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General Hospital and ABC Partner with amFAR For Upcoming Nurses' Ball!

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General Hospital continues to pull out all the stops for their upcoming 50th anniversary celebration and the Nurses’ Ball gala!  Now according to an official press release today, GH will be using for the first time a non-fictional charity for the return of the beloved Ball that always raised awareness in an amazing show support for those living with HIV, and the global epidemic of AIDS.

The official press release related:  “ABC has joined forces with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, in celebration of  General Hospital’s 50th Anniversary with an exciting storyline integration.  Approaching 50 historic years on ABC on April 1 and to help mark the show’s Golden Anniversary, General Hospital will reprise the immensely popular Nurses Ball, a fictional charity event complete with musical performances from the illustrious citizens of Port Charles dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness. The partnership with amfAR marks the first time that the Nurses Ball will be linked to a non-fictional charity, and helps to continue amfAR’s vastly important mission of raising HIV/AIDS awareness. The inaugural Nurses Ball aired in 1994 and became an annual event until 2001.

General Hospital is proud to be working with amfAR as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary,” said Executive Producer Frank Valentini. “We have pulled out all the stops to make the return of the Nurses Ball an event worth waiting for, and by linking the ball to amfAR we partner in their efforts to raise awareness beyond the town of Port Charles.”

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. amfAR-funded research has increased the understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS.”

What do you think of GH partnering with amFAR for the upcoming presentation of the Nurses’ Ball?  Let us know!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think this is great that they’re doing this. And I don’t believe anything of this nature has been done before, and it’s for a great cause. Proud right now.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

What a great idea! I’m sooo looking forward to The Nurses’ Ball!

jim
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jim

Great to see ABC do something positive for a change. Kinda renews my faith in them. Hope this continues.

jim
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jim

Too bad they couldnt have done a special 2 hour live version of the nurses ball where viewers could call in and make donations to the cause…that would be groundbreaking!

Ces
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Ces

that’s a great idea Jim!!

Patrick
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Patrick

That really is, Jim.

Touching and affecting…. that, GH… continued on with this wonderful awareness.

Patrick
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Patrick

I should say…. that ABC is bringing this storyline back…. after so many years…

and w/your idea… of, perhaps a telethon… live…. in conjunction… or after the nurses’ ball….

it would be bringing this “epidemic” it legs again… and reminding people that it’s affecting so many to this day.

ShannonB
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ShannonB

This is fantastic! There hasn’t been much that abc has done in the last year and a half that I’ve even “liked” but this is a wonderful commitment not only to General Hospital but to a charity and cause that still has a great need. Thank you!

Tali
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Tali

Agreed Shannon! I will watch GH for the nurse’s ball and their 50th Anniversary, now that the OLTL characters have been suspended for a time. Hope to see them back where they belong (can’t wait for OLTL) and enjoy GH as it once was!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

What a wonderful way to not only celebrate this milestone for GH, but hopefully highlight the work of amFAR — who ever came up with the idea deserves a pat on the back and a thank you. HIV and AIDS still exists- progress made yes, but there are still strives to be made– lets hope this teaming up produces some positive awareness for the issue that often gets neglected these days—looking forward to April 1.

Patrick
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Patrick

Eloquent and HEARTfelt.

Thank You Soap’ies: for sharing, a cause that, still, to this day…. needs to be at the forefront….

Where are the red ribbons….

remember when…. on the awards shows.. said actors would acknowledge their support and give relevence to ALL people with hiv – aids.

Thank you ABC/General Hospital/AmFar.

Shelly
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Shelly

This is wonderful. My husband’s cousin died of AIDS 20 years ago. His suffering was intense and shocking. This disease was discovered in my lifetime and I feel like we can cure it in my lifetime.
I love the nurses ball and I can’t wait. I think it’s pretty cool that ABC is using “love in the afternoon” to help put an end to real life human tragedy.

su0000
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su0000

I think it is wonderful !
ABC/ GH and its’ Peoples have been doing a great job..

Can’t blame all of ABC for Frons’s stupidity/ignorance.. .lol ..

Ces
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Ces

I think this is a great idea for the show. IGlad to see ABC & GH doing this! Looking forward to the Nurses Ball.

jim
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jim

I want to thank you 4 the reply you made to me on what i said about how they shouldve have done a live version of the nurses ball and had it so viewers could call in to make donations to amFar. Had they made it more like a Jerry Lewis telethon i feel it could have been something even much bigger and a yearly event. It would also remind people aids is still out there and that their donations was going to a worthy cause. This would have been the most groundbreaking thing a soap could have done! Had… Read more »

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Jim,

I haven’t agreed with you on much, but if the Nurse’s Ball is successful, and GH gets the renewal it deserves-you never know what might happen. Anytime soaps fulfill their unspoken social contract with fans-it’s a good thing. Congrats to amFAR and GH

Ces
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Ces

I think GH & ABC should hire you Jim 🙂 Yep, too bad you didn’t know about AmFar before they already filmed the Nurse’s Ball; that would have been very different for a daytime show to do and who better than GH to pull it off?! Hopefully they get some donations by putting a scroll at the bottom of the show to TEXT a $5 donation like the Red Cross does. AIDS is still out there and still needs attention.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Yes a live version would have been groundbreaking, yet honor soaps beginnings when all soaps were live to air. But I would hope if they are teaming up there will be info given during the broadcast on how viewers can donate to the cause- it might not be as interesting as your idea, but awareness is awareness and fusing fiction with reality like that was an inspired idea- I wish them success for this venture.

Rodd
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Rodd

Wonderful and forward thinking! Great job to all involved!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Fantastic!

MK
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MK

This is not the first time they have raised money for aids research. They used to sell nurses Ball T-shirts and allot to various AIDS charities, This may be the first time they actually partner with a specific charity.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Nice idea. Congratulations, General Hospital and amFAR!

Ellen
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Ellen

I have Nurses Ball T-shirts (never worn) from years ago…would ABC be interested in having them ?

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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