Ned Ashton and Lois Cerullo on General Hospital
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Two Mrs. Ned Ashtons and one Eddie Maine were shockingly revealed 27 years ago.

Currently, General Hospital’s Ned Quartermaine and his current wife, Olivia Falconeri, have been working on their marriage after his one-night stand with Alexis Davis and her brief flirtation with Robert Scorpio. While his love life is on more stable ground now, Ned is no stranger to the love triangle. In fact, on September 16, 1994, when he was still using the last name Ashton, Ned was publicly revealed by one wife to be a bigamist during a party for his other wife.

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At what was Ned’s public wife Katherine Bell’s birthday party, his other, more private, wife, Lois Cerullo, jumped out of a birthday cake yelling, “Happy birthday Mrs. Ned Ashton, from the other Mrs. Ned Ashton.” Party attendee Sonny Corinthos asked a dumbstruck Brenda Barrett, who helped Ned with his ruse, what was going on. Her response? “The end of the world as we know it.”

Lois proceeded to give Katherine her and Ned’s marriage certificate and then outed Ned as rocker Eddie Maine. Ned ran after Lois as she sprinted from the party to tell her she was who he loved. He only married Katherine because she was blackmailing his family — but he married Lois first. Lois wasn’t swayed and hightailed it to the gatehouse to pack her things. Meanwhile, Katherine vowed to have Ned arrested but Ned countered he had evidence she embezzled money from a past lover, as well as committed other crimes involving Damian Smith.

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Ned and Katherine parted ways and Lois eventually forgave Ned. The reunited couple went on to have a daughter together, Brook Lynn, but when Lois couldn’t deal with Ned’s devotion to ELQ any longer, she took their child and left town. As for Katherine, she became involved with Mac Scorpio, Stefan Cassadine, and Nikolas Cassadine. Her time in Port Charles came to a tragic end when Helena Cassadine pushed Katherine off Wyndemere’s parapet (for a second time) to her death.

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