Ava came to town in 2013 with her daughter, Kiki. She was revealed to be part of the Jerome crime family, which had ruled Port Charles in the 80’s. Her brother, Julian, also came to town. Ava had a past with both Franco and Silas. She claimed that Franco was the father of Kiki. She’d had an affair with Silas while he was married to Nina, and he was the real father.
Ava was also a cold-blooded murderer when she first arrived, but they toned down that aspect of her character as time went on. Although she is still a strong person and a force to be reckoned with (especially when crossed), she’s no longer a murderer. She tries to be a good person most of the time and has long left the family business. She had a daughter, Avery, with town mobster Sonny.
Ava owns an art gallery and has friendships with some of the people in town, including Nina, Trina, and Austin. She has suffered a lot, including: the death of Kiki; having been burned in a terrible fire; losing boyfriend Morgan, losing her husband, Nikolas, who cheated on her, and the death of her brother, Julian.