Daisy Murdoch left Palmer Cortlandt years ago after she was caught in
a sordid affair with a younger lover. Her daughter, Nina Cortlandt, was
but a child. Though she was banished from the Cortlandt home, her mother
Myra Murdoch was not. Myra promised to watch over Nina in the guise of
her maid until Daisy would one day return.
Myra called upon Daisy in 1980 to protect Nina from Palmer’s plots
to keep her and Cliff Warner apart. Palmer had told Nina that Daisy had
died after giving birth to her. The fear of dying in childbirth kept Nina
from accepting Cliff’s proposal. Myra arranged for Daisy to arrive
in the middle of a staged séance to sway her daughter’s doubts.
Daisy decided to make Pine Valley home. She settled into the stable house
on the Cortlandt grounds. She befriended Nina under the guise of a woman
named Monique Jonvil. She was sure to assure that Palmer never saw her.
To pass her time, she began an affair with Palmer’s employee, Sean
Daisy’s ruse was almost compromised by Sean when he discovered cancelled
checks made out to Daisy Cortlandt in Palmer’s files. She was able
to convince him not to pursue his lead. Little did she know her charade
was coming to an end. Cliff was arrested for Sybil Thorne’s murder.
Daisy knew that Sean had seen Sybil the night of her death. In order to
testify on the stand and exonerate Cliff, Daisy had to admit to her true
identity. When Nina looked at Monique as her mother for the first time,
Back at Cortlandt Manor, Daisy looked to make a quick run from town. But
Palmer had other plans. He waited outside the carriage home with his Dobermans
ready to rip her apart limb by limb.
Palmer went missing in Center City, giving Daisy the opportunity to bond
with the daughter she had neglected for so long. When Palmer was found
alive, he tried to rekindle their flame, but Daisy did not want to be
the other woman in his marriage to Donna Cortlandt.
Daisy and Myra and wondered about Donna Cortlandt’s recent declaration
that she was with child, Palmer’s child. Mother and daughter knew
that Palmer was sterile. Daisy was determined to find out who the real
father actually was.
Palmer’s disgust over Donna’s pregnancy fueled his passion
for Daisy. They began a secret affair in his own home. But Daisy would
only do so under her own conditions. Though Donna was the current Mrs.
Cortlandt, Daisy was very much the lady of the house.
Daisy planned Pine Valley’s gala of the year to commemorate Nina
and Cliff’s second anniversary. Ray Gardner had weaseled his way
onto her wait staff. The gala proved to be Pine Valley’s biggest
disaster when Ray’s identity was revealed before he tried to kidnap
Joey Martin, and Palmer made a failed attempt to shoot Chuck Tyler, the
man who fathered Donna’s son.
1983: Daisy pushed Palmer’s patience to the limits.
In a romantic trip to New York, Daisy flirted openly with Palmer’s
rival, Lars Bogard. Palmer left her at the restaurant in retaliation.
But, his unhappy marriage did not keep them apart long. As long as Palmer
was married to Donna, Daisy had the upper hand. Daisy’s self-confidence
clouded her judgment. She accidentally spilled the truth about Johnny
Cortlandt’s paternity to Phoebe Wallingford. Phoebe revealed the
truth to Donna who in turn left Palmer.
With Donna out of Cortlandt Manor, Palmer and Daisy reunited. Palmer professed
his love, and they remarried.
Palmer and Daisy began to pick off where they left off years ago. They
were very much a happy couple, even if there were no plans to marry.
Daisy worried too much about Nina’s welfare. Without Cliff, she
was wondered around Cortlandt Manor aimlessly. She fell victim to the
charms of a conman healer named Zach Grayson on Locust Street. She went
to confront the opportunists, but too was mesmerized by his smooth talk.
After sleeping with Zach, Daisy was filled with regret. She knew this
act of infidelity would ruin any chance Daisy had with Palmer.
Palmer’s past as a impoverished teenager in Pigeon’s Hallow
was revealed when Adam Chandler moved in next to Cortlandt Manor. Palmer
welcomed his illegitimate son, Ross Chandler into his life. This carried
its own baggage when Palmer invited Ross’ ex-wife Cynthia Preston
to live at Cortlandt Manor. Daisy felt threatened by Cynthia and all the
attention Palmer was showering on her and her son, Andrew Preston.
Daisy was convinced that she could show Cynthia’s true nature to
Palmer. She began to entrap Cynthia in compromising situations. But, Cynthia
always seemed to be able to stay one step ahead of her.
Daisy’s first priority was always to protect Nina. Zach had drugged
Nina and taken incriminating photos of them together in bed. Daisy confronted
Zach. She knew if Cliff ever saw the photos, any hopes of their reconciliation
would be lost. But Zach had his own agenda. He threatened to reveal Daisy’s
infidelity to Palmer if she tried to intervene with his blackmail scheme.
One night, Daisy went to Zach’s apartment to finally settle their
conflict. But, Zach had other plans, and drugged her. When Daisy awoke,
she was holding a bloody knife over Zach’s dead body. Daisy was
taken into custody.
In her most trying of times, she would loose Palmer to Cynthia. Daisy
moved back into the carriage house and prayed for a miracle to save her.
That miracle became evident when Donna began to have flashbacks to the
night of the murder. The real killer turned out to be Marian Colby.
Nina had suffered a mental breakdown as a result of the stress from the
Zach Grayson murder trial. When she was released from the institution,
Daisy recognized Nina’s mind was still very fragile. Daisy thought
it was best to take her away from Pine Valley. She took Nina out on a
Cliff and Nina reunited. For this special occasion, Daisy and Palmer put
their animosity aside and arranged for a lavish wedding at the Tavern
on the Green.
1987: Daisy was not going to sit idle by as Palmer seduced
his newest wife, Natalie Hunter. Just as quietly as she came to Pine Valley,
Daisy slipped out before anyone would notice.
1989: Daisy surprised the Cortlandts with an appearance
at Cliff and Nina’s garden wedding. After the ceremony, Palmer tried
to make a pass at her. Daisy made it clear she had moved on, and he needed
to too. After wishing her daughter luck in her new life, she departed
again for life in France.
Daisy’s latest visit to Pine Valley proved to be a mission of mercy.
Daisy did not like how she had left things with Palmer. She wanted to
make sure that he was happy. She knew Opal Gardner had fallen for Palmer,
but he refused to give her the time of day based on her looks. Daisy began
to transform Opal into a lady of society. Daisy accomplished her goal
when Opal premiered her new demure look at the University Ball. Just like
before, Daisy silently slipped out of Pine Valley.
1995-96: Daisy came to Pine Valley to attend the Martin family
housewarming party. She made a stop at Cortlandt Manor to see how Opal
and Palmer were doing. She caught Palmer in a heated argument with another
woman. Daisy confronted Palmer who admitted he had cheated on Opal with
Janet Green. Daisy begged Palmer to admit his infidelity to Opal. Before
they could resolve the issue, Nina arrived. They had a small reunion at
the Martin home.
Palmer called on Daisy when he admitted his affair to Opal. Opal began
seeing Seabone Hunkle, Palmer’s former brother-in-law. Daisy was
able to reunite man and wife.