When Laurel first appeared in Pine Valley on New Year's Eve 1992, she was seen as only a brief blur in the headlights of Jackson Montgomery's car. Though he only saw her for a brief instant -- and nearly killed her -- Jack became transfixed on this mysterious blonde beauty and sought her out all over town. Later a brunette, Laurel became fast friends with Natalie Dillon, who was managing the Mason Foundation. When Laurel took off with a hefty donation from Adam Chandler, Nat realized that she had been conned. She and Adam went after Laurel, but they had a horrible car accident, that left Natalie brain dead and Adam paralyzed. Unable to see his doll like that, Trevor decided to take her off life support.
Meanwhile, Laurel had managed to leave town, but Jack eventually caught up with her. The two returned to Pine Valley, where Laurel had to face Adam and Trevor's wrath. On top of that, her ex-husband Denny came back to torment her. She killed him in self-defense, and Jack helped her hide the body. They married when they were on the run. They were soon caught by the authorities and were eventually found innocent of Denny's murder since it was self-defense. However, Jack's license to practice law was suspended for a few months and Laurel felt really guilty. Jack then had an affair with his past love, Erica Kane. Laurel was also the first one to discover that Jane Cox was really Janet Green. She almost lost her life trying to warn Trevor about his fiancée when Janet cut the brakes on Laurel's car. She was in a coma for a very long time, but managed to tell Jack the truth before Trevor and the "Planeteer" became husband and wife. Laurel and Jack amicably divorced, paving the way for Laurel to marry the man she truly loved... Trevor.
Laurel's life came to an unexpected end as she was killed on the set of The Cutting Edge. A drunken Jason Sheffield, Kevin's older brother, aimed a gun at Laurel's brother Michael and attempted to kill him. Jason believed that Michael had "made" Kevin gay. Sadly, when Jason's gun discharged it took a life, the life of Michael's sister, Laurel Dillon.