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.
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 were on opposite sides of the battlefield - due to their heritage and different worldviews.
Patrick Swayze has been a highly successful actor.
Since North & South, James Read has gone onto become a very successful actor starring in many television series and films including Legally Blonde, American Dreams, Charmed, Wildfire, and Days of Our Lives. He also married co-star Wendy Kilbourne in 1988 and they have two children.
“Madeline”, a beautiful Southern belle, falls madly in love with “Orry Main”. However, ultimately she marries the cruel and sadistic “Justin LaMotte”, played by David Carradine, who torments her constantly.
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 continued to work as an actress. It wasn’t until 2003, when she was cast as “Jacky Marone” in The Bold and the Beautiful that she 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.
“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.
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 starred in As The World Turns. On another note, the actress sells self-made soaps today and is married in her third marriage with her former high-school teacher. Together, they have 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…
Kristy Alley is a highly accomplished actress these days. She starred in Cheers from 1987 to 1993, Veronica's Closet from 1997 to 2000, Fat Actress, Kristie and most recently Scream Queens in 2016.