Natalia Livingston

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Natalia Livingston
Born (1976-03-26) March 26, 1976 (age 42)
Years active2002–present
Matt Aldag (m. 2016)

Natalia Livingston (born March 26, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Emily Quartermaine [1] (for which she won an Emmy Award) and Rebecca Shaw[2] on ABC's General Hospital and the role of Taylor Walker on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.


Livingston was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.[3][4] Her father, James Livingston, is a physician, and her mother, Martha Livingston, is an artist and Spanish teacher.[4] Livingston is of half Mexican descent, and is fluent in Spanish. She was raised in Macon, Georgia, and spent her summers in Mexico.[4]

Livingston obtained a degree in sociology from Emory University. She started acting in high school and continued her interests in acting by taking acting classes in college.[4] After graduation, she took an internship in the field of social work, and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.[4] While working at Home Depot, she was discovered and started acting in national commercials.[4]


Livingston first appeared as Emily Quartermaine on General Hospital on April 1, 2003.[1] The adopted daughter of established characters Alan and Monica Quartermaine, Emily was a prominent character who notably battled breast cancer in 2003.[1] On May 20, 2005, Livingston won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Emily.[5] She decided to leave the series, and Emily was murdered in November 2007; however, Livingston continued to appear periodically until May 7, 2008 as a hallucination of Emily seen by her love interest, Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher).[1]

On January 15, 2009, Livingston returned to General Hospital for eleven (11) months as new character Rebecca Shaw. Livingston also appeared in the films Popstar (2005), and West of Brooklyn (2008), as well as the upcoming 2012 film Rough Hustle.[4] Livingston was cast as Taylor Walker, Nicole's sister, on Days of Our Lives on January 26, 2011.[6] In 2011, Livingston produced a documentary, The Man Who Ate New Orleans, which aired on PBS in 2012.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Livingston married longtime boyfriend Dr. Matt Aldag, a neuroscientist and scientific author, on September 3, 2016, in Bedford, Pennsylvania.[8] In February 2018, Livingston announced she was expecting her first child, a daughter, due September 2018.[9]

Prior to her role as breast cancer survivor Emily Quartermaine, Livingston had performed a breast self-exam after watching an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show that promoted awareness for the disease. She found a lump, which turned out to be benign.[10][11]

Livingston has been actively involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Revlon Run/Walk for Women, helping to raise money and increase awareness through national campaigns and PSAs. She has traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Africa and North and South America, and during a trip to India worked at Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying.[7]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Big Fat Liar Girl at Movie Premiere
2003–09, 2013–14 General Hospital Emily Quartermaine Regular role
2004 Hired Help Interpreter Short film
2005 Popstar Mary Brighton
2008 West of Brooklyn Matty Jensen
2009 General Hospital Rebecca Shaw Regular role
2011 Days of Our Lives Taylor Walker Regular role
2014 Tainted Dreams Liza Park TV series
2014 Rough Hustle Allie
2015 Cyber Case Jackie Fletcher



  1. ^ a b c d "General Hospital: Emily Quartermaine". Retrieved May 31, 2009.
  2. ^ "General Hospital: Rebecca Shaw". Retrieved May 31, 2009.
  3. ^ "General Hospital Cast: Natalia Livingston". Retrieved May 31, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "General Hospital Bios: Natalia Livingston (Rebecca Shaw)". Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Daytime Emmy Winners & Nominees: 2005". Archived from the original on April 2, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2009.
  6. ^ Natalia Livingston profile,; October 26, 2010; accessed December 13, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Natalia Livingston profile,; accessed December 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Cushman, Dustin (September 6, 2016). "Natalia Livingston Weds Matt Aldag". Retrieved September 16, 2016..
  9. ^ SOD (February 14, 2018). "GH Alum Expecting". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Archived from the original on February 15, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Morgan, John (August 5, 2003). "General Hospital star prescribes breast self-exams". USA Today.
  11. ^ Gallagher, Kristin. "Talking with... GH's Natalia Livingston". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved May 30, 2009.

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