Elizabeth Collins Stoddard

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard

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Elizabeth Collins Stoddard was a fictional character played by Joan Bennett on the cult television ABC-TV Gothic horror soap opera Dark Shadows from 1966-1971. Elizabeth is the matriarch of the Collins family, the longtime owners of a cannery and shipping company in a small Maine fishing town.

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In the story, her husband Paul Stoddard disappeared 18 years before the arrival of governess Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke), at the show's beginning. Elizabeth had not left the ancient family mansion, Collinwood, since her husband went missing. Paul Stoddard would reappear in 1969 and die for real in 1970.

Elizabeth's daughter is spoiled rich girl Carolyn Stoddard (Nancy Barrett). Her younger brother is the snobbish Roger Collins (Louis Edmonds). The father of both Elizabeth and Roger was Jamison Collins. Roger has a darkly mischievous (some would say diabolical) son named David Collins (David Henesy), of whom Elizabeth is quite fond. Despite her imperious and reserved exterior, Elizabeth is a deeply passionate woman who harbors several dark secrets.

Many of the 1966-67 storylines centered on the character of Victoria Winters and her relationship with Elizabeth (as well as the greater Collins family as a whole). It was implied throughout the story that Vicki may have even been a blood relative of the family, but this plotline was never fully realized. The character of Vicki was eventually written out of the show in 1969, by having her fall in love with a young...
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