Heather Webber (General Hospital)

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Heather Webber
Robin Mattson as Heather Webber.jpg
Robin Mattson as Heather Webber
General Hospital character
Portrayed byGeorganne LaPiere (1976–77)
Mary O'Brien (1977–79)
Robin Mattson (1980–83, 2004, 2012—)
Duration1976–83, 2004, 2012—
First appearanceJuly 29, 1976
Created byEileen Pollock
Robert Mason Pollock
Introduced byTom Donovan
ClassificationPresent, recurring
Profile
AliasesSusan Moore
OccupationGossip columnist (2012)
Nanny (2012)
ResidenceMiscavige Hospital
Lapierre as Webber 1976.jpg
Georganne LaPiere as Heather Webber in 1976
 
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Heather Webber
Robin Mattson as Heather Webber.jpg
Robin Mattson as Heather Webber
General Hospital character
Portrayed byGeorganne LaPiere (1976–77)
Mary O'Brien (1977–79)
Robin Mattson (1980–83, 2004, 2012—)
Duration1976–83, 2004, 2012—
First appearanceJuly 29, 1976
Created byEileen Pollock
Robert Mason Pollock
Introduced byTom Donovan
ClassificationPresent, recurring
Profile
AliasesSusan Moore
OccupationGossip columnist (2012)
Nanny (2012)
ResidenceMiscavige Hospital
Lapierre as Webber 1976.jpg
Georganne LaPiere as Heather Webber in 1976

Heather Webber (née Grant, formerly Quartermaine) is a fictional character from ABC's original daytime soap opera, General Hospital. The character was first introduced in the summer of 1976. Though played by several actresses, soap veteran Robin Mattson, who stepped into the role in 1980, is most known for her portrayal of Heather.

Mattson received three Soapy Awards as Best Villainess for the role and a nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1983.

Casting[edit]

Georganne LaPiere originated the role of Heather Grant on July 29, 1976.[1] When LaPiere left the role in September 1977, she was quickly replaced by Mary O'Brien. O'Brien vacated the role in July 1979 when Heather overdosed on LSD.[2] O'Brien was offered the chance to reprise the role in 1980 but refused. On October 1, 1980, Robin Mattson, known for her role as Hope Bauer on Guiding Light joined the cast as Heather Webber.[3][4] Mattson departed from the series indefinitely on September 13, 1983.[5] Mattson reprised the role for a brief six month stint which started on June 25, 2004, and concluded on December 3, 2004.[6] In February 2012, it was announced Mattson would again reprise the role, and made her onscreen return on April 2, 2012.[7] After some speculation Mattson might be done with the show, she was again seen on-screen in September 2012.[8]

Storylines[edit]

1976–83[edit]

The 19 year old Heather Grant is first introduced in the summer of 1976.[9] Local nurse, Diana Taylor hires Heather as the nanny of her young daughter, Martha. Desperately wanting the job, Heather gives Diana a forged letter of recommendation. She soon sets her sights on Dr. Monica Webber's husband, Dr. Jeff Webber. After Jeff and Monica have a fight, Heather comforts him and they have sex. When Jeff suddenly disappears, Heather learns she is pregnant.[10] After Jeff attempts suicide, he is shocked to learn Heather is pregnant. Heather fakes a suicide attempt hoping to win Jeff's affections. However, because Jeff refuses to leave Monica, Heather decides she doesn't want the child. Instead of aborting her child at Jeff's request, she sells the newborn to Diana and her husband, Peter for ten thousand dollars.[11] In 1977, after giving birth to Steven Lars, Heather takes five hundred dollars from Jeff and goes to New York City in hopes of becoming a famous model. Her landlady, Mrs. Hadley arranges for the Taylors to adopt her son while concealing Heather's identity from the Taylors. However, after Hadley and a lawyer take their cut, Heather is only left with eighteen hundred of the ten thousand dollars. Instead of coming clean, Heather tells Jeff the baby was stillborn. To make up for her loss, Jeff proposes marriage. The two return to Port Charles where Heather gets a job as a nanny to the Taylors' new son, Peter "PJ" Taylor, Jr, who is actually her son.[11] In 1978, Heather gets a little carried away with the amount of attention she gives to PJ. The Taylors let her go, believing her obsession is unhealthy. Heather continues seeing her son in secret. Meanwhile, Heather and Jeff finally marry but they see very little of each other, as Jeff is working long hours to get his medical license. Though Heather learns she is pregnant again, she is still miserable. Ironically, Jeff wants to name their new child "Steven Lars" if it's a boy. After suffering a miscarriage right before Thanksgiving, Heather vows to get Steven Lars back once and for all.[12] In 1979, Heather begins her next scheme attempting to drive Diana Taylor insane in hopes of gaining custody of her son. Due to Heather's manipulations, Diana grows even more dependent on Heather to help with PJ. Heather purchases LSD and puts it in Diana's drinking glass. However, little PJ mixes up the glasses. Heather unknowingly drinks the drug. When Heather begins hallucinating, Jeff is forced to have her committed to Pine Circle Sanitarium in June 1979.[13] With Heather away, Alice takes over her daughter's manipulations. Diana realizes she will lose PJ if she doesn't marry Jeff.[13] In the fall of 1980, Heather emerges from her delusional state, fakes catatonia and escapes from Forest Hills Sanitarium. She goes to see Jeff but discovers he is now in love with Anne Logan. Eventually, she is officially released from Forest Hills.[14] In 1981, Heather fakes hysteria and convinces, Jeff's brother and sister-in-law Rick and Lesley to send her back to Forest Hills. From there, Heather sets her plan in motion to kill Diana Taylor and frame Anne for the murder. She escapes with a gun, only to find Jeff in bed with Diana. Appearing to kill Diana, Heather writes Anne's name in blood next to Diana's body. After Anne rejects him, a heartbroken Jeff leaves town with Steven Lars. Jeff files for divorce while Police Chief Burt Ramsey discovers another gun killed Diana, pointing the finger at Heather. Heather's new admirer, Joe Kelly refuses to believe that she actually killed Diana. It is soon revealed Alice accidentally killed Diana in an attempt to keep Diana from killing Heather.[15]

In the summer of 1982, Heather convinces her cousin, Susan Moore to go after the Quartermaine fortune for her newborn son, Jason, with Alan Quartermaine. Eventually Scott Baldwin takes on Susan's lawsuit against the Quartermaines. However, Heather and Scott have secretly been planning to steal the cash. Susan and Scott become romantically involved much to Heather's dismay. In December 1982, Heather tricks Susan into giving her permission to raise Jason if anything happens to her. However, Susan soon catches on to Heather's schemes and convinces Scott to marry her so Heather can't get a dime of Jason's million dollar trust fund. Susan soon learns Heather and Scott were working together and bars him from getting any money. After Susan is murdered, Heather teams up with the illegitimate Quartermaine, Jimmy Lee Holt in an effort to get custody of Jason; however she eventually loses this battle to the Quartermaines.[16]

2004[edit]

In June 2004, Heather returns to Port Charles claiming she wants to reconnect with her family. She moves into the Spencer home with Lesley to help take care of Lulu while her parents, Luke and Laura are absent. She seduces the recently widowed, Edward Quartermaine, much to the dismay of his daughter Tracy. When Edward is haunted by his late wife, Lila, Heather keeps her distance, but later she pretends to be possessed by Lila's spirit and tricks the Quartermaines into believing Lila wants Edward to move on with her. Knowing Edward won't be easily convinced, she causes him to have a heart attack and is the only one who attempts to save his life, as the rest of his family believes he is faking. After he is released from the hospital, the two become engaged and they marry on October 20, 2004 at the Quartermaine cabin.

Heather's plans to get rich by killing Edward are stalled when he gives away his entire fortune, to be with her. After Heather and Tracy have Edward committed, Luke helps bring Heather's schemes to light. Edward has the marriage annulled in November 2004. Due to Luke's tricks, Heather accidentally admits to killing police officer Ross Duncan and framing Edward's granddaughter, Skye for the murder. Heather kidnaps Skye. Luke tricks her into releasing Skye by pretending to marry her. Luke tells the authorities of Heather's crimes. She is declared insane and sent off to Ferncliff Sanitarium.

2012—[edit]

A pregnant Sam Morgan visits Ferncliff Sanitarium to ask Heather a few questions, because Heather was present when Susan Moore, who was Heather's cousin, gave birth to Jason (Sam's husband). Heather gives Sam the details only after Sam agrees to deliver a letter to Heather's son, Steve. She reveals that Susan actually gave birth to twins, and Sam figures out the other son grew up to be Franco, serial killer and psychopath artist. Heather later convinces Steve to facilitate her release, though his girlfriend Olivia Falconeri doesn't approve.

After Steve's arrest for murdering one of his patients in Memphis, Heather is determined get him out of trouble. She wants Luke to help her and even threatens him with a gun. Luke talks Heather down and tells her he has his own emergency with his daughter Lulu missing. Heather then goes to the hospital to try to get Steve's half-sister Elizabeth to help. She runs into Steve's colleague Maggie Wurth, and realizing that Maggie worked with Steve in Memphis, hatches a plot to help Steve by staging Maggie's suicide with a note confessing to the murder that Steve is accused of. Heather drugs Maggie's iced tea, then dumps her body at her apartment. To Heather's surprise, Maggie is found still alive and rushed to the hospital. There, however, she dies, and Heather slips a suicide note into Steve's mail so he won't be suspicious. Olivia, however, is still suspicious of the circumstances and becomes wary of Heather. Heather continues to taunt Sam at the prospect that Sam's baby could be Franco's child.

Heather goes to the Quartermaines' house, despite a restraining order, to see Luke. There, she sees Tracy Quartermaine with her husband, Anthony Zacchara. When Anthony doesn't move, Heather realizes he's dead, and she steals the body to dump it in order to protect Luke. While dumping it, she ends up crossing paths with Todd Manning, who is trying to save Téa Delgado's newborn baby. He asks for her help to resuscitate the baby, but it's to no avail, and the baby dies. Meanwhile, Todd comes across a passed out Sam, who has just given birth to her own son. Téa sees him holding the baby, and thinks it's her son. Heather later convinces Todd not to tell her the truth and leaves Téa's stillborn baby in place of Sam's. At the hospital, Heather goes to Todd, telling him that she'll keep quiet about the baby switch if he doesn't tell anyone about her dumping Anthony's body. He agrees, and takes Téa and "her baby" back to Llanview. It is then discovered that as revenge against Sam, she switched the DNA test for her baby to make it look like Franco was the father, when it's actually Jason.

Heather is eventually caught when Anna Devane finds Anthony's body, but gets away when she provides a fake alibi. Meanwhile, she also kidnaps Luke when he decides to pursue a relationship with Anna in order to convince him to pursue her, instead. She also blackmails Todd for a job at his newspaper. When her plan to get Luke to love her fails, she decides to drug Anna, but is caught by Olivia. Meanwhile, Anna and Olivia's son Dante, figure out Heather's scheme, and the fact that she killed Maggie Wurth. Before they can arrest her, she injects Olivia with LSD, and shoots Luke in an attempt to kill Anna. She's sent back to Ferncliff.

Heather finds out about the health scare Port Charles is facing and tries to make a phone call to Steve telling him one last time how much she loves him. Steve resents her and hangs up on Heather. Heather starts to think that she could do better raising a child if she had the chance to do it all over again. Motivated, she knocks out a guard and manages to break out of Ferncliff. Heather travels to Llanview and appears on Téa's doorstep. Heather introduces herself as Susan Moore and applies as a nanny to baby "Victor," with the intent of kidnapping him. Initially, when she tries to escape, she's thwarted by Téa's friend, John McBain, who is looking to get a DNA sample from "Victor" after Jason begins to suspect that Téa's baby is actually Sam's. Jason figures out the truth and tells John, who goes to Llanview to tell Téa. But by the time he gets there, Heather has already taken off with the baby.

Heather makes her way to Port Charles, showing up at Steve's house. She tells him she wants to be a family again with him and the baby. Steve refuses, realizing how far gone his mother is, and calls the police. Heather, however, knocks him out and runs back to the motel where she left Sam's baby. She calls Todd, and blackmails him into getting her money and passports to disappear for good. While waiting, though, she realizes "Victor's" medication has run out. She goes to General Hospital to steal the medication, but Olivia finds and tries to stop her. Heather pushes her down the stairs and takes the baby to the roof. Jason & Sam follow her there, and beg her to give them back the baby. Heather refuses, saying she's his mother now. When Anna calls out to Heather, telling her the police have surrounded the building, Heather realizes she's trapped. She still refuses to give up the baby, and decides to jump over the ledge with the baby. Jason, however, is able to get the baby out of Heather's arms, and he is saved. Heather falls on the ground below, and ends up injured severely. After being taken in to GH, the doctors determine they need to operate, and Heather lapses into a coma.

Heather awakens from a coma just as Todd gives the paternity test confirming Jason to be Daniel Morgan's father to Steve and Olivia. Todd makes it seem as if Heather had the test in her belongings she left at the Port Charles Sun. Heather awakens pretending to be Susan Moore. Heather tells Todd that as long as she is happy and out of prison, she would continue to be Susan Moore. Heather escaped from the hospital around Thanksgiving when Edward died, she was also at Kelly's diner completely disguised as Sonny's lawyer Alexis Davis. She went in disguise to the Quartermaine mansion and read Edward's will. Just as she was going to leave, Skye showed up and stopped her. Heather took her hostage with a knife, and tried to leave the mansion, only to be knocked out by the Quartermaines' housekeeper, Alice. Heather was taken back to Ferncliff, where she bragged about knowing "something the Quartermaines don't know."

Heather is seen in Ferncliff again when Lucy Coe is brought there after being declared insane for stabbing John McBain. Later, Todd joins the two of them. Lucy is desperate to get out of there, and eventually, the three break out of Ferncliff. Lucy and Todd go their separate ways, while Heather heads towards Daniel, still determined to raise him as her own son. She manages to kidnap him from Alexis Davis's house while he is with Rafe Kovich, Jr. She heads to the dock to make a getaway, but is stopped by Caleb Morley, whom Heather mistakes for John. She tells "John" that he can't take Daniel from her, but Caleb chokes Heather and throws her into the harbor.

Heather is revealed to still be alive on February 26. She visits Olivia wielding a butcher knife looking for revenge on her for making her lose her son, Steve. During the struggle, Steve arrives at the apartment and intervenes. Heather accidentally winds up stabbing her own son. She runs away to Wyndemere, where she finds Rafe with Daniel. Again, she tries to take him, but Rafe refuses to hand Daniel over this time, knowing who Heather really is. Heather then tells Rafe about her own son, and Rafe shares his own experience with his mother. Heather then decides to turn herself in for stabbing Steve.

On December 9, 2013, Heather was stabbed by her son, Franco for threatening to hurt Carly. He then attempts to dispose of her body in a hotel laundry basket, however she survived.

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