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Dr. Liesl Obrecht[3] is a fictional character and former antagonist on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. She is the sister of socialite, Madeline Reeves and the mother of Dr. Britt Westbourne and the late, Det. Nathan West.

She has been portrayed by actress Kathleen Gati since the character's debut on August 24, 2012.

Liesl was introduced as a doctor who helped Cesar Faison hold Robin Scorpio-Drake and Duke Lavery captive.


"They needed a German doctor to say a few things and then go" Gati remarked to Soaps In Depth of how her character came to be.

However, the writers were so impressed that they kept bringing Gati back. Gati said her status with the series "was always precarious and still is," despite the role being expanded.[4]

The role was only meant to last a few days to "take Robin (Kimberly McCullough) from Room A to Room B and talk to Tony Geary [Luke] in the hall to help him avoid seeing Robin and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)."

It was actually Tony Geary who sang Gati's praises to the executive producer, Frank Valentini after their scenes. Immediately impressed, Valentini sent head writer Ron Carlivati a piece of her scenes knowing Carlivati would be inspired to write more for her.[5]

Gati made her first appearance on August 24, 2012.

Valentini chose Gati out of five other actresses that were up for the role. Valentini immediately informed his Carlivati of how good she was.[6]

Though she was finding success in other recurring gigs, Gati insisted that "if GH asks me to sign a contract, I'll say yes. I feel like I'm at home here. I've been in Los Angeles for 15 years, and for the first time, I actually feel like I belong to a family."[4]

In October 2013, the role was briefly played by Finola Hughes when Dr. Obrecht tries to pass herself off as Anna Devane.[7]

Her final episode before going on a three-month hiatus aired on December 17, 2012. She reprised the role of Dr. Liesl Obrecht on March 22, 2013 for a short few week stint and returned to the screen once again on July 26, 2013.

On April 10, 2020, confirmed that Gati will temporarily be exiting General Hospital when her character, Liesl Obrecht is extradited to The Hague. However, they also revealed that this will not be the last we see of her as she will return at a later date.[8] She made her last appearance for the time being on April 13, 2020.

On September 28, 2020, Gati made a surprise return to GH when Obrecht was revealed to be the one who told Dr. Kirk to release Dante Falconeri on a mission to prove her innocence, Peter's guilt, and Anna's involvement.[9]

Kathleen Gati said Obrecht is a "very focused woman, very educated, very serious." Obrecht is a "force to be reckoned with," the actress said. Dr. Obrecht usually very "self-sufficient."[4] Mara Levinsky described the character as a "sharp-tongued scene-stealer." Gati saw the potential for her character very early on and described Obrecht as "delicious and nasty." As the role continued to expand, "the writers gave me so many colors I could bring to the role. She was evil, she was kind, she was painful."[5] Gati rejected the notion that Obrecht could be "rational" and said "She basically is evil" However, the actress insisted that Obrecht is a "person" who has "emotions" and shows "sensitivity" and a "soft side."

She is not just "the campy, the broad, the evil, and the dark."[10] Gati insisted Obrecht's "most redeeming" quality is the humor. Gati explained: "If Obrecht didn't get bonked on the head here and there when she made a big mistake, or if they didn't throw in an 'oops' every now and then, viewers wouldn't enjoy the character as much." That humor serves as a "relief" for viewers.[11] When compared to herself, Gati said Obrecht is "dark and terrorizing" and characterized her as a "powerhouse."[12] While the character has traits that humanize her, she was never given an actual redemption story. Soaps In Depth described Obrecht as "strong, smart, powerful, and has a humorous way with words."[11] Maria Ciaccia of described the character as "cold and domineering."[12]

Of the way her character speaks, Gait said "She speaks with a certain style, intelligent and harsh." Obrecht is a "German character, but Swiss German, bright and sharp."[12] When it comes to her character's dialogue, Gati explained that she tried to be as "verbatim as possible" because the character is written "stylized, broad and it's very detailed." As for the character's accent, the script is written in English and Gati inserts later.[10]

Kathleen Gati said she tries to get her scripts early so she can work in the character's accent. Gati described the accent as not being "quite Swiss. It's not quite German. It's something in between. It's sort of a British... I have developed some kind of accent, sort of a neutral something, because she's very educated so she's obviously spent time in England and United Kingdom." Gati then reviews her work and picks out things she thinks went over well and words or phrases she thinks need to be improved on.

Kathleen Gati on the freedom of her portrayal. (2014),

"I think it's great that I am allowed to show everything, the rawness and the vulnerability and the evilness and the cuckoo-ness and the comedy. It's a feast for an actor, for sure."[5]


Dr. Liesl Obrecht first appears at a hospital in Lucerne, Switzerland. Luke Spencer goes to the hospital looking for Anna Devane, who has gone there in search for her presumed dead daughter, Robin Scorpio-Drake. Liesl approaches Luke, who's dressed as "Dr. Riet Von Schimmerman," and Luke show her a picture of Anna and asks if she's there. Liesl confirms she is and takes Luke to see her. Later, Liesl figures out that Luke isn't really a doctor and he tells her that they're really looking for Robin. Anna has found a girl that looks like Robin from behind, but isn't her. Liesl tells her that that girl had been transferred from Ferncliff, and Anna believes that Robin is dead after all. After Luke and Anna leave, Dr. Obrecht talks to an unseen man, saying that she's sorry he had to see Anna struggle since he cares for her so much. She also tells him that it's good that he moved Robin before Anna could find her. The man is then shown, and looks exactly like Duke Lavery, who has been presumed dead for over twenty years.

Robert confronts Obrecht

Later, it is revealed that the man appearing to be Duke is actually Cesar Faison in disguise, and that he also is keeping the real Duke hostage at the same clinic in Switzerland. In November, Liesl calls Faison and tells him that Robin has become more resourceful and he needs to come and take care of her. Robin knocks Liesl out, steals her phone, and calls home. When Liesl comes to, she gets the phone from Robin and has her restrained. Liesl listens to the phone and hears Robin's husband Patrick Drake on the other end, who doesn't believe that Robin is actually on the phone like his daughter Emma said. Faison goes to Switzerland and reprimands Liesl for letting Robin get to a phone and call home. In December, Liesl is at Faison's apartment in Port Charles when Robert Scorpio breaks in to search for evidence that Duke is actually Faison. Liesl is able to hide and then escape before Robert sees her. She learns that Cesar Faison has been captured with the real Duke Lavery being rescued. Robert Scorpio is stabbed with a lethal dose of a drug, but no official mentioning of if it was indeed fatal. She then takes Robin to Jerry Jacks.


Dr. Obrecht re-appears in Port Charles on March 22 episode in a city park with Lucy Coe giving her a flyer noting the missing Lulu Spencer-Falconeri. She later meets up with her daughter, who is revealed to be Dr. Britt Westbourne. Britt has just been dumped by Patrick, and tried to sabotage the career of Sabrina Santiago, who had a crush on Patrick. When that plan failed, Dr. Obrecht decided to pull off another scheme. During the Nurses' Ball, Britt announced to Patrick, on stage, that she was pregnant in front of the guests. Dr. Obrecht is watching from a live web feed, and it's revealed that Faison is Britt's father. Patrick and Sabrina try to prove the baby isn't his by secretly taking a paternity test. It ends up proving Patrick is the father, but soon after, it's revealed that Obrecht was able to fake the paternity test.

A few months later, Dr. Obrecht comes back to town to warn Britt that Sabrina and Felix DuBois are onto her scheme. However, Britt says she can handle them, but not Patrick. She has lost faith in the scheme because Patrick is now dating Sabrina, and is falling more in love with her and caring less about Britt. Obrecht is upset that Britt wants to give up and tell Patrick the truth that her baby isn't his. Meanwhile, Sabrina and Felix ask for help from Damian Spinelli to dig up Britt's background. He finds out about Dr. Obrecht, born Liesl Westbourne. Spinelli tells Sabrina and Felix that her medical license was revoked years ago for performing illegal procedures on live patients before she disappeared.

Liesl and her daughter, Britt

Britt reveals that Obrecht was in love with Faison, but he never returned her affections, even after she gave him a child. Dr. Obrecht later reveals that Faison never loved her because he was in love with Anna. Obrecht, furious at Faison's rejection of her for Anna, seeks to destroy her rival, and goes to the Floating Rib, where Anna is attending a party for Mac Scorpio and Felicia Jones' engagement. She poisons a bottle of beer meant for Anna, but Duke ends up drinking it instead. Britt finds out what her mother did the next day. Meanwhile, Spinelli finds out that Liesl Westbourne is now Liesl Obrecht. Duke tells Anna that Obrecht poisoned him, and she puts out an APB for Dr. Obrecht. Spinelli and Felix overhear Anna, and let her know about Obrecht's connection to Britt. Anna heads down to Felix's apartment, where Britt is staying, but by the time she arrives, Obrecht is gone.

Obrecht revealing who she really is to Faison.

Obrecht appears again after Britt has given birth to "her" son, Ben. She is now living at Wyndemere, the estate and home of Nikolas Cassadine. Obrecht thinks she's living there to make Patrick jealous, but Britt informs her that Patrick knows he's not "Ben's" father because she told him. Obrecht is furious, but Britt won't back off, saying all her schemes failed and landed Britt in trouble, so she's done with her. Obrecht doesn't believe that, but Britt says she is forbidden from being around her grandson, and she'll call the police to make sure of it. However, Obrecht knocks Britt out and kidnaps Ben.

Liesl and Faison

Dr. Obrecht takes Ben, whom she calls Cesar, to Cassadine Island, where Jerry is holding Robin captive. She leaves Ben with Robin, convincing her to take of "Cesar" by claiming Patrick is the baby's father. She then goes to the prison in Geneva, where Faison is being held, and disguises herself as Anna. She then pulls off her mask and reveals to Faison that he has a grandson, and he's planning to get him out by getting "Anna" to order him released. However, Anna also shows up, and she and Obrecht get into a fight. She knocks Obrecht out, and trains her gun on Faison, who tells Anna that Robin is, in fact, alive. Before she can get any more, Obrecht wakes up and knocks Anna unconscious, then escapes with Faison. They travel to Cassadine Island where she introduces Faison to his "grandson".

Obrecht and Britt talk about "Ben" being Dante and Lulu's

Obrecht tries to seduce Faison, who tells her he will sleep with her if she puts on the Anna mask. Obrecht slaps Faison and leaves the room, encountering Britt downstairs. Obrecht tries to stop Britt from going upstairs, but she falls and hits her head on the corner of the table. She is woken up by Robert and Anna and tells them that Robin is in the lab before Robert knocks her out. Jerry locks Robert and Anna in the lab and sends Robin, Britt, and Nikolas back to Port Charles, accompanied by Faison and Obrecht to synthesize Luke's blood, so Robin can create a new antidote. While hiding out at Wyndemere, Duke comes to see Nikolas and is captured by Faison and Obrecht. They lock Duke in the catacombs and Obrecht brings him food, which makes Britt suspicious.

Duke convinces Obrecht to turn on Faison, so Faison knocks her out and ties her up with Duke. Nikolas finds them both and attemps to free them, but Faison captures him. Obrecht gets free and threatens to shoot Duke, but she is defeated and tied up by Anna, who escaped from Cassadine Island with Robert and headed to Wyndemere to rescue Robin. After Robin is rescued, Obrecht is taken into custody. While in jail, Obrecht blackmails her daughter into helping her by threatening to reveal the truth that she and Britt stole Lulu and Dante Falconeri's embryo in order to impregnate Britt, and Ben is actually their son. Afterwards, she met Robin's longtime friend and mob boss Sonny Corinthos who was arrested after the shootout at the warehouse.

Obrecht is Chief of Staff

Obrecht is revealed to be out of police custody and has been chosen to be the Chief of Staff at GH, a shock to all including her daughter and the rest of the "Chief of Staff" contenders - Robin, Silas Clay, and Monica Quartermaine. When Victor Cassadine arrives in town in early February, it's revealed that Liesl and Victor have a romantic past and he is the reason the charges against her were dropped and she got the COS position at GH. On March 12, Liesl and her daughter have a heart to heart and she promises to keep the secret about Ben. In March the truth about Ben comes out and Obrecht kidnaps him and holds Elizabeth and Nikolas hostage.

Liesl has a heart to heart with her daughter

On April 8, Ben is rescued but during the rescue she shoots Elizabeth. In the holding cell, Liesl is put across from Madeline Reeves, and it's revealed the two women are sisters. The two share animosity towards each other, but the two both reveal they were trying to help their children when they were arrested. Soon after, Detective Nathan West comes in to talk to Madeline. After he leaves, it's revealed that Nathan is actually Obrecht's biological son. On April 11, Obrecht calls Dante and tells him that all of the charges will be dropped because she has his other child. Dante and Lulu release Obrecht and she gives them their embryo. Obrecht wants to perform at the Nurses Ball but Lucy says no. Obrecht sabotages the nurses performance at the Nurses Ball and does a performance of her own. She also tried to reach out to Britt and Nathan, which was the first step.

While in jail, it is revealed that Liesl and Madeline are sisters

Obrecht agreed to help Britt try and win Nikolas back. She also hired Franco, a former artist she greatly admired, as an art teacher at the hospital, and met her niece Nina Clay. When Nathan went missing, Obrecht was beside herself with grief. When talking to Britt, Obrecht told Britt that Anna had killed Faison, and was trying to get rid of Nathan. Britt asked Obrecht who Nathan's father was, but Obrecht didn't want to tell her. Britt deduced that Victor Cassadine was Nathan's father, which Obrecht dismissed as a crazy theory. Obrecht charged into Anna's office, accusing her of getting Nathan killed just like she killed Faison. Obrecht left in anger and called Victor for help. Victor shocked Obrecht when he asked her if Nathan was his son. He told Obrecht that if he found out she kept his son from him, their would be a reckoning for her.

Liesl confesses that Nathan is her son

Obrecht then told Anna that Victor was the head of the WSB and shared her suspicions that he has Nathan. Obrecht refused to tell Anna where Victor was unless Anna told Obrecht what happened to Faison, but Britt convinced Obrecht to just tell Anna, without learning what happened to Faison. Obrecht and Anna teamed up to save everyone, Outfitted with a communicator, Obrecht went to see Victor and asked about Nathan. Victor confirmed he had Nathan. Anna asked Obrecht to ask about the other hostages, but Obrecht blocked the earpiece so Anna couldn't listen to the conversation. Victor told Obrecht she can see Nathan after the DNA test, so Obrecht told Victor that he was Nathan's father. Victor asked Obrecht why she would keep this from him and Obrecht said it was because of Faison. Victor lashed out at Obrecht for keeping his son away from him because of "that imbecile". Nathan burst into Victor's office and said he would kill Victor if he didn't tell Nathan where Maxie was. Victor told Nathan he wouldn't kill his father, and Obrecht confirmed that Nathan was a Cassadine.

Liesl and her son Nathan

After Nathan left, the DNA results came back and said Victor wasn't Nathan's father. Victor pulled out a gun and was ready to shoot Obrecht when Anna bursts in with her gun raised. Obrecht knocks something off of Victor's desk to distract him and Anna shoots Victor's hand, disarming him. Anna arrests Victor, but Obrecht shoots him with his gun. After Anna leaves, Obrecht apologizes to Victor and finds out he is still alive. Obrecht explains to Victor that everyone has to think he is Nathan's father because the truth is far worse. Victor asks who Nathan's father is, but Obrecht says it isn't his concern. She goes to smother Victor with a pillow, but he activates a self destruct sequence, so Obrecht is forced to leave. After escaping the explosion of the clinic, Anna arrests Obrecht for Victor's murder. Nathan is furious that Obrecht murdered his "father", saying he traded one psycho for another. After Obrecht was released, she went to see Nathan and the as surprised when Madeline opened the door.

Liesl says goodbye to her daughter and the love of her life

Obrecht and Madeline argue about Nathan and Nina, and Madeline confesses to Obrecht that there is something about Nina she doesn't know. Nathan comes in before Madeline can make her confession, and orders Madeline and Obrecht to leave. Obrecht becomes annoyed with a new patient named Jake, who is actually Jason Morgan with amnesia. She is also becomes suspicious when she finds Nina and Madeline are in her office, and acting suspicious. Obrecht receives a visit from Agent Sloan, who wants to find proof that Anna and Robert murdered Faison. Obrecht blackmails Britt into cooperating with the investigation. With the threat of being charged for murder, Anna is finally forced to tell Obrecht that she didn't kill Faison, but left him trapped underground under the stables at away Wyndemere; however, Faison is gone.

Obrecht spends Thanksgiving at Wyndermere with Britt, Nikolas, and Spencer. As they leave to go to dinner, Spencer forgot his pilgrim hat. Obrecht head back to get it, and is shocked to see Faison. Obrecht's greatest wish comes true when Faison admits his feelings for her and they kiss as Britt re-enters the room.

In December 2014, Obrecht helps her daughter, Britt and the love of her life, Cesar Faison flee the country to avoid criminal prosecution.

On April 30, 2015, Obrecht is reunited with her daughter.

In December, Obrecht attends the Nutcracker Gala.

In February 2016, Liesl is seen with her son, Nathan at General Hospital, after he was shot by Dixon. While he is there she, Nina and Maxie makes sure that he doesn't leave the hospital. Later on, she shows Nina a close moment between Franco and Ava.

Finding out about Nathan and Maxie's baby

In April, Obrecht was fired from her position as chief of staff by Tracy.

Later in 2016, Obrecht became a suspect in the deaths of patients at the hospital.


On December 19, Liesl was reunited with her daughter Britt once again.

Obrect finally admits the truth--Cesar is the father

In 2018, Liesl finally admits that Cesar Faison is Nathan's father.

Liesl kept Peter hostage in a cabin for months and was finally caught.

On August 28, Nina received a call from Pentonville that revealed Madeline was dead. Liesl shows up to the funeral and sees Valentine get the DNA from Madelines body. It is later revealed that she knows that Sasha is not Ninas real daughter and she uses that information to blackmail Valentine. [13]

In December, Anna and Finn bring Obrecht back to Port Charles where she is arrested. On December 20, however, Peter drops the charges on Liesl, because Valentin says to. Valentin also forces Peter to hire Liesl as a medical writer for The Invader.

On March 6, 2020, Obrecht was framed by Peter for Drew Cain's presumed death and for the attempted murders of Franco Baldwin and Andre Maddox. Anna gleefully has two WSB agents arrest Obrecht who ranted about the frame-up being an outrage and a miscarriage of justice.

On March 13, Liesl was visited by Nina and she tried to tell Nina that she was framed. Nina refused to believe her due to her history which left her feeling disappointed. Later on, Britt came to visit her and she was disappointed when Britt didn't want to get involved and didn't seem to believe her. Eventually, Obrecht was not happy when Robert came to visit her since she believed that he was going to gloat about her being behind bars but she was surprised when Robert told her that maybe she's not guilty and that they might be able to help each other.

On April 9, it's revealed that Liesl has two new family members: Nelle Benson and her son Wiley Quartermaine-Corinthos.

On April 13, Liesl learned from Robert that she was being extradited to the Hague to stand trial. She proclaims her innocence, but while Robert says Peter may have framed her, she’s far from innocent. She asks him to put in a word on behalf of her innocence, but he can’t. Robert believes Peter will eventually let his guard down, but he can’t catch him if Peter remains suspicious of him. Later, Maxie arrives to see Obrecht to say goodbye. Obrecht asks about James, and Maxie fumes and says he is wondering where she is. Maxie tells Obrecht she doesn’t have to lose her family and begs her to plead guilty and show remorse. Obrecht swears on Nathan’s memory that she is innocent, and she would never do anything to lose her place in James’ life. Maxie wishes she could believe her, but Obrecht is too damaged. Maxie says goodbye and walks out leaving Obrecht sobbing on the floor. Robert promises to keep an eye on Peter and will watch out for Maxie and James. Obrecht says no prison can hold her and vows Peter will suffer for his crimes and she will get her family back. She is then extradited to the Hague.

On September 28, Liesl is revealed to be the one behind Dante’s latest assignment to find Peter August. Dr. Kirk is taking Liesl’s orders at the Geneva WSB Facility where Dante is being held.

On December 10, it was revealed that all charges against Liesl had been dropped, and she is now determined to take down Peter for framing her for those crimes. Scott and Franco Baldwin came to the facility for help from the WSB with Franco's tumor recurrence as well as him hearing Peter's voice in his head. Kirk wants to use this chance as part of their plan to take down Peter. He ends up nearly assaulting Liesl, who fights back. They are interrupted by Scott, who lands his own punch at Kirk, who falls on the knife he was wielding, and dies.

Crimes Committed

  • Conspiracy; helped Cesar Faison, Jerry Jacks and Dr. Ewen Keenan to kidnap Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake and hold her against her will [2012]
  • Kept Robin Scorpio-Drake and Duke Lavery captive at the Swiss Clinic on the orders of Cesar Faison [revealed 2012]
  • Covering up the true identities of the two Jason Morgan's [2012-present; revealed Nov 2017]
  • Tried to kill Robin Scorpio-Drake [Dec 2012]
  • Injected Robert Scorpio with a neurotoxin [Dec 2012]
  • Took Robin to Jerry Jacks [Dec 2012]
  • Fraud; conspired with her daughter, Dr. Britt Westbourne and Brad Cooper to steal Dante and Lulu Falconeri's remaining two embryos and used one of them to impregnate her daughter, Britt and she later gave birth to their son, Ben [Feb 2013; revealed Dec 2013; revealed that it was only one Apr 2014]
  • Slapped her daughter, Britt [Mar 25, 2013]
  • Slapped her pregnant daughter, Britt [Jul 29, 2013]
  • Conspired with Britt Westbourne to pass another man's child off as Patrick Drake's (which included altering a paternity test) [Jul-Aug 2013]
  • Poisoned Duke Lavery with the sedative propofol in an attempt to kill Anna Devane [Aug 2013]
  • Knocked out Holly Sutton [Aug 2013]
  • Clobbered her daughter, Britt Westbourne over the head and rendered her unconscious [Sept 2013]
  • Kidnapped Ben [Sept 2013]
  • Impersonated Anna Devane and used Anna's credentials to visit Cesar Faison in prison [Oct 2013]
  • Rendered Anna Devane temporarily unconscious [Oct 2013]
  • Shot a guard at Steinmauer Prison [Oct 2013]
  • Helped Cesar Faison escape from Steinmauer Prison in Geneva, Switzerland [Oct 2013]
  • Slapped Cesar Faison [Oct 18, 2013]

  • Was about to rip Brad Cooper's tongue out with a dagger because she was worried about him telling Lucas about Ben/Rocco not really being Britt's son (didn't) [Mar 2014]
  • Pushed Brad Cooper off a parapet [Mar 2014]
  • Kidnapped Ben again [Mar 25-Apr 8, 2014]
  • Threatened Ben and his parents, Dante and Lulu with a dagger [Mar 26, 2014]
  • Broke into Elizabeth Webber's house [revealed on Mar 28, 2014]
  • Held Elizabeth hostage at gunpoint [revealed Mar 28-Apr 8, 2014]
  • Held Nikolas Cassadine hostage at gunpoint [Apr 7-8, 2014]
  • Tried to shoot Nikolas in a struggle for a gun [Apr 8, 2014]
  • Accidentally shot Elizabeth in the shoulder while engaged in a struggle for a gun with Nikolas [Apr 8, 2014]
  • Held Dante and Lulu Falconeri's remaining embryo hostage as leverage [revealed Apr 11-14, 2014; the embryo was returned on May 1, 2014]
  • Schemed with her daughter to get her (meaning Britt) and Nikolas back together [Jun 25-Oct 2014]
  • Held Anna Devane at gunpoint [Sep 15-16, 2014]
  • Shot Victor Cassadine in the chest and left him to die in the Crichton-Clark explosion [Sep 16, 2014; Victor was revealed to be alive on Sep 2. 2021]
  • Hid Nina in her office at GH, knowing Nathan was looking for her [Nov 7, 2014]
  • Slapped Britt [Nov 18, 2014]
  • Attacked Anna Devane and tried to strangle her [Nov 23, 2014]
  • Blackmailed Britt into keeping quiet about Faison's visit to Wyndemere [Nov 26, 2014]
  • Threatened to fire Dr. Monica Quartermaine if she didn't get Judge David Walters to reverse his ruling on Maxie's custody [revealed Dec 24, 2014]
  • Helped Cesar Faison and her daughter, Britt Westbourne flee the country to avoid criminal prosecution [Dec 8, 2014]
  • Conspiracy; helped Kyle Sloane take over as commissioner of the PCPD [Jan 2015; succeeded]
  • Helped Olivia Falconeri and Ned Aston fake the death of Olivia's son [May 19, 2015]
  • Withheld the information that Denise DeMuccio was actually Ava Jerome [Aug 7-24, 2015]
  • Stole the glass "Denise" was drinking out of from Julian's penthouse to get a sample of her DNA to prove that "Denise" was actually Ava, without anyone's consent [Aug 24, 2015]

  • Knew that Nathan shot Dr. Griffin Munro but is choosing to keep that information to herself [Jun 6, 2016-present]
  • Conspired with Brad Cooper to alter Dr. Hamilton Finn's drug test [Apr-Jul 2017]
  • Tampered with Finn's drug test [May 19, 2017]
  • Kidnapped Peter August and held him captive (along with Nina) [May 31-Jul 20, 2018; revealed Jun 4, 2018]
  • Almost cut of Peter's finger [Jun 6, 2018; Nina stopped her]
  • Hit Peter in the hand with a bat (probably broken it) [Jun 12, 2018]
  • Nearly smothered Peter with a pillow (stopped by Nina) [Jul 10, 2018]
  • Knocked Franco unconscious with a bottle [Jul 18, 2018]
  • Set fire to a barn on Spoon Island with Peter and Nina inside [Jul 19-20, 2018; both were saved]
  • Stole a prison guard's weapon and left the convoy after it had crashed into Michael Corinthos's car [Jul 29, 2018; shown on Jul 30, 2018]
  • Fugitive, hunted by the PCPD and WSB [Jul 31-Dec 11, 2018]
  • Fled town and hid in Cuba [revealed on Nov 29, 2018]
  • Withheld the information that Jonah Corinthos is alive and being raised as Brad Cooper and Lucas Jones' deceased adoptive son [Dec 26, 2018-Feb 19, 2020]
  • Blackmailed Valentin Cassadine with the truth about Sasha Gilmore [Jan-Oct 2019]
  • Slapped Franco Baldwin, who believed he was Drew Cain at the time [Aug 27, 2019]
  • Ordered Dr. Warren Kirk to condition an already brainwashed Dante Falconeri into targeting and taking down Peter August for a rogue faction of the W.S.B. [revealed Sep 28, 2020-Mar 26, 2021; Liesl took over as Dante's handler from Dec 11, 2020-Mar 26, 2021 after Dr. Kirk's death on Dec 11, 2020; Dante was revealed to have been deprogrammed on Mar 26, 2021]
  • Threatened Dr. Kirk with a knife [Dec 11, 2020]
  • Burglary; broke into Maxie Jones's apartment and stole Peter's mail; escaped with Britt Westbourne's help [Feb 24, 2021]
  • Programmed Dante into trying to kill Peter [Mar 18-19, 2021; Sam McCall talked him down]
  • Secretly threatened Cyrus Renault behind his back if she finds out that he hurt Britt in any way [May 4, 2021]
  • Held a knife to Victor Cassadine’s throat [Sep 24-27, 2021]
  • Threw hydrochloric acid on Peter's hand to escape from him [Nov 1, 2021]
  • Held Peter at gunpoint [Nov 18, 2021; Peter forced Liesl to drop her gun by threatening Britt]
  • Threatened to inject Peter with bleach or drain cleaner (along with Britt) [Nov 22, 2021]
  • Held Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt at gunpoint and threatened to shoot him in defense of Victor as part of their plan to find Peter and Maxie [Feb 15, 2022]
  • Planted a bug on Victor [Feb 15, 2022]
  • Threatened to kill Austin if he made another "mistake" [Mar 10, 2022]
  • Stole a housekeeper's key at the Metro Court Hotel [Revealed Jun 7, 2022]

  • Health and Vitals

    • Shoved by Robert Scorpio [Dec 2012]
    • Held at gunpoint by Holly Sutton [Aug 2013]
    • Clobbered over the head with a graduated cylinder by Robin Scorpio-Drake and briefly rendered unconscious [Oct 4, 2013]
    • Hit her head and was rendered temporarily unconscious after being shoved by Britt Westbourne [Oct 18, 2013]
    • Shot in the hand by Anna Devane [Oct 21, 2013; as Anna Devane]
    • Almost got shot by Robert (Anna stopped him) [Oct 21, 2013]
    • Clobbered over the head by Robert and rendered unconscious [Oct 21, 2013]
    • Attacked by Cesar Faison and imprisoned in the catacombs at Wyndemere [Nov 18, 2013]
    • Strangled by Robin after bragging about being the new Chief of Staff until Patrick pulled her off [Jan 21, 2014]
    • Almost got shot by Nikolas Cassadine in a struggle for the gun [Apr 8, 2014]
    • Threatened by Victor Cassadine [Sep 8, 2014]
    • Almost got shot by Victor [Sep 15, 2014]
    • Was trapped in a building that was about to blow up, but got out before it did [Sep 16-17, 2014]
    • Kidnapped by masked men (dancers in the Ball) and tied to a toilet so she couldn't crash the 2016 Nurses' Ball [May 24, 2016]
    • Unlawful imprisonment; locked in a closet by (grabbed) Michael Quartermaine and Felix DuBois [Jun 27, 2016]
    • Threatened by Hamilton Finn [Aug 23, 2016]
    • Knocked out and tied to a pillar by Cesar Faison [Jan 19-22, 2018]
    • Held captive in The Stables by Faison (along with Lulu) [Jan 22-26, 2018]
    • Passed out from a toxic gas [Jan 26, 2018]
    • Rendered unconscious in a car accident [Jul 29, 2018; shown on Jul 30, 2018]
    • Pushed off the Haunted Star by Dr. Brad Cooper and nearly drowned [Jul 8-9, 2019; saved by Jax and Curtis Ashford; revealed on Aug 5, 2019]
    • Blackmailed by Brad to keep quiet about 'Wiley' or else he'd send her daughter Britt back to jail [Aug 5, 2019-Feb 19, 2020]
    • Bribed by Hayden Barnes into keeping quiet about her breaking into Nikolas' office [Aug 15, 2019]
    • Drugged and nearly killed by Julian Jerome under Brad's orders [Sep 12, 2019]
    • Framed by Peter August for presumably killing Drew Cain and nearly killing Franco and Andre Maddox [Mar 6, 2020-Mar 4, 2021; arrested on Mar 6, 2020; revealed to have been exonerated on Dec 10, 2020]
    • Wrongfully extradited to the Hague as a result of being framed by Peter [Apr 13-Sep 22, 2020]
    • Nearly raped and threatened with a knife by Warren Kirk [Dec 11, 2020]
    • Drugged and kidnapped by two Greek hijackers under the orders of Victor Cassadine [Aug 31-Sep 1, 2021; Victor's involvement revealed on Sep 2, 2021]
    • Held captive in a lavish room on Victor's compound by Victor and his men [Sep 2-27, 2021]
    • Held at gunpoint by Peter [Sep 27, 2021]
    • Held captive in Victor's compound prison and was forced to treat other prisoners, particularly Drew Cain [Sep 28-Oct 18, 2021]
    • Kidnapped again by Drew, who was programmed by Peter to do his bidding [Oct 18, 2021; revealed on Oct 19, 2021]
    • Lost consciousness [revealed on Oct 19, 2021]
    • Held captive by Peter on Cassadine Island [Oct 19-Nov 1, 2021; revealed on Nov 1, 2021]
    • Knocked unconscious with an injection [revealed on Nov 1, 2021]
    • Mistakenly shot in the stomach with a speargun by Britt Westbourne, who'd mistaken her for an enemy [Nov 1, 2021]
    • Passed out when Britt tried to remove the spear in her chest [Nov 2, 2021]
    • Shot at by Peter during Peter's shootout with Jason Morgan [Nov 19, 2021]
    • Rendered unconscious following a tunnel collapse caused by Peter's shootout with Jason [Nov 19-22, 2021]

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    Positions held at General Hospital

    Predecessor Chief of Staff Successor
    Monica Quartermaine
    (2011-2013, 2016-2020)

    Liesl Obrecht

    Britt Westbourne

    See also


    1. German for "The Clinic to Heal the Mind"
    2. Disguised as Anna
    4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Rossi, Rosemary (September 16, 2013). Feature Interview. "Dr. Evil". ABC Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 17 (37): 44-47. 
    5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Levinsky, Mara (February 3, 2014). "Breaking Bad". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.) 39 (5): 38-41. 
    6. The Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati Interview – General Hospital – Soapmakers of the Year 2013. Retrieved on January 21, 2014.
    7. GENERAL HOSPITAL: Obrecht Dons An “Anna” False Face! Halloween Came Early For Faison!. Retrieved on January 21, 2014.
    8. "Kathleen Gati Temporarily Exits General Hospital When Liesl Obrecht Is Sent Out of Port Charles",, SkeKnows Media, April 10, 2020. Retrieved on April 10, 2020. 
    9. "Kathleen Gati Returns to General Hospital as Dr. Liesl Obrecht",, Sheknows Media, LLC, September 28, 2020. Retrieved on September 28, 2020. 
    10. 10.0 10.1 The Finola Hughes and Kathleen Gati Interview – General Hospital. Retrieved on January 21, 2014.
    11. 11.0 11.1 "Wickedly Amusing". Up Close & Personal. ABC Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group) 18 (21): 50. May 26, 2014. 
    12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Kathleen Gati/Liesl Obrecht: Faison's Wife!. The New York Times Company. Retrieved on January 21, 2014.

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