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|Portrayed by||Michelle Stafford|
|First appearance||May 1, 2014|
|Created by||Ron Carlivati|
|Introduced by||Frank Valentini|
|Previous legal name(s)|| Nina Clay|
|Alias(es)|| Mrs. Franco|
|Born||March 12, 1970|
|Occupation||Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Crimson|
Port Charles, New York
She has been portrayed by veteran soap actress Michelle Stafford since the character's debut on May 1, 2014.
After first rumors of former The Young and the Restless actress Michelle Stafford (who played Phyllis Summers from 1994–97, 2000–13) being cast in the role rose in early 2014, the casting was not made public until Stafford's first airing on the show on May 1, 2014.
Head writer Ron Carlivati spoke to Daytime Confidential about the big casting coup saying:
- "Look, bottom line, Michelle [Stafford] was so perfect for Nina, we never seriously considered any other role for her."
About how the show kept Stafford's casting under the radar, Carlivati added:
- "GH has been on hiatus for the past two weeks and Michelle doesn't really start taping until we resume. But we realized that as soon as she did, the news would be out there long before her episodes began airing. It was actually Frank's idea to try to slip her into an earlier show that had already been written and shot, so we could take everyone by surprise. So he snuck her into the studio recently, at the end of the day, to tape the one scene you just saw. That was inserted after the fact. We've been sweating it out ever since that it would stay under wraps!"
She returned on June 4, 2014, a little over a month after her first appearance.
Nina is the only biological child of Madeline Reeves, and the adopted sister of Nathan West. As a child, Nina was spoiled by her wealthy father, and was use to getting her own way. Nina was prone to outbursts and could get aggressive when she didn't get her way. She once pushed her mother down the stairs; however, Nina adored her "baby brother", and never tried to harm him. Nina is stated to be a lot older then Nathan. While attending Columbia University, Nina starts dating Dr. Silas Clay and eventually married him after they graduated from college. Silas started cheating on Nina with Ava Jerome and got her pregnant (she gave birth to their daughter, Kiki Jerome in 1993).
Around the same time, Nina found out she was pregnant with Silas' child, and Madeline wanted to kill her baby to sever any ties between Silas and Nina. In order to do so, she gave Nina an overdose of antidepressants (which did cause a miscarriage), but her plan backfired when Nina slipped into a coma. Madeline then framed Silas for the crime, until he was cleared years later.
In early 2014, an all grown up Nathan came to Port Charles, determined to make Silas pay. Silas and his then-girlfriend, Sam Morgan went to the clinic Nina was staying at to see her, but, to Silas's surprise, Nina was gone. Madeline arrived in Port Charles soon after and told Silas and Nathan that Nina died of an infection. Madeline was eventually apprehended and maintains publicly that Nina is dead. In secret though, she told Nathan that Nina was alive and made him promise not to tell anyone. At the time Madeline reveals her secret, Nina is first seen waking up in a hospital bed and her first word was "Silas".
On New Years Eve 2016, she married Valentin Cassadine. Through her marriage to Valentin, she gained Charlotte as a stepdaughter. Initially, Nina started as a bitter, vengeful, mentally unstable woman after waking up from her coma 20 yrs later, going after people whom she felt wronged her. She also was impulsive when it came to love and relationships. However, she slowly has picked up the pieces of the life she has loss and is now a strong, confident, independent person who is a successful, fiery fashion magazine businesswoman, a devoted stepmother, supportive wife and is empathetic and extremely loyal to her friends. She was best friends with her brother Nathan West before his death. She is very close friends with her employee and sister-in-law, Maxie Jones, and is friends with Curtis Ashford (Donnell Turner)
A month later, Nina arrives at Danny Morgan's birthday party, much to the shock of Silas, Sam, and the other party-goers. Nina explains that she was in a rehabilitation facility after she woke up a few weeks ago. Silas wonders how she got to Port Charles, and Nina reveals she looked him up, and found out he was here. She came to town, and found out he would be at the party, so she came to see him. She asks Silas to take her home, and he obliges, bringing her back to his place. She thinks that everything is going to go back to the way it was before the coma that is until Silas tells her about Sam. Nina accepts this, saying she wants Silas to be happy. Soon after, Nathan comes, and reveals how he apprehended Madeline and found out he's actually her cousin, not her brother. Nina asks him to stay close because she doesn't want to lose anybody else. Nathan agrees. Silas soon after introduces her to his nephew, Rafe Kovich, Jr., and his daughter, Kiki Jerome, with Ava. Nina is shocked by his family, but insists she'll adjust to it. However, when Sam comes over to meet Silas for a date, Nina comes off as passive-aggressive towards her and Sam wonders if she's hiding something.
On June 20, it is revealed that Nina can walk and that she is out for revenge. She was also the one who trashed Silas' apartment back in March, which means she has been awake for awhile. Nina also wants revenge on her mother, Silas, Sam, Ava and Kiki. She tells her nurse that she is going to get in between Silas and Sam. Silas takes Nina to General Hospital to see a physical therapist and Nina worries that her plan will be ruined if it's discovered that she can walk. So, Nina and her nurse Rosalie Martinez, bribe the physical therapist with money, and he agrees to keep quiet about her true condition and play along with her scheme. Soon after, she finds out Rafe is using drugs, but promises not to tell Silas because he insists he'll quit.
Nina crashes Sam and Silas' date by "falling" out of her chair. Sam still has her suspicions, though she doesn't tell Silas because she doesn't have any proof. Meanwhile, Nina plants a seed of doubt in Silas' mind about Sam, bringing up the fact that she still wears the wedding ring from her late husband, Jason Morgan. Rafe finds out about Nina's revenge scheme, but Nina finds out he ran Patrick Drake's family off the road, killing his son, and he's now wanted by the police. Nina pays him $500 to leave town and keep quiet. Rafe ends up getting into an accident and taken to the hospital. He ends up brain-dead and is taken off life support by Silas. Nina overhears that Patrick operated on Rafe because he was the only doctor available, and Silas believes Patrick intentionally killed Rafe, though Sam doesn't believe that. Nina later overhears Sam telling Silas that Patrick thought about it, but decided not to follow through. She leaks this information to a reporter, which results in Patrick getting fired. Sam and Silas break up when they refuse to see eye-to-eye on Nina. Nina drugs Silas soon after in an attempt to get herself pregnant. Sam, however, walks in and interrupts her, though she doesn't want Silas back.
Meanwhile, Nina starts going to therapy sessions with Franco. The two of them start talking about their relationship problems. Franco is worried that his girlfriend, Carly Jacks, is still hung up on her ex-husband, Sonny Corinthos. Nina sees Sonny and Carly kissing, and later tells Franco what she saw. Silas, meanwhile, finds out that Rafe was ordered to run Patrick's car off the road by someone, and Sam investigates to find out who. When Nina tries to "help", Sam makes it clear she can handle it because she's still suspicious of Nina. Nina talks to Rosalie about her plans to get pregnant and then goes home. When she gets home, she shares her desires to have a baby with Silas. Silas is taken aback, but they discuss it. Nina and Silas start to reminisce about their romantic past and then she stands up from her wheelchair to give Silas a striptease. This leads to a moment of passion and Silas picks her up and takes her to the bedroom where they make love.
Nina wanted Rosalie to seduce Michael in order to hurt Kiki, but as Rosalie got to know Michael, she realized he was a good guy and didn't want to hurt him. Nina and Franco continued to bond and she disocvered that he learned Carly cheated on him, and had given her a bugged necklace to spy on her. Nina tried to discourage Franco from going after Carly and Sonny. One time, she was caught by Silas after running after Franco. Silas confronted Nina and she said she wanted to surprise him with the fact that she could walk. Silas later questioned Nina's therapist and learned the whole truth about Nina's deception.
Silas confronts Nina and they have a huge argument. Silas offers to get Nina help, but she knocks him out and flees to Nathan's where she is reunited with her mother. Nina rants and raves at Madeline for killing her baby, but then bribes Madeline if o hoing her kidnap Ava's baby. Madeline is able to find out where Ava is hiding, and Nina shows up there. She injects Ava with something that paralyses her and induces labor. Nina delivers Ava's baby. Before she and Madeline leave with the baby, Ava claims that Madeline hired Ava to seduce Silas, and tried to appeal to Madeline as a mother to not let Nina take her baby; Madeline refuses.
Nina asks Madeline to call Silas, but finds out that she tried to call Nathan, and assaults her mother with a lamp. Franco shows up and he and Nina run away with the baby. Eventually the PCPD arrive and arrest Franco, while Silas tricks Nina into giving the baby to Ava.
Later, Nina is seen in court with Franco. Alexis comes to represent her. Nina asks Alexis to represent Franco also, but Alexis refuses. Nina laters pleas not guilty do to reason of insanity while Franco pleas guilty. The judge decides that Nina should be sent to Shadybrook Sanitarium while Franco should be sent to Pentonville Penitentiary.
On December 29, 2016 (New Year's Eve on the show), Valentin and Nina got married to strengthen his case in the upcoming custody battle over Charlotte.
In June 2017, Nina filed for divorce. In June 14, Nina revealed that Valentin signed the divorce papers, ending their marriage. As of September 5, Nina and Valentin are still married. In October, it was revealed that Valentin and Lulu now have shared custody.
In November, Nathan and Maxie announce their pregnancy. In December, Nina is seen getting along with Lulu.
- Pushed her mother down the stairs [Pre-2014; revealed Oct 16, 2014]
- Breaking and entering; broke into Silas' apartment and trashed it [Mar 2014; revealed Jun 2014]
- Faked her injuries; pretended that she couldn't walk even though she actually could [Jun-Oct 2014]
- Blackmailed Rosalie to work for her or Nina would reveal Rosalie's secret [Jun-Oct 2014]
- Faked another injury; pretended to collapse just to get Silas' attention [Jun 24, 2014]
- Slapped a physical therapist [Jul 1, 2014]
- Bribery; paid a physical therapist to play along with her "injury" to fool Silas [Jul 1, 2014]
- Helped Rafe evade the police [Jul 2, 2014]
- Secretly told a reporter about Patrick wanting to kill Rafe [Jul 21, 2014]
- Drugged Silas Clay [Jul 25-28, 2014]
- Blackmailed Rosalie [Oct 2014]
- Hit Silas over the head rendering him unconscious [Oct 16, 2014]
- Slapped her mother [Oct 29, 2014]
- Busted into the Waterfront property [Oct 31, 2014]
- Stabbed Ava with a syringe, temporarily paralyzing her [Oct 31, 2014; shown on Nov 3, 2014]
- Stabbed Ava with a second syringe, inducing labor [Oct 31, 2014; shown on Nov 3, 2014]
- Kidnapped Ava Jerome's newborn daughter [Nov 5, 2014; revealed Nov 6, 2014]
- Clocked her mother over the head with a lamp [Nov 10, 2014]
- Fled Port Charles with Ava Jerome's newborn daughter with help from Franco [Nov 12-Dec 12, 2014]
- Lied to authorities; told the staff at Shadybrook that Heather stabbed Franco with an LSD-filled syringe knowing he did it to himself [Feb 26, 2015]
- Had a phony mental breakdown so she could return to Shadybrook with Franco [Feb 27, 2015]
- Helped Luke Spencer out of his restraints [Mar 9, 2015]
- Blackmailed Olivia Falconeri (along with Franco, with the fact that they knew that Julian was the father of her baby) [Mar 27-May 7, 2015]
- Threatened to stab Sonny Corinthos in the eye with a shrimp fork [May 26, 2015]
- Accessory to murder; failed to report to the police when she saw that Silas Clay had been stabbed and killed [Jul 31, 2015; revealed Aug 3, 2015]
- Withheld the information that Denise DeMuccio was actually Ava Jerome [Aug 12-24, 2015]
- Broke into Ava's penthouse [Aug 12, 2015]
- Attacked and threatened Ava [Aug 13, 2015]
- Framed Ava for the murder of Silas Clay [Aug 25-31, 2015]
- Tried to attack her mother, Madeline, through her (Nina's) cell bars [Sep 1, 2015]
- Blackmailed Ric (along with Franco) into signing annulment papers and signing away any claim to her money by threatening to pursue criminal chargers for trying make her think she was crazy and for trying to steal her money [Sep 14, 2015]
- Bribery; paid off a bartender, who was pursuing charges against Kiki, to drop them [Oct 13, 2015]
- Destroyed the Crimson Publication office [Apr 4, 2016]
- Attacked Julian Jerome because he was sabotaging Crimson [Apr 4, 2016]
- Assaulted Ava and got into an altercation with her [Sep 2, 2016]
- Overdosed Cassandra Pierce with her own drug and caused her to fall into a coma [Jan 2, 2018; revealed a week later]
- Aiding and abetting the kidnapping of Peter August by Dr. Liesl Obrecht [May 31, 2018-present; revealed Jun 4, 2018]
Health and Vitals
- Overdosed on anti-depressants that were given to her by her mother 
- Suffered a miscarriage as a result of the overdose 
- Rendered comatose for 23 years as a result of the overdose [1991-2014]
- Suffered a near fatal bout with pneumonia [revealed Mar 2014]
- Cut across the face by Rosalie at her own request [revealed Jul 3, 2014]
- Had a hallucination; saw a brain dead Rafe Kovich, Jr. sitting up in his hospital bed, talking and making threats against her [Jul 14, 2014]
- Trapped in an elevator with Franco [Aug 14-18, 2014]
- In early menopause due to the coma [revealed Aug 29, 2014]
- Manhandled by Dr. Silas Clay [Oct 2014]
- Had a hallucination; saw Silas when he really wasn't there [Nov 12, 2014]
- Thrown against a door by Heather Webber [Feb 2, 2015]
- Had a syringe full of LSD held at her neck by Heather and was threatened to be injected with it [Feb 3, 2015]
- Threatened to have her neck snapped by Luke Spencer [Mar 9, 2015]
- Accidentally tased by police after Luke pushed her into the taser's path [Mar 9, 2015]
- Attacked by Kiki Jerome, after provoking her [Apr 10, 2015]
- Threatened by Kiki Jerome [Apr 10, 2015]
- Tricked by Ric Lansing and her mother, in an attempt to steal her money [May 18-Aug 31, 2015; revealed May 29, 2015]
- Almost blackmailed by Franco (and Nathan) into annulling her "marriage" to Ric Lansing by threatening to pursue criminal charges for the kidnapping of Avery Jerome-Corinthos [Jun 4, 2015; Nina was innocent anyways]
- Committed herself to Shadybrook of her own accord on her then husband, Ric Lansing and her mother's recommendation [Jul 2015]
- Framed by Ava Jerome for the murder of Silas Clay [Aug 24-31, 2015; arrested and released]
- Held hostage at gunpoint in a chapel-full of people by Landon Dixon [Feb 19, 2016; shown from Feb 23-24, 2016]
- Threatened by Dixon [Feb 19, 2016; shown on Feb 24, 2016]
- Assaulted by Alex Marick (pinned to a table) [Apr 12, 2017]
- Held at gunpoint [May 30, 2017]
- Held hostage at gunpoint during Drew and Sam’s party at the Metro Court [Oct 26-27, 2017]
- ↑ It was stated multiple times in court on August 25, 2015.
- ↑ On December 10, 2014, Zoe assumes that Nina is "Mrs. Franco" after seeing her with Jaime. Nina goes with it just to get Zoe to leave.
- ↑ Seen on her medical record on a computer on March 3, 2014.
- ↑ Madeline put Nina in a coma because her husband left all of the money in his will to Nina. Which would mean he's dead as Nina inherited the money.
- ↑ http://tvmegasite.net/transcripts/gh/older/2017/gh-trans-01-23-17.shtml
- ↑ It's Official: General Hospital Nabs Former Young and the Restless Star Michelle Stafford. Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
- ↑ http://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/38297/michelle-stafford-joins-general-hospital
- ↑ EXCLUSIVE: Ron Carlivati Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Details on Michelle Stafford Joining General Hospital!. Zap2it. Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
- ↑ On August 29, 2014, Nina confirmed that she had been in a coma for 23 years.