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General Hospital Fan Club Weekend

General Hospital Fan Club Weekend
by Michael Fairman

General Hospital logoThis year’s General Hospital Fan Club Weekend was held July 16th- 20th at the Airtel Hotel in Van Nuys, California, a new venue for the biggest gathering of fans dedicated to the mobsters, doctors, nurses, and citizens of Port Charles.

Saturday afternoon, the official General Hospital Fan Club Luncheon was held and it produced quite a turn out from the cast including: Steve Burton (Jason), Laura Wright (Carly), Ingo Rademacher (Jax), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jason Thompson (Patrick) Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Brandon Barash (Johnny) among others. During the fan fest, the attendees got the opportunity to ask questions from the stellar cast. One question in particular for actress/author Carolyn Hennesy stood out. When asked, “What literary works would the best-selling children’s author title some of the Port Charles residents?” Hennesy said, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” for Carly, and “Fear of Flying” for Kate, and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” for Jax, to name a few. The crowd loved Carolyn’s quick-witted responses.

Later, Fan Club President Debbie Morris presented the annual fan club awards given for the actors’ individual achievement, and their popularity with the fan base. And the winners were: Lead Actress: Laura Wright (Carly) Lead Actor: Steve Burton (Jason) Best Couple: Scrubs- Patrick and Robin Supporting Actress: Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) Supporting Actor: Jason Thompson (Patrick) Best Younger Actress: Kirsten Storms (Maxie) Best Younger Actor: Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) Villainess: Constance Towers (Helena) and Favorite New Actress: Lisa LoCicero (Olivia). After receiving their awards and finishing up that part of the program, the actors broke-off for autograph signings for the rest of the afternoon, at different stations throughout the venue.

Many of the stars also had their own individual fan events held throughout the weekend including: Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Bradford Anderson, Sarah Brown (Claudia) plus many more. Megan Ward (Kate) held her very original “Recessionista” brown bag fan event for her “Meganites” fan base. Michael Fairman introduced the actress having been speaking with many of them through his many radio appearances. The group has been concerned for the actress’s lack of airtime. In the middle of Megan’s event, co-star Greg Vaughan (Lucky) made a surprise appearance and announced to the attendees that he and his wife are expecting their second child. Earlier during the GH Fan Club Luncheon Q&A, when asked by a fan, “Who would Megan like to see Kate get romantically involved with?” The actress, said, “Lucky!” and Voila’, the man himself joined her for part of her fan fest and the crowd went crazy with excitement.

Debbie Morris, the GH Fan Club President had this to say about this year’s event. “I was quite happy this being our first year at the new venue. There was a great turn out of the cast. The actors are troupers, they stayed till the end. There were a lot of new fan attendees this year and that is always exciting. When asked about all the different individual soap star events surrounding the weekend, Morris doesn’t’ feel that it takes away from her main event, but enhances it. “We were the pioneers on how these fan weekends are structured, and the other shows followed suit. The great thing about the smaller individual events it gives the actor more time to address their fan bases, which are very vocal and passionate.”

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Maurice Benard (Sonny) was unable to make the GH fan fest because he was working on a feature film. Morris said, “Maurice is one of my biggest supporters. This is only the second year he has not attended the event. The only other time was when he had to be taken to emergency room. But this was also the first time in six years that Ingo Rademacher (Jax) came, and I was thrilled for me and for the fans!”

Make sure to check out On-Air On-Soaps video interview gallery with the stars of GH that were in attendance!

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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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