Claire Walsh was only on GENERAL HOSPITAL for just under a year, so viewers can be forgiven for not remembering everything about the character. The attorney was played on GH by actress Dahlia Salem from February 2010 until her exit in January 2011. And here’s what you need to know…
Federal attorney Claire Walsh was brought to Port Charles by Jasper “Jax” Jacks in the hopes of prosecuting Sonny Corinthos for the murder of his wife, Claudia Zacchara. Seeing a prime opportunity to advance her career, Claire went to extremes to ensure a conviction, antagonizing Sonny into blowing up in court to hurt his case and turning witness testimonies against him. In the end, however, it was revealed that Michael had killed Claudia, and Claire was furious that Jax had known and misled her just to take Sonny down. Feeling guilty about helping to send Michael to prison, Claire teamed up with Carly Corinthos and Diane Miller to help get him out by digging up dirt on the judge and pressuring him into releasing Michael early.
After meeting Lucky Spencer in the park with his kids, Claire opened up to him about wanting kids of her own and after the pair teamed up to put mobsters Sonny and Johnny Zacchara behind bars, she asked him out on a date. But Claire found herself drawn into Sonny’s orbit and they began a casual relationship. Although she began developing genuine feelings for the mobster, Sonny was on the rebound from Carly. Claire removed herself from the government’s case against Sonny and accompanied him on a romantic getaway to his tropical island.
When Brenda Barrett reentered Sonny’s life, he tossed Claire aside. Out for revenge, she threatened to send Michael back to Pentonville unless Jason testified against Sonny, but later admitted she was just bluffing. Claire and Sonny reunited and she was forced to choose between love and her career when she was given evidence of Sonny’s involvement in a car bombing. Learning the evidence was attained without a warrant, Claire chose to destroy it and protect Sonny. But when Sonny ultimately chose Brenda, Claire give him her blessing and told him to be happy. She later convinced Diane to let her join her law firm in January of 2011, but that was the last anyone ever saw of her.