Marian Colby had the perfect life with a loving, rich husband, and a beautiful
daughter. She spent time at the Valley Inn with the likes of Phoebe Tyler.
But, she was bored. Looking for fulfillment, Marian abandoned her family.
When Marian came back to Pine Valley, she tried to pick up where her life
had left off. But, her husband was always off at work, and her daughter,
Liza Colby, had her own life to live. The starved for attention Marian
caught the eye of the Glamoramma’s newest employee, Tad Martin.
The young man gave her all the attention she longed for. They found themselves
in bed. Their relationship was doomed for other reasons, including the
fact that Tad was her daughter’s boyfriend.
When Liza learned the truth, she lashed out against her mother and lover.
Marian’s infidelity caused her husband to have a heart attack. The
tragedy helped to mend her broken relationship with Liza.
Marian fell into an illicit affair with a Locust Street conman named Zach
Grayson. Zach knew any affiliation with him would tarnish her good name,
so he blackmailed her for his silence. Marian was still recovering from
her affair with Tad, and could not risk loosing more social standing if
the truth about Zach came out.
1985: Like many other citizens of Pine Valley’s
upper crust, Marian fell victim to Zach’s schemes. She decided to
take matters into her own hands. One night, she confronted Zach in his
own apartment, stabbing him in the chest. Marian was anything but a calculating
criminal. Donna Beck had made her own visit to Zach’s apartment
that night, and spotted Marian’s pocketbook with a large letter
“M” embossed on it. Marian admitted to the murder.
In prison, Marian took matters into her own hands. To assure good behavior
and an early release, Marian began an affair with the warden.
1989: Marian tried to break up Tad’s newest engagement
to Dixie Cooney by telling her about what he had done to Liza.
1995: Marian reappeared in Pine Valley at the Martin
family housewarming. She relished the idea of being stuck in a blizzard
with a slue of men.
Liza returned to Pine Valley when she got the job as station manager at
WRCW. Marian wanted to rebuild her relationship with her daughter. Marian
wanted to make up for her betrayal by making it her mission to reunite
Liza with Tad.
Marian succeeded in breaking up Tad and Dixie’s marriage by playing
a taped confession of Tad’s one-night stand with Liza. Only, this
also drove Tad away from her daughter, further estranging mother and daughter.
Marian had fallen under the spell of Dr. Jonathan Kinder, Liza’s
former lover. Jonathan wanted Marian for nothing else but her money. Marian
helped Jonathan escape prosecution in the United States for multiple felonies
related to his drug treatments. Only, Jonathan had also taken her fortune.
Marian teamed up with Erica Kane, Janet Green, and Skye Kinder to lure
Jonathan out of hiding.
Liza agreed to allow Marian to move into Chandler Mansion with her after
she lost everything. Marian wanted to solidify Liza’s claim to new
husband Adam Chandler’s fortune, so she began spying on his confidential
meetings with his lawyer, Barry Shire.
1997: Marian stood by Liza after she learned she was
pregnant with Adam’s child. It ended in tragedy when Liza suffered
a miscarriage as a result of stress from an emergency landing.
Marian wanted to insure that Liza got the most out of her short-term marriage
to Adam. So, she planned on seducing him. One night, she climbed into
Adam’s bed and made love to him, or so she thought. At the hearing,
Stuart revealed that Marian had mistaken Adam for him.
Marian tried to avoid Stuart, who had become infatuated with her. But
their time together made her a prime target for Lee Hawkins, a deranged
man out for revenge against the Chandler brothers. Marian was held prisoner
at the Wildwind Mausoleum. She eluded Lee by climbing into Hugo Marick’s
crypt. When she knew Lee was gone, she tried to open the crypt, but the
lid was too heavy. Marian languished in her early grave for days hoping
someone would notice she was missing. Stuart heard her cries for help
and opened the crypt.
Marian decided to give Stuart a chance. She could not believe that she
was falling in love. Before Marian knew it, they were engaged.
Marian and Stuart married on Valentine’s Day in a card themed wedding.
Marian’s dress resembled the Queen of Hearts costume in a deck of
cards. Marian did her best to use her marriage to reclaim her position
at the top of Pine Valley society. But, Stuart wanted her to remain grounded.
Her actions almost alienated her one true friend, Opal Cortlandt.
Marian welcomed a granddaughter, Colby Marian Chandler. Marian was oblivious
to the fact that Colby was Adam and not Jake Martin’s daughter.
When the truth was about to come out, Marian spied Adam attempting a getaway
with his daughter. Marian took matters into her own hands and trapped
Adam in the safe room in Chandler Mansion. Marian and Liza had Stuart
impersonate Adam so that no one was the wiser.
Marian awoke naked in a bed next to a gigolo named Paolo. Afraid of what
she had done, Marian admitted to Stuart that she might have slept with
another man. In spite of her reputation, Stuart believed Marian and sought
out the truth. Liza learned Adam had hired Paolo to drug Marian and make
it appear as if they had slept together. When Stuart found out, he disowned
Adam as his brother. The next day, Stuart’s charred body was found
in his fishing cabin.
Marian mourned for her husband, though she still had a feeling he was
alive. Months later, while looking through Stuart’s things in the
Chandler attic, Stuart reappeared. Stuart was an amnesiac living in Las
Vegas. He had been run over by a drunk Arlene Vaughan. Stuart’s
ex-girlfriend, Esther Glynn, had nursed him back to health and hoped that
he would never recover his memory. It only took one kiss for Stuart to
remember his past life and his love for Marian.
Marian had spent years keeping a secret from Liza. That secret had made
her way to Pine Valley in the form of Mia Saunders, the love child of
Larry and his mistress. Marian continued to pay off his mistress to keep
Mia away from Pine Valley. But Mia had learned the truth and was blackmailing
Marian with threats to tell Liza. Marian turned to Ryan Lavery to help
her keep Mia at bay.
When Mia finally revealed the truth to Liza, Marian was forced to tell
her the truth about her Larry's own infidelity. Marian did not want to
taint Liza’s image of her father. Marian made it her mission to
help the sister’s bond. She offered Mia a place to stay even though
Liza at first wanted nothing to do with her.
2002: Marian admitted to Stuart that she feared her dependency
on alcohol. Stuart helped Marian seek help before she became an alcoholic.
Liza was diagnosed with an operable brain tumor. Marian feared for the
welfare of her daughter. Adam began to gaslight Liza in an attempt to
win full custody of Colby. Mia became an unsuspecting accomplice when
he began to groom her to take Mia’s place.
Marian was devastated by Liza’s decision to leave Pine Valley. Liza
was afraid of what Adam’s influence would do to Colby after seeing
how much JR Chandler had changed since moving into Chandler Mansion. Marian
was forced to say goodbye to her daughter and granddaughter with no means
of contacting them.
2005: Marian had grown to love Miranda Montgomery as
she lived at Chandler Mansion in the guise of Bess Chandler. Bianca Montgomery
wanted to make it clear that she had no ill will towards Marian and Stuart,
and offered to let them baby-sit Miranda.
One day, Marian was baby-sitting Miranda when she was called out to complete
a house sale. Jonathan Lavery offered to fill in. Marian came back to
find Bianca visibly shaken up at seeing Jonathan holding her child. Marian
promised to never leave Miranda with him again.
Marian and Colby were reunited after she ran away from Liza. Liza was
not ready to return to Pine Valley. Colby interpreted Liza’s staying
away as abandonment, but Marian assured her granddaughter that her mother
loved her very much.
2007: Marian watched Colby mature over the year. She
especially impressed Marian by caring for Krystal Chandler when she gave
birth to Jenny Martin.
2008: Marian faced her dark past when Jesse and Angie
Hubbard returned to Pine Valley. The couple invited Stuart, an old friend
of theirs, to their wedding. But, Marian felt out of place at the ceremony.
She had done so much to hurt Jesse when he and Liza feuded as teenagers.
Stuart assured Marian that the Hubbards knew Marian had changed, and that
most of all, he knew she had changed. Marian needed to recognize these
changes in herself.