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General Hospital Alum Anne Jeffreys Dead At 94

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On Thursday, news broke first via KABC Los Angeles entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, that TV, Film, and theatre actress Anne Jeffreys died at the age of 94.

Jeffreys was very well-known to General Hospital fans for her 20 years of playing wealthy socialite, Amanda Barrington beginning in  1984, with her final appearance on the daytime drama was in 2004.

It was revealed in 2013, that Amanda had died off-screen.  Jeffreys also appeared on GH’s spin-off, Port Charles.

In addition, Anne is most remembered to primetime TV audiences co-starring with her husband Robert Sterling, in the romantic ghostly comedy, Topper from 1953-1955 on CBS.

The talented actress also had a career in the theatre singing Tosca at the Brooklyln Opera House, and appearing in the show My Romance on Broadway, and Kiss Me Kate in both Los Angeles and New York in the 40’s,

GH’s longtime enduring star, Jackie Zeman took to Twitter after hearing the news of her former castmates passing, expressing:  “God Bless the beautiful + talented #AnneJeffreys RIP We will always remember you with love + appreciation #GH @GeneralHospital

So, do you remember Anne Jeffreys at Amanda Barrington on GH? Share your remembrances in the comment section below.

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Karen
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Karen

Amanda B was a beautiful socialite. Loved her. She lived a long beautiful life. REST IN PEACE

Victoria Okorn
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Victoria Okorn

I so remember Ann Jeffries from “Topper” when I was a kid. And was so happy to see her as Amanda Barrington on GH. She had that wonderful special quality of grace and sophistication that I’ve always admired. God speed Ms Jeffries.

Jimh
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Jimh

I liked her…we really dont get the snobby socialite on soaps anymore or the meddlesome Aunt Liz like on Another World…i do like the meddlesome Aunt Stella on GH…p mention her passing on a different headline but i see it wasnt printed!!!

Jovin
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Jovin

I loved Aunt Liz!!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Irene Daily…was the best…she also played Killer Pamela Stewart on Edge Of Night!!!

Jovin
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Jovin

Or Phoebe from AMC!! Lol. Those loony ladies provided lots of laughs!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Phoebe and Langley…miss them!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Monte Hall-Legendary Game Shoe host for ‘Let’s Make A Deal” has died at age 96…R.I.P.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Loved the Kirbys on Topper and Neal the St. Bernard!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Back in the day, I just loved her as Marion Kerby on Topper and was so excited when she came to GH.
Thank you Ms. Jeffreys for years of wonderful entertainment. RIP.

Shay
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Shay

What a lovely lady and actress! Pure class and glamour until the very end! Even into her 90’s, Miss Jeffreys always left an impeccable and effortlessly stylish impression upon her public…her quite youthful beauty and ageless grace were utterly amazing! Professionally speaking, I never failed to enjoy her memorable appearances as Amanda Barrington on GH and elsewhere in primetime. To say her kind of soigne’, sophisticated soap star is a vanishing breed is a true understatement, and a very sad one at that. She will cetainly be missed, but surely never forgotten!

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nancy dillingham

A grande dame!

Maca
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Maca

She was so glamorous off and onscreen!

Charday
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Charday

She was beautiful and total class. RIP.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Classy lady! I recall her on GH as Amanda and the actor/character added a lot to the daily storytelling. Glamour, some class conflict, some humor. Applause applause!

JMER
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JMER

I remember her distinctively on GH in the 80s rubbing shoulders with the Qs, in hospital board of directors’ meetings, and with son Derek. but didn’t realize she was on the show for twenty years. I miss the days when GH was able to get an actress of her experience as a supporting player on the show.

Steve
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Amanda was the epitome of class, although she did dally with Leo at Lorena’s spa back in 80’s 🙂

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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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