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Caroline Leigh "Carly" Corinthos is a fictional character on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital. She is the daughter of the late attorney, John Durant and Nurse Bobbie Spencer via one night stand.
Carly is known for her fierce loyalty and impulsive nature. The role gained prominence for its controversial pair-ups (most notably with Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan) and has been portrayed by numerous actresses. Sarah Brown who originated the role on April 5, 1996 before departed it in 2001. Tamara Braun took over the role following Brown's departure until in 2005. Following a brief stint by Jennifer Bransford, Laura Wright was cast in the role. Wright has portrayed Carly since November 2005, making her portrayal the longest by a significant margin.
Character portrayal history
She received three Daytime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Carly.
In January 2000, it was reported that Brown would be exiting General Hospital when her contract was over in March of that year.
Brown agreed to stay for one year and General Hospital began to create an exit in December 2000 if Brown decided not to renew her contract.
Gina Tognoni was rumored to replace Brown, but that obviously didn't happen.
Brown decided to stay with the series for a month.
- "My contract expired today, but I will stay with the show 4 more weeks to wrap it all up for them," she said. "I am not leaving because of money issues or contract issues. I am leaving because my heart is telling me I'm done."
She departed the series on April 23, 2001.
Brown also portrayed Claudia Zacchara from 2008-10.Brown returned to portray Carly alongside Wright and Braun on April 1, 2014 in a cameo appearance for General Hospital's 51st anniversary.
In an interview on November 11, 2001 with Soap Opera Digest, Braun commented on being a high profile recast:
- "I really didn't know about the uproar, which was good. But I was informed about it before I started working. I thought to myself, 'Holy guacamole ... I'm going into something here. But all I can do is the best that I can.' I think on some level, a lot of people were waiting for me to fail."
During her tenure, Braun was the first actress to play Carly to take the character into the lead actress category, garnering herself a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Lead Actress in 2004. Braun didn't win, however, she did bring the character of Carly into a different strata in terms of the character's place on the soap.
For the first time Carly would be considered in the same league as General Hospital's other lead females such as Laura Spencer, Felicia Jones, and Bobbie Spencer.
In early 2005, speculation grew over Braun's possible future with the soap due to Brown's exit from CBS Daytime's As the World Turns. In February 2005, it was announced that Braun was cast out in the role of Carly, due to her decision not to renew her contract with the show.
Braun departed the role on April 15, 2005.
Alongside Wright and Brown, Braun returned to portray Carly on April 1, 2014 in a cameo appearance for General Hospital's 51st anniversary.On October 25, 2017, Soap Opera Digest confirmed that Braun would be returning to GH as a new character, debuting on November 22. On November 17, it was revealed that she will be portraying Kim Nero, Oscar's mom. She made her last appearance on November 19, 2019.
In March, it was announced that actress Jennifer Bransford was hired as the third actress to portray the role of Carly, replacing Braun. Melrose Place actress Jamie Luner was also up for the role of Carly, but lost out to Bransford. On April 18, 2005, Jennifer Bransford assumed the role.
Phelps released a statement on the recast:
- "[The audience] will eventually accept a new Carly, especially if Maurice is determined to make it work."
During Bransford's tenure, Shayne Lamas also portrayed the role as a teenager in several flashbacks. On October 5, 2005, Bransford was released from her contract.
A representative of General Hospital said:
- "Jennifer's casting in the role of Carly did not work out. She is a consummate actress and she's good at what she does. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors."
On September 12, 2005, ABC made an official announcement confirming that Wright had been cast as the fourth actress to portray Carly. ABC Daytime executive Brian Frons stated in a statement, "Carly is a complex character, and we are excited to bring Laura's talent, beauty and intelligence to this role. [...] Fans can look forward to high drama between Sonny, Carly and Alcazar this fall."
In a statement, Wright said:
- "As sad as I am to leave a wonderful place that I called home for a long time, it is time for me to go," Wright said. "This was not an easy decision. But my husband and I talked about it and we said, 'What the Hell! Let's live on the West Coast for a few years!'”
- "As sad as I am to leave a wonderful place that I called home for a long time, it is time for me to go," Wright said. "This was not an easy decision. But my husband and I talked about it and we said, 'What the Hell! Let's live on the West Coast for a few years!'”
Wright debuted as Carly on November 4, 2005.
In 2009, Wright announced through her official Twitter page that she had signed a four-year contract with the series, ensuring her stay as Carly until sometime in 2013. Wright's new four-year deal, when completed, made Wright the actress to portray the character the longest, for a total of eight years.
At the fan club weekend in July 2013, Wright confirmed she had signed another four-year deal with the series. Should she fulfill the contract, it ensures her stay with the series until 2017, a total of 12 years time.
In 2011, after 20 years on soaps, Wright was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Carly in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Wright won the award at the 38th Daytime Emmy Awards.
In 2012, Wright was nominated again in the Lead Actress category for the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards. She lost the award to Heather Tom for her portrayal of Katie Logan Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Wright has subsequently received nominations in the Lead Actress category for the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022.
In 2020 and 2021, she was voted Favorite Actress from General Hospital by fans at the 1st Annual Soap Hub Awards and the 2nd Annual Soap Hub Awards.On April 9, 2020, Eden McCoy portrayed a young Carly.
Carly is known for having feuds with most women in Port Charles.
However, she has recently become less confrontational, more calm, and kept a level-head in heated situations.
Over the years, Carly has reformed herself into a compassionate and fiercely loyal friend, loving mother, feisty mob wife and savvy businesswoman but still retains her ruthless, scheming bad girl ways.
Carly represents a modern archetype in soap opera, of mysterious outsiders with secret blood ties to core characters. To drive the plot forward, they often ingratiate themselves to their birth parent's family, only to cause destructive havoc later on, as revenge for their perceived abandonment.
In 1999, writer Patrick Mulcahey noted that the character of Carly had been somewhat of a work in progress at first. "Worse yet, we the writers didn't really know what Carly was supposed to be," he said. "That may sound like a horrifying confession, but in daytime, a successful character is always a collaboration between the writers and the actor."
Mulcahey said the writers discussed who they felt Carly, as a character, is and that "the actor finds certain other decisions have to be made and makes them, sparks fly between the actor and another actor, we see what's happening on-screen and start playing around with it in the writing- that's how a character takes shape".
He further stated:
Carly was different. We were afraid of her. I started [on the show] right around the time Sarah did, but it's my understanding that there was quite a hullabaloo about Carly before she was ever cast. I was told a writer (the one I think I replaced) had even quit over it. The issue was this: Carly was coming to Port Charles for the purpose of haunting Bobbie and making her life miserable, out of supposed anger at having been 'abandoned' by her. But of course, she wasn't abandoned, she was given up for adoption, and the network and producers were rightly concerned that we might be 'sending the message' (that phrase that soap writers dread) either that adopted children were hateful and full of rage, or that their adoptive parents were neglectful or otherwise inadequate enough to instill this smoldering resentment of being adopted in their kids... I need not go on. The pitfalls are obvious, and I imagine Bob [Guza, the headwriter] promised Wendy [Riche, the executive producer] and ABC that we had no intention of falling into them.
Carly is born off-screen on November 5, 1973 in Jacksonville, Florida to a 16 year old Bobbie Spencer; Bobbie, a teen prostitute, is forced to give up her baby. Carly is adopted by Frank and Virginia Benson as Caroline Leigh Benson, in Pensacola, Florida.
In 1995, Virginia lived with Carly in Jacksonville, Florida. Carly tells Virginia that she got a job at the hospital but turned them down because she doesn't want to spend her life where she grew up. Carly wants to find Frank and get the fourteen years of child payments he owes Virginia. Carly is told to contact a friend of Frank, named Ken Richardson, who might know where Frank is living. Carly finds Frank in an apartment in Miami where she first meets him and her adoptive sister Nelle.
As a teen, she is best friends with Charlotte "Carly" Roberts. Carly's father Dan manipulates Caroline into sleeping with him and Carly's mother divorces him immediately. Caroline is devastated when Carly is killed in a car crash. After discovering her true heritage, Caroline comes to town in order to get revenge on her biological mother, for giving her away. Carly bears a striking resemblance to her maternal grandmother, Lena Eckert Spencer.
Carly is also known for her hatred of the late, A.J. Quartermaine and her feuds with the Quartermaine family, Robin Scorpio-Drake (former; best friend of Sonny and Jason), Keesha Ward, Hannah Scott, Brenda Barrett (for Sonny and Jax), Sam Morgan (former; now close friend), Alexis Davis (former; also the mother of Sonny's daughter, Kristina), Claire Walsh, Elizabeth Webber (sometimes), Jerry Jacks, the late Claudia Zacchara-Corinthos, Skye Quartermaine, Ric Lansing, the late Faith Rosco, the late Connie Falconeri (aka Kate Howard), Ava Jerome (the mother of Sonny's daughter, Avery), Olivia Jerome, Heather Webber, Franco Baldwin, Nelle Benson (now the mother of her first grandchild via Michael), Jasper "Jax" Jacks (sometimes) and Sonny Corinthos (sometimes) and sometimes her own family.
Although Carly and Robin had a longtime feud, they called it a truce and seem to have mutual respect for one another.
Jason Morgan is her best friend.
Courtney Matthews was her best friend as well until her demise in 2006.
Carly has been a mother to six children (three that are deceased), has one grandson, three stepchildren, and a step grandson:
- A son named, Michael Corinthos, through a one night stand with her ex-husband, the late, A.J. Quartermaine, Michael was later adopted by Sonny. Through Michael and his ex-girlfriend, Nelle, she has a grandson named, Wiley.
- A deceased unnamed and unborn son, conceived with her husband, mob boss, Sonny Corinthos. Miscarried in May of 2000 after falling down the stairs at The Quartermaine Mansion.
- Another son named, Morgan Corinthos, who was killed in 2016, with her husband, mob boss, Sonny Corinthos.
- A deceased unnamed and unborn child, conceived with her ex-husband, Jasper Jacks. Miscarried in March of 2008 after being caught in a warehouse explosion.
- A daughter named, Josslyn Jacks, with her ex-husband, Jasper Jacks.
- Another daughter named, Donna Corinthos, with her husband, mob boss, Sonny Corinthos.
- Through her marriage to Sonny, she gained three stepchildren: Dante, Kristina, and Avery and a step grandson: Rocco, through Dante.
- She also gained Molly Lansing-Davis as a niece and Spencer Cassadine as a nephew.
A 22-year old woman named "Carly Roberts" is first seen on April 5, 1996, receiving money from a P.I., she later arrives in town on April 8, 1996 with a single desire to destroy her birth mother, Bobbie Spencer, for giving her up for adoption. She applies for a position at General Hospital as a physical therapist. After a brief discussion with Ruby Anderson she gets a room at Kelly's Diner.
Carly soon befriends Monica Quartermaine, who introduces her to the entire hospital staff. The rest of the staff also seem pleased with Carly. The only exception is Amy Vining, who causes friction between Monica and Carly. Carly befriends A.J. Quartermaine and begins a sexual relationship with his brother, Jason, after meeting him at Jake's. Carly slowly works her way in to the Spencer family and uses Tony to her advantage to get in to the nursing program.
Carly begins to slowly seduce Tony and the two kiss on Bobbie's birthday. Carly gets an apartment with Tony and seduces him in December 1996. On Bobbie and Tony's wedding anniversary Bobbie walks in on Carly and Tony in bed and decides to divorce him. Carly also becomes good friends with her old flame, Jason. Eventually her identity is discovered by her uncle Luke Spencer. Luke decides to keep Carly's true identity a secret to protect Bobbie. He threatened Carly to attempt to drive her out of town. This attempt fails and just drives Carly closer to her former fling Jason.
After a bitter fight with Tony, Carly beds a drunk A.J. Quartermaine in March 1997. Carly soon finds out that she is pregnant. When A.J. fails to remember the tryst tries to pass the baby off as Tony's. After discovering that Tony plans to leave her and get custody of the baby, Carly claims that the child was her former lover Jason's. She reveals to him that she is really Caroline Leigh Benson, Bobbie's daughter.
Carly moves in to the penthouse and gives birth to the child on December 26, 1997. Michael is born with a heart condition which leaves Carly afraid to touch her son. Eventually this leads to Carly leaving town due to postpartum depression in 1998 still having never held her son. Carly returns just in time for the christening but refuses to participate. Jason named her child was named Michael Morgan after Jason's mob boss, and best friend, Michael "Sonny" Corinthos. During her absence Michael hires Bobbie as a nurse for Michael.
Even after she returns Carly still struggles with being able to hold or help Michael. This leads to many heated discussions with Bobbie about her ability to be a good mother. After a while Carly decides she is ready to hold Michael and Bobbie drives her to the Port Charles Hotel where Michael is at dinner with Jason and his godparents, Emily and Mike. Carly hold Michael and reveals in front of everyone that she was really Caroline Benson, the daughter Bobbie had given up for adoption as a teenager. Bobbie refuses to believe Carly but eventually comes around and the two begin a tentative relationship.
Michael and Robin were both kidnapped by Tony Jones. Jason managed to save them in the nick of time as Robin was rapidly getting sicker. Eventually Tony Jones was prosecuted for the kidnapping, but when a jury handed down a minor sentence, Carly shot her former lover in open court and was sentenced to serve time in Shadybrook. Jason had a plan to get her out but A.J. tricked into thinking that Jason would convince a judge she was sane and make her serve a full sentence for the shooting so that he could raise Michael with Robin. This lead to Carly faking that she throughout she was Caroline Benson from Florida. When Jason came to pick her up and bring her home the doctors thought she has lost her mind and sent her to Ferncliff, a mental institution. After Jason secured her release, Carly and Michael moved into the cottage with Jason and his girlfriend Robin Scorpio in December 1998.
After Robin reveals Michael's paternity to A.J., A.J. blackmails Carly in to a marriage, even though she and Jason are planning a future with Michael. Carly misreads a close moment between Elizabeth Spencer and Jason and sleeps with Sonny Corinthos, causing Jason to leave town. Carly soon discovers that she is pregnant, leading Sonny to provide Carly evidence that A.J. committed arson. Carly divorces A.J. in July 2000 and unwillingly moves in to Sonny's penthouse, where the couple slowly fell in love. After a fight with A.J., Carly tumbles down a staircase at the Quartermaine mansion, causing her to miscarry and suffer fertility damage.
After Carly witnesses Sonny committing a crime, she marries him to avoid the prosecution forcing her to testifying at his trial in October 2000. After almost losing Sonny in a fire on Valentine's day 2001, Sonny and Carly renew their vows in Martinique. Carly attempted to free Sonny from the mob, but Sonny sees this as betrayal and as a result files for divorce. After catching Sonny and Alexis in bed, Carly fakes her own death. Fearing that he would lose her, Sonny re-marries Carly in July 2002. Alexis discovers she is pregnant but a paternity test declares her fiancée, Ned Quartermaine as the father. That year, Courtney Jacks, Sonny's half-sister, arrives in town and marries A.J. Quartermaine. Carly becomes good friends with Courtney, and even supports her getting married to Jason. Carly become pregnant in 2003 with Sonny's baby. Ric Lansing, Sonny's half-brother, believing that Sonny had caused his wife, Elizabeth Webber's miscarriage, kidnaps Carly and kept her in a panic room in his house.His plan was to pass Carly's baby as his and Elizabeth's. She is later kidnapped from Ric's home by Lorenzo Alcazar. Lorenzo develops feelings for her while he is holding her on his yacht. As Carly goes into labor, Sonny finds Alcazar over Carly helping her give birth and shoots him in the chest. The bullet passes through and lodges in Carly's brain as shes is giving birth to baby Morgan on October 23, 2003. After she wakes up from her coma, she felt detached from her loved ones and remained drawn to Alcazar. On the night of the Port Charles hotel fire, Alexis confesses to Carly that Kristina is actually Sonny's daughter. Carly uses this information to force Alexis to represent her in a custody battle against Sonny in exchange for Kristina's paternity being kept a secret. In 2004, Carly discovers her biological father is John Durant, a criminal prosecutor, who is overjoyed to discover her divorcing Sonny.
Sonny eventually discovers Kristina's paternity and divorces Carly in 2005. Kristina is then baptized with Carly as her godmother. With the new divorce, she turns back to her old flame, Lorenzo Alcazar. Michael and Morgan are kidnapped by A.J. Quartermaine. Michael is presumed dead but surprisingly returns home safe and sound with his sibling. Sonny began to sleep with FBI agent, Reese Marshall. Carly discovers that Reese is her supposedly dead best friend, Charlotte 'Carly' Roberts, who's identity Carly stole upon her arrival in 1996. Carly suffers a nervous breakdown, leading her to marry Lorenzo Alcazar.
Carly was sent to Roselawn, where she was repeatedly stalked by a psychotic killer named Manny Ruiz who was after Sonny Corinthos. Manny causes numerous problems for the Corinthos family, leading Carly to pull herself together. Upon her release in January 2006, she divorces Lorenzo, gains control of the property that the Metro Court was being built on. A deadly case of encephalitis swept through, affecting Sonny, Jason, and her friend Courtney, who dies after giving birth to Jax's son, John Michael Jacks. Carly and Jax bond while working on the hotel and keeping Jax's son's paternity a secret and eventually start dating.
The child's biological father was actually Nikolas Cassadine, which was revealed by Robin Scorpio at the child's baptism. Carly and Jax lost John and the two planned on marrying in 2006. Carly is soon pursued by Sonny, who attempts to stop the wedding, With Jax leaving town days before the wedding, Carly barges in to Sonny's office to ask him to let her and Jax be. As she barges in, she witnesses Sonny shoot Lorenzo, forcing her to marry him so she would not have to testify against him. They were wed in January 2007.
In February 2007, Carly was about to head to the Dominican Republic to get a divorce but was held at gunpoint with 15 other people at the Metro Court hotel. It was during the crisis that she admits to Sonny that she loves him. The gunman blew up the entire hotel and after the rescue, Carly slept with Sonny. Jax returns to town to discover his fiancée married to Sonny. Jax and Carly reconcile and the two wed the day after Carly's divorce to Sonny was finalized. Sonny moved on to Kate Howard, who becomes Carly's nemesis. Carly later discovers that the main gunman at the Metro Court crisis was Jerry Jacks, Jax's older brother. Jerry lures Jax out of town, causing Carly to go frantic. When Jax returns, she discovers he was raped by Jerry's ex-fiance.
In July 2007, After her best friend Jason was charged for Lorenzo Alcazar's murder, Carly promises Jerry that she would forgive him if he got Jason free. When a mysterious killer begins stalking the women in Port Charles, Carly finds her children's longtime nanny Leticia strangled in her house. Believing that she had been the intended victim, Carly begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the man dubbed the "Text Message Killer," using text messages to lure him out of hiding at Nikolas' Black and White Ball. After Jason's sister Emily Quartermaine is murdered, the killer attacks Carly, escapes unharmed. The killer is eventually revealed to be Carly's former stepson Diego Alcazar, who is attempting to avenge the deaths of his father Alcazar and other family members in Spring 2008. During this, Carly has a strong disliking of Kate Howard, Sonny's new girlfriend.
Carly decides that she would like to have a baby and so she slept with Jax on Christmas Day, 2007. After struggling with fertility issues Carly's pregnancy is confirmed on February 5, 2008. Claudia Zacchara, Johnny's sister, arrives in town and sleeps with Sonny, causing friction between the two women. Carly miscarries the baby when she and Michael are caught in a warehouse explosion. Michael is later shot in the head, placing him in to a coma in April 2008. To relieve herself, she sleeps with Sonny, leading her weeks later to think that she is pregnant. Sonny almost marries Kate Howard, but Kate was shot at the altar On September 21, 2008. Jax discovers the tryst and leaves her but the two reconcile on New Years Eve, 2008, even though Jax slept with Kate. Sonny was shot by a Russian mobster, who left him for dead. Carly nurses Sonny back to health. To regain power in the Corinthos organization, Sonny marries Claudia in December 2008, much to Carly's disgust. Carly also befriends Sonny former lover and Kate's cousin, Olivia Quartermaine, although they later do de-friend.
Carly and Jax renew their wedding vows and consummate their new marriage on March 18, 2009 after almost losing each other, in which Carly discovers she is pregnant, but the child she carries could lead her to have a stroke. She finally confesses to Jax, who urges her not to abort. Michael returns from his year long coma as a 17-year old on May 18, 2009 to be rebellious towards her, leading her to place him under the care of the Quartermaines up until her child is born. After Claudia alerts Carly that she is pregnant with Sonny's child, the two tumble down the staircase of General Hospital, in which both women were left unharmed.
After Claudia was run off the road, causing her to lose her baby, Michael panicked that he was the driver. Carly pulled Claudia out of the burning car, and ending up being hospitalized herself. Following her release, both Michael and half-sister Kristina Davis went on the run to Veracruz, Mexico. After Jason and Sam brought them back home, Kristina was revealed to be the driver. After his return, Michael chose to live with mother and Jax opposed to the Quartermaines. Carly is overly stressed as Michael starts the new year at school. Carly and Jax attend their friend Spinelli's wedding to Maxie Jones. After having a dream sequence about her unborn daughter as a teenager, she decides to name the child Josslyn John Jacks. Carly sees Jax as overly protective when he puts her on a diet to help the baby, but when she goes into premature labor on October 14, 2009, after having some french fries, she realizes Jax was right and decides to adhere to his rules after the labor is stopped.On October 29, 2009, Sonny is throwing Claudia a birthday party, but Carly decides not to go and just rest at home for her unborn baby's sake. She ends up going when Michael and Morgan's bodyguard, Dominic, tells her Michael is at the party, and she goes to pick him up. Claudia takes Carly hostage after Sonny publicly announces her involvement in Michael's shooting. Carly goes into premature labor as she is being held hostage in a stolen car driven by Claudia. Carly is able to distract a distraught Claudia and takes control of the wheel, crashing the car and knocking Claudia unconscious. Claudia survives and finds Carly about to give birth in a cabin. After helping Carly give birth to Josslyn, Claudia becomes obsessed with the child and is about to leave with the newborn just as Michael arrives and bludgeons Claudia to death with an axe handle. Carly, Jason, and Sonny cover up Claudia's murder. Carly has since found out her husband's involvement in Michael's shooting and the two separate, only to reconcile on Thanksgiving Day, 2009.
Carly is kidnapped by Franco on January 3, 2010, an enemy of Jason, fearing for the security of her family, she and Jax plan to relocate to Australia, but the plans never go in effect. On January 7, 2010, Michael refuses and while in an argument between Carly and Michael, he breaks down in front of Carly over his responsibility in Claudia's murder. Carly organizes a christening for Josslyn on January 29, 2010. After the christening, she discovers that Dominic is an undercover cop, as well as Sonny and Olivia's son, Dante. Carly files for divorce after learning that Jax had helped Dante collect evidence against Sonny.
In April 2010, Sonny is put on trial for Claudia's murder while Michael is forced to hide out in the Caribbean to avoid testifying. As the jury delivers its verdict to Sonny, Dante and Lulu reveal to the courts that Michael was the one who killed Claudia. Carly is furious with Lulu for betraying her. Michael is sentenced to 5 years in prison with possibility of parole in 2. Carly, upset with Dante and Lulu for hurting her son, hires Brook Lynn Quartermaine, Dante's old friend, to break up Dante and Lulu, all the while she lets Dante and Lulu think she has accepted what happened to Michael and moved on.
Carly is very angry when Brenda returns to town. This even causes Jax and Carly to get a divorce, along with other problems. Brenda soon starts dating Sonny and they get engaged. Carly then learns that Brenda had a son with Sonny's son, Dante. Carly attends Brenda and Sonny's wedding and threatens to expose Brenda unless she leaves town. However, Brenda admits the truth to Sonny herself, and Carly's plan blows up in her face when Dante reveals that, while Brenda was indeed pregnant, the father was someone else and he had merely pretended to be the father out of friendship.
Sonny forgives Brenda immediately and makes a memorable speech about how much he loves her and doesn't want to lose her again; Sonny and Brenda marry and Carly respectfully accepts. When Brenda is captured after the reception by the Balkan, now revealed to be Theo Hoffman, Carly promises to help Sonny in any way she can, despite Jax's adamant resolve to only help the police. Carly also admits that she did try to break up Brenda and Sonny, but underestimated his love for Brenda. Carly reassures Sonny that he will find Brenda and genuinely states that she will be happy for him when he does. When Michael decides to consummate his relationship with an ex-stripper named Abby Haver, Carly is upset at first, but then is happy and starts to like Abby.
In March 2011, Josslyn is very sick and goes to the hospital. At the hospital Doctor Terrell Jackson tells then that she has cancer and needs a new kidney. That same night Elizabeth Webber and Jason's son got hit by a car and died. Carly begged Jason and Liz for Jake's kidney. Finally they said yes and Josslyn received the transplant and recovered. That week Carly got a video from Franco a killer and kidnapper who said he is watching over Josslyn. Jason then hires a bodyguard named Shawn who protects Josslyn. Jax doesn't like Shawn cause he used to work for Theo. Jax then tells Carly he wants full-custody of Josslyn and Carly says no. After a long and painful custody battle, which consisted of manipulations by both Jax and Carly's ex Sonny Corinthos, Carly was awarded full custody of Josslyn. In July 2011, Carly sends Morgan to a boarding school, which he enjoys according to Carly.
In early August 2011, Carly learns from Skye Chandler, Jax is back in town. Carly panics, thinking Jax kidnapped Josslyn, and goes to Jason. While driving to save Josslyn, Carly and Jason get in a car attack with Elizabeth Webber and Siobhan Spencer. Carly is OK, other than a broken wrist, but Jason isn't. At the hospital, it is learned Jason has a head injury. Both, Monica and Sam are very mad at Carly and Sam even slaps Carly on the mouth. Later, with the help of Robin and Sonny, Shawn returns Josslyn to Carly.
Carly turns to Alexis to get help to get her kids away from Sonny, but after many fights, she says no. Sonny shows up at her house later, wanting to see Morgan. Though Carly tells him to go away, he refuses and comes into the house. There, Carly reveals that Morgan has been put into military school to keep him safe. Sonny is also only allowed to see him while Carly is there, under guard. Sonny ends up going to the school, anyway, trying to bribe and threaten the headmaster, but is unsuccessful. Carly hears about this, and later tells Sonny that she's done defending him to Morgan, and trying to keep peace between them. Sonny refuses to give up, and tells Carly that he's not done.
On September 20, Carly receives a package from Hawaii, addressed to Josslyn, and believes it's a gift from Jason, who's on his honeymoon with Sam. However, when she opens the card, it's revealed to be from Franco, Carly goes to Shawn, who in turn tries to get in touch with Jason or Sam. When neither of them answer, Shawn decides to go to Hawaii to check on them, and Carly ends up on the flight with Josslyn. When they arrive in Hawaii, neither Jason nor Sam are happy to see them, but when they show Franco's message to Josslyn, they realize they are in danger.
Carly is afraid he could be somewhere nearby, and wants Jason and Sam to get away from him. But Sam doesn't want to go back, saying that their honeymoon is important. Jason has his men determine Franco's location, Toronto, and decides to finish their honeymoon, much to Carly's dismay. Jason tells Carly he's going to respect his wife's desires because she now comes first. Carly understands Jason respecting Sam's wishes, but wishes he would trust her. To prove that, she tells him Jax is alive. Carly and Shawn leave with Josslyn the next day back to Port Charles.
Michael is fine after the accident, but Jason isn't. Jason has head injuries, but is saved by Patrick. However, before the surgery Patrick refused to do the surgery because his wife, Robin who is Carly's enemy, died trying to save his life. After calming down, Patrick does the surgery for Robin. When Carly finds out Robin died, she goes to be with Jason, but Sam tells her she can't tell Jason about Robin because it be bad for his health. Carly, however, disagrees with Sam and after trying many times, tells Jason. Jason and Sam fight, but they make up leaving Carly mad. In-between New Years and Robin's death, Carly begins to date Johnny. She also begins fighting with Kate again, because Jax left his half of the Metro Court to her.
In March 2012, Carly mets Blair Cramer and Todd Manning from Llanview. They are in-town because their daughter, Starr who is Michael's new friend, has just lost her boyfriend and daughter to a car crash. The Police think Sonny caused the accident, (Anthony's tires were shot out and his car crashed into Starr's) leaving the Mannings mad at Sonny. One night in March, Blair and Carly bond over drinks and become friends. Blair then gets a call to go to the Courthouse and finds Todd holding a gun on Sonny. Todd is then stopped by John McBain and brought back to Llanview to face murder charges against his brother, Victor Lord, Jr. Blair soon also returns to Llanview to take care of her two other kids, Sam and Jack. Later, Sonny is found non-guilty of the accident.
Carly's relationship with Johnny is still strong, even though Johnny is an enemy of Sonny and Jason. In late April, Carly finds Johnny and Kate making love in Johnny's bed. Carly is very mad and even gets into a physical fight with Kate at the Metro Court. During the fight, Carly steals Kate's notepad and learns Kate has DID, her other personality being "Connie". Carly isn't sure if Kate is lying or if she really does have DID. Johnny tries to get back together with Carly, but she says no. Michael finds Starr pointing a gun at Sonny.
Michael calls 911 and Starr goes to jail. Later, Todd returns to town to help Starr. His murder charges were dropped because he had PTSD, from being kidnapped for 7 years. Even though their kids are against each other, Carly and Todd remain friends and spend time together. While at the PCPD visiting Starr, Todd hears Kate tell Alexis she may have shot out Anthony's tires as "Connie". Todd then makes a deal with Sonny, Michael will say he didn't see Starr pointing a gun at Sonny or he'll tell police Kate shot out the tires. Sonny agrees to the deal and Starr gets out of jail. Carly also has a disliking of Tea Delgado, Starr's lawyer, Todd's ex-wife, and the wife of Victor.
After a brief-absent, Shawn returns and catches up with Carly at Kelly's, mostly talking about TJ. Carly is shocked to learn Sam was raped by Franco and that her baby is Franco's. She is also surprised to learn Franco is Jason's twin. When Carly confronts Jason about this, she finds out he and Sam are separated because he doesn't know if he can accept the baby and he didn't like her hanging out with John McBain. Carly, who wasn't happy with their marriage, surprisingly tells Jason to make things right with Sam because she believes he can love Sam's baby and that Sam truly loves Jason.
Carly later finds out that Sam's baby died, and Jason blames himself for not being there to help her. Carly still tries to get Jason to make things right with Sam, saying they should get a second chance. After this conversation, Carly calls Johnny, wanting to talk, and says she's willing to make up with him, provided that he doesn't lie to her. However, the day of Sonny and Kate's wedding, Connie emerges and says she's already married to Johnny. Carly is furious, but when she's alone with Johnny, she asks him to be honest with her. He knows she didn't marry Connie willingly because he asked her to run away with him the night before. But Johnny says that he married Connie because he loved her, and he can't be the man for Carly. Carly says goodbye to him once and for all, breaking up with him for good.
Carly finds out from Michael that Sam's baby is alive, and was switched with Tea's son at birth. Carly goes to the hospital, where Jason is with baby Daniel, and asks if he's going to get back together with Sam. Jason leaves that decision to Sam, something Carly is not happy about. But Jason tells her to let it go. Sam comes back, and Carly tells her to not deprive her son of Jason, who can be a great father. Sam & Jason make up, but that night, Jason goes missing after being shot at the pier. Carly is devastated by this, and leans on Todd for support.
Carly starts a friendship with Todd and the two start making out in Todd's apartment during the week of Halloween. After Carly stops making out with Todd, she leaves to the Pier 52 to have time to think. Carly, then sees A.J., is spooked and falls down. When she wakes up, Sonny is standing over her, and she insists A.J. was there. Sonny doesn't believe her, and she later believes she was hallucinating. A.J. is proven to be alive, though, and Carly calls the police on him, despite Michael's protests.
Carly comes into Todd's office one day when he calls security because of an intruder. Carly finds out the intruder is Sam, who was looking for her sister, Molly's, missing manuscript that was given to Todd. Carly convinces Todd to let Sam go for her son's sake, but Sam retaliates that Todd already separated her from her son once. Carly doesn't believe Todd, citing Heather Webber was the one with the grudge against Sam. Heather switched the babies and the DNA test, and Jason is actually Daniel's father. Sam tells Carly not to be a fool, because Jason wouldn't want that.
Carly and Todd have Christmas and New Years together. They have sex in Todd's Metro Court apartment. She learns of the car crash involving Michael and Starr, and head to the hospital. The car crash also involves Connie and Johnny. Johnny revealed that he was the one responsible for the deaths of Starr's boyfriend and daughter Cole and Hope. Carly is disgusted by the truth of Johnny's misdeeds, but mistakenly sticks up for Todd when Johnny says that Todd's hands are not clean either. Johnny revealed that Todd knew Johnny had killed Cole and Hope, but kept quiet because he was blackmailed to. Carly learns that Todd actually did play an active role in the switching of Danny Morgan and Victor Lord III. Carly is mad that Todd repeatedly lied to her and officially ends their friendship. Carly later went to visit Todd, and found out he had known Danny was Jason's son for months, but didn't say anything for fear of getting caught.
Carly ends up drunk at The Floating Rib, and is there when A.J., Connie, and Sonny get into a fight. A.J. later realizes Carly is too drunk to drive, and takes her back to the hotel, where she goes to Todd's room and cuts up his clothes as revenge for hurting her. The next day, she wakes up hungover, and wonders why A.J. stayed with her. A.J. says it's because he wants to be a good parent for Michael, and that means putting up with Carly. Carly later goes to Todd's arraignment, where he pleads not guilty by insanity, and Carly is furious he refuses to take responsibility for his actions.
Todd escapes from Ferncliff, and tries to head out of town. When Carly finds him, he tries to convince her to come with him. When Luke comes in, she tries to hide Todd, but Luke discovers him. He tells Carly he won't call the police if Carly tells him about the "missing Quartermaine heir." Carly relents, and tells Luke that Franco mentioned he had a daughter named Lauren. After Luke leaves, Todd wonders why Carly covered for him, when he's just hurt her. Carly tells him not to look too deeply into him, and says goodbye to him before he leaves.
Carly visits Starr after finding out she gained ownership of half of the Haunted Star from Johnny. They both are upset by Todd's betrayal, but both hope he gets out of town without getting caught. Carly later comes to Pier 52, and finds Todd being arrested by Commissioner Anna Devane for trying to kidnap Danny again. However, Todd insists that he was actually trying to rescue Danny from Detective John McBain. Carly is furious at Todd for making excuses, but Todd insists he's telling the truth.
After Todd and Anna leave, Carly talks to Sam, wondering how Todd can blame John. Sam, though, tells her that John was arrested for murder, but believes he has a lookalike running around town committing murders, so Todd could be telling the truth. Carly says Happy Valentine's Day to both Sam and Danny, then leaves to the police station to find Todd. She tells him she believes that he was trying to rescue Danny, but that's all she believes him about. It is later revealed to them that Todd was telling the truth about the lookalike.
Todd stands trial - he decides to have a bench trial, whereby only the judge decides what laws is applicable to the case, whether Todd is guilty, and what his punishment would be if he would be found guilty. Carly and A.J. debate at the Metro Court restaurant with Michael present. They leave. Todd comes and begs her to take him back. Carly says that she is with another man - this turns out to be A.J. Carly kisses A.J. and then states to Todd that A.J. is her boyfriend. She makes out with A.J.
Elizabeth Webber arriving at the Metro Court for her date with A.J. watches Carly and A.J. make out. (4-12-13) After A.J. can not get hold off Elizabeth (due to Carly and him making out), he decides to help Carly and starts to be clingly and romantic. Todd vows that he will uncover the truth and heads back to his room. He calls (Starr, presumably according to previews) and says he needs help. Back at the restaurant, A.J. tells Carly that he wants the information of the Quartermaine heir. Todd sends a man in an Easter Bunny costume and Carly thinks that it is Todd's idea. The man lies and tells Carly that "a man from Australia" sent him (referring to Jaxs). The man drops off gifts in the living room. In reality, the stuffed bunny has a hidden camera and Todd watches Carly and A.J. tell each other that them being together is an act. Todd Manning hears that it is a ruse and goes to tell them that he knows the truth. A.J. leaves and Todd Manning is subsequently dumped on March 20th, leaving town after the charges against him are dismissed.
Jax shows up wanting Carly to sign the divorce papers again because the last ones were lost. Jax informs her that Brenda and him are getting married. Carly says to Jax that Brenda is probably already at Sonny's to plead to Sonny to take her back. Later, Brenda confesses that this is the truth and Jax calls out of the engagement. During the Nurses Ball, Carly and Brenda have an argument and she kicks Brenda out. Carly helps Sabrina Santiago with her dating problems with Patrick Drake. Carly witnesses another Sonny and A.J. argument and seeing A.J. having another panic attack. Carly and AJ goes to the Quartermaine mansion and Carly gets A.J. furious about his dating problems with Elizabeth and in a fit of passion, they sleep together on May 1st, 2013.In July, Carly rescues Danny Morgan from Franco, who was impersonating Jason. A.J. gets arrested for the murder of Connie Falconeri in late summer. though it is uncertain if he's the true culprit. Carly starts being interested with Franco and hosts the disastrous wedding reception of Morgan and Kiki. She learns that Franco is not a Quartermaine and he is the son of Heather Webber and Scott Baldwin. She also saves her son, Michael's life after he almost drowns by preforming CPR. She witnesses the holdup of her mother Bobbie Spencer with Jerry Jacks in December 2013.
In January, Carly is kidnapped by Heather. Heather plans on killing Carly to keep her away from her son and to get revenge on Franco for attempting to murder her. Heather plants a goodbye note in Franco's hotel room to make it appear that Carly was planning to commit suicide.
In October 2016, Carly's son, Morgan, was killed in a car bomb. It was revealed in January 2017 that Olivia Jerome was the one responsible for Morgan's death. On March 15, 2017, Olivia was arrested for the murder of Morgan.
In May 2017, Sonny and Carly confronted Ava about switching Morgan's meds and it ended in Ava get severely burned in a fire that she set. Both Sonny and Carly promised to make Ava pay. In June 2017, it was revealed that while closure for Morgan's death helped heal Carly and Sonny's emotional wounds, Carly did not want to fight with Sonny any longer and decided that it was best that the two get divorced.
Later in June, Sonny and Carly were both targeted by Julian's former associate, Garvey, on Sonny's Puerto Rico estate. Jason traveled to the island, where he shot Garvey. Later, Sonny decided that it was best to leave the mob, and he sold his coffee shop to Lucy Coe. Sonny and Carly then decided against a divorce.In 2018, Nelle and Carly have an argument where they fight over a blanket and Nelle ends up falling down the stairs. Nelle wants to press charges against Carly. Meanwhile, Monica is upset with Carly for the whole ordeal. It ends up going to trial with the new DA, Margaux Dawson representing Nelle, and Diane representing Carly. Dr. Collins and Dt. Chase are both called as witnesses, in addition to Sonny and Jason. Carly is declared not guilty by reason of insanity, and the judge rules that she is to be sent to Ferncliff. Jason applies for a job at Ferncliff as a janitor as way to keep an eye on Carly while she is there. After he gets fired from Ferncliff, he gets Franco to drive him to Ferncliff to break Carly out of there.
On Valentine's Day 2019, Carly tells Sonny that she is pregnant with his baby. She tells Sonny that she wants to keep the baby. After Jason goes Blind due to the Virus that Affected Ryan, and Anna, Carly tells Jason that she's pregnant and he tells Sam. After Jason gets discharged from the hospital, Carly is seen behind Ryan as he is closing his trunk.
- Stole Charlotte Roberts' identity after she 'died' when they were teenagers
- Worked with a man to con Bobbie out of money by leading her to believe he was a private investigator looking for her daughter [Apr 1996]
- Stole a copy of the nurse's examination test from Bobbie [July 1, 1996]
- Adultery; had an affair with her mothers's husband Tony Jones to get back at her mother for putting her up for adoption [Sep-Nov 1996]
- Mailed custody papers to Bobbie that said Tony was suing for full custody of their son Lucas without Tony's consent or knowledge [May 8, 1997]
- Attempted to pass her unborn child off as Tony Jones' child [Jun-Dec 1997]
- Stole drugs from Tony Jones' medical bag [Aug 14, 1997]
- Drugged A.J. Quartermaine [Aug 15, 1997]
- Dumped a drugged A.J. in an alley, and set it up to look as if he had started drinking again [Aug 15, 1997]
- Lied about Jason Morgan being her unborn child's biological father [Dec 15, 1997]
- Shot Tony Jones, her ex, after he was not sent to jail for kidnapping her son Michael Corinthos [Apr 24, 1998]
- Lied and told police that Jason kidnapped Michael [Feb 5, 1999]
- Slapped Hannah Scott [Apr 15, 1999]
- Breaking and entering; broke into Hannah Scott's apartment multiple times to dig up dirt on her [Sep-Oct 1999]
- Broke into Hannah's lock box [Oct 15, 1999]
Health and Vitals
- Experienced cramping due to stress and dehydration during her pregnancy [Nov 17, 1997]
- Rendered unconscious due to bleeding and severe labor pains [Dec 29, 1997]
- Had an emergency C-section due to a placental abruption with her first son, Michael [Dec 29, 1997]
- Coded during her C-section [Dec 29, 1997]
- Nearly died of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) after giving birth [Dec 29-30, 1997]
- Suffered from post-partum depression [Jan 1998]
- Committed to a mental hospital after shooting Tony Jones in open court [Apr 30, 1998]
- Mugged in an alley by men hired by Larkin [Oct 13, 1999]
- Slapped by Hannah Scott after she slapped her [Apr 15, 1999]
- Slapped by Hannah [Dec 13, 1999]
- Experienced cramping during her pregnancy 
- Nearly fell down while pregnant after A.J. Quartermaine tried to attack Sonny Corinthos [Apr 3, 2000]
- Fell down the stairs at the Quartermaines during a fight with A.J. and miscarried her baby with Sonny [May 19, 2000]
- Attacked by Sorel's men and almost raped [Nov 23, 2000]
- Held hostage at gunpoint by Sorel (along with Alexis and Zander) [Jul 11-13, 2001]
- Render unconscious and suffered minor bruises after being caught in an explosion caused by a bomb worn by Sonny [Jul 18, 2001]
- Hospitalized after collapsing [Jul 20, 2001]
- Hit a curve and crashed her car into water [Apr 25, 2002]
- Had blockages in both Fallopian tubes [Revealed Jun 20, 2002]
- Nearly unlawfully executed by Venezuelan authorities [Nov 11, 2002]
- Became stuck in quicksand after trying to help Brenda Barrett out of it; rescued by Sonny [Nov 13, 2002]
- Slipped on ice and hurt her ankle [Dec 4, 2002]
- Cut her hand on the wreckage at her club after Zander trashed it [Jan 14, 2003]
- Shot at with blanks by a man hired by Faith Rosco [Jan 30, 2003]
- Fell through ice while walking Michael off of a frozen pond and suffered from hypothermia [Apr 1, 2003]
- Experienced very high blood pressure and mild bleeding that caused severe cramps and in turn almost caused her to miscarry as a result of the fall [Apr 2-3, 2003]
- Almost fell down the stairs at the Quartermaines; saved by AJ [Apr 29-30, 2003]
- Nearly the victim of an explosion when a bomb was planted in Sonny's limo [May 20, 2003]
- Experienced round ligament pain during her pregnancy and collapsed as a result [Hospitalized; Jun 9-10, 2003]
- Kidnapped and held hostage in a panic room by Ric Lansing [Jun 13-Jul 18, 2003]
- Grabbed by her hair and dragged back into the panic room by Ric [Jun 16, 2003]
- Accidentally electrocuted herself while trying to communicate with Jason from her panic room prison in Ric Lansing's house [Jun 20, 2003]
- Experienced cramping while pregnant [Jul 17, 2003]
- Kidnapped and held hostage on a yacht by Lorenzo Alcazar [Jul 18-Aug 8, 2003]
- Went into premature labor but was given meds to stop it [Aug 1-5, 2003]
- Tripped on stairs at the docks; caught by Lorenzo [Aug 22, 2003]
- Got her coat stuck in Courtney's car as she pushed it off a cliff causing her to be pulled down on the side of the cliff; saved by Lorenzo [Sep 12-15, 2003]
- Fell on her stomach while pregnant after experiencing turbulence caused by Lorenzo having Sonny's private plane sabotaged [Oct 13, 2003]
- Along with Sonny, involved in a plane crash caused by Lorenzo sabotaging his plane [Oct 14, 2003]
- Fell down the stairs which kickstarted labor [Oct 20, 2003]
- Gave birth to her second son, Morgan completely natural [Oct 24, 2003]
- Accidentally shot in the head by Sonny while in labor [Oct 24, 2003; he shot Lorenzo in the back, then the bullet went through him and into Carly's head]
- Fell into a coma after having surgery to remove the bullet in her head and awoke to discover her memories of her family were missing [Oct 28-Nov 12, 2003]
- Hospitalized after collapsing [Dec 15, 2003]
- Experienced severe head pain [Dec 29, 2003]
- Held at gunpoint by Sage Alcazar [Jan 7, 2004]
- Checked herself into the Shadybrook Sanitarium in an attempt to get Lorenzo Alcazar out of her thoughts [Jan 14, 2004]
- Injected with a hallucinogenic drug by Dr. Patricia Grimes on the orders of Faith Rosco [Jan 15, 2004]
- Injected with another hallucinogenic [Jan 16, 2004]
- Trapped in an elevator with Alexis during the PC Hotel Fire [Feb 6-10, 2004]
- Engulfed in a backdraft and became trapped behind a door during the PC Hotel Fire [Feb 10, 2004]
- Along with Sonny, fell through the floor when it gave way during the PC Hotel Fire [Feb 13, 2004]
- Injured her foot when she beat up Niko Dane [Jun 25, 2004]
- Held at gunpoint by A.J. 
- Knocked unconscious and twisted her ankle after falling down the stairs when she thought she saw Faith Rosco 
- Punched by Sam McCall [May 2005]
- Checked into Roselawn Sanitarium after suffering a nervous breakdown [Winter 2005]
- Injured in a train wreck [Nov 2005]
- Held hostage at scalpel point by Manny Ruiz (suffered a laceration to her neck as a result) [Dec 2005]
- Fell ill during the encephalitis plague that hit Port Charles [Feb 2006]
- Metro Court Hotel
- Corinthos mob family
- A.J. Quartermaine and Carly Benson
- Drew Cain and Carly Benson
- Franco Baldwin and Carly Benson
- Jason Morgan and Carly Benson
- Jasper "Jax" Jacks and Carly Benson
- Johnny Zacchara and Carly Benson
- Shawn Butler and Carly Benson
- Sonny and Carly Corinthos
- Todd Manning and Carly Benson
- Tony Jones and Carly Benson
- http://www.angelfire.com/tv/curlyqgrl/gh/eps/gheps1996.htm#April 4-10, 1996
- Seen on her divorce papers to Jax on April 2, 2013 ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oxwZ-nZpc0 ...
- Invalid - illegally married to Jason Morgan, while her husband, Sonny Corinthos, is unknowingly still alive
- Sonny acknowledges her birthday on November 5.
- Carly and Sonny were only married to each other three times, even though the characters often say on the show they were married four times; their second ceremony, in 2001, was to renew their vows
- John tells the story of his mother, Judge Rachel Heston Durant on October 1, 2004.
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- Soap Opera Digest Awards: 2000
- Brown is out, GH recasts Carly Corinthos
- Soaps News
- Who's Who in Port Charles: Caroline "Carly" Benson Corinthos. Soap Central. Retrieved on 2011-12-30.
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