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PAPER DOLLS - THE SERIES (ABC 1984)

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Paper Dolls is a short-lived 1984 primetime soap opera that focused on the New York fashion industry, the show centered around a top modeling agency.

 

Racine (Morgan Fairchild) is the owner of the prestigious Manhattan modeling agency and is frequently at odds with Grant Harper (Lloyd Bridges), who helms the board of Harper Cosmetics, a division of his family's corporation, Harper World Wide Incorporated. Grant is well-meaning but he can be relentless and stubborn in getting his own way with business and his family. Playing both sides is Grant's son Wesley (Dack Rambo) who thirsts for more power in the family business and allies himself romantically with Racine. (Wesley also resents his father, whom he blames for the accidental death of his mother, Grant's first wife, Virginia.) Grant was then married to his second wife, Marjorie (Nancy Olson).

 

Wesley's half-sister, Blair Harper Fenton (Mimi Rogers) (Marjorie was her mother) is a supermodel, in fact, she was Racine's first client when she opened her modeling agency and she is also considered a good friend of Racine's). Blair fears her career is on the downslide now that she is 30 years old and pregnant. Despite health problems, Blair is determined to carry her baby to full term.  Blair's husband is David Fenton (Richard Beymer) a sportswear designer (he owned Tempus Sportswear). David and Wesley are at odds because of the former marrying his half-sister. Unfortunately, because David is too proud to accept financial assistance from his in-laws, the Harpers, his business partner has to resort to accepting money from loan sharks to fund his upcoming collection, which puts David and Blair in serious danger.

 

Racine is also at odds with Taryn Blake (Nicollette Sheridan), the top teen model in the business who is proving to be a liability due to unprofessional behavior, problems with drugs and alcohol, and a sensationalized romance with pop star John Waite (playing himself for several episodes). To keep Taryn and her demanding mother/manager Julia (Brenda Vaccaro) in line, Racine decides to promote a new fresh teen face, a young woman named Laurie Caswell (Terry Farrell).
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