Cassie Layne Winslow
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|Cassie Layne Winslow|
|Nicole Forester as Cassie Layne Winslow|
|Guiding Light character|
|Portrayed by||Laura Wright (1997–2005)
Nicole Forester (2005–08)
|First appearance||August 1, 1997|
|Last appearance||November 4, 2008|
|Created by||James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten|
|Introduced by||Paul Rauch|
|Laura Wright as Cassie Layne Winslow|
Cassandra Elizabeth "Cassie" Winslow (née Rae; born Danni Shayne; formerly Layne and Lewis) is a fictional character on the CBS Daytime soap opera Guiding Light. She was first portrayed by Laura Wright for an eight-year period, followed by Nicole Forester until the character's departure in 2008.
Cassie was originally named Danni Shayne. The character of Cassie was originated by actress Laura Wright in the summer of 1997, barring a two-day leave in January 2001 (in which Laura Stepp filled in), and until her final appearance in November 2005. Soon afterward, Nicole Forester took over the role of Cassie in November 2005, continuing to play her through November 2008. Cassie has two children, a daughter named Tammy and a son named R.J.
Cassie gave birth to a stillborn child before adopting Will with Richard. She would then discover that she was still fertile when Edmund and herself suffered a surprise miscarriage in 2004. In early 2005, Cassie and Edmund decided to try to conceive via IVF but when she found out about Edmund's involvement in the Jessup barnfire that would have taken R.J.'s life had he not been rescued (by Dinah Marler, ironically), she separated from Edmund and found solace in her friendship with Jeffrey O'Neill. Desperate for a child with Cassie, Edmund took up on Dinah's offer to be a surrogate mother for Edmund. When Cassie found out about Edmund's deception, she kicked him out of the house and took in her archrival instead. She would later break up with Edmund officially when she saw him holding a shovel over Dinah's head when the latter faked an abduction (with help from Jonathan Randall).
In June 2005, Dinah revealed to Jonathan that she'd miscarried Edmund and Cassie's child weeks ago when he found an apparatus in her room that she had been using to simulate pregnancy. Cassie had no idea that Dinah was no longer with child, though the latter had revealed this to Edmund, who convinced her to continue the charade. In a stunning plot twist, Edmund hatched a plan to dupe both Cassie and Michelle Bauer by stealing Michelle Bauer's baby, passing it off to Cassie as their baby, and telling Cassie that Dinah, whom he had locked up, had run off after giving birth. After the death of her daughter Tammy in 2007 and her marriage and then divorce from ex-brother-in-law Josh Lewis resulting from her brief and disastrous affair with Cyrus Foley and her adopted troubled son Will being sent away to reform school, Cassie moved to Hawaii with her son RJ to start a new life near the end of 2008.
Cassie has been married 5 different times. Her first husband was Rob Layne whom Cassie divorced a year after her arrival in Springfield, in 1998. After the murder of her fiance Hart Jessup, Cassie married Prince Richard Winslow in 2000 on a strictly business arrangement. It would be agreed that Cassie would give the San Cristoballian Republic a legitimate heir to the throne in exchange for Prince Richard aiding her in her financial troubles. However after it was discovered that Rob Layne hadn't signed divorce papers, her marriage to Prince Richard was ruled invalid. After Cassie successfully divorced Rob, she remarried Prince Richard whom she remained with until his death 2 years later. Cassie would later married Prince Richard's brother Ambassador Edmund Winslow from December 2004 to November 2005 and to her former brother-n-law, Joshua Lewis. Cassie is currently living in Hawaii with her son R.J. living off her own income from the salvage of the Beacon Hotel.
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