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'All My Children's' Palmer Cortlandt: His Wicked Ways

by Michael Maloney, posted Jan 25th 2010 4:00PM
James MitchellThe soap opera world lost another legend on Friday with the death of James Mitchell, who died in Los Angeles of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at the age of 89.

'All My Children' fans loved to hate Mitchell's character, Palmer Cortlandt, who had more schemes during his 31-year history in Pine Valley than Erica Kane has had husbands. Mitchell also received seven Daytime Emmy nominations for his work on the long-running soap, although, sadly he never won.

To honor the career of James Mitchell, here is a look back at five of his character's many dastardly deeds ...James MitchellThe soap opera world lost another legend on Friday with the death of James Mitchell, who died in Los Angeles of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at the age of 89.

'All My Children' fans loved to hate Mitchell's character, Palmer Cortlandt, who had more schemes during his 31-year history in Pine Valley than Erica Kane has had husbands. Mitchell also received seven Daytime Emmy nominations for his work on the long-running soap, although, sadly he never won.

To honor the career of James Mitchell, here is a look back at five of his character's many dastardly deeds:

1. There's no greater love than a mother's for her child, but Palmer's obsessive (and kinda creepy at times) need to control his daughter Nina was so powerful that he lied and told her that her mother was dead. In reality, Nina's mom Daisy (aka Monique) was alive and well and wanted a role in her daughter's life. When she got too close, Palmer chased after Daisy with an attack dog. We didn't know who Daisy should fear more -- the doberman or Palmer? (Then again, the dog had probably had his shots. Palmer? Maybe not.)

2. Palmer didn't need wild dogs to keep Nina from marrying her beloved Dr. Cliff Warner. Instead, he played mind games with his own flesh and blood by telling Nina that her diabetes was going to cause her to go blind -- in the hope that she would not want to be a burden to Cliff and break things off with him). Joan Crawford could have taken lessons on how to build a child's self-esteem from Palmer.

3. Like all smart business tycoons, Palmer had a "Plan B" in order to break up Nina and Cliff. He enlisted nurse Sybil Thorne to seduce the good doctor. With Cliff occupied, Nina would be free to spend all her time at home with Palmer. Sybil getting pregnant with Cliff's son Bobby was a bonus.



4. Unfortunately, Palmer never subscribed to the old "if you love someone, set them free" motto. He saw the perfect opportunity to win back ex-love Natalie Marlowe after she accidentally killed Silver Kane. Palmer manipulated Natalie's dependency on him by hiding Silver's corpse on his estate.

5. Palmer had to up his game when his karma attracted women just as diabolical as he was. Opportunists like Cynthia Preston and Vanessa Bennett zeroed in on Palmer and his bank accounts, but the electronics mogul always seemed to be one step ahead. A devastated Palmer tossed both women out on the street after their respective affairs came to light. This was part of Mitchell's brilliance -- he showed that Palmer wasn't all lies and manipulation. He had a heart, as witnessed most through his relationships with Daisy and Opal, and he wanted to be loved just like everyone else.

Sound off: Name your favorite Palmer Cortlandt moment!


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