After the death of her mother, Helen Martin, Tara Martin moved to Pine
Valley with her family to be close to her grandmother, Kate Martin. In
her senior year of high school, she had fallen in love with Phil Brent.
The two made a perfect couple, and talked about getting married. But,
Erica Kane had her eyes set on Phil as well. Tara became the object of
her teasing and ploys. Phil convinced Tara that she had nothing to be
worried about, but to calm her fears, he promised to stop running to Erica’s
Tara and Phil’s love hit an early snag when it was revealed that
Phil’s parents were not really his parents at all. He was actually
the son of Nick Davis and his aunt, Amy Tyler. After graduation, Phil
decided to leave Pine Valley. Tara wanted to go with him, but he needed
time alone. Phil broke off their engagement. Devastated, Tara found a
listening ear in Chuck Tyler, Phil’s best friend. Though Tara saw
Chuck only as a friend, it was obvious that he wanted more.
Phil returned to Pine Valley an amnesiac. Tara realized not only did he
not know her, Phil no longer loved her. Tara was further hurt to learn
that Erica had clawed her way into her brother, Dr. Jeff Martin’s
life. Tara tried to warn her brother about Erica, but he was in love.
Tara grew closer to Chuck, though her heart remained with Phil. When it
looked like all hopes at reconciliation were lost, Tara agreed to marry
Chuck. Phoebe Tyler volunteered to throw them a lavish wedding, one that
Tara could never dream of. Tara turned to Kate with her apprehensions.
Though she loved Phil, he did not remember or love her.
One the day of the wedding, Nick revealed that Phil was still in love
with Tara. Before she could say anything, Chuck and Nick got in an altercation.
Chuck suddenly collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. There, Joe diagnosed
him with kidney failure. Tara kept vigil over Chuck, with Phil by her
side. There shared concern for Chuck brought them together again.
Joe told Tara it was her love that brought Chuck back from near death.
Wrecked with guilt, Tara rejected Phil to be with the man who had always
been there for her. But things were about to change when Phil learned
that he had been drafted to go to Vietnam.
Tara wanted Chuck to be healthy as much as she wanted to be with Phil.
Chuck pressured Tara to set a new wedding day. Tara used Chuck’s
hospitalization as a excuse to postpone setting a date. Secretly, she
was seeing Phil and had not intentions on marrying Chuck.
Phil proposed to Tara the night before he was to be deployed. They were
stranded in a snowstorm while looking for a Justice of the Peace. At an
isolated chapel, Phil and Tara recited their secret wedding vows to each
other. In Tara’s eyes, she and Phil were married. They made love
for the first time that night. Tara promised to wait for Phil to return
A few weeks later, Chuck was released from the hospital. Tara wanted to
break the news to him about Phil, when Ruth came in with a devastating
report from Vietnam: Phil was dead. Chuck comforted Tara, but even he
could not grasp the severity of the situation. Her wedding night had left
her pregnant with Phil’s son.
Tara decided to tell Chuck the truth. Chuck decided that he was going
to help Tara raise her son as his own. They eloped and came out to Pine
Valley as a couple. The only other person Tara would tell the truth to
was Ruth. Ruth and Tara could gazed into Phillip Charles Tyler’s
eyes and see his father looking back.
1973-74: Chuck was Tara’s best friend. Tara was
now happily married to a future physician in a beautiful estate. She was
living the American Dream. This was all about to change when Pine Valley
got word that Phil was found alive in Vietnam. Tara was now torn between
her husband Chuck, and the man she considered the husband in her heart,
Tara and Chuck’s greatest fear was realized when Phillip was taken
to the hospital. He needed a transfusion, and no one matched. Tara and
Chuck knew only Phil could save his son. Tara was able to manipulate Phil
into giving a donation.
Phil was married to Erica. Already Tara tried her best to dissuade him.
After all, she had ruined her brother’s life for the last two years.
One night, Phil stormed into the Tyler Estate. Ruth had admitted to him
that Phillip was his son. Tara admitted to her lies. Phil understood why
she felt she needed to lie to everyone when she thought he was dead. Phil
wondered if Tara still loved him. Tara could not lie about her feelings
anymore. As happy as she was with Chuck, she had always only loved Phil.
Tara went to Chuck to ask for a divorce when he collapsed. His kidney
ailment had returned. Seeing little Phillip worried about the man who
he thought was his father was enough for Tara to change her mind. Chuck
knew something had changed. Without Tara even asking, Chuck filed to dissolve
Though Tara had divorced Chuck, Phil’s marriage to Erica seemed
harder to break. Phillip began to act up, having psychosomatic asthma
attacks. Tara worried about her son. Joe referred her to a special clinic
in Arizona. She left with her son, hoping he would recover.
Tara rushed home when she got news Chuck lay near death after being attacked
by a pimp. Tara saw how much Phillip still loved Chuck. Tara and Phil
decided it was best to keep the truth from Phillip. They could not risk
another asthma attack.
That Christmas, Tara and Phil married finally married in front of their
families. Phillip was nowhere to be found. He ran away to be with Chuck.
Tara and Phil rushed back from their honeymoon when she got word that
Phillip was involved in an accident with a drunken Phoebe. Tara wanted
to tend to her child, but she had to deal with Phil’s insistence
to cut the Tyler’s out of Phillip’s life.
Tara found out she was pregnant with Phil’s child. Tara wanted Phil
to quit the police force for good. Her greatest fear was realized when
Phil was shot on the job. Hovering near death, the situation put a lot
of stress on Tara. She turned to Chuck for support. Phil even asked Chuck
to marry Tara if he did not recover.
Phil recovered, but was anxious to get back on the beat. Tara was lucky
to have Chuck to look after Phillip while she went through a difficult
pregnancy. One day, Phoebe stormed in demanding that Tara take Phillip
back from Chuck. Chuck was set to marry Donna Beck, a prostitute. Tara
told Phoebe Chuck’s love life was none of her business. Phoebe was
incessant. Her argument was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Tara collapsed. She faded in and out of consciousness. When she awoke,
Phil told her she miscarried. He also told her that she called out for
Chuck and not him. Phil demanded that Phillip be taken out of the Tyler
home. If not, he was ready to tell Phillip the truth.
Phil’s rage over his mother’s rape left Tara on edge. Phillip
changed his name to Charlie in honor of Chuck. Tara found herself turning
to Chuck more with Charlie’s issues. When Charlie was found vandalizing
cars in the hospital parking lot, Phil told Tara he had to face the legal
consequences. Tara wanted to help Charlie on her own. She offered Phil
a ultimatum: if he turned Charlie in, their marriage was over. Phil took
Charlie to the police department, and moved out.
Tara turned to Chuck. Even though he was married to Donna who had her
own share of problems, Tara needed Chuck to be there for her. In light
of the crumbling marriages, they began a secret affair. Phil recognized
the signs, and told Tara she was better off with Chuck anyways. But, when
Donna revealed she was pregnant, Tara knew she had to leave. She could
not tear Chuck’s family apart again.
Chuck called Tara one night with shocking news: Phoebe had revealed at
Erica’s party the truth about Charlie’s parentage. Worried
about what this would do to Charlie, Tara sought Phil’s help.
Tara was frantic when she got word that Ray Gardner had shot Chuck, and
that Phil was going after him. The experience confirmed in her heart that
she loved Phil. Phil rushed Chuck to the hospital. In his delusional state,
he called out for Tara. Tara turned to Donna and assured her that it meant
nothing. She was no longer going to stand between her and her husband.
Tara and Phil had a vow renewal ceremony, this time with Charlie present.
Since Phoebe’s declaration, Charlie had begun to accept Phil as
his father. Tara still worried about Phil’s dangerous life. Phil
took a job with the Federal Narcotic Bureau, forcing the Brents to move
to Washington, DC. Before she left, Tara learned she was getting a new
baby brother. Joe and Ruth were pregnant.
But their happiness was cut short when Phil went missing again. She moved
Charlie back to Pine Valley while the government searched for her husband.
The only person she could turn to was Chuck.
Tara had turned to Chuck again in her time of mourning. Tara felt great
guilt over being drawn to her ex-husband, especially after the promise
she had made to Donna the year before. Tara began seeing Jim Jefferson,
the child psychologist who was treating Charlie’s grief over Phil’s
1981: Phil was confirmed dead on his special mission.
The plane he was flying in was shot down with a bomb. Tara grieved her
loss in Jim’s arms. He proposed, and she rashly agreed to the marriage.
She and Charlie moved with Jim to Portland.
1985: Kate passed away peacefully in her sleep. All of
the Martins returned to say farewell to their beloved grandmother.Tara
and Jim had a baby girl, Kate Jefferson.
1995: Joe implored Tara to return to Pine Valley after
Kate, now going by Kelsey, ran away from home. Kelsey was pregnant. She
had felt ignored by Tara and Jim who were having marital issues. Tara
arranged for Kelsey to move in with her grandparents while she sorted
things out back home.
2008: Tara was afraid to go into a surgery alone. Joe
came out to support her. While he was away from Pine Valley Hospital ,
Dr. David Hayward blackmailed Joe into abdicating as Chief-of-Staff so
as to protect Jake Martin's medical credentials.