1984: Scheming Cynthia Preston saw dollar
signs when she got an invitation to Ross Chandler’s wedding to Ellen
Shepherd. Cynthia was determined to win her ex-husband back now that he
was a millionaire heir to two estates. But Cynthia’s most hateful
comments could not put a damper on the happy day. Luckily, Cynthia’s
charming son, Andrew Preston, won over the affection of Ross’ father
Palmer Cortlandt. Palmer invited the Prestons to stay at Cortland Manor
as his personal guests.
Cynthia became determined to win over Palmer herself. The only thing standing
in her way was his ex-wife, Daisy Cortlandt, who too was living in the
Cynthia successfully won over Palmer with the help of Andrew. Cynthia
was surprised to see the close bond that had developed between Andrew
and Palmer. Daisy tried her best to turn Palmer against Cynthia to no
avail. Cynthia and Palmer married in a small ceremony at Cortlandt Manor.
Ross pleaded with Cynthia to leave his father alone. It was evident that
much of the passion from their marriage was still very much alive. They
had an illicit tryst, promising to never tell their respective spouses.
Little did Cynthia know, con man Zach Grayson had spotted the couple in
bed together. He had photos evidence that he plAnnd to blackmail Ross
and her with. Cynthia begged Ross to do something about it. They decided
to hire a hit man. Only, someone had beaten them to the punch. Zach was
found dead in his apartment.
Cynthia wanted out of her marriage to Palmer. When she announced her plans
to leave Pine Valley, Andrew rebelled. Palmer offered to adopt Andrew
so that Cynthia could travel the world with less baggage. She took Palmer
up on his offer and made her way out of Pine Valley for good.