Maxie Jones is a petite bundle of energy, whose pretty face belies the drive and resourcefulness underneath. Maxie has endured heart problems, the loss of her sister Georgie, abandonment by both her father and mother, and much more in her young life. Yet she has faced all of it with remarkable resiliency. Once, Maxie was Damien Spinelli's "Maximista," on her way to becoming a "Fashionista" with Crimson Magazine. Thanks to the power of love, she is conquering her demons.
Maxie Jones was born Mariah Maximilliana Jones in October 1990 while her mother Felicia was stuck in her apartment window dressed as a clown. In 1994, Maxie became seriously ill and needed a heart transplant to save her life. Maxie's family rallied around her, and Mac even located Maxie's father Frisco, who returned to Port Charles to be with his daughter. While Maxie waited for a donor heart, her cousin BJ was in a bus accident that left her brain dead. Felicia was overjoyed to learn that a donor heart had been found for Maxie, but when she learned that it was BJ's heart, she was devastated. BJ's parents, although heartbroken over BJ's death, were grateful that BJ's heart could save Maxie's life. This event and its accompanying survivor guilt and feeling like a damaged person has shaped Maxie's life.
Between her heart problem, family chaos, and finally, the death of her beloved sister, Maxie's life has been challenging, and for most of it, she reacted to it as a rebellious and promiscuous teenager. Maxie and Georgie spent a large part of their childhoods on their grandmother's ranch in Texas. Maxie's and Georgie's father, Frisco, took off early on, and Felicia seemed to always be traveling. When Felicia did reach out to her children, Maxie at first rejected her, later relenting.
Some stability came into Maxie's and Georgie's lives when Mac Scorpio and Felicia married, and Mac became, and still is, the only father Maxie has really known. When Felicia and Mac divorced, the girls wound up in Texas again, though Felicia did move them back to Port Charles. Maxie was miserable in Port Charles and longed to return to Texas. She blamed Felicia for the breakup with Mac. When Luke Spencer came into Felicia's life, Maxie and her mother had made up, and Maxie thought the relationship with Luke was a good idea. Maxie's good feelings for Felicia didn't last long, and Maxie finally ran away from home. Lucky Spencer found her in the boxcar where he and Elizabeth hung out and convinced her to go home. Maxie already had a crush on Lucky; this encounter only increased it.
Maxie Jones Living Out Loud: The Teen Years
Maxie spent her teen years in trouble for one thing or another: buying beer when she was under age, lying, trying to date older guys, attending parties she was forbidden to attend, babysitting for Lulu and putting the child in danger when fire broke out, backstabbing her mother with Roy DiLuca by telling him that Felicia was interested, and trying to seduce Lucky. To get her attention off of Lucky, Felicia arranged a waitressing job for her daughter at Kelly's one summer. Maxie was fired her first day on the job.
In Maxie's attempt to become more popular, Maxie went after the hot high schooler Kyle and used Lucas Jones as her date to Kyle's keg party. Maxie and Kyle get together, but when it came to having sex, Maxie was all talk. Kyle told everyone that he slept with Maxie. Lucas called his bluff by telling him that Maxie was pregnant; Kyle then admits he never slept with her. Later on, Kyle crashed Maxie's party, which was halted by Mac. Eventually, Maxie slept with Kyle, who filmed it all on a web cam and broadcasted them having sex on the Internet. Kyle claimed to know nothing about the camera, and Maxie believeed him. Even when he finally admitted that he did it on a bet, Maxie didn't turn him in. At a Speakeasy with Kyle that she entered with a fake ID, Maxie overdosed on drugs and wound up in the hospital.
Despite Mac continually driving Kyle away, Maxie continued to see him. He suggested that she start acting like the ideal teen to get Mac off of her back. Maxie then volunteered as a candy striper at GH. Kyle talked her into stealing drugs, which they both took.
Maxie Goes Into Heart Failure
Maxie split town for a time, and when she returned, she was in heart failure. While in the hospital, she met a young policeman, Jesse Beaudry. He and Maxie had a relationship, but Jesse is killed only a few months later. Maxie then re-focused on Lucky, who was Jesse's partner. Lucky at this point was not only grief-stricken, but heavily in debt. He then suffered a horrible back injury and developed an addiction to pain killers. Maxie stole the pain killers from the hospital for Lucky as his addiction grew stronger, and the two began an affair. Since he was still married to and in love with Elizabeth, Maxie tried to destroy the marriage. To hold him, she faked suicide; when that doesn't work, Maxie faked pregnancy.
Faking pregnancy required some thinking ahead, something Maxie seemed unable to do. By the time Maxie started thinking about showing, it was already too late. Unable to seduce Diego Alcazar, she finally forced an argument with Lulu and fell down a flight of stairs in order to announce that she miscarried. It was a boon to her relationship with Lucky, who felt terrible and was very supportive until Elizabeth learned the truth. Lucky wasn't happy but seemed forgiving. He did, however, tell Elizabeth they would never be anything but friends.