Episode Tenure: 001-092
Airdates: July 30 to December 5, 1984
Episode Tenure: 192-303
Airdates: April 26 to October 2, 1985
Episode Tenure: 304-678; 1335-1340
Airdates: November 15, 1985 to March 27, 1987; November 15 to November 22,
Wanda De Jesus
Episode Tenure: 1758-1976
Airdates: July 19, 1991 to May 28, 1992
• Channing Capwell Jr.
• C.C. Capwell (engaged)
• Mason Capwell (engaged)
• Cruz Castillo (married
and divorced him in 1986)
• Keith Timmons (affair)
• Ruben Andrade
• Rosa Andrade (mother)
• Danny Andrade (brother)
• Olivia Andrade (sister)
• Gabriella Andrade (sister)
• Brandon Capwell
(son; with Channing Jr.)
(to Gina) "You're not even good enough
to touch my son, let alone raise him as his mother!"
A fiery Mexican heroine, Santana Andrade was one of Santa Barbara's
original characters. She had started out as a maid for the rich Capwell
family whose beloved son Channing Jr. was murdered in 1979. Now, five
years later, Santana was enraged when Joe Perkins,
the accused killer of Channing, was released from prison. So angry, in
fact, that she pulled a gun on Joe from a distance. She was quietly
halted by Mason
Capwell, Channing's half brother. Mason tried to use this gun
incident against Santana to gain sexual favors for himself, but it didn't
Alone with her mother, Santana admitted that she had an illegitimate
son, who was fathered by Channing and given up at birth
at the insistence of his father, C.C.
Capwell. Determined to find the child, Santana learned that C.C. knew
where the boy was. When he refused to help Santana, she decided to charm
the older man in hopes of learning her son's whereabouts. Santana and C.C.
grew closer and eventually became lovers. They broke up once Santana learned that young Brandon Demott, who
had arrived in town with his mother Gina, was in
reality her son.
To get close to the child, Santana followed Gina and Brandon to France
and then befriended Gina. Back in Santa Barbara, Santana made
plans to kidnap Brandon but couldn't go through with it. Needless to say,
when C.C. moved Gina and Brandon into the Capwell mansion where C.C. could
control Santana's visits. For his part, Mason got closer to Santana's heart
by saving Brandon's life during an earthquake. When Mason learned the
truth about Brandon, he tried to force Santana into marrying him. Santana
Santana returned to Santa Barbara and instantly got trapped in a tunnel
explosion along with Cruz Castillo, her childhood friend. They were both
rescued. Then, Santana decided to find out who killed Channing.
Out of spite, Mason showed her a video tape containing romantic shots
of Channing and his male lover, Lindsay Smith! Initially devastated that
Channing had been gay, Santana later came to terms with it.
By now, Gina was married to C.C. and aware of Brandon's real parentage.
She didn't want Santana anywhere near Brandon. Still, Santana was
determined to get her son back by proving that Gina was an unfit mother.
To that end, she arranged for C.C. to catch Gina and Mason in bed together.
She then found an unlikely ally in Augusta Lockridge,
who wanted Santana to get custody of Brandon so that her husband Lionel
(Channing's real father) couldn't bond with the boy.
Santana grew closer to Cruz Castillo, who had recently lost his true love Eden
Capwell to Kirk Cranston. Just then, C.C.
offered to give Santana custody of Brandon if she were to marry. To
fulfill this demand, Santana became engaged to Mason. However, Cruz
proposed to Santana and convinced her to marry him instead of Mason. They
were wed in Mexico and got custody of Brandon. The three of them started
living in Cruz's beach house. At the same time, Gina was determined to get
Brandon back from Santana. To prove that her rival was an unfit mother,
Gina slipped Santana addictive drugs in place of Santana's allergy pills.
While under the influence of these drugs, Santana had an affair with
sleazy D.A. Keith Timmons. In addition, she accidentally hit Eden with a
car and left her for dead. Once Santana's involvement in the accident came
to light, her marriage to Cruz ended.
Santana had a brief flirtation with Brick Wallace.
She then disappeared from the canvas without explanation.
Santana came to see Brandon, having escaped from the mental hospital she'd been. She was mentally unstable
and kidnapped Brandon. Ultimately, she agreed to give the boy back to Gina
and was returned to the hospital.
Santana escaped from the mental hospital, only to be run over by Dr. Grant
Jameson, who was running a scam to keep his patients hospitalized longer
than necessary to collect more money from them. In Santana's subsequent battle
against Dr. Jameson, she was supported by Cruz, Warren
Lockridge and Julia Wainwright. Jameson was
put on trial, which initially made Santana look bad, but he eventually confessed to trying to kill her. Finally a free woman, Santana started
decorating C.C. Capwell's mansion. The two became unlikely lovers. The
romance was frowned upon by Santana's mother, Rosa.
Just as C.C. was about to rekindle his relationship with Sophia,
Santana told him that she was pregnant with his child. C.C. wasn't eager to become a
father again, so Santana almost had an abortion. Resolving to do
the right thing, C.C. proposed to Santana. She accepted. But during their
wedding rehearsal, Santana miscarried the baby, which left her devastated.
To make a new life for herself, she ended
her troubled romance with C.C. and moved to New York City. She was last
seen on the plane, meeting a wonderful man.