For nearly four decades, Beth Maitland has delighted fans of The Young and the Restless as singer-turned-mystery writer Traci Abbott. Soap Opera Digest recently caught up with the Emmy winner about her favorite moments, both in and out of the Abbott mansion.
Maitland marveled about how the character of Traci has continued to resonate with fans through the years. Y&R watchers regularly approach her, and she appreciates that continued viewership is unique to daytime. She noted:
For anything else, even if I was in nighttime or film or whatever, I just think there’s something so special about the magic that this unusual character has to tell her flawed, very human, very relatable, very real story to an audience full of very flawed, very real, very human people.
Maitland gushed about being part of the on-screen Abbott clan, but also recalled some of her own character's most memorable moments without her siblings. Longtime viewers will remember Traci's rivalry with Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman), who tried to embarrass the Jabot heiress on multiple occasions.
Early on, when Traci and Lauren didn’t like each other, she invited Traci to a pool party, knowing she’d be too embarrassed to show up in a bathing suit. But Traci did come, wearing a sun dress., and Lauren made little cutting remarks to her. There was a band at the party and Traci got up and belted out ‘Still In The Game’ by Steve Winwood. Everyone cheered and applauded, which made Lauren so angry because Traci was getting all of the attention. While Lauren was stewing, Traci walked by and said, ‘It’s your party, Lauren, you can cry if you want to.’
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