In the search for answers about his past, Franco tried to get answers from his mother, Heather Webber. But some newer GENERAL HOSPITAL fans might not be aware of exactly who this woman is and why you shouldn’t always trust anything she has to say! She’s had a complicated and twisted history, but let us try to break it down for you…
The role of Heather was originated back in 1976 by Georganne LaPiere, but she left after a year to try to become a movie star. Mary O’Brien took over for a couple years, and in 1980, Robin Mattson joined the cast of GH and has been playing the character on and off ever since.
Heather Grant came to Port Charles and fell in love with Monica’s husband, Jeff Webber. After spending the night with him, she got pregnant, but because he wouldn’t leave his wife, Heather opted to sell the baby to nurse Diana Taylor. After she told Jeff she’d lost their baby, he married her and she began working as the nanny for the Taylor’s son, who was really hers. Heather got pregnant again, but when she lost that child, she decided to get her son back. But her attempt to drive Diana crazy backfired when Heather accidentally drank the LSD herself and was committed to a sanitarium!
Although Heather was eventually released, she faked hysteria to get herself recommitted so she would have an alibi when she killed Diana and framed Jeff’s new lover for the crime. But in the end, it was revealed that Heather didn’t actually kill Diana after all. For a while, her therapy with Dr. Seymour Katz was going well, but then she arranged for another of his patients to shoot the shrink! (Thankfully, he survived…)
Heather fell for her doctor's stepson! (Photo Credit: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Heather did much better with her next doctor, Gail Baldwin, who was convinced that she was cured. After Joe Kelly found her in bed with Scotty, Heather left him for the attorney and the scheme team plotted to use her cousin, Susan, to steal a fortune from the Quartermaines. Heather even tricked Susan into giving her permission to raise her son, Jason, if anything happened to her. But their plan fell apart and after Susan was murdered, Heather failed to get custody of Jason, so she left town to be with her son, Steven Lars.
Heather returned in 2004 claiming she wanted to reconnect with her family, but she actually seduced her way into the Quartermaine family by convincing Edward to marry her! Unfortunately, he gave away his fortune to be with her, so Heather and Tracy had him committed. Luke exposed Heather’s scheme and tricked her into confessing that she’d murdered policeman Ross Duncan and framed Skye for the killing! Ultimately, Heather was locked up in Ferncliff Sanitarium for her crimes.
In 2012, Sam Morgan visited Heather looking for information on the serial killer Franco, who was obsessed with Jason, and the inmate revealed that Franco is actually Jason’s fraternal twin brother! Heather convinced her son, Steve, that she’d changed and he helped her get released, but when Steve was arrested for murder, she killed Maggie Wurth and made it look like a suicide so she would be blamed for the killing instead.
Heather never thought Carly was right for her son! (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
Not only did Heather tamper with the paternity test results to make Sam believe that Franco, not Jason, was the father of her child, she also switched Téa Delgado’s stillborn baby with Sam’s! After kidnapping Luke and trying to kill Anna, Heather tried to steal Téa’s (really Sam’s) baby for herself, but after a tense standoff was injured and lapsed into a coma.
After waking up, Heather escaped Ferncliff and tried to kidnap Jason and Sam’s son again, tried to kill Olivia, but ended up stabbing Steve. After turning herself in, Heather was visited by Franco and she revealed that he’s really her son with Scott. But after she tried to kill his then-girlfriend, Carly, Franco stabbed her and believed her dead. She survived, though, and after trying to kill Carly again, shot her son. Although locked up again, Heather sneaked out to drug Bobbie and Lucas so people wouldn’t think that Franco was the hospital serial killer.
Heather seems to hold a lot of secrets in her cracked little mind. She’s revealed that Franco and Jason are twin brothers, and later that Elizabeth and Hayden are actually sisters. So it’s no wonder that Franco wanted to see if she had anything else to reveal about his mysterious past. Does she hold the key to unlocking his secrets? Only time will tell, so stay tuned!
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