All My Children

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Opal Cortlandy came to town in 1981 with her daughter Jenny after having tracked down the whereabouts of her son Tad.

Long divorced from abusive Ray Gardner, Opal discovered Tad had left Pine Valley for parts unknown. Opal settled in town, determined to get Jenny in show business and make a fortune. She pushed Jenny towards a modeling career while making her waitress at a sleazy bar, Foxy's...

Children: Tad Martin (with Ray Gardner), Jenny Nelson (deceased; with Ray Gardner), Peter Cortlandt (with Palmer Cortlandt), Adrian Sword (with Frank Dawson)
Grandchildren: Jamie Martin, Kate Martin, Jenny Martin
Significant Romantic Relationships: Ray Gardner (1st husband/divorced), Frank Dawson, Paul Martin, Langley Wallingford, Ralph Purdy (2nd husband/divorced), Sean Cudahy, Palmer Cortlandt (3rd husband/divorced), Stan Ulatowski, Hank Pelham

Opal Cortlandt Quotes

Opal: You could have another heart attack if you're aggravated enough.
Palmer: Then leave, and save my life.

I want to know what you were doing while I was sitting in jail fending off the advances of Sheena, the queen of the 5 O'Clock shadow.

Opal

All My Children Quotes

[to Myrtle about Erica] Somebody give me a stick so I can beat the stupid out of her.

Opal

Maggie Stone: I wonder if it's the number of nights that really matter. I mean, love, it's more than just the physical part. It's whether or not you connect. You can't plan who you fall in love with.
Jamie Martin: Well, how do you even know if it's real? I mean, so many people fall in love and go through the motions, but it's not even close.
Maggie Stone: Maybe some people don't even get to have it.
Jamie Martin: Or they don't recognize it when it comes along.
Maggie Stone: Or when you do finally get it so deep it's a part of you, only to have it taken away. You know, when I - when we couldn't find Bianca, I experienced an emptiness I've never felt before, I mean, like what it would be like if Bianca had never surfaced again. I had to put that out of my mind. I had to forget it.
Jamie Martin: It's complicated - love. It's so unique every time, with every person. And when the real thing comes along, I guess we just have to hope we see it.
Maggie Stone: Or hold onto it.