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Holly Roberts; John Reilly and Bibi Besch as the Duncan-Mortimer family of The Hamptons.

THE HAMPTONS was a 1983 prime time soap opera that aired on the ABC television network. It was produced by Gloria Monty of General Hospital fame, and it focused on the feuding and rivalry between two powerful and wealthy families who lived in The Hamptons, an extremely affluent area of Eastern Long Island.

The Chadways comprise of Peter (Michael Goodwin); his wife, Lee (Leigh Taylor-Young) and their son, Brian (Craig Sheffer). The Duncan-Mortimers comprise of Adrienne Duncan-Mortimer (Bibi Besch); her daughter, Tracy Duncan (Holly Roberts) and Adrienne's second husband, Jay Mortimer (John Reilly).

The two families jointly own Duncan-Chadway; a high-end New York City Department Store chain, similar to what Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor would be.

According to the show, the Chadways are the more noble family, while the Duncan-Mortimers, Jay most notably, were the more devious bunch. Evidence of this was Jay's committing incest with his step-daughter, Tracy, while the alcoholic Adrienne, was blissfully unaware of it.

The final episodes show the trial of Peter Chadway for the murder of Penny Drake (Jada Rowland of The Secret Storm and The Doctors fame); businessman Nick Atwater (Daniel Pilon, later Max Dubujak of Ryan's Hope) insinuating himself into Lee's life while Peter was on trial; and the aforementioned incestuous relationship of Jay and Tracy which was finally discovered by Adrienne, who was truly infuriated with Jay.

After the 1983 season, the show was never seen again.

Primary Cast

  • MICHAEL GOODWIN -- Peter Chadway
  • LEIGH TAYLOR-YOUNG -- Lee Chadway
  • CRAIG SHEFFER -- Brian Chadway
  • BIBI BESCH -- Adrienne Duncan-Mortimer
  • JOHN REILLY -- Jay Mortimer
  • HOLLY ROBERTS --Tracy Duncan
  • KATE DEZINA -- Cheryl Ashcroft
  • DANIEL PILON -- Nick Atwater
  • JADA ROWLAND -- Penny Drake
  • FRAN CARLON -- Ada (the Duncan-Mortimer's housekeeper)
  • PHILIP CASNOFF -- David Landau
  • KATHLEEN BUSE -- Karen Harper

Cast

Much of the cast were long time soap opera veterans. Pre-eminent among those were John Reilly (the devious Jay Mortimer) who was famous for his role of Dr. Dan Stewart on As the World Turns and would later join the cast of General Hospital as former con-man later detective Sean Donely; Bibi Besch (Jay's alcoholic wife, Adrienne Duncan-Mortimer) had roles on Love is a Many Splendored Thing (as the second Iris Donnelly Garrison) as well as Somerset as Eve Lawrence; Jada Rowland (Penny Drake) was famous for her role of nurse Carolee Simpson Aldrich on the long running series, The Doctors and her earlier role of heroine Amy Ames on the long-running The Secret Storm; Kate Dezina (Cheryl Ashcroft) was featured on All My Children as former prostitute Estelle LaTour Tuggle; and Leigh Taylor-Young was known for her role as Rachel Welles on the prime-time drama, Peyton Place and would later play Elaine Stevens on the NBC soap, Sunset Beach and the role of Katherine Barrett Crane on the soap Passions.

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