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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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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.

I also loved Tracy’s battles with Anthony Zacchara!

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!!!

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

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

Luv ya Jane Elliot / Tracy Quartermaine !!! 🙂

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!

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!!!

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.)

ADORE JANE…A VERY CLASSY SUPER TALENTED LADY!

Absolutely classy and of course mega talented!

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.

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.

Class Act

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

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.

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 and derisive with her brother’s son. It’s not as if she had room to talk….she certainly hasn’t demonstrated a superior sense of judgment or propriety what with her checkered love life and business failures. Now that the bane of her familial existence has been permanently removed from her presence, I hope this bitter shrew gets the comeuppance she so richly deserves from her so-called fiancé…whomever or whatever he is, as I find their coupling to be simply gross!!!! Why either AG or JE thinks that these characters are a match made in heaven is beyond me….she needs an attractive young toy boy and he, as of late, a jail cell to protect the young female population of Port Charles! (Even during the best of times, I never saw this purported mutual “love”…. for Luke, perhaps there is some genuine fondness, but it’s more directed at the Quartermaine lifestyle than the woman herself….)

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Brook Lynn and Chase’s Wedding Reception Brings a Beatdown for Dex

On Friday’s, May 17th episode of General Hospital, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) wedding reception was the focal point as the touching celebration for the newlyweds got underway.

Sonny (Maurice Benard) was seething over seeing Dex mingle with the guests. With Dex becoming a cop, and ratting him out to Anna, previously Sonny feels betrayed by his former hit man. However, Sonny’s growing paranoia and mental stability is in question, in particular, because he has been off the proper dosage of meds for months now.

Later, when Sonny sees Dex talking with Gio (Giovanni Mazza) about serving in the military, and later chumming it up with Cerullos, he is about to go postal.

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Outside the ballroom. Sonny confronts Dex about chatting it up with the Cerullos, who he says are his people. He warns Dex to stay away from his family. Dex says he was invited to the reception.

Next, Sonny calls Dex a snitch, a spy, and lets him know he is “lucky to be breathing.”  Sonny issues Dex a warning to stay away from his family, or he may not be breathing much longer.

As Sonny turns to walk away., Dex grabs him by the arm to try to reason with him and to and say he’s not his enemy. However, Sonny throws a punch. In the pickup, Sonny continues to bloody and beatdown Dex, until Jason (Steve Burton) arrives on the scene and restrains Sonny.

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Kristina (Kate Mansi) walks in on the moment. She sees her father is yelling that both Jason and Dex are traitors. Sonny screams that they are both dead and he’s going to put a gun to their heads.

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In happy news, Brook Lynn and Chase finally begin their wedding night when they jump onto of their bed in their honeymoon suite. Chase says now they have a great wedding night, which will be followed by a great honeymoon, and that will be followed by their entire life together. They share a kiss.

So, what did you think of Sonny’s explosive words and actions against Dex and Sonny? Will Kristina figure out what is going on with her dad, once and for all? Comment below.

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Breaking News

Patrick Mulcahey OUT as General Hospital Co-Head Writer

After various reports surfaced, it has been confirmed that Patrick Mulcahey is out as the co-head writer of General Hospital. This is after a very short tenure of under five months.

Mulcahey was named to the position back in January of 2024 along with longtime GH writer Elizabeth Korte. They replaced the team of Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, who had been the head scribes of the long-running ABC daytime drama since 2019.

A source informed Soap Opera Digest that stories created by the co-head writing team of  Mulcahey/Korte team will air through mid-summer. However they added “There will be more news to share at a later date as to the composition of the new writing team.”

In addition, eagle-eyed soap fans have seen that in recent episodes former co-head writer, Chris Van Etten has been credited, as he is reportedly a breakdown writer with the show.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Korte has assumed the head writing duties solely on her own at the moment, while Buzz blog initially reported Mulcahey’s exit.

We will have more on the GH writing team evolution in the days ahead.

What do you think about the writing team changes at GH thus far? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: ‘Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer’

On Thursday night May 16th, the daytime community comes together for Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer, streaming live at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.

Stand Up To Cancer, in collaboration with leading daytime community voices Michael Fairman and Alan Locher, are coming together for a first-of-its-kind livestream event, Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

The three-hour benefit will feature stars from the world of daytime drama television past and present, musical performances, and stories of emotional on- and off-screen experiences with cancer. Special celebrity guests will also join the effort to encourage viewers to support urgently needed research and new cancer treatments.  You can watch live on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, The Locher Room or the Stand Up To Cancer website.

In support of the event, SU2C will simultaneously launch a 10-day eBay silent auction, from May 16 through 26, for soap opera fans to bid on a wide range of items, including a meet-and-greet experience with the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives; an autographed script from the cast of CBS’s The Young and the Restless and signed merchandsise from CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful cast; a 1:1 video call with General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros, Maura West and Laura Wright, and with daytime legends Robert Newman, Vincent Irizarry, Colleen Zenk, and more. Full details will be shared the evening of May 16, at StandUpToCancer.org/DaytimeStandsUp.

As part of the event, you will hear, cancer survivorship stories from General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison and The Young and the Restless’ Colleen Zenk, who will reflect on the impact of publicly sharing their diagnoses; and 2024 Daytime Emmy nominee Eric Braeden, who shares his battle with bladder cancer

Daytime icon Jackie Zeman, who played nurse Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 45 years, shared by daughters Cassidy MacLeod and Lacey Gorden.

Elizabeth Hubbard who played the iconic Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns and Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors, shared by her on-screen daughter Martha Byrne and real-life son Jeremy Bennett.

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Jerry verDorn (Guiding Light / One Life to Live), shared by widow Beth verDorn and his on-screen wife on Guiding Light, friend and co-star Liz Keifer.

Andrea Evans, who played Tina Lord Roberts on One Life to Live, shared by her husband Stephen G. Rodriguez and daughter Kylie Rodriguez.

Kamar de los Reyes shared by his One Life to Live co-stars Michael Easton (General Hospital) Trevor St. John (The Young and the Restless).

Poignant reflections from actors who have portrayed breast cancer survivors, including Sharon Case and Eileen Davidson from The Young and the RestlessErika Slezak from One Life to LiveTina Sloan and Kim Zimmer from Guiding Light and more.

Additional talent slated to participate in the virtual benefit include (subject to change): Eddie and Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live)Elia Cantu (Days of Our Lives)The Day Players,  featuring Days of Our Lives castmates Carson BoatmanBrandon BarashWally Kurth (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee), Eric Martsolf (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee)Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live)Don Diamont (The Bold and the Beautiful)Linsey Godfrey (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, Days of Our Lives)Leo Howard (Days of Our Lives)Lesli Kay (The Bold and the Beautiful)Eden McCoy (General Hospital)Kin Shriner (General Hospital)and Michelle Stafford (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, The Young and the Restless).

You can watch the Daytime Stands Up livestream below. Now let us know if you have a cancer story that has affected your life via the comment section below, or how a daytime TV character who went through a cancer battle, gave you strength and courage in your own journey.

 

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