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Welcome back to our "Characters of the Past" column and today we are focusing on The Young and the Restless' Drucilla Winters. Drucilla back in the day was a very important character on the canvas and was portrayed by hardworking actress, Victoria Rowell who played the role from 1990 - 2000 and 2002 - 2007.
In the initial stages, Dru was illiterate but was taught to read by private detective Nathan Hastings (Nathan Purdee) who later became one of her love interests. Later down the road, Dru married Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John), her most significant and memorable pairing on the CBS daytime soap. Dru also became close friends with Neil's brother Malcolm Winters (Shemar Moore), who developed a crush on her. The two of them, while she was under the influence of cold medication, had sex. As a result, Dru ended up pregnant and the two decided not to uncover the child's paternity and keep their affair a secret. Dru later gave birth to a daughter, Lily (Christel Khalil) in 1995.
Unfortunately, Dru's marriage to Neil was heavily tested as Neil wanted a stay at home wife but Dru had a desire for an actual career. Dru' s stay in Genoa City brought about close friendships with persons such as; Sharon Newman (Sharon Case), Victor (Eric Braeden), Jack (Peter Bergman), Brad Carlton (ex-Don Diamont) and Ashley (Eileen Davidson). Dru also had an adversarial relationship with Phyllis who was being played by Michelle Stafford at the time.
Dru also had an affair with a man named Wesley Carter (Benjamin Watkins). She is now believed to be dead as a result of a tussle with Phyllis to get her cell phone which Phyllis wanted to use to expose Sharon's affair with Brad. Their tussle led to Sharon and Dru falling off a cliff which immediately sent Dru into the shallow waters below while those present rescued Sharon. Dru's body was never found but the only remains found at the time was her jacket and since then she has been presumed dead.
Dru is the adoptive mother of Devon (Bryton James), sister of Olivia (Tanya Lee Williams) and grandmother of Charlie (Noah Alexander Gerry) and Mattie (Lexie Stevenson). The character was also briefly played by Dawn McMillan and Kent Masters King. Do 'Y&R' fans think it's time that the show revisited this story and brought Drucilla Winters back for her husband and family?
To read more about the character go here: http://soapcentral.com/yr/whoswho/drucilla.php