Ava Benton’s childhood left something to be desired. Her father,
Denny Benton, abandoned her when she was a child. As a teenager, she lived
on the streets as a prostitute. Her luck changed when Aidan Devane confronted
her thinking she was someone else. Ava had a remarkable likeness to Pine
Valley resident Lily Benton Montgomery, Denny’s child from a second
Ava’s wild ways made the Montgomery family apprehensive because
Lily was autistic. But Lily insisted Ava be a part of her life. Ava pushed
the limits, sleeping with Lily’s cousin Sean Montgomery and even
helping Adam Chandler plant drugs on him. This was the last straw for
Lily’s adoptive father, Jackson Montgomery, who kicked Ava out of
the house. Ava’s own drug problems caught up with her when she overdosed.
Ava found refuge in Wildwind with Lily’s ex-husband, Jonathan Lavery.
Ava tried to launch her career as model by posing as Lily at FUSION cosmetics.
The advertisers liked Lily’s looks, but her autism came in the way
of her being a model. Ava was FUSION’s best bet, much to chagrin
of Kendall Slater and Greenlee duPres, Lily’s adoptive sisters and
FUSION’s founders. Ava's risque behavior compromised the high-end
brand name of FUSION. Ava showed no signs of calming down.
All the while, Ava and Jonathan’s relationship continued to blossom.
Soon, the couple was engaged. Ava was insecure about Jonathan after learning
more about his marriage with Lily. Ava did not want to just be a replacement
for Lily. She turned to JR Chandler, who had offered her a spokesmodel
job with his new company. They began sleeping with each other.
Working at FUSION helped Ava take control of her life. Now a hot commodity,
Ava saw potential for her career outside of Pine Valley. She decided to
move to Hollywood, leaving behind the drama of her last year. FUSION let
Ava out of her exclusive contract.