Full detailed profile on Gwen Winthrop Played by Liza Huber on Passions Daytime Soap Opera.
Actor: Liza Huber
Who played Gwen Winthrop over the years
Liza Huber (July 5, 1999 - November 8, 2000; October 16, 2002 - present)
Useful information on Gwen Winthrop
* Married to Ethan Winthrop.
Current: Ladies Club Chairwoman
The only child of Jonathan and Rebecca Hotchkiss, from a very young age Gwen has been in love with Ethan. Once the two of them were adults, Gwen and Ethan started spending more time in Harmony since that is where his family is from. During this time is when things took a turn for the worse. Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald started pursuing Ethan and was almost deemed a stalker in his eyes. Gwen and Ethan soon began a friendship with Theresa after Whitney convinced Ethan that her best friend (Theresa) meant no harm. Gwen became more and more suspicious of Theresa's intentions because she always seemed to be wherever Ethan was. Theresa introduced the couple to her boyfriend Chuck and that seemed to put Gwen�s mind at ease for the time being. Gwen became so comfortable with Theresa that she insisted that she work with Ethan to plan their wedding so she could finish up some business that was important for her career. With Gwen out of town on a regular basis attending to business, Theresa made the most of the time by moving in on Ethan.
Rebecca (Gwen�s mother) arrived in Harmony shortly before the wedding and began insisting to her daughter that her friend Theresa was a gold digging liar! A good natured Gwen defended Theresa but deep down could not help but wonder if her mother had some valid points. She confronted Ethan and Theresa at the prom boat and demanded to know if Theresa was in love with Ethan. When Theresa insisted that she wasn't, an embarrassed Gwen apologized and things went on as usual. Gwen ended up asking Theresa to be her maid of honor when Ethan�s aunt Sheridan couldn't (due to numerous attempts on her life at the time). At the night of their much anticipated engagement party, Ethan informed Gwen that he had been cheating on her with Theresa and that he wanted to postpone the wedding. It was then that she realized that her suspicions were true and she left to go and approach her. Gwen was in a frantic state of mind and literally was swinging a bat at Theresa for doing this to her. When Pilar (Theresa�s mother) came in the room to see what was going on, Gwen locked her in a closet because she realized that she knew what her daughter was up to the entire time. The big shock came when she went into Theresa�s bedroom and found a shrine that she had made honoring Ethan!
Gwen then had the bright idea of telling Ethan that he should date both of them so that he would see that they were meant for each other...not him and Theresa! Sheridan died during the courting and Gwen took the opportunity to be there for Ethan. She lied to Ethan by telling him that Theresa did not come to see him. On Christmas Eve, Ethan and Gwen went to church together. Much to her surprise, Ethan ended up proposing to Theresa that night, crushing Gwen�s heart. She picked up the pieces and was ready to move on until her mother told her the biggest news to hit the town in years that Ethan was not a Crane, and that his real father was Sam Bennett (a man that Ethan hated). Rebecca found this information on Theresa's computer and realized that Theresa had known this for months. This only confirmed to Gwen that Theresa was really only after money and prestige that the Crane name would bring. Gwen reluctantly agreed to her mother's suggestion of getting even with Theresa, by sending the information to the tabloids and making it appear that Theresa had done it. Desperate times called for desperate measures. Whenever Gwen would feel guilty about framing Theresa, Rebecca would quickly remind her of what Theresa had done to her.
With Theresa all set to marry Ethan and rubbing it constantly in her face, Gwen had no choice but to contact the tabloids and ensure that they publish the fact that the information came from Theresa. They did as promised on the very day that Ethan and Theresa were planning to wed. Ethan however did not believe that Theresa was involved and still planned on going through with the wedding. Gwen was devastated again, but realized that she wanted Ethan to be happy, and that if she couldn't be married to him, she could still be his friend.
Gwen couldn't believe that Theresa had married Julian in Bermuda and was now pregnant with his child! Both her mother and Ivy were constantly scheming to beat Theresa, but Gwen took the high road and insisted that she was going to be better than that. When she went to Ethan and told him about all of their plotting, the two of them slowly grew closer (not that his relationship with Theresa was over). Ethan ended up helping Theresa escape from jail and Gwen ended up delivering Theresa's baby in a cabin. When Theresa was finally executed, Gwen and Ethan thought for sure that they would finally be together as things were meant to be. It was like a dagger through the heart when Theresa emerged from the dead, more determined than ever to latch on to Ethan! Theresa had a brand new weapon to use in her fight�her baby!
Just as Ethan and Gwen were engaged again, he began secretly seeing Theresa. Gwen finally decided to wash her hands of the situation and move to New York. She was all set to go when she realized that she was pregnant! Ethan immediately proposed to Gwen when he heard the news, but Gwen told him no." She informed him that she did not want to be his wife if he was not truly in love with her. Gwen and Ethan finally married, but Theresa still came after Ethan with everything she had. Gwen and Theresa came to blows and the stress landed Gwen in the hospital. The baby died at birth and Gwen decided that she was better off without Theresa and Ethan in her life. Ethan finally convinced her that they belong together, and she let him come back into her life.
Gwen spent a period of time helping Sheridan deal with Luis' ex-girlfriend Beth Wallace. She suspected that Beth was just like Theresa and wanted to prevent Sheridan from having the same pain. When she met with the doctor to try and expose Beth for faking her pregnancy, the doctor ended up informing Gwen that she could never have another child. Gwen and Ethan decided to go the surrogate route to start a family. Theresa managed to kidnap the surrogate and had herself implanted with the baby so that she could use the child to threaten Gwen and Ethan if they did not give her back �little Ethan� (Theresa�s son that was taken away because she was deemed unfit). Theresa was then discovered to be pregnant with twins. Due to complications, the baby boy had to be aborted to save the baby girl. It was then that Gwen found out that Ethan and Theresa were together one night and that there was a chance that the baby may belong to Theresa. This was the breaking point for Gwen and she went straight into a mental breakdown. She lost touch with reality and didn�t realize that her daughter with Ethan and her son with Ethan (via surrogate) were dead. She faked a suicide attempt and ended up walking out of the hospital with Theresa�s baby, Jane. She soon regained her sanity, but insisted that the baby was hers because Theresa had signed over all legal rights during the surrogacy. Gwen finally decided to return to Harmony with the baby (for the baby's best interests), but things only got worse. Theresa didn't keep her promise and filed charges against Gwen for kidnapping as soon as she returned. Luckily Gwen was found incapable of comprehending her actions due to an interaction with her medications and she and Ethan were granted temporary custody.
Ethan Winthrop (divorced)
A Mystery man
Jonathan Hotchkiss (father)
Rebecca Hotchkiss (mother)
Sarah Winthrop (stillborn)
Unnamed Child (son aborted in 2004 with Ethan)
After the videotape plays Gwen’s voice confessing, Theresa tells Ethan, “We’re going to be together!” Theresa asks Sam to play the tape so Ethan can hear everything and Gwen and Rebecca try to make a quiet escape. Sam catches them though and Ethan says they will watch the tape along with the rest of them.
Theresa hooks up the camera to the TV so everyone can see and hear Gwen and Rebecca confessing their crimes. Everyone watches in shock and anger, as Gwen and Rebecca stand there in horror. After it’s over Ethan angrily turns the camera off and lashes out at Gwen. Ivy, Paloma and Sheridan also take turns yelling at the Hotchkiss women while they try to defend themselves. Ethan is disgusted with Gwen, but she says the tape is a fake. She blames Little Ethan for editing various conversations between Gwen and Rebecca to make it look like they said those things. Little E says he couldn’t have messed with it because it was taped right after the footage of Kay and Miguel getting married. Sam says he’s right and police skills must run in the family. Ethan believes his son and Theresa happily hugs Ethan and Little E. Sam congratulates Theresa and Ethan, as Noah welcomes Little E to the family and Ivy apologizes to Theresa for not believing her for all these years. She says she realizes Theresa loves Ethan more than her own life and she welcomes her to the family. Theresa promises to be good to Ethan and Ivy says she believes her. Theresa asks Ethan if they are really going to be together and Ethan says they will be a family with Little E, Jane and even Jonathan. He tells a shocked Gwen that she is an unfit mother and he will not let her raise their son. Theresa says after all these years her dream has finally come true. Ethan smiles and enthusiastically plants a kiss on her. Gwen isn’t ready to give up and points out that Theresa lied to him too regarding Little Ethan. Theresa defends herself and Gwen continues her tirade, but Sam and Luis stop her by handcuffing both her and Rebecca. Rebecca doesn’t put up a fight and requests a strip search, but Gwen says they can’t arrest them for what happened in Mexico because it is out of their jurisdiction. Sam counters that he will detain her until the D.A. reviews her involvement with Juanita and her plans to blow up the church. Ethan tells Gwen she just got her answer as to why he chose Theresa. Frustrated, Gwen spits out, “Damn it!”
Gwen and Rebecca are zapped into janitor’s outfits and Theresa says it’s God’s way of telling them to clean up their acts! Gwen and Rebecca are mortified that they are in hideous polyester and Rebecca recalls that the last time she wore anything this tacky was when they went to Vegas a few years back. Gwen doesn’t remember it and Rebecca says Gwen was really upset about Theresa and Ethan for the millionth time and ended up marrying that guy she met. Gwen freaks out and says Rebecca told her it was all a dream, but Rebecca assures her it was not, but recalls that she never got divorced. Ethan and Theresa realize that his and Gwen’s marriage is null and void and they can get married now. Theresa asks her new sister-in-law Kay to hocus pocus Rebecca and Gwen off to go mop something. Kay zaps them and they disappear. Ethan asks Father Lonigan to marry him and Theresa and he says he’d be honored to.
While they stand in front of Father Lonigan, Theresa and Ethan check to make sure this isn’t another fantasy and when they realize it’s not, Ethan asks what could stop them now? Just then, Rebecca yells out to stop the wedding and Gwen and Rebecca come rushing in. A cop stops them, but they say everyone else got a happy ending why can’t they get one too? Father Lonigan says if they are sincere about being good they can. They both say they are sincere and Rebecca hears a donkey. She smiles and says, “There’s my happy ending!” Gwen wonders about her and the cop says he’s always had a thing for bad girls gone good and tells her to call him once she gets out on bail. This appeases Gwen and she says she’d like that.
In the church basement, Gwen tells Ethan that they should be leaving for their honeymoon. Ethan suspects there must really be something on that video tape. Theresa wants them to play it since Gwen is so petrified. "You two witches are going to get exactly what you deserve!" Theresa smirks. Little Ethan repeats what he heard Gwen say. All of the Lopez-Fitzgerald's gather together against her and Rebecca, refusing to let them leave the room. Everyone wants to see what's on the tape and nothing they can say will stop them. As Ethan fumbles with the camera, the two women stand aside and hope it is actually broken.
As Little Ethan hooks the camera up to a TV, Rebecca still wants to make a break for it. Gwen won't let her. Fancy and Sheridan watch them, sure that someone is about to get hurt. Little Ethan rewinds the tape and it starts to play. Gwen and Rebecca wring their hands while Sam explains that he must have left the camera running. As the tape plays, the sound only works for the first moment and stops. Gwen says that's because there is nothing to hear and she's starting to feel insulted by all of this. Theresa points out that they heard Gwen say that Ethan can never know the horrible things she's done. He demands an explanation. She says that she just splurged on their honeymoon and had to get her mother to help pay for it. "I want to be on this wonderful honeymoon so, please, can we just go?" she asks.
Esme stumbles into the basement and tells everyone how much she was looking forward to sitting through four boring weddings. She stumbles toward the priest's office and knocks the camera on the floor. Theresa clutches at it. "Oh no! I'm never going to be able to prove what Gwen and Rebecca did!" she gasps. Theresa cries about how unfair this is. Fancy prompts Esme to apologize. Rebecca says Fate must not want Theresa to win. Ethan says it looks like nothing was on the tape anyway. Theresa clings to Ethan and refuses to let it end this way. Luis threatens to bring the camera to the crime lab. Gwen is smug. Pilar starts swearing. Gwen declares that the order of the universe has finally been corrected and she and Ethan will be together for good.
"Poor Theresa," Sheridan tells Gwen. They watch as Ethan and Theresa hold each other. Sheridan wonders how her friend can want to spend her life with a man who loves another woman. Gwen reminds her of their vows to be with the men they love and accuses Sheridan of settling for second best.
Back downstairs, Theresa cries and apologizes for ruining everyone's wedding day. Ethan asks for a moment alone with her. "I don't like to see you cry," he tells her. He just got her back and now he is losing her again, but he doesn't have any hope for them. "I'm only half a man right now without you," he says. She cries about everything they've lost. He knows that everything she did was just because she loves him. He promises that their hearts will always be one. Gwen reminds him that they have a plane to catch. Ivy stops her. "Do you think you'll ever be able to make him happy?" she asks. Gwen does. She breaks Ethan away from Theresa and tells him that he's had enough time with Theresa. Gwen takes Ethan to the door and tells everyone that they have their true loves and she has the right to have Ethan. Pilar tells her that her marriage is a joke. Gwen tells her she and her family are bad Catholics. Esme calls her a word that rhymes with witch. Ethan tells her to stop embarrassing herself. Theresa continues to beg Ethan not to leave. She runs into Ethan's arms again and tells him she can't live without him. He loves her, but Gwen is his wife. Before he can leave, Sam walks in with the camera: It's been fixed. It plays and they can hear that Gwen and Rebecca exposed Ethan to the tabloids. Gwen tries to pull him out but he pushes her away.