Kathleen Gati (Dr. Liesl Obrecht, General Hospital) celebrates a special anniversary. Read more here-->>
Kathleen Gati is celebrating a special anniversary today. Gati made her debut as Dr. Liesl Obrecht on August 24, 2012, on General Hospital and now celebrates her 8th anniversary with the show.
Obrecht was created by head writer Ron Carlivati and introduced by executive producer Frank Valentini in the summer of 2012 in what was initially supposed to be a bit role. Gati's Dr. Obrecht was introduced as the director of the Swiss clinic where the presumed dead Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) is being imprisoned by the infamous Cesar Faison (Anders Hove).
Gati's portrayal of the character was so outstanding that the producers expanded the role and in early 2013 as Obrecht was revealed to be the mother of the scheming Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) fathered by the legendary Faison himself. Obrecht schemes to help Britt win the affections of Robin's husband, Dr. Patrick Drake (ex-Jason Thompson) and later Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) by impregnating Britt with Dante (ex-Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu Falconeri (Emme Rylan)'s embryo. Obrecht also develops a rivalry with Faison's longtime obsession and Robin's mother, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes). In 2014, in addition to becoming chief of staff at General Hospital, Obrecht was revealed to be the biological mother of Detective Nathan West (ex-Ryan Paevey), raised by her estranged sister, Madeline Reeves (ex-Donna Mills).
Obrecht has stuck around on a recurring basis. Happy 8th anniversary Kathleen! Watch one of her early episodes below!