|The Bold and the Beautiful character|
|Portrayed by||Schae Harrison|
|Duration||1989–2006, 2007, 2014|
|First appearance||January 18, 1989|
|Last appearance||July 18, 2006|
|Created by||William J. Bell|
|Occupation||Former assistant to Sally Spectra|
Darla Forrester (née Einstein, formerly Dinkle) was a fictional character in the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, played by actress Schae Harrison from 1989 to July 18, 2006. Darla has made brief appearances as a ghost, from July 25–26, 2007 and again in March, April, and November, 2014.
Darla Einstein was born and raised in foster homes, and the amount of time she spent shuffling from one place to another had a permanent impact on how she viewed herself. Regardless of how hard she tried, she couldn't stop herself from worrying that she would always be found lacking in some way.
From the beginning of the show, she was always Sally Spectra's (Darlene Conley) faithful assistant, who she looked up to as her mother. Although she had a soft spot for fashion designer Clarke Garrison (Daniel McVicar), in the end, her loyalty was always to Sally. After a brief failed relationship with Bill Spencer (James Storm), Darla had little airtime for many years, until winding up in bed with Thorne Forrester (Winsor Harmon) one night in 2003 and getting pregnant.
A drunken Thorne didn't even realize what he was doing at the time, and Darla originally planned to have an abortion, but Thorne convinced her to give the child to him and his wife, Macy (Bobbie Eakes), who was also Darla's best friend. After Macy chose Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) over Thorne, Darla decided to keep the baby and raise it herself. Thorne, knowing he'd lost Macy, decided to lend a hand in raising his child. When the little girl was born, she was named Alexandria in honor of Macy Alexander, who had recently died as a result of an accident. Darla and Thorne had formed a romantic attachment, each realising that they had found the person they had searched their whole life for, and Darla happily accepted when Thorne proposed. The two were soon married.
In the fall of 2005, Sally put all her money in Thomas Forrester's designs which were competing against those of the Forresters in a fashion showdown. When Forrester Creations came out on top, Sally was devastated and knew that her company would soon face trouble. Shortly after, Sally gathered Darla, Clarke, Thorne, Thomas and her faithful Spectra employees at her office to announce she was going to shut down the company and as a retirement gift to herself, take a long cruise around the world. This of course was a ruse on Sally's part as she was really retiring due to health complications as she was now a wheelchair user. When Darla realised what was really going on with Sally, she invited Sally to come and live with her and Thorne at their beach house as Sally was like family to her.
Darla again saw little air time until mid-2006. One night, after Alexandria's fourth birthday party, Darla's niece Phoebe (MacKenzie Mauzy) got a flat tire and was stranded at the side of a busy road. She called her mother Taylor (Hunter Tylo), but the call was interrupted when a mysterious bearded man approached Phoebe and she screamed and dropped the phone. Worried about her daughter, a frantic Taylor, who had been drinking, got into her car and rushed to find Phoebe.
Darla occasionally appears to Aly in a cloud-like circle, and the two carry on conversations. Only Aly can see her, but she has the power to make her presence known to others, in subtle ways.
During a feature on what storylines were working and not working for the show, a Soap World reporter thought Darla's return to help out Aly was "a disaster". The reporter wondered why the producers brought back a popular character if they were not going to use all of her, saying "forcing a fun and effervescent actress like Schae Harrison to play a 'dismembered floating head' is stupid."
- "Soap opera report card: The Bold and the Beautiful". Soap World (260): 24. September 2014.