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The Young and the Restless History: A Roller Coaster Ride

Updated on June 21, 2016

Victor Newman

The villain everyone loves to hate!
The villain everyone loves to hate! | Source

Famous People Who've Been on Y&R

Tom Selleck played Jed Andrews on Y&R

Vivica Fox was on Y&R before she married Will Smith

David Hasselhoff was Snapper Foster

Scott Reeves played Ryan MacNeal

Corbin Berenson (son of Jeanne Cooper who plays Katherine Chancellor) was and is, a priest on Y&R...he plays Paul Williams' brother

Steven Ford (Pres. Ford's son) played Paul Williams' friend

Others inclulde; Shemar Moore, John O'Hurley, Scott Reeves, Dierdre Hall, and Eva Longoria,

Where were you March 26, 1973? Were you watching the debut of the Young and the Restless? I was and that's when the roller coaster ride began. It all started with the Brooks family, the Foster family and the infamous Chancellor family. They were the beginning. (P.S. If you're not a soap opera fan this hub may not be for you -- too confusing!)

The Brooks family was made up of father - Stuart, mother - Jennifer and four daughters; Leslie, Lori, Chris, and Peggy. The Foster family is more well known thanks to one of the sons, Snapper played by David Hasselhoff. The mother was Liz, the other son was Greg and the daughter was Jill. Jill is the only member of the family still on the show today.

The Chancellor family is the one with the bucks. (There's always a rich family in a soap opera, I think it's a requisite.) The Chancellors included father - Phillip, mother - Katherine, and son Brock. The Chancellor's have real staying power. Phillip is long gone after many interesting story lines, Brock comes back now and then for cameo appearances but the mainstay of both the Chancellor family and the Young and the Restless is Katherine Chancellor, aka Kay.

A doctor named Casey Reed and her younger wild sister Nikki were then introduced as was Victor Newman and Paul Williams. Casey was around for a while but it was Nikki who would be the star and still is today. Victor Newman and Paul Williams remain as well. Victor directing the lives of his family and anyone else he can manipulate. If you ask any 'new' Y&R fan who are the stars of Y&R they would pick Kay, Victor and Nikki.

Victor & Nikki Through the Years

On to the 1980s and life in Genoa City continues to be complicated. I obviously have not mentioned the convoluted marriages, pregnancies and rapes that took place in the '70's but they continue into the '80s. The Abbott family makes it's debut; father - John, son - Jack, and two daughters - Ashley and Tracey; not to mention the sexy gardener and bad boy, Brad Carlton.

Patti Williams, Danny Romalotti, and Diane Jenkins were also introduced in the '80s. The interesting thing, if you're new to Y&R, is that Patti was brought back almost two years ago, Danny's son is still on the show and Diane Jenkins returned for a few months before her murder. Of course I'm leaving out Nina who seduced Phillip, and Cricket in and out of love with Paul Williams.

Spotlight on Melody Thomas Scott

Who Began When

Katherine and Jill both began in 1973.

Nikki and Paul began in 1978.

Victor, John, Jack and Danny began in 1980.

Ashley began in 1982.

Cricket (Christine) and Lauren began in 1983.

Esther and Brad began in 1985.

Nina began in 1986.

Neil began in 1991.

The next hill on this roller coaster takes us to the 90s. New people? Sheila Carter - a very bad girl, Drucilla Barber a very ambitious girl, and her doctor sister Olivia who was a wonderful person. Victor's blind wife in Kansas, Hope. Nick Newman's college love Sharon Collins was introduced and Danny Romalotti had an affair with Phyllis. Of course we also have Esther, Katherine Chancellor's maid, Neil and Malcolm invloved with Dru (Drucilla Barber), John and Jill Abbott (did I tell you they married?) had a custody fight over their son Billy, and Nick and Sharon eloped.

Are you getting the idea here? It gets more confusing but at the same time less confusing as old characters come back now. Drucilla fell off a cliff so she obviously isn't returning but her sleeping with Malcom while married to Neil has turned things into a real mess for daughter Lily. Then, years later, Neil accidentally gets Malcom's wife pregnant. You really, really need a score card!

Katherine and Jack

Jeanne Cooper - Katherine Chancellor 1973 to present
Jeanne Cooper - Katherine Chancellor 1973 to present | Source
Peter Bergman - Jack Abbott 1989 to present
Peter Bergman - Jack Abbott 1989 to present | Source

For the last, almost 12 years, things have kept on rolling along. Diane became pregnant with what she thought was Victor's sperm but it turned out to be Jack's. (You have to go back and look up who's who to figure this one out.)

Victor Newman and Nikki Newman have only been married three times but the roller coaster ride that is their relationship has led to more breakups and reunions than you could ever dream up. They almost got married again just a month ago and the way the plot's going it's not over yet! Of course Nikki's total number of marriages is nine, that's including the current marriage to Deacon Sharpe. Not to mention that Victor is in jail for murder purportedly protecting Nikki from the murder charge but while he's in jail he asks Sharon to marry him so he can help protect her and her daughter! The real question is who did murder Diane Jenkins? Does Victor know?

What about Nick? Who is he really in love with, Phyllis or Sharon? And will Sharon go back to Adam now that the Court has awarded her equal custody of her daughter? The questions keep coming and coming and just when you think you have the answer the roller coaster cars go up the hill and around a curve yet again.

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Jeanne Cooper in 1964


Tribute to Jeanne Cooper

On May 8, 2013, The Young and The Restless and the rest of the world lost a very talented and loving lady, Jeanne Cooper,when she passed away. As Y&R fans know Jeanne played Katherine Chancellor for forty years. No one could ever play Katherine Chancellor like Jeanne did. She was lovable, hate-able, motherly, dastardly, she was just amazing.

Her feud with Jill Abbott lasted for years even though they become friends and she was like a mother to Nikki. She adored her grandson and sons, though Brock did seem to disappear. Of course I'm talking about Katherine.

Jeanne was a two time Emmy winner and had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Many do not realize she did have a film career before joining the cast of Y&R. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeanne and her family. She will never be forgotten.

Doug Davidson/Paul Williams

Don Diamont and Shemar Moore

Don Diamont as Brad Carlton - now on the Bold and the Beautiful
Don Diamont as Brad Carlton - now on the Bold and the Beautiful | Source
Shemar Moore played Malcolm on the Y&R - Now on Criminal Minds
Shemar Moore played Malcolm on the Y&R - Now on Criminal Minds | Source

Laura Lee Bell and Eva Longoria

Laura Lee Bell (left) Eva Longoria (right) played enemies on Y&R
Laura Lee Bell (left) Eva Longoria (right) played enemies on Y&R | Source

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Internet Junky Relative - you've listed some stars I already had and some I didn't, thanks.

      Alipuckett, so glad you liked my hub. I just stopped by your blogspot and left a comment. Hope to hear from you.

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      alipuckett 6 years ago

      Awesome!!! I am so happy to see a hub about Y&R. I am a 16 year fan of the show, and it's always a thrill to meet people who have been watching from the beginning. I do a weekly video vlog and audio podcast about the show. I would love to chat with you about it sometime, if you're interested!

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      A internet junky relative 6 years ago

      Here is some more famous people who were on Y&R

      Tom Selleck Jed Andrews (1974-1975), (unknown episodes, 2005)

      Todd Bridges Juice #2 (unknown episodes, 2002)

      Vivica A. Fox Stephanie Simmons (unknown episodes, 1995)

      John O'Hurley Jim Grainger #2 (unknown episodes, 89-91)

      Deidre Hall ... Barbara Anderson (1 episode, 1973-1975)

      Susan Olsen ... Liza Morton (2 episodes, 2010)

      Pat Benatar ... Herself (2 episodes, 2008)

      Drew Pinsky ... Himself (3 episodes, 2008)

      Bronson Pinchot ... Patrick Dalton (6 episodes, 2008)

      Danny Trejo ... Bartender (15 episodes, 2008)

      Eric Roberts... Vance Abrams (34 episodes, 2010-2011)

      Michael Gross River Baldwin (36 episodes, 2008-2009)

      Joan Van Ark Gloria Fisher / ... (54 episodes, 2004-2005)

      Sean Patrick Flanery Sam Gibson / ... (49 episodes, 2011)