Serendipity Gottlieb Raelee
'Ren' Gottlieb 1994-1995
Parents: Dave Gottlieb and Sally Dawes
Siblings: Stephen and Mark
Family Tree: Gottlieb
Occupation: Nanny, Coffee Shop Assistant, Jewellry and Fashion
(or Ren as most people found it easier to call her) arrived
unexpectedly in Erinsborough after a spell working as a nanny
in Amsterdam. The last time she had seen her family was at
her motherís funeral but Mark was thrilled to have his little
sister home. Over the years, Stephen and Mark had built up an
intriguing picture of their sister, Dippy the hippy. While the
two brothers had escaped their bohemian roots as quickly as
possible, even changing their names from Freedom and Cosmic,
Ren had chosen to embrace the hippy lifestyle that the three
siblings had grown up with.
arrival in Erinsborough couldnít have been timed better. Mark
and Rick had been looking for
a housemate since Annalise moved out of Number 30 and only
days before they had almost had all their possessions stolen
by a con artist who theyíd innocently offered the room to.
Ren moved in straight away, but her relationship with Mark
quickly became strained. Ren would borrow Markís van without
asking, eat all the food and generally leave the house in
a mess. She didnít see any problem with any of this Ė she
was constantly amused by those around her becoming stressed
about every little thing, while it all simply washed over
resident who quickly hit it off with Ren was Sam Kratz. They
got quite close and for a while it looked like romance could
be on the cards, after all, they were both free spirits who
didnít want to be tied down in Erinsborough forever. Samís
nose was put out of joint when Renís childhood friend, Paulo
Cechero, arrived in town, just in time for the murder mystery
weekend, which saw Julie Martinís
fatal fall. When the Willis family left Erinsborough, Paolo
took one of their roles at the party, spoiling Samís hopes
of spending some time alone with Ren.
after, another man came between Ren and Sam. Sam met Chip
Kelly through the Erinsborough Emus footie team and soon Ren
and Chip began a relationship. Chip wasnít exactly the perfect
boyfriend, his mood swings and tendency not to show up for
dates soon began to take its toll. Karl
also noticed Chipís bad moods and wondered whether he was
abusing steroids. Ren came to the same realisation when, after
a date at his flat, she tried to rebuff his advances and he
started to get violent, Ren only narrowly managing to escape
without injury. Lost and upset in an unfamiliar part of town,
Ren was helped out by a Salvation army warden and when she
got home she recounted the entire story to Sam, Mark and Annalise.
Sam went and took his anger out on Chip using his fists, something
which Ren strongly disapproved of. However, the incident also
led to Ren and Annalise starting up self-defence classes for
the residents of Ramsay Street, taught by Helen.
her own love life was a disaster, Ren always seemed to find
time to repair other peopleís relationships. During her time
in Erinsborough, she acted as a go-between for Rick and Cody,
Libby and Luke
and Mark and Annalise, with varying degrees of success. Her
hippy background also proved useful for Brett when she helped
him make a love potion to win over Lata Chatterji.
the time Ren agreed to be one of Annaliseís bridesmaids at
her wedding to Mark, Sam had moved his affections on to Annalise
herself. Ren proved to be a friend for both her brother and
Annalise after their wedding day disaster.
after, Ren and Danni Stark began making jewellery and selling
it through Marleneís bric-a-brac store. As demand began to
grow, they built their business up and Ren began seeing the
grandson of Helenís fiance Reuben White. Kingston White was
not the kind of man that Ren would normally look for romance
with, but Ren was beginning to change. Over the course of
a few months, she had started to become very driven by business
and making money. As Ren and Danni go involved in the fashion
world and thought all their hard work was beginning to pay
off, they were in for a nasty shock. Their clothes were being
created in an illegal sweat shop. Ren was horrified and from
then on, things began to go downhill for her, culminating
in her breaking down, ripping her designs to pieces and collapsing
in tears. Mark proved to be a great support for Ren at this
time, as did Luke Handley, the brother of Philip
Martinís girlfriend, Jen, who had moved into Number 30.
soon realised that she wasnít cut out for the cut-throat fashion
industry and went back to being her old, chilled-out self.
She struck up a friendship with the newly returned Lucy Robinson
and the two of them underwent hypnosis regression, learning
about their past lives. But while Ren was busy becoming obsessed
with her past lives, she missed what was happening in her
present one. Luke and Ren began a tumultuous relationship,
both finding it difficult to take the step from housemates
Renís brother Mark was becoming more and more obsessive about
his religion. His belief that he was indestructable led to
him lying in a coma after falling from the roof of Number
22. This tragedy reunited Ren with Luke and while they led
a bedside vigil for Mark, Luke took the opportunity to propose.
Ren was shocked, but, after thinking it over, she accepted.
However, fate dealt the couple a blow when Luke was offered
the job of a lifetime, tutoring English in Japan, meaning
he would have to leave Erinsborough. Ren decided she didnít
want to lose Luke again and together they left Ramsay Street
to start a new life. Despite the happy ending, the relationship didn't last. Though Ren easily took to a new life in a foreign country, Luke struggled and the pair went their separate ways, with a depressed Luke eventually making his way back to Erinsborough.