Ever since Nelle Hayes first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, the character was a bit of a mystery. And when the young woman later revealed her last name was really Benson — the same as Carly’s — things got even more complicated, leaving many fans wondering who this newcomer really is. And as more and more of her past was revealed, things just got murkier and murkier. Although Nelle started to act a little more normal, she then turned so over-the-top crazy that it was no surprise that her storyline came to a dramatic end.
Nelle first appeared in Port Charles on Aug. 8, 2016, with Chloe Lanier playing the newly-created role. The actress was familiar to GH fans from her stint as a teenaged Pat Spencer in the soap's special 52nd anniversary episode that aired on April 1, 2015. Though some fans speculated that her new character could be another never-before-seen Spencer relative, the soap remained tight-lipped about Nelle’s background hoping to keep the character a mystery until her true background was revealed.
Nelle came to town all sweetness and light, but her saccharine smiles were just a mask to hide her nefarious true intentions. She was out for revenge and concocted an elaborate scheme to destroy Carly's life. But in the end, her plans backfired and the heartbreaking truth was revealed. After finding love with Michael only to have it be ripped apart when her plot was exposed, the two eventually made it back together only for her to be revealed as an even more dangerous schemer than anyone could have imagined!
Relive Nelle's dramatic life story on GH in our special gallery below where we chronicle all her most memorable moments and shocking revelations!
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