Over the years, Sharon Newman has been through quite a lot on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. So while fans of the soap might be wondering if her latest crisis could mean the end for her, a look back at the beleaguered heroine’s history proves that she’s nothing if not resilient! The character was introduced in March of 1994, and was played by Monica Potter. She only lasted two months in the role, as did her recast, Heidi Mark. But then Sharon Case stepped in and Sharon became a Y&R fan favorite!
Sharon Collins moved to Genoa City with her mother, Doris, and Nicholas Newman instantly fell for her, managing to steal her away from Matt Clark. However, after Matt got into a fight with Nick, he took revenge by raping Sharon. Nikki felt Sharon was a gold-digger, but after Victor helped pay for an operation Doris couldn’t afford, Sharon insisted on paying back the money, which earned Victor’s respect. Matt tried to split Nick and Sharon up by telling him she’d given up a baby for adoption when she was 16, and while it did cause a rift, they soon reconciled.
When Sharon was about to marry Nick, she confessed that Matt had raped her, and he rushed to confront his rival only to find him dead! Nick was arrested and convicted of murder, but it was soon revealed that he'd been killed by another woman he'd raped. Finally, Nick and Sharon were wed. When she got pregnant, Nick wasn’t ready, but Sharon didn’t want to get an abortion. Noah was born premature and wasn’t expected to survive. Grace and Tony tracked down Sharon’s first child, Cassie, to try and ease the pain from losing Noah, but when the little boy survived, Grace decided to keep Cassie for herself for a while.
Once Cassie’s true identity was revealed, she moved in with Sharon, Nick, and Noah. But Sharon was furious when she caught Nick with Grace, and moved out. However, when Cassie’s adoptive mother, Alice Johnson, returned for the kid, Sharon reunited with Nick to present a united front and retain custody. Matt Clark returned disguised with plastic surgery and calling himself Carter Mills, but thankfully Nick was able to put a stop to his evil schemes. Sharon discovered she was pregnant, and Nick wasn’t sure it was his because Matt had claimed to have raped Sharon. After a fight, Nick stormed off and when Sharon rushed after him, she fell and miscarried the baby, who was revealed to have been Nick's after all.
Sharon found herself drawn to Diego Guttierez, and when she thought Nick was having an affair, she slept with the guy. Feeling guilty, she confessed, and Nick split up with her. After calming down, Nick was ready to reconcile with Sharon only to catch her kissing his father, Victor! Devastated, Sharon decided to leave town for a while.
When Sharon returned, it was revealed she’d gotten mixed up with Camron Kirsten, who continued to stalk her and force himself on her. She killed him in self-defense and hid the body, which later vanished! It turned out that Cameron was really alive and seeking revenge. But Nick intervened and managed to rescue Sharon from the villain.
Tragically, Cassie was killed in a car accident when she attempted to drive a drunk Daniel home without having a license or even a learner’s permit. The grief tore Sharon and Nick apart, and she found comfort in the arms of Brad Carlton. And after that, she began dating Jack Abbott. After surviving the fall off a cliff that killed Drucilla, Sharon married Jack in a secret ceremony. But they had a rocky marriage, and eventually separated. Brad made another play for Sharon, but she still loved Nick, and the two made love.
Sharon began having blackouts and stealing things and ended up in the psych ward for treatment. She was pregnant, but wasn’t sure if Jack, Brad, or Nick was the father. After she gave birth in the mental hospital, Adam stole her baby to give to Ashley after she had miscarried. After getting out of the hospital, Sharon began dating Adam, ignoring everyone’s warnings about the guy. But then the truth came out and Ashley gave the baby back to Sharon, who named her Faith.
Eventually, Sharon returned to Nick and agreed to marry him, but couldn’t resist her feelings for Adam. Surprisingly, though, Sharon later ended up marrying Victor so she could retain custody of Faith! Of course, that didn’t last very long, and Sharon burned down the Newman Ranch. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and despite being involved with Adam, still found herself drawn back to Nick.
Once reunited with Nick, Sharon was terrified that he would learn that she’d tampered with the paternity test that named Jack, not him, as Summer’s father. Increasing her medication, Sharon began seeing visions of Cassie, and was horrified when she realized the young woman was real! It turned out that Victor had hired a look-alike, Mariah Copeland, to impersonate Cassie. But it was later revealed that Mariah was actually Cassie’s twin that Sharon never knew she had!
Nick and Sharon were about to get married again when Phyllis interrupted the ceremony! Fearful that Nick would learn the truth about her switching the test results, Sharon eventually confessed herself. Furious, Nick dumped her and even fought for custody of Faith. Heartbroken over losing her daughter, Sharon found comfort with Dylan McAvoy.
As their relationship developed, Dylan was thrilled to learn he was going to become a dad, and after Sharon miscarried, she didn’t have the heart to tell him, hoping to get pregnant again quickly. But when that didn’t happen, she became more and more unstable and was ultimately hospitalized. There, her doctor presented her with “her baby” which she brought home to Dylan. They named him Sullivan “Sully” McAvoy, but soon Sharon realized something wasn’t adding up and discovered that Sully was really Sage’s son, Christian. After Sage confronted Sharon, they were in a car accident and Sage died. Sharon continued trying to live the lie, but in the end had no choice but to confess the truth.
Nick took Christian away, and then Dylan went into witness protection alone, urging her to stay in Genoa City for her children. Sharon struggled to put the pieces of her life back together by running the coffee house and even dated Scott Grainger for a while. But that fell apart when she found out he’d had a fling with Abby. She also got mixed up in the sex ring drama when she befriended a prostitute named Crystal. But it was getting wrapped up in Phyllis’ investigation into Chelsea’s schemes that led to Sharon being conked over the head by a coffeepot! Chelsea's attempts to silence her failed, and Sharon told Nick the truth about Christian.
Although Nick and Sharon reunited and he moved back in with her, their attempt to remarry hit a major snag when she found out that he'd cheated on her with Phyllis and dumped him at the altar! Also, Sharon was caught up in J.T. Hellstrom's murder, witnessing the crime and then helping Nikki, Victoria, and Phyllis cover it up. When the murder was exposed and the women went on trial, Sharon enlisted Brittany Hodges to represent her separately from the others (minus Phyllis, who struck a deal with Christine). When the judge declared them all guilty, Sharon received the lightest sentence of the three, but it was still three years in prison!
Stay tuned to see how her storyline continues to play out, and for more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!