ty for explaining all of that. I didn't know most of Melissa's history.
- Jan 2 2010, 02:11 AM
Okay, I'm chiming in here late to give a little more info on the backgrounds of Melissa & Sarah. Melissa is the biological daughter of Linda Patterson Phillips & Jim Phillips, conceived before Linda & Jim were married. Linda was Mickey's secretary and they had an affair while Mickey was married to Laura (Mickey wasn't exactly the greatest of husbands back in the day). Linda came up pregnant and lied to Mickey that he was the baby's father (even though she knew it was Jim's baby). Laura found out about the affair and baby (or Mickey told her, I'm not sure), but knew that Mickey couldn't be the father because she knew he was sterile (a secret known only to her, Bill, & Tom at the time, but unknown to Mickey). Laura couldn't say a word to Mickey about Linda's lie because it would expose the truth that Mickey wasn't the biological father of their child Mike (bio Dad was really Bill due to an instance where he "forced himself on her" during a drunken fit) and everyone was trying to spare Mickey the truth. When baby Melissa was born, Mickey believed for quite some time that she really was his daughter (much the same way he still regards Mike as his son and vice versa). The truth eventually came out, Mickey had a nervous breakdown (yadda yadda) and Linda eventually married Jim. Some time later, Jim died (I think he died, at least) and Linda came back into the picture and attempted to use Melissa to separate Mickey & Maggie. Farmgirl Maggie felt inferior around glamorous Linda and Laura, so Julie took Maggie for a make over. Linda eventually gave up on Mickey and dated his older brother Tommy for a while before marrying the wealthy Bob Anderson (who just happened to be Julie's ex-husband). After the marriage, Bob adopted Melissa (hence her best known name "Melissa Anderson"). Bob later divorced Linda, but then died of a heart attack, leaving his estate & Anderson Manufacturing to daughter Mary Anderson and adopted daughter Melissa. Mary was later one of the victims of the Salem Strangler. Linda left town and Melissa went to boarding school from where she later ran away and back to Salem. Apparently, Linda was quite neglectful of Melissa and Mickey & Maggie took legal guardianship of her. Linda later came back to town as Madam X, part of organized crime. Melissa fell in love with gang member Pete Jannings and she and Pete married in a double ceremony with Mickey & Maggie who were remarrying after a period of separation. Melissa wanted to be a dancer. She and Pete didn't work out and they got divorced and he left town. Melissa then was romanced by Jack Devereaux who was attempting to use her to win political favor (since he was running against Mickey). Melissa's crush on Jack had started while he was married to Kayla and when Kayla ended up poisoned, Melissa was suspected (wrongly) of trying to kill her. Jack & Melissa almost married, but she found out the truth about him and left him at the altar and left Salem. When she returned, she was a singer and started a romance with Emilio Rimerez (who had also romanced Jennifer), but ended up accidentally killing him by pushing him out a window. Melissa then left town to move to Nashville to pursue a music career. She came back for someone's funeral (Tom's?) or another event and it was written that she'd married and was pregnant (to accomodate Lisa Trusel's own pregnancy at the time), but nothing else was ever made of it. When Nathan arrived and it was explained that he was Melissa's child, it's assumed he's the baby Melissa was carrying during that return visit. Melissa's husband has never been named. Also, to the best of my knowledge, she's never gone by the name Horton. I still haven't figured out exactly why Nathan uses the name "Horton".
Sarah is the result of Maggie's desire to give birth to a child. To accomplish this, Maggie entered the surrogate mother program at the hospital, which Neil Curtis was directing. Maggie became pregnant and it was later revealed that she was carrying the child of Dr. Evan Wyland (who just so happened to be on Stefano's payroll). Maggie decided that she wanted to keep the baby and Evan agreed (I'm not exactly sure why. My memory's a little fuzzy on this one). Evan later died. Maggie gave birth to Sarah and, since she was married to Mickey at the time, he was deemed her legal father. Although he never legally adopted Sarah, I don't think it matters because I'm sure his name would be on the birth certificate as "father". Sarah was later SORASed to a teenager (roughly Carrie's age since she and Carrie were protrayed as best friends) and it was revealed that Sarah's biological father was really Neil Curtis and not Evan Wyland (because Neil switched the samples). This caused problems for Mickey & Maggie and they almost broke up and Neil romanced Maggie. Everything righted itself and Sarah left town with Melissa to move to Nashville and hasn't been seen since. Ideally, Sarah would probably be in her mid-30s now. She's at least a couple of years older than Sami. In real world time, Sarah was born onscreen in 1981. Hmmm... Maybe Sarah has a past with Rafe (not that I'd wish him on her, but it might make Sami jealous and mean...)