Angelique Bouchard Collins
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|Dark Shadows character|
|Portrayed by||Lara Parker|
|First appearance||22 November 1967|
|Last appearance||2 April 1971|
|Created by||Dan Curtis and Art Wallace|
|Aliases||Cassandra Blair Collins (1968); Angelique Rumson (1970); Valerie Collins (1840); Miranda DuVal (1692)|
Angelique Bouchard is a fictional character from the gothic horror-soap opera and film Dark Shadows, in which she is the main antagonist. She is primarily portrayed as a powerful witch driven by her vacillating love and hatred for Barnabas Collins.
In the original TV series, the character was portrayed by Lara Parker, and appeared within several storylines of the series which aired from June 1966 through April 1971. Angelique was originally introduced to explain how Barnabas Collins became a vampire, but she proved popular enough in her own right to make many return appearances. She is portrayed by English actress Lysette Anthony in the 1991 revival TV series, and French actress Eva Green in the 2012 feature film directed by Tim Burton.
Angelique was born in the 17th century in Martinique, in the West Indies. During her early teen years, Angelique traveled to America, where she became a faithful and loyal follower of a warlock named Judah Zachary. Judah took Angelique under his wing, and taught her the demonic arts of magic and witchcraft. One year later, both Angelique and Judah were captured by the Catholic Church. Fearing her fate of death, Angelique betrayed Judah by testifying against him, in exchange for her freedom.
After Judah’s persecution, Angelique returned home to Martinique where she became the handmaiden of Josette du Pres. In spite of his love for Josette, Angelique had a brief affair with Barnabas Collins when he visited Martinique. Barnabas returned to Collinsport, and when Angelique arrived with her mistress for Josette's wedding to Barnabas, she attempted to rekindle her romance with Barnabas. Overwhelmed with guilt, Barnabas refused her advances and declared his love only to Josette. Fueled by anger and animosity, Angelique was determined to win Barnabas’ love by casting a powerful spell which would cause Josette to fall in love with Jeremiah Collins, Barnabas’ uncle. After Josette eloped with Jeremiah, Angelique coerced Barnabas into marrying her. After the discovery of her practices in witchcraft, Barnabas supposedly murdered Angelique. Before her "death", Angelique cursed Barnabas as a species of the undead. After her surprising survival, Angelique was devastated about what she did to Barnabas, and tried to reverse her spell. Ultimately, Barnabas strangled Angelique to death upon rising as a vampire, although she makes several reappearances in 1795 as a ghost and again in 1796 to prevent the death of Victoria Winters.
During the early spring of 1968, Angelique reappeared as Cassandra Blair through the use of a painting she created in 1795, and became the second wife of Roger Collins. Although surprised by Roger’s unexpected elopement, most of the Collins Family welcomed Cassandra with open arms. After his introduction to Cassandra, Barnabas immediately recognized his former estranged wife. Although she denied being Angelique, Barnabas never doubted her true identify.
When introduced to Julia Hoffman, Angelique quickly became jealous of the closeness of the relationship between Julia and Barnabas. She attempted to inflict harm on Julia, but when Barnabas found out he became furious at Angelique and threatened to see to her own demise if she ever to tried to harm Julia again. In her mind, Angelique saw Julia as a romantic rival for Barnabas's affections.
Cassandra and Roger quickly grew apart. Roger began to realize the mistake he made in marrying Cassandra, who was having an affair with Tony Peterson. After the discovery of Cassandra’s intimacy with Tony, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard threatened to tell Roger. Fearing the consequences of her actions, Cassandra placed a spell on Elizabeth, making her appear to be dead. Believing Angelique's deception, the Collins family unknowingly buried Elizabeth alive.
After her marriage to Sky Rumson in 1970, Angelique desired to live a normal life by renouncing her powers. After her encounter with Julia Hoffman, Angelique claimed to no longer have interest in the Collins family. However, after the rise of the Leviathans, Barnabas sought her assistance and begged her for help. Though hesitant to practice magic again, Angelique reluctantly agreed.
After the discovery of her husband’s allegiance to the Leviathans, Angelique abandoned Sky and took refuge in Collinsport at The Old House.
In her final storyline (1841), Angelique becomes benevolent and is instrumental in saving the life of Quentin Collins. She is fatally shot doing so. As she lies mortally wounded, Barnabas decides he does love her and declares his love just as she dies. This ironically makes her the final victim of her curse upon Barnabas, that anyone he loves him should die.
Powers and abilities
- Conjuration: The act of calling, commanding, or summoning an object, person, or spirit already in existence.
- Elemental Control: The act of controlling and manipulating the elements of air, earth, fire, water, and weather.
- Mediumship: The act of calling, communicating, and invoking the spirits of the dead.
- Necromancy: The act of controlling and manipulating the spirits of the dead.
- Spell Casting: The act of changing and controlling events by magical influence.
- Telekinesis: The act of controlling and manipulating the movements of objects and persons.
- Voodoo: The act of controlling and manipulating the body, mind, and soul of another person through the use of dolls and wax figures.
In 1998, Lara Parker made her writing debut with the novel Angelique's Descent, which focused on Angelique’s early years in Martinique and her love affair with Barnabas Collins. This year, Lara released Wolf Moon Rising and noted there will be a fourth book in the series that focuses on Victoria Winters coming back to Collinwood after her return to 1795.
In the 2012 Dark Shadows film, Angelique is portrayed by French actress Eva Green, and in a single brief childhood scene establishing Angelique's early interest in Barnabas, by Raffey Cassidy. The young Angelique is shown with her mother, a servant, departing from Liverpool for "the New World" along with the Collins family. The childhood scene also helps establish Angelique's class-based resentment of the Collins clan's privileges, for she is cautioned by her mother that she must accept her place, servitude, in the social structure of the time and not even gaze freely upon her "betters," including Barnabas.