Amada Dillon was conceived in a veil of lies. Trevor Dillon believed he
was marrying Natalie Hunter, the love of his life. In fact, he was marrying
Janet Green, Natalie’s lunatic look-alike sister.
Janet was on the run for Will Cortlandt’s murder when she went into
labor. Her hostage, Natalie, helped Janet deliver Amanda. As Janet was
taken into custody, Trevor told Janet that she would have nothing to do
with her daughter’s life.
1993: Natalie died in a car accident, leaving Trevor
to raise Amanda on his own.
A recently released Janet sued Trevor for custody of Amanda. She had taken
on the identity of Jane Cox to become closer to Trevor. An actor named
James came forward with Janet’s latest deception. She had hired
him to impersonate Will Cortlandt so as to drive Dixie Cooney mad. James
testimony solidified Trevor’s claim.
Trevor married Laurel Banning. Laurel had long cared for Timmy and Amanda.
She was the only mother Amanda ever knew.
1996: Laurel was shot dead on the set of The Cutting
Edge. Janet was the main suspect.
Tim told Amanda about how Janet was once known as the Crowbar Killer.
Amanda told Brooke English, who took the information to Trevor. Tim was
acting out because Trevor had began seeing Janet in a different light.
Amanda went to the Wildwind well that Janet had held Natalie in years
before. She accidentally slipped in. Janet tried to rescue her, but slipped
in as well. Trapped together, Janet revealed that she was Amanda’s
mother. After being rescued, the women began their lives as mother and
1998: Trevor and Janet married. But happiness was short
lived for the Dillons. Tim’s dog, Harold, fell ill with cancer.
The doctors could do nothing to save him. The Dillons were forced to end
1999: Amanda saw something was going on between her parents.
She encouraged them to go on their long awaited honeymoon. Trevor and
Janet left for Paris to be with Tim who was going to boarding school there.
Trevor went on the run for the murder of Janet’s former cellmate,
Sophie Malinowski. Janet had killed Sophie after she threatened to hurt
Amanda. Amanda missed her father and was oblivious to the mental strain
the situation had on her mother.
Amanda witnessed as Janet became more unhinged. Her aunt, Arlene Vaughan,
came to Pine Valley to help Janet. But, Arlene proved to be more of liability.
Amanda did not understand why her cousin Hayley Santos and Arlene were
not as close as she was with her own mother. At the same time, Janet did
her best to keep Arlene’s bad habits from influencing Amanda.
Trevor collected enough evidence to support Janet’s claim of self-defense
against Sophie. Trevor had set up a new home in Denver, Colorado. Janet
was released from custody under the contingency that she sought out professional
psychiatric help. The Dillons began a life anew.
Amanda returned to Pine Valley under the guise of attending summer school
at Pine Valley University. But in reality, she was looking for a way to
escape her family, specifically her overbearing mother, Janet. She thought
the easiest way to do so was to find a husband, preferably a rich one.
JR Chandler needed help breaking-up Jamie Martin’s engagement to
Babe Carey. Jamie was now the heir to the English Estate, making him a
prime candidate in Amanda’s eyes.
Amanda tried to seduce Aidan Devane. But Aidan was still in love with
Anita Santos. Amanda went off on a blonde girl at the Boathouse after
she came between her and Aidan. She soon realized the girl was none other
than Lily Montgomery, Laurel’s daughter.
became unhinged, going so far as to drug Jamie in an attempt to marry
him. She joined Josh Madden in his attempt to break up Babe and Jamie.
Jamie knew something was wrong, but Amanda remained mum.
Amanda was run down by a drunk JR. Babe took to the fall for him. Janet
returned to Pine Valley to be by her daughter’s bedside. Amanda
encouraged Janet to go home. Janet promised to never let anyone hurt her
A string of crimes began to happen in Pine Valley, including the kidnapping
of JR and Babe’s son, Adam Chandler, III. Amanda was suffering from
temporary blackouts as a result of her car accident. She was implicated
in the crimes. Since she could not remember moments in her life, she could
not defend herself. Surprisingly, Jamie offered his help to exonerate
her for the crimes.
Amanda began working at New Beginnings. Little did she know,
Josh was framing her for drugging Erica. When Janet found out, she went
to confront Erica at the Mardi Gras Ball. When Erica brushed he off, Janet
became enraged, Amanda told her mother to seek psychiatric help. Janet
saw Amanda’s actions as a betrayal. She rigged the ballroom to explode
with everyone inside.
In the calamity, Janet kidnapped Babe and Little Adam. Janet wanted to
raise Little Adam to take Amanda’s place. Derek asked Amanda to
help the police get Little Adam home safely. She lulled Janet into a calm
state recounting her childhood memories. After the authorities rescued
Babe and Little Adam, Trevor’s frozen body was found in Janet’s
freezer. Janet had killed Amanda's father.
Janet was checked into a sanitarium, Amanda felt like she was alone in
the world. Brooke offered her a place to stay. But Amanda still sought
a purpose. Surprisingly, Babe offered her a place at FUSION. Simone Torres
blamed Amanda for her fiancé, Ethan Cambias’, death at the
Mardi Gras Ball and didn't want Amanda anywhere near the company. Amanda
was given the position of manager at ConFUSION for her crisis management
at the bar’s grand opening.
Amanda bonded with Jonathan Lavery over being ostracized by Pine Valley.
They began a loveless affair, or so it seemed. Amanda actually had feelings
for Jonathan and wondered if he felt the same way. They moved into together
at Wildwind after Jonathan’s sister, Erin Lavery, was found murdered
Jonathan recognized Amanda was falling in love with him and that he could
not reciprocate the feelings. They parted ways, though Amanda was weary
of Jonathan’s liaisons with Ava Benton, Lily’s half sister
During the Satin Slayer investigation, Amanda turned to Janet to learn
more about the mind of a killer. After the ordeal, she was made a full
member of the FUSION team.
JR wanted to take Amanda on a romantic getaway to New York. She was unaware
that the trip was part of JR’s plan to get back at his father for
disowning him. Kidnappers were supposed to hold onto JR and Amanda until
Adam paid a fake ransom. JR promised part of the ransom to Amanda for
her compliance. Only, the goons turned on JR and wanted the money for
reeal. Luckily, Adam and the police rescued them, but Amanda still wanted
broke Janet out of the mental ward and convinced to her to kidnap Tad
Martin and Krystal Carey’s daughter, Jenny Martin. Amanda knew Adam
was behind the kidnapping, but was afraid that Janet would be sent to
prison this time if she was caught. Luckily, Janet came to her senses
and returned Jenny. Amanda wanted her revenge on all the Chandler men.
Amanda was with JR the night he allegedly ran down Zach Slater with his
car. She was his only alibi. She sold her testimony to Adam for $5 million.
Babe turned to Amanda for help in exonerating JR for Zach’s crash.
Babe and Amanda’s plan had Babe dressing up as a hooker. They determined
Richie Novak had framed JR.
Their partnership moved to the boardroom at FUSION. Amanda invested her
own fortune in a new low-cost fragrance, Bella. Their venture was set
for a succesful launch, until random samples came back contaminated with
a toxin. The recall killed the line, leaving Amanda broke.
Amanda began dating Dr. Jake Martin. Jake and Amanda’s passionate
romance met a road block in Taylor Thompson, a veteran of the war in Iraq.
Jake worried about Taylor’s state of mind. Amanda let Taylor move
in with her on the yacht. After a tornado stormed through Pine Valley,
Amanda arrived at the hospital with a laceration on the head. Instead
of helping her, Jake turned his attention to Taylor. Amanda knew her relationship
same night, Babe was admitted to the hospital after the roof of the Comeback
crashed in on her. She died from her injuries. Vulnerable from the death
of her best friend and the end of her relationship with Jake, Amanda was
ripe for the manipulations of Dr. David Hayward. At first, David romanced
Amanda. Then, he showed his true colors. He wanted her help in his plot
to win custody of Little Adam Chandler, Babe’s son, from JR.
David would give Amanda back the money she lost with the Bella venture
if she got JR to drink again. At first, Amanda went along with the plot
having never truly forgiven JR for using her the year before. But the
more time she spent with the devestated JR, the more Amanda regretted
her actions. Right befor Christmas, she suceeded in getting JR to drink
by hiding Babe’s keepsake seashell. Guilt ridden, Amanda collected
her bounty but warned David to keep his distance.