A ferocious FIRECRACKER
Bonnie certainly has the street-smarts and criminal know-how to pull off her latest con job as her hair-raising past proves.
From 2000 to 2002, Bonnie was only an insignificant and recurring presence in her daughter Mimi’s (Farah Fath) life. Originally called Maureen (and played briefly by Robin Riker and Kathy Connell), Bonnie was seemingly a pleasant and level-headed but struggling solo mother who was trying to make ends meet after her husband David had abandoned the family years earlier. At one point, Bonnie and her kids were homeless and became the recipients of a community project that built them a new home.
In 2003, having ditched her rst name and assumed her middle name while also adopting a drastic and markedly different personality, Bonnie became a regular xture on the Salem scene. Deciding that gambling on the lottery and pulling con jobs was the fastest way to becoming rich, Bonnie’s jealousy of other Salem families exasperated Mimi. Bonnie also set her sights on Mickey Horton (then-John Clarke) who had recently been widowed when his wife Maggie was supposedly murdered by the Salem stalker serial killer. Winning Mickey over with her happy-go-lucky outlook and charms, Bonnie also took control of Maggie’s beloved restaurant, turning it into a country and western bar in the process.
Eventually, Mickey (then-John Ingle) was so besotted with Bonnie that he proposed marriage. To her delight, they quickly married in an outrageous ceremony that resembled a hoedown but the wedding night came to a crashing halt when a very much alive Maggie appeared in the living room. Her death had been faked and she had been held prisoner on a remote island before escaping.
Unwilling to give up her domestic bliss, Bonnie staked her claimed on Mickey when it was revealed that she was his legal wife as Maggie had been declared legally dead. She, Maggie and Mickey all hilariously lived together at the Horton house with the women constantly trying to outdo each other in seducing Mickey. Bonnie’s wicked side soon reared when she manipulated a confused Mimi into aborting her baby, convincing her that having children too young would ruin her life. Bonnie’s methods backfired badly when Mimi developed a posttermination infection that left her infertile.
The year 2005 brought more heartache for a devastated Bonnie when Mickey ultimately chose Maggie over her, resulting in their divorce.
To make amends for indirectly causing her daughter’s childlessness, Bonnie interfered to x an in-vitro fertilisation glitch that had embroiled Mimi and her husband Shawn (Jason Cook & Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) and her husband Philip (Kyle Brandt). With a surrogate mother accidentally carrying Mimi and Philip’s fertilised embryo, Bonnie secretly paid the surrogate to keep the baby that she’d been asked to abort.
Refocusing on her own life, Bonnie became attracted to Roman but put the pursuit on hold when a man’s skeleton was uncovered in the church grounds. Aware that the corpse belonged to her dead husband David, Bonnie tried to prevent the identification of the body but the truth emerged. Confessing that Mimi had accidentally killed her father during an argument when she was a child, Bonnie convinced Mimi to let her take the rap for the crime. Mimi agreed and left town while Bonnie went to prison for several years. TVS
HAPPY DAYS Mickey (John Clarke) and Maggie (Suzanne Rogers).