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

Pine Valley isn't exactly the corner of Hollywood and Vine.

Erica

Vanessa Bennett Cortlandt: Palmer, come on. It's a perfectly understandable concern. I mean, nobody knows what the future will hold. A meteor could drop on the Valley Inn tonight and kill us all.
Palmer Cortlandt: Well, that's a cheery thought.
Vanessa Bennett Cortlandt: Oh. And what would happen to Leo then?
Palmer Cortlandt: Well, he'd be dead. I mean, a meteor, you know.