest and favorite, son.
Stephanie would have to contend with Brooke causing havoc in her son’s lives for many years. Brooke and Caroline were both involved with Ridge and Thorne at different times making the brothers’ relationship tense at best. When nemesis Brooke was done with Stephanie’s sons, Stephanie was shocked that she moved onto Eric – her husband.
Stephanie’s business life was also not without strife. She had a fierce rivalry with Sally Spectra head of knock-off fashion house Spectra fashions who regularly stole Forrester Creations designs.
Their business relationship was complicated by the fact that Stephanie’s son, Thorne also romanced Sally’s daughter, Macy and after Macy’s death married Sally’s assistant, Darla (Aly’s mother) who Sally thought of as a daughter.
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Age mellowed Stephanie. When Brooke was instrumental in getting Stephanie to fight her lung cancer diagnosis the duo became fast friends. With her familial bonds with Sally Spectra, that relationship also became friendlier.
For all their marital issues, Eric and Stephanie always seemed to find their way back to each other.
In March 2012, when approaching their 50th wedding anniversary and realizing they weren’t technically married, Eric and Stephanie remarried. Gardener Gladys Pope (portrayed by Phyllis Diller) performed the impromptu ceremony.
Months later Stephanie’s lung cancer returned and she chose not to undergo further treatment. The Forrester family celebrated Stephanie’s life with an Irish themed party.
Stephanie died at the cabin at Big Bear in Brooke’s arms on November 26, 2012 after asking Brooke to sing her to sleep.
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