Elizabeth Webber has been a popular character on GENERAL HOSPITAL for years, but some newer viewers might not be aware of just how much drama she’s been through in her life. Which is where we come in! Originally introduced in August of 1997, Liz has been played by Rebecca Herbst the entire time aside from a brief medical leave in 2011 where Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) stepped in temporarily.
Shortly after arriving in Port Charles to live with her grandmother, Audrey Hardy, and sister, Sarah Webber, Liz developed a crush on Lucky Spencer. He only had eyes for Sarah, but after Liz was raped, Lucky was there to support her and the two fell deeply in love, exchanging private wedding vows. Liz was crushed when Lucky was presumed dead, and leaned on Jason Morgan for support. When Lucky was revealed to be alive, he was brainwashed by Helena Cassadine, and it was visions of Liz that helped break her hold on him.
Liz and Lucky tried to start over, but it wasn’t going well and she dumped him when she caught him kissing Sarah. After being locked in a crypt with Zander Smith, they got close, and she also tried dating Jason, but ended up falling for Ric Lansing. When Liz got pregnant, they married, but she miscarried and they split when Ric locked a pregnant Carly in a panic room to steal her baby to replace the one Liz had lost. Liz slept with Zander and got pregnant, but briefly reconciled with Ric and planned to raise the child with him. Unfortunately, they divorced again and Zander was killed in a shootout, leaving Liz to raise little Cameron on her own.
Elizabeth became a nurse, but when she and Lucky got back together and struggled financially, she tried to be a surrogate mother for Courtney Matthews and Jasper Jacks. Lucky wasn’t thrilled with the idea, and ultimately, Liz miscarried. After an injured Lucky grew addicted to painkillers, he had an affair with Maxie Jones and a furious Liz slept with Jason, becoming pregnant again! Lucky assumed he was the dad, and got clean for the child’s sake. They remarried before Liz gave birth to Jake, but things fell apart and they divorced when Lucky found out Jason is Jake’s dad. Jason and Liz tried to make a relationship work, but he called it quits because his life was too dangerous for her.
Although she and Lucky reconciled, Liz found herself drawn to his half-brother, Nikolas Cassadine, and they had an affair. When Liz ended up pregnant again, Helena tampered with the paternity test to say Nik was the babydaddy. After her son, Aiden, was born, he was abducted by Franco and Lucky had to rescue him. Suspicious, Liz ran another DNA test and realized Lucky was Aiden’s real father but she kept the secret because she was overwhelmed with grief after Jake was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
Eventually, Liz came clean with Lucky in the hopes of inspiring him to get his drinking under control. Nikolas was upset and tried to take Aiden away, but reconsidered and returned the tot. After Lucky left town, Liz went to a party with Dr. Matt Hunter and was thrown overboard by Lisa Niles. Dr. Ewen Keenan saved her and they began dating, but he was really working for Jerry Jacks and Jason shot him dead rescuing Liz from his clutches.
Jason resisted Liz’s attempts to get back together, and she even interfered with his efforts to locate Sam’s baby before finally backing off and helping the pair reunite with their son, Danny. Sadly, Jason was presumed dead shortly thereafter. After helping Sabrina Santiago resurrect the Nurses Ball, Liz briefly dated A.J. Quartermaine and Ric before finding herself drawn to an amnesiac patient at the hospital who’d had facial reconstruction surgery. She even invited “Jake Doe” to move in with her and her kids. A jealous Ric hired Hayden Barnes to claim to be Jake’s wife, but their scheme was ultimately exposed... along with the fact that Jake was really Jason Morgan, back from the dead!
Liz began a relationship with Jake and kept his true identity a secret, even when it was discovered that their son, Jake, was discovered alive on Cassadine Island! But on their wedding day, Jason learned the truth and was furious that she’d kept it from him. They broke up, but agreed to co-parent Jake, who was exhibiting strange behavior. During this time, Liz found an unlikely confidant in Franco, and over time they began dating. Liz was shocked to discover that she and Hayden are half-sisters, and the two women eventually found common ground.
Franco was desperate to protect Liz when her rapist, Tom Baker, was released from prison and when the guy was murdered, Franco was the prime suspect and she worked hard to clear his name. The real Jason Morgan returned to Port Charles, and it was revealed that the mysterious Jake Doe was actually his twin brother, Drew Cain. Liz was all ready to marry Franco, but he didn’t show up to their wedding because he was confronting Jim Harvey about molesting him as a child. She supported him as he dealt with his past and they have grown even closer as a result.
Franco is now living with Liz and their kids and learning to co-parent as they plan for another trip down the aisle. Of course, Liz’s life is never quiet for very long, so expect more drama to come! Stay tuned to see what happens next to the beleaguered heroine, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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