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General Hospital Set To Pay Tribute To The Late Susan Brown

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2018 has taken with it some beloved soap opera veterans.  One of them was GH fan favorite, Susan Brown, who died at 86 of Alzheimer’s at the end of August.

GH viewers remember Susan’s performances as Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin.  Gail was Monica’s (Leslie Charleson) best friend, and eventually she married Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and was a stepmother to Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner).

Kin took to Twitter last week and revealed that General Hospital taped a tribute to Susan that will be seen in an upcoming episode.

In a tweet, he shared, “A tribute show to Susan shot in the can airing soon!”

With GH’s tape schedule we would presume that sometime in January we will be seeing how GH addresses Susan’s passing and thus the fate of Gail.

So, are you glad to hear GH will be doing something very special to honor Susan?

Do you hope that there are major emotional scenes within it for Kin Shriner and Leslie Charleson?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Llanviewer717

I loved Susan Brown as Gail. I even have vague memories of her in The Young Marrieds. It’s great that GH is paying tribute to her. May she rest in peace.

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su000

I looked her up–

Susan Brown (May 4, 1932 – August 31, 2018) was an American television and film actress and interior designer. She was best known for her roles on daytime soap operas, particularly General Hospital; in 1979, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her role on the show.

Brown’s first soap role was on From These Roots in 1959, taking over temporarily from leading actress Ann Flood.[2] Afterwards, she also subbed for Flood on numerous occasions in the role of Nancy Karr on The Edge of Night.[4] She later had regular roles on the short-lived soaps The Young Marrieds, Bright Promise and Return to Peyton Place, playing Constance MacKenzie.[2]

In 1977, Brown joined the cast of General Hospital as Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin,[5] Monica Webber’s foster mother who married widowed attorney Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). In 1979, Brown was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.[6] She left the series on December 12, 1985, and made occasional appearances from 1989-1990 before returning on September 30, 1992 on a recurring status.

In between stints, Brown played Victoria Lane’s mother, Janet, on Santa Barbara and businesswoman Adelaide Fitzgibbons (who was romantically involved with the much younger Kirk Anderson (Tom Wiggin) on As the World Turns). When General Hospital’s spin-off series Port Charles began, the Baldwins were established as the core family, although once Kin Shriner (who played Scott Baldwin) returned to General Hospital, their appearances were reduced.

Along with her soap career, Brown performed on Broadway, primetime television, and films. She guest starred on Death Valley Days, Kojak, Marcus Welby, M.D., Barney Miller, Hotel, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Frasier. She was a regular cast member on the short-lived ABC legal drama, Mariah in 1987.

Brown also appeared in a number of films; in 1971, she appeared in a science fiction feature film, The Andromeda Strain. In addition, Brown appeared in made-for-TV movies, including playing Nancy Reagan in Without Warning: the James Brady Story and Pat Nixon in The Final Days.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I have been waiting for this. And yes, I expect some powerful scenes with Monica since I’ve made it clear many times that she is my favorite character on the show. I am hoping for some flashbacks too.

aria
aria

absolutely, I hope they show old clips and let the audience know that Gail will now be w/ Lee in heaven.

Rodd
Rodd

So glad they’re addressing Susan’s passing, and thus, Gail’s. She was a great actress and part of GH’s history. It’s certainly fitting.

Jimh
Jimh

Hope they do this right…not with Scott talking to Ava about her…Scott, Laura and Monica should be featured!!!

Charday
Charday

She was a great actress–so believable in character. Loved all her scenes with Monica Quartermaine. RIP.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

It’s rare that I offer kudos to GH, but I applaud them for giving a tribute (no matter how short, as the one for Lee) to the character of Gail. Yes, Monica, Scotty, and even Laura should be included. That being said, no need for Sonny…

Shay
Shay

Very well put, Gentleman James! I couldn’t agree with you more…especially for that last sentiment! (I would also add the barmy, annoying Lucy as another unnecessary addition to this well-deserved salute to the lovely Miss Brown! The three who best knew and adored Gail are the terrific trio you mentioned..) Having said that, here’s hoping that this treasured GH character receives a tribute imbued with the abundance of class and dignity which was the standard for her portrayer….they certainly don’t make actresses of her kind these days!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Amen, Shay!

Shay
Shay

Thank you, James! I hope it will not be considered inappropriate here to wish to you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year! Since you post so infrequently, I thought this could be my only opportunity to do so. Cheers!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello Shay:

Expanding on my previous reply to you about the Gail tribute, what particularly resounds with me is your comment: “here’s hoping that this treasured GH character receives a tribute imbued with the abundance of class and dignity which was the standard for her portrayer.” Susan Brown deserves that, indeed.

As for your thoughtful holiday greetings to me, I am most appreciative. Thank you for making me feel welcome. I also wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and the best in the New Year!

Shay
Shay

And thank you once again, James! I have always revered the ladies—-both onscreen and in real life!—of Miss Brown’s particular generation…They had such a grace and elegance to their presence that is, by and large, sadly missing in today’s society! Seeing them leave us never fails to make me very sad indeed! I was blessed to have many of her kind in my personal life to serve as fine examples of womanhood during my formative years, so I definitely have a more, dare I say, “traditional” ideal of females, in general…I just love dressing to the nines and observing what some probably consider old-fashioned etiquette, but that’s just me!!!! Which is probably one of the reasons I was so drawn to your posts….you truly do have such a courtly, gentlemanly way about you…even in your chosen words and phrasing, that civilized quality repeatedly comes through…it’s no wonder I so welcomed your comments! Well, that and your less than complimentary notions regarding Sonny, et al! Those are most definitely another tie which binds us…Lol…Season’s Greetings and continued best wishes, my friend!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Shay, it’s great to hear about the your “fine examples of womanhood during my formative years.” I think it’s refreshing when we can pinpoint the people and events in our lives that made us who we are and honor such people. It’s a very sweet lesson you’ve shared with us today, Shay.

Thank you also for your kind words, Shay. You’ve made my day again! 🙂

Shay
Shay

Thank you, James! I hope it won’t be considered inappropriate here to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! Since you post so infrequently, I thought this could be my only opportunity to do so. Cheers!

Alan
Alan

Hopefully Monica, Scotty, and Laura will be front and center but part of me thinks that the show will use Gail’s passing as an excuse for Carly and Sonny to remember Morgan and reflect on their own loss…you know, ‘cause everything is about the Corinthos family.

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

I hope it’s a better tribute than what they did for the passing of Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin). That episode really fell short, hardly any flashback scenes and not even a proper memorial service. So sad.

Laverne
Laverne

always nice to see the flashbacks of GH when you’ve been a fan for 45 years

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