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Gloria Abbott Bardwell
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Judith Chapman as Gloria Abbott Bardwell
The Young and the Restless
Portrayed by Joan Van Ark (2004-2005)
Judith Chapman (2005-)
Current status Present, Recurring
Duration 2004-
First appearance April 6, 2004
Introduced by Kay Alden
Full name Gloria Simmons Abbott Bardwell
Nickname(s) Gloworm (by River)
Honeybunny (by Jeffrey)
Alias(es) Clarissa
Gender Female
Born February 26, 1947
Age 71
Occupation Interim CEO of JCV
Residence Genoa City, Wisconsin
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Joan Van Ark as Gloria Abbott Bardwell
Spouses River Baldwin (1957-1975)
Tom Fisher (1976-2004)
John Abbott (2004-2006)
William Bardwell (2007)
Jeffrey Bardwell (2008, 2008-2009, 2012-2016)
Romances Alistair Wallingford
Angelo Veneziano
Jack Abbott
Children Michael Baldwin
Kevin Fisher
Chelsea Newman (stepdaughter)
Grandchildren Fenmore Baldwin
Connor Newman (stepgrandson)
Bella Fisher
Miles Fisher
Other relatives Adam Newman (step)
Lauren Fenmore Baldwin (daughter in-law)

Gloria Abbott Bardwell (née Simmons, previously Baldwin and Fisher) is a fictional character on The Young and the Restless, currently portrayed by Judith Chapman.

Her first air date was on October 20, 2020. On January 5, 2021 it was announced that Chapman will once again return to The Young And The Restless.


Gloria had two sons: Michael Baldwin with River Baldwin, and Kevin Fisher with Tom Fisher. She has three granddchildren: Fenmore Baldwin by her son Michael, and Bella Fisher and Miles Fisher by her son Kevin.

Gloria's Arrival, John and His Death

Gloria first appeared in order to help her youngest son Kevin. She married John Abbott, but hid her sons' identities from him because John hated them, particularly Kevin because he tried to kill his granddaughter, Colleen Carlton. When John found out, he was angry, until Kevin saved his life. Tom, Kevin's father, came to town to tell Gloria that their divorce was never finalized and threatened to tell John if she didn't do what he said. She gave him money and tried to set him up with John's daughter, Ashley Abbott.

John found out and killed Tom. He was immediately arrested. Ashley and Jack Abbott hated Gloria because they blamed her for their father being imprisoned. Gloria decided to gain their respect. At Jabot Cosmetics, she tainted a cream, planned to discover it and be a hero, but Jack sent samples of the product out before she could stop him. The cream hurt many people, including John's young granddaughter, Abby Carlton-Newman. While in prison, Jack tricked John into writing a will that gave Gloria nothing.

Soon after, John suffered a stroke that killed him. Katherine Chancellor and Jill Abbott Fenmore give Gloria a job at Jabot. Gloria started dating William Bardwell, who had recently inherited a fortune. They married and William learned about the cream. He suffered a stroke. Gloria decided to turn herself in about the cream so William wouldn't stress so much. William realized that he loved her, but died anyway. Gloria inherited his money: 50 million dollars.

Jeffrey, Alistair and Gloria's Vindication

William's identical twin brother, Jeffrey Bardwell, came to town. He presented Gloria with a face cream, and Gloria thought he knew her secret. They played a cat-and-mouse game for a while, but ended up falling in love. The truth came out about John's will and Gloria was given half of the Abbott estate. She and Jeffery moved in and were forced to share the house with Jack and Sharon Newman Abbott. Sharon and Jack hired a man named Alistair Wallingford who came to town.

Alistair looked exactly like John. The plan was to scare Gloria, but Gloria found out and decided to sue. Jack decided to do the right thing and gave the house to her. But Gloria, influenced by Jana Hawkes Fisher' talk of karma, gave it back. Michael's father, River, came back into their lives. River needed Gloria to testify so he didn't go to jail. Jeffery became jealous so he told Gloria if she testified he would reveal her secret about the cream. Gloria testified and was later arrested.

Gloria was later released when it was realized that no one was killed by the cream. She and Jeffery reconciled.

Recent Developments

In 2010, Jeffery saw that Gloria was sick of being treated like a second hand citizen and bought Indigo for her. They renamed it Gloworm. In November, Gloria called Michael to see if he had seen Kevin only to be informed that her ne'er-do-well son was in the pokey. Jeffrey was freaked out when Gloria told him Kevin was in the slammer charged with being a bookie. In 2012, Gloworm was burned down by an arsonist hired by Adam Newman.

In 2016, Gloria returned to Genoa City for Christmas, surprising her family by popping out of a box. She explained that she had divorced her husband Jeffrey Bardwell and left him in a race track in France. After Gloria learns her daughter-in-law Lauren Fenmore Baldwin is experiencing financial difficulties and seeking an investor to save her company Fenmore's, she secretly makes a deal with Jack Abbott to sabotage Lauren to help Jack gain control. When Jack reneges on their agreement, Gloria calls him to the Rooftop Bar for drinks. Jack does shots with Gloria and gets very drunk. They return to a hotel room and have sex. Jack is horrified the next morning and Gloria promises to keep their sex a secret in exchange for a job at Jabot Cosmetics.

In 2017, Gloria continues to work with Jack and continues to manipulate him and the people around him as she attempts to get back some of her old power.

Gloria finally resurfaced in August 2021 after not appearing for quite a while. She convinced Lauren to make her the interim CEO of JCV since Sally had been fired from the position.