Ava’s recent storyline has some GENERAL HOSPITAL fans wondering if this is the end of the scheming vixen, but if you take a look back at everything the mob princess has been through since coming to Port Charles, it’s clear that she’s like a cat with nine lives who’s probably only on life four or five!
Ava Jerome made her first appearance in May of 2013 when actress Maura West joined the cast of GH. West was previously best known to daytime fans for her Emmy-winning portrayal of AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Carly, though she also had a brief stint as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Diane in between ATWT and GH!
Ava is the daughter of the late mob boss, Victor Jerome, and his ex-mistress, Delia Ryan Coleridge (played by Ilene Kristen). She has a better relationship with her brother, Julian than her sister, Olivia, who returned from the dead hell-bent on taking revenge against her family!
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Ava claimed Kiki (then Kristen Alderson) was Franco’s daughter. (Photo Credit: sean smith/jpistudios.com)
Ava arrived in Port Charles hoping to get a share of ELQ since her daughter Kiki was fathered by Franco, who turned out to be a Quartermaine. But it turned out that Ava had been lying, and Dr. Silas Clay was actually Kiki’s real father. Kiki dumped Morgan after learning he’d known the truth and kept it from her, and Ava was hated by everyone she'd deceived. So the two found comfort in each other and Ava and Morgan began an affair!
When Ava called Derek Wells Julian, it was revealed that he was really her brother, and the siblings joined forces to build the Jerome family back up in the Port Charles mob scene, targeting Sonny for a big fall. When Sonny’s girlfriend, Connie, was murdered, she scrawled “AJ” in blood, which many assumed to mean A.J. Quartermaine was her killer, but the initials actually stood for Ava Jerome!
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When A.J. confronted Ava, Sonny walked in as he was strangling her and joined in the fight, ultimately shooting A.J. dead! Ava and Sonny bonded over their shared secret and after A.J.’s funeral, had sex together in the Quartermaine crypt. But when Sonny learned that Ava was Connie’s killer, she warned him he couldn’t kill her for revenge because she was pregnant and the baby was either his child or grandchild (she’d also been sleeping with Morgan, remember)!
While escaping Sonny’s men trying to kidnap her, Ava accidentally ran down Jason and nearly went into premature labor. She was able to carry to term, but upon giving birth to Avery, Nina abducted the child hoping to start a family with Franco! Once Avery was brought home safely, though, Ava was arrested for Connie’s murder. Oh, and by the way, the child turned out to be Sonny’s!
Ava nearly managed to escape from prison but was confronted by Carlos, who shot her. Sonny found her dangling from a bridge but refused to pull her up so she fell to her presumed death. Luckily, Silas had found her and secreted her away to nurse her back to health, though he discovered Ava had terminal leukemia and was forced to use Avery’s bone marrow to save her life.
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Denise claimed to be Ava’s twin sister! (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Returning to town with dark hair and calling herself Denise DiMuccio, Ava was soon exposed but was able to avoid jail time when the tape of her killing Connie disappeared. Wanting custody of Avery, Ava entered into a long, ugly battle with Sonny and Carly over the little girl. When Kiki became involved again with Morgan, Ava tampered with his bipolar medication to cause trouble for them, but Morgan’s downward spiral led him to steal Julian’s car which exploded, killing him!
Having finally made progress with Sonny regarding custody arrangements for Avery, Ava scrambled to cover her tracks, but the truth finally came out, and Sonny and Carly confronted her after the Nurses Ball. Under pressure, Ava cracked and confessed to switching out Morgan's meds and knocked over a lantern to start a fire. Unfortunately, Sonny and Carly managed to escape unscathed while Ava herself suffered horrible burns all over her body.
Valentin made Ava an offer she struggled to refuse! (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
As Ava struggles to put her life together as she heals from her wounds, she's making it extra hard on herself refusing help from everyone. But as there are no plans for West to exit GH, Ava will likely survive this ordeal, too. This cat still has some lives left!
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