Victoria Newman is often in the middle of a crisis on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but looking back at her history, the character has always bounced back. Even when she’s down, she’s never out for long! The daughter of Victor Newman and Nikki Newman, Victoria has always been an integral part of the Newman family. Originally played by Ashley Nicole Millan as a child, the character was aged to a teenager in 1990 and portrayed by Heather Tom. Aside from a brief leave of absence in 1997 where she was temporarily replaced by Sarah Aldrich, Tom stayed with Y&R until 2003. In 2005, the soap brought Amelia Heinle in to take over the role and she continues to play Victoria to this day.
Even though Jack Abbott saved her from drowning as a child, Victoria wasn’t thrilled when Nikki married the guy. When she continued to act out, her parents sent her to a boarding school in Switzerland, but when she returned a teenager, she hadn’t changed much. She began working for Newman Enterprises in the mailroom and fell for the older Ryan McNeil. Victor attempted to pay the young man to leave town, but instead, he and Victoria eloped! Her family was furious, but the young marriage didn’t last long after Ryan cheated on her with Nina Webster. Victoria then found herself attracted to new stablehand Cole Howard, and they also married young, but that quickly ended when they feared they were brother and sister!
However, after Victor discovered evidence to the contrary, he ordered blood tests that proved he wasn’t Cole’s father. Victoria was delighted, and they remarried, but she continued to be jealous of other women. When she left town to sort herself out, Cole was left alone to spark an affair with Ashley Abbott. Victoria returned and battled Ashley for Cole’s affections, but when she learned she was pregnant, Neil stepped up and offered to claim the baby as his own. The truth came out, and Cole promised to help her with his child, but still planned to marry Ashley. Tragically, their baby girl, Eve, died shortly after being born. Devastated, Victoria broke up with Neil and then dated Gary Dawson, who turned out to be a psycho that kidnapped her! After Nick and Paul rescued her, Victoria rekindled things with Ryan, and they planned to remarry. But his ex, Tricia, had gone insane, and shot Ryan on his wedding day!
Victoria next dated ranch hand Diego Guttierez. Initially, she was just trying to find out if he was sleeping with Nick’s wife, Sharon Newman, but later developed feelings for him. However, she eventually dumped him over his dark and violent nature. She had a brief relationship with Michael Baldwin, but frustrated with her family’s actions during the ongoing Jabot/Newman feud, Victoria decided to leave town to study art history in Italy.
In 2005, Victoria returned hoping to pick up where she left off with Michael, but he had married Lauren Fenmore. She started dating her father’s business rival, Brad Carlton, and they eventually married, but she dumped him after learning he’d had an affair with Sharon. However, Victoria had also gotten close to J.T. Hellstrom herself, so after the end of her marriage, she found herself pregnant and the babydaddy was in question. After Reed’s premature birth, however, it was revealed that J.T. was his father.
Victoria and J.T. married, but then he kissed Colleen Carlton so she slept with Deacon Sharpe to retaliate. After divorcing him, Victoria left town to get her head together, during which time J.T. then grew close with Mackenzie Browning. Upon her return, Victoria then found herself drawn to Billy Abbott and they got drunk and tied the knot in Jamaica. But when that union was declared invalid, the couple remarried properly, so Victor had his daughter arrested on her wedding day to prevent the ceremony from taking place! J.T. won custody of Reed and took him away to Washington D.C. with Mac.
After Victoria miscarried his baby, Billy paid to purchase an infant on the black market. But it was really Daniel Romalotti’s daughter with Daisy Carter, and Phyllis helped her son fight for custody. After Billy left town for a while, Victoria tracked him down and they reconciled and remarried. Chelsea Lawson showed up pregnant with his child, but ultimately signed away parental rights to Johnny to Billy and Victoria. Returning to work at Newman, Victoria was kidnapped by Eddie G. who wanted Billy to repay his gambling debts!
When Billy’s daughter, Delia, was killed in a hit-and-run accident, he had an affair with Kelly Andrews, a woman from his grief support group. Victoria found herself growing closer to Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn. She filed for divorce from Billy and slept with Stitch, but wasn’t entirely sure he was the father when she got pregnant and gave birth to Katherine Rose. The little girl turned out to be Billy’s but Victoria stayed with Stitch… at least until he left her for her sister, Abby!
Victoria threw herself back into work at Newman, even defending and lying for her father when Victor was accused of shooting Jack. She began seeing Billy again but broke it off after he swore vengeance against Victor and started drinking and gambling again. But after Billy was run over and nearly died, he swore he was a changed man so Victoria gave him another chance. Unfortunately, he was still plotting against Victor, so she split up with him again.
When Victor found himself on trial, Victoria joined the rest of the family in testifying against him, sending him to jail. To pay her back, Victor chose Nick to run Newman and sold Brash & Sassy out from under her. Victoria started a fling with Travis Crawford, and he urged her to leave all the family drama behind and sail away with him, but she declined. Victor was released from prison and took back control of Newman Enterprises, so Victoria found herself going back into business with Billy to run Brash & Sassy. Travis decided to stick around but Victoria dumped him when she found out he’d been keeping too many secrets from her.
Reed returned to Genoa City as a teenager and Victoria struggled to deal with his rebellious behavior. Billy and Victoria grew closer, but didn’t reunite as he entered into a relationship with Phyllis and she threw herself into work. When Brash & Sassy hit hard times, Victoria nearly accepted a loan from Ben Hochman (who she was also sleeping with for fun), but after learning he was working for Jack, she refused. Then, Billy cut corners which made some of their cosmetics dangerous, so Victoria fired him. Eventually, she let Newman buy Brash & Sassy, on the condition that it was a merger, and she becomes Victor’s heir apparent at the company. This led to numerous clashes with her sister, Abby, some quite ugly.
J.T. returned to Genoa City and rekindled his relationship with Victoria, but she was unaware that he was secretly working with Paul to investigate Newman. Meanwhile, she also clashed with Ashley when Victor brought her into the company and vowed to destroy her. But it was J.T.’s abusive behavior that turned everything upside down. When he attacked Victoria again, Nikki hit him in the head with a fireplace poker and killed him! Victoria joined her mother as well as Sharon and Phyllis in covering up the crime, but eventually, the truth came out and the women all found themselves on trial (minus Phyllis, who had struck a deal with Christine). And despite Michael’s best efforts, the judge found them guilty and sentenced Victoria to 10 years in prison!
In the end, however, J.T. turned out to be alive and out for revenge, so the women were ultimately set free once he was apprehended. Victoria got back together with Billy, but turned down his marriage proposal because she just wanted them to be together with no pressure. She also supported Billy while he had a breakdown and developed an alternate personality, and stepped in to run Newman Enterprises when Victor faked his own death. But when Adam set her up for their father’s “murder,” she found herself arrested and Victor had to reveal he was still alive. When Victor returned to Newman, Victoria once again felt pushed aside and undervalued, and when she stood up to her father, he awarded her with the CEO chair at Newman Enterprises!
As Billy’s behavior worsened and he began spending more and more time at the dive bar with Amanda Sinclair, Victoria felt him slipping away and believed he was cheating on her. When Billy walked out on her she found support from her family, who insisted Billy wasn’t worth the trouble. But when Victoria was stabbed by Ripley Turner at the Newman Enterprises anniversary party, it was Billy’s arms she fell into! Rushed to the hospital, Nate was able to stabilize her, and she soon emerged from her medically-induced coma, but remained troubled.
Victoria wanted to get back to work at Newman and put her life back together, but that proved difficult as she found herself feeling overwhelmed and terrified. Sharon attempted to counsel her, but Victoria didn’t feel like herself anymore. After being rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Victoria was glad it was just angina and not a heart attack. When Billy tried to talk to her, she informed him that she wouldn’t be dragged down by him and they were truly over this time. Mustering her strength, Victoria decided it was time to return to work and start living her life again.
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