Madeline Reeves was nothing but trouble on GENERAL HOSPITAL! The character first appeared in March of 2014 as the mother of Nina Reeves and Nathan West. But it was later revealed that Madeline is also the estranged sister of Dr. Leisl Obrecht, and then the truth came out that Obrecht was really Nathan’s mother and had asked her sister to raise him! Actress Donna Mills made sporadic recurring appearances in 2015 and 2018, though her death would seem to indicate her time on GH is over. But in soaps, who knows?
Madeline originally ran afoul of the law after confessing to poisoning Nina to kill the child she was carrying (inadvertently landing her daughter in a coma for decades!), but managed to avoid being convicted. Later, she also helped Nina kidnap Ava Jerome’s newborn baby, and threatened to reveal Nathan’s true paternity unless Obrecht agreed to testify on her behalf to keep her out of jail. After being used as a diversion for a prison break, Madeline schemed with Ric Lansing to get released and sink her claws into the family fortune. Together the duo arranged for Ric to marry Nina and trick herself into committing herself to a mental institution.
Ultimately, it was the revelation that Madeline had been the one to kill Dr. Silas Clay that finally landed her behind bars. Nina disowned her mother, who warned that she would return one day. And that day finally came as Madeline begged Maxie Jones to come and visit. Nina accompanied her friend to Pentonville where Madeline shined them on until revealing that she was just hoping they’d speak in her favor when she was up for parole! The two women stormed out, and Valentin Cassadine was Madeline’s next visitor. He got her to admit to the truth that Nina’s baby hadn’t died and that she had in fact given birth to a daughter! Madeline offered to help locate the girl if he got her out of prison, but Valentin was sure he could do it on his own and left her to rot!
Madeline made the news again when she was denied parole, but then Nina got a phone call telling her that her mother was dead! Nina joined Maxie, Valentin, and Obrecht at Madeline’s funeral to find they were the only ones who showed up. Nina gave a half-hearted eulogy and said a final farewell. But is this truly the last we’ll see of Madeline? Only time will tell!