Diane Miller doesn’t appear on GENERAL HOSPITAL that often, so it’s understandable if some fans don’t know her story in Port Charles. The character first appeared in 2007 and has always been played by Emmy-winning actress Carolyn Hennesy. From criminal cases to custody battles and everything in between, Diane is the attorney you’ll want by your side when you face a judge!
Sonny Corinthos hired Diane to defend him in court and help him escape the long arm of the law. When he was accused of murdering Lorenzo Alcazar, the lawyer advised the gangster to remarry Carly so she wouldn’t have to testify against him. She also defended Sonny’s chief enforcer, Jason Morgan, who was also implicated in the murder, and got him released as well. Representing Kate Howard worked well for Diane as she loved fashion and Kate was the editor of a fashion magazine.
When Diane represented Elizabeth Webber in a custody battle against Lucky, she faced his attorney, Alexis Davis. The two lawyers worked together to reach an agreement and became good friends. After drinking a bit too much, Diane went to Sonny’s house where she met an equally drunk Max Giambetti and the two had sex. Sonny was angry and threatened to fire Max for the relationship, but Max fought back and his boss backed out. Later, when Max showed Diane the engagement ring Sonny had bought Kate, she mistakenly thought he was proposing to her. They finally cleared up the misunderstanding by admitting to each other that they weren’t ready for marriage.
After Diane learned that Sonny slept with his ex-wife Carly while she was engaged to Kate, Diane asked Max if he ever cheated on her. He didn’t understand how he could have cheated as they only had a casual relationship which made her break up with him. He managed to woo her back, but their relationship eventually ended after a few years and they parted as friends.
Alexis began working with Diane as a partner to defend Sonny against allegations that he murdered Claudia Zacchara. She also acted as Alexis’ attorney when she killed Kiefer Bauer in a hit-and-run. When Michael Corinthos went to prison for Claudia’s murder, Diane helped convict Jason on the condition that he be sentenced to Pentonville with Michael so he could keep an eye on the young man.
As a side project to her ongoing legal work, Diane teamed up with Damian Spinelli to help him write the adventures of his alter ego, Jackal, PI. When Jason caught wind, he warned her not to involve him in any way or else Diane would have to sue herself on his behalf.
Diane feuded with Nora Buchanan when she represented Lulu Spencer in her custody battle against Valentin Cassadine, and then defended Carly against allegations that she tried to kill Nelle Benson. And more recently, he took Michael’s side in his custody battle with Nelle over their son Wiley. She warned Michael that marrying Sasha wouldn’t help his case given her past, so he changed things and presented Willow as Wiley’s potential new mother to help his case.
When Alexis fell off the wagon, Diane was there to join her family and friends in convincing them to get help. And she reluctantly supported her boyfriend’s decision to plead guilty and go to prison for attempted murder. She also advised Carly when she took over the Corinthos family business after Sonny’s “death”. Diane represented Michael and Willow when Nina Reeves tried to ask Wiley for visitation rights and was successfully blocked by her grandson.
As long as there are people in Port Charles who need a good lawyer, Diane will be busy because she’s the best. Stay tuned GH to see how their story continues!
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