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Carly Roberts Corinthos Jacks AKA Caroline Benson
Played by Sarah Brown/Tamara Braun/Jennifer Bransford/Laura Wright
Carly came to town in 1996 (then played by Sarah Brown) to track down her
birth mother, Bobbie. Carly was pretty screwed-up. She had a loving mother in
Florida where she grew up, but growing up without a father and finding out she
was adopted left her with scars and an empty emotional void. It didn't help that
her best friend, Carly, died in a car accident and she blamed herself for that.
Born Caroline Benson, Carly decided to take her friend's name, Carly Roberts,
and head to Port Charles.
We didn't know all of this about Carly when she first arrived, however. We knew
she was up to something, but we didn't know what. She got a job at General
Hospital and seemed to be studying to be a nurse, which put her close to her
mother, Bobbie. The two did not get along well and Carly seemed to be a lazy
We soon came to find out that Carly was pretty good at two things: lying and
messing up her own life. First Carly decided to seduce her step-father, Tony
Jones (Bobbie's husband). Tony and Bobbie were having marital problems, and they
still did not know that Carly was Bobbie's daughter. Tony was having a mid-life
crisis, and he fell for Carly. The two were engaged to marry and moved in
together. Tony even wrote a song for her and played it on his guitar. But Carly
had other plans...
After spilling the beans to Bobbie about being her daughter and then rubbing her
nose in the fact that she had stolen her husband, Carly kept treating Bobbie
like dirt and refusing to have anything to do with her. She and her new uncle
Luke did not get along well, either.
One night while drunk, and angry at Tony, Carly went to the pool hall Jake's and
slept with a total stranger, A.J. Quartermaine. A.J. didn't even remember their
night together because he was so drunk himself. Later, she also slept with
another handsome stranger, Jason Morgan (A.J.'s brother). Carly got pregnant and
wasn't sure which of the three men was the father!
Carly soon learned that she couldn't stand A.J. and that she was through with
Tony, so she wanted the baby to be Jason's. She found out it was A.J.'s and knew
that if he found that out, he would try to take the baby from her (since he
comes from the wealthy and powerful Quartermaine family). She switched some
paternity tests to make it seem like it was Jason's baby. Tony was devastated to
find out that it wasn't his. A.J. was completely clueless to the whole thing
because of her lying about the blood type.
Jason found out the truth but had sworn not to break Carly's confidence. He knew
that A.J. was not a fit parent, anyway, and that the Quartermaines would try to
take the child. Carly kept trying to get Jason to love her, but his heart was
already taken by Robin. Eventually, Robin found out the truth and told A.J. that
little Michael was his.
In the meantime, impending mother seemed to soften Carly, so she made up with
Bobbie. Unfortunately, her adopted mother Virginia died about the same time
while visiting Port Charles. After Carly had her baby, she was struck by
post-partum depression and refused to touch her baby. She then fled town,
leaving the baby in Jason's care.
After Carly returned, now played by Tamara Braun, a long custody battle with A.J.
ensued. At one point, Carly came up with the plan to marry A.J. in order to get
custody, or his money, or something like that...the story kept changing. Jason
was in on the plan but kept telling her it was a bad idea, like most of her
plans. She and A.J. did marry and for a time they actually seemed like they
might be in love, but things did not work out, due to both of them being so
When Sonny returned to Port Charles after an absence, he and Carly did not get
along at all. Sonny values honest above all else and Carly was a manipulative
liar. They were constantly forced into each other's company because of their
mutual friendship for Jason. At one point, they had a huge fight and the passion
of the fight ended up in a different kind of passion. They instantly regretted
their impulsive display. Jason and Carly had been working on a relationship at
that point, so it was a betrayal to him. Jason left town, upset with them both.
Carly got pregnant after her one-night-stand, and she and Sonny slowly seemed to
get along better. She went to confront A.J. At one point, they got into an
argument at the top of the stairs. A.J. was drunk, and she was baiting him. They
were both pushing each other's buttons. He went to grab her and she fell
backwards, down the stairs. She lost Sonny's baby.
At one point she also shot Tony Jones, almost shot A.J., and was in a mental
After that, she and Sonny had a lot of grieving to go through, but it seemed to
bring them closer together. It took them a long long time before they admitted
they loved each other. They only got married so that she couldn't testify
against him in court (I forget why), but at that point they already loved each
other (even though they couldn't admit it). Eventually they admitted their
In the meantime, Sonny kidnapped A.J. and made him sign a paper that gave Carly
full custody of Michael. He then adopted Michael as his own son.
The couple have had a rocky road. Carly kept trying to get pregnant and tried
not to lie to Sonny. She and Sonny keep arguing and fighting. She got scared by
Sonny's dangerous lifestyle, so she came up with a stupid idea to force him to
give information to the FBI so that they would have to go into the witness
protection program (it didn't make much sense then, either). To Sonny this was
the ultimate betrayal, especially after what happened with Brenda, his former
fiancée who had done almost the same thing. They separated for a long time and
came very close to divorce. Sonny grew closer to his attorney, Alexis, and Carly
grew to be good friends with Zander and also Jax, who backed her new nightclub.
Sonny even had a one-night-stand with Alexis, which Carly inadvertently walked
in on. She was upset and ended up sending her car over a cliff. They thought she
was dead, so she let them think that for a few days, to punish Sonny.
Eventually, the two almost divorced but decided they loved each other too much
to go through with it. Their marriage seemed fairly solid but several things
threatened it, such as Brenda's return and Alexis' baby, which Carly and Sonny
don't know was his. Carly is very insecure and probably always will be, so these
things usually cause her to freak out and so something stupid again.
Carly has grown a lot since she came to town. While she still has these impulses
to lie and cause pain for herself and others, she generally ignores them now.
She has learned from her mistakes. But what keeps her interesting is that we
know she has that little voice in her head that wants to go back to being the
bad old Carly. She is always drawn back to Sonny. She depends on both Sonny and
Jason's friendship and counsel.
Carly got pregnant with Sonny's son, Morgan, but his brother Ric kidnapped
her and kept her in his house's panic room. He intended to kill her and steal
her baby so that he and his wife, Elizabeth, could raise it on their own.
Lorenzo Alcazar rescued Carly and they fell in love. He helped deliver her baby.
Unfortunately, Sonny thought that Lorenzo was hurting her, so he shot at him,
hitting Carly in the head, so Carly was in a coma for a while after she gave
birth. Carly and Lorenzo were together for a while. Carly was played for a while
by Jennifer Bransford. She became mentally unstable, thanks to Faith's drugging
her, and she had to be committed. Lorenzo rescued her, but she was always drawn
back to Sonny, so she and Lorenzo eventually broke up.
Carly found her biological father, John Durant. He was a Federal prosecutor
but also became D.A. in the town for a while. He hated Sonny and wanted to bring
him down. He was a bit obsessed, though, and a little corrupt. He loved Carly
but was killed in a shoot-out. Carly's children were also kidnapped, which was a
horrible thing for her to go through.
In 2005, Laura Wright started playing Carly. She made the role her own. The
role seemed to be written much stronger with her playing Carly. Sometimes she
comes over like a harpy and seldom shows her softer side.
Carly had good instincts when she didn't trust Sonny's new girlfriend, Reese,
but no one listened to her. They just thought she was jealous. It turned out
that Carly had been seduced by Reese's father when she was a teenager, back in
Florida. This broke up Reese's happy family. Reese got into a terrible car
accident after talking to Carly, and her mother angrily told her father that
Reese was dead, so he killed himself. Carly once again had a mental breakdown.
Reese ended up dying in a terrible train crash.
Carly was briefly taking care of her dead friend Courtney's son, but it
turned out that the father was Nikolas, so he took custody of the boy, which
kind of broke Carly's heart. She and Jax bonded over the boy and fell in love.
It took a very long time, but they eventually were married. Their relationship
has always been rocky.
Carly fell back into bed with Sonny during a hostage crisis with Jax's
brother Jerry, and both realized it was a mistake. She told Jax the truth about
it, for once, and they finally got married.
Her son Michael was shot and went into a coma for over a year, and she blamed
Sonny. This was a really terrible time for Carly. She has always been a good
mother, above all else. Carly got pregnant with Jax' daughter, Josslyn. It was a
tough pregnancy, but Josslyn survived and was born. Carly had a bitter foe with
Sonny's wife Claudia. She turned out to be the one who shot Michael. She helped
Carly give birth to Josslyn and then tried to steal the baby, but Michael
stopped her by hitting her over the head. She died, and Michael went to prison.
Michael's coma, trying to get over it, and then going to prison, has all been
very difficult for Carly. She always worries about him and particularly wanted
to protect him from Sonny's life.
Josslyn got very sick from kidney cancer, so Carly had to beg Elizabeth,
Lucky and Jason to let Jake save her life. Jake had just been declared brain
dead after being run over by a car. He saved Josslyn, so Carly and Jax
were very grateful.
Carly is always running to Jason when she needs help. Even though she can be
exasperating, they are great friends. She is always jealous of Sonny and Jason's
relationships with other women. Carly doesn't generally get along with women,
but she has hit it off okay with Olivia. She and Jax owned the Metro Court Hotel
together but when he left town, he sold his part of it to Kate, knowing that it
would annoy Carly. Carly hates Robin, Sam, Elizabeth, and Kate especially.
Carly fought Jax for custody when they were breaking up. Sonny helped her by
destroying Jax and his reputation by planting drugs and other things. Jax
eventually gave up and left town. He tried to kidnap Josslyn but Shawn rescued
her. Sonny tried to kill Jax, but he survived. However, he's been out of town
ever since. It's been hard for Carly, who still loves him.
Carly was attracted to her bodyguard, Shawn, but they never acted on it. She
has been dating Johnny, Sonny's enemy, but he betrayed her by sleeping with
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