The handsome “Orry Main” (back left) grows up on his family’s plantation “Mont Royal” in rural South Carolina. While attending the military academy at West Point, he meets the Yankee “George Hazard” from Pennsylvania.
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The family of “George Hazard” (back left) owns a steel-factory. They are a clan of true conservative Northerners and despite their different backgrounds, “George” becomes best friends with “Orry Main” from the South.
The classmates from West Point fight side by side in the Mexican-American war. Then, during the American Civil War they had been on opposite sides of the battlefield - due to their heritage and different worldviews.
“Madeline”, a beautiful Southern belle madly falls in love with “Orry Main”. However, ultimately she marries the cruel and sadistic “Justin LaMotte”, played by David Carradine, who torments her constantly.
“Justin” cannot keep "Orry" and "Madeline" apart for long, though: “Madeline” and “Orry” begin having an affair and “Orry” ends up killing “Justin” in a fight, so the once star-crossed lovers can finally be together.
It’s been over 30 years since “North and South” was first on TV, and Lesley-Anne Down is still gorgeous. After playing “Madeline Fabray", she still worked as an actress. It wasn’t until 2003, however, when she was cast as “Jacky Marone” in “The Bold and the Beautiful” and got her next big gig. Lesley-Anne Down was part of the successful soap opera for almost 10 years. The actress is married for the third time and has two children.
The Irish-born “Constance Flynn” is “George Hazard’s” great love. Over the course of the series, they get married and have a daughter together. And they did not only fall in love in front of the camera. Wendy Kilbourne and James Read became a couple on set and eventually married in real life, too. They are still together and have two kids. Wendy stopped acting midway through the 1990's, whilst James still acts today.
“Ashton” is the very beautiful but also very mean sister of “Orry”. She has many suitors but ends up marrying “James Huntoon”, an ambitious but easily manipulated South Carolina politician. “Ashton” himself is not the faithful type and has a couple of affairs, for example with “Elkanah Bent", “Orry’s” nemesis.
Terri Garber played a couple of small roles in "North and South". From 2005 until 2010 she also played in "As The World Turns". On another note, the actress today also sells self-made soaps and is married in her third marriage with her former high-school teacher. Together the two have got a daughter.
“Virgilia Hazard” hates slavery and actively tries to abolish it. Against the will of her family and to stage a protest, she marries the slave “Garrison Grady”. After her husband is shot during a riot, she is taken to an asylum. Later, she kills her lover “Samuel Green” and dies at the gallows after being sentenced to be hanged. Check out the next picture to see what Kirstie Alley looks like today…