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.


All My Children Quotes

Kings have jesters. Circuses have clowns. I have Mary.

Adam Chandler

[Kendall has given Zach a plane ticket to Haiti, where they can get divorced quickly]
Zach: You know what? This date's not going to work for me.
Kendall: Make it work.
Zach: Love to, but I can't.
Kendall: Well, what? Is there something going on at the casino? I mean, I can handle it.
Zach: No, I took the afternoon off.
Kendall: What's so important that you can't reschedule it?
Zach: I'm rearranging my sock drawer.
Kendall: Yeah.
Zach: No, it's serious business. I mean, I've got the gym socks touching the dress socks. It's a real mess. Anyway, we've got to reschedule this divorce thing.