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General Hospital's Dee Wallace Interview: Playing Patricia, Luke & The Spencer Family Secret & Working With Tony Geary!

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GH fans waited patiently for the arrival on the scene of Patricia Spencer (Dee Wallace), the older sister of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).  No one had ever heard of the character before, until the series began to unravel the traumatic back-story of Luke and the Spencer clan, and their tortured childhood past.  When news broke that motion picture and television actress, Dee Wallace, most known for her work in the classic Steven Spielberg film, E.T., would be taking on the role that viewers knew was an important part, and that an actress of the highest caliber was needed to fill those shoes.

As we have finally witnessed this week, Patricia finally appeared on the scene, and actress Dee Wallace made her soap opera debut!  In emotional scenes, a flipped out Luke finds Patricia with multiple sclerosis in a convalescent home, and there she is also reunited with her younger sister Bobbie (Jackie Zeman).  After Luke finally has a break into reality, thanks to some good talking to by Tracy (Jane Elliot), he flees the hospital and heads to the Spencer family home to try to remember what happened to him all those years ago.  In gut-wrenching scenes, and through an exquisitely produced, written, and performed episode, the secret that only Patricia also knew comes to light… Luke killed his father, and accidentally killed his mother with a baseball bat … and Patricia helped cover it up.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Dee to get her thoughts on being in these riveting scenes with seven-time Daytime Emmy winner and icon Tony Geary, how she views Patricia and her importance to the Spencer family, and getting the opportunity to work with the stellar group of cast and crew over at General Hospital.  She even previewed that there’s more drama ahead on Thursday’s episode.  Here’s what Dee filled us in on, and more!

Those scenes with Tony Geary at the end of Wednesday’s 52nd anniversary, where Luke had finally remembered he killed both his mother and his father, were heart-wrenching.  What did you think of his performance and being present for it?

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DEE:  I have to tell you, Tony is mesmerizing to work with and to watch.  Some actors can look right at you like trucks going through you, and when you connect with Tony, you connect all the way.  He’s a very generous actor, and he is a really sweet guy.  Everybody on the set welcomed me and made me feel like family.  I had never met Tony before this.  It was really one of the nicest experiences I have had in a long time.

How did this come about that you were sought out to play the key role of Patricia Spencer?

DEE:  I did not know they were looking for a Patricia, but the fabulous casting director, Mark Teschner, knew of my work, and thought I would fit with the Spencer family, and thought I would have the emotional life to fill it in.  So they called and wanted to know if I would be interested.  When I read Patricia, I knew who she was.  I know the love for family that will make you give up yourself and do anything for them.  I know that is a part of me.  I do look for parts like that, because I want to make some sort of statement with my work.

Had you ever watched GH before?

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DEE:  Of course … Luke and Laura!  Of course, and that’s like Tony saying, “Have you seen E.T.?”   It is a part of our culture, General Hospital!

There you were as a young woman watching Tony! (Laughs)

DEE:  Yes!  Every young girl was watching Tony back then! (Laughs)

When you were filled in on the part of Patricia?  How was it explained to you?

DEE:  They told me it was a key part, and I would be playing Luke’s sister, and they had been talking about the character for some time, because I don’t take a part usually without reading it, because I need to know that I can do it justice.  But of course, you get parts like in E.T., which I did get to read before I signed on.  But I had enough information and I said, “Look, I need to know if she is emotional?”  They told me Patricia was ill, and it was about a lot of love and emotion.  I said, “Well, those are the things I do!”

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It was so amazing to watch.   It felt like you fit right in with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Luke as their long lost sister.  I felt as if you were immediately a part of their history and the Spencer clan.  Not an easy feat to pull off!

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DEE:  Thank you!  That’s a great compliment.  It’s acting by fire.  We shot four episodes in two days and I thought, “I wonder if it’s too late to get me out of this.” (Laughs)  But the way I work as an actor, being on the soap really excited me.  I don’t like to rehearse a lot.  I don’t like to think about it too much.  I really like to be just in the moment.  My great challenge here was I studied people with multiple sclerosis.  If we are going to play people with a disease, then we need to honor that disease, and those people, and what they go through.  A lot of the symptoms of MS involve the vocal chords, and the speech slows down.   I called GH EP Frank Valentini, and I said, “I really need some guidance here.  I can’t slur my words, or have slow speech with these many words to say.”  He led me to the physical.  Wait till you see today’s episode! When you play anybody who is injured, dying, or sick, you still have to play them with energy, and so my biggest challenge has been learning all the lines, and getting them correct, and to honor that illness.  That is why you see me holding my arm a lot, and kind of slumped over instead of sitting up.  Patricia has very minimal make-up, as I am cringing!  Oh, it’s just another not pretty part!  I think I am actually famous for them.  Well, you know, you can’t be in a hospital bed with false eyelashes.  I have had a brilliantly wonderful time with all the actors, directors, and Frank Valentini.

So, did anyone know Patricia had MS?

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DEE:  She has been in a convalescent home.  Luke tracked her down, and said to her, “Are you sick?” And she said, “I have multiple sclerosis.”  So he didn’t know, or he didn’t remember.  We read it as if Luke didn’t know.  Everyone in the family just found Patricia.

I thought the young actors who played as young Patricia and Luke were amazing.  Kudos to Joey Luthman and Chloe Lanier!  What did you think of their performances?

DEE:  They were incredible.  I want to write to them.  I think it means a lot to young actors to hear from people that they worked with; I know it meant a lot to me in the past.

When you all finished taping the final emotional scene on Wednesday’s air show, what happened?

DEE:  These guys are pretty use to digging in their heels and shedding tears, and then going to lunch! (Laughs)  It is a muscle you learn to let out and recuperate from pretty quickly.  Otherwise, you go down on your lines.  There were a few moments after the scene of everybody getting themselves back together, and then we had to plunge into what you are going to see on today’s episode.  It’s really heavy duty.

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What can you preview about the story as it picks-up today?

DEE:  There is a lot more information about that night that gets revealed, and there is a lot more emotion.  Luke is back to being Luke now, and the ending scene has to resolve what is going on with Luke.

You have had an incredible career in motion pictures and television.  Do you look at it and realize just how much you have done and accomplished, and that it would be the envy of any performer?

DEE: Acting has been a great life for me, for the most part. There have been people that have hurt me, but people hurt all of us in life.  Our job is to bounce back and create, or recreate ourselves anyway.   I have always been glad that I chose to be an actor.  I am doing a lot of other things in my life, too: I am doing healing work, author, and I just created this fabulous new little toy which is called “MySelfie Bear”!

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Tell me about my “MySelfie Bear”.

DEE:  It is a little teddy bear, and if the child pushes the paw it says a really positive statement.  The power of the bear is that the child says it back in the first person.   So the bear says, “I love my body.”  And then the child says, “I love my body.”  So the bear says, “I am so loved.” And then the child says, “I am so loved.”   It’s really the beginning of the child claiming how much he loves him or her self, and his body, and the world.  It was staggering to me to find out there was really no toy out there like this.  I just like to create things!

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Christopher Stone was your husband and he did a stint on DAYS as Dr. Bill Horton!

DEE: Yeah, and he went through the same thing I did, and said, “Honey, I really don’t know if I can do this.”  I remembered that when I thought about taking the GH gig, you bet I did.  But by the end of two weeks, he had said he had never had more fun than being on DAYS.  I think he was on the show for about six month.

Did Tony Geary and you share any moment’s off-camera that you can share?

DEE:  Tony was so sweet, and we talked about Kansas City, and how much he loved Kansas City; which is where I am from, and what great barbeque restaurants they had and everything!  When I got down to my dressing room there was a lovely note and a bottle of Kansas City barbeque sauce from him.  So sweet!

What can you tell me about working with dynamo, Jane Elliot (Tracy)?

DEE:  Oh, my Gosh. The minute I walked out on the set she just threw her arms around me.  It’s like a family there, and it has to be.  You get in, and then you run it for camera, and then all the actors get together and they run the lines and run the lines, because you have little time to get the words down, and get out there and do it.  Jane Elliot said to me about learning the lines so fast, “This is what I am doing to stave off Alzheimer’s disease.  My brain is always working all the time, all the time.” (Laughs)

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Everyone knows you from E.T.!   It is an incredible film, and you were incredible in it.  But as an actress, do you ever get sick of people gushing over that, when you have also done so many other performances that you would like to be remembered for?

DEE:  Is it nice to be attached to a film that changes people’s lives and is still changing people’s lives?  You don’t forget that. Hell no!  I will talk about E.T. till they put me in the grave and are playing the theme song! (Laughs)

Your final thoughts on the opportunity to be a part of this incredible and important story in this history of the iconic Spencer clan of GH?

DEE:  My final thoughts are it has been a wonderful new experience at this turning point in my life as an actress.  It reminded me of why I wanted to act.  It was good, and loving, and powerful, and you can’t ask for more than that – the reveal of Luke killing the two parents – I said, “That would be enough to screw a guy up!”  And I will say, the grace in which Tony pulled that off was quite astounding!

What did you think about the performance of Dee Wallace as Patricia Spencer? What do you think about Dee’s comments on the harrowing scenes with Tony Geary and being part of the ensemble cast of GH and the Spencer family? Share your thoughts below!

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Actually, the character of Patricia was mentioned once in a 1978 episode (an old Elm Street neighbor of Bobbie’s asks about her, but Bobbie doesn’t want to discuss her). You can see the clip on youtube. Regarding yesterday’s episode, everyone involved did a spectacular job. Bravo!

Justin
Justin

Thank you! I get so tired of people saying that Patricia was never heard of before. The fact that Patricia was mentioned back in 1978 makes the story that much more viable.

Howard
Howard

Great Actress—I hope her role on GH is longer term!

Harry
Harry

She is indeed a great actress but everytime I see her I am reminded to phone home.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Dee is a keeper—bring back the young actors who played Patricia and Luke as teens—im certain someone at GH will eventually need some long lost children…lol…maybe they could be Jimmy Lee’s grandchildren—fill up the Q mansion!!!

Rose
Rose

I can only hope Lucas made a mistake today and that Pat had one of those seizures that makes you seem dead. Maybe her daughter crying over her will wake her up?

Sal
Sal

The girl that played a young Patricia resembled the original Carly on GH. I played it over and over and she has a strong resemblance to Carly.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I didnt see it today but my sister filled me in…hope she’s not dead!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Rose. I question her death myself. I would have loved listening to Dee’s sweet and calming voice indefinitely. So, I hope what what you hope is true.

Michael
Michael

It would be nice to see her back, but they usually only bring villains back from the dead.

vinman
vinman

Exactly Sal….younger Patricia Spencer was a spitting image of Tamara Braun. Carly circa’01-’05.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, I apologize. I must have misread. I thought Sal was talking about the mother, played by present-day Carly.
Please ignore my post..lol.

vinman
vinman

Indeed,the actress who played young Patricia looked identical to a younger looking Tamara Braun;who played Carly 2001-2005.

Rose
Rose

I think you’re right Sal. They do look a lot alike. Wonder if casting noticed as well when they cast her. Hope they find a way to incorporate her into the current cast, possibly as another long lost Spenser. Because as you know anything at GH is possible.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree…she does resemble Tamara. I also would like to see both young Spencers incorporated into the show. I loved the kid who played young Luke.

aria
aria

Dee Wallace was so great, i loved the character the minute she debut, but its so sad she’s sick w/ ms, hope they keep her on for a while, Wallace nailed it and convince me she’s a spencer. also thought the young actress playing patricia was great, GH should try to get her for another character, but she’s gotta be a spencer/echart . Finally, love hearing how awesome Jane Elliot is, she’s so convincing as Tracy that when you hear from so many people how “nice” Jane the actress is it fills my heart, i would love to meet her in real life. I wold love to meet everyone on GH that would be AWESOME!

aria
aria

omg, just saw todays episode, april 2, it was heart breaking, it had me crying, wish there was more patricia, and valerie had me weaping, if GH submits these two episodes for 2015 they will definitely win as best show.

Charday
Charday

Great interview–thanks. Hope she sticks around on GH.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Dee did a fantastic job, as did everyone in the anniversary episode!

Dinah
Dinah

great interview Michael love Dee

k/kay
k/kay

The most refreshing thing about her is she looks wonderful and natural no fake face no fake anything! Actresses take notes! This is how you do it!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Aging gracefully? You bet, k/kay…….kudos!
Dee is as pretty as she ever was!!

dmr
dmr

I think the casting of Patricia Spencer was right on-target. I love the Spencer siblings!

Anne
Anne

Love Dee, but she just died today, so she was on two shows total? Unless of course, she comes back to life. That happens more often than not. Maybe Lucas made a mistake.

Lisa
Lisa

Dee was just wonderful throughout this storyline but her last scene with Luke brought me to tears. I have never been so moved by a performance as much as I was with Dee, Tony Geary, Laura Wright, Jane Elliott, and everyone else involved with the reveal. Congratulations to all for giving us the very best of the best.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Would love to see the Spencer Three remain front burner or key to all stories. That family bond is why we watch and engage in these daytime dramas. Maybe Lucky can come home. Laura, too.

Shay
Shay

Dee added the sweetest, most beautiful, gentle and dignified presence to an often (up until now…) repulsive storyline….she was perfectly cast in this role, and the same goes for those two young actors who portrayed Luke/Bill and Patricia in the flashback scenes. I would love to see them added in some capacity to GH’s current day scenario, as they acted circles around most of the other pathetic newbies that this show keeps adding. As a matter of fact, it puzzles me as to why the wonderful Chloe Lanier wasn’t tapped to play Valerie….I think it would have packed so much more of a dramatic punch if (F)luke had initially come face to face with the spitting image of his long-lost big sis in the form of her daughter….(or the previously aforementioned Julie Marie Berman, which would have been another brilliant casting move for reasons I’ve already mentioned….Unless it is going to come out as a further aspect of this tale that Patricia adopted her child, I cannot see the logic in the choice of actress chosen to play her daughter…I suppose we shall have to wait and see what happens since it looks like after today’s developments, she’s stuck in Port Charles for now….) Having said that, I had hoped for future heartwarming scenes from Ms. Wallace, and was extremely disappointed at her character’s demise at the close of today’s episode, but then I suppose that is the highest compliment one can pay to a performer…that they have left the audience wanting more! Major kudos to this lovely lady!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im hoping she isnt dead, and will continue to make guest appearances…had Julie Marie Berman been cast as Valerie i could see Lulu inviting Valerie to stay with her and Dante, and Valerie becoming attracted to Dante and viceversa…me too wish the ones playing young Luke and Patricia would stay around…the show can dump T.J. and Molly!!!

Shay
Shay

True, jimh….Maybe she can appear to Luke as an apparition during his “treatment?” Having said that, it would be interesting to know if the rumor about JMB— that she was being considered for a return to GH in another role…in particular, as Lulu’s cousin—was indeed true. It certainly would have made for great theater, and it now makes me wonder why it didn’t happen.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Shay. I hadn’t thought of it, but you’re right……much more compelling and shocking.
I would have liked to have seen how the impact of that ‘apparition’, for lack of a better word, would have knocked Luke’s socks off, no?…..shock him right into reality!

Harry
Harry

Bravo, Shay.
I agree with your every word.

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Harry.

Shay
Shay

No “collective outrage” from me, either, Harry!!!! You are so right about the actress playing Valerie….I am completely underwhelmed by her, too….One always hopes for the best with newbies, but alas, here is yet another disappointment introduced to the GH canvas. As if the ever-annoying “Sparkle Pony’s” presence weren’t enough to stir our discontent….

CeeCee
CeeCee

May I add, Shay….without sounding overbearing…..It is not the fact that Valerie is obviously of mixed race; THAT, is not the issue. I just cannot come to grips with the fact that Patricia has a daughter Valerie’s age. I am assuming the girl is in her twenties? And, Patricia in her seventies? I suppose it does happen, but adoption seems more likely to me. That’s what I originally thought …..as soon as I saw Valerie, and I said as much.
I should just settle down, soap writers do have poetic license, afterall.
As you suggest, it would be very interesting to find out what Valerie’s story is? I hope the writers give us an inspiring, well-developed storyline. Later.

Shay
Shay

Understood, CeeCee….There just seems to be so much incongruity in this new character, that I hope there with be some suitable forthcoming explanations….as I previously posited, could Patricia have sought refuge in a convent once she skipped Port Charles???? Her curious grasping of her crucifix necklace leads me to think there could be a clue there….or maybe it was simply a personal acting choice on the part of Ms. Wallace? Having this woman be a former nun who adopted a child that may have crossed her path in her previous vocation would make much sense as to how they became mother and daughter, and explain the curious casting of Valerie. Like you, I tend to want a rhyme and reason for everything I see…..”just because” has never worked for me!!!!

Harry
Harry

As usual, I am in the minority (no word play intended) in thinking that the actress who plays Valerie is simply dreadful.
I have the same reaction to her as I do to the actress who plays Lilly from Y&R. She delivers her lines as if she is a disgruntled, spoiled Valley Girl who is angry because she is unhappy with her pedicure.
I know everyone thinks she is a great actress but her delivery is tone deaf to me.
And speaking of acting chops (or lack there of) while she is utterly stunning, I find those huge choppers to be somewhat distracting. As far as age is concerned, you know who would have been a marvelous example of stunt casting gone right? Drew Barrymore who played Dee Wallace’s daughter in ET. Drew is about forty now and would be the appropriate age. Could you not see her grin and say, “Give me a break” when Luke starts sobbing hysterically about his childhood? Oh my God, it would be PERFECTION! Plus, I adore Drew Barrymore–now that girl can act.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
Actually, Harry, you are not in the minority. When first observing Valerie, I thought she was very pretty….far from stunning. A few scenes later, I discovered that she does have an angry attitude towards the world…just like Lily. You are absolutely right about that.
Thus, as pretty as a girl/woman may be, any anger she harbors becomes palpable, erasing all beauty.
Oh, yes, Harry…..Drew Barrymore would have definitely worked for me.

Harry
Harry

Thank you for the validation, CeeCee.
I said something similar else where and ignited collective outrage.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…I totally agree with you about the “anger” thing…..beauty must not only be apparent on the surface, but as an inner quality, as well. This new character’s “attitude” is simply not working for me, either. I am still fixated upon the notion that Julie Marie Berman would have made an excellent Valerie, especially if, God forbid, the show runners have Dante forsaking his marital vows for her…..I am hoping against that, by the way, as it’s ever so nice to see a well-adjusted, faithful couple sticking together through thick and thin anywhere these days….even if it is just on a soap!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
I have apologized to sweet, Fanny already, so now I apologize to sweet you, Shay. LOL. I messed up the responses…no harm done.
Yes, I did not want to judge Britny’s Valerie. She was okay in her first scene. I gave her the benefit of the doubt. We pick up little nuances as we go along…..so, I will give her a little more time.
Her last two scenes were lacking that IT factor that normally grabs my attention. All I took from her acting was anger and disappointment. There is something that gnaws at me about her….the feeling is elusive…can’t put my finger on it.
I do agree, Julie would have been great…and ironic, don’t you think? A’ bientot, mon amie.

Shay
Shay

CeeCee…No apology necessary! I’m not even sure where you purportedly messed up….I often jump around to different, less current threads and find a response much after the fact, so that is why I am so late to the party here. I think we are on the same page on the subject of Valerie, basically underwhelmed with this new character. Actually, that describes my entire attitude for the past week’s episodes…with the sole exception of Billy Miller’s garage scene, I was pretty much overcome with ennui in reference to all the other scenarios presented…..they were just more of the same old stuff. It’s been completely downhill since the big 52nd anniversary episode….’tis a true shame! And yes, I shall continue to pine for JMB’s return. She was a real asset to GH, and her talents are sorely needed now. Later, Girlfriend!..Have a great weekend!

su0000
su0000

Dee Wallace!! you gave us a phenomenal Patricia!!
It was exciting to finally see the Spenser children together!!
How great that was !!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

It was a Hallmark moment…lol

Kim
Kim

Love it Mrs. ET !! Great actors GH

Mary SF
Mary SF

She gave a flawless performance– she will definitely be in the running for outstanding Guest Role daytime emmy at next year’s awards. I would of have liked the character to have been around to for Luke’s recovery and therapy — I’m mean no one just recovers from mental illness overnight and I could see the three of them working with Kevin, to reintegrate Luke properly. But if today’s show is to believed that process will be without big sis. such a shame.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Aawww……I hate to see her go!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its GH—she might not really be dead—i see Lulu inviting Valerie to stay with her and Dante—with Valerie and Dante having an affair—VANTE!!!…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, boy, jimh….that’s funny. Can you imagine? Not so far-fetched, is it?……VANTE….good one.

Harry
Harry

Vante? I love it, Jimmy. Very clever.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, what an impression she left to all the GH fans for only being on a couple episodes!

Bobby
Bobby

She’s as beautiful without makeup as with it and her sweetness always seems to shine through. I loved her as Patricia and hope to see more of her. Thanks for a great interview.

Lynda Johnson
Lynda Johnson

I think Dee Wallace was an excellent choice to play Patricia, she did an outstanding job and the Spencer siblings all seemed to have a realistic bond, it was like they really were siblings reliving such a tram attic event , Well done GH

Robert
Robert

I think she did beautiful,loving work as Patricia. She was noble and strong in the role, my only regret is the role was short term. I love the idea of her “myselfie bear” it is truly needed in this world, where bullies and dysfunctional relationships are at a damaging level.

Michael
Michael

Man, I was hopping Dee Wallace was going to stay on GH a little longer. She did an outstanding job. Also Joey Luthman and Cloe Lanier were wonderful ad Young Luke and Dee. Maybe they can be cast as other Character maybe Daniel Thornhart and Christina Baldwin from Port Charles!

Annie
Annie

Dee Wallace was Great and her acting was super, I just wish they didn’t have to cut her out so soon. Kind of wish they had a longer storyline for her…

Aden
Aden

I loved her warmth and compassion. I am so glad the character was not some murderous freaky transgender psychopath as had been discussed on so many websites. I wish she could have stuck around recurring. Next order of business….sign those kids who played Luke and Patricia to contrcts. They were phenomenal!! And for however briefly it was wonderful to see Laura Wright play a nice warm hearted character. She does it so well…but unfortunately she is saddled playing shrill, snarly, sociopathic bitch Carly.

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, cast young Luke as Crychael and young Pat as Kiki now!

Caffeinated Joe (@Wings1295)
Caffeinated Joe (@Wings1295)

She was great as Patricia and having such an accomplished actress in the part helped with the weight of the scenes. Yesterday and today’s episodes were so great. Kudos to all involved and happy 52nd to GH!

luane raudabaugh
luane raudabaugh

Very believable portraying a person with MS. I enjoyed the short time she was on the show so much. So sad she could’nt be around for a bit longer.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I have always loved Dee Wallace. I am sorry to see the character of Patricia will not be on the canvas any longer. I was impressed by the actress playing young Patricia. She would make a good Kiki. I haven’t warmed to this new Kiki. Great job by all the actors in the Spencer saga.

Marianne Hart
Marianne Hart

Ns Stone was so good, i actually got online to find out if she really had multiple sclerosis. I was sorry to see her character die so soon. My question was answered in the interview. Thank you.

Linda
Linda

Dee was great. She put the icing on the cake. Her and Tony were in tune with the script

Rodd
Rodd

If I had blinked, I would have missed her. All the hype and she was only on a day or two. I think anyone could have played the role, it was so short. Nonetheless, I think Dee did a great job and brought a humanity to the role that was instantaneously connectable.

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe she didnt want a long term commitment?

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Sal.
Hi, Sal,
I believe the original Carly is Sarah Brown? The woman who played the Spencer siblings’s mother, the other day, is actually Laura Wright/present-day Carly. The reason you feel that young Patricia has a resemblance to our Carly today, is because she and ‘mom’ are the same actresses……one and the same.

Timmm
Timmm

And Sarah came back and played Claudia Zacchara and she was fabulous so I would hope Julie Berman would come back and play a different role or take back her role as Lulu.

Yvette
Yvette

First thing I want to say is…Dee, I remembered you from Cujo (before I remembered you from E.T.)

su0000
su0000

The 3 actors of the Spenser children are so dearly close in life that when the 3 Spencers were on screen that day it was like they were actually real, not characters,..
…. that was stunning!

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, I felt as if we were peering in on a real family. One freakin episode and it will go down in history as one of the greats!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Wonderful actress. Comes across as down to earth and genuine as “Patricia.” I think it was beyond a bad decision to kill her character off. We just met her. Luke and Bobby just reunited with her after all these years. Since GH barely has any families left, it would have been great to expand the Spencer clan…seeing the three siblings as adults took on a more poignant feel having just seem them as children. Now for them to find each to find each other again, confront their troubled past…all the love…surrounded by their children…golden. I could see Patricia taking on a Lila Quartermaine-type presence on the show. Budget cuts? They didn’t have to kill her, they could have moved her back to the convalescent home for a while. Perhaps Anthony Geary will really take his final bow, Dee is gone…Bobby might phase out…shame. Would rather they not close the chapter but instead fill in more pages with the ongoing lives of the Spencer’s…

Timmm
Timmm

I feel ripped off because GH does have issues with telling family stories. Luke, Bobbi and Pat had tons of possible material there to explore for the next year. Y&R has the Newmans and the Abbotts. GH needs to expand the Q’s and they could have had the Spencers.

Donna Torres
Donna Torres

I thought Dee Wallace Stone did an amazing job as Patricia Spencer. She fit in like she’d always been there. Too sad when she died. I would’ve loved to have more of her character!

Timmm
Timmm

Well, it was such an important role and a major key to the Fluke story and when they announced Dee would play the role I thought it would be great. Then I saw a picture of her and she looked like a Spencer. That was the final deal and she knocked it out of the park even though she swung like a sissy! [Oh that Tim Spencer!] She was only on a couple days and she made an everlasting mark on GH’s history. Congrats Dee Wallace!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Dee Wallace Stone was simply great–lovely and luminous (not unlike Genie Francis).
And she has the right attitude: She is grateful for fans and for the role in ET and will talk about it to her grave–unlike TG who has historically appeared to hate the role of Luke and to have gone out of his way to snub and deride fans and to forever sell them and their loyalty to him short.

Timmm
Timmm

I’m with you with Dee and Genie BUT Tony doesnt hate Luke, he has stated that he just doesnt want him portrayed as a hero and wants the character to go out in a blaze of glory. AND, he isnt snubbing fans, personally. He realizes that the fans want him and Laura to ride off into the sunset. He doesnt want that and he should have his say since he has played the character for 37 years. He owns Luke and I for one respect whatever his wishes are when he retires the character.

Calie
Calie

I loved Patricia, and loved watching Dee play the character. I only wish she could have stayed longer and that the family could heal under her character’s generous spirit.

Diane
Diane

I would have loved to see her as a regular on the show, she is great.

norene wittlin
norene wittlin

They should have figured out a way to keep her on longer.

T. Wagner
T. Wagner

I thought the ensemble cast was awesome! I especially like young Luke Spencer, played by Joey Luthman and his counterpart young Patricia played by Chloe Lanier. They really evoked the emotion and you felt for their character throughout the episode. I hope you will bring them back again, possibly in a new role. Such amazing talent!!

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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