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Constance Towers Returning to General Hospital

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On the heels of GH starting to air their Nurses’ Ball episodes this week, comes word that Constance Towers (Helena Cassadine) is making another return to the ABC daytime drama series during its 60th anniversary celebration.  However, it looks like she won’t be on-screen till next month.

According to a post from her official Facebook page, Towers has taped some scenes for inclusion in upcoming episodes of the show. Currently the airdates are May 5th and May 8th in time for May sweeps.

As for Towers, GH fans last saw her back in January 2022 when a video message from Helena, relishing Luke’s supposed death during his memorial, was played on the video monitors that shocked all the guests.

Following Helena’s death in 2015, Towers returned several other times in story whether it be in flashbacks or someone’s worst nightmare, and more.

Just how will Helena’s brief appearances shake up the story and the canvas on GH? Stay tuned.

What do you think of Constance Towers taping some new scenes as Helena? Will this be part of the resolution of the Luke mystery now that Tracy will be back on the canvas by that time, too? Share your thoughts and theories below.

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Either another ghostly visit or flashback scenes for a potential end to the Victor Cassadine storyline?

I suspect this is going to be the full “director’s cut” version of the video we didn’t see a couple of years ago when Laura pulled the plug before it could finish playing.

What I can say for a fact, is that Helena is still in Hell, so she’s not going to be visiting Port Charles in the present tense.

I like the actress, she played Helena wonderfully but let the dead be dead. It just happens too much.

so good at being evil, glad she’s back

Constance turns 90 later in May. GH viewers are so fortunate to have this treasure appear from time to time. The diamond may be the ice princess, but Helena is the Ice Queen. Cool, calm and always elegant.

OG Steve, excellent points and prose. Bravo!

Yes they are.. she been awesome sence she took over for the later Tylor

Agree! I’ve adored her since day one. Always wished they put her on contract and made her more 3 dimensional while keeping her edge. I always loved her twisted relationships w her family, Laura, Luke, Lesley etc and wish they’d explored it all deeper. Wish they’d never killed her off. Especially now w Laura and so many Cassadines on right now, there’d be so much for her to be involved in.

PS to me, the Cassadines were at their best in the 90s to 2001. Helena, Stefan, Alexis, Nik & Starvos. Just wish TPTB had made Helena & Stavros more viable, 3D, longterm characters bc the actors were so good! Like Stavros being written a bit more like Stefan who was awesome! That was my favorite era of Spencer/ Cassadine feud too bc of so many different angles at play. And Alexis was at her absolute best in Cassadine stories, her pairing w Ned & as a fearless attorney.

My dream would be for Tyler Christopher to return as Nik, Helena back alive, and GH & Days sharing Stephen Nichols so he could play Stefan again. With Laura back, Victor, Spencer & Valentin now on and Alexis & her girls getting roped into Cassadine stories, the possibilities would be endless.

But right now it’s hard to be excited about a Spencer/ Cassadine feud w no Spencers. So many key players are missing like Luke, Helena, Stavros, Stefan, Nik, Lucky, Lulu, Lesley. With all of them on the feud would be epic!

Please let Luke be alive. Or if not let Helena be the one who stops Victor for good.

Can’t wait for May and for this storyline to hit our screens

Sorry, but I wish she’d stay gone. The character has just played itself out

I so agree!! Personally I can’t stand her on the show!! So over it!!

I agree with you. She needs to stay dead

i totally agree. let the dead stay dead. to me it takes away from the show bringing back ones that die time and time again. bring in a new cast member rather than all these ones back from the dead. she has been killed off way to many times.

No way.

I know this is all part of GH’s DNA but despite the top talents involved, I am rather weary of the endless Cassadine madness. What was an escapist adventure 40 years ago has sort of just stopped being interesting to me. Again, top talents and well presented. GH is great but still…

I think just the opposite. I love all the legacy families and GH has succeeded in wiping them out. The Quarteraines have no original members left except for Ned; there was no reason to send Dillon and Skye away, kill AJ off, and of course Alan Q was killed which was absurd. Same with the Cassadines; the show killed off Helena (supposedly), Stefan, Mikos, Stavros…so I personally welcome Helena back whether as a ghost, her final warning via video, etc. and hope they don’t kill off Victor. I’d like to have these legacy families remain; otherwise just rename the show to suit its cast of all-new-unrelated-to-anything or anyone of GH’s origins, characters.

I think she is the female boss that Mason keeps referring to when he’s talking to Austin.

I agree with you

Honey
Think youve got something there!,

Mason Jar-head has repeatedly said that his unseen boss was “family”. I doubt they would make Austin both a Quartermaine AND a Cassadine. Not to mention the Cassadines have never failed to be aware of the existence of other branches of the family, even if they don’t interact with them. Seems unlikely that Victor, Val, Nikolas, and Alexis would all be 666% unaware of this branch of the family tree, should it exist.

And besides – as I said – Helena is still down here in Hell! She’s not giving orders to anybody up there at the moment.

See I think that woman is Olivia Jerome.

I agree I think she has Nicholsas

I always enjoyed her exchanges with Luke. I don’t think she will become a permanent cast member.

She was a cast member for years.

I think it will be fun to see her again. I want my Luke back! I miss him sooo much!

Thrilled that Constance is coming back! Her Helena is a real Cassadine just like Tyler Christopher’s Nikolas and Stephen Nichols Stefan. The current Victor is a joke – he doesn’t have that Cassadine swagger or sophistication. He’s pathetic. The new Spencer isn’t a bad actor but he’s not a true Cassadine either. FV keeps changing GH and it’s ruining the show!

Is Frank perfect? No, but it’s quite a stretch to say he’s “ruining the show”. Ratings are up. Vets have been embedded in front burner storylines. The mob isn’t dominating screen time. Have there been some duds in casting, sure, but many of the newer cast (especially Spencer) are really good actors.

Even Gloria Monty and Wendy Riche kept the show fresh with new characters and storylines. Did they all work, heck no (Monty disastrously introduced the Eckerdt family).

Are the Cassadines as fearful as the 80s/90s version – no. Heck, the Quartermaines are a shadow of their former self, but both families are still part of the canvas 40+ years after they were introduced.

The current Quartermaines are a joke. The only original left is Ned who’s barely seen, and Brook Lynn, though not the original actress. They should never have killed AJ off, they should bring back Dillon and Skye (along with her daughter Lila Rae). Olivia, nuDrew, Michael CORINTHOS, Willow, and now, nauseatingly so, Carly in almost every “Quartermaine” scene is a soap travesty. I cringe every time someone mentions “the Quartermaines” and then we get that group in the scene. The least they could do is have a parlour game called, “Where’s Monica” and then maybe if someone finds her we’d get a scene or two.

Agreed that Dillon (a new recast) needs a to return. Josh Kelly would’ve been great, but instead we get Cody (a newly found Scorpio).

Monica’s screen absence has nothing to with Frank or the writers. Frank brought Leslie Charleson back from the exile created by JFP. If LC was comfortable appearing on camera, we would have seen her over the past year. It was a welcome surprise to hear her voice on the Epiphany tribute episode last week.

If LC is comfortable continuing to do voiceovers, the writers could come up with some creative way to work that in. Long time viewers remember the number of years David Lewis’ Edward was presumed dead and we only had his “ghostly voice” speaking to Lila.

Current Ned is not the ‘original’ either…just fyi. Although far better and more memorable

Rebecca1,
I rather think this poor woman is unwell, incapacitated, hence the phone call only, to Liz at the Epifany’s service. She may be bed- ridden and they just can’t bear to say a final goodbye with explanations, etc. I just read OG Steves’s post after writing this and totally agree, she could barely walk last time she was on screen. If she’s willing to contribute this way, I see nothing wrong with it.

Well said. I agree completely. I’d love to see Tyler and Stephen Nichols come back. Stefan and Nikolas had a great relationship and Stefan and Laura as well. I remember that he was the only Cassadine that helped her while she was held captive by Stavros on Cassadine island.

I think she is great and so many don’t make it to 90. That in itself is worth celebrating.

Her story is getting old. She does not need to come back.

A lot more oldies need to come back they r the ones who made this show what it is today been watching her sence the original cast was Elizabeth Tylor..

I wish her gorgeous late husband John Gavin was coming with her he was so hot!

If anybody can rein in Victor, it’s Hells. Love her to pieces.

What ever it is it will be Good it always fun when Helena returns yes!!!!

How about Helena having a twin sister that was taken away at birth by the mother for protection from the Cassadines

OMG,,isn’t one enough?

please do not bring helena back fulltime…I do not like this cradle robbing woman

June,
Me either! The way she used to fawn all over Luke made me sick. Isn’t her lousy, wicked brother enough?

Violet – I assume you mean Victor, her brother-in-law (not brother). Val was not result of incest.

She’s only back for 2 days, in either new fake-flashbacks, as a ghost or maybe even a hologram (like what Anna & Felicia used on Eileen).

Cassadines never really die. How many time a Cassadine has died and they have the potion to bring them back from the dead.

You might be confusing Cassadines with the DiMeras from Salem. They’re the ones who usually escape from Hell by the use of Dr Rolf’s zombie potion, while the Cassadines usually just freeze the body and thaw it out later.

On the other horn, now that the DiMeras have started using cryogenics, maybe the Cassadines will have to switch to potions after all?

It annoyed the Heaven out of me that they brought back Stavros about 10 years ago, just to kill him off again. RKK plays crazy oh so well. Nicholas Chavez does look like he could be related.

Stavros was a decent psycho villain during RKK’s first run in the early 2000s. His last return, not so much really. ReRon thawed him out, only to make him a complete cartoon.

And they never did explain where exactly Stavros went when he jumped into the “bottomless pit” through the trap door in Helena’s GH sub-basement laboratory…. yet ended up years later as a popsicle on Cassadine Island.

YAY! Constance Towers is incredible as Helena and I wish they’d never killed her off. But I get why some people got sick of her. Soaps have a bad habit of turning their villains into one-note, cartoon, supervillains. But CT & Robin Mattson could’ve made Helena & Heather so much more if the show gave them depth vs using them as nothing more than plot points. With them n other 1 note supervillains Jerry Jacks, Faison, Alex Devane etc half the time their motivations don’t even make sense. And without clear character motivations and motivating emotions, villains aren’t interesting.

I LOVED the Cassadines in the 90s bc of the complicated relationships Helena, Stefan, Alexis & Nik. And Robert Kelker-Kelly was amazing as Stavros but a huge missed opportunity because TPTB made him 1 note and ott too. I loved their feud w the Spencers but had Helena & Stavros were more grounded & had more depth, it would’ve been so much better. And with so many Cassadines on now and her history w Laura, I’d have loved to see Helena’s familial relationships, rivalries and background explored more from a character standpoint. Imagine if she had a major soft spot for great grandson Spencer & step granddaughter Molly. Maybe keeping them on the hook by agreeing to tell her life story for a book Molly’s writing telling the story of the Cassadine family history. They and fans would learn of her traumatic, violent, loveless upbringing and the emotions behind it that turned into who she became, the turning point being Luke & Laura killing Mikkos, the only person in the world to show her love. We’d also see just how deeply she was hurt by Mikkos’ affair w Alexis mother and how Alexis is a living reminder of the most painful, heartbreaking betrayal she ever experienced. And having Stefan & Nik constantly defend and embrace Alexis while rejecting Helena just twists the knife.

Laura, Lesley, Nik, and Alexis would hit the roof at her spending time with them and though Spencer & Molly initially despise her as much as everyone else and know shes dangerous and manipulative, a real genuine relationship forms when Helena sees much of her younger self in both of them, sees them as the hope for the future of the family and really begins to let her guard down. And they become the 1st ppl since Mikkos to understand why she is who she is and the pain motivating her, see her display genuine emotion & humanity. A frenemy,love/hate type of relationship between them & Helena would send shockwaves through the Cassadine & Spencer families. Especially if Helena conceded in certain instances to preserve her relationship w Spencer n Molly such as agreeing to no longer go after or harm Laura & Alexis. Nik, Laura, Alexis & Lesley would see it as a tactic for her to get her hooks into them deeper, going after her guns blazing, joined by Lucky & Lulu which puts Spencer & Molly in the middle and causing them to clash w their families.

That’d be way more interesting and exciting than having her pop up as a ghost to haunt/ threaten since a dead person is not that intimidating. Ghosts on soaps are usually so lame anyway. I’ll take Helena however I can get her but ghosts don’t ever add much and there’s nowhere for the story or character to go. I didn’t care for it w Alan or John Abbott on YR and if TPTB weren’t ready to let the character go, they shouldn’t have killed them to begin with. Soaps are so short-sighted for shows that are endless and ghostly appearances don’t do nearly as much to placate upset fans as TPTB think.

Interesting, but the true Helena wouldn’t see anything in Molly and would be apt to slash her throat just like she did to Natasha’s mother.

The character/actress link I would’ve liked was when Jennifer Bassey joined GH as Quinn (the publisher in the vapid Msn Flanders story). If they had brought her over as Marian Chandler and made her Helena’s sister, it would’ve been quite interesting as Bassey and Towers share a resemblance.

I hope this means Anthony Gary will make a special come back too!!!

Not crazy about her. Don’t care if she comes back.

Great ! She is fantastic !

Love it! Mow let’s get Luke!

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On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

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