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ABC Releases Official Obituary for John Ingle! GH's Leslie Charleson & Frank Valentini Share Their Thoughts On His Passing!

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ABC late today released their official obituary on the sad passing of General Hospital’s John Ingle, which included some quotes from Ingle’s long time scene partner, Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) and the last executive producer at GH that Ingle had the opportunity to work with, that being Frank Valentini.

Here now is the Obit:  “Best known for the role of patriarch Edward Quartermaine on ABC’s General Hospital, died surrounded by his family in California on Sunday, September 16 after a courageous battle with cancer.  His beloved wife of 57 years, Grace-Lynne Martin, passed away earlier this year on February 11, 2012 of natural causes. Ingle is survived by their five daughters, Jessica, Jenny, Carey, Melanie and Chrissy, and nine grandchildren.

“John Ingle achieved great joy from playing the role of Edward Quartermaine,” said executive producer Frank Valentini. “In our brief time working together, I have enjoyed getting to know a great man who embraced life, cherished what he did and, most of all, loved his family. He is already truly missed by the General Hospital family.”

“He was genuinely interested in people and everything that was going on… his dressing room door was always open, and many of us would find our way there to pick his brain and, in turn, he would lend an ear and offer his wisdom,” said longtime fellow General Hospital cast member Leslie Charleson. “Always the professional, after his first surgery he was worried about whether ‘Edward’ would wear a cap. I for one, will miss that cap, because he wore it well. But above all I will miss him, and especially his wonderful smile.”

Ingle last taped General Hospital this year, on August 24, and his final appearance aired September 11, fulfilling a wish to play Edward one last time. And with a simple “I love you, too,” a thumbs up and a smile, we say goodbye to John Ingle’s indelible depiction of Edward Quartermaine. His bigger than life portrayal will live on in the hearts of countless fans.

While Ingle described Edward Quartermaine as someone who “likes to think that he’s taught everyone around him how to be ruthless,” Ingle himself was a great nurturer. He used his talents to encourage, and was regarded as a beloved and respected teacher, having founded the performing arts departments at both Hollywood and Beverly Hills High Schools in 1955 and 1964, respectively. For three decades he taught drama before he began his successful career as an actor. Among his stellar students were Albert Brooks, Nicolas Cage, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Gleason, Barbara Hershey, Swoosie Kurtz, Stefanie Powers, David Schwimmer and Jonathan Silverman. Ingle retired from teaching in 1985 and began an acting career the same year. He joined General Hospital in 1993.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 7, 1928, Ingle’s family moved throughout the Midwest before settling in Tujunga, California, where he finished high school. His thespian pursuits had begun years before, in elementary school, and followed him until he attended Occidental College to study theater and journalism. He received his theater degree in 1950 and got his teaching credentials the next year.

In 1951 Ingle met Grace-Lynne Martin, an accomplished singer/actress. The couple married in 1954. The next year he began teaching at Hollywood High during the day and at Los Angeles City College at night. He also taught afternoon classes at UCLA for 15 years. After nine years at Hollywood High, he moved across town, where he eventually spent 21 years teaching at Beverly Hills High.

Ingle’s acting credits include the feature films Batman and Robin, Death Becomes Her, Robocop II, Heathers and Senseless.  Children and adult audiences alike know his voice as Cera’s dad on the animated feature film Land Before Time (parts I-VIII). His television credits list Days of Our Lives, Beverly Hills, 90210, Cheers, Dallas, Doogie Howser, M.D., Night Court and many others. He also enjoys the distinction of being kissed by supermodel Cindy Crawford in two Revlon commercials. In addition, Ingle had a recurring guest-starring role on the ABC hit television comedy, The Drew Carey Show.”

And to John Ingle, may you rest in peace, from On-Air On-Soaps –  your fans and colleagues have spoken today and boy, do they love and respect you!  A life and job well done our dear friend!

 

 

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ethel
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ethel

wow – i was absolutely devastated when i heard the news of his passing………he was just so awesome in the craft that he loved so well – my thoughts and prayers are with his family & loved ones……………
tptb @ gh better not even try to do a recast because john ingle is edward quartermaine because he owns that role!

AL
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AL

John Ingle was great and will be missed, but Mr Ingle wasn’t the first Edward. John Ingle replaced the late David Lewis, who had played Edward since the 70’s. As much as I loved and will miss John Ingle, it was actually David Lewis who truly “owned” that role.

Helen
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Helen

David Lewis may have originated the role of Edward but John Ingle enhanced it with his charm til the end.

Debbie Stuart
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Debbie Stuart

R I P John. You will be missed on General Hospital.

BOnnie
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BOnnie

Thank you Michael for the wonderful article.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

:”)

nancy
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nancy

a lovely obituary for a lovely man. He will be missed

Britany Wylie
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Britany Wylie

I am sooo sorry to hear that John Ingle has passed away on sunday. I had given my condolences and prayers and my thoughts to his famliy for his wifes passing. And I am now doing it for Mr.Ingle. My Thoughts and Prayers and Condolences are with the Ingle famliy and Friends and as well as the General Hospital Coworkers. Edward Quartermaine will never be the same and will be surely missed and so will John Ingle and General Hospital will never be the same. I remeber seeing him as Mickey Horton and how awesome he was and when he… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

Very moving. Thank you, Michael for sharing this with us. I really appreciate how your site is not just about shock and awe, but about human nature and more touching posts.

boes
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boes

What a loss, expected or not. We’ve been very lucky on daytime to have been able to pass so much time and see such wonderful performers for so many years, like John Ingle.
And before him, on GH, Anna Lee, John Beradino, and Rachel Ames, among others.

RIP and thanks for the memories.

Dawn Faddish
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Dawn Faddish

I was saddened by the news and I will always remember his brilliant portrayal of Edward. I was so pleased that he was in the 9/11 episode. The image of his thumbs up is etched in my minds eye as he seemed to be saying soooooo much in that shot.

Marisa
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Marisa

RIP. I enjoyed watching you on General Hospital. A true talent.

PATTY
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PATTY

I loved Edward Quartermaine when on saw him on Sept 11 I new that would be the last time I would see him on the show.
to his family he was a wonderful actor and I am sure a great roel model. he will be missed by all
God Bless you and John rest in peace

Shannon Hatch
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Shannon Hatch

wow…I cannot believe it, I loved him as Edward. I have been watching GH since I was 11. I am now 33. I loved that last episode, where he gave Emma the only dose of serum to live, the thumbs up and smile…didn’t know it would be the last time Edward would be on the show. I knew John was ill, but hoping he’d make it. You will be missed so deeply by us fans all over the world!

krktoday
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krktoday

my daughter read somewhere there wasn’t a dry eye on the set the day he filmed his last scene because everyone knew he was dieing and wouldn’t be back. So many good year’s from this man. Now he is with his wife and probably happier than he has been for a long time.

Alley
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Alley

A great man…a great loss. RIP Mr. Ingle

Pat
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Pat

John Ingle will be missed so greatly. He was a wonderful highlight to the show and I looked forward to seeing him every day when I tuned into GH. He played the role of Edward in the same fashion as the late David Lewis. Thank you for this wonderful article Michael.

Edith
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Edith

John I will miss u so much, I loved u on GH. Been a fan of yours and GH for a long time. My prayers going out to your family. R.I.P

Robin Desowtiz
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Robin Desowtiz

I can’t believe I actually just found out that he died!!!! I have watched GH literally my whole life for over 46 years….. my mother used to watch it while she fed me my bottles when I was a baby and I just grew up watching it……… Edward will be greatly missed!!!

Alma K
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Alma K

What can I say? John Ingle was a great actor and will surely be missed. I felt heart broken when I saw him in a wheelchair on the last episode of General Hospital that he was on. He left us with good memories of that unforgettable character Edward Quartermaine. May he rest in peace.

James Carlton
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James Carlton

His Jamaican fans love an miss him dearly, only him alone could play the role of Edward Quatermaine, he was so amazing to us (fans). Such is life.

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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