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‘General Hospital’ Stars Past and Present Share Reactions and Mourn the Loss of Jackie Zeman

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For those just waking up or getting a start to their day on Thursday, many are learning of the death of Jackie Zeman, who played Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 45 years.

As previously reported on Wednesday night, Zeman passed away following a short battle with cancer, no other details have been made public at this time.

Immediately, Jackie’s GH co-stars, past and present, began to take to social media in shock, disbelief, and grief-stricken at the loss of this iconic star of the long-running soap opera, who just celebrated their 60th anniversary last month.

Below is partial list of reactions from Jackie’s many co-stars including: Rick Springfield, John Stamos, Tristan Rogers, Sarah Joy Brown and many others.

We will continue to update this post throughout the day.  You can click on the actor’s name and the hyperlink that will take you to directly to their social media post, or read through the beautiful words from everyone that expressed their love and their sorrow over Jackie’s passing

Sarah Brown (ex-Carly): “My earliest memories of my time on General Hospital involve Jackie Zeman. Loving on & mothering me, gently guiding me toward success, where she felt so at home. Beautiful Queen, inside & out. I know everyone who loved her is devastated. My love to her girls, fam, work fam & fans.”

Kristina Wagner (Felicia):I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend, Jackie Zeman. We were pregnant at the same time. Our children played together often. There were trips to the GH studio, birthday parties, playdates, and beach days. It was magical. My heart aches for her daughters. #RIPJackieZeman”

John Stamos (ex-Blackie): “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the talented and beloved actress, Jackie Zeman.  I recall the wonderful times we spent working together on General Hospital. Her warm personality and infectious energy always brightened my day. Jackie will forever hold a special place in my heart, and her memory will continue to inspire me. XO”

Lynn Herring (Lucy):I do not have any words I can say that explain my respect and love for Jackie so all I seem to be able to do is read and reread and share the overwhelming outpouring for @JackieZeman”

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Kin Shriner (Scott):A bad loss but Jackie was a tremendous force I will so miss her!”

Rick Springfield (ex-Noah):Incredibly stunned to hear of Jackie Zeman. Jackie’s passing. Such a truly kind soul with no touch of the diva and only sweet things to say about everyone. Love to your spirit as it ascends, sweet girl. You left your mark on many of us and you will not be forgotten. Xo”

Genie Francis (Laura): “Beautiful, beautiful Jackie. This was way too soon.”

Steve Burton (ex-Jason): “Well, hate to even be posting about this. 💔Another reminder of how precious life is and to hug the ones you love and stay present.  Jackie Z. What an awesome lady. So sweet. She was one of the veterans that when I came on, welcomed me with open arms. For that I’ll always be grateful..I never saw her in a bad mood despite life’s challenges. Her energy was incredible. She always asked how I was and what was happening in my life. Always made time. We had Malibu in common.. anytime someone mentioned Malibu I would think of her..she lived out there and I would surf there a lot so we would talk about that… ❤️ thank you Jackie for your example. Legend. So sweet and kind. My prayers are with your family. RIP Jackie Zeman 🙏🏻🕊️❤️”

Laura Wright (Carly): “I’m struggling to wrap my head around this – I’m so grateful to have shared so many years with this beautiful woman. Jackie told the best stories-she had an INCREDIBLE spirit and she lived such an amazing life. She loved working on GH -she adored her daughters and lit up when talking about her grandchildren – saying she will be missed is an understatement – thank you Jackie for sharing your heart and soul with all of us. Much love to Cassidy and Lacey ❤️ #nurseBobbie #BobbieCarly #Spencerwomen”

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Tamara Braun (ex-Carly): “I don’t have the words. This shocks and hurts too much for words. I want to hug you. Laugh with you. Share stories. Talk real talk because that’s what we did. I can not believe this is true. How is this true? I don’t have the words right now. I’m heartbroken. My love is with you and your beautiful Cassidy and Lacey, your beautiful grand babies, your fur babies and everyone who was lucky enough to know your heart and love. No words to do you justice. This really hurts. I love you. I cannot believe this. #love”

Emma Samms (Holly): “I’m heartbroken by the news that we have lost Jackie Zeman. She was a wonderfully skilled actress but it was her kind heart that made us love her. My heart goes out to her family whom I know was immensely proud.”

Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan):I just heard of Jackie Zeman‘s passing late tonight. This is going to take me a minute to process. I can’t believe such a life force as hers has left. Her family and close friends must be absolutely devastated. Please hold them in your hearts.”

Maurice Benard (Sonny):”This hit me really hard, a gut punch. I think because Jackie was such a sweet, delicate soul. And I got to know her really well in the later years, I just loved her spirit. I keep telling people life is not fair, we just have to except what is. I will miss you, Jackie we all will✝️”

Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky) “Such a light of love has been lost but I know has gained her wings as the Angel that she was! Incredible woman with a smile that made you smile & so honored to have worked with her! GBYA Aunt Jackie”

John J. York (Mac): “OH MY, I AM SHOCKED AND SOOO VERY SAD! Jackie Zeman is a LEGEND!!! So many wonderful memories, both personal and professional. Her SPARKLE will be present o General Hospital FOREVER…”

William deVry (ex-Julian):Devastated to hear the horrible news of #JackieZeman ‘s passing. Too much bad news coming out of #GeneralHospital these days. Very very sad & hard to believe.”

Wendy Riche (ex-EP, GH,  now co-EP, The Bay): I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of my dear friend Jackie Zeman & filled with gratitude for loving times we had together personally & General Hospital & The Bay.  Jackie always spread joy wherever she was I cherish every moment we shared .profound devastating loss.”

Charles Shaughnessy (ex-Victor): “I was a fan when I watched GH from the lunch room at work in a fabric wholesaler in 1983. Then I got to work with her and again just recently. A genuinely lovely, kind, thoughtful person and a legendary daytime star. RIP sweet Jackie Z.”

Tristan Rogers (Robert): “Jackie Z was the first person I really got to know back on GH in ‘81. We did many pa’s together and they were always great. She was always the perfect partner. Much later we worked on The Bay. And now I’ll never be able to work with her again. Her spark has gone. By babe.”

Yvette Nicole Brown: “I am stunned. We just met when I did General Hospital to honor Sonya Eddy.  She saw me in the hallway marveling at the #GH sign — I couldn’t believe I was actually there. I turned, saw her & immediately fan-girled. I’ve loved her all my life! She was lovely.”

Lydia Look (Selina):Don’t give away your days, they are yours.”  Thank you Jackie Zeman.  I will always remember that.” 

Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix): “So stunned to just learn of Jackie’s passing. She was such a talented and lovely person and legend who never ceased to make us laugh, and smile. We will miss you!”

Eden McCoy (Josslyn): “Jackie was the first person I spoke to when I walked on set to film my very first scene. I was so nervous, but she soothed me with hugs as she introduced herself. Thank you for all that you were to me & so many. Love you now & forever. My condolences to her beautiful family.”

Share your thoughts on the sentiments shared by Jackie’s friends and co-stars, as we continue to grieve the loss of this beloved member of the GH family below.

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I can’t even imagine how shocking this must be for all of her colleagues past and present. Such a loss. When I was a kid and would watch GH, I always loved Bobbie’s interactions with Luke. Bobbie’s smile and giggle were infectious. GH has their work cut out for them now as they will hopefully structure an epic tribute for her.

“Bobbie” seemed forever, as did Ms. Zeman. I recall her as Lana McClain on OLTL, first, and actually doing double-duty as Lana and Bobbie overlapping in their last and first runs, respectively. A force of nature, there was nothing like the down-to-earth yet “sparkly sunshine” of Jackie Zeman, she brought a true east coast vibe to the proceedings, we cared and rooted for her and all those she rooted for, for decades. Yes, her energy is eternal.

Omgosh that era of the early 80s with Rick Springfield and Demi Moore and Jackie in the middle of it all. She was the best I am so shocked by this!

Was so sad to hear of Jackie’s passing as the news broke last night. Have watched her work for years and she will be remembered forever. My sincerest condolences to Jackie’s family, friends and fans. Rest peacefully

My heart is heavy. Jackie Z was truly one of my favorites. In my head she was my auntie with the fire RED hair. General Hospital has been a trusted friend to me. My late mother and I spent so many days talking about Bobbie and Scottie, and Luke and Laura. They were my introduction to what has now been a 40 year passion . I will miss seeing Bobbie ( Jackie Z) and that beautiful face and awesome red hair. RIP auntie Bobbie!!!!
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This is the saddest news ever i just couldn’t beleive what I read!!!!!!!!!! I felt soooo upset all night long since i read about Jackie. She was not just beautiful, but i felt like I knew her, cause I grew up watching Gen. Hosp. i still cannot beleive it! Rest in Peace

When I saw her name headlining the google names I had thought maybe she was leaving and when I read further and saw she passed away I couldn’t believe it, I was in total shock. I have watched General Hospital for years (my mom got me hooked when was a little girl). I saw her first appearance and l became drawn to her character as well as Luke, Laura and Scotty. I will forever miss the sound of her voice and cute laugh and the smile that light up every room. Go fly high with the angel Jackie Zeman you have absolutely earned your wings. My condolences to her daughters, granddaughters and every life she had touched.

I’ve been watching Jackie since she played Lana on OLTL in the 70’s. I’m in shock and heartbroken. God bless her family. Many heart felt condolences

The passing of Jacqie Zeman has got to be a horrible blow to not only the GH family, but the many fans across the country. My earliest memory of her was a conversation she was having with Aunt Ruby I don’t remember it but she was amazing, and the last memory was at the wedding of Micheal and Willow. My condolences to her work family, her daughters, friends and fans.

So sad to hear the news of jackie’ passing. What an icon! I feel like a part of my childhood is gone out as I remember her character of Bobbi was one of my favorites. May she rest in peace.

Such a loss. I remember my sister forcing me to watch as a kid.. during the Damian Smith affair.. I’ve been a fan since. Her mannerisms and voice were so distinct. A true original. Rest with God. Condolences to her family and friends.

Devastating news.

She led with kindness and compassion.

Everyone seems so shocked by this I was so shocked I can’t believe it

I am in shock! I started watching GH in the 60’s it was only a half an hour then, I would come home for lunch & watch it! This is the saddest news. My heart is broken for her girls & the rest of her family!
RIP Lovely lady

I am lost for words. I am glad to have seen her during Michael and Willow’s wedding just over a week ago. I have been watching General Hospital since the early 70’s and her character has been awesome. I send prayers to her family and GH. RIP.

I remember watching her on ONE Life to Live in 1976 – Nov 1977. I wrote to her in late 1976 and got a nice handwritten letter at the time. May not be the first fan letter but it was an early ones. I recorded OLTL on AUDIO-Cassette from July 1977 through early 79 and uploaded them to Youtube. I was sad when they Killed Lana off in Nov 17/18 Episodes 1977, but was Happy when in early Dec 1977 she walked out of the elevator as Bobbie Spencer Michael have you found any of the One Life to Live cast members like Jameson Parker or Erika Slezak etc reactions

She had such a bright light about her that you knew when watching her it was authentic and genuine. It’s as if she didn’t have to rehearse to play the character. It takes immense talent to wear and become your character but she did just that. I loved her sense of fashion. Seems as if she could have lived another 20 or so years and still would have been on the set because she brought that much energy to her work.

I feel like I’ve lost a part of my family. She was a force! My condolences to her family and friends for this huge loss. RIP Jackie Zeman. You will be missed.

Watching general hospital since day one she was my favorite RIP

This wonderful woman put it all on screen. We were spoiled to witness such genius. Rest well, JZ.

Oh my I love Jackie an amazing the Best Beautiful actress been watching Gh with nurse B for many years Nurse Bobby you are missed. God Blessing Peace love & syrength to her family as she rest in God’s Arms

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More of the Story on ‘General Hospital’ Star Josh Kelly’s Latest Film Role in ‘The Workout’

We had previously shared that General Hospital’s Josh Kelly was taking three weeks away from his role of Cody Bell to a shoot a role in an upcoming movie entitled The Workout.

Josh originally revealed his role in the film during an episode of GH castmates, Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson’s (Spinelli) podcast.

Now Deadline has filled in some of the blanks, and shared some intriguing intel on the premise of the film and its back-story.  The film stars Kelly along with Peter Jae, and UFC Fighter, Ashlee Evans-Smith. Other cast members include The Bay’s Kristos Andrews.

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In The Workout, two army rangers set out to create a workout video, but their plans are abruptly halted when a mob hit interrupts their filming. Tragically, one of the rangers loses his wife in the attack, sending him on a relentless mission to take down the mob and anyone who stands in his way.

The film from James Cullen Bressack, almost did not get financed.  Apparently, ten days before his birthday, Bressack made a post on Instagram about the feature and production, casting, and financing came from the post … illustrating the power of social media. After the post gained traction, a producer provided financing and actors expressed interest in joining the project, leading to a quick production.

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In a statement, Bressack shared, “As artists a painter paints, a musician makes music, a writer writes, but as filmmakers we have to ask permission to create. It’s time to change that narrative. This film spawned from a necessity to create. We create. We tell stories. We play pretend. I’m excited to take this journey. This is the truest form of collaboration and a community of friends coming together to make something fun. While our industry has had a rough time recently with strikes and a possible strike looming in the future, it’s nice to remind ourselves why we got into film to begin with. To have fun telling stories.”

No word yet on when The Workout will be released.

So, looking forward to seeing this collaborative effort featuring GH’s Josh Kelly? Comment below.

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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Set to Be Announced

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences revealed on Wednesday via X, that this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Nominations are set to be announced in full on Friday, April 19th at 12 pm ET/9 am PT.

However, four of the top award category nominations will be revealed on Thursday, April 18th across four entertainment news programs to kick things off.

Those include this Thursday episodes of Access Hollywood, E! News, Entertainment Tonight and Extra. Over the past few years, NATAS has often let the syndicated entertainment news program handle the duties of revealing the top actor and actress in a daytime drama series, but we shall see which categories the shows unveil this year.

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As previously announced, the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented in ceremonies on Friday night, June 7th on CBS (8 – 10 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

The awards will be back at The Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where (the delayed due to the actors and writers strike) 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held back in December of 2023.

Look for the full nominations to be posted right here at Michael Fairman TV and you can follow along on Friday on the Daytime Emmys social platforms as well.

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The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Daytime Emmy Nominations will honor the work and achievement from the calendar year of 2023.

So, who would you like to see in the running for gold when the Daytime Emmy nominations in the key acting and show categories are revealed? Share your thoughts below.

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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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