Longtime fans will be getting a special treat when Susan Flannery returns to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for a very special cameo in the Friday, Feb. 9 episode! “Don’t miss Susan Flannery’s return as the voice of Stephanie Forrester with a special message for Brooke on her wedding day!” the soap teased on Instagram.
Flannery was best known as Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s but became beloved to soap fans as Stephanie Douglas Forrester on B&B. She debuted with the soap back in 1987, and continued playing the matriarch until she chose to retire in 2012. During her daytime career, Flannery earned four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor — three for B&B and one for DAYS.
When Flannery chose to retire, B&B wrote a powerful final storyline for her as Stephanie lost her battle with cancer and passed away. But now, on Brooke’s wedding day, Flannery has recorded a little cameo for Stephanie from beyond the grave as Brooke will hear her friend’s voice as she looks up at her portrait.
While Flannery has retired from acting, she has not completely left show business. While still appearing on B&B, she directed episodes of that soap as well as fellow CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT. Later, she directed for web soap VENICE THE SERIES and a 2017 episode of THE FOSTERS.
While this is unfortunately not a full return for Flannery and Stephanie, it will certainly be good to hear her voice again! For more B&B casting news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!