Raul Guittierez, Billy Abbott, Mackenzie Browning, J.T. Hellstrom, Rianna Miner, and Brittany Hodges were friends as they attended Walnut Grove Academy. When we first met Brittany she was dating J.T. She came from a rich family, her father being a banker. But her parents were busy with their own lives and careers, so she spent more time away from home, than not.
Snobby rich girl Brittany saw her chance, dumped J.T., and snagged the Jabot heir Billy Abbott as her boyfriend. Billy bragged of his experience with drinking, partying, and girls while living in New York City. One evening J.T., another expert partier, invited everyone to a party at a house he was house-sitting. Raul showed up in time to save best friend Billy's life when Billy suffered alcohol poisoning and collapsed in the snow, as neither Brittany nor J.T. was willing to call 9-1-1 and get themselves in trouble. After failing to save Billy's life herself, Brittany lost favor with Billy's protective mother Jill.
Billy swore off alcohol after his near death experience. Then came the Junior Prom. Billy and Brittany were supposed to be a shoe-in, but when the votes were counted, Billy and Mac were crowned King and Queen. Only then, when they danced together at the prom, did Mac and Billy realize how much they cared about each other. Brittany became very jealous when she realized the attraction.
Billy, Brittany, Raul, and Rianna were chosen as the Glo by Jabot Kids as a summer promotion for the new Jabot teen line. Mac assisted Phyllis Summers running the website featuring the kids. Brittany discovered that her boyfriend Billy was involved with Mac, so arranged for Mac to walk in on her and Billy "making love." Billy was drugged and Britt was faking it, but Mac believed what she saw and it broke her heart. Billy tried to defend himself, but couldn't remember what happened. Britt's her on-again, off-again ally, J.T., spilled it that it was setup for Mac to see, tapes of the actual scene were found and exposed, but no one realized that Billy was drugged. Brittany was hurt, but eventually took Billy back. Mac and Billy began being drawn to each other again, but it wasn't until Jack arranged for Billy and Mac to be trapped in an elevator at Jabot that they realized that they truly belonged together. Although Billy did his best to be a jerk to turn Mac away "for her own good," they eventually reconciled and became a couple again. Jill made peace with it, once she realized what a bad choice Britt was for Billy.
Senior year began, and a holiday series of the Glo by Jabot website added J.T. and Mac to the Glow Kids. The scene changed to Jabot where a boutique opened, which was run by the kids. Mac started chatting with Billy on the Jabot website chat-room as "Clean Queen," getting him to open up about his feelings for Mac. After Brittany found out, she planned to hurt Mackenzie by publishing her real name on the website for everyone to see. Brittany knew that Mac was a runaway, who didn't want her mother or stepfather to find her. Mac's mother Amanda did show up, but that scheme didn't work either, because mother and daughter worked out the problems of the past and became close again.
Rich girl Brittany and poor boy Raul became close when she shoplifted a sweater, and tried to convince him to give it to his mom for Christmas. Brittany helped Raul write his less-than-stellar college entrance paper, which he had put off until the last minute. They ran into each other a lot, and her presence seemed to bring Raul out of his despondency. They began attending concerts and movies together and hung out at Crimson Lights as friends, never admitting their growing feelings for each other. Brittany won the lead in the school play "Much Ado About Nothing", with Raul's encouragement. While practicing lines backstage together, their hints of romance finally came true with a passionate kiss. When J.T., the male lead, didn't show up opening night, Raul stepped in and the play was a big success. When her parents didn't show up for the play, we began to see a vulnerable side to Britt. All the shenanigans the self-confident, gorgeous blonde had pulled had been covering up a girl who felt unloved and unworthy of someone who would want her for more than her body.
Just as Raul and Brittany had begun to get close, Brittany succumbed to the fear of being loved and not in control and suddenly dumped him. She began dating J.T. again and flaunted him in front of Raul, trying to hurt him. Rianna returned to Genoa City just in time to be Raul's date for the prom, which helped Raul finally get Britt to admit that she cared. Raul and Britt left the prom together for a rendezvous at a campsite where they made love, Raul for the first time in his life, Britt for the first time she ever really cared.
After many disappointments, Raul was accepted to Pemberton College in Boston and won a scholarship. Brittany was bound for another college in New York. But a serious car accident caused by Brittany driving them while drunk changed all that. Brittany walked away with minor injuries, but was arrested for drunk driving. Raul received a spinal injury, which left him paralyzed for months. He blamed Brittany and told her to go on to college and leave him alone, but she refused to leave GC. Brittany ended up with probation and community service, and Raul eventually was up and shuffling down the road to recovery. He forgave her over time, and they resumed their relationship. Britt's parents did not approve, so Anita cut off her money and credit. So Britt left home, and she and Raul found a cheap apartment to live together until January when they both planned to go on to college. After being burglarized of what little they had, weeks later two thugs broke in and held Brittany against her will, and she was rescued by Raul and Billy. Both Raul and Brittany moved home to their families. They decided to turn down Raul's scholarship to Pemberton University and attend GCU while working part-time at the Glo by Jabot Boutique. They moved into a loft apartment shared with Mac and Billy. By spring Billy had proposed and Mac and Billy were to be married with Raul as best man and Colleen Carlton as maid of honor. But with the reveal that Billy's mother Jill's actual birth mother was Katherine Chancellor, their lives were shattered when they realized they were cousins. Mac and Billy both left town on their own, devastated by the news. Strapped for cash, Raul and Brittany then agreed to let J.T. rent Mac's room in the loft.
Brittany, bored with school and her job at the Boutique, and always dreaming of the spotlight, was enticed by Bobby Marsino to sing at his club. She was shocked to discover it was a "Gentleman's Club," but Bobby assured her she didn't have to strip to sing on stage. Britt took him up on the offer and became a torch singer going by the name Marilyn. Halfway through her first song, the crowd started cheering for her to strip, and she reluctantly did. The tips were fabulous, at around $1000 a night, and she loved the attention, so she kept it up, buying the costumes and working out elaborate acts. Of course it wasn't long before J.T. followed her to work and discovered her secret, then Raul found out, sat in the audience, then rushed the stage, covering her and dragging her off. Raul was aghast and demanded she choose him or the job. Britt chose her new career, never really believing Raul wouldn't accept it eventually. But Raul moved into Mac's room and broke it off.
Brittany's father took some out-of-town-clients to the club at their behest, discovered his daughter and, unbeknownst to Britt, was thrown out of the club when he made a scene. Bobby fell for the much younger Brittany, who was very vulnerable with everyone she loved being against her new life. Giving up on convincing Brittany to quit, Fredrick pulled a setup with Raul to get caught drinking at the club to shut it down. Marsino's opened again, but Britt was hesitant to return, so Bobby promised to hook her up with someone who could help her singing career. Meanwhile Bobby's boss, Sal Staley, and Sal's boss, Bertolli Lewis, were looking for revenge on her father, Fredrick, for getting the club in trouble with the law. Sal approached Bobby's partner, Angelo, who apparently used to be a hit man in the mob, to help. Not long afterward, Brittany was electrocuted by the stripper pole during her act and severely burned the entire right side of her face. Bobby and Raul stayed at her side throughout her recovery, but she was told she would be scarred for life. Once Brittany had recovered and was falling in love with Bobby, Raul vowed to stick by her until he found a remedy for her scar. After encouraging her to return to the stage, just to sing, Bobby turned his strip joint into a Cabaret called Marilyn's (after Brittany's stage name), just for Britt. This angered the mob boss, Mr. Lewis, so Sal and his thugs cornered Bobby in the club, ready to kill him to teach him a lesson. But Bobby was wearing a wire and the police hauled them off to jail after Bobby got them to admit several crimes, including the electrocution of Britt and a couple murders.
Bobby, finally free of the mob, decided to "go legit" by turning Marsino's Strip Club into Marilyn's Cabaret, headlined by singer Brittany a.k.a. "Marilyn." Unfortunately he didn't have the cash to carry it off so the club was doing strip nights as well, and brought in Nikki Newman as a consultant and emcee to give it class. Brittany finally gave in to Bobby, told him she loved him too, and they became lovers. Bobby proposed, Britt's friends disapproved, and she didn't dare tell her parents they were engaged. Meanwhile the steadfast Raul found Britt a plastic surgeon to restore her burned face, she had the surgery, and awaited the result. But Raul saw the writing on the wall, bid everyone farewell, and left for Boston and his scholarship to Pemberton College. Britt's surgery was successful, and the scar was hardly noticeable with the right makeup. Her parents were aghast to find out that she was marrying Bobby, but came through for her at the last minute and attended the small wedding at the Chancellor Estate. Fredrick walked her down the aisle and slipped Bobby a check with a warning to "take care of my little girl, or else," then disowned her.
The newlyweds spent a few days in the Genoa City Hotel Bridal Suite, then moved into the Newman Ranch, while awaiting renovations on Bobby's condo. Brittany was none too pleased with how this brought Nikki and Bobby together, and they moved out of the ranch into their own dingy apartment not long after she discovered she was pregnant. Running short on cash, and refusing to let Brittany work, Bobby took a job tending bar at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Due to the increasing debt caused by Brittany's hospitalization with pregnancy complications, he accepted "three large" from the mob to hold a stash of diamonds. Britt found out, so Bobby told the mob he would no longer do anything illegal, but would somehow repay them. They decided to name the baby Joshua after Bobby's deceased brother, and both were excited about the birth. They began receiving mysterious baby gifts that turned out to be from Vinny Trabuco and Angelo as a threat to Bobby to return to the mob. Bobby went along with them, trying to get evidence to expose them. To keep them away from Brittany and her unborn baby, they set it up to look like J.T. was the father, and Bobby and Brittany staged a split.
Nikki started nosing around and uncovered the plot, ending up getting kidnapped by Vinny's goon, Luca. Paul, Victor, and Bobby rescued Nikki while J.T. took a distraught Britt to the Newman Ranch. Luckily Mac showed up as Brittany went into labor, and Mac delivered the two-month premature baby, Joshua. Vinny, Angelo, and his goon ended up in jail, Brittany and the baby in the hospital, and Bobby turned over his evidence on the mob and went into the witness protection program, leaving Brittany and Joshua behind. Katherine Chancellor convinced J.T., Brittany, and her baby to come live at the Chancellor Estate with Mac, as it would be the most secure for all of them. Months went by, and finally Brittany shared a short visit with the heavily guarded Bobby. Not long afterward, she received word that Bobby had been killed by a hit and run driver. Brittany was devastated, and she and Joshua ending up moving to New York City with her parents.