It Wasn’t Me, It Was My Split Personality: 10 Memorable Soap Opera DID Storylines
No. 2: Carrie Marler/Carrie Todd, Guiding Light
For Ross Marler (Jerry verDorn) Carrie Todd (Jane Elliot) was more than simply the girl who got away on Guiding Light circa 1981-82. When blackmailing, double dealers Diane Ballard and Joe Bradley both turned up dead, no one suspected fun-loving Spaulding Enterprises employee Carrie may be the culprit. That is until Carrie confessed by mailing half the population of Springfield suicide notes, copping to the crimes!
It turned out, Carrie's life had been ruined by Diane, who had caused Carrie's husband Todd to kill himself, following an accounting scheme gone wrong back in Milwaukee. Carrie was so distraught over losing the man she loved, she had to be institutionalized, while the baby she bore Todd was put up for adoption! If that wasn't enough to make someone push a wench into a fireplace, I don't know what was!
Swell gal that she was, Carrie accidentally offed Joe, while trying to convince him not to blackmail Ross and their friends. After Carrie vanished without a trace, Ross tracked her down and ultimately discovered the woman was suffering from three distinct split personalities. In 1982, all of the Carries headed for England for therapy, leaving and Springfield behind.