|The character of Brittany O'Keefe was created by Richard "Richie" Rodrigez in 2001 on the now defunct webseries "The Lives We Live"
Connecticut with her younger brother Ryan. In February 2001, Andrea revealed to her daughter a plan she had schemed
up - Brittany would attend the an annual fund raiser hosted by Douglas Richmond Sr. and there she would meet her
future and wealthy husband. Andrea told her daughter that in exchange for her finding Brittany a rich husband that Brittany
would repay her mother. After much resistance Brittany agreed to attend the gala and there her life changed when she
indeed me her future husband, Douglas Richmond Jr.
to be his girlfriend. She revealed to her parents the following morning that she had accepted. Jim and Andrea saw
nothing but dollar signs and Brittany saw their true intentions. She moved out of her parent's house and in with her best
friend Megan Shirley. Angered with their daughter, Jim and Andrea fabricated a lie and told Douglas that Brittany wouldn't
be able to date him because they forbid it. Based on what they had told him, Douglas ceased all communications with
Brittany and when she found out about this she demanded answers. Douglas finally told her what had transpired and
Brittany set him straight on the situation. Douglas apologized to Brittany for believing what her parents had told him and
asked her to be his girlfriend once again.
Brittany soon learned that Megan and Ryan were both intoxicated. In the early hours of the next morning Brittany found
Megan passed out on the bathroom floor. With Douglas' assistance Brittany had her admitted to the hospital where they
soon learned Megan had been poisoned, perhaps even slipped a date rape drug at the night club. Doctors gave Brittany
and Megan's family vague hope that she would survive the accident. Andrea saw Megan's condition as an opportunity to
cause her daughter to suffer and then turn to her for comfort. Andrea after careful preparation pulled Megan's life support,
but was stopped by an unidentified woman who knocked Andrea unconscious. Andrea learned that her plan and had
failed but still continue with the lie and revealed to Brittany that Megan had died. Devastated Brittany turned to Megan's
family and Douglas for comfort but very quickly found out that Megan was alive and safe. Brittany revealed to Douglas
what her mother had done and he suggested they leave town together and for good. A showdown between Brittany and
her parents occurred. Brittany announced she was leaving Watersdale, despite Ryan begging her not to leave him.
promised Ryan she would send for him once she and Douglas were settled in their new life. Douglas surprised Brittany
with a honeymoon in Paris and then revealed that they would be moving to River's Edge, Texas.
American who seemed lost, confused and overwhelmed with her new surroundings. Brittany immediately befriended the
young woman who introduced herself as Erica Ryan from Long Island. Erica shared a taxi ride with Douglas and Brittany
to their hotel, Hotel Baltimore Paris where she was also staying. Once at the hotel the trio parted ways - Erica claimed
her husband had already checked in for them earlier in the week when he had arrived, Douglas went to the bar for a drink
and Brittany checked in alone and went up to her room. When Brittany arrived in her suite she found Erica there in her
wearing Brittany's clothes from earlier in the day and hair extensions. Douglas questioned what the hell was going on
and Erica revealed that she would be pretending to be Brittany for an undetermined length of time. Erica explained that
she couldn't tell Douglas the reasons behind the switch, but assured him that he would see Brittany periodically and if he
cooperated with her she wouldn't kill Brittany, but warned if he did not that she would instruct her men to do away with
her. Douglas reluctantly agreed to Erica's preposterous arrangement. As the honeymoon progressed Erica forced
Douglas to romance her in very public places - candlelit dinners, strolls at the Eiffel Tower and dancing, during which
Erica staged a very verbal and public argument. Brittany watched as the fight happen from a secluded area and fought
with her bodyguards to escape but was on successful.
her locked safely away. Once a day at random times the men would blindfold Brittany and tie her hands behind her back.
They would then show Brittany to Douglas as a sign of good faith to the arrangement. On the final day of what would have
been her honeymoon Erica arrived at the warehouse. Brittany demanded to know who she was and what she wanted.
Brittany offered up thousands of dollars for her safe return and Erica merely laughed it away. Brittany questioned what
she wanted and Erica revealed who she was - Brittany's half sister, Andrea O'Keefe's daughter from an affair decades
earlier. Erica recanted her father's affair with Andrea O'Keefe and how Andrea gave Erica to her father to raise but
returned to Watersdale to be with her real family. Erica told Brittany that her father had died months earlier and she
sought out comfort from Andrea and when Brittany turned her back on their mother, the two of them hatched a plan to get
even. Before Brittany was able to question the story one of the men drugged her and placed her inside shipping freight -
destination River's Edge, Texas.
easier for Erica to pass as Brittany. They continued to play their game of charades, which included a second argument at
the country club. When Erica and Douglas arrived home he demanded to know how long this game was going to go on
for. Erica became hostile with Douglas as their fighting intensified and led to the two having sex in the living room floor.
The next morning Erica revealed to Douglas that the next phase in her plan was about to begin and she sought out
Andrew Bradshaw's legal assistance in filing for divorce from Douglas. When he was served with divorce papers Erica
finally revealed her master plan to him and her true identity. Erica told Douglas she would divorce him in an extremely
public divorce case. Douglas told her that it would make national news and when Jim and Andrea found out about it they
would tell the world that Erica wasn't Brittany. Erica revealed that wouldn't be an issue - she then announced she was in
fact Andrea O'Keefe's second daughter and that Andrea was prepared to testify to the world that Erica was Brittany and
insist upon a DNA test to prove it.
the day she would have millions and then she would return and kill Brittany...or Erica she teased. Brittany knew that
something had to be done, she knew that Andrea couldn't win. Brittany somehow managed to overpower one of the
henchmen and steal his gun. After she shot him in the leg she fled the warehouse and headed to the courthouse. When
she arrived she burst into the courtroom and without hesitation shot Erica. The bailiff immediately returned fire and a
bullet managed to hit Brittany. She was rushed to the hospital where she met Dr. Bradley Marshall who assisted with her
case. He assured Brittany her wounds were only superficial and that was a good thing because she was pregnant.
Overjoyed with excitement Brittany told Douglas immediately, who decided to not tell Brittany about his affair with Erica.
the fact that it was their mother who had brainstormed the plan to kill her! Brittany with great clarity assured her half-sister
that if she ever saw her again or came near her family - she would kill her. When Andrea arrived in River's Edge to tend to
Brittany's needs she banished her mother from her life once and for all and threatened to not turn over to the police, but
kill her as well.
collection was inspired by the death of a local teenager named Bella Summer's titled "Bella's Inspiration." The collection
won rave reviews and helped secure not only her place in the fashion community and at King Fashion, it also put the
struggling fashion house back on the map.
satisfied with where her relationship with Douglas was at and the excitement of the baby only fueled their intense
passion for one another.
her half-sister Brittany found it difficult to pinpoint Douglas and his jealous tendencies. Bradley's girlfriend Natasha
Garrett Bradshaw also experienced the same feelings as Douglas did. The ramifications of Douglas and Natasha's ill
placed jealously would cause Brittany the greatest heartache. At the River's Edge Country Club, when Douglas
confronted Bradley regarding his feeling for Brittany the two got in a fight that resulted in Brittany falling through a second
story window. Brittany was rushed to the hospital and Bradley would later learn that she had miscarried her baby with
Douglas. Brittany's friendship with Bradley only became stronger when she learned that because of the fall she would
not be able to have children. As a result of the accident coupled with jealous anger from Douglas and Natasha, Brittany
deepened into a depression.
O'Keefe and convinced him to visit River's Edge. Unknown to Douglas and Brittany at the time Ryan had came out to his
parents who kicked him out of their house and disowned him. Ryan arrived for a visit with mutual friend Megan Shirley.
Thrilled with his arrival Brittany questioned how long they would be in town and Ryan let her know of his plan to stay
came out to his sister who took the news extremely hard. Ryan told her the reasons he left Watersdale and that their
parents had disowned him. Uncertain of how to process the information herself Brittany shutdown and withdrew herself
completely. It was in that moment that evil returned into her life. Erica Ryan stepped back into the picture. She had
escaped and followed Brittany and Ryan to Monte Carlo. Having never met Erica before Ryan was lured away from the
hotel into a meeting with who he thought to be a fashion reporter. Erica took Ryan hostage and later she managed to
also take Brittany hostage as well. Erica held her siblings in dimly lit, cold warehouse in Monte Carlo. Brittany demanded
to know what Erica could possibly want now and she revealed the same thing she wanted before - Brittany's life!
understand and she revealed that she already had Douglas. When Erica figured out that Douglas never told Brittany she
became elated with joy. Brittany demanded to the truth and Erica introduced Ryan and Brittany to Dinah - her daughter
with Douglas. Brittany took ill and was unable to comprehend the fact that Douglas had slept with Erica, much less
created a child - Brittany vowed to kill Erica.
at the King Fashion show his worry grew. In Texas, Douglas who stayed behind learned that Erica had escaped prison
and alerted the authorities in Monte Carlo. Ethan managed to backtrack Brittany's steps and found the warehouse where
Erica was holding Brittany and Ryan hostage. A standoff between Erica and Ethan ensued upon his arrival and Brittany
saw this as her only opportunity. Brittany attacked Erica which caused her to lose control of the gun. Brittany picked it up
and shot Erica - making good on her promise that she would kill her if she ever caused her family harm. Brittany and
Ryan took custody of the baby and returned to River's Edge. Once home Brittany introduced her husband to his daughter.
A second DNA test was performed that did in fact name Douglas as Dinah's father which left Brittany devastated.
tried to be a mother to Dinah who was only a constant reminder of Douglas' indiscretions. Brittany decided to do right by
her niece and she filed for divorce from Douglas in 2005. Douglas left town with Dinah and returned to Watersdale to
work with his father.
overcome the divorce, Ryan's sexuality and her part in Erica's death her constant became Ethan. He offered a friendly
shoulder for Brittany to cry on and she leaned on him more than she liked perhaps. As time progressed their friendship
developed into something much more - it turned into love. As Brittany integrated herself into the Pierce family she
developed a friendship with Ethan's step-mother Brandi.
involved. On the day Jered died from his injuries Brandi confessed to Brittany that she was responsible and that Justin
helped cover it up. Eventually Brittany found herself entangled in Brandi's mess. Justin, Ethan and Brittany worked out a
plan to smuggle Brandi out of the country so she wouldn't have to face jail time for her role in Jered's death. Brittany had
to seek out Douglas's assistance. Brittany used the opportunity to find out if Douglas was still in love with her as she was
with him. Brittany asked Douglas if he was still in love with her point blank and she knew her future with Ethan depended
upon his answer. Douglas told Brittany that he was engaged to someone and that while she would always be in his
heart, he didn't love her the way he once did. Douglas agreed to loan Brittany the Richmond jet.
wedding her brother's boyfriend Josh Marshall asked him to move to Indianapolis with him while he done his residency.
This request pitted Brittany against Josh as she didn't want Ryan to leave River's Edge. In the end Ryan chose to stay in
Texas with his sister. Brittany and Josh are still at odds with one another.
Women's Line. As Ethan's wife and a respected name in the fashion industry Brittany has developed a strong
professional and personal relationship with her mother-in-law Audrey. The same year saw the opening of Brittany's
mother ship boutique "Elegance."
Bradley to accomplish this goal.
their wedding vows to one another. However, after a fashion show gala Brittany began cramping and bleeding. The
following months after Brittany's miscarriage she began suffering from post partum depression. The depression was so
bad that she ended up lashing out at her best friend Bradley Marshall and blamed him for inability to have children
because of the accident that caused her first miscarriage. Once Brittany was better she released Bradley was not to
blame and she forgave him. In October 2012, without Ethan's knowledge she traveled to Watersdale and forgave her ex-
husband Douglas for his role as well.