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"I don’t sweat. I glisten."

— Topanga Lawrence
Topanga Lawrence-Matthews
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First appearanceCory's Alternative Friends
Final appearanceBrave New World (BMW) TBA (GMW)
Information
NameTopanga Lawrence-Matthews
RoleStudent, Girlfriend/Wife to Cory
Final StatusMoved to New York
Portrayed byDanielle Fishel

Background

The daughter of two grown up hippies, Topanga began as an odd girl in the same class as Cory, Shawn and Minkus. However, by the time they reached High School, she had become much more of an average teenager. In Season 3, she began dating Cory, a relationship which lasted for the rest of the show. Topanga was initially a guest character with a hippie, eccentric personality, concerned about the world and harmony. In the later seasons, she became one of the show's main characters, transforming from a strange girl into an intellectual overachiever. Throughout the series, Topanga has always expressed her love for Cory, as well as for her friends.

Family

Mother: Rhiannon Lawrence
Father: Jedidiah Lawrence
Spouse: Cory Matthews
Children: Riley Matthews (daughter) and Auggie Matthews (son)
Sibling: Nebula Lawrence (sister)

Aunts: Prudence Curtis (maternal)

Series Info

  • Was a classmate of Cory, Shawn, and Minkus.
    Topanga
  • Had a crush on Eric, as depicted in She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not.
  • Graduated to John Adams High with Cory and Shawn, where her friendship with them grew.
  • Began dating Cory at the beginning of season 3, in My Best Friend's Girl.
  • Continued dating Cory steadily through high school. They broke up three times, but always got back together.
  • Her parents moved to Pittsburgh, but she stayed in Philadelphia and moved in with her aunt. Aunt Pru became Topanga's legal guardian.
    • Although she really stayed to be with Cory, the reason that Alan and Amy gave was that it would be irresponsible to move Topanga before her Senior year of high school began.
  • Proposed to Cory during Graduation, but they did not wed and agreed to marry later, when they were ready.
  • Rejected Yale to go to Pennbrook with Cory.
  • Broke up with Cory when her parents divorced, but they were reunited by her parents.
  • Cory and Topanga were married in It's About Time.
  • Moved to New York City after accepting a scholarship to NYU Law School.
  • First character to kiss Cory (in episode 4)
  • Was very briefly the series' antagonist for the first few episodes of Season 7.

Alternate Personalities

Notes

  • "Topanga" is a canyon in California that hippies would frequent. One of the writers got stuck in traffic while driving through there, and decided it was appropriate to the character.[1]

References

  1. Danielle Fishel Dishes on Her New Fashion Show
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