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Emily Bowen Quartermaine
by Jenn R.
Played by Amber Tamblyn and Natalia Livingston
Emily Bowen Quartermaine was first introduced to General Hospital as a
reluctant young girl recently adopted by the Quartermaine family.
Viewers saw Emily become a depressed teen who turned to drugs and
alcohol. It took awhile, but Emily soon saw the error
of her ways and turned her life around.
Emily was adopted by Alan and
Monica after her mother Paige died of breast
cancer. Monica had known her mother through her own breast cancer
treatments. Emily's adopted brothers were
Jason and AJ. Edward and
Lila were her grandparents. Everyone welcomed her to the family.
Alan's own addiction to pain killers helped Emily through her drug
Emily also experienced young love when she formed a crush on
Cassadine. Viewers could all relate to Emily’s puppy love feelings and
the disappointment she felt when Nikolas did not return her feelings.
Emily experienced her ups and downs during her teenage years. From being
blackmailed to helping cover up an undercover cop’s murder, somehow
Emily was able to make it through. Many times viewers have seen the
strong relationship she has with her friends – Lucky Spencer,
Webber, and Nikolas Cassadine. There was a time when these four were
As she had when she first arrived, Emily showed her rebellious streak
yet again when she fell for her kidnapper, Zander Smith. Emily proved
the point that you can’t help who you love when she gave Zander a chance
to show her what he was really like. Emily’s relationship with Zander
had many obstacles – one of the biggest was when she became paralyzed
after a train accident and was forced to leave Zander for a rehab
facility. This marked the point in the show where
actress Amber Tamblyn left the role. Amber did an amazing job at
portraying Emily through her childhood and teenage years. She truly made
Emily a character that we could all somehow relate to.
Two years after Emily left for rehab, she returned a changed woman. Now
being played by Natalia Livingston, Emily was trying to deal with one of
life’s biggest hurdles – breast cancer. Thinking about her biological
mother’s death from the same disease, Emily was convinced she would die.
Viewers watched her as she struggled through the emotions and even
refused to get treatment. Pushing aside her own wants and showing how
selfless she could be, Emily gave up on Zander and pretended to be in
love with Nikolas to save her former love from the pain of watching
someone with cancer. With Nikolas’s help, Emily found the strength to
fight the cancer and not give up on life. Her new found hope helped her
get through some of the roughest times. Her love for Nikolas (and the
love he returned) helped her come back from a close call with death.
Emily was briefly involved with Nikolas' brother, Lucky, and then later,
Sonny Corinthos. She helped him with his bi-polar disorder. Eventually,
she and Nikolas reunited.
As she became one of the strongest and most independent women on the show, Emily
proved time and again that she has what it takes to overcome any
obstacle, even rape by Connor, and cancer, and the death of her beloved
Emily and Nikolas were to be remarried in 2009. Unfortunately,
Emily died when she was strangled by the Text Message Killer, Diego, at
a Halloween ball. Nikolas had a brain tumor and it helped him to still
see Emily and communicate with her as if she were real.
Eventually, he had an operation to remove the tumor and stopped seeing
her. Emily's twin sister Rebecca came to town later that year, but then she
moved away to Paris.
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