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General Hospital 60th Anniversary Cast Photo Revealed

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Valentine’s Day marked the highly-anticipated unveiling of General Hospital 60th anniversary cast photo.  While the photo is sprawling, it included all the current cast members and the returning Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine) dressed to the nines.

GH turns 60 on April 1st and to kick-off the celebration, the long-running daytime drama series dropped its milestone cast photo featuring: Genie Francis, Maurice Benard, Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, Nancy Lee Grahn, Rebecca Herbst, Kelly Monaco, Laura Wright, Kirsten Storms, Dominic Zamprogna, Maura West, Chad Duell, Roger Howarth, Donnell Turner, Michael Easton, Eden McCoy, Cynthia Watros, Josh Swickard, Katelyn MacMullen, Sofia Mattsson, Amanda Setton, Brook Kerr, Nicholas Chavez, Avery Kristen Pohl, Cameron Mathison, Charles Shaughnessy, Tajh Bellow, Tanisha Harper, Tabyana Ali, Robert Gossett, Josh Kelly, Gregory Harrison and Evan Hofer.

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In addition, you can check out some behind the scenes moment from the photo shoot in a video package below.

As previously reported plans for the series milestone include a special episodes to air on Wednesday, March 29, honoring the late Sonya Eddy, who played Epiphany Johnson on the series starting in 2006.

Then, the Nurses Ball returns starting the week of April 3rd. This marks the first time the Nurses’ Ball has aired since 2020. The festivities will then continue as icons of Port Charles unite to stop a legendary threat from the past.

So, what do you think of GH’s 60th cast photo? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Great photos!!I can’t help but notice no Alley Mills who has been so fun as Heather Webber?!

That’s right. Love her. Should have Been in pic

Anyone see Esme or Ava?

Only ones I saw missing are Michael Knight (Martin), Bonnie Burroughs (Gladys) and Real Andrews (Taggert).

I’m sadly convinced that Leslie Charleson will no longer appear. It’s been a year since her last episode.

Glad that Jane Elliott was included.

I also noticed she was missing. Great photo but sad she’s unable to be a part.

Where is Wally Kurth? My eyes… is he in the big shot? So no Martin, Cyrus, Gladys, Taggert… what about Kin Shiner??? I understand Leslie Charleson…. and no Lucas (LOL)… they need to recast Lucas with me (GH, I’m available)… what is Brad going to do with Ms Selina? He needs Lucas back on the scene.

Yes, WK is right behind JE. He’s hidden by the arrow to flip through the smaller pictures. As for the others, they’re not contract so they could have other things going on. From other projects, to simply not wanting to drive an hour from their home for a photo shoot!

Wally is right above Jane Elliott. Kin is right above JPS and Finola.

Wally Kurth is there, so is Kin Shriner. Kin is in between Tristan Rodgers, Lynn Herring and Jackie Zeman.

I agree, it’s disappointing about Leslie Charleson. I wish someone in the soap media would ask the show about her or get some information, but I know Leslie is a very private person. If she retired, god bless her, she deserves it. We’d all just like to know officially one way or the other.

That’s who was next to RH. I couldn’t figure it out based on the size of the picture!

Cassandra James(Terry) is on the ladder,Bradford Anderson(Spinelli) is on the right.

love the cast photo everyone looks great, so cool for non contract actors to be included. amazing they got so many people in. obviously not everyone is there, I’m sure they tried to include everyone, and I’m sure some people will complain, But I love it. GH rocks!

Jane Elliot is in the pic, how awesome, I’m sure everyone is gonna ask where is Monica? young Leo, and Martin?

Monica missing is not a surprise, disappointing yes. Martin (and Gladys) are good questions.

The big gathering may have been too much for Leo, as people with ASD often have difficulties with large crowds.

I am soooooo HAPPY beyond words that Carly is front and center stage! ❤️
Sigh. Me thinks I protest too much.

LOL This is the Carly show, after all. I mean, she’s front and center in every storyline, even when it’s not about her.
A certain sector of fans will justify everything she, Michael, Willow, Joss, etc do, but crucify others for the same or far less egregious transgressions. They justify Michael/Willow’s cheating, Joss cheating on Cam with Dex, Carly keeping Nina from her children and grandchildren, etc. However, somehow Chase and Cam were to blame for being cheated on and not “noticing” Willow and Joss didn’t love them anymore. lol While Nina did do horrible things to Carly, Michael and Willow, she’s not the one who goes around town stealing people’s children from them. lol. And, Sonny cheating on Carly with Nina is the worst, while Michael/Willow and Joss/Dex is a-okay according to Carly fans.
I used to love Carly. My favorite Carly was actually Tamara Braun’s. And, I even loved Laura Wright’s Carly for several years too. Now, I find Carly insufferable. And, Joss is just as bad. She’s definitely her mother’s daughter.

Kat —
You said it all—May the soap gods bless you!! Yeees!!❤️

He’s playing a character and that doesn’t mean he’s on the ASD spectrum himself.

Easton Rocket Sweda who(awesomely) plays Leo is on the spectrum (well documented – Google). As he often does, Mark Teschner did a great job casting a child actor.

I had no idea so I stand corrected.

Speaking of child actors, check out little “grown-up” Violet next to Finn in her bare shoulder dress, she’s the ” Cats Meow”!

Violet is just wayyy to precious for my taste.

Love the show

Delighted to see Jane Elliot and I like her navy dress.

Can I buy this photo? Make a poster! I would love it!

Beautiful pic!
Can fans get a copy?

Love it! But does anyone know why Charlotte, Leo, Gladys, Phyllis, or any of the nurses they’re sure to throw out there nearer to the Nurses’ Ball?

The nurses (other than ElIzabeth and RIP Epiphany) are not involved in regular storylines. Heck, Bobbie is there only to prop up Carly. Amy is the only other one who has an opening credit photo on the rare occasion she appears. Felix and Deanna (and the other nameless ones) have been relegated to background or nurses ball participants.

Gone are the days of Jessie, Audrey, Diana, Bobbie, Ann, Georgia, OG Amy and Meg answering phones at the hub. “main desk, Miss Vining”

I am afraid that since Leslie Charleson is absent from the photo bodes that she is seriously ill. So sad as she was such an important character on the show. This is just so sad.

Happy 60th. It’s been a joy to watch since 1966.

Where are Heather, Austin, Olivia, Monica, Martin, Cyrus, Nurse Amy, Nurse Deeana, Taggert, Avery, Donna, Jake and Aiden. I am sure I missed some characters. This picture is incomplete. GH is the best show on Earth. It has been since the Luke/Laura saga with Frank Smith Gang.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Confronts Ava for Sabotaging Her Relationship With Sonny and Signs the Divorce Papers

Looks like Nina (Cynthia Watros) and Ava (Maura West) are back to be each other’s sworn enemy number one. By the end of the Monday, April 22nd episode of General Hospital, the women know where they stand with each other after Nina goes in on Ava accusing her of wanting Sonny (Maurice Benard) all to herself, while her marriage has been on the rocks.

In story, at Nina’s office, Ava shows up to see Nina and says she is sorry about what happened with Sonny and that he reacted the way he did, acknowledging that is was over the top, even for Sonny. Ava says she’ll smooth things over, but Nina says she now understands how manipulative and transparent Ava really is.

Given their horrible history, Nina goes in on Ava and how she should never have trusted her. Nina wants to know how long has Ava had this agenda dating all the way back to telling Nina to turn Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew (Cameron Mathison) into the SEC. Ava says she never told her do to that, but Nina wants to know how long Ava has been playing her for a fool.

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Ava says she moved in with Sonny to keep Avery safe and she wants to be on good terms with Avery’s father, Sonny. Nina thinks she likes being in Sonny’s inner circle. Ava tells Nina if she goes to him about her advising Nina to call the SEC on Carly and Drew, it won’t work.  Sonny still considers Nina a traitor and he will think she’s lying because she’s so desperate to win him back. Ava says if Nina would stop blaming everyone else that maybe Sonny would respect her.  Nina says “like he does you?” Ava says Sonny not only respects her, but he also counts on her.

From there, Ava launches into why she and Sonny understand each other, after all, Sonny is a powerful, turbulent, and sometimes violent man. She goes so far to say if Nina wanted someone to just sit by the fire with and play with their grandchildren, she’s got the wrong guy.  Ava then talks about Mike from Nixon Falls (Sonny with amnesia) and how Sonny hid the darkest parts of himself from Nina back then, whereas with Ava they are the same similar creatures, so he doesn’t have to hide anything.

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Nina wants to know just what Ava wants with Sonny? What is her end game? Ava responds that they understand each other, in ways she can’t with Sonny. Nina tells Ava she can go ahead and have it all and signs Sonny’s divorce papers. Ava walks out with the documents, while Nina in tears at her desk, takes off her wedding rings and has her assistant come in so she can messenger the rings back to Sonny’s address.

The episode and these scenes featured great performances by Cynthia Watros and Maura West. You can check some of the scenes below.

Now, let us know, what is Ava’s next move? Is she going to become Mrs. Sonny Corinthos? Do you like Ava and Nina as enemies? Comment below.

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Ellen Travolta Makes Another Return to General Hospital

If General Hospital’s Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) nuptials are on, you didn’t think Grandma Gloria Cerullo would miss out on the festivities, now did you?

Casting news from Soap Opera Digest reveals that Ellen Travolta is back taping scenes that will air the week of May 13th on the ABC daytime drama series.  When viewers learned that Carmine Cerullo, was also on his way back to Port Charles, now in the face and body of actor George Russo, it only made sense that Grandma Gloria would join Grandpa Cerullo. Look for them both mid-May.

As most people know, Ellen is the older sister to John Travolta. She first make appearances as Gloria back on GH in the mid-90s. Most recently, she returned to the Quartermaine mansion to meet up with daughter, Lois (Rena Sofer) and granddaughter Brook Lynn for Thanksgiving in Port Charles in 2023.  Michael Fairman TV interviewed Rena Sofer and Amanda Setton late last year where they shared what it had been liking working with Ellen, who remains very close to Sofer in real-life.

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Amanda shared: “We fell in love immediately. What’s crazy is my maternal grandmother was Grandma Gloria. I had her till I was 30 and we were so close. She was really like a second mom to me. So, when I got this script and I’m reading “Grandma Gloria”, it was so bizarre. And then in meeting Ellen, she looks like my grandma – same haircut, same high cheekbones. It really did feel like I had a few days with my grandma. It was very, very special for me. Ellen is sweet, prepared, professional, talented and funny to boot. So, it was one of the best weeks I’ve had at work. I hope she comes back. My fingers are crossed.”

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Now, we can’t imagine Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding day to be smooth sailing, in fact, expect just the opposite, but could it be Grandma Gloria who is ultimately the hero or the calming voice of reason for any pre-wedding jitters? Stay tuned.

So, glad to know that Ellen Travolta will be back for Brook Lynn and Chase’s big day? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Meg Bennett via the comment section below.

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