The Jannings

Ivy Selejko Jannings

Portrayers: Holly Gagnier 1984-86
Date of Birth: Unknown
Parents: Unknown
Entrance onto Show: 1984, unknown
Marriages: Pete Jannings 1985 (divorced same year)
Romances: Mike Horton (1986)
Children: none
Occupation: Unknown
Crimes/Incarcerations: none
Other Interesting Facts: none
Date of Death: none

Ivy came to Salem in 1984 with her brother Snake Selejko. Ivy befriended Melissa Anderson Jannings while she was on the run, and unknowingly fell for Pete Jannings and slept with him. Ivy became pregnant, and later married Pete in 1985. Later that year Pete divorced Ivy and married Melissa.


Melissa Anderson Jannings

Portrayers: Kim Durso 1976, Debbie Lytton 1978-80; 1982, Lisa Trusel 1982- 1988, 1997, Camilla Scott 1990-91
Date of Birth: 1971
Parents: Adopted by Mickey and Maggie Horton, biological daughter of Linda Patterson and Jim Phillips
Entrance onto Show: Born onto the show
Marriages: Pete Jannings Feb 14, 1986 (Divorced 1987)
Romances: Saw Pete while he was married to Ivy, Had a thing for Ian Griffin (Parol Officer), Lars Englund 1986/87, Jack Devereaux, Emilio Ramirez, Brian Scofield
Children: none, but pregnant when returned for Bo and Hope's wedding in 96
Occupation: Worked at Shenanigans, Worked at Barry Reid's flower shop, Hospital Volunteer, Dancer, Singer
Crimes/Incarceration: Accused of running a drug ring in 1985, Accused of trying to kill Kayla Brady in 1987, Killed Emilio Ramirez in self defense
Other Interesting Facts:
Date of Death: Still Alive

Melissa was born in 1971 to Jim Phillips and Linda Patterson. Melissa left Salem in 1980 with her mother Linda, but she ran away from her mother and returned in 1982 when she learned Mary Anderson had been killed and left half of Anderson Manufacturing to Melissa.

Once in Salem Maggie and Mickey Horton got legal custody of Melissa. Melissa later took a job working at Shenanigans.

Later, while stealing some food from Shenanigans, Pete was caught by Melissa Anderson. Pete kidnapped Melissa and tried to leave Salem, but due to a snow storm they were stranded out at the old Horton farm. At the farm Pete and Melissa grew close, but when police arrived he was arrested. Melissa and Chris didn't press charges, and Pete was released in Chris' custody.

Pete and Melissa began dating each other secretly. However when Pete accidentally shot Mickey Horton during a gang rumble Pete split town, but meet up with Melissa, who had been sent to a summer camp. When the two returned to Salem their relationship was found out.

Melissa's mother Linda Anderson returned to Salem the same year. Melissa didn't know it, but Linda was after her stocks in Anderson. Melissa had sold her stocks, and in an act of revenge Linda drugged and arranged for Melissa to find Pete and her in bed. Melissa was furious with Pete, and took a job at Barry Reid's flower shop, not knowing it was a front for a drug rind, even though Pete warned her. By the end of the year Pete and Melissa had made up.

In 1985 Melissa told the cops about the drug dealings going on at the flower shop where she worked, but everything backfired when Barry Reid claimed Melissa was the dealer, and was framing him. Melissa went on the run, and hid in the remains of the old Anderson Manufacturing plant, which had been destroyed by fire. While hiding out she learned her mother Linda Anderson was posing as Madame DuPrix, and was out to destroy Melissa.

Melissa planned to tried to leave town but ended up in a halfway house where she became friends with Ivy Selejko. Melissa was eventually found by Bo and brought back to Salem. She was eventually cleared, but was still charged with trying to skip town. However, in her absence Pete had met and fallen for her new friend Ivy. Ivy became pregnant, and Pete married Ivy. Melissa and Pete still loved each other, and continued to see each other on the side. Later Melissa ended up falling for her married parole officer Ian Griffin.

In 1985 Melissa unknowingly acquired some film from Kimberly that many people wanted, including Victor Kiriakis. Melissa's life was in danger, and Pete and Melissa went on the run and ended up in Miami.

On February 14th, 1986 Pete and Melissa were finally married in a double ceremony with Mickey and Maggie Horton.

While on her honeymoon Melissa was attacked, and almost raped. Later she remembered her attackers face, and turned Ian Griffith over to the police.

In 1986 Melissa joined Lars Englund's Dance Company, and became he's leading lady on and off stage. Pete hurt himself while trying to save Bo out at the Kiriakis Warehouse, and as a result was paralyzed. Melissa was to guilt ridden to leave Pete, but continued her affair with Lars. In 1987 Melissa hurt her leg but managed to keep it from Lars. However after the second time she hurt it the damage was permanent, and she couldn't hide it from Lars. Lars quickly dumped her and took his company to another town. Later that year Melissa and Pete divorced, and Pete left Salem.

In 1987, after finding Kayla Brady passed out on the pier Melissa became the number one suspect in her attempted murder. Harper continued to frame Melissa, who eventually fell in love with Jack, who had turned to her for comfort. Jack ran against Melissa's adoptive father Mickey, and proposed to her to better his campaign. When Melissa learned he was using her she dumped him, but not before humiliating him in public.

Melissa returned to Salem in 1990 when she learned that her cousin Jen was falling for Jack Devereaux. Melissa pushed Jen into Emilio Ramirez's arms. However, Melissa and Emilio had formed a singing team and in the process, Melissa fell in love with Emilio.

Melissa and Emilio's relationship started going sour. Emilio had a temper and got out of hand with Melissa a few times. At the Alamain New Years Eve party in 1990, Melissa and Emilio struggled in a room on the top floor of Lawrence's house. Emilio had drank too much and became violent with Melissa. Melissa pushed him away from her and Emilio stumbled back and crashed through a window and fell to his death.

Melissa became involved with Brian Scofield in 1991. In 1991, Brian found himself investigating Nick Corelli's murder as well. Brian & Melissa, Eve & Frankie, and Jack & Jen boarded a theme train on which Johnny Corelli had stashed the weapon that was used to kill his brother Nick. When they found the weapon, Johnny Corelli detached the car they were in and it rolled down a mountain pass and derailed into a cold forest. The couples split up and all tried to find their way out of the valley they found themselves trapped in. Eve eventually split away from Frankie and met up with a young woman named Molly Brinker. Molly drew Eve a map and Eve lead the party to a safe location and took the credit on her own. A helicopter retrieved the stranded Salemites, but Eve was seriously injured when she fell from the helicopter ladder. She lived and was treated like a star in Salem until Molly showed up and pushed Eve off of her heroine pedestal.

When Brian learned that Melissa had killed Emilio, Brian felt betrayed and ended their relationship. Melissa and her younger sister Sarah left Salem for Nashville.


Pete Jannings

Portrayers: Michael Leon 1983-86
Date of Birth: Unknown
Parents: Unknown
Entrance onto Show: 1983 Tried to rape Gwen Davies
Marriages: Into Selejko 1985, Melissa Anderson Feb 14, 1986 (Divorced 1987)
Romances: Saw Melissa while married to Ivy
Children: none
Occupation: Member of the Vipers (Gang), Stripper at Beefcakes, ran the JUMP! club
Crimes/Incarcerations: attempted to rape Gwen Davies, stole some food from Shenanigans, Worked for Victor Kiriakis during his "evil" years Kidnapped Melissa Anderson, shot Mickey Horton
Other Interesting Facts: none
Date of Death: Still Alive

Pete Jannings was a member of the Gang called the Vipers, and showed up in Salem in 1983 where he tried to rape Gwen Davies.

Later, while stealing some food from Shenanigans, Pete was caught by Melissa Anderson. Pete kidnapped Melissa and tried to leave Salem, but due to a snow storm they were stranded out at the old Horton farm. At the farm Pete and Melissa grew close, but when police arrived he was arrested. Melissa and Chris didn't press charges, and Pete was released in Chris' custody.

Pete and Melissa began dating each other secretly. However when Pete accidentally shot Mickey Horton during a gang rumble Pete split town, but meet up with Melissa, who had been sent to a summer camp. When the two returned to Salem their relationship was found out.

Later Pete got a job at Beefcakes as a male stripper, but kept his job a secret from Melissa.

Melissa's mother Linda Anderson returned to Salem the same year and was after her daughters stocks in Anderson. Melissa had sold her stocks, and in an act of revenge Linda drugged and arranged for Melissa to find Pete and her in bed. Melissa was furious with Pete, and took a job at Barry Reid's flower shop, not knowing it was a front for a drug rind, even though Pete warned her. By the end of the year Pete and Melissa had made up.

In 1985 Melissa was blamed for a running a drug ring out of Barry Reid's Flower Shop. Barry was the runner, but blamed Melissa. While Melissa was on the run Pete met and fell for Ivy Selejko. Ivy became pregnant, and when Melissa finally got of the hook for the drug ring and returned to Salem, Pete married Ivy. Even though Pete and Ivy were married, Pete still loved Melissa, and the two had an affair on the side.

Later Melissa unknowingly acquired some film from Kimberly that many people wanted, including Victor Kiriakis. Melissa's life was in danger, and Pete and Melissa went on the run and ended up in Miami.

On February 14th, 1986 Pete and Melissa were finally married in a double ceremony with Mickey and Maggie Horton.

Later that year Pete began to manage the club JUMP! and used it as a front for shady dealings with Victor Kiriakis. While at the Kiriakis warehouse he was helping Bo unload shady good, when Bo was almost crushed by a fork lift. Pete saved Bo's life, but was injured in the process and was paralyzed. Pete eventually recovered, but his lies, and Melissa's affair with Lars Englund lead to their divorce in 1987. Pete left Salem, and hasn't returned since.


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