Lisa Miller Hughes Eldridge Shea Colman McColl Mitchell Grimaldi
(currently played by Eileen Fulton) by Loretta
Lisa Grimaldi first came to Oakdale in 1962 as college coed Lisa
Miller...straight into Bob Hughes' life. Not yet the flirtatious and
alluring millionairess we know today, Lisa was content to let others mix
and mingle and be content herself as Mrs. Bob Hughes. Soon that would
change. Lisa met Bob Hughes while attending college. Bob became
intrigued by Lisa and neglected his medical studies. The two fell in love
and eloped. Knowing his parents would disapprove of his marriage, Bob
tried to keep this from them, but Lisa was pregnant, so he was forced to
tell them. Since Bob was still in medical school, finances were low, so
Nancy and Chris invited the newlyweds to live with them in their Oakdale
home. This worked out well for Lisa, since she pretended to have a
difficult pregnancy, making Nancy tend to the house cleaning. Lisa and
Bob agreed and lived under the same room with their baby son Tom, Nancy,
Chris and Penny (Bob's sister).
Before long, it was not enough for Lisa to be The Doctor's Wife, and she
became bored. Bob's long hours in medical school and eventually, a
resident, left him little time for Lisa. Not getting the nurturing love
she hoped for in her marriage, Lisa looked for fulfillment elsewhere by
embarking on an affair with wealthy shoe manufacturer Bruce Elliot (the
brother of her college roommate). While wracked with guilt, Lisa met her
lover Bruce in out-of-the-way places, but sister-in-law Penny soon found
out about it.
Due to a car accident, Penny suffered from memory loss, but once she
regained her memory, she recalled a visit from Bruce Elliott's to Lisa and
spilled the beans to Bob. At first Bob wanted to keep the marriage
together, for the sake of their son, Tom, but Lisa told Bob she no longer
loved him. After she and Bob divorced, Bruce turned out not to be the
attentive husband Lisa had hoped for. Bruce was becoming increasingly
embarrassed by Lisa's lack of sophistication. Lisa was just a small-town
girl and that was not good enough for Bruce. Eventually Lisa lost Bruce,
and almost lost her son Tom, too, from a serious
illness. After that, Lisa promised to improve her mothering skills.
A determined Lisa felt that re-marrying Bob would help her achieve this.
While Nancy was a little skeptical of Lisa earlier, Lisa was now beginning
to grow on Nancy, so Nancy tried her best to bring Bob back to Lisa.
Unfortunately, Bob didn't share Nancy's feelings about Lisa.
After realizing that she would never have a life with Bob, Lisa began
feeding little Tom lies about his father Bob. Since Tom wanted nothing to
do with his father (thanks to Lisa's tall tales), he didn't mind being
taken away from Oakdale by his mother. No one knew where Lisa and Tom
were. Frustrated, Nancy blamed Bob for this and accused him of neglecting
Lisa and Tom. Eventually, Tom was returned to Oakdale, but without Lisa.
Eventually, Lisa returned to Oakdale. Everyone noticed that Lisa wasn't
the same person she was. Besides knowing how to dress fetchingly, Lisa
was now the epitome of sophistication and class. With her new look and style,
Lisa wanted a new man.
Dr. Michael Shea entered Lisa's life while he was still married to Claire
Lowell. Lisa soon found out she was carrying Michael's child. Lisa told
Michael she was pregnant with his child. Since Michael did not want to
end his marriage to Claire, Michael suggested that Lisa have an abortion.
Lisa refused and soon gave birth to Charles. After divorcing Claire,
Michael wanted to claim Charles as his son, so he proposed to Lisa, but she
wanted nothing to do with him by that time.
Meanwhile, Tom was having his own problems. Tom was still feeling the
scars from his mother abandoning him as a child, and it reflected in his
schoolwork. Surprisingly, Tom was admitted to college, but eventually he
flunked out and was drafted. When Tom returned to Oakdale after serving
time in Vietnam, he began his experimentation with drugs. Tom's habit
was taking over his life and he was even caught stealing a vial of drugs
from Michael's office (Tom was caught by Michael himself). Michael used
this opportunity to blackmail Lisa into marrying him, by forcing Tom to
sign a confession stating that he stole drugs from his office. Michael
presented this document to Lisa and offered to destroy it... but only if
she married him. Lisa married Michael but neglected her "wifely duties"
(Lisa persistently declined Michael's sexual advances). Michael then
used little Charles to get what he wanted from Lisa by threatening to take
the little boy away from her (if she continued to not join him in his bed
chambers). Afraid of losing Charles, Lisa fled to Mexico.
Tom was later charged for murdering the evil Michael. Lisa, upon her
return to Oakdale, learned that Tom was standing trial for Michael's
murder. Lisa arrived at the courthouse just in time to hear Tom confess
to this murder (Tom believed Lisa had murdered Michael because she had
suddenly fled Oakdale). Hearing Tom's confession, Lisa collapsed. Lisa
recovered but suffered from amnesia. Luckily, the truth was uncovered that
Michael's former girlfriend murdered him. Lisa regained her memory, in
addition to a loving relationship with son Tom.
Lisa then caught the eye of lawyer Grant Colman. Lisa married Grant,, but
their marriage got off to a shaky start due to interference from Grant's
ex-wife Joyce. Lisa and Grant failed to live happily ever after due to
Lisa's jealousy of other women. The couple separated, then reconciled ,but
Grant immediately went back to his old ways and neglected Lisa. Although
they still managed to remain friends, Grant and Lisa divorced.
Lisa then let the entrepreneur side of her take over by opening up the
Wade Book Store and later went into business with Barbara Ryan. Barbara
and Lisa opened Fashions Limited, an upscale chain of clothing stores.
Always a hopeless romantic, Lisa soon became Mrs. Whit McColl. Soon
after Lisa married, Lucinda Walsh tried to take over Whit's newspaper
business, which began Lisa's long feud with Lucinda. Whit had three grown
children from his former marriage and Lisa loved them (Diana, Brian and
teenager Kirk) as they were her own. Lisa remained married to Whit until
the mother of his illegitimate son, Dorothy Connors, murdered him.
The vivacious Lisa struggled with the loss of Whit. Luckily, Lisa fell in
love with Earl Mitchell, an undercover Interpol agent. Lisa was also
quite fond of Earl's sometimes-eccentric niece Shannon O'Hara. Lisa and
Earl married, but while investigating James Stenbeck, Earl was tragically
For Lisa, it felt like the end of the world when she lost Earl, but she
survived, and soon she loved again. This time it was with Maltese
businessman Eduardo Grimaldi. Lisa soon found herself single once again
when Eduardo was attacked and rushed to Memorial Hospital, where he died.
Lisa blamed John Dixon for Eduardo's death and sued him for malpractice.
The lawsuit almost destroyed John's career until it was discovered that
Eduardo was murdered. Angry that Lisa nearly destroyed his career, John
pretended to forgive her, romanced her into a marriage proposal, then
publicly dumped her at their "engagement" party.
Lisa eventually forgave John for humiliating her and learned to love
again. This time Lisa fell for Martin Chedwyn. While Martin wined and
dined Lisa, she discovered that he was using her to transfer his assets
out of Hong Kong until the government re-established itself. Lisa was
shocked to uncover this fact. When Lisa approached Martin about this, he
held Lisa hostage on a yacht and forced her into marriage with him. John
Dixon came to Lisa's rescue and the two of them resumed their friendship.
Eventually Lisa's marriage to Martin was annulled.
Always a risk-taker, Lisa bought a newspaper business, which published The
Argus newspaper. Lisa's lawyer son Tom navigated a career shift and went
to work for this newspaper, which thrilled his mother. No longer finding
the newspaper business a challenge, Tom explained to Lisa that he wanted
to go back to practicing law (Lisa was actually relieved to finally sell
Lisa has had her ups and downs in love, but in business she is wildly
In addition to owning the prestigious Lakeview Towers hotel and
Lisa financially helped out Isaac Jenkins to save his Java Underground
lounge by becoming a co-owner in it (Lisa bought out Craig Montgomery's
share). After Lisa became business partners with Isaac, she said goodbye
to her longtime business partner Barbara Ryan (Barbara was forced to end
her partnership due to her enormous legal bills). Knowing that Lisa
needed another partner, Jack Snyder convinced Lisa to take his fiancée,
fashion designer Carly Tenney, on as a partner (Lisa was not a fan of hers). Due to interference from Craig Montgomery, Carly's contract
with Lisa was broken so Carly could work for Craig's Monte Carlo.
Currently Lisa is single - but always looking.
Page updated 12/23/10
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