Originally due to die of kidney disease, the writers had Belle's daughter Robin drown in an accident. Amy was allowed to age in real time and did not undergo rapid aging as used on many younger soap opera characters.
However, Ellen was killed in the first episode and subsequent stories focused on Peter raising his three children.
Lending a hand, however dubiously, was Peter's sister-in-law, also his former fiancée, Pauline Rysdale (Haila Stoddard).
Other actresses in the role included Beverly Lunsford, June Carter (not the well-known musical performer and actress), and Lynne Adams.
Actress/writer Stephanie Braxton and actor Dan Hamilton met while performing on the show. Lori March, who played Valerie Hill Ames for many years, later played the wife of her real-life husband Alexander Scourby.
After four years of mediocre success, CBS tried broadcasting the show a half-hour later beginning on September 4, 1972, as part of a major overhaul of its daytime line-up.
This time, the show managed to run about even with ABC's One Life to Live.CBS eventually decided to put in stronger competition at the pm ( Central) slot, and returned the show to its mid-1960s pm time on March 26, 1973.Although The Secret Storm faced reruns on ABC and the serial Somerset on NBC when it returned to pm, its audience share and ratings failed to keep it afloat in an increasingly cost-competitive network daytime scene.CBS first placed The Secret Storm at pm ( Central) as a 15-minute program, sandwiched between The Brighter Day and On Your Account (later The Edge of Night).Beginning in 1957, it competed against ABC's American Bandstand, then a weekday show (the latter show was reduced to Saturdays-only in 1963).His second and most successful remarriage was to divorcee Valerie Hill (Lori March), to whom he was married until his death.