Jared Casey is a fictional character from the NBC/DirecTV soap opera, portrayed by James Stevenson from July 21, 2006 to July 23, 2007. Little is known about Jared's past, it is believed he spent some portion of his childhood in Mexico, near where Paloma Lopez-Fitzgerald grew up. Most notably, Jared's past includes a tragic love story; when Theresa volunteered the Crane resources to help him find Arabella, he claimed that Arabella had died, we have since learned that he was part of a love triangle with her, with Jared implying Arabella wasn't, in some sense, free to love him. Jared came to Harmony to interview for the position as Head Legal Counsel at Crane Industries, a position which Theresa had earmarked for her long-time flame Ethan Winthrop and which the well-qualified Jared was promptly offered — but not without some early confusion on his part regarding Theresa's identity; when Theresa and Jared first met, he had no idea she was CEO of the organization he'd come to work for. In their early relationship, Jared believed Theresa to be a struggling single mother and Theresa believed Jared to be a rude male chauvinist, a belief which culminated in her challenging him to a male vs. female baseball game.
It was at that game that Harmony's resident witch, Tabitha Lenox, remarked that she knew Jared's "real story" and would like a "front row seat" when it came out. As Jared and Theresa grew closer in the late 2006, a jealous Ethan insisted that Jared was, in fact, keeping some kind of secret from Theresa, was using her for her money and resources, he went so far as to conduct a background investigation on Jared, hack into Jared's laptop to spy on his business dealings, attempt to make a deal with tabloid reporter J. T. Cornell to learn Jared's supposed secret, subjected Jared to a lie detector test, which Jared narrowly passed, but not without some lingering implication that he was lying or hiding something from Theresa, to whom he had become engaged. On the other hand and Ethan were unquestionably hiding something from Jared — their ongoing affair that fall. Jared had never quite trusted that Theresa was over Ethan. Although Theresa claimed that Ethan had crawled into her bed in the dark, she'd believed he was Jared, her refusal to press sexual assault charges against Ethan led Jared to break off their engagement.
Jared was convinced by Crane employee Valerie Davis that Theresa would need him, came back to her to fight for her and protect her. He was shot in the abdomen in February 2007 in his attempt to recover that evidence. Jared was delighted when Theresa told him she wanted to resume their engagement, soon after, told him she wanted to marry him right away. Unbeknownst to Jared, Theresa was only being blackmailed into resuming their relationship. Jared is apparently ignorant of the fact that Theresa's blackmailer demanded she attempt to conceive a child with him, it remains unclear as to whether or not the secrets Jared may be keeping are bigger than the ones being kept from him. On July 23, 2007, Jared would not be returning. Soapcentral.com|PS Online Jared at Soap Central Who's Who at soapcentral.com
Passions is an American television soap opera that aired on Free Broadcast over-the-air network NBC from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007, on the Satellite Pay Television DirecTV-Exclusive The 101 Network from September 17, 2007 to August 7, 2008. Created by screenwriter James E. Reilly and produced by NBC Studios, Passions follows the lives and various romantic and paranormal adventures of the residents of Harmony. Storylines center on the interactions among members of its multi-racial core families: the African American Russells, the Caucasian Cranes and Bennetts, half-Mexican half-Irish Lopez-Fitzgeralds; the series features supernatural elements, which focus on town witch Tabitha Lenox and her doll-come-to life, Timmy. NBC cancelled Passions in January 2007, the series was subsequently picked up by direct-broadcast satellite paid subscription television service DirecTV; the series aired its final episode on NBC on September 7, 2007, with new episodes continuing on DirectTV's 101 Network starting on September 17.
In December 2007, just months after picking up the series, DirecTV decided not to renew its contract for Passions, the studio was subsequently unable to sell the series elsewhere. The final episode was broadcast in August 2008; as of 2018, Passions is the last daytime television soap opera created for American network television. Passions debuted on NBC broadcast television in 1999 with major fanfare. Creator Reilly had been credited for a large surge in the ratings for Days of Our Lives years before, thanks to innovative storylines like that of heroine Dr. Marlena Evans being possessed by Satan that drew new viewers, but tended to alienate stalwart fans. With Passions, Reilly was able to start with no pre-existing fan base to please; the series replaced the Procter & Gamble-produced serial Another World, which ended a 35-year run in June 1999, on NBC's daytime schedule. In the early days of the show, Passions heroine Sheridan Crane is identified as a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Sheridan has a similar accident in the same Paris tunnel, speaks to a "guardian Angel Diana" who urges her to fight to survive, which drew considerable controversy. Sheridan adopts the name Diana after a boating accident that results in amnesia; the opening days of the show introduced the Theresa/Ethan/Gwen love triangle that persisted as an ongoing main story line to the last episode of the series. For much of the first three to four years of the series, supernatural elements such as witches and closet doors leading to Hell were major plot points, many surrounding the machinations of the centuries-old witch Tabitha Lenox and her doll-brought-to-life sidekick, Timmy — named by Entertainment Weekly as one of their "17 Great Soap Supercouples" in 2008. In 2001, HarperEntertainment released Hidden Passions, a tie-in novelization presented as Tabitha's diary, exposing the secrets and pasts of the town's residents. Passions featured a story-line involving Tabitha and Timmy promoting the book, which reached #4 on the real-life New York Times Best Seller list and garnered the series two alternative covers of TV Guide in July 2001.
In 2003, Passions submitted an orangutan named BamBam, portraying the recurring role of Precious, for a Daytime Emmy Award. Precious was the non-speaking live-in nurse and caregiver for elderly Edna Wallace, held an unrequited love for Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald, depicted in elaborate fantasy sequences. In early 2004, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which administers the awards, disallowed the entry with the following statement: Our ruling is based on the belief that the Academy must draw a line of distinction between animal characters that aren't capable of speaking parts and human actors whose personal interpretation in character portrayal creates nuance and audience engagement that uniquely qualifies those performers for consideration of television's highest honor. In summer 2005, the prominent character Simone Russell came out as gay. In 2007, it was revealed that longtime hero Chad Harris-Crane was cheating on his wife with another man; this was a daytime first, with the men portrayed in bed together, committing -albeit unknowingly- incest.
Passions portrayed Vincent as an intersex person who became pregnant with his own father's son. Nearly seven years after the debut of Passions on July 5, 1999, the NBC-owned Sci Fi Channel began airing the series from its first episode starting February 13, 2006. Due to low ratings, the reruns were taken off the air as of May 25, 2006. On August 15, 2006, Passions became the first daytime drama to make full episodes available for download and purchase from the online music store iTunes. On November 6, 2006, the show became the first daytime drama to make full episodes available for free viewing via streaming on NBC.com. Though plagued since its inception by low overall Nielsen ratings, Passions was top-rated in key demographics, namely the female 12–17 demographic; the series was not renewed by NBC for a full ninth season in 2007, with NBC instead deciding to extend its morning news and talk show Today to a fourth hour. NBC began shopping the series to other networks. In April 2007, paid subscription service Satellite provider DirecTV bought exclusive broadcasting rights from NBC to continue airing Passions, with most principal cast members staying on.
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an American actress and singer. Her first significant role came as Jessica Bennett on the NBC soap opera Passions and she went on to appear in TV series such as Tru Calling and films including the superhero comedy Sky High, she came to wider attention as a scream queen for her roles in the horror series Wolf Lake, the giant monster film Monster Island, the supernatural horror film Final Destination 3, the slasher film Black Christmas and the exploitation horror film Death Proof. Further success came with her roles as John McClane's daughter Lucy Gennero-McClane in Live Free or Die Hard and Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Her critically acclaimed-performance as an alcoholic struggling with sobriety in the Sundance drama Smashed was followed by a line of roles in other well-received independent films, including The Beauty Inside, The Spectacular Now, Alex of Venice and Swiss Army Man. Winstead continued her Scream Queen roles in the body horror film The Thing, as Mary Todd Lincoln in the fantasy horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, in the monster film 10 Cloverfield Lane.
She reprised her role as Lucy Gennero-McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard and returned to television with roles in the supernatural drama series The Returned, the political satire/science fiction comedy series BrainDead, the period medical drama series Mercy Street and the black comedy/crime drama anthology series Fargo. Her singing career started in 2013. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was born on November 28, 1984, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to James Ronald and Betty Lou, is the youngest of five children, her grandfather was a cousin of actress Ava Gardner. When she was five years old, her family moved to a Salt Lake City suburb, she attended Peruvian Park Elementary. A talented dancer and singer, Winstead studied dance in a Joffrey Ballet summer program in Chicago and sang in the International Children's Choir. During her youth, Winstead hoped to pursue a career as a ballerina and appeared in local ballet productions; as she entered her teens Winstead was forced to quit ballet due to her height.
She stated: "I realized pretty early on that I was too tall by the time I was 13... You know, your body has to stay that way for your entire life, it's pretty hard on your muscles and your bones". Realizing that a dance career was unlikely, Winstead turned to acting. Winstead appeared in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond. After her brief performance in that show, Winstead began making appearances in various television series and earned guest roles in Touched by an Angel and Promised Land, she gained her first major role as Jessica Bennett in the NBC soap opera Passions, from 1999 to 2000. She left to pursue other interests stating, "I had one of the smallest roles on Passions, so I didn't get too involved... I was able to leave pretty easily". Winstead's next significant television role was in the short-lived CBS drama series Wolf Lake, as the daughter of Tim Matheson's character; the series was canceled after ten episodes. In 2004, Winstead played a supporting role in MTV's made-for-television film Monster Island.
She was offered a role in the film A Cinderella Story, but turned it down as she had just graduated from school and was going on a cruise with friends. Following a minor role in the indie comedy Checking Out, she took on a larger role as a school senior turned the main antagonist in the Walt Disney Pictures film Sky High, about an airborne school for teenage superheroes. Winstead said. I was either the hero of the sidekicks or the sidekick to the heroes." The film was released on July 29, 2005, receiving favorable reviews, budgeted at US$35 million, it grossed US$63.9 million domestically. Winstead began working with filmmakers James Wong and Glen Morgan known for their contributions to The X-Files, she starred in the 2006 horror movie Final Destination 3 as lead character Wendy Christensen, the "beleaguered heroine who experiences the premonition" that sets the story in motion. The production received a mixed response from critics. Winstead's performance fared positively with reviewers. Winstead would collaborate again with Morgan and Wong that year, in the slasher-film Black Christmas.
The movie, a loose remake of the 1974 film of the same name, follows a group of sorority sisters who are stalked and murdered by the house's former inhabitants during a winter storm. It earned her a nomination for Scream Queen at the 2007 Scream Awards. Winstead got a chance to lampoon horror scream queens when Tonight Show host Jay Leno, unaware of who she was, knocked on her front door and included her in a comedy segment spoofing horror films, she appeared in a 2006 film depicting the last hours of Robert F. Kennedy. Winstead became interested in Bobby after learning. A moderate box office success in selected theaters, Bobby received mixed reviews with many criticisms directed at the film's scr
Ethan Winthrop is a fictional character on the NBC/DirecTV daytime drama Passions. Ethan is played by both Travis Eric Martsolf. Rib Hillis temporarily portrayed the role in 2006. Ethan is the only child of Ivy Winthrop, he was born during the mid-1970s. His mother was in love with his father, but Ethan's grandfather, former governor Harrison Winthrop, saw to it that the young lovers stay separated. Ivy and Sam discovered her father's treachery on Ivy's wedding night to Julian Crane, the two made love, resulting in Ethan's conception; when Ivy learned she would have nothing if she remained with Sam, she chose to stay with Julian and pass Ethan off as a Crane. As a Crane, Ethan lived a life of power. Being Julian's first-born son, he was bred to be the heir to the Crane fortune. This, coupled with his mother's favoritism of Ethan over her other three children with Julian, caused Ethan's half-siblings to resent him his half-brother, Fox. Unknown to him at the time and Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald once met each other when they were children, something that wasn't revealed until much and he was unknowingly in love with her since childhood.
At the age of twelve, Ethan met Gwen Hotchkiss at a joint mixer for both of their schools. The two became fast friends, soon started dating; the two went on to attend Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school. Once out of high school, Ethan went on to attend an unknown undergraduate school and Harvard Law School. After graduating from HLS in 1999, now twenty-four, decided to move back to his hometown of Harmony with Gwen, he took a job as the lawyer for Gwen's parents, spent some time in private practice, went to work for Crane Industries. He and Gwen left and returned to Harmony that summer of 1999. Ethan had loved Gwen from the time they were children, but he was reluctant to and commit to their relationship, until his aunt Sheridan pushed him into it. Knowing he was proposing for the wrong reasons, Gwen turned him down— she would not marry him, except for love, opted to wait for a more sincere proposal. However, their prospective engagement was pushed to the back-burner when Ethan began being the victim of mysterious "accidents," and became determined to learn, stalking him.
With the help of private detective Frank Lomax, he discovered that the stalker was Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, the daughter of the Crane family housekeeper Pilar. Theresa's teenage crush on Ethan made her accident-prone in his presence. Ethan befriended Theresa without knowing the depth of her feelings for him, all but oblivious as the starry-eyed ingenue assigned cosmic meaning to their every encounter and his every off-handed comment. Theresa's conversational preoccupation with "true love" backfired on her, moved Ethan to propose to Gwen. Not long after becoming engaged to Gwen, Ethan began questioning his feelings for Theresa. What would become the central motif of this triangle to date emerged when Ethan struggled to reconcile how he could fulfill his affection for and obligation to Gwen and answer his inexorable pull toward Theresa. Ethan canceled his wedding to Gwen mere hours before the ceremony. Early in the New Year, Gwen's mother, discovered that Theresa had information on her computer proving Ethan was not a Crane and, with Gwen's consent, sent the information to a tabloid, timing the announcement to coincide with Ethan and Theresa's engagement party.
Gwen and Rebecca believed that Theresa was a gold-digger, that once money was no longer part of the package, Theresa would leave Ethan. Rebecca assured Gwen that she, would marry Julian Crane and convince him to reinstate Ethan into the family, easing Gwen's guilt. Theresa, convinced that it was only a momentary setback, stood by Ethan after he was stripped of all Crane rights and privileges, as he struggled to learn who had outed him to the tabloids, but she never revealed that she had known before the newspaper had created the scandal, nor did she suspect Gwen and Rebecca were to blame until much later; that summer, desperate to prevent Theresa and Ethan's wedding, Gwen once again contacted the tabloid and told them that the information had come from Theresa's computer, implying that Theresa, rather than Gwen and her mother, was the one who had revealed Ethan's true paternity. The news broke on what would have been Ethan and Theresa's wedding day, Ethan's mother, was so angry at Theresa that she crashed her car into the church to stop the wedding.
Gwen's quiet insistence that Theresa had known the truth and hadn't told Ethan prompted to Theresa to run away, down the aisle. When Theresa returned from Bermuda having drunkenly wed Julian, Ethan forgave her and restored their relationship under the condition that there be no more lies; the secret of the baby
Tabitha Lenox is a fictional character and one of the main antagonists from the NBC/DirecTV daytime drama Passions. Tabitha has been played by Juliet Mills since the show's debut in 1999. Mills continued in the role when the show moved from NBC to DirecTV's The 101 in September 2007. Jane Carr portrayed Tabitha's voice and served as a body double for a time when Mills was on vacation in 2006. In June 2007, Tabitha recalled her youthful days at a magic academy in which the role of young Tabitha was played by Kim Huber. In 2001, HarperEntertainment released Hidden Passions, a tie-in novelization presented as Tabitha's diary, exposing the secrets and pasts of the town's residents. Passions featured a storyline involving Tabitha and Timmy promoting the book, which reached #4 on the real-life New York Times Best Seller list and garnered the series two alternative covers of TV Guide in July 2001. Tabitha Lenox is a witch residing for well over 300 years in the Eastern seaport town of Harmony, she is known to be immortal.
It is known that she participated in numerous historical events. She claims to have been a Witch mother named Samantha; as a child, Tabitha had green skin because on her mother's side of the family she was descended from a Frog Prince. Her early life is unknown though as a young adult in Magic Academy she was teased because of her skin color. A loner because of this, Tabitha was an avid student of dark magic and befriended another young witch Esmeralda. Though Esmeralda at first teased Tabitha, the two formed a wary friendship. Esmeralda helped Tabitha hide her green skin with make-up. Tabitha used her own magic to maintain a permanent Caucasian complexion. Though the two witches bonded somewhat, Tabitha wanted to excel further into the Black Arts and left the academy to pursue a life of evil but not before saying good bye to her friend Esmeralda. Tabitha is next known to have existed in Ancient Rome as Cleopatra's handmaiden, claiming to have supplied the Egyptian queen with the asp that killed her.
Tabitha claims to have been the party planner for Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his alleged extravagance and debauchery. At an unspecified time in the Middle Ages, she lived in Europe with Hecuba, she randomly claims to have lived through countless historical events and drops the names of an endless series of celebrity suitors and comrades. Tabitha claims responsibility for many historic disasters, among them the destruction of Pompeii, the Black Plague, the great fire of London, the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the Great Chicago Fire, the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the sinking of the Titanic. In Harmony in the late 17th century, her witchery was exposed by Prudence Standish and the townspeople of Harmony burned her at the stake. After her resurrection, Tabitha vowed vengeance on the unwary descendants of those early Harmony settlers the Cranes. Tabitha has lived for an unspecified amount of time in a Victorian house in Harmony. Older residents of the town, including Sam Bennett and Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald comment on the fact that she looks the same as she did when they were children or when they first came to Harmony.
What few Harmony residents believe or understand is that Tabitha harbors the Dark Forces in her basement, a collection of demonic evildoers and devils who oversee Tabitha's wicked doings on Earth. Alternately called "the Dark Side" or "the Boys in the Basement", the Dark Forces sometimes appear to Tabitha, giving her orders or scolding her when her schemes go awry, they keep to themselves eavesdropping on what is said in her house, protesting with a loud foghorn-like sound and smoke issuing from the vents. Tabitha's former companion was a doll she had created and brought to life. Timmy had had many incarnations over the centuries, always being stitched back together and brought back to life when met with misfortune, he had cavorted with his Tabby on all of her historical capers, including the sinking of the Titanic. His latest incarnation was in 1999, his mission in this lifetime was to help Tabitha destroy Charity Standish, a young girl with the ultimate powers of good. Tabitha was ordered by the Dark Forces to destroy Charity in order to keep her from mating with her one true love, Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald, which would trigger her full powers of goodness, thereby eradicating all evil from the universe forever, Tabitha as well.
However, on meeting Charity for the first time, Timmy was smitten by her and never could quite bring himself to do her any harm. In those days, Tabitha carried Timmy, in doll form, under her arm as she went about her business around town. At times Timmy would mischievously come to life and cause the townspeople to check their senses Julian Crane and Reese Durkee, both of whom would swear the doll was alive, although no one else believed them. Another member of the "family" was Fluffy, Tabitha's enormous and not-so-nice house cat, who loved to pounce on Timmy and rip out his stuffings. Tabitha at one time tried to kill Charity by trapping her inside, she succeeded in killing Charity's mother, but Charity was rescued in the nick of time by Miguel. As a result of her failure, the Dark Forces punished Tabitha by removing most of her powers, agreeing to restore them upon Tabitha's eventual destruction of Charity. After the house fire at
Rebecca Hotchkiss is a fictional character on the NBC/DirecTV daytime drama, Passions. Rebecca has been played by both Maureen McCormick and Andrea Evans, neither of whom was on contract; the character's maiden name has never been revealed, although Tabitha has referred to Rebecca being an Osborn woman. Although now divorced from both Jonathan and Julian, Rebecca uses the surname Hotchkiss Crane. Rebecca grew up as a shy, conservative young woman bathed in riches, beauty, was descended from a wealthy respected family. However, Rebecca's came from a long line of Osborn women who were very manipulative, cunning women. One arranged for John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Abraham Lincoln just for spiting her. Rebecca favored these ancestors, was eye-catching toward the men in her day. During her teens she fell for a local boy in her hometown, but was unable to be with him due to their different social strata's. At age 17, she was a bridesmaid to her friend Ivy Winthrop's wedding, she slept with the groom's father, Alistair Crane.
It was Alistair who introduced Rebecca to "satisfy the appetite of men". After her family forced her to end a relationship, Rebecca set her sights on Jonathan Hotchkiss. Soon Rebecca stole Jonathan from his fiancée Clarissa Morton, married him, they had only one child together, a daughter named Gwen. Their marriage was sour, as Rebecca soon learned that Jonathan, broke, had only married her for her money. Rebecca's eye wandered, she committed adultery with tabloid editor JT Cornell. Rebecca was thrilled when Ethan Crane and Gwen met and fell in love, because she always wanted her daughter to be rich and powerful, happy; when she found out that Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald and Ethan were involved, she warned her daughter. Rebecca recognized the same lies and manipulations from what she herself had done as a younger woman. Rebecca's warnings didn't help, because Ethan postponed the wedding and began seeing both woman, getting disinherited as a result. After Gwen returned her engagement ring, Rebecca was determined to get not only her daughter, but herself in the Crane house, get revenge on what she believed to be gold-digger for scheming to break up Gwen and Ethan's relationship in the first place.
It's possible Rebecca saw her husband in Theresa, as he had once married her for her considerable fortune. She began an affair with Julian Crane, whom she nicknamed "Pookie", the plan to get him to ask her to marry him, she found the proof of Ethan's paternity on Theresa's laptop, she and Gwen used Theresa's e-mail to send it to the tabloids. She set up a plan, filed for a divorce from her husband, she married Julian in a quick wedding ceremony after he signed the annulment papers with Theresa, but when it was discovered that Julian and Theresa had consummated their marriage, that nullified the documents, so Rebecca had no cent to her name. Although it was discovered that Julian and Theresa's marriage was invalid, there was no mention of the fact that Rebecca's marriage to Julian was therefore valid, Rebecca had to blackmail Julian to marry her by threatening to expose Eve Russell to her family. Blackmailing Julian wasn't her only plan though. Rebecca decided to turn the tables on Theresa and make Theresa pay for everything she had done to Gwen over the years by taking her son away.
She had an deeper motive. Although Rebecca came to care about her stepson, she believed he was better off without Theresa in his life, knew that Gwen and Ethan could provide him with both love and stability. After child protective services deemed Theresa an unfit mother and the courts terminated her parental rights, Rebecca used her influence to get Julian to sign away his rights to his son and to convince Judge Reilly to approve Ethan and Gwen's adoption of the boy; when she learned that the baby Theresa was carrying for Ethan and Gwen could be the result of Theresa's rape of Ethan, Rebecca swore to get her vengeance on the girl who had caused her daughter so much pain. At the same time, desperate to keep her husband, decided to poison Eve Russell. Rebecca never did get caught for poisoning Eve; when the case went to trial, with Eve accused of poisoning Alistair and Liz Sanbourne, Rebecca manipulated Julian into signing a document that promised he would never divorced her—then took the stand and pointed the finger at Liz. Julian kept his promise to stay married to her, but still have Eve.
When Gwen became worried that JT Cornell would tell Theresa the truth about the tabloid article, Rebecca used her past with JT to keep him quiet—until Theresa offered him money. She was hoping that since Eve is getting closer to TC so that Julian would leave Eve and get back together with her. Eve broke off their engagement, however he didn't go back to Rebecca. Julian and Rebecca were revealed to be divorced. Although the two are no longer married Julian and Rebecca still have sex. Rebecca is sleeping with JT. JT was murdered by a blackmailer whose identity is yet to be revealed. Rebecca has sought to "avenge" JT's memory by finding out all of his secrets. Soon Rebecca and Gwen learned JT's greatest secret: the true paternity of Ethan Crane, Theresa's son; the two plotted to reveal the truth to Little Ethan's real father at an opportune moment. After the failed wedding between Paloma and Noah, Fancy and Luis, Rebecca was knocked unconscious while wearing the blackmailer's signature male/female clothing
Alistair Crane is a fictional character on the NBC/DirecTV soap opera Passions. Alistair is portrayed by John Reilly on a recurring basis from August 20, 2007 to May 20, 2008. Alistair was played by Jordan Baker when he was disguised as a woman named Charlie. An powerful and wealthy businessman, Alistair is, for the first five years of the program, a mysterious character whose face is never directly seen by the audience. Upon the recasting of the role with Bailey in 2004, Alistair becomes one of the soap's primary villains, expanding his focus from daughter Sheridan and her lover, Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald, to all of Harmony's citizens. Upon this transformation, many of the most nefarious non-magical schemes in Harmony - such as the omega plot in 2006 and the Blackmailer's reign of terror in 2007 - are written as being Alistair's handiwork. Alistair is regarded as being pure evil. Alistair Ephraim Crane was born into the prestigious Crane family of Harmony, New England. Alistair's parents were cold and unloving, he grew up to be a bitter and harsh man himself.
As a young man, he became engaged to fellow socialite Rachel Barrett, whom he loved but when she discovered his true nature, she broke off their engagement. Unable to let her go, Alistair faked her death in a boating accident. After Rachel's apparent death, Alistair married her younger sister, blind to Alistair's dominating nature until after they had married. Early in their marriage, Katherine gave birth to the couple's son, Julian Linus Crane, whom Alistair raised and molded in his own image to ensure that the Crane empire would live on. Several years when Julian was a teenager, Katherine gave birth to the couple's second child, a daughter named Sheridan Crane. Alistair never loved Katherine and abused her—physically and sexually, he regularly cheated on her with other women, one such liaison in the 1970s with Edna Wallace resulted in the birth of a daughter, Beth Wallace. Not all of Alistair's extramarital affairs were consensual, however—while visiting Julian in Boston, he raped Julian's girlfriend's fourteen-year-old sister, Liz Sanbourne, resulting in the birth of a son, Chad Harris, whom Liz gave up for adoption.
Alistair was an distant father. Alistair strove to ready Julian to take over the Crane empire some day in the future and felt that he needed a "socially acceptable" wife; when he learned that Julian had bedded and impregnated an African American woman, Eve Johnson, Alistair ordered Julian to leave her and marry Ivy Winthrop, daughter of the state's former governor, had Julian and Eve's son kidnapped at birth. Sometime in the 1980s, Rachel escaped from Alistair's clutches and confronted him at the mansion, preparing to kill him. A young Sheridan, stabbed Rachel with a letter opener, allowing Alistair to spirit Rachel away to Hawaii under the care of Otto Krause. There, Rachel threw herself off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. During that decade, Katherine ran off with Crane employee Martin Fitzgerald to Mexico. For the soap's first five years, Alistair is a mysterious character whose face is never revealed to the audience. Alistair's villainous plots only pertain to the protection of Crane empire in these years and he spends a great deal of energy trying to keep Julian and grandson Ethan under his control.
After Julian fails in carrying out his requests, Alistair disinherits him in favor of Ethan in 2000, disinherits Ethan that year when he breaks off his engagement to Gwen Hotchkiss in favor of marrying Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald. During this time, Alistair considers the greatest threat to his empire to be Sheridan's relationship with Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald. Alistair fears that Luis, a police officer with a deep hatred for the Cranes, will use his position as Sheridan's husband to discover Alistair's secrets and conspires with Julian in 2000 to make Sheridan believe that Luis is using her by fitting an actor with a mask of Luis's face. Luis and Sheridan become engaged, Alistair, desperate to keep the two apart, resorts to murdering his own daughter in order to keep the two apart. First, he has Julian and Rebecca poison Sheridan's wedding ring, but when Ivy Crane drives her car into St. Margaret Mary's in an attempt to stop Ethan and Theresa's nuptials, the double wedding is called off, Sheridan is temporarily saved.
Luis and Sheridan choose to go on their honeymoon to Bermuda anyway, while they are out in the Atlantic on a boat, they discover that Alistair has planted a bomb on board.