Blair Waldorf

Name: Blair Cornelia Waldorf
Aliases: B; Queen B
Age: 15-17 (book series) 22 (TV series)
Date of birth: November 17, 1990 (TV series)
College: NYU, Columbia
Occupations: Intern at W Magazine, CEO of Waldorf Designs
Family:
– Eleanor Waldorf (Mother)
– Harold Waldorf (Father)
– Cyrus Rose (Stepfather)
– Chuck Bass (Husband)
– Henry Bass (Son)
Dated:
– Nate Archibald
– Marcus
– Chuck Bass
– Louis Grimaldi (divorced)
– Dan Humphrey

Blair Waldorf is the main character of the Gossip Girl book series, also appearing in the television adaptation of the same name. Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the novels, has labeled the character her most complex figure. Producers of the television series have called Blair the queen at the center of their chess game. She is the most critically acclaimed character of both Gossip Girl incarnations, while the television character, played by Leighton Meester,has also received real-life media attention for her popular wardrobe.

A privileged young woman born to high society, Blair is presented as the beautiful queen bee of Manhattan’s social scene. Due to her status on the Upper East Side, Blair’s actions and relations are under constant scrutiny from the mysterious Gossip Girl, a popular blogger.

Blair has been compared to vintage film and literary figures, including Becky Sharp and Lizzie Eustace. Meester’s portrayal of the character has also drawn comparisons to roles played by Joan Collins and Audrey Hepburn. Both the author and television actress have openly commented on the character’s motivations. According to Meester, some of Blair’s biggest vices are her “insecurities” with regard to her social status, which often make her an overachiever. This is partly due to a certain degree of jealousy she feels toward her friend and occasional rival, Serena. At times, these insecurities create what von Ziegesar labels “flaws and complexities” which contribute to character development. In Meester’s view, the true Blair is a “good girl” who possesses a sensitive and good-natured center.

Casting Blair
To prepare for the part of Blair, actress Leighton Meester, a natural blonde, dyed her hair brown before auditioning, and also studied the first novel. She has described the character as multi-faceted, labeling her “a little bit of everything which is pretty amazing.”Meester has also claimed to relate to Blair on certain levels. Prior to the show’s debut in 2007, the actress stated that, “The only way to play Blair, or any character, and make her human, is to find what she is inside me. And I know I have my insecurities, too.” She went on to say that, “The way Blair and I are not alike when it comes to insecurities is: She pays so much attention to hers!” Meester’s casting was described by Yahoo! as a star-making role which moved her “into the pop culture vanguard,” while Cecily von Ziegesar has called her a perfect choice.

Blair in Season 1
In season 1 of Gossip Girl, Blair is introduced as the Upper East Side’s beautiful and popular Queen Bee, possessing an exquisite sense of style, long, glossy chestnut hair, and her trademark headband. She is dating Nate Archibald (whom her friends joke that she has dated “since the kindergarten”), best friends with Serena van der Woodsen, and also close friends and plotting allies with Chuck Bass. When Serena returns home from boarding school, she tries to reconcile their friendship, but Blair learns from her boyfriend, Nate Archibald, that he and Serena slept together. Blair, upset, tries to retaliate after learning from Chuck that Serena has been visiting a rehab hospital. But when it turns out that it was Serena’s brother Eric who was an inpatient there after trying to commit suicide, Blair is repentant and remorseful, and she and Serena make up.

After finding out that Nate doesn’t love her anymore, she falls for and sleeps with Chuck Bass. Blair’s fashion designer mother convinces her to model her fashion line. But Blair is convinced that Eleanor enjoys Serena’s company more than her own, an insecurity that is furthered when Eleanor chooses Serena over Blair to model her clothing line without telling her.

After uniting with Blair and Nate once more to save their mutual friend, Serena, from Georgina Sparks, Chuck realizes his feelings for Blair and implies this in his speech at his father’s wedding. This wins her over, she realizes that she loves Chuck too, and the two plan their Summer in Tuscany together. Unfortunately for the pair, Chuck is given cold feet by his father at the last minute and stands Blair up.

Blair in Season 2
At the launch of the second season, Blair was described by creators as the queen at the center of the Gossip Girl chess game. A large portion of her story line in season 2 revolves around her love-hate relationship with Chuck Bass, which was labeled “the heart of GG” by People magazine. At the beginning of season 2, a brief love triangle ensues between Blair, Chuck, and Blair’s new boyfriend, Marcus Beaton. Blair’s unresolved feelings for Chuck eventually lead her and Marcus to separate. Later, it is revealed that Serena has regained her original spot as Queen Bee and acquired the favor of the girls in their clique once more. Blair then forms an unexpected friendship with Jenny Humphrey, who states that they each work for everything they achieve, while Serena often glides through life. During their interviews at Yale University, Blair and Serena apologize for their ill feelings and resume being best friends. Blair then regains her social status.

Blair and Chuck maintain a relationship as convenient allies and temporary enemies as the season progresses. All the while, they remain conflicted and confused by their romantic feelings for one another. In the episode “O Brother, Where Bart Thou?”, Chuck reels from the news of his father’s death, prompting Blair to offer her support while telling Chuck that she loves him. He initially shuns her advances, but later turns to her for comfort. In the episode “In the Realm of the Basses”, a drunken Chuck stands on a ledge and is on the verge of suicide. However, Blair arrives and talks him down, saying “I’ll always be here.” Afterward, they share a moment of affection. Later, however, the two stop seeing each other.

Meanwhile, a new young teacher named Miss Rachel Carr arrives at Constance Billard. Tensions abound between she and Blair when Blair feels that her prospects at getting into Yale are threatened. Eventually, Blair gets rejected by Yale, and is devastated by the current events in her life. However, she finds unexpected encouragement from Nate. Later, she is accepted into NYU, and her competitive relationship with Georgina is eventually renewed.

As the season ends, Blair crowns Jenny the new queen of Constance. In the season finale, it is discovered that Blair slept with Chuck’s uncle Jack on New Year’s and that Chuck had slept with Vanessa Abrams, Dan’s best friend. Chuck then departs for Europe. He later returns to New York and reconciles with Blair while declaring his love for her.

Blair in Season 3
In the third season, Blair joins Vanessa, Georgina, and Jenny’s brother Dan at NYU. Much of her story line concerns her inability to attain her previous status at her new school. She finds emotional support from her mother, as well as Chuck. However, she and Chuck separate once again when Blair feels that he manipulated her while competing with his uncle.

She later transfers to Columbia University, and learns that an emotionally reformed Chuck was responsible for her enrollment. They later team up as part of a role-playing scheme to help Serena’s mother and Chuck’s adopted mother, Lily. In the season finale, Chuck attempts to propose to Blair, but is interrupted by Dan, who reveals that Chuck had slept with Jenny. Two weeks later, Blair and Serena depart for Paris intending to spend the summer together.

Blair in Season 4
In Season 4, Blair and Chuck become competitive once again, but eventually resume their sexual relations before recognizing their love for one another. When the relationship interferes with their business interests, she and Chuck break up once more. Chuck promises he’ll wait for her, and both affirm their belief that their love will reunite them in the end.

Blair then teams up with Dan when the two share common goals. They also end up working together at W. magazine, and develop a comical friction. On Valentine’s Day, she discovers that Chuck has romantic feelings for Raina Thorpe, the daughter of his business rival. Later, she and Dan spend the evening talking on their cell phones while watching Rosemary’s Baby. Blair later quits W. and is shown asleep with Dan in his Brooklyn flat. Later, upon growing curious of their feelings for one another, Blair and Dan share a kiss before the mid-season hiatus.

Blair eventually decides that she wants to be with Chuck, but shuns him once again after he tries to humiliate Dan. She is later courted by a prince from Monaco named Louis. During a private confrontation, a drunken Chuck punches a window, which cuts Blair’s face as it shatters. Afterward, Blair chooses to accept a proposal from Louis Blair later attempts to warn Chuck about potential trouble in his family. She is then abducted by an enemy of the Basses, Raina’s father Russell Thorpe. Chuck later rescues Blair and apologizes for his violent actions. Following a night out together, the two make love before Chuck decides that they should go their separate ways. However, the season ends with the revelation that Blair may be pregnant. Blair also sets November as her wedding date.

Blair in Season 5
In the fifth season premiere, Blair continues to plan her wedding, but begins to encounter problems in her relationship with Louis. It is later revealed that she is pregnant.[23] Blair tells Chuck that the child is Louis’, and states that part of her wanted Chuck to be the father.[62] Dan becomes Blair’s confidante and is shown to be in love with her, though she remains oblivious to his feelings and states that there is nothing more than friendship between them.

Though she insists that she is in love with Louis, Blair begins to seek Chuck out as the season progresses. The two eventually declare their love for each other prior to a car accident. Though both recover, Blair suffers a miscarriage from the crash. At the wedding, Gossip Girl releases a recording of Blair confessing her love for Chuck. Nevertheless, Louis and Blair get married, though Louis informs her that they will have a loveless marriage of convenience. She then receives support from Dan, leading them to share a kiss on Valentine’s Day. Amidst these developments, Blair grows conflicted between her feelings for Dan and Chuck. After taking steps to end her marriage, she chooses to begin a romantic relationship with Dan. By the end of the season, however, after a debate about which love is the best—with Dan she feels safe, with Chuck she feels vulnerable—Blair declares that she is still in love with Chuck, and chooses to pursue him.

Blair in Season 6
In the final season, Blair resumes her romantic relationship with Chuck, while Chuck and his father Bart—who is revealed to be alive in the previous season—become bitter rivals. Blair pursues her career as head of Waldorf Designs, with several mishaps, before staging a successful line. [68] In the penultimate episode, Bart falls to his death while trying to attack Chuck atop a building. Afterward, Blair and Chuck depart together. In the series finale, Blair marries Chuck which results in her not having to testify against him in his father’s murder case. Five years later, Blair is shown to be running her mother’s successful fashion line and she works with Jenny in a line called “J for Waldorf”, and she and Chuck are shown to have a son named Henry.

Source: Wikipedia