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

Greenlee Smythe du Pres Lavery: How long? How long have you known that you love me?
Ryan Lavery: Well, I know - you know, I know I've been falling for a while.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: You didn't say a word?
Ryan Lavery: I wouldn't let myself, not until I was absolutely dead sure.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: That...
Ryan Lavery: That I could love you as much as Leo did. You remember that day in the park when you said that you were waiting for someone to give you that kind of love, the whole heart kind? Well, now I can. My whole heart is yours.

Ryan Lavery: I got halfway to the Valley Inn, and I stopped. What the hell was I thinking?
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: I hated that you left.
Ryan Lavery: You're my wife. You're my beautiful wife. I'd be an idiot to be anywhere else.
Greenlee Smythe Lavery: I love you so much.
Ryan Lavery: I love you. This is where I should be, now and always. Come here. Come here.