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All About Jane! General Hospital's Jane Elliot Dishes On The Life Of Tracy Q And More!

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Today in honor of the series 51st anniversary, TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan has a fantastic interview served up with the one and only Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine) of General Hospital! 

Their chat runs the gamut from Tracy and Luke’s  (Anthony Geary) relationship, how Tracy has changed since the Gloria Monty (former GH executive producer) dark days of her character to the more humorous side of her at times in 2014,  and how she feels that is becoming the late Charita Bauer (Bert Bauer) of GL’s counterpart in Port Charles! In addition, Jane reveals more about her hair coloring relationship with DAYS Deidre Hall (Marlena), plus some tidbits on Elvis, and we learn what her favorite current television show is … Revenge!   Here are just a few delicious excerpts below!

Jane on Tracy and Luke’s relationship: “With Luke, she’s actually showing signs of true love and understanding — qualities that are new to Tracy. Plus, Luke has fallen head over heels in love with her and that just doesn’t happen. Nobody falls for Tracy! And there’s nobody else left in her life. Her family is decimated. Well, Monica is still around but she’s annoying. With Luke, Tracy also gets Dante and Lulu and the baby. She wants family. She wants to belong.”

Jane on how Tracy has changed since her early days in Port Charles and has more humor to her:  “That’s because (then executive producer) Gloria Monty was humorless. She was all about the drama — the melodrama — and so everything had to be very, very arch and dark. She was extremely specific about what she wanted and you played it her way, not your way. It wasn’t until later, when I worked with Hugo Napier (Larry) and Gerald Anthony (Marco_), that Tracy started lightening up. Loved those actors! You know, it’s so interesting to now be the oldest actor under contract at my show. How the hell did that happen?”

Jane on the evolution to how Tracy was the original brat child of Edward Quartermaine to who the character is now:  “And I am now the Charita Bauer of GH! And, by the way, Charita was and remains my all-time favorite actor on any of the soap operas I’ve worked on, because she had such grace and humility. Every day at Guiding Light was like her first day on the job. She was so filled with gratitude for the work and she had such kindness and generosity toward everyone. She was the first to learn your name, the first to welcome you.”

What do you think of Jane Elliot’s comments on Tracy and Luke, and the evolution of Tracy?  Comment below!

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dmr
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dmr

I absolutely adore Jane Elliot as Tracy Angelica Quartermaine! Ms. Elliot is an amazing, charasmatic, and comedic actress-brings her A-game to each and every scene! I literally laugh out loud when she is battling with AJ, Monica, Luke. I also liked her friendship with Connie. Was nice to see Tracy have a friend in town.

dmr
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dmr

I also loved Tracy’s battles with Anthony Zacchara!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Is Luke Luke, Jerry Jacks, Bill Eckart, Victor Cassidine, Victor Jerome, The Balkin…or Suzanne, or Valentin Cassidine played by Vincent Izzary? I remember Jane in Change Of Habit with Elvis…the Gloria Monty years was GHs best…hope Tracy is with the show til if and when it goes off the air!!!

carol
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carol

Love Tracy and would like to see a lot more of her onscreen.

su0000
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su0000

Tracy is a cornerstone of GH ..
A great woman and actress!!

Luv ya Jane Elliot / Tracy Quartermaine !!! 🙂

Cat
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Cat

Jane Elliot is the actor who keeps me watching General Hospital. She plays Tracy so well and brings humor, depth and surprising wisdom to the role.

On a personal note, I love that she is comfortable in her own skin and shows the world how utterly great and sexy an actress can look without becoming a surgical/botoxed mockery. She is simply fabulous!

heidi
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heidi

Jane Elliott is phenomenal and I adore her and whenever she is on she lights up the screen! She always brings her A game and she makes everyone else’s game better too! Can’t wait to see what happens with her and faux Luke! Love that Ned is coming back and wish she could have Dillion back too! The interview looks great! Thanks for sharing this Michael!!!

RICKIE
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RICKIE

Loved her comment and remembrance of the wonderful Charita Bauer. Jane’s tenure on GL (the Doug Marland years) was the best in the show’s history! Carrie, Ross, Justin, Nola, Quinton, Henry, Vanessa, Gracie, Mrs Renfield, Helena Manzini — never was a better cast of characters assembled on a soap! (Unfortunately, GL would turn into “The Reva Show” less than two years later.)

Cathy Borruso
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Cathy Borruso

ADORE JANE…A VERY CLASSY SUPER TALENTED LADY!

Christine
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Christine

Absolutely classy and of course mega talented!

Charday
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Charday

Certainly, she’s one of the top 2 or 3 characters and actresses on GH. Her scenes are always ones that make me sit up and pay attention to GH, after my attention wanders to anything else while “watching” Sonny, Carly, or Franco scenes. I love it when Tracy and Monica do battle, and also when they’re protective of each other when the Quartermaines are under fire.

Christine
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Christine

I think Tracy is a great, iconic character because aside from being “Port Charles Royalty” as a Quartermaine, she’s lost none of her “bite” and savvy but has emerged a better-rounded woman than in years past with a developed humility and grace, something that was missing in her younger years. Jane, you have always been one of my top five fave actresses on daytime and please continue to play the heck out of this great character.

mike
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mike

Class Act

aria
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aria

jane rocks, she’s simply one of the best actresses around period.

mfarris70
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mfarris70

Jane Elliot’s appearances on GH are always a gift. She seems like such a fearless performer and makes interesting choices in the way she plays her lines. When Tracy points her finger, you know something important is happening! The idea that “acting is reacting” might be a joke, but it is true and JE excels at it– the wide eyes, the pursed lips, the hand on the hip as Tracy impatiently waits for someone else to stop talking. JE truly inhabits her character.

Shay
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Shay

I always enjoyed Tracy’s acerbic wit and snappy rejoinders until AJ became the constant butt of her nasty comments. I could understand them at the beginning of SK’s return stint on GH when they were waging war (and trading snipes) over control of ELQ, but once the Franco/Kiki and relish debacles were under the bridge, she definitely should have had a more conciliatory tone with her nephew, particularly when his battle with alcohol once again reared its ugly head. By that time, she had nothing left to prove, yet all she ever did was take every opportunity to be harsh… Read more »

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GH’s Kelly Thiebaud Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

In heartbreaking scenes on last week’s episodes of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) gets the news she has feared for quite some time – that her battle with Huntington’s disease has progressed even further than she imagined.

The moments were all played with devastating perfection by Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, who has GH fans know will be departing the ABC daytime drama series soon.

In story, Austin (Roger Howarth) set up a consultation with a Huntington’s Disease expert, Dr. Talone. When the three meet to discuss Britt’s case, she learns that symptoms she thought were stress from being on the run a few years ago, and when she was in prison, were the early manifestations of the disease.

After Dr. Talone examines Britt, she reveals that Britt now has the signs of stage three Huntington’s.  As for her prognosis, Britt will have ‘significant cognitive impairment’, and while she was anywhere between five to fifteen years in her lifespan, it could be as soon as eighteen months when Britt will need assisted living and full-time care.

When Dr. Talone exits, Austin offers to stay with Britt, but she asks for him to leave her office so she can be alone.  Once by herself and overcome with the news she received (and looking at her framed medical license and business card which says that Britt is Co-Chief of Staff of General Hospital), she finally loses it and tears up her office.  Cody (Josh Kelly) comes upon her, when she is left holding the necklace she found in Peter’s possessions which are the diamonds of the Ice Princess.

Britt is in tears and tells Cody that when she found out her father, Faison had died, she thought it was finally over. However, his reach extends far beyond the grave! Britt is in disbelief that she wasted so much time seeking his approval.  Cody tries to calm Britt down by telling her she is worth loving.  Britt remarks, “Even with what’s been passed down to me?”  Cody is confused and thinks she is talking about the necklace which now makes Britt believe that Cody was only into her for the diamonds.

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Later, in the most gut-wrenching and emotional scenes, Britt confesses to her mother, Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) that her disease has progressed. Obrecht wants to get her to a specialist in Toronto, but Britt says she just met with her and she informs her mother she has five to fifteen years to live – and a year and a half before she may require full-time care.  Obrecht promises they will fight this. An overcome Britt asks her to just stop because she doesn’t need a doctor … she needs a mom.  The two embrace, but Obrecht cries Britt deserved a better mother than her. Kathleen Gati and Kelly Thiebaud were extremely touching and effective in these scenes.

When looking at the totality of the arc of this story that played out last week, and the understated and beautiful work of Kelly Thiebaud, it is without question Michael Fairman TV gives our Power Performance of the Week honors to Kelly.

So, what did you think of Kelly’s performances as Britt learns what she will now be faced with in the years ahead and the aftermath? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s Kathleen Gati on Liesl Learning Britt is Sick: “This Was the Most Painful and Profound Episode I Have Filmed in 10 Years”

This week in a preview of a heartbreaking episode of General Hospital, Liesl (Kathleen Gati) will learn her daughter, Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), now has developed symptoms of Huntington’s Disease and its progression is making Dr. Westbourne very sick.

In story, look for Britt to confide in her mother, noting that that the disease is beginning to overtake her body.

Liesl’s portrayer, Kathleen Gati shared with Soap Opera Digest (in their latest issue on newsstand now), just how mutter will react to the news.

Gati expressed: “I have to say this is the most painful and profound episode I have filmed in 10 years.”  Kathleen has played the role of Dr, Liesl Obrecht since 2012.

She goes on to say, “Liesl puts her doctors hat on to give hope to herself and to Britta, encouraging her that they are both well-trained doctors and can find a way to help Britta.”

However, that’s not what Britt wants to hear.  She needs her mother, and the support and comfort from her, at this devastating time in her life.

Kathleen shares it’s at that point that Liesl realizes she needs to stop all the medical talk and just be there for her daughter.

So, are you looking forward to the scenes between Britt and Liesl?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Marcus Coloma Reveals COVID Kept Him Out of Episodes But Returns On-Air Next Week

Viewers who have been watching this week’s episodes of General Hospital have seen Adam Huss stepping-in for a second for Marcus Coloma in the role of Nikolas Cassadine.

Many fans wanted to know what caused the temporary switcheroo.  Now, Coloma has taken to his Instagram doing a little dance and revealing the nature of why he was away and when he will be back.

Marcus shared in the video: “Why Aren’t You GH?  Got Covid a month ago.  I’m coming back for you, baby. Next Week”

In the accompanying post, the actor expressed: “So here’s the deal.  Thank you for all the lovely love.  I should be back on the screen next week.”

Coloma has played the role of Nikolas Cassadine since October 31st, 2019.

Glad to know Marcus is feeling better and on his way back to Port Charles? Comment below.

 

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