|Catherine Bach as Anita Lawson|
|The Young and the Restless|
|Portrayed by||Catherine Bach|
|Current status||Present, Recurring|
|First appearance||February 7, 2012|
|Introduced by||Maria Arena Bell|
|Alias(es)|| Anita Barrett |
|Residence||Genoa City, Wisconsin|
Anita Lawson is a fictional character on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. She is portrayed by Catherine Bach, who is best known for her role as Daisy Duke in the hit TV series The Dukes of Hazzard.
Anita is a con artist who at some point married Jeffrey Bardwell, but they ended up seperating before she could tell him that she was pregnant. She ended up raising their daughter Chelsea on her own, teaching her how to con people. Chelsea even dropped out of high school when she was 16 so that she and her mother could run scams together. However, Anita never told Chelsea that Jeffrey was her father due to her having not seen him in many years. At some point, Anita and Chelsea go their seperate ways until both wind up in Genoa City.
Anita first appears looking for Chelsea, whom she finds out is pregnant as a result of a one-night stand with Billy Abbott. It is later revealed that Anita as well as Chelsea are brought to Genoa City by Victor Newman in order to cause problems for Billy and his wife Victoria Newman Abbott. However, Anita becomes upset with her daughter over her decision to let Billy and Victoria raise the baby due to the fact that Anita thought Chelsea would let Billy raise their child in exchange for money. Chelsea's selfless decision puts a further strain on their relationship, which wasn't always very good to begin with.
Anita then starts searching for Jeffrey, and when she sees him at Gloworm, she's stunned that he doesn't remember her due to memory loss. She then tells him that Chelsea is his daughter, which he denies until a paternity test proves otherwise. Anita then coldly reminds Jeffrey that they are still legally married, which upsets him because he's in love with Gloria Bardwell. Anita also reminds him that if he doesn't keep sending her money, she'll tell Gloria about their marriage. Anita ends up doing so, calling Gloria a "sister wife". Even Chelsea herself is shocked because she had no idea that her parents were even married.
Jeffrey and Anita later prove to be an annoyance to both Chelsea and her new husband Adam Newman because they both know that her parents are being nice to them only because they want Adam's money. However, Anita is disappointed when she learns that Adam and Chelsea are divorced. Chelsea does tell Anita about her pregnancy and about Adam being the father. Anita, always fueled by greed, is further disappointed when she learns that Chelsea is now in a relationship with Dylan McAvoy, who isn't wealthy like Adam is. However, Anita does agree to respect Chelsea's decision to not tell Adam about him being the father of Chelsea's baby, Connor, who is born hours after his mother and Dylan marry.