Alexis Davis has been on GENERAL HOSPITAL for over 20 years now, so it’s understandable that some newer viewers might not be up on the attorney’s epically dramatic history in Port Charles. Originally introduced in September of 1996, Alexis proved so popular with fans, actress Nancy Lee Grahn was bumped up to contract status with the soap the following year. She has portrayed Alexis the entire time aside from a brief few months in 2001-02 when Susan Diol temporarily stepped in to cover for her when Grahn’s father passed away.
Stefan Cassadine brought Alexis Davis to Port Charles for legal assistance, and Luke Spencer helped her discover that she was actually Natasha Cassadine. When Helena Cassadine used that information to force Alexis to help her gain control of the family empire, the lawyer teamed with Luke to kill her. Unfortunately, Alexis mistakenly pushed Katherine Bell off a parapet instead, and ended up defending Stefan in court when he was charged with the murder.
Alexis dated Ned Ashton, but in a complicated scheme to help Chloe Morgan save her business, Ned married her and Alexis became Mrs. Jasper Jacks. After the scheme failed, the couples split and Ned proposed to Alexis, but she got cold feet and called it off the night before the wedding. Defending troubled teen Zander Smith led Alexis to become the full-time lawyer for Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan. This also led to Alexis having a one-night stand with Sonny that left her pregnant. Worried about the mobster’s dangerous lifestyle, she kept the baby from him and Ned agreed to pose as the father. Alexis named the baby Kristina after her sister, who had recently died in an explosion meant for Sonny.
Although she blamed Sonny for her sister’s death, Alexis also confronted Luis Alcazar, who had set off the bomb, and she accidentally pushed him to his death. To avoid jail time, Alexis pretended to have dissociative identity disorder and Ned was given custody of Kristina. To spend time with her daughter, Alexis disguised herself as a butler named Dobson to work at the Quartermaine mansion. Eventually, with the help of psychiatrist Cameron Lewis, Alexis got her life together and regained custody of her little girl.
When Kristina was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, Alexis was forced to tell Sonny she was his daughter because the girl’s only hope was stem cells from Sonny and Sam McCall’s unborn child. Tragically, Sam went into early labor and the baby was stillborn, but the stem cell transplant saved Kristina’s life. Alexis then got romantically involved with Sonny’s half brother, Ric Lansing, and they welcomed a baby girl, though she nearly died giving birth to Molly during a train wreck.
During an encephalitis outbreak, Alexis received the last dose of antidote instead of Sam’s brother, Danny, causing him to die and Sam to lash out at her. But when Alexis went looking for the daughter she gave up as a teenager, she was stunned to learn it was Sam. Furious with her mother’s meddling, Sam got drunk and slept with Ric. Worse, Alexis was diagnosed with lung cancer as she filed for divorce. Rick managed to steal custody of Molly temporarily, but when his father posed a threat, he returned her to Alexis.
Alexis repaired her relationship with Sam and became the district attorney, befriending fellow lawyer Diane Miller. Alexis confessed to cover for Kristina when she ran Claudia Zacchara off the road, then found herself accused of murdering Mayor Floyd’s mistress. With Diane representing her, Alexis got a light sentence, but she was forced to resign as DA. Later, while driving Kristina to the hospital after she was beaten by her abusive boyfriend, Kiefer Bauer, Alexis ran over the boy, killing him. It was an accident, but his father, Warren, wanted her to pay and eventually attempted to kill Kristina! After Mac Scorpio saved their lives, Alexis tried dating him, but it didn’t work out.
Jerry Jacks kidnapped Alexis, but Shawn Butler rescued her, and they enjoyed a brief relationship. But when Sam needed a bone marrow transplant for her son, Danny, Derek Wells turned out to be a donor match, and later was revealed to be Julian Jerome, Sam’s real father! Alexis was disgusted when Julian used Danny as a shield, threatening not to donate the bone marrow so Sonny wouldn’t kill him. Alexis tried dating Ned again, but Julian was determined to win her over and eventually succeeded when he left the mob. The pair tied the knot, but when he returned to a life of crime and Alexis learned that Julian was responsible for the murders of Carlos Rivera and Duke Lavery, she was horrified. Especially when she was arrested for Carlos’ death and Julian refused to come forward to protect her! To clear her name, Alexis wore a wire and got Julian to confess, but when he found the wire, he tried to kill her!
Upset when Julian was acquitted of the murder charges and having her law license suspended, Alexis turned to alcohol and her drinking problem alienated her entire family. Julian was the only one who offered her support, but she continued to resist her lingering feelings for the mobster. When she accidentally ran over him while drunk, Julian blackmailed her to let him recuperate at her home. When Alexis’ drinking got so bad she thought she killed a man, it forced her to sober up. But then it turned out her AA sponsor was really Olivia Jerome, Julian’s presumed-dead older sister! Julian eventually confessed that Olivia had forced him to do her evil bidding, explaining his horrible actions when he returned to the mob and tried to kill her.
Alexis continued to find it hard to forgive Julian and kept him at arm’s length. She briefly dated Dr. Bensch, but that was a narrow escape as he turned out to be a sleaze who sexually harassed Kiki Jerome. Alexis meddled in Kristina’s love life, disapproving of her relationship with her former professor, Parker Forsyth, and continued to represent many Port Charles residents in court, including Kiki in her sexual harassment case. As time has gone on, Alexis has grown closer to Julian, forming a solid friendship, but still avoiding any romantic entanglements.
After some therapy with Dr. Kevin Collins, he was replaced by his evil twin, Ryan Chamberlain, who referred Alexis to Dr. Neil Byrne. But as he helped her work through her issues, the two became too close for patient and doctor, so he dropped her as a client so they could begin dating and explore a relationship. Alexis hired Kendra Lennon as a personal trainer, but it was soon revealed that she was Keifer’s sister out for revenge!
Thankfully, Alexis survived the attempt on her life, but found that her relationship with Neil could cause him to lose his medical license. They agreed to lie about their relationship and not see each other, but the night before his hearing, they slept together and someone appeared to be spying on them! Although Neil retained his license, Alexis was upset that they couldn’t be together, and after an emotional argument with Sam, took a shot of vodka at the bar!
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