Olivia Falconeri Quartermaine doesn’t appear on GENERAL HOSPITAL as often these days, so it’s understandable if some viewers aren’t aware of her dramatic history in Port Charles. But hey, that’s where we come in! The character was first introduced in September of 2008 and has always been played by the lovely and talented Lisa LoCicero. In 2015, the actress earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on the soap.
Olivia arrived in Port Charles to be maid of honor at her cousin’s wedding to Sonny Corinthos. But the thing is, her cousin was Connie Falconeri, and Olivia didn’t appreciate her ignoring her family and going by the name Kate Howard. They had a big argument at the wedding when Kate refused to wear a family heirloom, and Olivia was horrified when her cousin was later shot at the altar! As Kate slowly recovered, Olivia learned that Sonny had lied about leaving the mob as he’d told everyone. Of course, Olivia was keeping secrets of her own as she had a grown son with Sonny she never told him about! Kate accused Olivia of just being jealous that she’d won Sonny’s heart, and threatened to tell him about his son.
Olivia got a job as the manager at The Metro Court and became close friends with Carly Corinthos (Carly Jacks at the time!). She also started a relationship with Johnny Zacchara that met with much disapproval from their families and friends. Olivia was pleased when her son, Dante Falconeri, arrived in town but not that he was working for Sonny under an alias. Although married to Claudia Zacchara, Sonny began professing his love to Olivia, who pushed him away. Learning about Dante’s existence, Claudia threatened to tell Sonny the truth unless Olivia split up with Johnny.
Tragically, when Dante attempted to make his big arrest, Sonny shot him in the chest and Olivia arrived to announce that he’d just shot his own son! Sonny was shocked and also upset Olivia had never told him about Dante. Olivia was relieved when her son pulled through the surgery, but he was also upset she hadn’t told him about his father. While giving their statements, Olivia didn’t implicate Sonny and Dante claimed he’d accidentally shot himself. Olivia felt that the guilt over what he’d done would be enough punishment for Sonny.
Over time, Olivia found herself constantly having to defend Dante as he attempted to bring justice to Port Charles. Her relationship with Johnny was also strained when he agreed to fake a relationship with Kristina Davis so she could get back at Sonny. Ultimately, irreconcilable differences forced the couple to split up and Olivia was crushed. After Steven Webber saved her life following a wintry bush crash, Olivia began to fall for the handsome doctor. However, as their relationship developed, she grew concerned that he was keeping something from her regarding his past in Memphis. It turned out he’d let a prison inmate in a coma die so he could transplant his heart into a young girl. Olivia wasn’t thrilled but understood and promised to keep his secret.
When Steve’s mother, Heather Webber, was released from Ferncliff, she knew immediately she wasn’t as well as she claimed and even hired Spinelli to look into her actions. Steve was upset and broke up with Olivia, who was then drugged by Heather with a syringe of LSD! Dante rescued his mother and rushed her to the hospital where she began having horrifying visions and Steve finally realized the truth about Heather. Olivia recovered from the LSD but following that, continued to have occasional psychic visions that turned out to be frighteningly accurate!
Steven proposed to Olivia, who tearfully accepted, but she later had a vision of her fiancé covered in blood. It tragically came true when Heather tried to stab Olivia and Steven got between them. After he came through the surgery, Olivia wanted to marry him immediately in his hospital room but they were interrupted by the Memphis police who had caught up with Steven.
After having a vision of a bloody Sonny, she went to save him and ended up getting shot by Ava Jerome herself. Sonny invited her to recuperate at his home and they became close once again. But then Kate, now going by the name of Connie after suffering from DID, wanted him back so Olivia stepped aside. When Connie was shot dead, Olivia had to support Sonny and talk him down from a suicide attempt. During this time, the pair gave in to their feelings and slept together for the first time since they were teens.
Olivia dumped Sonny after learning about his one-night stand with Ava, and began spending time with Ned Ashton. He was dating Alexis Davis at the time and only thought of Olivia as a friend, but she had developed genuine feelings. Upset at seeing Alexis and Ned together at a New Year’s Eve party, Olivia drunkenly slept with Julian Jerome, who was also upset because he didn’t like seeing Alexis with Ned. By Valentine’s Day, Olivia learned she was pregnant, and Ned agreed to claim paternity. But at the Nurses Ball, Julian learned the truth as Olivia went into labor. Ned and Olivia faked the baby’s death and she claimed her son, Leo, was a child she’d adopted, but Julian ran a DNA test and uncovered their lie. Ultimately, Olivia and Julian reached a truce and she allowed him to be a part of their son’s life.
Ned wasn’t crazy about starting a family with a lie but once the truth was out, he and Olivia grew closer again and he eventually proposed. She was wary since he’d had multiple failed marriages, but after the two of them were involved in a deadly holdup, Olivia popped the question herself and he happily accepted. He also agreed to adopt Leo so the boy would have a stable father figure. Before they married, Ned changed his last name to distance himself from his father, Larry Ashton, so when they finally tied the knot, Olivia became Mrs. Quartermaine.
Olivia then became the First Lady of Port Charles when Ned became mayor in a special election and often butted heads with Monica as she attempted to take over for Cook in the Quartermaine mansion. A scandal cost Ned the reelection and they settled into a more quiet life. Olivia helped honor Oscar Nero‘s request to plan his memorial after his death, and she and Ned had part of the park named “Oscar’s Meadow.” She was also crushed to learn that Dante was suffering from PTSD and would not be returning to Port Charles.
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