Nina Webster

Nina Webster
Nina Webster
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Tricia Cast McGrath as Nina Webster (2011)
The Young and the Restless
Portrayed by Tricia Cast
Duration 1986–2001, 2008, 2009–present
First appearance June 26, 1986
Created by William J. Bell
Gender Female
Occupation Novelist
Former Researcher for Cole Howard
Residence Chancellor Estate
(12 Foothill Road)
Genoa City, Wisconsin

Nina Webster (formerly Chancellor, Kimble and McNeil) is a fictional character on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, played by American actress Tricia Cast from June 26, 1986 to February 1, 2001, as a guest star from November 14 to November 20, 2008, and returned on a regular basis on May 1, 2009.[1] Cast won a Daytime Emmy Award for playing Nina in 1992.[2] Cast was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2011.


Character history

Pregnancies and Marriages

After getting pregnant by a man named Jimmy, Nina Webster ran away from her home and spent nights on a park bench in Genoa City, before being found by Christine "Cricket" Blair (Lauralee Bell), with whom she soon became friends. She found a place to live at Rose DeVille's (Darlene Conley) home, but had no idea that Rose was involved in a black-market baby snatching. When Nina gave birth to a son, she decided to keep the baby, but Rose made sure that this would not happen as she stole the baby and sold him to a couple (the Lansings) who were desperate to adopt, afterwards Rose left town. Nina decided to get her life back on track, but things did not seem to work out well. She set her sights on Christine's boyfriend Phillip Chancellor III (Thom Bierdz), seduced him and ended up pregnant. In a rare act of unity, Phillip's mother Jill Foster Abbott (then Brenda Dickson, later Jess Walton) and her sworn enemy Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) attempted to pay Nina to leave town, but she refused.

Nina gave birth to Phillip Chancellor IV and married Phillip, and not even Jill and Kay were able to separate the happy couple until Phillip died in a car crash. She ended up with a considerable fortune and was an easy target for David Kimble (Michael Corbett), a con man. Upon learning the truth, Nina shot David and went to court, but her crime was deemed as self defense. She then started an affair with Ryan McNeil (Scott Reeves), who was at the time married to Victoria Newman (then played by (Heather Tom) now played by (Amelia Heinle). Their relationship continued after Ryan's marriage ended, and Nina ended up pregnant, once again, leaving Ryan with no choice but to marry her. Nina miscarried, and it was then when Ryan realized how much he loved her.

While married to Ryan, Nina fell for Cole Howard (J. Eddie Peck), who incidentally was another one of Victoria's husbands. Cole didn't want to be with her and Nina was having hard time dealing with the truth, and her marriage to Ryan suffered because of it. Ryan fell for another woman, Tricia Dennison (Sabryn Genet), and the feelings of rejection from both Cole and Ryan caused her to try to commit suicide. She survived, and then evolved into a more mature woman. She continued writing novels and started a friendship with Tomas Del Cerro (Francesco Quinn), a world-famous novelist. Their friendship soon evolved into a relationship. Nina's career took an upswing when Tomas' publisher became interested in her novel. He decided to propose to Nina and she reluctantly accepted, but their relationship was soon over when Tomas was unable to get over Nina's success as a writer. Nina left town, and Tomas simply disappeared as well.

Return and Shocking Family Discoveries

In November 2008, Nina returned to Genoa City to attend Kay's funeral (even though it turned out to be the funeral of her look-alike, Marge Cotrooke). She revealed that she is still writing screenplays, although without much success and that her son Phillip was now enlisted in the army and currently serving in Iraq. She returned again in May 2009 for the wedding of the now living Katherine to Murphy. She discovered a drunken Jill at the door as she was arriving; she promptly tied Jill up and hid her in the hall closet so she would not disturb the ceremony. However, she wasn't in there for long, as Lauren Fenmore Baldwin (Tracey E. Bregman) heard her muffled screams and let her out. After the wedding, she decided to approach Katherine with the idea of turning her recently published autobiography into a film; Katherine complied under the condition that her collaborator, Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz), co-write the movie with her.

During Nina's long absence from Genoa City, it was revealed that Jill's son Phillip was switched shortly after birth by a jealous and alcoholic Katherine. Jill's true son was taken to Australia, returning years later under the name Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard). The other child, whose true identity remains unknown, was raised as Phillip and eventually married Nina. Following his wedding to Lily Winters (Christel Khalil), Cane recalled his telephone conversation two years earlier with a man regarding their joint plan to con Jill and Katherine. The man bore a startling resemblance to the supposedly deceased Phillip. On June 10, 2009, it was revealed that Phillip was indeed the other gentleman, and that he is still very much alive; unknown to everyone except Cane.

In mid-June 2009, Nina shocks Katherine and Jill by stating that she is having Phillip's body exhumed for a DNA test. Nina explains that her motives are not only to find out if the body is actually that of Phillip III, but to obtain some crucial information about her son. Nina informs Jill and Katherine that before being deployed in Iraq, her son had a physical and explained some symptoms he had been experiencing. The doctor asked if he had any family history of the deadly Huntington's disease. She explains that she isn't a carrier of the disease, and if his father wasn't either then Little Phillip will be in the clear. Jill informs Nina that the results from the previous exhumation of Phillip's body should still be on file at the lab. After a couple phone calls, it was revealed that the lab had no record of such a test, and the doctor who signed the autopsy report that Jill had on file had previously falsified forensic evidence and had disappeared. Nina goes back to her original plan of having Phillip's body exhumed. After much pleading from both Jill and Katherine, Nina agrees to only have the test for little Phillip done rather than both DNA tests. Once Katherine and Jill leave the room however, Nina calls the lab back to order the second DNA test. On June 16th, 2009 the body of Phillip Chancellor III is exhumed, and Nina requests to be present for the opening of the casket. When it is discovered that Phillip's casket is empty (and, in fact, never contained a corpse at all), Nina demands that Cane submit to DNA testing to verify his status as Jill's biological son. Upon learning of Nina's demand, Cane retrieves a vial of Phillip's blood from a carousel of vials he has kept in a hidden freezer for use in DNA testing. Thus, it becomes apparent that Phillip -- not Cane -- is Jill's biological son.[3] On July 2nd, Nina confronts Cane accusing him of tampering with the blood samples for the DNA test. The blood had been frozen at one time, and the lab detected that. Cane finally breaks down and admits that he is not Phillip, but has no time to explain why he did what he did as Phillip Chancellor III makes his grand return to Genoa City. Nina stands there with a horrified look upon her face as she sees her husband who was long thought deceased standing before her very much alive.

When Phillip appears, Nina is shocked, and Kay collapses. Phillip briefly disappears, but is found at the hospital by Murphy, who keeps him there until Nina arrives. They all go into Katherine's hospital room to have a sort of 'family meeting'. Nina listens as Phillip explains why he and Cane deceived everyone. When Phillip explains that he didn't want to live the life he had 20 years earlier. Nina is furious at Phillip for faking his death, leaving her to raise their son by herself. Phillip claims that he faked his own death for his son, stating that he wouldn't have been a good father while suicidal and alcoholic. Nina, Jill, and Katherine are left in a very familiar place, in a hospital room, filled with pain, rage and guilt, exactly the same as 20 years earlier when Phillip 'died'.

Nina then demands more answers from Phillip, who is reluctant to reveal anything else. He follows her when she storms out of the Chancellor Mansion, and tells her to ask him anything she wants. After their conversation, Phillip reveals that he always wanted to call Nina and their son but didn't know what to say. He then reveals that he is gay, and has always been. Nina seems to support him, and even convinces him to tell Jill and Katherine.

On July 15th, Nina and Phillip's son Phillip Chancellor IV (John Driscoll) returns from his tour of duty in Iraq. Nina is thrilled, and is anxious for her son -- who now prefers the nickname "Chance" -- to meet his father. Nina and Phillip get in an argument about how to handle explaining what happened to Chance, Nina wants to get it out in the open while Phillip wants her to back off and let Chance be.

In July 2010, Nina's long lost son stolen by Rose DeVille is revealed to be FBI Agent Ronan Malloy (Jeff Branson), who is working undercover as a Genoa City police detective.

Nina is now dating Paul Williams. Christine Blair returns to Genoa City fully aware about the truth about Nina's son. She hates keeping this from her ,but refuses to tell her because it could deeply compromise the investigation she is doing. Later Christine and Ronan work together to get Nina's other son Chance arrested for possession of drugs. They do this because they feel he is a hindrance to the investigation. To everyone's surprise, Chance pleads guilty to crime and is sent to jail. While in jail, Nina morns over the birthday of her missing son while Chance is almost killed. This makes Christine hurt even more over the fact she knows about Nina's missing son ,but still does not tell her. Chance is later released on bail.

At the premiere Gloria Fisher and Jeffrey Bardwell's nightclub, Gloworm (previously Neil Winters' nightclub.) Paul and Christine shared a kiss in remembrance of it being their wedding anniversary. Nina sees this and disappointingly walks away. The next day, when Nina sees the two of them she believes that the two of them had sex. The two of them deeply apologizes to her and assure her that they did not have sex. However Paul and Christine later kiss again almost to the point of them having sex. Christine abruptly leaves with Paul chasing after her. Nina sees Paul chasing after Christine. Paul confess to Nina about this. Nina is so mad slaps Paul on his face and storm out the room. Paul later begs for Nina's forgiveness and reminds her that he is still committed to finding her son.

On September 9th, her son, Chance, was accidentally shot dead by his half-brother Ronan Malloy. Chance was pronounced dead at the scene.

On September 17, it is revealed that Chance faked his death. Only his parents, Nina & Phillip, as well as Ronan and Christine, must know that he is still "alive" as he is going into the witness protection program. Following this Nina dumped Paul. On January 10, 2011 Nina found out from Paul's daughter Heather Stevens (Eden Riegel) that Ronan has a disease that he got from his father, Jimmy. on January 12 Nina told Ronan she was donating part of her liver to him and was not taking no for an answer. Unfortunately, Nina was found not to be a match for Ronan. On February 4, 2011 Chance returned to the Chancellor mansion and the people who got to see him were Nina and Jill (Jess Walton). Now seven people know Chance is alive: Nina, Paul, Cricket, Jill, Katherine (Jeanne Cooper), Ronan, Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson), and Murphy.

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