Viewers who watched “Days of Our Lives” back in the 1980s will remember that Princess Gina Von Amberg was an artist and thief who helped Stefano DiMera steal priceless works of art. Gina was in love with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), who was brainwashed to be Stefano’s pawn at the time (via Soaps in Depth). When Gina ran away from Stefano, he decided to use her doppelganger, Hope Brady, as her replacement, per Soap Central.
However, when Stefano and Hope arrived in New Orleans to carry out their art stealing plan, the real Princess Gina captured them (via Soaps). She had plastic surgery to make herself indistinguishable from Hope and then headed to Salem. While in Salem, everyone believed Gina to be Hope, and she set her sights on getting John back. When she realized that John would never leave Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall), Gina then began a relationship with Bo Brady, who believed her to be the love of his life, Hope.
Once it was revealed that Hope was Gina, Bo and company began the search for the real Hope.