Days of Our Lives' Caroline Brady was a fixture in Salem for 35 years.
First debuting in 1983, Caroline was in some ways the antithesis of soft-spoken, genteel Alice Horton. She was a fiery redhead who wasn't afraid to speak her mind to her four children and was the head of a mainly blue-collar family that soon became best friends (and sometimes lovers!) with the founding family of Salem.
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Here is TV Fanatic's tribute to Caroline Brady. Check out our favorite memories and share yours in the comments.
Caroline's Devotion to Her Children
Caroline was a devoted mother not only to her four biological children but to orphans Frankie and Max, who she and Shawn adopted. She was especially protective of Max and ended up behind bars when Max's biological father, the violent Trent Robbins, collapsed in her arms after being stabbed. Caroline was sad to see Max go when he left Salem, but was thrilled that he had married her granddaughter Chelsea.
Caroline's Relationship with Her Daughters
Although she loved all of her children fiercely, Caroline didn't always get along with her daughters. She and Shawn were estranged from Kimberly for a while and later, Caroline had harsh words for Kayla when Kayla pursued Kim's ex, Shane Donovan. Nevertheless, Caroline would have done just about anything for her girls and once attempted to confess to a murder that Kayla was accused of. It didn't work -- Kayla ended up giving birth to Stephanie in jail despite being innocent -- but you can't fault Caroline for trying!
Having the Courage to Face and Overcome Tragedy
Caroline saw her share of tragedy and heartbreak. For a while, eldest son Roman was believed to have plummeted to his death from a cliff, though that turned out to be untrue, and later Caroline saw the death of her husband Shawn in a plane crash. Youngest son Bo was also presumed dead for a long while and returned to Salem in 2015 only to die of a fatal brain tumor weeks after his return. Nevertheless, Caroline did her best to keep moving forward and maintain a positive attitude.
Accepting John Into the Fold
IN the late 1980s, the mysterious John Black showed up in Salem and was believed to be Roman Brady. When the real Roman returned, he wasn't happy that John was raising his kids -- but Caroline did her best to accept him as a member of the family even though technically he wasn't a Brady.
Helping Isabella With Her Pregnancy
Caroline's devotion to John extended to his wife and son. When Isabella was pregnant, Caroline was the first to check on her and offer her advice. John and Isabella named their son Brady after the family that was so important to them, especially its matriarch.
Caroline's Love for Victor
Youngest son Bo was the product of an affair that Caroline had with Victor Kiriakis, something she kept secret until Bo found out as an adult. Caroline's love for Victor wasn't really all that surprising considering her strong personality and fiery nature. She knew exactly who he was and was not afraid to stand up to him when she needed to protect their son. Caroline and Victor's friendship continued until her last on-screen appearance in 2016, when she rejected his offer to let her stay with him and Maggie at the Kiriakis mansion following a stroke.