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Camellia McKay is a fictional character in the ABC daytime drama General Hospital.

She was played by Liz Keifer in 1987.

Storylines

In early 1987, it was revealed that Duke was the son of the imprisoned Angus McKay. Sister Camellia McKay, the beautiful, yet troubled young nun was his half-sister and also the daughter of Angus. In earlier years before it was discovered that they were related, Camellia had fallen for Duke.

The mystery surrounding Camellia deepened even further, when it became apparent that she was being haunted and deeply troubled by a night in her past that she could not remember. The night of mystery occurred the night she spent in L'Orleans, Canada. Duke's father Angus, even though imprisoned and elderly desperately wanted to end the violence and mob rivalry between the McKay and Jerome families.

In order to halt the upcoming mob war, Angus made the ultimate sacrifice and he drank poison and died. With his dying breath, Angus made Duke promise to look after Camellia. Soon after Angus' death, Duke was paroled and now a free man he returned to the club and set out to raise the necessary funds to pay the heavy fine for his past crimes. When his debt was repaid, Duke would finally be free to marry the love of his life, Anna Devane.

Anna accompanied Duke to L'Orleans for Angus' funeral and while there, her intuition went into overdrive. She started to put the pieces together and realized that there must have been more to Duke and Camellia's past besides a simple sibling rivalry. Duke denied it vehemently, but Anna was right. The truth was the revelation that Duke was Camellia's brother, which sent her to commit a murder that she couldn't remember. Now four years later, Camellia was trying to remember the truth, but Duke warned against it, telling Camellia that the truth would destroy both of their lives.

After doing some more digging, Camellia discovered that Angus was not her real father after all, nor was Duke her brother. She abandoned the sisterhood and began focusing on a scheme to win Duke back. She contacted a sleazy reporter named Mark Carlin and by digging in Duke and Camellia's past, Carlin discovered that Duke had covered up a murder back in L'Orleans four years ago. On Duke and Anna's wedding day, Carlin exposed Duke's dark secret and in the middle of the ceremony, the wedding was crashed with reporters.

During all the chaos, Camellia's memories from that night came back to her and she realized that the person she murdered was Evan Jerome. Camellia was acquitted of her crime in Canada, but she came to the realization that she could never win Duke's love. So with a heavy heart, she eventually left Port Charles.

Crimes Committed

  • Had a breakdown when she killed Evan Jerome in self-defense with a candlestick after he attempted to rape her [1983; revealed in 1987]
  • Read Duke’s hospital file [Jan 23, 1987]

Health and Vitals

  • Fainted [Jan 15, 1987; Feb 20, 1987]
  • Received a threatening message [May 29, 1987; Jun 3, 1987]
  • Pushed out of the way of a car by Duke [Jun 9, 1987]
  • Fended off an attacker [Jun 19, 1987]
  • Imprisoned by DVX agent, Col. Enrique Ramos [Jul 17-27, 1987]
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