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General Hospital Co-Stars & Colleagues Share Sentiments Following Jackie Zeman’s ‘Celebration of Life’ Service

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On Sunday, July 30th, loved ones, friends and colleagues gathered to remember General Hospital’s iconic, Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer) at a celebration of life service in Malibu, California.

Sadly, Jackie passed away back in May after a short battle with cancer at the age of 70.  Zeman had played the role of Bobbie on General Hospital since 1977.  Her passing stunned the soap opera community and her colleagues.

Taking to social media immediately following attending and experiencing Jackie’s beautiful service, to pay their respects and share in their grief were the following:

Sarah Joy Brown (ex-Carly and ex-Claudia, GH) expressed on Threads: “I’ll never forget her laugh, her creativity and those full body bear-hugs. Her daughters and family put together a gorgeous remembrance of her life.  Loved meeting so many of her friends and catching up with her loved ones. I’ll always be grateful to have been a part of her legacy. To a life well lived, rest in peace, Momma Z. I know she’ll be checking in on us”

Wendy Riche (ex-executive producer, GH) shared: “An Angel here on earth who brought joy &hope & faith & love to all of us every day. her generous spirit lifted me up, made me a better human. Her laughter was infectious her joy contagious and her love profound .I miss you my friend, I will love you for always.”

Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH) said, “Just left Jackie Z’s celebration of life. What a marvelous “good bye”. This was a tremendous expression of the effect she’d had on people’s lives. I will truly miss her presence.”

Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) shared: “A packed house today in Malibu for Jackie as I said on stage so lucky to have been apart of her life ..I miss her so much !!I I toast her in her home town !!!”

Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin, GH) shared: “Jackie Z. Went to the beautiful service today celebrating her life. What an angel. What a life.”

Parry Shen (Brad, GH) stated: “Cassidy and Lacey were so poised and eloquent. Hope you felt the love today.”

Michele Val Jean (ex-writer, GH) expressed: “We celebrated this beautiful soul today. Godspeed, my friend. I will carry you always.”

Gregori J. Martin (Creator and EP, The Bay) said, “Beautiful celebration for an amazing woman. Forever in our hearts.”

Hard to believe it’s been a few months since we lost our Jackie.  Share your thoughts on the sentiments shared by those who loved and worked with her via the comment section below.


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Did Anthony Geary attend the celebration of life?

As he lives in Amsterdam, it’s not likely he flew in for it.

He did issue a touching statement after JZ passed.

im sure he did go but he’s not on socials so we wont hear directly from him, only if someone says “yup Tony was there too” or something to acknowledge his presence there.

Jackie Zeman and Andrea Evans were two icons of abc daytime I just can’t believe they are gone. I’m glad Jackie had a nice service to remember her.

It very sad. We are losing far too many of all the soaps “golden age” actors.

What can anyone say but quote Days’s opening line.. “like sand thru the hour glass”

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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General Hospital’s John J. York Reveals Potential Transplant Donor: “I Believe They Found a Match”

Promising news for General Hospital’s John J. York (Mac Scorpio). The actor who went public with his health battle shared Friday on Good Morning America that a life-saving blood stem cell transplant donor may have been located.

An emotional York told GMA, “I believe they found a match, perfect match, which will make me cry.  So we’re going to start our testing and do all that kind of stuff coming up here in about a week, and then I believe the transplant will happen, fingers crossed, in November.”

Through his association with the Be The Match organization, York located the now potential donor to help in his fight against myelodysplastic syndrome and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders. “

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York went on to explain the difficulties he faced in trying to find a match: “Many of my family members were tested and most of them were 6 out of 12; apparently there’s markers that have to be reached. So they were on standby.”

When asked just what the GH fan favorite would want to say if given the opportunity to speak to the donor that appears to be a match, in tears, John expressed: “Thank you for saving my life. For letting me spend more time with my wife and my daughter and my son-in-law and my grandchildren and seeing this beautiful blue sky.”

John has played Mac Scorpio for 32 years and until recently had kept his battle with these two blood cancers private, but came forward to clarify why he is taking time away from GH, and how he is been trying to find a life-saving donor match.

Watch York’s segment from GMA below.

Now, share your thoughts and well-wishes as John awaits the test results from his potential donor, to hopefully undergo this life-saving transplant in November via the comment section.

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Jacqueline Grace Lopez Returns to General Hospital

Never count out Brook Lynn Quartermaine (Amanda Setton)! After her termination at Deception, and following her grandmother Tracy Quartermaine’s (Jane Elliot) blackmailing scheme, BLQ is set to bounce back.

How will she do it? Now comes word from Soap Opera Digest that Brook Lynn will once again go back into the music business when Blaze hires her to be her manager.  This will bring actress and singer, Jacqueline Grace Lopez back to General Hospital to reprise her role as Blaze.

The last time viewers saw Blaze was back on the April 17th episode of GH, when Blaze surprised Chase (Josh Swickard) by turning up to speak on his behalf in front of the PCPD review committee.  Throughout her initial run as the character, Blaze was tormented by that creep of a manager, Linc.  She also became good friends with Chase when they sang together on multiple occasions, and revealed her real name was actually, Allison.

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This will mark Lopez’s third time on GH, the first in a brief role as a babysitter in 2015/2016, her last run as Blaze, and now her return.

Lopez shared her excitement on her return with SOD, and that her first scenes back are with Kate Mansi (Kristina) and Amanda Setton Lopez expressed, “I’m really looking forward to working with them more and getting to learn more about Blaze.”

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Just how long Jacqueline’s stay on GH will be this time remains to be seen, but the show is looking at exploring more about the character of Blaze.

Looking forward to having Jacqueline back on the canvas and on your screens as Blaze? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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