Given that we first met Kathleen Gati’s Dr. Liesl Obrecht when she was holding hostage Robin Scorpio — you know, one of the most popular heroines in General Hospital history — it’s not surprising that viewers weren’t initially fond of the baddie!
With Luke Spencer posing as an M.D., Anna Devane’s search for her missing daughter eventually led her to Obrecht… thus beginning a decades-long relationship between the women that could only be called “complicated at best.” (It’s worth noting that legend has it Luke’s portrayer, Anthony Geary, is the one who convinced the show that Gati was a keeper and the powers that be needed to bring her alter ego back for more!)
Trouble Times Two
It was oddly appropriate that Liesl only had eyes for the equally wicked Cesar Faison. Unfortunately, while he was perfectly happy to use her both personally and professionally, the true object of his affection obsession was Anna.
Master of Disguise
OK, fine, “master” might be a bit of an overstatement, but Obrecht has had to sneak around incognito on more than a few occasions. From the look on Holly Sutton’s face, this particular get-up worked… at least until Liesl took the glasses off.
To the She-Devil, A Daughter
In 2013, it was revealed that Dr. Britt Westbourne was, in fact, the spawn of Obrecht and Faison. With the help of her mom, Britt schemed to win the affections of Dr. Patrick Drake by claiming to be pregnant with his baby.
‘Are You My Mother?’
Much to Nathan West’s surprise, the answer to that question, when posed to Obrecht, was yes. The ill-fated good guy only found out as an adult that Liesl had, upon his birth, handed him over to her sister.
We See the Resemblance
Despite not being quite so open with her mustache-twirling, Madeline Reeves was every bit as evil as sis Liesl. Need proof? She put daughter Nina Reeves into a coma almost a quarter of a century, framed son-in-law Silas Clay for the crime and eventually killed him.
Birds of a Feather
It’s probably not surprising that Liesl has always been close to niece Nina (originally Michelle Stafford, Young & Restless’ Phyllis). Not only was Nina protective of adopted brother Nathan, but for a time, she was nearly as dangerous as Obrecht, going so far as to literally rip a baby out of rival Ava Jerome’s womb!
The Other Guy
Faison was not the only man in Obrecht’s life. And while Victor Cassadine (then Thaao Penghlis, aka Days of Our Lives’ Tony) was smart, rich and every bit as twisted as Liesl, the one thing he wasn’t — and could never be — was Faison.
Perhaps Obrecht finally realized she was barking up the wrong romantic tree when Faison suggested that he would make love to her… if she wore a mask which made her look like Anna. #StayClassyDude
Victor did manage to give Obrecht one heck of a gift when he arranged for her to become the hospital’s chief of staff! This despite having kidnapped, poisoned, manipulated and/or otherwise tormented most of the facility’s employees.
We’ll All Look the Other Way…
Rightly convinced that Faison’s son, Peter August, had framed her for his crimes, Obrecht held him hostage for weeks, hoping he’d confess his sins. For the record, much of the audience was, by this point, encouraging her to do away with the guy!
Friends Till the End
With each of them trying to put dark pasts (mostly) behind them, it wasn’t surprising that Obrecht and Franco Baldwin bonded after she hired the ex-serial killer to work as an art therapist at the hospital. Like his eventual wife Elizabeth Webber, Obrecht was devastated when he became yet another of Peter’s victims.
A Haunting Presence
Is it important that you know Obrecht played the Ghost of Christmas Present during a special holiday episode of General Hospital? Of course not. It is, however, important that you check out her amazing wardrobe.
Take a Number
Then again, Obrecht has always had a flair for the dramatic and a desire to be in the spotlight. How often has she taken to the stage at the Nurses Ball… whether at the request of hostess Lucy Coe or by literally stealing the show?
A Christmas (Horror) Story
And who could forget the time that Obrecht, er, entertained the children at General Hospital’s annual holiday party… by telling them the story of Krampus, a creature who terrorizes youngsters who have misbehaved!
A Fine Romance
Despite the look on Britt’s face, we’re pretty sure even she approves of her mom’s budding relationship with Scott Baldwin. For one thing, given how many scrapes the women get into, having a lawyer on hand can’t be a bad idea, right?