A brief character
description of Lila
Lila is the matriarch of the
Quartermaine family. She is the nicest, sweetest, person in the family and
the one that everyone loves and respects the most (sometimes the ONLY one that
anyone loves and respects). She has been a good and supporting wife to
Edward Quartermaine for decades, despite his problems with fidelity, kindness,
or compassion. He is almost always good to her and knows that he is
nothing without her. (Who else would put up with him?) But Lila is
not weak; she doesn't tolerate dishonesty, rudeness, or people who try to kiss
up to her (like Katherine Bell), but she does often act kindly with people that
others often ostracize (Carly, Lucy, Sonny). She and Luke even flirt!
Lila and Edward have two children,
Tracy and Alan. Tracy is, unfortunately, more like Edward than Lila and is
a great disappointment to both. She doesn't live in town any more.
Alan is a doctor and Chief of Staff so Lila is very proud of him, even when
Edward is not. She is a wonderful grandmother to Jason, AJ, and
Emily. She treats Monica like she is her own daughter. Edward has
had two illegitimate children, Jimmy Lee Holt and Bradley Ward. Lila
forgave Edward for both indiscretions and treated Jimmy Lee, and Bradley's son,
like family. She is always gracious and elegant. Lila treats
everyone the same, servants, family or strangers. Their butler Reginald is
like part of the family and he is Lila's most strident protector.
Lila has been in a wheelchair for a
few years now, but it has not altered any of her feistiness. In family
disputes, she is always the one who has the last word with Edward. If he
misbehaves, she often tells him to be quiet.
When the Quartermaines lost all
their money to Sean Donely and Monica divorced Alan, they were forced to live in
a small apartment above Kelly's Diner. Lila saved the day by starting her
own business with her Pickle-Lila recipe (and the help of her maid, Stella).
The following are excerpts from
"General Hospital: The Complete Scrapbook" by Gary Warner.
The upper-crust Quartermaines were
one of the wealthiest and most prominent families in the state of New
York. The crusty family patriarch, Edward, had amassed a great fortune
through his world-renowned conglomerate ELQ.
"Making money keeps my arteries
open," he often announced to no one in particular.
Edward's kindhearted wife, Lila, was
as shrewd as she was wise. Their haughty daughter Tracy was a spoiled
"bitch" who felt, by birthright alone, that she deserved her rightful
share of the family fortune. Unlike her brother Alan, Tracey had a natural
affinity for big business--but "Daddy" Edward refused to recognize her
prowess. As a result, spiteful Tracy was always at odds with the rest of
the family. The Quartermaines were a rich--and quirky--bunch.
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