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General Hospital's Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash Welcome Baby Girl Into The World!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

We were so excited to wake up to the news this morning that General Hospital’s Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and former GH star Brandon Barash (Ex-Johnny) welcomed into the world late last evening the newest addition to their family … a baby girl!

Brandon tweeted the news by stating: “Our passenger has touched down and arrived. Welcome to our world. There has not been a more fulfilling day. @teenystweeting #babygirlbarash

The popular duo revealed they were married last June and Storms was pregnant in an article in PEOPLE this past August.

A flurry of well wishes from Kirsten and Brandon’s GH co-stars came in over the last several hours on Twitter including the series head writer Ron Carlivati who expressed: “@BrandonBarash @teenystweeting Congratulations, Brandon & Kirsten! So happy for you guys! xoxo”

Congratulations to the new Mom and Dad!   Please post your well-wishes for the happy couple in our comment section below!

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Caroldee
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Caroldee

Such a happy couple..I wish them well as a new family. Hope they both are caught up on their sleep!

tali
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tali

Congrats!!

Linda
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Linda

Congratulations to the couple. I hope to see Kristen return ASAP to GH. I miss Brandon as he did an outstanding acting job in the role of Johnny. Does anybody know what he is doing now when he isn’t being a new dad?

Patrick
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Patrick

GH… by all accounts… should forefront Carly…. but… what to do with her? cat fight with Ava? it was so embarrassing… to watch, I think, mondays epi… when she had lunch with Michael and Kiki – to this day, duller than ever – as she “shared” she’s seeing Franco even more so … is how troubling, it is to watch RH, Franco – he’s having visions, and or his own psychotic lapses with Olivia… it’s all the proof we need… that RH’ Franco is just not working oh he’s nice to look at… and that’s about it if they need… Read more »

Beth CP
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Beth CP

Many congratulations and blessings to both Kirsten and Brandon for the beautiful gift they’ve brought into the world!

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

Congratulations Brandon and Kristen…Brandon would be the perfect Adam recast on Y&R but would rather see him back on GH in the future!!!

aria
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aria

congrats! bet its one beautiful baby, hope they both come back to GH, and baby can come to work with them! just wishful thinking, i know kisten is schedule to come back, hopefully, Brandon will return to GH too.

elyse dumas
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elyse dumas

congratulation to you all on the birth of your baby girl!

su0000
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su0000

How wonderful!!
Congratulations, Brandon & Kirsten!
Baby girl will bring you a lifetime of happiness!!

Ces
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Ces

Congratulations!!!

Melissa
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Melissa

Congrats to the happy couple! Get lots of sleep! And Kirsten, sleep when your beautiful little girl sleeps!!!

Heather
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Heather

Wow–so excited for them both!! Loved Brandon as Johnny Zacarra and have watched Kirsten develop into a amazing actress since she was Belle on Days. Wishing you both all the joys of new parenthood!

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smoochie

Congrats to a great folks who I dig so much onscreen, and who are real do-gooders off screen. I’s funny but I thought the baby who played Maxie’s daughter looked a lot like Kirsten and I have a feeling Kirsten and Brandon’s little girl is a beauty. Blessed be, all three of you.

delia
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delia

Congrads guys!!!!!! so happy for you!!!! Now please please talk Brandon back as Johnny so you can all work close by!!!!! 🙂

heidi
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heidi

Congratulations Kirsten and Brandon!!! I am sure she is adorable!!! Enjoy!!!

barb
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barb

Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

Mary Matteson
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Mary Matteson

Congratulations on your baby girl. I love watching you guys on GH. I am behind in two two days on watching GH. I have had too much company. I live in Fl and my friends want to come to the warm weather. He he. I will catch up tonight.
Happy new year to you both and the beautiful baby. Can’t wait to see pics….

nancy stevenson
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nancy stevenson

Congrats Brandon & Kirsten! Such a beautiful couple-know baby girl is too! This is ur miracle baby..all u really needed Kirsten was to be really happy..u had such a rough yr before! So happy for you both! Can’t wait til your back at work…now if GH would get Brandon back!

Cindy
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Cindy

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter Kristin and Brandon.

janet
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janet

Congrats to the new parents. Take turns getting up with the new bundle of joy. Best to the three of you.

Judy
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Judy

Will Johnny ever come back to GH? And when will Heather die for good? CHEERS!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

Would love to see him back as Johnny Z (GH could really use his talent), but as mentioned above my bet is he heads to Y&R as Adam recast since he’s tight with Burton and Jill.

Taylor
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Taylor

They must be a happy and a cute couple.

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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