|Leven Rambin as Lily Montgomery in 2004 screenshot|
|All My Children|
|Portrayed by|| Michelle Trachtenberg (1993-1996)|
Mischa Barton (Christmas 1995)
Shayna Levine (2002)
Portia Reiners (in a brief stand-in) in 2006
Levin Rambin 2004-2008, stint in 2010
|Duration||1993-1996, 2002, 2004-2006, 2010|
|Alias(es)|| Lilith Montgomery (full adoptive name)|
Lilith Benton (birth name)
Lily Montgomery (full name Lilith Montgomery) is a fictional character on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children. She was most recently portrayed by Levin Rambin from 2004 to 2008, making an appearance in 2010.
Lily is the autistic child of Laurel Banning and Denny Benton. Laurel had embezzled thousands of dollars from the Mason Foundation (which was a charity headed by Natalie Dillon to pay for the expensive care & schooling of her daughter).
When Laurel and attorney Jackson Montgomery became romantically involved, he became aware of Lily. After Denny's death, Jackson formally adopted Lily. Laurel was killed a short time by a stray bullet. For several years, she remained out of sight.
In 2004, Lily planned to run away from her school. As part of an agreement, she agreed to go live with Jackson and her new extended family which also included her step-brother, Reggie Montgomery. A decision was made to mainstream Lily (which enrolled her in the public school system).
Lily managed to adapt well until she was harassed by a trio of mean girls who took pleasure in making fun of her & even tricked her into doing their math homework. After the girls spiked her drink with alcohol, Lily innocently revealed to Jackson what the girls did to her.
After the girls spray-painted Lily with red paint, Aidan Devane came to her rescue which resulted in Lily developing her first crush. Lily would later ask Aidan to be her boyfriend.
When Jackson confronted Aidan about his interests in his daughter, it was revealed that Lily developed the crush on him, not the other way around. Aidan agreed to be Lily's boyfriend, a role that Lily said would require him being their to talk & play math games. Aidan hoped to be a positive influence & help to Lily agreed to that.
Lily's feelings soon turned romantic and she turned to Dani & Erica for advice. She wanted to kiss Aidan and become real boyfriend\girlfriend. Aidan tried to get her to understand that nothing could happen between the two of them, but it didn't work.
After Lily saw Aidan kissing Anita, she ran away to the Wildwind barn where she witnessed the murder of Edmund Gray. Before she could do anything, the barn caught on fire. Lily would've died if it wasn't for Aidan. After the incident, Lily went into a traumatic state & retreated back into herself; neither Reggie or Jackson could seem to make things better.
While all of Pine Valley believed that Zach Slater murdered Edmund, Lily slowly began to reveal that the murderer was one of Ryan's brothers even though she didn't say which. It was around this time that everyone began to suspect Braden Lavery of poisoning Greenlee and murdering Edmund.
Worried about his children, Jackson sent them with one of Aidan's friends. They were supposed to go to Lily's old school, but were stopped when a tire blew. Greenlee and Lily took cover among the trees. Moments later, they heard a noise and went to see what the matter was.
Steve was gone, but Jonathan Lavery was there and he had a gun. Jonathan told Greenlee that it was all apart of a plan to help Ryan. He would hold the girls and make Braden pretend he was on his side. Things ended horribly when a bomb went off in the cave, leaving Jonathan dead, but everyone else was unharmed.
Lily met Edmund's son Sam Grey and the two of them formed a friendship. Sam found himself fascinated & enchanted by Lily & her unique way of looking at the world. Sam made his attraction for Lily known. Despite her normal fear of touch, she agreed to let Sam kiss her.
Lily enjoyed the kiss and found herself developing "butterflies in her stomach" when she was with Sam. She asked Sam to be her boyfriend and he agreed. Following Ryan Lavery's presumed death, Lily ran into Ryan whom she believed was a ghost. In actuality, Ryan was alive and faking his death. Ryan and his co-conspirator Zach lied to Lily that Ryan was a ghost, so Lily wouldn't reveal the truth to Ryan's widow, Greenlee.
While at Wildwind with Sam, Lily believed that she saw a ghost and wondered if it was Sam's father Edmund. Sam (still fresh off the hurt of losing his father) was angry at Lily for suggesting that there were such things as ghosts. She was hurt by Sam's harsh words, but he eventually apologized and the two made up. Lily was proven right when the "ghost" turned out to be Julia Santos Keefer, Sam's aunt on the run from the Witness Protection Program.
Lily was shocked when Jonathan returned to town, very much alive. He explained that he had a brain tumor which was responsible for his violent behavior and the tumor had since been removed. Jonathan was cleared of all outstanding criminal charges due to mental defect.
Despite being trepidations at first, Lily began to believe that he had changed and developed a friendship with him. Jack was firmly against this and forbid Lily from seeing Jonathan. Furious that Lily was associating with the man that murdered his father, he angrily berated her for it. Lily ended up breaking up with Sam.
Lily continued her friendship with Jonathan and the two soon decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend. She wasn't sure if she was in love with Jonathan at first, but soon decided that she did love him. Unfortunately, Jackson was determined to separate the two and sent Lily back to her special school shortly before she turned eighteen.
Lily snuck off the train and ended up in New York City where she nearly fell victim to a thug named Terry who attempted to get intimate with her. Luckily Jonathan showed up just in time and the two of them were married by a justice of the peace & returned to Pine Valley as husband and wife.
Lily's happiness with Jonathan was short-lived. He began suffering headaches that stemmed from a blow to the head he'd sustained when saving Lily from Terry. Jonathan had a seizure and recovered his cognition. Jonathan was about to tell Lily that he'd recovered when she explained that she couldn't handle it if either of them changed.
Lily hugged Jonathan and he made a decision to keep his recovery from Lily. Jackson overheard Jonathan speaking normally to Erin and realized that Jonathan was deceiving her. In an effort to keep Lily and Jonathan apart, Jack decided to have Lily declared incompetent and then have her marriage to Jonathan annulled.
When Lily became overwhelmed, Jonathan called a halt to the competency trial and told Lily the truth. A devastated Lily dumped Jonathan. Looking for someone who would match her, Lily began chatting online with a teenager in New York using the handle "Asperger Boy." She agreed to meet with Asperger Boy and found herself in real danger. The supposed teen was actually a very adult predator named Terry McDermott. Jonathan arrived just as Terry was poised to rape her, saving a catatonic Lily.
Jackson accepted that Jonathan was a changed man and that he genuinely loved Lily, but it was too late. Lily emerged from her catatonic state and wanted nothing more to do with him. Lily was traumatized by her experience with Terry and it took some time for her to recover. Lily started to move on with her life and got a job at Cambias as Zach's assistant. She came to understand why Jonathan had lied to her and made peace with her ex-husband.
However, Lily didn't understand what was about to happen next. Ava Benton (Lily's half-sister) arrived in town. She was thrilled to have a biological sister & the girls quickly got close. Lily (who had repeatedly stated that she missed the Jonathan who was impaired) was nonetheless upset to see her him and her newly found sister kissing.
Things between Ava and Jonathan didn't last very long. Ava left town to pursue a career as a model and Jonathan headed to Europe while Lily headed off to college at M.I.T.
Maladies & HospitalizationsEdit
- Autism spectrum disorder.
- Minor injuries in the Mardi Gras explosion.
- Slapped and almost raped by Terry McDermott which caused her to go into a catatonic state.
- Hospitalized after being trapped in a fire at the Wildwind stables (February 28, 2005).