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GH Fan Club Weekend 2019 (Photo Gallery)

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The whirlwind of events at the 2019 edition of the General Hospital Fan Club Weekend has come and gone, but with lasting memories for fans who traveled across the country and more to see their favorites from Port Charles up close and personal, through the main cast event, autograph signings, and more intimate events with popular cast members and duos.

Held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, California, and put together by fan club president, Debbie Morris and her team, as well as events surrounding the weekend from: Claire Mullan, Jim Warren, Debby O’Connor, and more, fans were kept busy bouncing from gathering to gathering.

Things got started last Thursday with the GH kick-off event attended by the likes of John J. York and Jon Lindstrom, as well as an event with Kin Shriner. That was followed by Friday with Mimosa’s with Lisa LoCicero, and a special event that reunited former on-screen loves, Tony Jones and Bobbie Spencer, played by Brad Maule and Jackie Zeman. The evening featured annual events from: Donnell Turner, Nancy Lee Grahn, and a Karoke event which featured some of the younger set in Port Charles.

When Saturday came, many of the stars came out in support of the fan club including: Rebecca Herbst, who made a very special appearance.  That was in addition to notables: Roger Howarth. Michael Easton, Josh Swickard, Maurice Benard, Max Gail, Bradford Anderson, Steve Burton, Carolyn Hennesy, William Lipton, Tristan Rogers, Kristina Wagner,Lisa LoCicero, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, William deVry, Tamara Braun, and others.  Prior to the autographs, Steve Burton hosted some short panels with groups from the cast chatting it up in front of the audience.  After a group photo, each actor took off to their respective autograph tables to meet the fans and sign their “John Hancock” and pose for some photos.

Following the main event, Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson held a special show which featured a version of their comedy show, ‘Stone Cold and the Jackal”. Needless to say any fan of GH, would appreciate the humor and stories within their show.  If that wasn’t enough, another great time was had by all at the annual event with best buds, Michael Easton and Roger Howarth.  After fielding questions from the audience and signing autographs, they were joined by a surprise special guest, Rebecca Budig!

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Sunday started with a morning with Mutter, as Kathleen Gati hosted her event.  Then, real-life lovebirds Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey held a morning champagne get-together and talked about their roles on GH, their life together and more.  Maurice Benard also held his own event; which was loved by all who attended.  Later, Emme Rylan and Kirsten Storms held an intimate gathering in a hotel suite for their fans.

Later in the day, Tamara Braun dished about the latest on Dr. Kim Nero and fielded questions from those in attendance at her event.  And Sunday concluded with Wally Kurth hosting Bingo night with the Quartermaines with very special guests: Adrianne Leon and Lesli Kay, plus Leslie Charleson!   The five-day event-o-rama ended this Monday with a Brucas (Parry Shen and Ryan Carnes)’ get-together, and then the final even which featured Marc Anthony Samuel.

Check out some of the images with the cast from our GHFCW 2019 gallery below. and then let us know, who you were glad to see was there, and what was your favorite part of the weekend (if you were in Los Angeles for the fan gathering) via the comment section.

Photos: JPI and Steven Bergman Photography

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I flew in Friday to rest up for three Saturday events – the main cast event and two back to back events with Roger and Michael. It was fun that Rebecca surprised us with an appearance at the first R&M event, and briefly at the start of the second event, but I caught sight of a second surprise at their first event…. “Isn’t that Michael Fairman?” When you came back in the room I got my chance to ask for a photo with you! Saturdays events were so much fun. The panels were great fun and then what a surprise that so many others came in at the end and how great it was to meet and talk with all of them! I came to the event at the suggestion of Michael Easton, as I had wanted to speak with Roger and it was thrilling to spend the evening both of them. So fun!!

I left Sunday (next year I’ll stay longer!), I rode down the elevator Coby’s escort (they take photos with the fans, and arrange breaks, etc) She was on her way to the Maurice event, and as the elevator was approaching the first floor, I saw the boss himself entering the hotel. I scrambled out of the elevator but only got a photo of him going up the stairs. It was still exciting.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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Make sure to check out Benard’s new site, and let us know if you might be picking up one of the “State of Mind” shirts for yourself via the comment section below.

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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

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Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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James Patrick Stuart Finally Gets His Photo In The Hallways at General Hospital: Watch What Happens!

Where has James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin Cassadine) photo been all this time from the dressing room area at General Hospital?  Well, looks like we may have the answer to that question!

In a brand new video ditty posted by the folks at GH, Stuart is seen combing the hallways looking for his portrait along with the other major stars of the ABC daytime drama series .. problem is … it’s MIA! Something James takes notice off.

Then, in a time-jump (LOL), Stuart finally gets his big moment when he officially joins the ranks of the cast with his photo being unveiled right next to Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) picture.

The tweet accompanying the video relates: “Contrary to Valentin’s opinion… @japastu is having the best week ever.”   Of course, the tweet refers to Stuart’s character who has just had a disaster-filled wedding to Nina (Cynthia Watros)

Watch what happens below.

Then let us know what you thought of the clip and how much you enjoy the talents of JPS in Port Charles via the comment section below.

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