Emily Quartermaine hasn’t been seen on GENERAL HOSPITAL in years, but the beloved character still remains in the hearts of many fans who fondly remember her. But for those newer viewers who may not, that’s where we come in! Emily first appeared back in January of 1995, played by Amber Tamblyn, who remained with the soap until 2001. Natalia Livingston took over the role in April 2003, and despite Emily’s death, continued to make appearances into 2008 and returned for ghostly visits in 2013 and 2014. Livingston also took home the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2005 for her work on GH.
Emily Bowen was taken in by Alan Quartermaine and Monica Quartermaine after her mother, Paige Bowen, died of breast cancer. Initially resistant to the idea of being adopted, the young woman ran away with Lucky Spencer to look for her aunt instead. But upon their return, Emily agreed to let the Quartermaines adopt her.
When Monica had an affair with Pierce Dorman, Emily turned to drugs, and Pierce was revealed to be the supplier. When he was found murdered, Emily became a prime suspect, but thankfully was cleared. After she got clean, Emily attempted a modeling career only to find herself blackmailed with fake naked pictures by Tom Baker, who had raped her friend, Elizabeth!
Emily fell in love with young musician Juan Santiago, but after accepting a drugged beer at a rave, woke up in bed with a dead body! Her friends helped her cover up the crime, which they later attempted to pin on drug dealer Zander Smith. But when Zander took Emily hostage, she discovered he was misunderstood and began developing feelings for him.
The Quartermaines did their best to keep Emily away from Zander, but their love could not be denied. After testifying against a crime boss, Zander feared for his life, and Emily agreed to run away with him where they could live safely. But when the train they were on crashed, Emily was paralyzed from the waist down and Zander broke up with her so she could go to a rehabilitation center and focus on her recovery.
A couple of years later, Emily came home to Port Charles trying to hide the fact that she had developed breast cancer. To keep Zander at arm’s length, she persuaded Nikolas Cassadine to fake a relationship, but the guy soon developed genuine feelings for the beauty. However, they both decided not to act on those feelings because of her illness.
After undergoing rigorous chemotherapy, Emily developed meningitis and believing she was going to die, married Zander on her death bed. But the marriage fell apart when she and Nikolas were unable to resist each other. After a deadly fire where Zander lost his father, the young man became unstable and took Emily hostage, trying to convince her to run away with him again. Surrounded by the police, Zander pushed Emily to safety and pretended to reach for a gun so the cops would fire. Fatally wounded, Zander died in Emily’s arms.
Preparing to propose to Emily, Nikolas lost his memory in a car accident and was cared for by Mary Bishop, whose presumed-dead husband, Connor, was a dead ringer for the Cassadine prince. When Helena Cassadine tried to kill Emily, Nikolas threw his grandmother off a cliff and was sent to prison. Believing Helena was still alive, Emily persuaded Connor to impersonate Nikolas, but he became obsessed with her. Connor raped Emily, who managed to kill him in self-defense.
When Helena was revealed to be alive, Nikolas was released, but Emily found it hard to stay married to him because he looked like her rapist. Later, Emily began to develop feelings for Sonny Corinthos, but their relationship didn’t last long, and she ultimately reconnected with Nikolas. Sadly, the night of the Black and White Ball, just after she accepted Nik’s marriage proposal, Emily was strangled to death by the Text Message Killer who was revealed to be Diego Alcazar.
Emily’s previously-unknown twin sister, Rebecca, appeared in Port Charles looking to get her hands on Emily’s money but didn’t stick around long. Emily herself made a ghostly appearance alongside Alan and Rick to help Monica and Tracy put their feud to rest in the special 50th Anniversary episode of GH in 2013. In 2014, she appeared to help her brother, A.J. cross over after his death, and then again to try and warn Nikolas about his fiancé, Britt. And when Sam gave birth to her daughter, Monica was touched that she and Jason (who turned out to be Drew) wanted to name her after Emily.
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