Jul. 08, 1992
60 min.
FOX TV Network

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Laura Leighton (born July 24, 1968) is an American actress. She is best known for the role of Sydney ...

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Sydney Andrews, played by Laura Leighton, is a fictional character from the 1990s prime time drama Melrose Place and the 2009 series of the same name.

Initially presented as an easy-going young woman with questionable priorities, Sydney would gradually be developed into one of the series' most multi-faceted characters. During her introduction in the first and second seasons, Sydney is prone to making rash and irresponsible decisions, such as getting involved with her sister's ex, and having a brush with the law. Though she often appears carefree and detached, she displays a sensitive side while enduring the consequences of her actions, and while sharing comforting moments with others. Later during the second season, Sydney reveals an opportunistic nature during her first blackmail scheme. Following this story, the character gained a reputation for having a playful and uninhibited side.

Throughout a good deal of the third season, Sydney is more often presented as a victim, being subjected to much mistreatment and stress. While continuing to endure, she finds support from unexpected people, and later attempts to help others during a chaotic event. The series' fourth season returns the character to her clever and scheming ways, though she is presented more as comedic relief during a period of rather serious storylines, and continues to display a compassionate side. In the fifth season, following years of romantic interests, she appears to finally obtain a fulfilling but short-lived relationship. Afterward, she is seemingly killed after being hit by a car, but reappears alive in the spin-off. In the latter series, Sydney is revealed to have a daughter named Violet.

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Sydney comes to Los Angeles in the first season to visit her older sister Jane Mancini (Josie Bissett) in the Melrose Place apartment complex. Sydney has a turbulent relationship with Jane's husband Michael (Thomas Calabro), and ultimately returns to Chicago after she and Jane are unable to work out their differences.

After Jane leaves Michael over his adultery with Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross), Sydney returns in the second season, living with Jane and offering her comfort. Soon Sydney displays a secret attraction toward Michael. Desperate for money, she temporarily becomes a prostitute and begins an affair with Michael, who she later blackmails into marriage when it appears that he had been responsible for Kimberly's death via drunk driving. The marriage with Michael is successful until Kimberly reappears alive. Forced out of her home, Sydney is beaten up by a gang of prostitutes and soon begins plotting Michael's death with Kimberly. Sydney backs out of the plan, and Kimberly successfully frames Jane for Michael's attempted murder.

In the third season, Jane is cleared of the charges but Sydney is arrested. She is later freed due to questions about her sanity and sent to a mental institution. Upon her release, Sydney returns to the apartment complex and works as a waitress and bookkeeper for fellow tenant Jake Hanson (Grant Show), with the two eventually beginning a brief romantic relationship. Later, Sydney discovers that an unstable Kimberly is planning to set off explosions in the apartment complex, and she and Michael manage to warn the other tenants in time.

In season four, Sydney recovers from the explosion and reunites with Michael, but he quickly pursues an affair with Jane and ends his relationship with Sydney. Sydney's scheming nature begins to reemerge, though she continues to display a compassionate side. Sydney eventually moves on to dating Bobby Parezi (John Enos III), Amanda Woodward's (Heather Locklear) former brother-in-law, who later dies. After Jane is raped by her ex-boyfriend Richard Hart (Patrick Muldoon), Jane plans to shoot him in vengeance. Sydney tries to dissuade Jane from going through with it; confronting Richard, Jane hesitates to pull the trigger, doing so only when he advances on her. She then realizes that Sydney had secretly removed the bullets from her gun. As Richard moves in on Jane, Sydney knocks him unconscious with a shovel. Thinking he is dead, they bury him; he crawls out of his grave to stalk them, and is later killed in a shoot-out with the police. Jane moves back to Chicago, the sisters acknowledging their bond and parting on good terms.

Sydney finds happiness with Craig Field (David Charvet). The on-and-off couple are married in the fifth season finale, but at the wedding reception Sydney is hit by a car, forcibly driven by her one-time business partner Samantha Reilly (Brooke Langton). Sydney is seemingly killed, and a distraught Craig later commits suicide.

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Season 7, Episode 30
05x05 - Un-Janed Melody
Season 5, Episode 05
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Season 2, Episode 13
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Season 7, Episode 15
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