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

Ryan Lavery: You want to tell me what the hell you were trying to pull out there?
Kendall Hart Cambias: Did you see Babe? Did you just see what she did? She has the nerve to offer a consolation prize, honorary mommy? What the hell is that? I mean, what could Bianca possibly do with that? Sit and watch Babe be the mother that Bianca will never get to be? It's stupid. It reeks.
Ryan Lavery: Babe was just trying to help.
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, Babe was trying to cover her own butt and make herself look good. She was trying to show what a big heart she has so no one will know what a liar she really is.
Ryan Lavery: What? Where do you get this stuff?
Kendall Hart Cambias: Oh, please don't tell me you can't see it, Ryan, come on. Babe is all about playing the bimbo matriarch of the Chandler clan. When really she a selfish, lying, stupid little bitch.

Erica Kane: You slept with Ryan's brother before you stole the company out from under him?
Kendall Hart Cambias: No, no, I didn't steal it, I didn't steal it. Adam and J.R. did. Ok, but here's the kicker - Ryan tried to convince me earlier today that he's completely over me for good, which, of course, that can't be. I mean, it's impossible, and we are going to prove that. And you know what's so great about you and I doing this together is that you hate Greenlee just as much as I do, so it's perfect! Plus, mother, you are the queen of creativity. You're so creative. I mean, the truth is i'm running out of ideas, but the two of us putting our heads together could be so amazing!
Erica Kane: Kendall, you have to stop. You're talking like a crazy person.