Soap Operas and AIDS: From Tragedies to Triumph
Jessica Blair Marries John Abbott on The Young and the Restless, 1988
Teen model Cricket Blair (Lauralee Bell) finally got a family in the form of her mother Jessica. Jessica came to town with a secret, she had AIDS, and wanted desperately to reconnect with her daughter before dying. While in Genoa City, Jessica was romanced by and eventually married divorced cosmetics mogul John Abbott (Jerry Douglas). Even though Jessica hid the fact she was dying from John early on, he still married her, only to soon after allow her a divorce to marry her first love, Cricket's biological father Jim Grainger, played by future Seinfeld scene stealer John O'Hurley.