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Helena Anhalt Cassadine[4] was a fictional character and main antagonist on the American soap opera General Hospital. She was famously originated by film actress Elizabeth Taylor on November 1981.[5][6]

Since her debut and even in death, Helena has been the main overarching antagonist of GH, and is known to be the most notorious and wicked female villain in GH and soap history.

The character reappeared 15 years later in 1996,[6] and returned, for periods of varying length, nearly every year since.[7]

The returns ended, however, in 2013 when she was supposedly killed by Luke Spencer, ending the long lived Spencer/Cassadine war. Dante Falconeri finds Helena on a metal operating table, substantiating Stavros Cassadine's claim that he was "taking care" of his mother as she had done for him.

Helena returned in 2014, after Robin Scorpio-Drake developed a protocol that revived her, but died in 2015 after being poisoned by her grandson, Nikolas.

It was revealed in October 2009, that the only person Helena ever feared was her illegitimate son Valentin. She was terrified of him to the point that she begged her most hated enemy, Luke to help her fend him off.

During her recurring appearances throughout the years, Helena wrecked havoc and terrorized the citizens of Port Charles. She mainly targeted the Spencer's and most of Nikolas' love interests. However, she did have a small feud with the Quartermaine's and Scorpio's. Even after her death at Nikolas' hands, she continues to wreak havoc on PC residents and be behind the schemes of other villains.

Helena was pure evil, with little to no redeeming qualities and was the type of villain who committed countless crimes from blackmail, murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to committing mass murder, attempted murder, switching paternity tests, faking people's deaths and having their loved ones grieve, putting curses on her victims, bringing her relatives back from the dead and trying to take over the world like her husband once did.


A fan of the series and wildly and famous popular supercouple Luke Spencer and Laura Webber (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis), Taylor called then-Executive Producer Gloria Monty in 1981 and asked for a cameo role.[6] She was cast as Helena, the vengeful widow of villain Mikkos Cassadine, who had died at the climax of that summer's popular "Ice Princess" storyline.[5][6][8]

Luke and Laura's November 16, 1981 wedding, featuring Taylor's Helena, was watched by 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.[6][8][9] Dimitra Arliss appeared briefly as the character in 1996.[6][7]

Constance Towers was later introduced as Helena on December 19, 1997.[7][10]

Towers was a regular presence on the series until April 9, 2002, later returning on October 16 and 17, 2003, in December 2003, and from January 16 to October 2004.[7][10] Towers' Helena reappeared in January 2005, April and May 2005, October and November 2005, and January 2006.[7][10]

Most recently, Towers returned from April 13[7][11] to April 21, 2009,[12] and again on June 4, 2009.[13]

Towers appeared again from November 30 to December 3, 2012 and from March 29 to April 3, 2013 when she was allegedly killed off, although she appeared in Nikolas' flashbacks on April 11, 2013. She also appeared in a video on June 25, 2013 and again as a ghost on September 27, 2013.

Towers returned to the role for an extended arc from September 17, 2014 until February 20, 2015 when Helena was revealed to be alive. She made a one-day return on July 9, 2015.

Towers reprised the role again from November 19 until November 23, 2015 when Helena died of "natural causes" (later revealed to actually have been poisoned by Nikolas), but she made several guest appearances in 2016.

On May 9, 2017, Soap Opera Digest announced that Towers would once again reprise the role of Helena.[14] She returned from May 10 to May 26, 2017.

On August 13, 2019, it was announced that Towers would return to GH in a flashback for Chief Andrew Cain's (Billy Miller & Steve Burton) and Hank Archer's (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) time in Afghanistan.[15] She appeared on August 19 and August 21, 2019.

On February 1, 2020, it was revealed that Towers would return to GH sometime during February sweeps.[16][17][18] She returned from February 13 to February 14, 2020.

On October 29, 2020, it was revealed that Towers would be making another return to GH as Helena Cassadine.[19] It was also revealed that Towers filmed new scenes from her own home due to the pandemic.[20] Towers returned as the voice of Helena from October 29 to October 30, 2020.

On December 4, 2021, it was revealed that Towers filmed a scene and would be returning soon.[21] Towers appeared on the January 21, 2022 episode where a video of Helena surfaces following Luke's death.


Helena curses Luke and Laura on their wedding day

In Summer 1981, Luke, Laura, and Robert Scorpio foil Mikkos Cassadine's plot to freeze the world using a weather machine, and both Mikkos and his brother Tony are killed while their other brother Victor is arrested. Mikkos's widow Helena appears in Port Charles just in time to curse Luke and Laura from the sidelines of their November 16, 1981 wedding. Laura later vanishes without a trace in 1982, leaving a devastated Luke to search for her.

A portrait of Helena Cassadine is found

Presumed dead, Laura reappears in 1983, having been kidnapped by the Cassadines in revenge. Told that Luke was dead, Laura had been forced to marry Mikkos and Helena's son Stavros Cassadine, who had fallen in love with her. She had returned to Port Charles upon learning that Luke was alive, followed by Stavros; he is ultimately killed, and Luke and Laura are reunited. Discovering that Laura is pregnant with their first child, she and Luke leave town in 1984. Laura's mother Lesley Webber is killed in a car wreck later that year.

Having returned to Port Charles in 1993 with son Lucky, Luke and Laura have a daughter they call Lulu in 1994. In 1996 she is diagnosed with aplastic anemia, and a mysterious young man comes to town hoping to help. Laura is forced to reveal that he is Nikolas Cassadine, her son with Stavros, born during her captivity. She had been sworn by the Cassadines to leave him behind and keep his existence a secret as a condition of her release and to protect Luke from their wrath. Nikolas saves Lulu's life with a bone marrow transplant, but Luke and Laura's marriage is destroyed by the revelation of this secret. Around this time, Luke visits a bedridden Helena, gloating at her condition but vowing to have his revenge when she is well enough to fully experience him murdering her.

Nikolas had come to town with his calculating but benevolent uncle and guardian Stefan Cassadine (Mikkos and Helena's younger son) and Stefan's adopted cousin Alexis Davis. Stefan and Laura had been romantically involved while she had been married to Stavros and confined on Cassadine Island, and Stefan still harbors feelings for her. Laura's marriage to Luke faltering, her own feelings for Stefan are rekindled as he comforts her. With Helena no longer a threat, Stefan discovers one of her secrets: Laura's mother Lesley is alive, having been kidnapped by Helena in 1984 and her death faked. Stefan frees Lesley and reunites her with Laura.

Helena appears in 1997 in an attempt to reassert control over Cassadine heir Nikolas and his fortune. She loathes Stefan, whom she views as weak, and seeks to thwart his influence over Nikolas by distracting Stefan with Laura. Meanwhile, Alexis had discovered that she was actually Mikkos' illegitimate daughter, and Helena terrorizes her. Alexis remembers that as a little girl she had watched Helena slit her mother's throat. Luke and Alexis plot to kill Helena in 1998, but Stefan's fiancée Katherine Bell is accidentally killed instead. They attempt to frame Helena, but Stefan is arrested; Katherine is revealed to be alive, saved by Helena as part of her plans. In Helena's debt, Katherine seduces Nikolas to put a wedge between him and Stefan.

Meanwhile, Luke discovers evidence that Nikolas is actually Stefan's son, making him no longer the Cassadine heir and allowing Helena to take control of the Cassadine fortune. She next plans to eliminate Stefan and Laura, but Stefan manages to poison Helena, rendering her paralyzed and mute. Katherine is murdered for real, and Laura is charged; it is ultimately revealed that an antidote had allowed Helena to recover, and she had crept out of her bed to kill Katherine and frame Laura. Later it is also discovered that Helena had faked the DNA results, and Nikolas is Stavros' son and the rightful heir.

Lucky is presumed dead in a fire in May 1999; he reappears in February 2000 having been kidnapped on Helena's orders and brainwashed into serving her. In 2001, it is revealed that Stavros has been in cryonic suspension in a secret room below General Hospital since his apparent "death" in 1983, waiting for a time when medical science could revive him. Helena manages to do so, and Stefan stirs up trouble in town. Though initially compelled to do Helena's bidding and even hurting his loved ones, Lucky finally manages to break Helena's conditioning. Luke kills Stavros again by pushing him into a bottomless pit in 2001.[22]

In 2006 Helena placed a nanny in Nikolas' home, Colleen McHenry, in hopes of getting Nikolas' son Spencer. For a while, everything was going according to plan, until Colleen turned on Helena with her own agenda. She had fallen for Nikolas, and when her feelings weren't returned because Nikolas and Emily had gotten back together, she lost it. Colleen overpowered Helena and held her captive in a tower near Wyndemere Castle for a couple days, then kidnapped baby Spencer on Christmas Eve. Nikolas and Emily searched for them and tracked Colleen to Chicago where she had dyed her hair and gotten a job at a daycare center to save enough and start a new life with "her son". After a few near-misses with Nikolas and Emily, Helena encountered the psycho nanny and took Spencer to St. Petersburg, Russia. Nikolas & Em followed her and got there just in time to stop Helena from baptizing Spencer with a different name. When they tried to get him back, Helena threatened to kill him with a dagger. Emily offered to trade herself for the infant and Helena accepted. Emily was able to get away, as was Helena.

Helena reappears Port Charles at the General Hospital grand re-opening on April 13, 2009[11] demanding that Nikolas return a painting of Saint Gregoire to her,[23] which he does. Alexis voices her suspicions that Helena has actually orchestrated the recent arrival of Rebecca Shaw, who resembles Nikolas' deceased wife Emily Quartermaine;[24] Nikolas is inclined to agree when he later sees Helena and Rebecca talking.[25] As Helena leaves town on her jet, she tears the paper off the backside of the painting and reveals a birth certificate. She returns again on June 4, 2009[13] and soon tries to lure Rebecca away from her "current partner" and assist in Helena's plans; Rebecca angrily refuses.[26] After their conversation, Helena disappears.

Helena showed up in Port Charles again on February 10, following her learning of Nikolas' affair with Elizabeth Webber. The following day, Elizabeth finds out she is pregnant. Believing the baby is Nikolas', Helena made immediate threats to Elizabeth about the welfare of the child. Believing she is unstable, Nikolas and Lucky pressure her into committing herself into Shadybrook Sanitarium. In an attempt to keep tabs on Elizabeth, Helena makes a large donation to the institution, getting the upper-hand with the staff. While reminiscing with Luke, she reveals the immediate threat from Valentin has passed. Later, when Elizabeth has a paternity test done, Helena pays the lab tech to let her see the results first. She finds out Lucky is the biological father, but has the results switched to make it look like Nikolas is the father. Helena has her man kidnap Tracy who she thought knew Liz's baby was a Spencer. Luke tries to find Tracy but ends up kidnapped, too. While they are being held hostage, Tracy becomes sick and Luke takes care of her. Later Nikolas and Lucky find Tracy and Luke. Upon returning to Port Charles, Nikolas banishes Helena from Wyndemere for her actions and warns her to stay away from Elizabeth and their son. When the newborn Aiden is later kidnapped, Helena instantly becomes a suspect, and Nikolas openly threatens to kill her if she is the one who did so. Eventually, Aiden is found and is ok.

Over time, Elizabeth suspects that Aiden is Lucky's son, not Nikolas', and confirms this with a third DNA test. After delaying this revelation when Elizabeth's middle child Jake is killed in a hit-and run accident, she finally reveals the truth to Lucky and Nikolas. Nikolas does not take the news well, and decides to leave Aiden with Elizabeth and Lucky, then prepares to leave town. Helena is seen in Port Charles secretly watching Nikolas as he boards his jet. Shortly afterward, she confronts Lucky to taunt him, while insisting the whole time that Aiden was really a Cassadine and that Elizabeth's third DNA test was the tampered one. Lucky demands her to leave.

While searching for a recently missing-in-action Luke in Florida, Lulu and her boyfriend Dante Falconeri learn from a pimp that Luke is somewhere doing business with Helena. The two arrive on Cassadine Island where they confront Helena about Luke's whereabouts. Helena later threatens to cause the Spencer family pain by making them lose Luke. Helena has a plan to get revenge on Spencer's for the deaths of both her sons. Nikolas leaves Port Charles with Spencer in summer 2011. On September 28, 2011 Luke's son, Ethan Lovett, is wandering in Nikolas' home. While there, he find a photo of Laura and is smacked in the head with vase by Helena. Helena sees someone passing by while she and Ethan talk.

On January 11, 2012, Helena is seen lurking the tunnels of Wyndemere holding a dagger and listening in on Ethan and "Cassandra's" conversation. Helena reappears on February 24, 2012 when she shows her face to Ethan and "Cassandra". She insists it's time to end the charade and tell Ethan the truth. Ethan's shocked when he realizes that Helena and "Cassandra" know each other. It hits him even harder, when "Cassandra" announces under the pressure of Helena that she really is Irina Cassadine, Helena's daughter. Irina tells Ethan that she was forced to play the part and take a place in Helena's never ending vendetta against Laura and the Spencer family. Helena seeks her goal when she informs Ethan that she wanted him to fall for Irina in order to break his heart. Irina tries to convince Ethan that she's fallen in love with him and doesn't want to lose him.

Helena claims that Irina is still playing him and then she lets two of her men bring in a beaten up Luke. Ethan is shocked to learn that Luke was captured by Helena all this time since he thought his father was on one of his adventurous trips. Helena then announces that one of them is going to die. She ends up shooting her daughter, killing her. Ethan is shocked and even calls Helena a bitch. Helena then tells Luke she's going to kill Ethan for payback when Luke killed her son(s). Right when Helena is gonna kill Ethan, Ethan's mother Holly Sutton comes in and says Ethan is really Robert Scorpio's son. Helena they takes hair out of Ethan and Luke and tells them she's going to do a DNA test to see if Holly is lying and leaves them alone. On November 30, Helena Cassadine appears again when Robert Scorpio wants information about Cesar Faison. She doesn't give him too much of useful information, and later warns Faison that Robert suspected him.

On March 29, 2013, Helena returns on the Haunted Star and is surprised to hear that Nikolas has been shot. She makes Laura call Scott Baldwin to hear about his condition but Alexis picks up the phone and confirms what Luke and Laura have said about Nikolas' condition. Helena tells her that she is in charge of Nikolas' well being and if anything happens to him her throat will be slit. Helena then says she plans to kill Laura. Dante comes in and is able to prevent Helena from killing Laura. He says that there is someone in one of the staterooms. While Dante stays with Helena, Luke and Laura go to rescue who they originally think is Lulu but it turns out to be Ethan. Later on the deck Luke shoots Helena after she tries to make Laura kill Ethan or Luke, presumably "killing" her. She is seen in flashbacks when Lulu remembers that Helena forced her to "marry" Helena's son Stavros. This marriage is invalid, due to Lulu being already married to Dante and having sex with him.

Luke received a message from Helena, saying that said she had laced his earring with plutonium poison. While on Cassadine Island, seeking the cure, Helena appeared in a hallucination to Luke.

On January 31, 2014, It was revealed that Helena and Stavros' bodies had been cryogenically preserved by her husband's brother, Victor Cassadine, who was planning on using Robin Scorpio-Drake to revive them. Victor, along with his associates, show up at Robin's door demanding that she helps Victor revive Stavros and Helena in exchange for her also reviving Jason Morgan, meaning she once again has to leave her family behind indefinitely. Robin reluctantly agrees but only agrees to do it to save Jason. Victor removes Robin from Port Charles and takes her to the Crichton-Clark Clinic in Scarsdale, NY.

Over the summer/fall of 2014, Robin worked hard at reviving the three. She was more focused on working on Jason than Stavros and Helena. Robin - after a brief and hostile encounter with Patrick - successfully finds the formula to revive Jason. She planned to test it on Stavros and Helena, but Victor uses it on Jason. At first it doesn't seem to work, but then Robin manages to keep Jason stable through the process. Victor then orders his thugs to lock Robin in one of those rooms and takes her key card, so they can use her formula to resurrect Helena and Stavros. Stavros is revealed to be alive in September and tells Lulu and Dante and that he appropriated Lulu's other remaining embryo and fertilized it with his sperm with the intention of getting Lulu pregnant with Stavros' baby. After Stavros' plan failed and he's shot to death by Dante, Helena (in the September 17, 2014 episode) is also revealed to be very much alive.

When the emergency alarm is blaring through Crichton-Clark, she goes in the room where Stavros got shot and takes Lulu's embryo. She then goes into the room Robin and Jason are locked in, even though they have a Crichton-Clark key card. Helena however can go into the room because she has a master key card that can open any door, even during an emergency lock-down. Helena is happy to see Robin but Robin isn't mutually happy to see Helena for obvious reasons. Jason is about to disable her but her two armed thugs disable him. Helena rambles on to Robin about her plans to take her, Lulu, and Maxie Jones and finish Stavros' plans to get Lulu pregnant. Robin threats that she will kill Helena if she tries that. Helena insists on taking Robin out of the building when it's about to blow into a million pieces but Robin is having none of that and neither is Jason as he takes his gun and blows Helena's men away. He points the gun at Helena only for her to put her hands up and say "don't shoot." Jason agrees and drags Robin out of the room.

On September 22, Helena turns up at Anna Devane's hotel room. She tells Robin she has big plans for her and threatens her family if she doesn't cooperate. Helena also reveals that her henchmen have recaptured Jason, but Helena's thugs later report that Jason escaped. Helena shoots one of her thugs, but only spares the other one because she needs someone to dispose of the dead body. Helena is later seen with Robin as they are on their way to Paris. Helena reveals that Jason has survived, and Robin tried to intimidate her with the knowledge that Jason could be coming after her. Helena dismisses Robin's threats and says she will deal with Jason when the time comes.

Helena sent one of her goons to the hospital to keep an eye on Jason and report back to her. Helena learned that Jason had memory loss and got plastic surgery, so no one can recognize him. Helena hacks into the PCPD and deletes Jason's fingerprints from the records. She is also working with Jerry Jacks.

Helena orders Jason to kill Sam

Later Helena tells Jason (Jake-Since Jason lost his memory) that he works for her and will do as she says. She orders him to help free Cesar Faison by taking Sam Morgan hostage which he does. It is also later revealed that Helena is working with Luke Spencer and tells her grandson Nikolas to aid her with her schemes. Helena shows up at the hospital and has another plan for Jason. She orders him to kill Sam because she figuring out that Jason is the one that took her hostage. Helena is also blackmailing Rosalie Martinez to work for her. On February 25, 2015, Helena is banished to Cassadine Island by Nikolas after her and Luke's plan to blow up the Haunted Star fails.

On July 9, Helena is visited on Cassadine Island by Luke, who is back to normal. Helena tells Luke that now that Nikolas has embraced his Cassadine side, she considers their rivalry to be over. Helena reveals that Jake Spencer is alive, and she faked his death to torture Luke. Helena allows Luke, and his family to take Jake back to Port Charles.

On November 16, Nikolas claimed Helena was dying. On November 19, Jason broke into Cassadine Island and confronted Helena, demanding answers about what happened to him. On November 20, Helena told Jason that Faison had originally planned on killing Jason, but she decided he could be useful to her, so she convinced Faison not to kill Jason. After Faison has kicked Jason into the harbor, Helena made sure her men were there to snatch him up, and deliver him to Victor. She also implied she was responsible for Jason losing his memory. Sam McCall lost her temper, and started disrespecting Helena, so Helena put a curse on Sam like she had done to Luke and Laura years ago. On November 23, Helena dies before she can give Jason anymore answers, and Nikolas reveals she was buried on Cassadine Island.

On March 14, 2016, Helena's last will and testament was shown and she promised everyone who attended; Laura, Elizabeth, Nikolas, Sam, Alexis, and Lulu that she intends to immortalize herself through her will. Helena gave Sam one cent as a symbol of her worth as Alexis' daughter. She gave Alexis a reminder of her past; the very dagger she used to slit her mother's throat. She gave Elizabeth a journal that tells the story of her son Jake's life on Cassadine Island. While she made sure that Nikolas doesn't get her personal fortune and also she gave him a painting of her drinking tea symbolizing that she is aware of what he had done to her. Later, she gave Lulu her thanks in helping her achieve something unknown, also she gave her an empty letter. Finally she gave Laura the key to what she had loved and lost.

On July 11, it was revealed through Helena's journal that Nikolas killed his grandmother by poisoning her. Nikolas himself was shortly killed afterwards by the one man Helena ever feared, his long lost uncle Valentin Cassadine.

Months later, it's revealed that before Mikkos was killed he revised his will and made sure that all of the Cassadine Estate will be given to the eldest living son. He hid the will from Helena, for he knew she would make sure that their favorite and first-born son Stavros would get the entire estate from his father. After Helena's demise in 2015, the hidden will of Mikkos Cassadine came to light in 2016 when Valentin found it in Greece. Through it and through the deaths of Stavros and Stefan, Valentin became the only living son and hence sole heir to the Cassadine Empire. This would end any dream Helena had on continuing the Cassadine Legacy through her grandchildren.

Helena buying the Chimera Virus from Valentin

Despite her death, Helena continues to be a threat to many people in Port Charles. It was revealed on May that during Jake's time on the island, Helena had brainwashed him into unleashing a powerful bio-weapon called The Chimera when the time was right. On May 10, 2017, it was revealed that Valentin illegally sold the Chimera Virus to his step-mother Helena 30 years prior. In addition she had Jason beaten down by henchman Costa in front of his own son, during his time on Cassadine island. She appeared as a hallucination to Jake during the 2017 Nurses Ball to motivate him to activate the Chimera, but her plans were thwarted by his parents, Jason and Elizabeth.

In October, a mysterious man known as "Patient 6" showed up in Port Charles and he looked exactly like Jason used to look before his accident in 2014. Jason and "Patient 6" were proven to be identical twins but it was not known who the real Jason was. On December 1, it was revealed that "Patient 6" is the real Jason, and the man thought to be Jason since 2014 was actually his twin, Andrew Cain which means it was Drew that was at Crichton-Clark and it was Drew who Robin revived, not Jason.

Helena captures Jason's twin, Andrew Cain

On August 19, 2019, it was revealed that Helena had approached Hank Archer in Afghanistan in July of 2012 in hopes of acquiring Jason Morgan's identical twin brother, Chief Andrew Cain so she could use him as her "soldier boy." She threatened to kill Hank if anything happened to Drew and had her men pay him for capturing him. It was also revealed that Peter August aided and abetted Helena in kidnapping Drew.

On August 26, it was revealed that there is a codicil to Mikkos' will which could prove that Valentin is not the rightful Cassadine heir after all. The codicil was eventually revealed to be in the portrait that Helena had left Nikolas from her will.

On October 31, Nikolas was revealed to be alive and was the one behind the search for the codicil.

Valentin imagines Helena, taunting him

On January 6, 2020, Nikolas crashed Valentin's wedding to Nina Reeves and revealed that not only is Valentin not the rightful heir, he is supposedly not Mikkos' son either, he is Helena's son.

Always scheming

On February 13, it's confirmed that her father Valentin isn't Mikkos' son but is actually Helena's son. On February 14, Helena's ghost revealed that Charlotte Cassadine was always meant to be Valentin's daughter with Lulu, as she wanted an heir from Luke's genetic line.

On October 29, Peter August got a mysterious phone call and was shocked to hear that it was Helena. Peter went to a corner and reminded Helena that she was dead, but Helena claimed that she has eluded death before and asked why this time should be any different. Helena threatened to expose Peter's role in Drew Cain's disappearance of he didn't help her stay dead until she was ready to reveal herself. Helena wanted to meet with Peter and warned him about the consequences if she didn't hear from him. After being interrupted by Maxie Jones and Damian Spinelli, Peter called Helena back and requested a meeting tomorrow night.

It was later revealed that Helena was really dead since Spinelli worked with Sam to trap Peter and expose his crimes. Sam was able to impersonate Helena over the phone by using a computer and voice program. Unfortunately their plan was blown when Peter found out the truth about his chat with "Helena."

On March 8, 2021, it was revealed that Peter was the one who hired Hank Archer to ambush Drew and deliver him to Helena back in July 2012.

Crashing Luke's memorial (2022)

On October 7, it was revealed that Victor Cassadine (who was recently revealed to be alive) is Valentin's father, making Valentin (and by extension, Charlotte) a true Cassadine after all. Decades ago, Victor had comforted Helena after she found out Mikkos had been cheating on her, which led to her sleeping with Victor and having Valentin as a result.

On January 21, 2022, at Luke Spencer's memorial service on The Haunted Star, Dante Falconeri finds a giant TV and wonders who was trying to send a message. Anna Devane mentions that she and Felicia Scorpio heard a crash and found a flash drive with a message that says "Play me" (presumably left by Johann). The flash drive contains a video of Helena gloating about Luke being dead. Laura Collins turns off the video when she has heard enough.

Crimes Committed

  • Murder; slit Kristin Bergman's throat with a dagger and ripped out her vocal cords in front of her daughter Alexis when she was a child beacuse she has an affair with her husband, Mikkos [between 1974-75; revealed 2001]
  • Cursed Luke and Laura on their wedding day; as revenge for killing Mikkos [Nov 1981]
  • Slapped Lucky Spencer [Apr 27, 1998]
  • Arrested for Katherine's "murder" [1998; actually innocent and the charges were dropped when Katherine revealed she was alive]
  • Tricked everyone into thinking that Stefan Cassadine was Nikolas' father instead of Stavros Cassadine so that she could get her hands on the Cassadine fortune; killed a doctor (who knew the truth) and tried to kill Jax and Alexis in order to keep her secret
  • Pretended to be comatose [1999]
  • Kidnapped Lucky and faked his death [May 1999]
  • Pushed Katherine Bell off the parapet to her death to prevent her from trapping Nikolas into a marriage based on a fake pregnancy [Oct 1999]
  • Framed Laura Webber for Katherine's murder and killed the only witness [Oct 1999]
  • Choked Faison [Nov 11, 1999]
  • Framed Faison for Katherine's murder when she became a suspect and almost killed him in order to prevent him from contradicting her story [1999-2000]
  • Ran down Chloe Morgan (thinking she was Alexis) to keep secret the fact that she had Lucky as prisoner [Jan 28, 2000]
  • Brainwashed Lucky [Feb 2000]
  • Arrested for kidnapping Lucky, but was released due to lack of evidence against her [2000]
  • Killed Lucky's doctor after he talked to Alexis and Stefan [2000]
  • Poisoned Stefan and dropped him overboard to drown [June 12, 2000]
  • Attempted to blackmail Jax into bed by dangling the medication needed to help Chloe in front of him [July 10, 2000]
  • Sent an assassin to kill Stefan [Aug 11, 2000]
  • Tried to kill Chloe when Chloe began having visions of how Helena had seemingly killed Stefan [Aug 21, 2000]
  • Tried to get Nikolas declared mentally incompetent to gain control of the Cassadine estate [Dec 6, 2000]
  • Had Lucky poison Lucas Jones [Apr 24, 2001]
  • Blackmailed Tony Jones into helping her bring Stavros back to life in exchange for the antidote for Lucas [May 15, 2001]
  • Had one of her goons knock Nikolas unconscious so she could mind control Lucky [Jun 26, 2001]
  • Slapped Lucky [Jul 27, 2001]
  • Had Lucky poison his own father, Luke [Jul 27, 2001]
  • Threatened the lives of Jax and Alexis [Aug 30, 2001]
  • Gave Nikolas a lethal powdered substance and told him to use it to kill Elizabeth Webber [Oct 4, 2001]
  • Had Johnny O'Brien assaulted and removed from his post because he was guarding Alexis [Nov 1, 2001]
  • Had Jasper Jacks assaulted and knocked unconscious [Nov 1, 2001]
  • Had Alexis kidnapped [Nov 1, 2001]
  • Had Bobbie Spencer kidnapped [Nov 5, 2001]
  • Had Luke, Laura, Nikolas, Gia, and Lucky kidnapped [Nov 7, 2001]
  • Arrested for kidnapping among other crimes [Nov 9, 2001]
  • Escaped police custody at General Hospital [Mar 18, 2002]
  • Blackmailed Gia Campbell to help her escape town [Mar 19, 2002]
  • Put her look-a-like cousin in her place in prison so she could escape [Apr 9, 2002]
  • Stabbed and killed her henchman after stealing Azure Key's treasure for herself [Jan 22, 2004]
  • Pulled a knife on Sam McCall and threatened to kill her [Jan 22-23, 2004]
  • Attempted murder; held Alexis Davis at dagger point [Apr 2004]
  • Attempted to murder Emily Quartermaine by taking off the tourniquet that was preventing her from bleeding to death [Feb 11, 2004]
  • Attempted to murder Emily on the cliffs [Sept 2004]
  • Attempted to murder Emily on the cliffs for a second time [Nov 2004]
  • Faked her death [Nov 2004]
  • Shot Lucky [Jan 2005]
  • Tried to kill Luke and Tracy [Spring-Summer 2005]
  • Pushed Courtney Matthews into freezing water, while she was pregnant [Nov 2005]
  • Kidnapped Courtney [Jan 2006]
  • Kidnapped her great-grandson, Spencer Cassadine [Spring 2007]
  • Took over the television monitors during a ribbon cutting ceremony at General Hospital and threatened Nikolas [Apr 2009]
  • Held a knife on Ethan Lovett [Apr 21, 2009]
  • Bribed lab technician Larry Bailey to change paternity test results for Elizabeth Webber's unborn child [Mar 2010]
  • Bribed Larry to change paternity results for Elizabeth Webber's unborn child [Apr 2010]
  • Arranged for Larry to be killed by her henchman Thor [Apr 2010]
  • Arranged for Tracy Quartermaine to be chloroformed and imprisoned [May 2010]
  • Imprisoned Luke Spencer in a dungeon with his wife, Tracy [Jun 2010]

  • Held Jake Spencer captive [Mar 2011-Jul 2015]
  • Held Luke Spencer captive [Late 2011-Early 2012]
  • Knocked out Ethan Lovett [Sep 2011]
  • Ordered one of her henchmen to kill her daughter, Irina [Feb 2012]
  • Held Ethan at gunpoint and threatened to kill him [Feb 2012]
  • Conspired with Peter August to have Hank Archer ambush Drew Cain and deliver him to her [Jul 2012; Drew was presumed dead/missing until Dec 2017; revealed on Aug 19, 2019; revealed to be in cahoots with Peter on Aug 21, 2019; Peter's full involvement revealed on Mar 8, 2021]
  • Threatened to kill Hank if he did not follow her orders [Jul 2012; revealed on Aug 19, 2019]
  • Held Drew (who received Jason Morgan's memories) hostage on Cassadine Island, had one of her men beat him up and conditioned him into following her orders [sometime between 2012 and 2014; conditioning revealed on Dec 5, 2014; revealed on May 10, 2017]
  • Held Luke Spencer and Laura Webber at gunpoint and threatened to kill them [Mar 2013]
  • Threatened to kill Alexis Davis [Mar 2013]
  • Kidnapped Ethan Lovett and threatened to have him killed [Apr 2013]
  • Held Luke and Laura at gunpoint and threatened to kill them for a second time [Apr 2013]
  • Poisoned Luke Spencer's earring with the radioactive toxin Polonium 210 [revealed Jun 2013]
  • Helped Victor Cassadine hold "Jason" captive at the Crichton-Clark Clinic [Aug 12-Sep 17, 2014; revealed Sep 17, 2014]
  • Conspired with Stavros, Victor, and Peter Harrell, Jr. to hold Nathan, Maxie, Lulu, Dante, and Robin captive at the Crichton-Clark Clinic [Sep 8-17, 2014]
  • Stole Lulu's embryo and made off with it [Sep 17, 2014]
  • "Had plans" for Robin, Lulu, and Maxie [revealed Sep 17, 2014]
  • Ordered her thugs to knock out "Jason" [Sep 17, 2014]
  • Tried to kidnap Robin, failed [Sep 17, 2014]
  • Threatened to kill Robin [Sep 23, 2014]
  • Shot and killed one of her hit men [Sep 24, 2014]
  • Kidnapped Robin [Sep 24, 2014]
  • Held Robin against her own will in Paris [Sep 24, 2014-Nov 23, 2015]
  • Withheld the information that Jake Doe was actually Jason Morgan [Oct 13, 2014-Nov 6, 2015; Jason was actually revealed to be Drew Cain on Dec 1, 2017]
  • Sent one of her henchmen to GH to pretend to be a nurse to see if "Jason" regained his memory [Oct 14, 2014]
  • Hacked into the PCPD Database and deleted Jason's records so that the police couldn't tell who he really was [Oct 14, 2014]
  • Threatened to slit Alexis Davis' throat [Nov 25, 2014]
  • Ordered "Jason" to free Faison [Dec 8, 2014]
  • Helped Cesar Faison and Britt Westbourne flee the country to avoid criminal prosecution [Dec 8, 2014]
  • Blackmailed Rosalie to work for her [Jan 2015]
  • Ordered "Jason" to kill Sam Morgan and Patrick Drake [Jan 12, 2015]
  • Orchestrated an attempted bombing on The Haunted Star (along with Luke) and hoped that everyone would blow up [Jan 28, 2015]
  • Ordered "Jason" to plant a bomb on The Star [Jan 28, 2015]
  • Ordered two of her goons to grab and manhandle Nikolas [Feb 2, 2015]
  • Attempted mass murder on The Star [Feb 3, 2015]
  • Put a curse on Sam [Nov 20, 2015]

  • Health and Vitals

    • Choked and threatened by Luke Spencer [Apr 30, 1998]
    • Nearly killed by Luke [May 1998]
    • Threatened by Laura Spencer [Jun 1998]
    • Poisoned by her son, Stefan Cassadine which left her mute and paralyzed [1999]
    • Choked by Luke [Oct 23, 2000]
    • Locked in a room by her son, Stavros [Jun 21, 2001]
    • Hospitalized for pain in her stomach [Mar 14, 2002]
    • Had a tiny ninja sword pulled on her and threatened by Sam McCall [Jan 23, 2004]
    • Chloroformed, kidnapped, and held captive by Luke [Jan 26-Feb 2004]
    • Blackmailed and then poisoned by Luke [Feb 2004]
    • Pushed from a cliff by her grandson, Nikolas Cassadine and presumed dead [Nov 2004]
    • Hospitalized after being poisoned by her son, Valentin Cassadine [Oct 2009]
    • Held at gunpoint and threatened by Luke [Mar 2013]
    • Had a gun shot out of her hand and held at gunpoint by Det. Dante Falconeri [Apr 2013]
    • Presumed dead after being shot in the chest and thrown overboard by Luke [Apr 3, 2013; Helena was revealed to be alive on Jan 31, 2014; Helena was revealed to be revived on Sep 17, 2014]
    • Threatened with bodily harm by Robin Scorpio-Drake (Robin told Helena she will kill her if she touched Lulu and Maxie) [Sep 17, 2014]
    • Held at gunpoint by Drew Cain (as Jason) until she simply pleaded "Don't shoot!" [Sep 17, 2014]
    • Presumed to be injured in the Crichton-Clark explosion [Sep 17, 2014]
    • Held at knifepoint by her grandson, Nikolas Cassadine [Feb 5, 2015]
    • Had an unknown illness [revealed Nov 16, 2015]
    • Held at gunpoint by Drew [Nov 19, 2015]
    • Died after being poisoned by her grandson, Nikolas Cassadine [Nov 23, 2015; revealed Jul 11, 2016]

    Family tree


    See also


    1. Shown on the Cassadine family tree on the episode aired on July 11, 2016.
    3. Irina's father.
    4. Middle name shown on the Cassadine family tree on September 14, 2017.
    5. 5.0 5.1 Schemering, Christopher (September 1985). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia, 108-119.
    6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Waggett, Gerard J. (November 1997). “One Life to Live”, The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. Harper Paperbacks, 112-134.
    7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Helena Cassadine profile. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
    8. 8.0 8.1 Luke and Laura: Still the Ultimate TV Wedding. Retrieved on May 20, 1009.
    9. West, Abby. "Luke and Laura: 17 Great Soap Supercouples", Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved on May 20, 2009. 
    10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Helena Cassadine profile. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
    11. 11.0 11.1 General Hospital recap (4/13/09) -
    12. General Hospital recap (4/21/09) -
    13. 13.0 13.1 General Hospital recap (6/4/09) -
    14. "Constance Towers Back To GH", Soap Opera Digest, American Media, Inc., May 9, 2017. Retrieved on May 9, 2017. 
    18. Constance Towers Returns to General Hospital as Helena Cassadine for February Sweeps. SheKnows Media. Retrieved on February 3, 2020.
    19. "General Hospital's Helena Cassadine is Back From The Dead", Soaps.cpm, Sheknows Media, LLC, October 29, 2020. Retrieved on October 29, 2020. 
    22. General Hospital was beginning to unfold a plot involving bio-terrorism, with Stavros and Helena as the primary antagonists. However, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the producers quickly altered the storyline, and Stavros was written out of the series. Sept 11 changed US daytime TV (1/07/2002) -
    23. General Hospital recap (6/16/09) -
    24. General Hospital recap (4/16/09) -
    25. General Hospital recap (4/20/09) -
    26. General Hospital recap (6/5/09) -

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