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I'm relatively new to AMC, so could you give me the details on Liza's Love
You must be referring to the Liza/Adam/Jake storyline
that started to take shape in 1998, but in order for you to fully appreciate
this situation, let’s go back to 1995, when Liza made her return to Pine
Valley with her sites set on getting back together with Tad Martin.
After Liza’s return to Pine Valley in 1995, she found an unlikely ally
in her campaign to win back Tad, in Adam Chandler, WRCW’s station owner. She
needed someone to help her make Tad jealous, and he needed someone to help him
make his former wife, Brooke, jealous. Much
to Liza and Adam's mutual chagrin, the objects of their affection let the odd
couple go ahead and get hitched in 1996.
By 1997, the marriage of convenience was in big trouble. Liza fell hard
for Jake Martin, Tad's kid brother, just as Adam awoke to the possibility that
he actually loved the woman he'd married. Although the financial prospects of
being Mrs. Adam Chandler initially appealed to Liza far more than Adam himself,
she developed a genuine yen for her husband, and finally, they consummated their
relationship. Their volatile relationship became even more complicated during
the summer of 1997 when Liza became pregnant. Adam initially refused to believe that the child was his. In
time, Adam finally accepted that he was the father of Liza's baby, and he and
Liza decided to make things work between them.
At this same time, Adam realized that his cost-cutting measures had been
responsible for the crash of TransGlobal Flight 149. Meanwhile, Marian and Liza
boarded a TransGlobal flight to New York. Liza panicked when the plane returned
back to Pine Valley and had a bumpy landing. Adam was frightened when he
received a call from Marian that Liza had been hurt and was devastated when he
learned that the baby was stillborn.
When Liza learned about Adam's involvement with Corview, TransGlobal's
parent company, she blamed him for the loss of her unborn baby. Liza left Adam
and declared their marriage over.
Liza had motherhood on her mind in 1998 and she decided to be inseminated
at a fertility clinic and Jake agreed to be her donor. By this time, Adam wanted
Liza back and Allie also hoped to reconcile with Jake. With this in mind, Allie
helped Adam switch his sperm sample with Jake's at the clinic in exchange for
Adam's help in getting her medical license back. Liza became pregnant and had no
idea she was carrying Adam's baby. After spending Thanksgiving together, Liza
agreed to give Adam a second chance. David Hayward, however, knew that Liza was
carrying Adam's child and planned on exposing Adam's scheme at the most
Adam's marriage proposal and Adam wanted to marry her before the baby was born.
When Jake realized that Adam would be a father to "his" child, Jake
broke his promise to Liza and insisted on playing a role in the baby's life. In
order to protect his secret and keep Jake off his back, Adam convinced Liza to
name Jake as her child's official father.
Realizing David could expose his secret at any moment, Adam convinced
Liza to go on a romantic getaway with him until their wedding day. Adam and Liza
went to a secluded country inn but Liza began having contractions and she and
Adam set out for the hospital. Unfortunately, a storm had hit the area and Adam
and Liza were stranded at Stuart's cabin. Luckily, David found Liza and Adam
just as she went into labor. With Adam's help, David successfully delivered a
healthy baby girl, which they named Colby.
As Adam and Liza prepared to get re-married, David
surprised Liza on their wedding day and threatened to shatter her happy world
that had been built on lies. As David was about to spill Adam's secret, Adam and
Erica arrived and Erica challenged David to prove what a monster he really was.
David then decided not to tell Liza the truth about Adam and Colby. Liza and
Adam were later married for the second time.
Adam grew increasingly annoyed over Jake's involvement in Colby's life,
but Liza defended Jake to him and made it clear that Jake was the father of
their baby. Jake refused to back away from Colby and insisted that Adam stop
interfering in the baby's life. Adam, however, remained determined to remove
Jake from Colby's life. In fact, Adam wanted the entire Martin family distanced
from the lives of his children. To that end, Adam arranged for Liza to sell her
WRCW shares to a silent partner and also tricked Stuart and Marian into doing
the same. What they didn’t know was that the silent partner was none other
When Adam finally confessed to being Colby’s biological father, Liza
was shocked and furious with him.
She was set on telling Jake the truth, but changed her mind after seeing him
Soon after, Tad and Liza learned that Adam was behind the WRCW takeover
and vowed to make him pay. At this same time, Marian found Adam planning to flee
with Colby and she locked Adam inside his own safe room.
Marian convinced Liza not to tell Jake the truth about Colby, but didn't
tell Liza what she had done with Adam. Marian then enlisted Stuart's help and
had him impersonate Adam in public. Liza started to become suspicious of
“Adam” and realized what Marian and Stuart were doing while observing Stuart
in a non-Adam moment at Palmer and Vanessa Cortlandt’s party.
Liza accidentally discovered Adam locked in the
safe room and shocked him when he asked her to release him and she refused. She
further incensed Adam when she said that she would never tell Jake the truth
about Colby's paternity. Liza scrambled to make sure Adam didn't reveal the
truth about Colby's paternity to Jake. She left town with Colby and when she
returned, she told Adam that she was going to divorce him. Liza also threatened
Adam that she and Colby would disappear from his life forever if he ever told
Jake the truth.
Jake didn't want Adam raising his child and he decided to sue Liza for
custody. Liza repeatedly asked him to drop the custody suit, but he refused and
remained adamant that Adam stay out of Colby's life. Liza then dropped her plans
to divorce Adam so that they could
appear as a
united couple in court, and Adam promised Liza he would do anything to help
retain custody of Colby.
Colby's custody hearing began and after listening to
testimony from Gillian, Hayley and Junior, the judge was prepared to grant Jake
full custody. An emotional Liza then shocked the courtroom by announcing that
Jake wasn't Colby's biological father. She took the stand and recounted the
entire story of Adam buying the fertility clinic and his other unscrupulous
and Liza were furious when Adam seemed to have gotten everything he wanted, and
they secretly teamed up to destroy him. For the first step of their plan, Liza
convinced Adam to give her power of attorney before he left town on a business
trip. Tad and Liza continued with their scheme to get revenge on Adam. Armed
with Adam's power of attorney, Liza convinced the board members at Chandler
Enterprises that Adam had lost his mind and successfully had herself named as
acting CEO of the company. Liza then had Adam committed to Oak Haven Sanitarium,
but her anger at Adam soon turned to heartbreak when she saw devastated he was
over the supposed death of his brother Stuart. Liza tried to reach out to him
several times, but he continued to push everyone away. They even made love, but
he shut down again and forced Liza to leave him alone.
When Adam announced that he had married Hayley’s mother,
Arlene, Liza's quest for revenge was renewed and she told Adam that she would
continue to run Chandler Enterprises with her new partner, Tad.
Tad and Liza teamed up and became business partners at Chandler
Enterprises and soon began construction on their new offices, the Col-Mar tower,
but they continued to experience problems with the construction of the Col-Mar
Tower, much to Adam's delight.
A jealous Adam decided to sabotage the construction of Tad and Liza's new
office tower. After he learned that Liza had gone to the construction site, he
raced there to save her and ended up seriously injured when the structure
collapsed. Adam hovered near death and it seemed as though only a miracle could
save him. Arlene then put her neck on the line and gave Adam his miracle when
she released Stuart from their attic and took him to Adam's bedside. Stuart's
presence gave Adam the will to live and he finally had his heart back. He wasted
no time in trying to win back Liza's love and said he wanted to be a family with
her and Colby again. Liza truly did love Adam and looked forward to reconciling
with him, but. by the end of the month Liza and Adam's plans hit a snag when
Arlene announced that she was pregnant with Adam's child.
Arlene suffered a
miscarriage and with Vanessa as co-conspirator, she came up with a plan to make
it look like Liza had been responsible.
When Hayley and Mateo exposed the truth about Arlene, Adam wanted her out of
their lives once and for all so
and Liza could continue to work their way back together.
Adam and Liza did remarry, even though Adam will never reform, as he is still maneuvering people’s lives, but through it all, Liza continues to love him.
Helena Mystery continues
as two more readers write in to give us their thoughts:
‘I was reading your column and someone named "Anonymous"
asked who was the second actress to play Helena.
You replied that there were only 2 actresses that played Helena.
I believe that's incorrect. There
was an actress who played Helena on her deathbed who summoned Luke to her side a
few years ago. I don't think it was
Constance Towers and as I'm writing this, the memory gets fuzzier, and I can
barely remember if we saw the woman's face.
I just recall seeing her hands. But
I guess what I'm trying to say is that there were, in fact, 3 people who played
Helena.’ Yolanda Dobson.
was another actress who played Helena Cassadine (it was when Luke and Laura came
back and they were looking for Leslie (Luke got into her room, she was to be
sick or something like that (she had black hair, and she was real skinny).’
A: There was obviously a stand-in for the role of Helena during the scenes you both mentioned, but there is no listing of her in any place that I have been able to access. It’s quite possible that TPTB used an unknown performer to play this part because they only needed to tape one or two scenes with Helena and Luke at that point. Many times there are no credits listed for an actor who is not actually seen on screen. I will continue to research it because you’ve really got my curiosity aroused. In the meantime, perhaps one of my other readers will know the answer to this one.
Katrina: Thanks for all of your input into the Helena mystery. We've
well established that there was *someone* who played a middle Helena in a scant
few scenes. No need to continue writing in to convince us another person
played Helena - smile - we got it! The info we are now looking for is the
name of the actress.]
Q: I have a GH question and hope
you'll have some info. Don't ask me why but I seem to remember a Mike Webber who
lived with Rick and Leslie Webber. He was also in the movie "Over the
Top" with Sylvester Stallone. My question is who was he and do you know
what happened to the character and the actor? Thanks,
David Mendenhall was nine
years old when he played GH’s Mike Webber from 1980-86. He was nominated for
Exceptional Performance By A Young Actor In A Daytime Series, and won a Young
Artist Award for his role in General Hospital in 1983 and 1984. He received
another YAA in 1985 for voiceover work on The Berenstain Bears, and in 1986 he
won for Rainbow Brite.
In “Over The Top,” he played
Sylvester Stallone’s son, Michael Cutler.
Rick and Leslie Webber adopted Mike in 1982.
Two years later, when an outbreak of botulism sent several people to GH,
Rick traced the cause to a sauce made by a company that was owned by D.L. Brock.
At the time, D.L. and Bobbie were on their honeymoon, but when they
returned and he discovered that his company had been shut down, he confronted
Rick, who told him that the plant wouldn’t be reopened until the cases of
sauce were recalled. To make
matters worse, several patients sued him..
D.L. Brock vowed to get even with
Rick. When he found out that Rick
and Leslie had adopted Mike, he planned to use this knowledge as a weapon
against them. After searching
through several PC high school yearbooks, he left for NY.
A few months later, Ginny Blake showed up in Port Charles, claiming to be
Mike’s real mother. Both Rick and
Leslie pleaded with Ginny to give up her plan of reclaiming Mike, but by then
she had already him and Mike became very close to her.
Soon after, she told the Webber’s that she was leaving town, but before
she left she asked Rick to meet her in her hotel room where she gave him a check
for $25,000 towards Mike’s college education.
What Rick didn’t know was that Ginny had secretly filmed their meeting.
After he left, she called D.L. and told him that “the trap’s been set
and Webber’s been caught.”
D.L. then exposed Rick of being a crook who had taken a bribe from
Ginny, an employee of his company, in order to reopen the plant.
Bobbie became suspicious and told Robert Scorpio she thought that Ginny
was an actress who was there to set Rick up.
Leslie went to her and pleaded with her to tell the truth, but Ginny
refused. Leslie was very upset and
took off for home. Later, at the Webber’s, Burt Ramsey showed up to tell Rick
that her car had skidded off the road in an ice storm and she was presumed dead.
Robert Scorpio managed to coerce a
confession out of Ginny and had D.L. print a retraction in the newspaper. Rick,
who was hurt by the tragic turn of events, warned Ginny to stay away from Mike,
but Ginny refused to leave town, hoping she could establish a relationship with
her son. She won a job as hostess
of a local TV show, “Teen Time”, and became so wrapped up in her new career
that she ignored the chest pains that began to plague her.
Finally, when the pains became worse she had to have open-heart surgery.
In the meantime, Mike still had no
idea that Ginny was his real mother, until Amy blurted out the truth to Mike,
who resented Ginny's intrusion into his life and refused to see her.
In order to protect his son, Rick began to think he should take Mike out
of PC permanently. Ginny was outraged and threatened to take Rick to court
if he tried to take Mike away. She
went to her lawyer, who thought that since Leslie was dead, Ginny would stand a
good chance of winning custody of her son. When Rick learned this, he worried
that he would lose Mike. Out of
desperation he offered Ginny as marriage of convenience, in name only, for
Mike’s sake as well as his own. In time, the chill between Rick and Ginny
thawed and they actually began to develop a deep affection for one another. But
Rick and Ginny's newfound love would be put to the test when Derek Barrington
came to town. Derek was Mike's real father.
Bobbie married D.L. Brock , then
realized in 1985 that he was unbalanced. One night, an enraged Brock came home
with a gun. He knocked Bobbie out
and she fell unconscious behind a sofa. Ginny arrived on the scene intending to
threaten Brock with a fake gun. However, Brock surprised Ginny by pulling out a
real gun. They struggled, and
Brock's own gun went off, killing him. Bobbie was charged with his murder. With
the help of Robert Scorpio, Ginny was found and Robert scared her into telling
the truth. Ginny then turned to
Derek Barrington for solace, who offered her a shoulder to cry on, and a bed to
make love in. As Ginny's trial approached, Bobbie's attorney, Jake Meyer,
worried that she would seek revenge on Ginny.
Instead, Bobbie shocked everyone and exonerated her. Ginny was released,
and soon found out she was pregnant, but she didn’t know who the real father
of her baby was until a test proved that the baby was a Webber, not a
Barrington. In the end, Ginny and
Rick moved to Omaha, along with Mike and their new baby, Rick Junior.
As for the actor, after leaving the role of Mike in 1986, David went on to star in Witchfire 1986; Over the Top 1987; They Still Call Me Bruce 1987; Going Bananas 1988; Streets 1990, and The Secret of the Ice Cave 1990, and two appearances in TV’s Taxi in 1987.
Besides his starring roles, David’s voice has been used in over seven
other movies and television shows.
Q: Wondering what happened to the
"real " Carly on G.H.?? Hope
she is coming back?? Have been
looking for any info. about her leaving the show, but haven't been able to run
across anything, please can you give me an answer?
Thanks , Linda
Thanks for writing, Linda.
As a matter of fact this same question was asked a few weeks ago and
I’ll post it again for you now.
During an interview with Soap Opera Weekly's West Coast Editor, Janet Di
Lauro, on April 17th, Sarah Brown stated:
“It’s definitely a decision that I labored over, and yet it's
something that I've been thinking about for two years. My heart is telling me
that now is the time. I need to move on and make my way into directing, which is
something that I've wanted to do since I can remember.
There's not really a place to do that and stay on a soap. I realized it
was time to cut down on my workload in terms of the daytime gig, in order to
focus on the things that I really hope to do in the future.”
know what really took me off guard? Those rumors on the Internet about Jill and
myself having some sort of blowout and that that is what caused me to leave
General Hospital. These rumors are completely false. Plain and simple,[this
alleged blowout] just never happened”.
Last interview on April 24th:
did cry my eyes out," shared Sarah Brown on her final day on the GENERAL
HOSPITAL set earlier this month. "I tried not to, but it's like going off
to college after high school. Its poetically, beautifully sad."
Brown taped her final scenes, which aired on April 24, cast and crew gathered to
say goodbye on a sweet note. "They brought in a cake, and everyone came
up," she smiles. "I was in such an emotional state, but I told
everyone that I really felt like I grew up at GENERAL HOSPITAL. I learned so
much about my craft, and I really wanted to thank every single person who I
it make her reconsider her decision to leave? "No, it really didn't,"
she admits. "I am completely at peace with my decision. I'm really
listening to my heart. It's like a subconscious feeling when something has given
you or you've given it as much as you can, and it's time to move on and get to
not looking to come back, and I don't mean that in any negative way
whatsoever," she concludes. "I've loved it. I've just run the gamut
with the character and I really want to move into new things in my life. That's
the only reason."
her fans, "I want to say how much I appreciate, respect, adore them and
their support for not only the character of Carly, but the storyline of Sonny
and Carly, and for myself as a person. I'm so very grateful for my experiences.
I couldn't have asked for anything better. I never expected this kind of
(This next question was sent to Katrina, whose answer
is posted below)
eye!! Annette Chavez plays Leticia
Juarez and she was on a show on Nick called "Wild & Crazy Kids."
The show aired from 1990-1992 and Chavez was featured on it only during
the first year. Of interest is that
the show was hosted by Don Jeffcoat, who not only played the 4th and most recent
Joey Buchanan on OLTL, but also played a character named Craig in the distant
anals of GH history.’
Q: When and under what
circumstances did Mac adopt Felicia’s and Frisco's daughters?
When I was unable to find anything on this, I asked Katrina, and this is
what she had to say about it:
wasn't any big mention of it to my knowledge and they still retain Frisco's last
name, so it's possible that there was never a legal adoption.
He has just acted as a father figure to them since he married Felicia.
If an actual adoption took place, they did not change their names and it
wasn't spotlighted on the show.’
Q: I was wondering if you know the
ages of Zander Smith and Emily Quartermaine on General Hospital.
Also, how old are Nikolas, Lucky, Liz and Gia supposed to be?
Thank you. Julianne
is a toughie, since most of these younger actors are actually older than the
characters they portray. Please
remember also, that we can only go by the facts as they are presented to us
through the years, and the facts have been known to be rewritten. J
Chad Brannon is 22, Zander is ? ;
Amber Tamblyn is 18, Emily is 17; Coltin Scott is 26, Nikolas is 21; Jacob Young
is 22, Lucky is 19; Rebecca is 24, Liz is 19; Marisa is 24, Gia is 18-19. If you know
Zander’s age, please feel free to write to me.
** Below are a few responses I received concerning a
previous question sent in by Kimberly Craig re: Vicki and the existence of a
daughter named Christine.
(At left, Susan Floyd, who played Christine Cromwell,
question: ‘I was watching Tina and Cord and Asa and Renee’s wedding on Soap
Net last week, and Vicki was talking about this daughter Christine, and how she
would like to get to know her. I
knew Megan and Jessica were her daughters but have never heard her speak of a
Christine. Who is her father and
where is she now?’
‘When Michael Grande came to town he knew that Vicki, as Niki, had
become pregnant and given birth to a baby girl. She had no memory of this because she was Niki at the time
and because Victor Lord had her hypnotized. Michael knew that the father of the
baby was a man who lived in Eterna, Victor Lord's underground world.
Michael knew that a man named Leo Cromwell was also a resident of Eterna
and had a daughter the same age as Viki/Niki's daughter would be.
That daughter was Christine. Michael
paid Leo to pass Christine off as his and Viki's love child.
Eventually the truth came out that Leo was scamming Viki and that her
real daughter was Megan Gordon, and the father was Roger Gordon.
Viki and Christine were both very sad because they were forming a bond.
Viki was especially upset because she and Megan did NOT get along at all.
Hope that helps.’
‘I have some
information about the mysterious "Christine" on OLTL.
In 1988, Leo Cromwell entered Viki's life, and he claimed to have had a
love affair with Viki's alter ego, Niki Smith, which produced a love child named
Christine Cromwell. He even had a photograph of Leo and Niki together as
teenagers. Viki was shocked by this
news, but grew to know and love Christine.
However, it was revealed that Leo was a fraud. Viki's real lover was Roger Gordon, and the real love child
was Megan, who initially hated Viki. Christine
was one of many trapped in the underground city of Eterna.
While in Eterna, she and Wade Coleman had a passionate affair, which
ruined Wade's marriage to Mari Lynn, an aspiring soap opera actress.
Hope this helps out.’
‘I read the question about Vicki's daughter Christine on OLTL.
For awhile Vicki believed that Christine was the daughter she had had
while being Nicki. Christine’s
father was behind the lie. This
happened during the Eterna plot. Christine’s
father was the crazy guy who got them all stuck down in Eterna.
During that time Vicki learned the truth and found out about Megan.’
‘Naomi, regarding the question below, I believe I have the answer.
that Megan was Vicki's daughter, I believe there was a father and daughter team
named Leo and Christine. Leo was trying to scam Vicki or I believe he was hired
by Michael Grand to trick Vicki into believing that his daughter Christine was
the the baby girl born to Vicki and then taken away from her as well as her
memory of this. Later the truth came out and Leo and Christine were outed as
frauds. This was probably about the same time of the wedding featured on Soap
Net the other day OR I could be totally wrong on this considering it happened so
‘Hi! I haven't been able to be online much these days but I can
quickly answer the last question about "Christine being Vikis
daughter". Back in 1988, Micheal Grande hired a guy named Leo Cromwell to
have his daughter(Christine) pose as Vikis daughter she had when she was in high
school(Megan was the real daughter by Roger Gordon). It all involved Eterna and
Danton(Rogers father) and gold. It was all a plot I think to get the gold.
Gabrielle was involved as several other characters including Tina & Cord
when they were all trapped in the underground city on Llantano mountain. Hope
‘Christine was the daughter of a man who came ot llanview at the same
time as Michael Grande. He, the
father, was being blackmailed I think by Michael Grande to find the lost
underground city of Eterna, which he did, He
was an archeologist I believe. Part
of their plot was to have Vicki think that his daughter, Christine was actually
the lost daughter, Megan. I forget why, but that is the story of Christine. they
either were killed when Eterna collapsed, or left town…’
Thanks so much to all of you, it goes to show that Eye On Soaps readers are really on the BALL!! JJ
welcomes all questions from the readers. I
will continue to do my best to give you the correct information, but I can’t
promise that questions concerning the private lives of soap stars will be
answered, as many times this information cannot be confirmed.
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