COUPLE: Holden Snyder & Lily Walsh
SHOW: AS THE WORLD TURNS
Holden: Jon Hensley
Lily: Martha Byrne, Heather Rattray, Noelle Beck
YEARS: 1985-1995, 1997-2010
Lily met Holden when he began working as the stable boy at the Walsh estate. She was an immediately attracted to the brooding Snyder and soon became close with his entire family, including his older sister, Iva (Lisa Brown). Over the next year and a half it was slowly revealed that Iva was Lily's biological mother, and then later that Iva was adopted (so Holden and Lily weren't actually related). In a dramatic scene at the Walsh stables, Iva revealed the truth to Lily when she thought her daughter was in danger from Rod (William Fichtner). Lily fled to Wyoming and Holden followed.
Holden and Lily bonded in Wyoming and admitted their love for each other. But their happiness was short-lived when Lily learned Holden knew the truth of her adoption long before she did. She turned to her best friend, Dusty (Brian Bloom) and lost her virginity while Holden married a pregnant Emily (Melanie Smith). Fast forward three years and Holden and Lily were married. He had divorced Emily, and Lily had married Derek (Thomas Gibson), who was killed. The theme of their story over the next 20 years was "find my way back" as no matter complication came their way (Holden's brain, Damian Grimaldi, Lily's twin, etc) they could never stay away from each other for long. When the series ended in 2010, Holden and Lily weren't married but on good terms knowing they would always be in each other's lives forever.
Holden and Lily were instantly popular with AS THE WORLD TURNS fans, though there was a group who were torn between Holden and her best friend, Dusty. Holden's edge added a much-needed sexiness to the show and viewers were drawn into the complicated Snyder storyline through the eyes of Lily, who saw them as a kinder, gentler alternative to life with her mother, Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard).
As the years went on, and even when the writing became convoluted and worked against the couple, the chemistry between Hensley and Byrne remained irresistible.
Over the years, Hensley and Byrne received 11 Emmy nominations (Byrne won twice) and 12 Soap Opera Digest Award nominations between them. In 2000 they were nominated as Favorite Couple.
- Lily meets Holden at the stables (1985)
- Lily learns Iva is her mother (1987)
- Lily and Holden's 1998 wedding
- "Find My Way Back" - Lily remembers (2005)
SoapClassics released The Story of Lily and Holden on DVD earlier this year.
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