Hillary Wilson lead the perfect life until her mother, Betty Wilson, fell
terminally ill. On her deathbed, Betty revealed that Hillary’s father
was still very much alive. She was to seek a man named Professor Langley
Wallingford who was now living in Pine Valley.
Hillary was shocked to see who exactly Langley was. He was married to
Phoebe English, one of the richest women in Pine Valley. Phoebe was the
closest thing the small town had to royalty. When she arrived at the Wallingford
Estate with the news about her origins, the Wallingfords welcomed her
with open arms. Phoebe and Hillary grew especially close.
At Pine Valley University, Hillary had to put up with flirtation from
class nerd Alfred Vanderpoole. Hillary then met teen rebel Tad "the
Cad" Martin. Their innocent flirtation grew into something much more.
But, Hillary knew Tad was off limits as long as he was dating Dottie Thornton.
Plus, Phoebe disapproved on Tad based on his reputation as a womanizer.
Soon, none of this would matter, as Dottie was pregnant with Tad’s
child. Hillary was content to dating Tad’s friend, Bob Georgia.
Bob confided in Hillary that he was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Remembering her mother's last days, Hillary wanted to make Bob’s
final days as happy as they could be. They married in a small ceremony
at the Wallingford Estate.
Tad left Dottie after she miscarried. He proclaimed his love for Hillary,
but she was trapped in a loveless marriage. Bob learned that his disease
had went into remission. He tried to keep the diagnosis a secret, but
Alfred told the truth to Tad. Hillary arranged for a quick divorce so
that she and Tad could be together.
Phoebe voiced her disapproval for Tad. That Christmas, she asked Langley
to take Hillary on an archeological trip to Arizona. Little did Hillary
know, Phoebe mislead Tad into thinking they had left for Australia. Phoebe
hoped that Tad would only be able to scrounge up a one way ticket out
Hillary and Tad were set to marry. But on the wedding day, Tad was missing.
Phoebe was convinced that he was up to his old ways. Phoebe wanted Hillary
to forget about Tad, but she loved him too much. She ran into the street
in front of the church and was hit by a car. The driver was none other
than Edna Thornton, Dottie's mom. Dottie confronted Hillary and helped
her calm down. They returned to the Wallingford Estate while they waited
for news on Tad. Tad revealed he had been held up at the Pine Valley Bank.
He begged Hilary for forgiveness. That night, they married in a small
ceremony at the Estate.
But married life proved to be its own hardship for the couple. Tad’s
reputation kept Hillary on edge. She found herself fighting the many women
who clung to Tad including Skye Chandler and Robin McCall. Tad had learned
that Robin’s brother, Wade Mathews, planned to con a newly single
Phoebe. When Hillary learned Wade almost killed Phoebe, and that Tad had
known about his plot all along, she lashed out on him. Hillary asked for
a divorce. After they settled their affairs, Tad left town.
Hillary and Skye’s feud came to heads when both women fell in love
with Mitch Beck. Mitch was dating Skye, but had feelings for Hillary.
Hillary’s animosity with Skye stemmed from when she caught her with
Tad together right before he left town. Mitch dumped Skye, and pursued
1988: Mitch had left town for Boston after getting a
new job. Hillary was at a cross road. She just graduated from Law School.
As if the stars aligned, she received an offer from a firm in Boston.
She decided to make a fresh start there, hopefully with Mitch.