Anita Lawson first appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS back in 2012, but with her sporadic appearances, viewers can be forgiven for not knowing exactly who this woman is. But that’s where we come in! Let’s just say that if you thought Chelsea was trouble, that apple didn’t fall far from the tree!
Actress Catherine Bach joined the cast of Y&R in February of 2012 when Anita arrived in Genoa City looking for her daughter, Chelsea. It was later revealed that Victor Newman had brought both women to town in the hopes of splitting up Billy and Victoria. When that failed, he tried paying Anita to leave town but while she took the money, she stuck around! Anita was hoping that Chelsea being pregnant with Billy Abbott’s child would get them a good amount of money, so she was disappointed when her daughter gave up her rights to the baby to Billy an Victoria. Chelsea and her mother never had the best relationship, and she continued trying to distance herself from Anita due to her money-hungry con-artist ways.
”You’re giving away your money — I mean, baby?” (Photo Credit: sean smith/jpistudios.com)
Anita then found Jeffrey Bardwell living in town and revealed to him that not only was Chelsea his daughter, but they were still legally man and wife! He was in love with Gloria, so he paid Anita to keep quiet, but she eventually spilled the beans. Jeffrey and Anita tried to cozy up to Chelsea and her new husband, Adam, but it was just because Adam was wealthy.
Chelsea confided to her mom that she was pregnant and Adam was the father, but Anita was disappointed that she’d left Adam to be with Dylan McAvoy, who wasn’t rich. Still, she agreed that he was a good guy and helped keep her daughter’s secret that Dylan was not Connor’s father. But when she later encountered the wealthy Gabriel Bingham, who was smitten with Chelsea, Anita urged her daughter to pursue him. And when it was revealed that Gabriel was really Adam back from the dead, that made her even more intent that Chelsea get back together with him.
Most recently, Anita reappeared after Chelsea skipped town with Connor to tell Nick that Chelsea had been sending her money but had stopped. When he refused to give her a handout, Anita offered him a video file that Chelsea had recorded for their son, Christian, for $25,000. She insisted it could be the only way he’d learn why Chelsea really skipped town.
With Chelsea gone, is there still any reason for Anita to hang around Genoa City? Considering that she’s desperate for cash and much of the town is incredibly wealthy, why not? You’ll just have to stay tuned to see what happens next! And for more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!