|Catherine Hickland as Lindsay Rappaport|
|One Life to Live character|
|Portrayed by||Catherine Hickland|
|First appearance||May 14, 1998|
|Last appearance||January 6, 2012|
|Created by||Pam Long|
|Introduced by||Jill Farren Phelps|
Lindsay Rappaport (née Farrell; formerly Buchanan) is a fictional character from the American daytime drama One Life to Live. The role was originated and portrayed by Catherine Hickland, who debuted May 14, 1998 and played her continually through October 2008. Hickland briefly reprised the role in July 2009. Hickland returned to the role of Lindsay from January 4, 5, and 6, 2012 for the show's series finale. On ABC
Lindsay Rappaport is the perennial bridesmaid, but never the bride. Lindsay is born Lindsay Farrell off-screen to a stern and disapproving father, Dennis Farrell, who doted on her younger sister Melanie (or "Lanie") while shunning Lindsay. Even after Lindsay falls in love and marries hotshot lawyer Sam Rappaport (Kale Browne) and raises his two children, Lindsay is disappointed and angered when Sam's falls out of love with her and in love with Nora Hanen (Hillary B. Smith). A series of desperate affairs followed for Lindsay, including one with brother-in-law Colin MacIver, and the loveless marriage of Sam and Lindsay finally ended as their two children reached adulthood.
Lindsay arrives in fictional Llanview following ex-husband Sam, immediately sparking a rivalry with Nora Hanen. She soon befriends and marries Clint Buchanan (Clint Ritchie), but the marriage falls apart. Obsessed with the woman she blamed for ending her marriage, Lindsay engages in a vendetta against Nora, aiming to break up her then-marriage to Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods); this begins a feud which would last a decade. A business partnership, meanwhile, blossoms with Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser), and Lindsay's forges a friendship with R. J. Gannon (Timothy D. Stickney).
Sam and Lindsay's children, responsible Will (Jason-Shane Scott) and rebellious Jennifer (Jessica Morris), appear in 1998 and 2001, respectively. Will is Lindsay's dotting son, but Jen is rebellious; Jen ends up turning to prospective stepmother Nora as a maternal figure for advice on life and relationships, to the displeasure of her real mother.
Lindsay's relationship with R. J. had eventually blossoms into a romance, and she helped him gain his custody of his granddaughter Jamie from her father Antonio Vega (Kamar de los Reyes) after the death of R. J.'s daughter and Jamie's mother, Keri Reynolds (Sherri Saum). Lindsay becomes attached to Jamie, but her relationship with R. J. ended in early 2007. Single again, Lindsay rededicates herself to a motherly relationship with Jen's best friend, Marcie Walsh McBain (Kathy Brier), her new husband Michael McBain (Nathaniel Marston), their adopted son "Tommy". At the same time, she busies herself with numerous children's charities and advocacy groups for single mothers, and showcases the work of artist Cristian Vega (David Fumero) work in her art gallery.
In August 2007, Lindsay was shocked to discover that she had won Llanview's famed "Woman of the Year" award for her good works. Ironically, it was at the first such awards ceremony honoring Nora years prior that Lindsay had purposefully revealed Sam and Nora's one night stand. After Nora presents the award, an emotional Lindsay tells the audience she could not accept the award, after-which John McBain (Michael Easton) arrests her for the murder of Dr. Spencer Truman (Paul Satterfield).
During Lindsay's arraignment for the murder, she gives an emotional account of the circumstances and events that led her to kill Spencer. Lindsay then collapses into catatonia. The judge ordered that she be remanded to St. Anne's psychiatric hospital for evaluation. Lindsay awakened from catatonia thanks to a hard slap from Dorian, and begins to make progress in her recovery. After learning of visits from several friends, such as Bo and R. J., Nora arranges to have criminal proceedings reconvened convinced that Lindsay feigned mental illness. On January 3, 2008, Lindsay is deemed "fit to stand trial," but also "determined to have been insane" at the time of the murder. With both Bo and R. J. offering to be her legal guardian, Lindsay is returned to St. Anne's sanitarium. A judge eventually remands Lindsay into Bo's guardianship.
After the release, Lindsay confides in R. J. that she had indeed faked a breakdown to avoid prosecution for Spencer's murder. R. J. writes Lindsay a letter thanking her for confiding in him. The letter gets mixed up with Nora's court filings, though, and the July 7, 2008 episode, Nora forces Lindsay to reveal her secret. Lindsay's attorney attempts to get her murder charges dropped on double jeopardy, but fails and she pleads guilty. She then asks former son-in-law Rex Balsom (John-Paul Lavoisier) to care for Bo in her absence. After some soul-searching, Bo visits Lindsay in jail on August 27, 2008. Bo visits Lindsay again in Statesville on the episodes aired July 30 and 31, 2009. Hickland appears again as Lindsay in Rex Balsom's vision on October 1, 2009.
During the Statesville Prison break of 2012, Lindsay breaks into Bo's apartment to warn him about the plan of Troy McIver (Ty Treadway) to kidnap Nora. Remember the last time Nora was kidnapped by McIver, Lindsay tells Bo that Nora is held up in the Buchanan lodge. Bo and Lindsay thrart McIver's plans, but not before Bo is shot. Nora thanks Lindsay for saving their lives and agree to a truce on their past misgivings. Bo and Nora promise Lindsay to do everything they can to get her paroled. Bo tells Lindsay to take Troy's car down the mountain and send up police officers and an ambulance. As Lindsay leaves, she has a smirk on her face and the audience is left wondering where Lindsay went. Cat Hickland stated she purposefully played that up moment ambiguously to leave story options open for the Prospect Park continuation of OLTL. In continuity on General Hospital, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) mentions that all of the Statesville escapees had been rounded up.
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