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Genie Francis Names Some of Her Favorite Scenes From General Hospital: What Are Some of Your Top ‘Laura’ Moments?

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General Hospital’s Daytime Emmy-winning star, Genie Francis (Laura), is currently on her annual summer hiatus for the show, while Laura is off trying to find out what happened to her son, Nikolas.

The actress who starting portraying Laura as a teenager back in 1977 has been an integral part of the ABC daytime-drama series for decades, as fans watched Genie grown-up on the soap as her Port Charles alter-ego, Laura married Scotty Baldwin, and later Luke Spencer.

Throughout the years, there have been countless memorable scenes and storylines featuring Francis.  Soap Opera News caught up with Genie while she was appearing with her husband, Jonathan Frakes (ex-Star Trek) at the Terrificon convention in Connecticut over the past weekend.

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When asked to name some of her favorite scenes of all-time, Genie said: “Emily McLaughlin (Jessie Brewer) cleaning Laura up after the rape. Putting a star on top of the Christmas tree with Scotty (Kin Shriner) when she was a little girl. All her hopes and dreams, a perfect ingenue moment. Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) dying, or so we thought. And then there’s lots of things that were just really fun, like dancing in the department store and that kind of thing. That was fun.”

Francis also addressed how through the years in her storylines with Tony Geary (Luke), it often became more one-sided, sharing: “Sometimes they’ll write one side too hard and not write the other side enough. But when we started, it was very balanced. And I think that’s when it was at its best.”

So, now its your turn! What are some of your favorite scenes featuring Genie Francis as Laura throughout the years on GH? Comment below.

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I love the Ice Princess 1 and 2. Especially with Laura (Genie Francis) pass the torch to Trina (Tabyana Ali) it was really beautiful.

She’s right. Those moments with Jessie, Scotty, and Lucky are still etched in my soul.

fer gawsake Luke and Laura were near half a century ago..

it was the best marking ploy to hype them up and yet not many can let it rest lol…..

Laura is 61/62 now and they have her wearing a wig to look like Marsha Brady..

there are very becoming wigs for 60yr old women, just makes no sense to me, nope..

I do wish Luke/Tony would return, he was great..

I hope soon Nikolis will return hmm played by? I think that would wake up Essme..

That’s Genie’s real hair. No wig. No extensions and it looks darned good.

She looks amazing and that is not a wig!Yikes that is the soap history there is a lot of us fans that really enjoyed it!!!

Translation : it was great until JFP thought Geary was everything told Francis she was fat . Blah blah blah all of us who watched it in that era were disgusted. Hey I like TG I think he had some great story but it was not all about him. Hollywood is the problem the audience is just sitting out here to be entertained not lectured to by cue card readers

JFP had issues with all the legacy actresses (except Jane Elliott, probably because of TG’s influence). Laura, Bobbie, Monica and Felicia were all taken off contract during JFP’s reign of terror.

I think at the heart of it, JFP had issues with actresses, period. In her mind, the women on GH were disposable, while the men were sacrosanct. It was under her reign that the women were removed from the intro and it was a just a men vanity intro.

JFP had issues with all the legacy actresses over 40 (except Jane Elliott, probably because of TG’s influence). Laura, Bobbie, Monica, Lila and Felicia were all taken off contract during JFP’s reign of terror.

Who is jfp

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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General Hospital’s John J. York Reveals Potential Transplant Donor: “I Believe They Found a Match”

Promising news for General Hospital’s John J. York (Mac Scorpio). The actor who went public with his health battle shared Friday on Good Morning America that a life-saving blood stem cell transplant donor may have been located.

An emotional York told GMA, “I believe they found a match, perfect match, which will make me cry.  So we’re going to start our testing and do all that kind of stuff coming up here in about a week, and then I believe the transplant will happen, fingers crossed, in November.”

Through his association with the Be The Match organization, York located the now potential donor to help in his fight against myelodysplastic syndrome and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders. “

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York went on to explain the difficulties he faced in trying to find a match: “Many of my family members were tested and most of them were 6 out of 12; apparently there’s markers that have to be reached. So they were on standby.”

When asked just what the GH fan favorite would want to say if given the opportunity to speak to the donor that appears to be a match, in tears, John expressed: “Thank you for saving my life. For letting me spend more time with my wife and my daughter and my son-in-law and my grandchildren and seeing this beautiful blue sky.”

John has played Mac Scorpio for 32 years and until recently had kept his battle with these two blood cancers private, but came forward to clarify why he is taking time away from GH, and how he is been trying to find a life-saving donor match.

Watch York’s segment from GMA below.

Now, share your thoughts and well-wishes as John awaits the test results from his potential donor, to hopefully undergo this life-saving transplant in November via the comment section.

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