Born (on-screen) October 29,1990 (Revised to 1983 when she was aged to
16 in 1999)
No official revision after that but appeared to be aged slightly when
Jennifer Ferrin took over the role.
Died of viral pneumonia July 7, 2006
Darryl Crawford (biological father)
Barbara Ryan (mother)
Hal Munson (adopted father)
Paul Ryan (half-brother)
Will Munson (half-brother)
Johnny Dixon (half-brother; Deceased)
Carrie Crawford (half-sister)
Nikki Munson (stepsister)
Adam Munson (stepbrother)
Parker Munson (stepbrother)
Chuck Ryan (maternal grandfather; Deceased)
Jennifer Sullivan Hughes (maternal grandmother; Deceased)
Rick Ryan (uncle)
Frannie Hughes (aunt)
Melinda Grey (aunt/deceased)
Claire Munson Shelby (aunt)
Tess Shelby (cousin)
Kim Hughes (great-aunt)
Andy Dixon (1st cousin once removed)
Sabrina Hughes (1st cousin once removed)
Christopher Hughes (1st cousin once removed)
Hope Dixon (2nd cousin)
Bryant Montgomery (Dated)
William "Billy" Ross (Lovers)
Jordan Sinclair (Dated)
Mike Kasnoff (Married)
Craig Montgomery (One-Night Stand)
Dustin Donavan (Married)
Louise Munson is named after her maternal grandmother, Jennifer Sullivan
Ryan, who was the sister of Kim Hughes. She is the product of a
brief adulterous affair that her mother Barbara Ryan Munson had with
Darryl Crawford in Europe. To cover the affair and to make her
husband Hal Munson believe Jennifer was his child, Barbara pretended she
was farther along in her pregnancy than she was. When Jennifer was
born prematurely, nobody was suspicious. Well nobody except Margo
Hughes, who wondered why Barbara would be traveling around her due date.
That set off Margo's radar that this was not Hal's child. Barbara first
tried to pass off Jennifer as being the child of Gavin Krueger, but the
truth eventually came out that Darryl Crawford was in fact her father.
When Hal found out he was not Jennifer's father, he divorced Barbara and
she raised Jennifer on her own in the early years. Hal Munson
would later re-enter Jennifer's life and adopt her as his daughter.
He is the only father she has ever known and thinks of him as her
things all in the family, Darryl Crawford married Barbara's half-sister
Frannie Hughes. A surrogate mother gave birth to Jennifer's
half-sister Carrie Crawford. Carrie was the child of Darryl and
his late wife Carolyn and was born about the same time as Jennifer.
When Darryl told Frannie that Jennifer was his child she left him and
Darryl ended up leaving town.
Barbara and Hal would marry again shortly after the birth of her
brother William Ryan Munson, but the marriage didn't last long.
Jennifer stayed with her mother, but visited Hal often.
John Dixon entered Barbara's life and she became pregnant again.
They were married, but the happiness was not to last very long.
Sadly there was a fire at the church while Barbara was there and she was
badly injured and in a coma. To save Barbara's life John agreed to
have the baby "Johnny," Jennifer's half-brother, delivered early.
Unfortunately it was just too early for Johnny and he wasn't strong
enough to survive. When Barbara came out of the coma and
recovered, she was never able to forgive John for that decision and
blamed him for the death of the baby and preventing her from every
having the chance to hold him. That was the end of their marriage
although they were later able to become friends again.
came to know her step-sister Nikki Munson when she arrived in town in
1995. This was quite a surprise to Hal as he was unaware that he
had a daughter.
As an adolescent Jennifer went off to boarding school and thanks to
the wonders of sorasing she soon returned to Oakdale as a teenager when
her parents reconciled.
returned to Oakdale in 1999, now aged to 16, around the time of Hal and
Barbara's third wedding. She became very close to her step-brother
Adam at this time and he eventually moved into the Munson household.
As a teenager Adam learned that the man he knew as his father, Tom
Hughes, was really not his father, but rather Hal Munson was his
biological father. Adam was the product of an affair between Hal
and his co-worker Detective Margo Hughes. At this time Tom and
Margo were separated and Adam put much of the blame on Tom, so much so
that he changed his name to Adam Munson from Adam Hughes. Jennifer
played an important role in helping him deal with all of this.
the age of 17, after complaining about the lack of romance in her life,
enter 19 year old Bryant Montgomery who had just returned to Oakdale.
Jennifer began dating Bryant, but soon found out that he was stringing
along her best friend, Abigail Williams. She broke off the
relationship, but it wasn't long before they reunited. Abigail
knew it was Jennifer that Bryant really cared about. Unfortunately
Jennifer became blinded by love and had some serious lapses in judgment.
At Bryant's request she took her baby step-brother Parker along without
a car seat. Unfortunately they were in an accident and Parker
almost died as a result of that. Parker was Hal's son from a
marriage to Carly Tenney in between marriages 2 and 3 of Hal and
Barbara. The accident put a real strain on the relationship
between Jennifer and Hal. As Hal lashed out at Jennifer, it left
her feeling that Hal cared more about Parker because he was Hal's own
flesh and blood. Parker survived and eventually the relationship
between Hal and Jennifer was mended.
course it wasn't smooth sailing after that. Barbara had become
bored in her marriage to Hal and was easily seduced when Craig
Montgomery, Bryant's father, came calling. Both Bryant and
Jennifer realized that Craig was just using Barbara.
Jennifer was very vocal in her protest with her mother and threatened to
move out if Barbara didn't start acting more like a mother.
Barbara didn't and Jennifer moved out and into Lucinda Walsh's cabin
with Bryant. However Jennifer refused to sleep with Bryant despite
their living together and that created a lot of tension in their
relationship. Despite the objections of family and friends,
Barbara divorced Hal and married Craig. While Barbara moved in
with Craig at the Lakeview, her children remained loyal to Hal.
didn't take Barbara long to learn the marriage was a mistake and that
Craig was embezzling money from BRO. Barbara found proof of the
embezzlement and set up a meeting with Jack Snyder at the boathouse.
Unfortunately somebody thought Jack was meeting Carly Snyder there
and set up a bomb. The bomb exploded but Barbara ended up the
victim instead of Carly. Barbara was seriously injured and scarred
in the explosion. She rejected both Jennifer and Will and would
only see her son Paul, who returned to Oakdale following the bombing.
Meanwhile Jennifer was learning more about Bryant and suspected he
was just like his father. When she learned he had lied to her, she
moved out. Despite having become attracted to Bryant's cousin
Billy Ross, after Bryant relinquished his trust fund, Jennifer moved
back in with him. However her attraction to Billy couldn't be denied
and eventually she lost her virginity to Billy. They knew they
would hurt Bryant but they couldn't deny their feelings for each other.
They intended to tell Bryant but he found them first. After a very
emotional confrontation with Jennifer and then unable to reach his
father on the phone, Bryant took off in his car. Sadly, driving
recklessly, he was in an accident that took his life.
Jennifer was distraught over Bryant's death, she and Billy were
determined to keep their relationship a secret from Bryant's family.
Unfortunately their relationship couldn't survive the secrecy.
Jennifer who had been doing some modeling for BRO decided to take a job
doing some modeling overseas. Shortly after her return, Hal
disappeared. Hal had been searching for Emily who had disappeared,
along with Carly and Rose. Jennifer then helped her brother
Paul in raising Will and Parker. Hal returned, but while missing
had been brainwashed by James Stenbeck but with treatment, he recovered.
Paul then told Jennifer about a modeling job in Tokyo. She was
hesitant, but Hal encouraged her to go. What Jennifer thought was
a single commercial, turned out to be a whole advertising campaign
and led to more work in Europe. Jennifer pursued her modeling job
for a few years.