I didn't make the sacrifices I did in life to get you to the cusp of greatness so that you could end up the wife of a stable boy.
The cruel and controlling mother of Regina, Cora appears to have forgotten her humble origins, and the unwanted first born daughter that came with it, which she forsook when she formed a liaison with the powerful Rumplestiltskin in order to get access to magic and turn her life around.
Her power got to her head, however, and Cora started going to extreme lengths to control her daughter's life, claiming it to be the best for her. Eventually, Regina pushed her through a looking glass and into Wonderland, where she became the notorious Queen of Hearts.
Cora eventually found her way back to her daughter after the breaking of the Dark Curse, with a master plan in mind. However, she was ultimately killed by Snow White.
Cause of Death: Heart Poisoned By Snow White
Episode of Death: "The Miller's Daughter"
The Miller's Daughter
Shared Centric Episodes
Queen of Hearts
Portrayed By: Barbara Hershey
Rose McGowan (Young)
Jennifer Koenig (Hat Trick)
First Appearance: "Hat Trick"
Latest Appearance: "Bleeding Through"