Jennifer Landon as Heather Stevens
|The Young and the Restless character|
|Last appearance||November 2, 2012|
|Created by||William J. Bell|
Vail Bloom as Heather Stevens
Heather Stevens is a fictional character from the American CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Created by William J. Bell, she was born onscreen in 1979 as the daughter of Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) and April Stevens (Cindy Eilbacher). She was first portrayed by a series of child actors for her first three-year period, followed by Conci Nelson as a teenager. In 2007, the character was reintroduced by former head writer Lynn Marie Latham as an adult, portrayed by Vail Bloom. At first, she is unaware that she is Paul's daughter, but they develop a father-daughter relationship. She becomes district attorney and later a high-profile lawyer.
Upon her return, she develops a romance with villain Adam Newman (Chris Engen), which received fan support. In 2010, Bloom announced her exit from the soap opera in order to pursue other career opportunities. The role was then recast with Eden Riegel, who accepted the role after declining to return to her iconic role as Bianca Montgomery on ABC's All My Children. Riegel would portray the character for a year until she was let go, with her last appearance in November 2011. Seven months later, Jennifer Landon became the second recast for the role, but within five months of joining the cast, she too was let go due to budgetary cuts. She made her last appearance on November 2, 2012.
The role was first portrayed by twin infants Dana and Lauren Schankman in 1979, followed by Claire and Elizabeth Schoene until 1982. In 1993, the character returned as a teenager portrayed by Conci Nelson, daughter of former head writer Kay Alden. Nelson departed after a year in 1994.
In 2007, it was announced that Bloom, a newcomer to daytime television, would join the cast as an adult version of the character. She made her first appearance on July 13. In 2009, speculation arose that Bloom was preparing to vacate the role, but all rumors were denied. In March 2010, Bloom announced her exit from the soap opera to pursue other career opportunities, as confirmed in a statement from her publicist. Riegel was then announced to be replacing Bloom in the role, after declining to return to her iconic role on All My Children. Bloom made her final appearance on April 6, 2010, with Riegel taking over on April 20.
In September 2011, after returning onscreen from a maternity leave, it was announced that Riegel would be leaving the role and exited on November 4. Seven months later, Landon became the second recast for the role and made her debut on June 7, 2012. However, after less than five months with The Young and the Restless, it was announced that Landon was to exit reportedly due to budgetary cuts. Onscreen, the actress departed without a proper exit on November 2, 2012.
Heather is the daughter of Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) and his first wife, April Stevens (Cindy Eilbacher). As a child, she believes that she is actually the daughter of April's second husband, Robert Lynch. April and Heather re-enter Paul's life at the time when Robert was physically and mentally abusive towards April, and April eventually kills him in self-defense. She is put on trial and convicted of manslaughter, but allowed to fulfill her community service back in New York, so she leaves Genoa City with Heather without letting her know that Paul is her father.
Heather returned to Genoa City in July 2007 to assist district attorney William Bardwell (Ted Shackelford) after he suffered a stroke. However, William dies shortly after and she is assigned all his cases, including the case against Jana Hawkes (Emily O'Brien), Phyllis Newman (Michelle Stafford), and one against opposing counsel Michael Baldwin's (Christian LeBlanc) brother Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart) and his friends, Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei) and Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz). Hoping to establish a connection with his daughter, Paul offers to assist her and decides to tell Heather the truth after much support from Maggie Sullivan, even though April doesn't want him to. Just before Paul tells her the truth, Heather learns of his involvement in the case against Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown), but she decides to forgive him and they slowly start to establish a connection as father and daughter. Heather is later surprised to learn that her old college professor, Adrian Korbel (Eyal Podell), is in town. She is then assigned to prosecute tycoon Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) for the murder of Ji Min Kim, who constantly berates her for going up against him, even after the case is dropped and subsequently loses her job by Victor's orders. Heather contemplates leaving town, but is convinced by her father to remain in Genoa City. She gets a job at Jabot Cosmetics and starts a relationship with Victor's son, Adam Newman (Chris Engen).
When Ji Min's murderer is revealed and tied to the case of other murders, Paul lets Heather take full credit for finding the information, resulting in her getting her job back as the assistant district attorney (ADA). After becoming increasingly exhausted from work, Heather learned that she had Epstein-Barr disease. After becoming engaged to Adam, Heather becomes deeply hurt to learn that he had lied to her about forging his father's diary, who was presumed dead. She arrests him and decides to continue trying to find out if Victor actually killed a man named Walter Palin. After helping Adam get released into his father's custody due his becoming blind, Heather admits to Adam that she still loved him even though he asked her to stay away from him, knowing that he could do her harm. With Ashley Abbott's (Eileen Davidson) persuasion, Victor allows Heather free visits to Adam's room at the ranch. After learning Adam's supposed love affair with his lawyer, Rafe Torres (Yani Gellman), Heather ends their relationship. In an attempt to hurt Adam for his betrayal, Heather sleeps with Restless Style editor Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) in attempt to write an expose on him.
After a bomb is found in her vehicle, Heather is assigned a bodyguard, who turns out to be Chance Chancellor (John Driscoll). Chance's fiancée, Chloe Mitchell (Elizabeth Hendrickson), becomes increasingly concerned with Heather's intentions concerning him, and during a night of heated passions, Heather and Chance give into temptations and sleep together. After Chance is presumed dead and shot by his half-brother Ronan Malloy (Jeff Branson), Heather begins a relationship with him, causing another rift between her and Chloe, who also had relationships with Malloy. Heather is soon granted the position as the temporary district attorney of Genoa City. As she campaigns to hold the position, she receives an offer from Victor to reopen the case against Adam in exchange for campaign funding. Suspicious, Billy publishes an article in Restless Style exposing Heather's false honesty, which in turn makes her drop her campaign for district attorney. She later becomes the general prosecutor in the case against Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) for murder. After reconnecting with her half-brother, Ricky Williams (Peter Porte), and believing she could trust him, he takes pictures of her kissing Adam, who was a key suspect in the case against Sharon. He publishes them in Restless Style and ruins her reputation, causing her to leave Genoa City and return to New York City.
Seven months later in June 2012, Heather returns to town at the request of Michael, who offers her the position as assistant district attorney. Originally skeptical about the job, she later accepts it and moves back to Genoa City. In her new position, Heather takes on the case of the disappearance of Daisy Carter (Yvonne Zima) and suspects her husband, Daniel Romalotti, as the culprit, but later exonerates him. She still holds a grudge against Ricky, though when her father Paul becomes increasingly concerned that Ricky is dangerous, she thinks nothing of it. Heather becomes frustrated with her father when he shoots and subsequently kills Ricky, who was threatening to hurt Eden Baldwin (Jessica Heap). After an ongoing flirtation with Daniel, the pair begin an affair, despite his marriage to the missing Daisy. Heather later becomes frustrated when Ronan takes the lead in the case against her father. She spends the majority of her time looking for a way to exonerate Paul, while still maintaining her relationship with Daniel. When Daisy is found at a psychiatric hospital, Heather bows out of any romance with Daniel, but when Daisy disappears yet again, they reunite. In November 2012, Heather and Paul's ex-wife, Christine Blair (Lauralee Bell), travel to Los Angeles to find evidence to prove Paul's innocence. Heather is later have said to met up with Daniel in Chicago, and when he briefly returns, he announces that he is moving to Savannah, Georgia and Heather is moving with him. Both Heather and Daniel also lived in Europe, before returning to Savannah.
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