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She was portrayed by Constance McCashin.
Brief Character HistoryEdit
Laura was adopted as a baby by Hank Murphy and his wife. She as the youngest of a very crowded household. She lived in Pittsburgh. By age 12, tragedy struck - Laura's adoptive mother passed away, her older brothers and sisters were already married and Laura became the mistress of the house. She cooked, cleaned and did her father's laundry. Laura enjoyed doing these because she was the kind of person who wanted to feel needed by others. Laura eventually gradauted high school and did some post-high school studies. She became involvedwith Chip Todson - a PR. She then met law student Richard Avery. Laura was very much attracted to Richard, because Richard gave her the attention she was always seeking. The two were later married, and Laura had to quite school and work hard to support Richard through law school. Once again, it was okay with Laura because Richard needed her help. Richard graduated from law school and became a lawyer. Later, Laura bore him a son, Jason Avery, and the family moved to a cul-de-sac in a small southern California town known as Knots Landing.
Richard and Laura's marriage began to deteriorate. Richard did not need Laura any more, he was a lawyer making the big bucks and to him Laura was just another housewife. Richard occasionally cheated on Laura and as time went by his treatment towards his wife kept getting worse. The lack of attention, she was receiving from Richard caused Laura to go out and meet other guys which later caused her to be raped. Laura wanted to work but Richard would not allow her to do so. Nevertheless, after being bailed by Laura's father, Richard had no choice to let Laura work.
Laura passed her real estate certification and began working as a real estate agent. Meanwhile, Richard lost his job which made things worse. Laura meanwhile began getting close to her boss Scooter Warren who treated her much better than Richard. Richard did not care; he was too busy being involved with schemy neighbor Abby Cunningham. Eventually, Laura and Richard worked on their marital problems for a while. They became close again, when their dear friend Sid Fairgate was killed in an automobile accident.
Laura's real estate career kept rising while Richard's law career kept failing. Problems began agan in the Averys' marriage. Laura thought that it would be best to leave Richard and divorce him. She was later shocked when she fond out that she was pregnant with Richard's baby. Laura, however, chose to leave him with Jason. This caused Richard to suffer a mental breakdown and later be institutionalized.
Richard was released from the mental institution and he and Laura began working on their marital problems for the zillionth time. Laura later gave birth to a baby boy, Daniel Avery. The new addition to the Avery household gave hope to Richard and he later opened a restaurant which he called Daniel. Things were finally working out for Laura and Richard, a new baby, a new business, life was getting better. However, when Laura foun out that Richard and Abby were doing deals together, she realized that their marriage was over. Richard, too, realized that their marriage was over and chose to disappear.
After Richard's disappearance, Laura became a single mother. Thanks to Gary, she was able to work as a real estate consultant for his company Gary Ewing Enterprises. Laura had to work with Abby which was something she hated. Nevertheless, she managed to find out all of Abby's dirty dealings and blackmailed Abby that she'll keepher mouth shut in exchange for a piece of Abby's newest development project known as Lotus Point. Later, Laura's confidence in herself continued to get better, she managed to get the eyes of Senate Candidate Gregory Sumner, who was at the time, sleeping with Abby. They began a passionate affair.
Greg won the senate election and began working as a senator and asked Laura to join his team. Laura gladly accepted the offer. Later, Greg resigned the senate to take over his father's empire - Galveston Industries. Things got worse in their relationship when Ruth, Greg's mother, schemed with Abby to break the couple up. They succeeded, and Laura, after having been in one unsuccessful marriage chose to break up with Greg for good and move on with her life.
Eventualy, Laura realized Greg loved and was no Richard, she needed him and he needed her. The couple were later married in a Las Vegas chapel. Later, Laura became a littled concerned with Greg's relationship with his so-called long-lost half brother Peter Hollister. Laura never trusted the guy.
Laura's marriage to Greg had its ups and downs. However, it was threatend, when Laura announced to Greg that she was pregnant. Greg did not wanted to be a father and practically suggested that she has an abortion. Laura who was a fighter now, not a victim anymore, chose to keep the baby, with or without Greg's approval. Greg finally gave in and the coupl welcomed their daughter, Margaret Sumner.
Things kept looking good for the Sumner couple, until Laura was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. Laura chose to die aong in a clinic rather than have Greg at her side, this upset Greg a bit. In the fall of 1987, Laura passed away. After her death, she felt a videotape for her friends.
Laura will always be remembered by her friends in Knots Landing, her legacy continues to live through her children especially daughter Meg.