COUPLE: Snapper Foster & Chris Brooks
SHOW: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Snapper: William Gray Espy, David Hasselhoff
Chris: Trish Stewart, Lynne Topping
When Y&R premiered in 1973, Chris, one of the four Brooks sisters, was a college student who worked for her father's newspaper. Snapper was working and putting himself through med school when they started dating. Snapper, the eldest of the three foster children, worked hard to support himself and his family. Chris's father, Stuart, didn't approve of the way Snapper was too busy for his daughter continually disappointing her. A long-string of complications ensued including Snapper sleeping with Sally McGuire (Lee Crawford), which resulted in a child, Chuckie. Nine years later, Snapper took a job in London and Chris soon followed. She returned in 1984 for Victor and Nikki's wedding. Snapper returned two times in the past decade, first played by Espy (2003) then Hasselhoff (2010).
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS spawned a number of popular couples in the 1970s and 1980s including Snapper and Chris. The Brooks and Foster families were the original core of Y&R and this pairing was at the center of much of the drama. Seeing Chris and Snapper on the cover of magazines was common and the popularity of the couple, along with the excellent writing of William J. Bell, helped elevate Y&R in the ratings.
The role of Snapper launched the career Hasselhoff, who went on to become an international celebrity. Espy became a daytime superstar and later signed a big contract to come to ANOTHER WORLD. Chris was Trish Stewart's first major television role. (Note: Topping passed away last year at age 61).
- Snapper (Espy) & Chris (Stewart) get married 1974
- Snapper (Espy) tells Chris (Stewart) and her sisters about their mother's cancer
- Snapper (Hasselhoff) & Chris (Topping) say goodbye to Chuckie
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