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General Hospital Releases 55th Anniversary Promo: What Was Your Favorite Moment?

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55 years, over 14,000 episodes, thousands of stories, unbelievable moments, unforgettable characters, over five decades … and we’re just getting started!

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That’s the message General Hospital and ABC are sending to their enduring and beloved fans, as the show gets set to celebrate its 55th anniversary on April 1st.

In this just released super-sized promo: memorable moments, blasts from the past, and many of the current cast members stories are featured.

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From Luke and Laura’s wedding, Helena’s curse via Elizabeth Taylor, the BJ/Maxie heart transplant story ,to current times where Sam and Drew after much peril celebrate the birth of their baby girl, Scout.

In addition, Anna is given bad new from Griffin, Alexis admits she is alcoholic, Jason return’s, Nelle schemes, and Ava faces the consequences of her action which ultimately backfires in a ball of flames, are all the order of the day.

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GH remains the longest running daytime drama series still on the air.  An amazing accomplishment given that only four beloved soaps remain.

Watch the special GH 55th Anniversary promo after the jump.

The extended video promo features some exciting and moving clips.

Let us know what were your favorites via the comment section below!

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JMER
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JMER

Gloria Monty would not have approved of this 55th year promo. That’s for sure.

su0000
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su0000

To be great;
Drew will file for full custody of Scout..(If a divorce)
–not wanting his daughter in danger– living with a Mob Enforcer Hitman, a Killer for the Mob.
He would want his daughter safe.. so yah, he’d get full custody of Scout.

MB
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MB

No, Gloria Monty would not approve; neither would Wendy Rich or just about anyone else unless they are a fan of Frank’s GH or utter destruction of it.This promo for the anniversary of a show with a rich half century history is a lol riot. Frank has had GH teetering on the edge of a cliff for years. He’s finally driven off enough Vets that there aren’t many left to bring back when his pets tank the show, like they are in the process of doing now. He may have finally reached the point where the show finally goes over… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Oh, how I loved the Wendy Riche and Claire Labine era.

Joanne Cecere
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Joanne Cecere

I love it! I have watched since day one as a teen coming home from school…doing my homework, raising kids and grandkids…daughters watching…it’s amazing!

brian
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brian

My favorite moment ? EVER SINGLE ONE ! That’s why I keep watching !

Reed
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Reed

Nice promo but what else do they have planned to celebrate this accomplishment and reaffirm their commitment to the show? If the laziness at http://abc.go.com/ is any indication, not much. GH turning 55 garners nary a mention on their own site. Then click on “view all shows” and the photo of GH features two former stars, Genie Francis and Ryan Paevey and omits the prodigal son, Burton. And the synopsis on this page: “General Hospital, which celebrated its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013, continues its tradition of passion…” and then on to the “about” section where it further hails… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I loved it when Grant Putnam locked Anna in a cage and they eventually ended up outside on location at a ski resort fighting to destroy each other. Oh the days of “On Location” shoots.

Also, it was so great when Bert turned on Robert. [Mr. B]

gloria
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gloria

Oh, that was such a shocker! I never saw it coming! ha. (Bert & Robert)

Grant Putnam
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Grant Putnam

Yes, that was loads of fun. Miss that dog.

Donnie Synder
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Donnie Synder

Scout and Drew! Sam and Drew marriage!The birth of Scout!

su0000
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su0000

To simply put it-
General Hospital used to be like a Metallica concert.
Now it’s like a John Denver concert .

nuff said- I’ll it stand as that..

Jimh
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Jimh

Hey..dont insult John Denver-lol

su0000
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su0000

Jimh, never ! lol hey—– I want a rerun of The 52nd anniversary episoide. Awesome were the flashback scenes with several of its current cast playing yesterday’s important characters, the original doctors, that was really great.. The current cast played the original GH doctors, with the flashbacks of all them. There was No– shootouts, sex scenes, romantic triangles, catfights none of that in 52nd…. The black & white; the set from the 60’s, the wardrobe of the 60’s , it was the original 60’s set- It felt like you were truly watching a classic episode that had aired in 5… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

I agree su…i would love them do another flashback like that too!!!!

JK
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JK

I AM SURE YOU NEVER HAD THE JOY AND PRIVILEGE OF SEEING A JOHN DENVER CONCERT……IF YOU HAD, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE MADE ANOTHER STUPID REMARK!!!!!

Harry
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Harry

JK, you fill up my senses, come fill me again….
But I can’t wait, because I’m leaving on a jet plane.

Debra m
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Debra m

John Denver was an amazing singer and songwriter. So under-rated as a performer. He wrote from the heart, much like Justin Hayward, another favorite of mine.

Patrick
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Patrick

Laughing my arse off. I wanted to say the same thing… what??? I like John Denver

GO WITH : Air Supply – the stench alone… whew

I’m all out of love I’m so lost without you…. blah blech bombs away

Harry
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Harry

But damn, who doesn’t love ABBA?

Celia
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Celia

I have no favorite moments, Patrick…except when Ryan Peavey joined the GH cast. Miss him.
You guys are so lucky to have watched the soaps for so long. I envy you.
So, this is what I say…. I like John Denver’s music…..it’s ok, I guess. How can one not like that voice? But, not for me…..can’t beat my Freddie Mercury or Paul Rodgers…..and so many more of that genre.
Did you know that Paul Rodgers was lead singer of FREE ( …All Right Now, Baby, It’s All Right Now) before BAD COMPANY? Do you care? LOL.
Then, there’s the incomparable George Kyriacos Panayiotou.

Shay
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Shay

@Harry…..Waterloo! Waterloo, Baby….Waterloo!

Everett
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Everett

Now that’s a promo!

AJ
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AJ

Yay Laura! Oh wait, that was from 1981…

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I have so many favorite moments that i can’t name just one but if i had to pinpoint one certain one, it would be the story where Holly’s family was bilking the citizen of Port Charles out of 2 million dollars. Luke and Robert had alot of action scenes back in those days.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Too many scenes from the present!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree… they spent so much time on Drew and Sam… with the birth of Scout.

that is not end result. AND it was a hoot hoot laugh out loud un momento as God himself dropped in to the metro court. Steve Burtons EYES people. LOOK

Satan
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Satan

This promo is a JOKE. You have about 5 seconds of classic GH, and then the rest is this sub-par dragonshit which has existed since February 2012.

The fact that Frodd or Ava appear at all in a promo for the 55th anniversary is sickening. The fact that they are still cashing in on Genie Francis after treating her so poorly, even more so.

Steve
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Steve

Since I gave my top 10 GH moments on the 14,000th episode page, in honor of the 55th anniversary, I’ll post a series of Top 5 related topics. Trying to stay positive, let’s start off with… Top 5 Recasts 1. Leslie Charleson as Monica. Already a soap veteran, her portrayal added dimension to what (in the early days) could easily have been a one-note character. 40 years later, although her screen time is diminished, she delivers a one-liner with the best of them. Thank God Alan gave her that house! 2. Robin Mattson as Heather. So much happened to Heather… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve, great commentary as usual!

“No comments necessary on the somewhat short-lived Edward #3.” And yet I feel compelled to go there! I had actually forgotten about Jed Allan’s short-lived tenure as Edward until you brought it up. But I remember thinking at the time that he was too young for the part (I believe Allan was 69 when he joined GH). I fondly remember him as a leading man in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly on DOOL. And so time marches on…

Steve
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Steve

Thanks James

Jed Allan is a fine actor (and great host of Celebrity Bowling!). However, he was totally wrong for Edward. In a rare admission of error, Jill Phelps eventually realized this and put Ingle back on contract after his DAYS stint.

Sandra Ferguson’s brief tenure as Felicia and the guy who took over as Larry Ashton last year were other head scratchers.

Shay
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Shay

@Steve……Your description of Constance Towers’ Helena as “equal parts evil and elegant” was sheer perfection! The mere mention of this iconic character reinforces my great hope that we shall once again be treated to both aspects of her larger-than-life personality, as I still refuse to believe that the Cassadine “Ice Queen” has truly departed this earthly plane.

Joey
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Joey

I wish they would bring back the 90s opening sequence. Faces of the Heart truly epitomized love in the afternoon!

dan
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dan

Agreed. That was when GH had heart!

dmr
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dmr

I loved “Faces of the Heart” opening sequence.

Carrie
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Carrie

When Laura returns to Luke after having been held captive by the Cassadines and presumed dead. THAT was Luke’s best exit story. Gloria Monty did them both justice during that story arc.

My other favorite times were when Laura and Luke were broken up yet found themselves living in the same run-down apartment building, and both working for ELQ.

Lisa
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Lisa

This promo hardly represents the history of the show or some of it’s best moments…

Jimh
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Jimh

Everything from the late 70s until 1985!!!!

carrie
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carrie

indeed!

Patrick
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Patrick

“to family” – Sonny / Carly / Jason OPEN CLIP MONTAGE w/champagne

the joke is on us

as the clip ends… Laura Wright and Steve Burton hug it out CLOSE

how boring… everything in between is what made the show.

dmr
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dmr

Can’t stand to watch this trio; although, I like Jason-solo, without the mob clan, and without “Mumbles” (Sam). I would like to see Jason not written as the mob lapdog and not saddled down with “Monotone Sam” and kids.

su0000
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su0000

If it were not for the Luke and Laura wedding, during an era, when there was stay at home housewives to watch live tv, they would simply be just another super couple of the soaps.. My neighbor granny soap guru had told me there was AMC wedding that had Y&R Jack and a diabetic girl, that their wedding was like a Fairytale with horse pulled carriage etc and it was reported that it had more viewers than Luke and Laura but it was reported after the fact of the Luke and Laura ”hoopla” that CBS published and hyped and kept… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Sounds like another dig at Genie Francis from Su. For clarification:
It wasn’t just housewives who watched Luke and Laura’s wedding. College students scheduled their classes (or cut) around their favorite shows. GH also had the benefit of a 3:00 show in those days, after the school day ended. As cable was in its infancy, there were fewer choices to watch.

The wedding of Cliff and Nina on All My Children was magical. Quality-wise, it beat Luke and Laura, but nothing touched the GH wedding ratings.

dmr
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dmr

su0000, I think you are referring to AMC’s Cliff and Nina-a gorgeous couple and wedding!

Celia
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Celia

Yeah, dmr….I still hear about thst wedding from Gran. Then, what happened? Cliff turned into Jack!! Mamma mia.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…”Cliff” will never be “Jack” for me…even though he “plays him on tv.” (Ask your Gran about that reference to Peter Bergman’s famous commercial from the ‘80’s…)

Carrie
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Carrie

We can all set a stopwatch to Su’s harpings of that damn wedding as if that’s ALL that time period was about. LOL The housewives comment. Hilarious. Then I guess all the young students, male and female, rushing home every day to watch the show were really just housewives and stay at home moms in disguise. Yes, we all know you seem to enjoy knocking those days and you seem to think it had no validity since it occurred before your time. And we all know you seem to believe the viewers back then must have been simple minded. I’m… Read more »

JMER
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JMER

Carrie, There is also the POV that the L&L rape story brought a discussion of rape to the forefront at a time when it needed to be addressed. No one else was doing it. And the way it was handled made it cutting edge rather than a support of the patriarchy. When I found that out, I watched it too, even though L&L came slightly before I began watching in 82. I’ve watched enough to know that this fresh POV is valid and the story is loved because fans still buy into it which says a lot. The stories of… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Your “grannie friend” is wrong, su, at least on the ratings aspect. Cliff and Nina’s wedding (on ABC–All My Children–not CBS) was definitely magical and got big ratings, but the ratings still weren’t even close to what Luke and Laura’s wedding drew. And ABC hyped both weddings, just as it did its entire line-up back then (given that General Hospital, All My Children, and One Life to Live were 1-2-3 in the ratings for much of the early 80s); Cliff and Nina were all over the soap mags (which there were dozens of, back then–dozens), and there was tons of… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t know where CBS fit into your comment, Su. Both shows were on ABC. Luke and Laura’s wedding DID have the most viewers. From what I read Nina and Cliff (All My Children) had the MOST MARRIAGES TO EACH OTHER. Four. But Luke and Laura hold the record… Your attempt to change soap history or scoff at it is like a Beyonce fan scoffing at The Beatles or The Stones. They’re all relevant to the fans of their generation and when there’s talent as in the aforementioned groups, the appreciation goes beyond the admiration of their contemporaries. We can… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Suuuu….I have been watching soaps since I was 3….housewives? Didn’t your mom or grandmother watch? I loved AMC, ANOTHER WORLD…. all of them.
I even watched in my College dorm….not just for housewives.
I wish I had been born at that time just for the soaps.

Garrett Godwin
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Garrett Godwin

Only one thing I love about GH: Liason (Jason & Elizabeth), the greatest story of friendship, love and romance that has yet to be told still! Everything about Liason that includes saving each other from death and themselves, playing pool, motorcycle rides; the summers of 2002, 2006 and 2007, and early 2008 (their first kiss, Vista Point, their Night of Passion, their son Jake, saying ‘I love you’ for the first time, their secret romance and the safehouse, their song ‘Ours to Keep’, etc.)! Liason deserves both a second chance and a second coming! WE WANT LIASON BACK ON GH!!!… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

B – E – A – U – T – F – U – L if this show wants any credibility… especially for the rerun of Jason and Sam. BOY was I pissed yesterday… as Sam is berating Liz about where Drew and Franco are ? God this trio has spiraled. I am so happy about it. because of Frank Valentini agenda and his hiring practice. Roaring laugh out loud… as Sam storms off to look for : Drew … and Franco? she yells out : ” I work alone ” what a joke ! any way… Liz … follows..… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I laughed when Sam jumped onto Harvey’s hotel balcony with her stupid black boots. God, how I wished she accidently tumbled over the balcony into oncoming traffic! I can’t stand her-“Mumbles!”

Patrick
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Patrick

PS: Tamara Braun as Kim…. WOW – DANG IT – I am in love with her… she can go anywhere on the canvas…. just like Britta , no? so much chemistry.

anyway… like I read in SOD … they commented that Liz didn’t seem to have any friends… and it was SOD who suggested Kim.

YES YES YES… it’s working

LOVED how Kim brought Liz a cup of coffee… and they talked .. bonded… the start of BFF @General Hospital. as there should be… two of the HOTTEST , truly , thee leading ladies of this show

Satan
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Satan

It’s never going to happen. Liz could probably get Drew though. Certainly would be an upgrade from Frodd.

Thad Bosley
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Thad Bosley

Satan wrote:
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Never has more truth been packed into one statement!!!! The promo dept oughta be ashamed of themselves for creating such an awful representation of 55 years of GH. Shame. Shame.

JMER
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JMER

There are some much better quality content viewer-made versions floating around Twitter.

robbie
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robbie

Will never forget Tracy withholding Edward’s meds as he faked a heart attack! Great performances

carrie
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carrie

Jane Elliot should have been in that montage promo quite a bit.

Shay
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Shay

The only person Dr. Bensch looks like to me is “Morning Schmo!”

gloria
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gloria

Oh, yes Tracy & Edward scenes were awesome. And the Alan/Monica/Rick/Lesley stuff was great-Alan trying to kill Monica! And the birthmark on AJ-finding out he was Alan’s not Rick’s.

carrie
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carrie

So ironic though how Steve Burton at current age looks like Rick Webber (actor chris robinson) during that time. It’s eerie how much they resemble.
And does anyone else think Dr. Bensch kinda sorta looks like a cleaned up version of Luke? Their bone structures and profiles remind me of each other.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Don’t see either of your comparisons, carrie. Steve Burton has always reminded me of Paul Newman when he was young (though Paul Newman was sorta in a class of his own…his blue eyes defined blue eyes! Yet; there’s something about Steve that reminds me of him. And poor Max DePaiva (Dr. Bensch). Did you see him years ago as Max Holden on OLTL? He was quite good-looking, charming and the ladies man! I guess it’s a tribute to his acting because he beyond creeps me out in this part. Didn’t take to the character from the beginning. As soon as… Read more »

carole
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carole

I have not seen any of the moments that will be aired on the 55, but I hope that it does have the FIRST episode. How about Steve and Jesse and Lucille? Seventh floor nursing station! Lee? SO MANY I HAVE FORGOTTEN THEIR NAMES BUT I CAN SEE THEIR FACES! One thing I loved recently (sometime in the last year) when Monica came home from playing cards and said oh… *whats her name, * whats her name and *whatsher name were all there and we played and blah blah, but we KNEW ALL OF THOSE WOMEN! It was a great… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

When Luke & Laura got married we didn’t even have a way to tape the show-at least I didn’t. I was working in an office part-time as teenager & I would call home & my little sister would turn the tv up loud & lay the phone next to it so I could hear GH! I would pretend to be on hold at work, ha, ha.

carole
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carole

You are right! I got out of school at 2:30, time to get home for our GH! Then my mom went to work as a nurse but got home right around 3, and I was there. My mom has been gone since 1997, so this is one of my favorite memories of us.

dmr
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dmr

I loved the “clink/boom” montage from the 90’s with Sonny and Lily and Brenda and Jax. Oh, how I loved that era! I also loved the adventure of the 80’s with Frisco and Felicia (my first, favorite super couple). I remember crying when BJ died, and then when Stone died. So many stories were told with ‘heart and soul’ back then. Of course, I loved and miss the Q’s.

carole
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carole

Where are you guys seeing these montages? I have not seen anything! Does it not start until next Monday?

Patrick
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Patrick

AND

WE’RE

JUST

GETTING

STARTED

as – his – piercing blue eyes don that mask… shiver me timbers

brian
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brian

Would be mice to see some clips of Aunt Ruby and Nurse Ann Logan.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

That promo was a compilation of recent GH history. It did nothing to celebrate or honor its beginnings, its soul, its roots. It’s comparable to a family tree dating back ten years.

Great music though! Packed quite the punch! hahahah…true.

Steve
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Steve

Top 5 GH Weddings: 1. Luke & Laura — just for how it impacted the cultural zeitgeist. Throw in Elizabeth Taylor and the surprise return of Scotty catching the bouquet. 2. Alan & Lucy — the scene of her walking down the stairs in the right red dress. 3. Robert & Anna — the outdoor shoot in the “Quartermaine Garden” 4. Sean & Tiffany — could anyone not laugh at Elsie Mae Crumholtz 5. Frisco & Felicia — the cop marrying the Aztec princess A shout out to the “almost was”: Patrick & Sabrina — does it get more soapy… Read more »

carrie
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carrie

Gawd I loved the Elsie Mae Crumholtz moment. 🙂

Shay
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Shay

Sab’s “wedding interruptus” was one of GH’s greatest visual moments ever….seeing her jilted, whimpering and collapsed at the altar in a mound of crumpled taffeta was simply awesome!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

This so-called promo tells you all you need to know about the mindset of the GH brass: Sonny, Carly, Jason ad nauseam… But you already knew that, now, didn’t you?!?! And, yeah, we got the double entendre of Sonny’s mention of “family.” Look! They threw a bone to Monica! As usual, for any retrospective, they trot out a black-and-white scene from the first episode and then fastforward to the Luke and Laura wedding of 1981, as though nothing in the 1960s and 1970s mattered… Look! They threw a bone to the BJ heart-transplant story! For 2.5+ decades, the focus has… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Haven’t “seen” you in a while, Jamesj! But this post was worth waiting for! LOL!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, rebecca1! You’re a day brightener!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…as usual…RIGHT ON, BROTHER!!!!! Now…here are my 2 cents…

1. That SCUMBAG Sonny even bringing up the word ‘family’…what a joke?!?!?
2. Next time, Nelle should PUNCH Carly!!!!! POW!!!!!
3. Oh, how I miss Tony Jones…A LOT!!!!!
4. I wish that Monica was onscreen…A LOT MORE!!!!!
5. Oh…and BTW, your last paragraph (and your smiley face) made me LOL!!!!! Forgive me, Brother…but I had to laugh. Again…lol.

Have a good one, Brother. Later.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, jaybird369! We’re sympatico, for sure. Glad you liked my last paragraph… 🙂

Team Tony
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Team Tony

I agree with you jaybird, and I miss Tony Jones too. It’s nice when people remember him.

Steve
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Steve

James
Unfortunately, most of the episodes from the 60s and 70s no longer exist. As was common at the time, they reused the same tapes. An outlier or two pop up on YouTube once in a while, but unless there’s a hidden vault somewhere, we’ll miss out on those early moments.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

You know, Steve, I had heard that before, too, and it’s such a shame. It’s almost hard to believe. I guess we just have to rely on our memory…

Debra m
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Debra m

Anything with Luke and Laura, from their on the run story, dancing at Wyndams department store, their wedding, the reuniting at the mayor’s mansion, the triple L diner scenes, to the ups and downs in their marriage. No other ciuple like them with that type of chemistry. But, loved Scorpio and Holly slowly falling in love, sexy couple, the early Brenda and Sonny falling in love, and all of Alan and Monica, him stalking her and Rick, the explosion, Monica’s breast cancer story, Alan’s drug addiction. GH’s biggest mistake will always be killing off Alan.

carole
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carole

ditto Alan should still be here!

carrie
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carrie

They could have shown some Quartermaine bickering in that promo. They could have shown some Quartermaine pizza thanksgiving scenes….something…..anything.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Alan and AJ; what were they thinking killing off the Qs!!!!???

General Hospital

Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (the late Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

Courtesy/ABC

In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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