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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Learns Nikolas' Fate & Genie Francis Reminds Us All Why She Is An Icon!

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The Friday cliffhanger of ABC’s General Hospital was a doozy!

And at the epicenter of it was a several minute performance by daytime treasure Genie Francis (Laura) who unleashed a gut-wrenching turn upon Laura learning from Ava (Maura West, who was also excellent in this episode) that her son Nikolas (then Nick Stabille) was shot by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and fell off the balcony to his “death”.

Once Valentin follows Ava downstairs, after she tried to seduce him and knock him out, Laura has some choice words for him while her world is rocked to the core learning Nikolas is “dead”! She spews at Valentin: “You say you hate the Cassadine’s because they wouldn’t acknowledge you, but look at you! You are just like them.  Mikkos would be proud.  My son wasn’t.  He was different.  He was a good man.  He would have welcomed you into his family with open arms, but you didn’t want that.  You didnt’ want it, did you? You didn’t give a damn about a family!  You want blood …  you want power … you want money …  and you took my son!  I will never cooperate with you!  Never, never! You took my son damn you, and you might as well kill me too!  I will never cooperate with you.  Never, never!”

Valentin calmly tells Laura, “I think maybe you want a demostratation of what happens when you don’t cooperate with me.  So, I hope you enjoy joining your son.”  As Valentin aims his gun at Laura, wouldn’t you know! Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) steps in and pushes Laura out of the way and takes a bullet.  As the episode fades to black, Laura is shocked to see Kevin has been shot! Genie Francis reminded us all in those moments of the power of her performances when given material worthy of her talents.  GH fans have patiently waited for Laura to have some major story, and it looks like this may give this Daytime Emmy winner some material to seek her teeth into.

Also in this episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) caught Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) and Parker (Ashley Jones) making out in the hallway of the hotel.  He looks shocked too! What will happen when he confronts Kristina?  Meanwhile, poor Lulu (kudos to Emme Rylan for having to recite those directions multiple times within the Cassadine Compound.  We couldn’t haven’t memorized that!) ends up in a maze of sorts and trips upon a skeleton of a body.  Who’s is it?

Best line of the episode has to go to Ava as played by Maura West when she said to Valentin: “I understand vendettas, just Google me.”

So, what did you think of the performance of Genie Francis as Laura unloads on Valentin for killing Nikolas? Did you enjoy the performance of Maura West?  Are you glad Parker and Kristina finally hooked up?  Will Sonny try to understand his daughter’s sexuality? And, will Lulu get more than she bargained for trying to escape?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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jeremy
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jeremy

Awesome Episode!!

Kate Fucile
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Kate Fucile

Todays episode was the best cliffhanger anyone could ask for. Christina is in big trouble with Sonny. Nurse Webber accepted Francos request for a date. I like them as a couple! Carlos’s brother is here and will he become a long time visitor to Port Charles? Will Robert Scorpio be Annas surprise? I sure hope so! Who will try to kill Julian or is he gonna survive all his haters? Can’t wait for Mondays episode.

Michael
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Michael

I don’t know, Kate, about Robert Scorpio, because I recently read that Tristan Rogers is returning to The Young and the Restless, as Colin Atkinson, Jill’s (Jess Walton) husband, in late-August. Unless he will be appearing on both GH and Y&R, which they didn’t say!

Timmm
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Timmm

As Mr. Fairman stated, look at what Genie can do with proper material! Us fans have waited over a year to see her shine! Co-credit goes to Kevin Collins. He was spectacular! Ava was great, something finally stopped Sonny in his tracks and Lulu looks to have stumbled onto a female corpse? Great cliffhangers FINALLY!

Jamie
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Jamie

Sing it! I am so sick of TPTB wasting her talent!

Timmm
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Timmm

Looks like the corpse is Luke’s BUT its just Helena playing mind games!

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Yes! Genie Francis was wonderful today. I loved seeing her in action. Long live GH!

Celia
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Celia

Agreed. I love Genie. She really put her acting cap on. Amazing performance.
One question. Why did she not break down over Nik’s death the first time? She was as cool as a cucumber.
The writers did Laura a disservice. And, I do not care that it was to show good face for Spencer’s sake. A mother needs to be pretty indifferent or stoic to muster that kind of will power. The emotions are too overwhelming not to lose it…..that’s all.

su0000
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su0000

Awwww poor me 🙁
I see Laura a newbie lol .. So, I can’t get excited over her..
I am waiting to see the devil himself (Valentin) bring his destruction and open the gate to hell !!
((he is billed as the worst of the worst bad guys, so am waiting!))

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Good point. I hadn’t really thought about that.

Sonya
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Sonya

Laura didn’t give that type of performance the 1st time that Nik “died” was because it was never a certainty that he was really dead.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

CeeCee..that’s the EXACT thoughts I had regarding Laura’s meltdown…why didn’t she react the first time. I, too, tried to rationalize the calm demeanor…being strong for Spencer…perhaps she wouldn’t let herself believe it because it wasn’t conclusive…but STILL…a mother….Same with Lulu, she was sad…but no big reaction. And Into still keep saying no one told Alexis that her favorite nephew was presumed dead? This was what I wrote on another post…the fantastical stories that aren’t supposed to be realistic…vampires, people back from the dead, ghosts, masks, scary mansions and evil arch enemies…I love them all because they have a built-in “poetic… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@ Mister Media.
Well, Mr M, I thought it was weird. The only thing I can think of is that the writers knew what was to come: that is, Nik being killed a second time and the viewer would not appreciate her pain if acted more than once.
Yet, it just goes against nature.

Celia
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Celia

@Rebecca 1. Exactly. I love a good dramatic, fantastical soap. At the same time; I love just a spec of reality shoved in there once in a while. As I wrote to Mr. M, it is possible that the writers wanted to put the emphasis on this ‘time around’. Does it mean that Nik is really dead this time? I truly love Genie Francis and her ‘jaw-dropping’ performance……but, let me tell ya…..no one beats Maura West. The line (in the intro) is soooo typically Ava, ‘Dahling’…LOL. This woman just attracts, captivates and mesmerizes her audience. I can’t think of anyone… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Sonya. I am not so sure about that, Sonya, albeit you may have a point. From my perspective, even IF there were no body; even IF there were uncertainty of Nik’s whereabout; or what happened to him…..that is secondary to the pain and worry a mother experiences. There was no trepidation, except widening of the eyes. I don’t even remember seeing a single tear on Laura’s face. How does a mother do that? I’d have no hair left on my head. LOL. Maybe Laura is emotionally stronger than the average mother. But, she did do her thing this time…and how!!… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Celia, I wondered the same thing about Laura’s lack of reaction the first time. But I think I remember that something about not finding the body right away made her suspicious, along with Spencer’s odd reaction. She also never believed Jason killed Nikolas; too bad that idiot Jordan can’t seem to get THAT message.

Lj
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Lj

They weren’t sure if Nic was dead or just missing the first time.

Timmm
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Timmm

Laura’s reaction was different this time because A: she heard a gun go off and B: Valentin is there live in person and Laura believes he is evil and would kill.

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm.
Hey, Timmmy,
You are saying that there was hope the first time, albeit there was no body. Yet, that fact would have made me even more worried….not knowing is worse.
Yeah, I suppose the gunshot made it more real and tangible for Laura, Timmmy. I, also, realize she knows how sadistic and rotten to the core, Valentin is. But, my point is that Laura showed no emotion whatsoever. He son disappeared and she didn’t lose one iota of her ‘cool’?
That’s weird to me.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….Why was Laura “cool as cucumber?” Because that’s just the way she often is….you have to remember this woman has already been there/done that so often in her life…..she’s repeatedly stared down the baddest of the bad—thus far—in Frank Smith, Mikkos Cassadine, and his awful spawn, Stavros, not to mention, Helena….and others! She’s had over thirty years’ worth of experience with psychotic criminals, save for the portion spent inside her own mind in a sanitarium! I found her “grace under pressure, dead calm” exterior fully consistent with the Laura I’ve known and loved. Beyond that consideration, Genie has never been… Read more »

j9
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j9

She sure out-acted all those lame kids on the show still in Port Charles!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

j9: You must be referring to Aaron, among others. That guy makes high school drama classes seem like the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Osgood Fielding lll
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Osgood Fielding lll

SUOO–Genie is not a newbie. Just because you say something over and over does not make it true. Yes, Genie Frances gave us an emotionally, guttural performance. I had the same reaction as some of you. Why did Laura respond in such a matter-of-fact manner the first time she heard of her son’s death? And on another note, clearly, Nikolas is faking his death yet again. My God, I am tired of Nikolas playing dead. Can’t this old dog learn a new trick? GH has been providing some good old fashioned soapy escapism as of late. However, I do wish… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

hi Osgood Fielding lll.. Laura is a newbie – to me – so yes, it is true, for me. I didn’t see her until her stint now on GH, so yah, a newbie to me. 0ooh wait, I saw the actress on Y&R doing nothing, but that was a short while. As for Jenie’s acting she is good.. I see Mara West as better .. I believe Nikolas is shot and we will next see him in a hospital and Nikolas will rise from the dead again as Tyler/Nikolas.. Bad guys shoot people lol .. in all tv, movies, and… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I am finally glad to see the talents of Genie Francis being used! This is going to bring out the Laura we’ve all been dying to see for years: a strong, more driven Laura!

Ellen
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Ellen

I love Genie and I hope that she gets the well written story lines that she deserves.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes,redux!

Nancy
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Nancy

There are truly not enough words for how incredibly talented and beautiful Genie is! She is soap royalty and shouldn’t have had to wait this long to be given her rightful place back on GH. One thing is for sure – her fans are extremely devoted to her and expect to see her far more often. Her emotional depth still slays me – young actresses ought to sit at her feet to learn from her. Amazing, amazing woman!!! Love her!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, Nancy! No histrionics or actress “tricks” like hiding your face and such. Just raw, honest emotion mixed with a mother’s natural, fierce anger. An entire acting lesson in one scene! BRAVA, GENIE!

Lj
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Lj

Yes!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You’re speaking my language!

Rose
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Rose

It was a Wow episode. Move over Tony G, Genie finally got to show her stuff. And Ava…what a great “seductress.” Loved her scenes with Valentin…great lines, and at times so funny. Still not sure that version of Nicholas is dead. Has he had nine lives yet? And I guess you never know what you might find in the tunnels. But while I was looking forward to a new, “evil” Cassadine, I’m not liking how trigger happy the Valentin character is.

Terri
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Terri

The women ruled the day on GH and Genie was AMAZING I have never seen anyone better! Finally Genie is getting a real storyline that she can soar with and Maura West is a treasure.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Rose…and LOL.
Trigger happy? Isn’t that the point? ‘Baddest’ of the bad….Leroy Brown.

Rose
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Rose

Celia…re: Valentin being trigger happy…baddest guy I guess with good reason. It just seemed I got used to other Cassadin’s , especially Helena, “stretching” it out more to inflict maximum mental hurt on the victims.

Timmm
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Timmm

LB is from Chicago and that is a war zone!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Rose…I think this is what makes Valentin interesting. He has a very calm demeanor and then shoots to kill without blinking…like a true psychopath. Stavros, with his over- the -top craziness, was an obvious madman. Franco ( James Franco’s version, was very overtly mad/insane as well, albeit brilliant,) I personally loved seeing their craziness on full display…thought it was fun. But this guy is compelling in a different way because he is so seemingly measured and even-tempered. I don’t think being left out ogpf the family fortune is a good reason to go on a killing spree…did I misinterpret you?

rose
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rose

Rebecca…I’m not crazy about the crazies, and am not a great fan of James Franco except in the first Spiderman. Almost had to FF his time on GH. I guess what I’m trying to say, I prefer watching Helena’s more “elegant” style of getting her vendettas and revenges. I thought her will was a classic example of this. Valentin is more of a slam-bang kinda guy in comparison, a least for to me. But none the less an interesting character who I hope provides good storylines.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Rose…as said I thought James Franco’s insanity was fun…but yes, Helena was (is? Time will tell..deliciously evil.) Used to love her cat and mouse with Luke, her menacing sneer at Alexis…now I’m feeling nostalgic! 🙂

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes,move WAY over TG–then perhaps you’ll fade from sight or memory–which is ok with me–more than ok; you sabotaged and maligned the greatest love story of soaps–and beat down Genie in the progess. Shame! Shame! But Genie has endured–like Faulkner’s character Dilsey. LOL!

Babulator
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Babulator

Genie Francis conducted a Master Class in soap acting today. Watch and learn from the best!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Shouldn’t that performance get her an Emmy nod? Methinks it should. 🙂

Marie
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Marie

Mr. Fairman said it best: “Genie Francis reminded us all in those moments of the power of her performances when given material worthy of her talents.”

randy
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randy

as i watched it i said to my partner this is why they pay her the big bucks,,,i had chills seeing the treasured talent ooze out of this daytime icon..written for a power house actress the scene was electric,,,it felt like a true soap opera moment which in my opinion has been missing for some time from our daytime serials…so bravo genie for proving to everyone you are worth every penny you demand…i think its such sweet justice that jill pharon phelps who canned genies ass from young and restless the minute she arrived is now in the unemployment line… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Something is going on with Tony he had always lived and respected GF something is off with him I think I know what it is but not going to go there

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, “Tony Geary who”? Now he has got his wish–he can fade into anonymity and we former fans can forget how he damaged our L and L love story irreparably.

Patrick
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Patrick

James Patrick Stuart is a masterclass ACT

as – well – as oozing in sensual

I have not liked that Valentin Cassadine… is written in a corner as it were ?

is his shelf life limited ? I HOPE NOT

I like his ode to moustache … he has the complete mesmerize going

Joel
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Joel

Genie Francis is simply the best actress in daytime! Since returning to GH and FINALLY being signed to a contract, it looked like the writers were finally giving her the credit she so deserved, but Laura languished on the sidelines propping up other’s stories… until now. I love that they’re giving her a love interest in Kevin (please don’t let Valentin’s bullet take him!) and showing her acting chops as a strong, female lead. Today should only be the beginning. Laura deserves to be strong, as we know she can be… no more playing the victim! More and more Laura,… Read more »

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I totally agree. Laura definitely needs to be more front and center, and I to hope Kevin survives so she can lean on him and “mourn” her son. Genie is a much needed asset to the show and I hope the powers that be recognize that and take advantage of this talented actress. Maybe if we’re lucky, they can find Denise Alexander for a couple of mother daughter scenes. I’m just sayin’…

Joel
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Joel

I agree about Denise Alexander coming back as Lesley. Since Genie returned this last time, Lesley hasn’t been seen, and I always thought Genie requested that Denise be asked back when she came on because Laura and Lesley’ s relationship as mother and daughter is so important. Hopefully we’ll see her soon.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hear my echo–“More Laura, pease”!

Michael
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Michael

Genie Francis was wonderful, as always. As for Nikolas, I don’t believe he is dead. I really don’t believe Helena is dead, either. The evil, vicious old witch has come back so many times in the past, so why not again. This is just a theory of mine, but could it be that Nick Stabile has completed his temporary run as Nikolas, which began on Friday, June 17th, and that is why he was shot and fell over the balcony, and that he isn’t dead, and when we see Nikolas again, Tyler Christopher will return to the role?! Molly Burnett’s… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Great post Michael. Yes, others agree with you about Hayden and Liz being sisters, should be interesting/fun if they are! Thanks for the info on William Devry and Robin Riker. Didn’t know that. As long as soaps are on the air these actors never gave to say goodbye for long it seems. A community unto itself. Nice for soap viewers too when they pop up again!

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m not holding my breath and have averse reaction

is this nothing more than propping and solidifying Hayden character and the actor… to “change” the history of the Webber family?

the “rivalry” and or their characters interaction… are always on

it just seems easier to keep the status quo as is

adversarial… they do not have to be related

Michael
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Michael

Thank you, Rebecca. I do love sharing trivia about the soap opera actors/actresses, etc. I read that when Robin Riker took the role of Naomi Dreyfus on GH, she already had a summer vacation planned. Therefore, we’ll only see Naomi here and there during this summer. I would assume that once the summer is over, Naomi will then appear more often. I also read that Naomi’s arrival in Port Charles is going to change many loved, so it will be very interesting to see how this will all play out. As for Griffin, we all know by now that he… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

The sisters thing, Michael, was crystal clear to me from the word, “MOTHER??”.
And, there are many of us who believe Helena is still alive….in a spectral manner.
Nik? I agree; I doubt he’s dead. The falling out of the window twice symbolizes something. What? I am not sure, at this point. The Phoenix rising? Will Nik, reborn, be the continuing bond of the demonic Cassadine heritage? Forever forged in blood?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Lol CeeCee…I heard “dadadadaaaaaaa” music when I read your post just now!

Michael
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Michael

Absolutely, Celia! Nikolas can’t be dead. He’s too important a character. I would not be a bit surprised if Helena just turns up alive, when we least expect it. Now, this Valentin Cassadine is all we need. Another crazy Cassadine. I have read that Helena quakes in her boots, at the very mention of Valentin’s name, so if she is alive, Valentin would more than likely, keep Helena in line, which I’m all for. Valentin did say that he doesn’t care about Helena. Well, Celia, time will tell. Thank you, and be well!

Celia
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Celia

@Michael.
Thank you, Michael. I always enjoy your comments.
You know, there is a good possibility Valentin is holding Helena prisoner down in the ‘catacombs’; dungeon; tunnels…whatever.
As I mentioned before, the waters surrounding the Cassadine castle connect to pier 54. All these hostages need to do is find the vortex. LOL.
Helena would be held in a cell-like cave guarded by Cerberus.
Lulu will come face to face with both. Oh, my!!!! Wouldn’t that be a plot twist!!
You be well yourself, Michael.

Michael
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Michael

Celia, I really think you’re going to be absolutely right about Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) holding Helena (Constance Towers) hostage, and Lulu (Emme Rylan) will stumble onto something down there. Thank you for saying you always enjoy my comments. So very nice of you. Likewise for me. As you know, the very beautiful, late, great, Eluzabeth Taylor, originated the role of Helena Cassadine in 1981, cursed Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) at their November 1981 wedding, and Luke and Laura have been going through hell ever since. I can’t believe that this Wednesday, July 27th will be one… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Celia, I just forgot to mention, that between Elizabeth Taylor and Constance Towers, the role of Helena Cassadine was also played for a short time, by Dmitra Arliss.

Timmm
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Timmm

Hopefully he fell on top of Sabrina!

Celia
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Celia

@Michael Hi, Michael. You’re such a nice man, sir. No, I did not know Liz Taylor was Helena number 1. Then again, I am not very “educated” in GH history….just bits and pieces. The basics. I know that Ms Towers is married to John Gavin. I watch old movies with my grandmother….she told me that. She started watching GH when I did….a little over two years ago. Unfortunately, GH was not in her ‘repertoire’ of soaps, back in the day. She mostly watched DOOL, ANOTHER WORLD ( her favorite), AMC, OLTL, and SOMERSET. My mother only watched Y&R, time permitting.… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Celia, thank you so much for saying you think I’m nice. That is a very nice compliment from a very nice lady, which you certainly are. Yes, I know that Constance Towers is married to actor John Gavin. Yes, Elizabeth Taylor played Helena originally, followed years later, by Dmitra Arliss and Constance Towers. Constance Towers, years ago, played sweet Clarissa McCandless on the CBS-TV political soap opera, Capitol, which ran from 1982-1987, and was replaced by The Bold and the Beautiful, the sister-show of The Young and the Restless. In addition to GH, I watch Y&R and B&B, and I… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Michael.
Wow!!!!, Michael….what an impressive account of ‘all things’ soaps. You have some memory. Sometimes, I can’t remember what day it is!! LOL.
My grandmother still bemoans ANOTHER WORLD to this day!!
Thank you so much for that, Michael. Later.

Shay
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Shay

Hey there, CeeCee….I told you months ago that “LaLiz” originated the role of Helena when we first showered Constance Towers with praise for her present-day portrayal of the “Ice Queen!” We ended up having a very lengthy discussion regarding Miss Towers’ successful and varied career as both an actress and singer on stage and film, plus her long marriage to the multi-talented John Gavin. I also recall mentioning her polar-opposite “Clarissa McCandless” character on “Capitol.” By the way, speaking of Elizabeth Taylor’s take on Helena, I just spoke of it on the most recent “Valentin” thread when we broached the… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I hear what you’re saying too Patrick. As long as Liz is still a Weber…did we ever know who her mother is? I don’t remember…

Celia
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Celia

Hilarious!!

Michael
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Michael

No, Rebecca! I don’t believe it was ever mentioned who Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) mother is! All we’ve known all along is that Elizabeth’s father is Dr. Jeff Webber, played by Richard Dean Anderson, from 1976-1981, her brother is Dr. Steven Webber, played last by Scott Reeves, whose mother is Heather Grant Webber, played by Georganne LaPiere (the real-life sister of Cher), Mary O’Brien, Christina Hart and Robin Mattson, who has played Heather the longest, and her sister is Dr. Sarah Webber, played years ago by Jennifer Sky and Sarah Laine. It’s possible that Jeff’s present wife, whomever she is, adopted… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Michael..I didn’t know Cher’s sister originated the role of Heather. After reading your comment I googled her and read an interview she did in 2013. She expressed regret about leaving GH, said she got bad advice from her manager, had a blast on the show, was hurt that she wasn’t asked back for the 25th or 50th anniversary. Said she loved working with Richard Dean Anderson (ceeCee, you should google him from the 70s I think? He was tres beau!) and though she admires Robin Matteson…hopes she’ll get tired of playing Heather so that ABC might ask her to reprise… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

You’re welcome Michael. It’s such a little soap “society” we have here. Funny, all the history, etc…we probably know more about these fictitious characters than many in our own family tree! Hmmm…have to work on that….;)

Summer vacation. Finola Hughes will be gone too. That’s the upside of having a big cast. There’s always something, someone to keep the stories going… 🙂

Michael
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Michael

Rebecca, I just forgot to mention that Camilla Moore, who played Anna Devane on General Hospital, from late 1991 to 1992, has a twin sister in real-life. I believe both of them appeared on Days of Our Lives, although I’m not certain whether it was before or after GH!

Michael
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Michael

Rebecca, I read that very same interview that Georganne LaPiere gave, and I know she regretted leaving GH. I didn’t actually see her as Heather when she originally aired, which, I believe, was from 1976-1977. I saw her a number of months ago in a classic clip from GH, when Georganne was originally on the show. She was a patient at GH, and Nurse Jessie Brewer, played by the late Emily McLaughlin, was in this scene with Georganne. Also, when Emily McLaughlin was out sick in 1977, the late Aneta Corsaut, of The Andy Griffith Show, filled in as Jessie… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Rebecca, I forgot to mention that Julie Mannix and producer Frank Von Zerneck are the parents of Danielle Von Zerneck, who played a character named Lou, on GH, who was friends with Blackie Parrish (John Stamos) and Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner) in the mid-1980s. She was only on GH for a short time. Lou was killed when she fell and hit her head in Kelly’s Diner. Frisco, as you may know is the biological father of Maxie Jones on the show, and Maxie’s biological mother is Felicia Jones, played by Kristina Wagner, who is married to Jack Wagner in real-life!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Ok Michael…now you’re scaring me! Lol…you’re memory and/or knowledge is phenomenal!

Michael
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Michael

Thank you, Rebecca, for the very nice compliment about my memory/knowledge. So very kind of you. My late parents used to say that people were always amazed by what I remember. I don’t do this purposely. Things just stick in my mind. Not to praise myself, because I never do, but dad used to call me “the walking computer,” or “the human computer,” because of my memory. LOL! I didn’t mean to “scare” you, Rebecca. LOL! I hope I’m forgiven! LOL!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Like someone said, “a real soap moment.” Genie deserves all the accolades that have NOT come her way. “And the winner is . . . .” 🙂

Shay
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Shay

@Michael….What a pleasure to read the vivid recollections of someone with whom I share some (but not all) of those wonderful soap memories from decades past! Oh, where to begin? Well, “Capitol” was a “capital” soap! Very apropos for its time during the Reagan administration! I loved its glossy premise and sophisticated characters like Sloane, Trey, Myrna, Jarrett Morgan and so many others! (How could one not enjoy a show with a Gothic loony such as Julie Adams’ Paula Denning, that harpsichord-playing “agoraphobia-faking” political wife who left her inner sanctum only long enough to run over her not-so-useful-idiot psychiatrist in… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Shay, thank you so much. What a wonderful post you gave, and I really enjoyed reading it. To answer your question about GH lacking today, than it was in years gone by: I absolutely agree with you, 500%! LOL! Yes, every so often, some characters from GH’s wonderful past return temporarily, and although it’s nice to see them, it’s not like when these characters were a permanent part of the show. About Anne Logan, you know, Shay, I never thought of it that she could have been Elizabeth’s biological mother. Great point! The thing is, Naomi acting the way she… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Michael….Thank you for your great, detailed response! You are so right when you state what a kick it is to share our fond memories of soap days gone by!!! However, to clarify, when I spoke of the possibility of Anne Logan (aka, Susan Pratt) being Liz’s birth mother, I was referring to my first impressions way back when Rebecca Herbst debuted as Elizabeth Webber….right off the bat, I noticed an uncanny resemblance between the two actresses, and even through the subsequent years, such a notion made sense based upon their physical similarity. But I believe it became somewhat apparent awhile… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Thank you, Shay, for another great post. Yes, now that you mention it, my aunt did mention that Lauren Bacall did shop at Loehmann’s. My aunt might have even known her as well. Years ago, I remember that there were close to twenty soaps on the air at once, and now we are down to just four, all taped in California. To think, that years ago, the majority of them were taped in New York. So much has changed. Another favorite of mine was Dark Shadows. Both the original daytime soap, and the primetime revival mini-series were excellent. I hear… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

I forgot to mention, Shay, that Susan Pratt (Anne, GH) was married to an actor named George O’Hanlon. There was a doctor on GH in the late-1970s, Dr. Todd Levine, played by Craig Littler, I believe. This was around the time when the English nurse Dorrie Fleming, played by Angela Cheyne, was on the show, which was a brief time. Craig Littler played with Susan Pratt, known then on GH, as Susan Pratt-O’Hanlon, in a Saturday morning children’s show, called Jason of Star Command, I believe. In this show, Susan Pratt was billed as Susan O’Hanlon.

Tivette
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Tivette

Genie Francis was stunning! The first of much better storylines for her I hope. As for Liz & Hayden, I’m thinking they are half sisters with a common daddy in Liz’s father & not Raymond Berlin. Remember how Naomi passed out at the mere mention of Heather Webber & Liz’s father’s mention gave her heart palpitations on the hospital room? This soap is cooking on all burners these days!

Karen Barnes
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Karen Barnes

Once again, Genie Francis gives a spine-tingling performance. Reminded me of the scene on the dock several years ago when Luke told her Lucky was dead. Glad Genie is finally getting the storyline she has earned.

Also glad Christina and Parker story is being explored.

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

Pristina!!!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, very reminiscent of her finding out Lucky was “dead.” By the way, she should have gotten an Emmy for that performance. “Good things come to those who stand and wait.” And, oh, my, has she waited!!!! LOL!

Suzanne
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Suzanne

All I could say was wow when I watched. Genie is phenomenal! About time the writing has gotten better! There are real quality actors on this show capable of great things if they have the proper material. Finally worth watching daily again. Great job to all

Robin
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Robin

Years ago when Lucky “died” Laura was awesome. I cried with her just like yesterday. She is amazing! I love Genie and Laura. Finally, the old Laura is back!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Long may she reign! Kudos, Genie! We all love you.

Janet
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Janet

Genie Francis… You did it again girl!!!
Once more you proved that you are one of the top rated
Actors in the soap world!! Your performance Friday
Was tremendous and wonderful! You are a great actor and I am
Very happy to see more of you on the show. I can hardly wait for Monday!!!

Tae
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Tae

Genie was great! Maura was amazing the whole epsiode was amazing.. This time last year GH was trash with the dumb storylines but kudos to Jean and Shelly they have proven me wrong so far with good stories loving the whole cast on the island is great move. Tired of sonny running port Charles doe do miss when the jeromes were after him he needs so competition ASAP. But overall great episode and way better this year than last.

Jake
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Jake

Genie was amazing…I am so happy she is back. Finally GH writers giving her a meaty story and her chemistry with Jon is off the charts…loving them. And the cliffhanger we were left with…amazing…this is why I fell in love with Soaps!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, yes. And the chemistry IS off the charts–so real and unforced. Two consummate actors–giving great performances.

aria
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aria

Mr. Fairman, fridays episode w/ Genie Francis was a standout, but you didn’t even mention thursdays episode wish had some highlights itself, the first one being that Liz and hayden could be sisters , wish would make hayden a webber and part of a legacy family. (will jeff webber make an appearance if the future) i also enjoyed seeing lucy and scott in that episode, and i’m loving the match up between franco and liz, they have so much chemistry. then although i never liked the carlos character, Dr. Joe Rivera popped up as his twin, i can buy that,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Absolutely, aria. If Joe joins the GH medical staff and sees Julian, all hell may break lose. Imagine if Dr. Finn will not need carry out Sonny’s death sentence reserved just for Julian? Dr. Rivera will do it for him, no strings attached. And, no one will be the wiser.
And, yes….Jeffrey Parise looked polished and handsome….what a transformation! I love what’s to come. I have that much confidence in this actor.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

CeeCee…Sonny didn’t tell Finn to kill Julian. Sonny suspects (correctly) thst Julian gave himself some medication (that’s what Julian’s underling brought him) to simulate heart trouble. Did this to avoid prison. Sonny wants Finn to make sure he doesn’t do this again, give him a clean bill of health so he can go to the arraignment and then jail.

Celia
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Celia

@Rebecca.
Yes, I realize what sneaky Julian did. But, I also thought that when Sonny told Finn to take ‘CARE’ of Julian, he meant to kill him.
I probably misread the whole incident. So, by ‘ taking care of’, did Sonny mean for Finn to make sure that whatever went into Julian’s body, an anecdote would follow? Ok, I get it. Thanks.

Celia
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Celia

Antidote; not anecdote. Wow!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

It was sort of a play on words CeeCee. Finn also thought Sonny wanted him to “take care of him” in the murder sense. Sonny meant literally “take care of him” as in somehow get to consult on his case…take care of him and make sure he’s well enough so he can’t escape his arraignment or prison. Sonny wants him behind bars…

Michael
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Michael

Although I am no fan of Julian, Celia, and never will be, it just angers me that Sonny has the nerve to judge others on the show, and wants to play God. Who is Sonny to talk about others, with all the murders he has gotten away with?! He killed A.J., because he misunderstood, thinking that the letters AJ, that Connie wrote in her own blood after Ava shot her, meant A.J. Quartermaine, but instead of really looking into this, and not assuming before he really knew, he committed an unnecessary murder, went to jail for it, and then because… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Michael…so many of us feel that way about Sonny! The smug grin, the superior attitude…If possible I think Carly is even more obnoxious! Lol…the two of them talk about and judge the other characters…Franco, Alexis, Liz, our dearly departed AJ 🙁 … It’s galling! And some of us have expressed our fury at how Michael forgave Sonny for murdering AJ..after a brief ” time out!” He shouldn’t have forgiven Sonny even if it didn’t culminate in murder…what about the years of threatening AJ??? Hanging him from a meat hook, poisoning Michael against him, Carly setting AJ up to appear drunk… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Michael.
Hey, Michael,
I have run out of adjectives when describing Sonny. However, everyone on these boards knows my feelings for mini-me, Corleone ‘wanna’ be.
Everything you said, Michael.

Michael
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Michael

Thank you, Celia, for agreeing with me on Sonny and Carly! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who feels this way! What Sonny and Carly need is a good swift kick in the (pick any part of the body). They are both beyond obnoxious, as Rebecca said. Why did Michael forgive Sonny for the murder of his biological father, A.J.? Michael is such a little lap-dog/idiot! What about Monica? Why didn’t she press charges against Sonny for the murder of her son?! It’s absolutely disgusting all the terrible things that Sonny and Carly have gotten away with through… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Michael
Ohhhh, Michael….there’s a Sonny or two on every soap. Look at Victor Newman. He gets away with EVERYTHING. Just once, I’d like to see their ilk get their just desserts.
Thank you, Michael….all is well.

Michael
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Michael

Oh, yes, Celia. Victor Newman makes Sonny Corinthos look like an altar boy. I would love to smash both characters. Always getting away with everything, and then judging others. What nerve. Such hypocrites. Carly is just as bad. Nikki is a total moron who keeps forgiving Victor and going back for more, and remarrying him, for what? The millionth time?! I’ve honestly lost count. Nikki deserves everything she gets from Victor, because she’s always so naive to him, and never ever will learn! LOL!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Aria…I don’t think it would make Hayden a Weber…it might just mean Hayden’s mother had an affair with Liz’s father which IF this is happening at all would make them half sisters thru Hayden’s mim.

Celia
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Celia

That’s sort of what I said the other day. Naomi cheated on Ray Berlin and was pregnant with twin girls (Liz and Hayden)…..where in turn, she ‘ceded’ Liz to the Webers. They could be full sisters. But, your versions makes more sense.

Aria
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Aria

It sounded more like Naomi had an affair with Jeff Webber this would make Hayden a Webber I didn’t get no implication that Naomi is Liz mom but that she hooked up with Jeff and had Hayden.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Aria…hmmmmm. Interesting take. That would mean Hayden will no longer be known as Hayden, daughter of Raymond Berlin, master of the ponzi scheme! Lol…not sure that’s where they’re going but I think you’re the only one to come up with that twist…

Celia
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Celia

@Aria.
That’s possible, as well, Aria. We shall see see.

Michael
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Michael

Thank you so much, Rebecca, for agreeing with me on Sonny and Carly. I just would like to smash the two of them. Sonny calls Julian a coward, yet Sonny lets everyone do his dirty work, and comes out smelling like a rose. If that’s not a coward, I don’t know what is. The same with Carly. They are the town thug and the town slut. These writers will always let them get away with everything. Michael is so dumb, to forgive Sonny, and I don’t know why Monica didn’t press charges against Sonny for the murder of her son,… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I am not a fan of Hayden. TPTB just seem to plug her into all of these stories, into scenes with legacy characters, hoping that the character will take off. I just don’t see the appeal.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Loved it that TPTB apparently “heard” us when we raved about Parise’s performances. A keeper–another professional showing his wares.

Becky
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Becky

I thought that Genie Francis performance was awesome, some of her best work. She always been an good actress… love it love it love it… The scene with Kristina not so much. I think that the age difference had a lot to do with it. She looked like a child engaging in inappropriate behavior with an adult. And I just don’t enjoy Ashley Jones playing this role, when I see Ashley Jones I think of Bridget on the B&B. For what it’s worth a ll the actors and actresses really with in on Friday… Great Show.. can’t wait until Monday

Tonia
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Tonia

Genie Francis has always been great. For decades she gave gut wrenching performances like when they thought Lucky had died but Tony Geary got the Emmy. At last she can shine on her own and proves why GH was number one in the heydey and she still can bring it and bring up those emotions that soaps are supposed to be about.

KAREN
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KAREN

BEST PERFORMACE GOES TO GENI FRANCIS AWESOME JOB

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’ll second that emotion!

Fanny
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Fanny

I hate Christina’s story. Why make Parker an older Woman? The whole thing is just gross.

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Fanny….how are you?
This is so strange because I have been thinking of you lately….and, here you are!!
Many have been asking for a gay storyline, Fanny. I am okay with it. It’s real life. But, as yourself, I don’t like the age difference, myself. We shall see.
However, for some reason, I think Kristina is better off with Parker than ‘ I don’t trust you, Aaron”. Something about that guy.

Mary Temple
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Mary Temple

Parker should have been a man. Sick.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t mind age difference relationship stories as long as everyone is of age and wanting to be there. But, lol, Chrissie and Parker just really made me cringe…I said this on another post and a few agreed…they looked like mother and daughter to me. Really don’t like this pairing at all. I also think Cristina’s apparent bisexuality came out of nowhere. As a young girl she was boy crazy. Unfortunately she was badly abused and seemingly searching for male approval as she felt unloved by Sonny. Wasn’t true,. He loved her but Alexis gave Sonny limited time with her…fearing… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

You know, Celia, Parker on GH, is played by Ashley Jones, who also appears from time to time as Dr. Bridget Forrester, on The Bold and the Beautiful. Also on B&B, are former GH stars, Scott Clifton (ex-Dillon Quartermaine, Sean Kanan (ex-A.J. Quartermaine) and Rena Sofer (ex-Lois Cerillo), who plays NUTJOB Quinn, on B&B. LOL!

Celia
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Celia

@Mary Temple. Hi, Mary, Many share your sentiments, even in this day and age. It is what it is. I am just wondering what our reaction would have been if Parker had been a man…..much older than Krissy. He, as her professor, would have been maligned to no end for using this much less experienced, younger woman as a ‘play-thing. That would have been the reaction. Some would have probably gone as far as calling him a pedophile, albeit Kristina is in her majority. I am really nonplussed at this turn of events, not the gay part, or the age… Read more »

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

GH runs a little behind on their current events storylines. Hayden and her dad with the ponzi scheme. Bernie Madoff. Pristina (Parker & Kristina). The movie Carol: The Price of Salt. Older/younger woman. But there are all types of relationships out there. Just watch an entertainment news show. Mick Jagger and his 29 year old gf. Mick, by the way, is 120 years old. Ijs.

Shay
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Shay

@Letmeatc8ke….Well, GH has its own “Mick Jagger” (paternally speaking) in Sonny!!!! He’s now up to AT LEAST 4X4 status, with the likely possibility always left open for previously unknown—and future—children to up his seed-spreading score. Plus, given that he has somewhat less mileage and is of younger years, I have no doubt that Sonny will equal—and perhaps even surpass—“Sir Mick’s” amazing fatherly feats!

Shay
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Shay

Hello, Fanny! I just mentioned you to CeeCee a few days ago, even though my post failed to make it online, and now, here you are! Hope you are well….I find that that the entire Kristina storyline has been botched from the beginning of her reprisal in the form of the current actress. Given that the last time we saw this character she was a foxy, fully mature female who was fully into the guys, there seemed to be no true rhyme or reason for any of these sudden changes to her sexual predilections. It were as if the writers… Read more »

wendie
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wendie

Ihave watch her from the teen years great actor an outstanding perforance i use to run home just for her and luke now almost 60 years old she still bring out that spunk she always had

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

Genie, you are a spectacularly talented actor and I am overjoyed that you are finally being given the material you so rightly deserve. Mr. Valentini, keep this up. More Laura! Long live General Hospital!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And it CAN live –IF Genie gets to show her stuff more and more. I’ll say again how much TPTB are wrong to dismiss their most loyal, longstanding fans.

Rodd
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Rodd

I was blown away by GF in this episode. She’s not been given something that has allowed her to really show her acting chops in some time, so this was a treat.

Kudos to the rest for a great Friday show!

k/kay
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k/kay

Looks like Kevin got shot in the shoulder he will be fine and sorry this guy is a bust I am about as scared of him as u would be a fly swat him!

Rose
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Rose

kKay…Scary is not his strong suit. There’s enough of the high adrenalin guys on GH. But he is attractive for other reasons…smart, charming, caring. And he did step in to take a bullet meant for Laura. Reading the room situation like he did pre-shooting is more his game. Wish Laura had kicked Valentin in the balls before he shot her, or at least punched him out …sorta like Ava. And I’m not a very violent type person.

k/kay
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k/kay

I was disappointed doesn’t mean he is a bad actor just was not rattled,

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Rose, I think k/Kay meant Valentin is not scary to her…

Celia
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Celia

Shame on you kay. KIDDING!!!!! I love Kevin’s quiet charm. He is good looking for an ‘older’ gentleman; tall, easy-going personality….perfect for Laura. They look good together.
….Rose: I am not a violent person either….but, I would love to smack some choice characters around to next week.

k/kay
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k/kay

Sorry I was talking about the actor who is playing the newest Cassidine I adore Jin Lindstrom I apologize for not making myself clear. I was expecting big things from the actor who is playing the newest Cassidine a little dissapointed

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Did you really say “older”? Wow!
And, fyi, Genie Francis (Laura) is not “old,” either. 🙂 🙂

Celia
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Celia

@ nancy dillingham.
Please, nancy…’gimme’ a break. Are we back to bickering? I have better things to do than start another melodrama.
I did not call either Lindstrom or Francis old. I said he was older. …which he is. To me he is….He is not an elder gentleman; but older one.
I refer to my Dad as older. He’s 58. He’s not younger, but older.
I beg you not to twist my intent.

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Kay….there was a bit of vonfusion. Sorry! Nonetheless, I was kidding. I think Kevin put his Psychologist’s cap on….ergo, the seemingly indifference to the events. But, Laura outshone everyone in the room….Ava was upstairs , at the time. But, now that the confusion is cleared, Kay. I do agree with you. I expected Valentin to ‘sprout’ horns at any moment. He doesn’t even seem to manhandle anyone, either….well, he’s a coward; he either just shoots at people or has his henchmen take care of the ‘messy’ parts. His cowardice is especially shown when trapped…he tucked his tail between his… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Should have been Michael Muhney!

k/kay
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k/kay

MM is done in daytime I was not there but they destroyed him sad great talent

Timmm
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Timmm

MM is done at Y&R, for sure. I hope those allegations, and thats all we ever heard, allegations hasnt ruined his DAYTIME career! What a talent!

Celia
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Celia

Ahh, Timmmy. I hear you!! We will never know….sad.

linda kolin
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linda kolin

Geni Frances was ar her best when she told Valentine off I love Geni she showed everyone you can’t be Afraid of getting in someone’s faces about anything no matter how a fraid you are I am getting tired of all this gay crap and Julian needs to pay for killing 2people I can’t believe they are dragging this out sent him to prison already I feel so bad for Alexis what he did to her was not right and Kiki want in the world would she go back to Morgan put her with Dillon they look cuter together please… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

As for Genie she looks radiant and happy I have no idea what they are doing over there TC wins an Emmy and they can’t give him a contract?

PF
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PF

GF was great. Loved seeing Laura passionately defending her first-born. Also appreciated this regime actually allowing Nikolas to do something heroic (but, of course, it had to be when the sub was playing him. Sigh). Looking forward to Tyler’s return, but I can’t figure out how they’re going to explain his surviving this latest “death” (knowing Jelly, I’m sure it’ll be really contrived).

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I actually thought Emme (Lulu) was very good even in her smaller role. Just found her very believable. Why we had to hear 18 hours of directions in the escape plan is beyond me. Lol…my head was swimming after the first round!

Celia
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Celia

Exactly. Why???? Go to the pantry. Take the first door at the end. Close the door. Take a left and another left and then a right.
Yeah, I like Emme too. It was fine until the skeleton. That just sent me into peels of laughter.
I know it was a prop to make us gasp in horror; but, sadly, it had the opposite effect on me. Go figure.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Was that really part of the directions verbatim because if so I’m impressed. I stopped at “take.”

Was the skeleton well-dressed? Maybe it’s Helena. Lol…

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

ALL HAIL QUEEN GENIE!!!!
Knocked it out of the park. As of late it’s been Princess Maura, but the queen lives. Long live the queen!

Celia
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Celia

I know, Letem, I have taken Genie unto my heart since her short stint as Genevieve on Y&R. I did not know her before that. She is the real thing, in one talented package.
But, Maura West is simply a ‘different sorta….kinda’ actress. Maura is indisputably the quintessential femme fatale. That ‘come hither’ look must kill men. As a woman, I take whatever probable devastating affect ‘this’ type has on men for granted. I don’t know…,
LOL, my husband said Maura West “oozes honey”. They both hail from Boston, so, he’s partial.

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

🙂
I’ve been a fan of Maura’s since her days on As The World Turns. She always brings it. ALWAYS!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I really like that description–“a different sorta. . . kinda” actress. Too much, for my taste. Not believable for one minute. And what a deadend character.

DropOut
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DropOut

In all of 20 seconds, Genie gave the performance of a lifetime. If they just let her anchor this show it would get back on top again. She grounds the show and truly IS General Hospital. She will always be the heart of this show so… let it beat.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Love it! Genie–“always the heart”. . . “let it beat.” On and on . . .

Eric
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Eric

Genie Francis was amazing!!! Friday’s episode reminded me of what a gem, what a talent she truly is! I see a Daytime Emmy in her future! Stunning! A job well done!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

From your lips to God’s ears (or to the voters) re Emmy for Genie’s performance.

Beth CP
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Beth CP

Genie and Maura were awesome, both separately and together. In the final sequences where Ava had to tell Laura about Nik there was a sympatico connection that, if there hadn’t been any words for MaWe to say, you would have understood what she was telling her. That’s quality acting from two luminous veterans who make every thing they do crackle with energy and urgency. I’ve never cared for the work of the recast L so she’s a non entity here. Ashley Jones and Lexi Ainsworth are both capable and winning actresses but there’s something a bit off with the mix.… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

Genie is simply the best! So happy she finally got some material to sink her teeth into. Laura is the heart and soul of GH. Hope TPTB are finally going to let her anchor this show!

Alan
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Alan

While the writing continues to be lackluster, the performances on Friday’s episode showed why Laura and Ava should ALWAYS be in front and center storylines instead of Sonny and Jason. I can’t dredge up any interest in the Parker and Kristina thing. This “story” only gets airtime every six weeks or so and if Kristina really is a lesbian she’ll most likely end up off-camera hanging out with Brad and Lucas — unless Parker turns out to be the daughter of a rival mob family (and even then the story will be all about Sonny). As for Lulu, I’m guessing… Read more »

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Genie did a great job. Reminding of the work she did when Laura learned Lucky was burned in the fire. Laura should be the centerpiece of the show just like Luke was.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

She WAS the centerpiece–even BEFORE “Luke and Laura.” Remember her performances when she killed her mother’s lover (accidentally, of course.) And remember how young she was when she played those scenes. And remember also that when she came to GH she had only ONE other actor experience–on the show Family. Mindblowing, isn’t it?

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

She is proving herself worthy to be praised. I’m sure Abc is watching

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, @nancy dillingham! Even though Genie’s earliest appearances as Laura pre-dated my GH viewing, I do remember when I became aware of her, and she really was one in a million!!!! She had a self-possessed presence and poise that belied her tender years, and could always hold her own against any of her senior cast mates. On top of that, she had a really natural quality about her in that she absolutely radiated warmth and personality, yet was never contrived or prone to overacting….in fact, she could be very effective in the most understated and restrained manner in her role… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Thursday ep: HUNK alert (s) Ric Lansing Yowsah he has raised the bar that much more… with his natural “gray” hair…. WOAH GH… let him wear those black glasses… just to stir J&S if you ever , your person… fall in love with any one… that you write for.. this is IT WRITE WRITE WRITE… he’s amazing i’m still holding out hope… since GH holds so much stock… in Laura Wright… that the only character who is her match…. OUTSIDE OF Ingo Rademacher…. is Rick Hearst Hunk Alertsssss LOL Dr. John Rivera … (Jose) I love how one of the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

is Kristina going to find out she’s pregnant… by Aaron

and this is what “helps” her mother Alexis.. because she lied to Julian that she’s pregnant ?

and this is what stalls… Kristina with Parker

you know… it’s FUN to watch story begin… but when the show has to wreak it by featuring in and around Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam…. it all spirals to heck and back

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m just saying… the writers could have drawn it out… stretch… let them play, explore,

for Sonny to find out that quickly

IT was a dream to watch Kristina and Parker… let alone ubber hottie Aaron

Celia
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Celia

Love it, Patrick.
The prospect of a pregnancy hadn’t even dawned on me. Good one!!
I think TPTB may want it over with Kris and Parker….that’s why the rushed ‘discovery’.
Good ole Sonny. Again his celestial qualities never cease to amaze, albeit I must admit he handled his ‘talk’ with Kris famously.
Aaron? I don’t get him….not yet. But, I am guessing that’s exactly how the ‘biggies’ want it. Good guy or bad guy?
I doubt they made their minds up as to what to do with this character.
A coffee stand? Seriously?

Dan
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Dan

My god, that final scene on Friday’s episode when Laura blew up at Valentin, that was as good as it gets from Genie Francis. Like another poster said, that was a master class is acting. Finally, finally, FINALLY, what everyone has been waiting for, the writers gave her some emotional material to sink her teeth into, and remind everyone why she is one of the greatest actresses in soap opera history. I literally got goose bumps. I said to myself, there’s my Genie, she’s back! I know you can’t win an Emmy from only one scene, but that was most… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Greatest actress in the history of soaps”–bar none.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I wouldn’t go that far but I like her a lot. She exudes “genuine”. Laura is the character we root for. She’s down to earth… of the more realistic characters that makes her relatable.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

One of the more realistic…if not THE most realistic character…

Shay
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Shay

@Dan…..As an actor, James Patrick Stuart is displaying the right stuff as the vile Valentin, but in terms of how the character has been written and thus, presented, I’m a tad disappointed. I always envisioned this most lethal of Cassadines as a charming, charismatic psychopath clad in a Savile Row suit and French cuffs. (Very European, mysterious, sophisticated….and taking his own sweet time in revealing his true identity to the unsuspecting people of Port Charles.) To say this “Casual Friday Cassadine” hasn’t met my previously imagined expectations is a bit of understatement, indeed!

Jane
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Jane

Good show today but I like most of the acting as I watch most everyday. Is Nicolas really dead though?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t think he’s dead Jane. A few of us think there might be the real Nicolas and an imposter…and the imposter is dead! Actually, I think Rise thought of that first. We shall see…either way I’m sure Nuc will he back. Ummmm… I hope!

Maybe that’s what Helena meant when she said Laura would find something she thought she lost…

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rebecca1

Lol…Rose not Rise…Nic not Nuc

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Genie Francis was amazing in these scenes and I laughed to myself, about her not wearing waterproof mascara. I remember way back when, watching a lot of old scenes on YouTube and the streams of black mascara running down her face (during crying scenes). I miss the old days of General Hospital. Unfortunately, today, the actors, characters, and storylines do not interest me. I still watch and catch-up when I go home for lunch, but I do not DVR the show and really, am just bored to tears most days (watching it).

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LOL about the waterproof mascara.

yeah the dramatic intensity …

the only other actress that comes to mind was Linda Dano from Another World , she played Felicia Gallant

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Patrick, my aunt, my late dad’s sister, knew both Linda Dano (Felicia, AW; Gretel, OLTL) and Robin Strasser (Rachel #1, AW; Christina, AMC; Dorian #4, OLTL; Hecuba, PASSIONS). They both used to shop at Loehmann’s, the well-known woman’s clothing store, where my aunt used to work. My aunt said they were both very nice ladies!

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That’s so funny, dmr….lots of black tears, back in the day? I thought it a very effective way to show Laura cry out her pain ..black tears and all. It made it more real.
Waterproof mascara doesn’t do the job as well as regular ‘fat lash’ mascara. LOL.
I said practically the same thing about the most stories not holding my interest . I enumerated them. But, I like the reborn Hayden and Liz ….looking forward to the upcoming ‘mother’ revelation.

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I don’t know why… Linda Dano was the first actress that popped in to my mind… after reading your post Another World… ranks right their… with THE BEST I call it and will continue to … the sophisticated ONE As the World Turns… complete All My Children… first heart tug.. and forever could go on and on Linda Dano rung out heart after heart anyway.. it gave me pause I LOVE youtube for airing all the RIP serial I can go their and LOVE all this stuff over again I wanted to go their find my reason for thinking Linda… Read more »

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Another World February 1989 ~ Who Said Forty Isn’t Fatal?….. Pt. 1

I prayed with thee “As I am… Anne Murray” Sharlene DID

Chris Robinson !!!!! Jason Frame

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

Photo: ABC

What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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