Unlike many celebrity appearances on a soap opera, Betty White’s stint on “The Bold and the Beautiful” wasn’t a short one. Instead, she was cast in the pivotal role of Ann Douglas, the mother of the show’s legendary matriarch, Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery). For years, fans knew that Stephanie had come to Los Angeles from Chicago, leaving her family behind as if they never existed. However, in 2006, fans finally learned why.
When Stephanie remembered during a therapy session that she had been abused by her father as a child, she traveled back home and confronted her mother, Ann, played by White. Ann was a woman who cared about appearances and didn’t want to face what happened as she told her daughter it just wasn’t true. A frustrated Stephanie returned to LA, but when Eric Forrester invited Ann for the holidays, she had to admit that she knew about the abuse but feared her husband and never said anything (via Soaps In Depth).