Laura Webber was the insolent teenage daughter of Rick and Leslie Webber. Insolent like she murdered her much-older boyfriend and forced her mother to take the rap while she fled to New York City and got amnesia. But Scotty Baldwin went to fetch Laura and bring her home and this was a good thing because Scotty Baldwin was a stable law student. They got married. Laura immediately rewarded Scotty’s stability by getting a job in the Campus Disco and falling in love with the disco’s manager Luke Spencer.
Luke first came to town at the request of his sister Bobbi who was madly in love with Scotty and wanted him all to herself. Luke and Bobbi tried many schemes to break up the Baldwin newlyweds – including killing Laura with a car. Which didn’t work and lucky thing because Luke began to fall in love with Laura.
But Luke had bigger problems – like the fact that he was running the Campus Disco for the mob who were constantly on his ass to make a hit. This killing thing sort of distracted Luke and one night after closing he sat at the bar and cried.
Laura sat with Luke and comforted him. Luke realized if he was going to die a sad mobster he wanted nothing more than to dance one dance with this sweet blonde lassie. That and to maybe rape her.
The disco floor began to pulse and suddenly from a distance the Firehouse Siren of Herb Albert’s Rise.
But Laura didn’t really mind that Luke raped her. Which must have confused the three billion teenage girls and Bossy who raced from their 9th grade classrooms every day in order to be situated in front of their 20” Magnavox TVs by 3:00pm sharp. Because Laura never told the police who raped her, and mere weeks later Luke and Laura went on the lam to escape the mobsters who were after Luke because he stole the Black Book which contained a coded list of all mobsters. This list was the key to Luke’s freedom – all Luke and Laura needed was a little time to break the book’s code. And to roll around in hay and eat pie in Midwestern diners while wearing whacky disguises.
And who knew? They cracked the code – and with the mob off his back Luke and Laura were free to marry. But not before Luke rebuffed Laura due to the fact that when they returned with the Black Book to Port Charles Laura was all, “Luke who? I’m still Mrs. Scotty Baldwin.” And so for the remainder of that year Laura had to prove her worthiness to Luke – which she did by stowing away on a ship that held the Ice Princess which was the world’s largest uncut diamond – and like most diamonds it also contained a secret formula that could alter the climates of the world! Other miscellaneous stowaways on that particular ship included Luke himself – and his new best friend Robert Scorpio.
And who knew? The three of them managed to get the diamond and freeze the bad guys with the climate-altering machine. They returned to Port Charles as heroes. And finally Luke and Laura were free to marry, which they did on November 16, 1981 – also known as the highest rated hour in soap opera history.
And they lived happily ever after. If you call death, destruction, disease, disappearance, unwanted babies, more amnesia, psychotic episodes, more death, faked deaths, divorce, and regained memory happy.
Then last Friday Laura asked Luke to marry her yet again – a ceremony to be held on Thursday November 16, 2006 – on the 25th anniversary of their first wedding.