VIDEO: Kathleen Gati Brings CABARET to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nurses Ball
At the start of GENERAL HOSPITAL's 20th Anniversary Nurses Ball, the uber-villan Dr. Liesl Obrecht hijacked the opening number to perform her "Welcoming" song. The Nurses Ball became a Port Charles tradition in 1994 as a way to bring attention to the growing need for A.I.D.S. research. At this year's edition Chief-of-Staff Obrecht, recently released from jail, feels left out of the festivities, and decides to force herself into the action with a bit of Alan Cumming showmanship. Check out the video below.
An accomplished and award-winning actress both domestically and internationally, Kathleen Gati plays the evil and mysterious Dr. Liesl Obrecht. Obrecht is the mother of Dr. Britt Westbourne, whose father is Obrecht's ex-lover, the wicked Cesar Faison. Scorned by Faison, she vows to seek revenge against Police Chief, Anna Devane, the object of Faison's true affection. Recently, Obrecht was surprisingly named the new General Hospital Chief of Staff.
Kathleen Gati was raised by Hungarian immigrants in Canada, and was brought up in an artistic environment. Her father was a symphony conductor and her mother an opera singer. She started acting at the age of three and wrote, directed and starred in her first play at the age of eight. Gati studied ballet and acting until the age of 18, when she moved to New York to study and pursue her acting career.
After performing in dozens of plays off-Broadway, as well as working in numerous roles on television and in film, Gati traveled to Hungary to film "Goldberg Variations," for which she won the Hungarian Best Supporting Actress Award. She subsequently stayed on in Hungary for several years, during which time she starred in multiple films, television series and movies of the week, winning several awards along the way. Her lead performance in Hungary's biggest hit of the '90s, "We Never Die," (Sose Halunk Meg) made her an extremely popular actress in Eastern and Central Europe.
Gati returned to the States and has worked continuously in New York, Los Angeles and Canada in over ninety stage plays and in over a hundred feature films and television roles. She is best known for her role on "24" as Anya Suvarov, First Lady of Russia. Other TV credits include "Alphas," "Arrow," "Fairly Legal," "Leverage," "Covert Affairs," "The Mentalist", "NCIS," "Bones," "Desperate Housewives," "Cold Case," "The League," "Lie to Me," "Weeds," "ER," "Las Vegas" and "Me, Eloise." Gati's film work includes "Transformers: Dark of The Moon," "Trade," "Igby Goes Down," "Jakob the Liar," "ZigZag," "Meet The Fockers," and "House Bunny."