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|Another World character|
|Portrayed by||Linda Dano|
|First appearance||January 6, 1983|
|Last appearance||June 25, 1999|
|Created by||Robert Soderberg and Dorothy Ann Purser|
|Other names||Fanny Grady (adoptive name. Edward Gerard changed her to Felicia Gallant)|
|Occupation||Romance novelist |
Former talk show host (Jam Session, Breakfast with Felicia)
Former co-owner of Wallingford's
Former owner of TOPS
Former owner of Gallant's, a spa
Former owner of North Woods Inn
|Residence||Love Towers, Bay City|
Felicia Gallant (born Fanny Grady; formerly St. George, Lindquist, Blake, Castiglione, and Radzinsky) is a fictional character on the NBC soap opera Another World, played by Linda Dano. The character debuted on the episode broadcast January 6, 1983 and stayed until the show's final episode on June 25, 1999. Dano won a Daytime Emmy award for her portrayal of Felicia in 1993.
Actress Anna Stuart auditioned for this part but lost the role to Dano. Producers were so impressed by her audition that they created for her the role of Donna Love.
The character of Felicia is a professional romance novelist who lives in Bay City. The character was modeled after real-life romance novelist Jacqueline Susann. Head-writer Robert Soderbergh had been friends with Susann before her death in the 1970s and regularly spoke at length with Linda Dano about Susann's passion for living.
Her character was brought on to bring an element of glamour to the ailing show. She was widely embraced by the fans immediately and became a beloved character on the soap until its end in 1999.
Felicia was introduced as a glamorous romance novelist, who wrote for Cory Publishing (Dano wrote romance novels that were published under her character's name). Felicia had affairs with Cass Winthrop, who later became her best friend, and Carl Hutchins. She married Louis St. George, Zane Lindquist, Mitch Blake, Lucas Castigliano, and Sergei Radzinsky. Lucas was, out of all the men she married, the true love of her life. When Lucas came to town, he came looking for the daughter he knew was alive, but she thought was stillborn (Felicia and Lucas had been lovers when they were teenagers). By extension, he revealed that she was born Fanny Grady and from a tempestuous family background. Since Felicia had taken a long time to build up this wealthy and glamorous reputation, it embarrassed her horribly to have other people know her business.
Over time, her marriage to Mitch hit a rough patch, and each cheated on the other. They both accepted their marriage was over and they had a mutual, amicable divorce. With Lucas back in her life, she fell for him all over again, and they were married. However, Lucas was shot by a jealous ex-lover and died in hospital weeks later, leaving Felicia heartbroken.
However, by this time, Felicia had found her daughter, the nasty vixen Lorna Devon (Alicia Coppola). Felicia and Lorna were adversaries for a very long time, but eventually warmed to a mother-daughter relationship. Lorna also made enemies with Felicia's adopted daughter, Jenna; one memorable stunt involved Lorna replacing Jenna's boyfriend's music video with a never-before-seen porn tape with Jenna as the centerpiece, mere seconds before it was to air live on Felicia's talk show.
A later romantic interest for Felicia was John Hudson, as he was having troubles with his marriage to wife Sharlene. Her final marriage was to Sergei Radzinsky, whom she married to keep him in the country; he was receiving treatments for aplastic anemia as a result of exposure to Chernobyl.
Novels by Felicia Gallant
Felicia has published at least 53 books, all gothic romance, except as noted.