Gladys Corbin on GENERAL HOSPITAL has only made a couple of appearances so it’s understandable that viewers might not be completely clear about who this woman is and what her ties are to the Corinthos family. But that’s where we come in! The character first appeared in July of 2019 and was played by Mel Harris, but when Gladys returned for another visit in September, the role was recast with actress Bonnie Burroughs, who continued to play the recurring role into 2020.
Gladys Corbin met with Sonny Corinthos at a cafe in July and was not particularly happy to see him. He told her about Dev Cerci, the young man from Turkey, who needed help staying in the United States. Sonny asked Gladys to pretend to be Dev’s grandmother by claiming that Dev was the child of her son, Brando. While initially reluctant, Gladys caved and agreed to the deception after Sonny offered her a hefty paycheck for her efforts.
In September, Gladys traveled to Port Charles where she spent some time with her cousin, Mike Corbin, and met Sonny’s wife, Carly Corinthos. She also met her “grandson,” Dev and put on a big show with big hugs and everything for show since a suspicious Jasper “Jax” Jacks was present. Sonny later took Gladys aside to warn her not to try renegotiating the deal they had made.
At Christmas, Sonny was surprised to find Gladys visiting Mike at Turning Woods and planning to take her cousin to the track. She explained that since Yvonne had taken a turn for the worse, she was trying to distract Mike. Gladys also revealed that she had a friend, Dot, who also suffered from Alzheimer’s and at the end, just wanted to die with dignity. Learning that Gladys was alone at Christmas, Sonny agreed to Mike’s suggestion that she spend the holidays with the Corinthos family.
Carly wasn’t thrilled with the new houseguest, but Gladys was touched to have family around her for Christmas. Sonny caught her out on the porch leaving a voicemail message for her late son, and she admitted it was her way of keeping him in her heart. Gladys continued to hang around and began to insinuate herself into Sonny, Carly, and Dev’s lives, asking questions about the family coffee business.
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