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Bold, Beautiful Darlene Conley

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Bold, Beautiful Darlene Conley

When Darlene Conley died on January 14, 2007, fans of CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful were devastated. Conley had been a fixture of the show, playing larger-than-life redhead Sally Spectra for 19 years. Spectra charmed fans with her scrappiness… and her ongoing friendly feud with rival clothing designer Stephanie Forrester. Their spats often ended with Spectra taking an unplanned swim, and the fans loved it… just like they loved it when Spectra cut Forrester's hair, with unflattering results.

Conley played Spectra until just before her death… but the show didn't kill her character. Instead, they sent her on an extended vacation to the south of France. Perhaps fans missing Darlene Conley can imagine the same for her – not gone, she's just enjoying her time with the cabana boys, like her greatest character.

Written by Linnea Crowther