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GH Special Goodbye To Lee Baldwin Honoring The Passing Of Peter Hansen To Air July 14th!

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Get out the hankies and get ready to take a walk down General Hospital memory lane this coming Friday, when the ABC daytime drama series pays tribute to the late Peter Hansen who played Lee Baldwin.

Hansen was the very first actor to win the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the Daytime Emmys back in 1979.

ABC exec Nathan Varni tweeted:  “A special goodbye to Lee Baldwin airs Friday, July 14th on ABC. Set your DVR’s or watch live!”

Just how the news of Lee’s death will spread or impact Port Charles will be interesting to see, but we know Lee’s on-screen son, Kin Shriner will be front and center, along with none other than Carly Schroeder who is returning to the show for this special episode as Serena, Lucy (Lynn Herring) and Scott’s daughter.

Schroeder told SOD on her return appearance: “I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful return. Kin and I still have the same mannerisms! He is like my second father.” Will Susan Brown be back as well as Gail, Lee’s longtime love?

So, are you looking forward to the series honoring Lee Baldwin and his portrayer, Peter Hansen? Comment below.

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janet
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janet

Nice to see. I just hope we won’t have to see Sonny and carley there also. I have stopped watching the Mobs inc show.

Will be nice to see Carley Schroeder. If I know them, it will be a picture on the wall, and the family looking at it. I hope not. Would be nice to see some flashbacks.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I agree with you Janet. I stopped watching for the same reason. I hope Friday’s show lives up to its promise. I will have a box of tissues ready in case. Happy viewing

dmr
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dmr

Janet, ditto!

Justin
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Justin

I agree. I’ll tune in to watch the Baldwins, but let’s hope they’ll leve the Mob out of that episode.

su0000
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su0000

hi Justin ..
rest easy..
GH has Not had a mob since 3012..
Just Sonny and Julian and invisible people on the phone..
it is two old retired mobster with personal grudges..
GH hasn’t had a mob story in many years..

And I love the mob, so for a very long time I have not fully enjoyed GH ..

Maria
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Maria

Very disappointing!! ONE flashback?!? Nice to see Laura offer her condolences to Scotty in person, though

Curacaoman
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Curacaoman

I am sure half the episode will be about Sonny and how he felt when Morgan died

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

LOL 🙂

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I was a HUGE GH fan back in the seventies. I will definitely be glued to my TV for this one. In my opinion, and I know I will

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I was a HUGE GH fan in the seventies. I will definitely be glued to my TV for this one. In my opinion, and I know I will probably get heat for what I am about to say, but today’s GH doesn’t hold a candle to what it once was. Rest in peace Mr. Hansen. You will be missed. Another great soap star at rest

Mel
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Mel

I just said the same thing a few minutes ago.. I think GH has seen its best days.. Late 70’s 80s and early 90s..

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

Yes, Soapqueenforever and Mel, I agree with you both. I look forward to seeing this episode, but I’m afraid that with Steve Burton coming back, it will be back to the mob storylines taking over the entire show. I’m so tired of seeing the characters of Jason and Sam wearing black all the time. It’s the same old, same old. Now GH is letting actors go to make room in their budget for Mr. Burton. It’s a crime. I read that there are more firings coming. The names being bandied about are Michael Easton, Michele Stafford and William DeVry. It’s… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

It was something special “back in the day.” It had heart.

I hope they dedicate most of the episode to this without interspersing other stories. There’s so much rich material and would be a great tribute to the actor who was so integral to the stories, a great nostalgic walk for viewers who were “there” and probably fun for newer viewers to get a glimpse into the past.

Sue McGee
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Sue McGee

I agree with Mel. GH was at its peak in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, especially during the Luke & Laura days. Sure do miss Lee, Gail, Jesse, Ruby, Steve, Dan Rooney, Joe Kelly, and all the gems from those days.

dmr
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dmr

soapqueenforever, Mel, and Judith, I echo all of your thoughts! I am looking forward to Friday’s episode!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Big fan here, also! Afraid the episode will just make me long for “the good ol’ (classic) days at GH. 🙂

Joe
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Joe

Love the Baldwins. Always have.

su0000
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su0000

I have never heard of nor seen Lee Baldwin .
Nonetheless, it is a good thing to remember him and looking forward to seeing the Baldwin family.
I have only seen Scott ..

Celia
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Celia

Same here, su…
But, my gosh!!! Is that Scotty? Look at the hair. 70’s, I presume? There are pictures of my Dad with exactly the same do. LOL.

Shay
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Shay

Didn’t I tell you Scotty was once a dreamboat, CeeCeeGirl? And how about his physical similarity to the handsome Lee??? They really could have passed for actual parent and child, even though Scotty was not his real son. (Lee adopted him when he was a little boy after he married Scotty’s mother…)

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
Hiyah, Shay,
Yes, you did……teddy bear Scotty was very attractive.
The woman is, also, very beautiful. Her face looks regal and so well-sculped.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…Susan Brown and her Gail were the epitome of beauty and good taste…classy, intelligent and always impeccably attired. When she was paired with Peter Hansen’s dignified silverfox, Lee Baldwin, the two of them comprised one of those quintessentially-perfect, well-suited and highly-attractive soap couples we still fondly recall from days of yore! I so hope that there will be adequate vintage flashbacks to illustrate the truly special and comforting presence their lovely, decent and supportive moral characters provided during GH’s pinnacle of success! (Especially for those like yourself who weren’t fortunate enough to witness their original story in its own time!)

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You missed some “classic” soap opera, su. And you missed the “real” Scotty. 🙂

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I would also like to see Bobbie and Monica there because they were around when Lee was more prominent on the canvas. And while it’s on the top of my head, let’s see Lesley Webber in a few scenes too. That might be wishful thinking but if i can at least have Bobbie and Monica, I’ll be happy.

su0000
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su0000

What about Heather?
They have son Franco .. ??
I know nothing of this LOL

way to many decades past for me to know anything ..

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Yes, Heather should be there too. As a matter of fact, they can write that she gets a pass to attend Lee’s service. Heather is another character who was around when Lee was still doing things in Port Charles. We know Laura will be around because Lee was once her father-in-law.

Charday
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Charday

Good point on Bobbie and Monica–particularly Monica. Look forward to seeing this episode. It would be awesome if Susan Brown (Gail) makes an appearance. Gail and Monica had a great friendship back in the day.

su0000
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su0000

hi James ..
then Franco is his son?

if so– the Heather & Franco should be there to make it ”interesting”

Shay
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Shay

Susan Brown’s Gail was always the picture of class and elegance…I hope we are favored with her appearance on this sad, but very much-deserved honor, of an occasion.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

su0000

Scotty was adopted by Lee. Franco is (which we all just recently found out when Heather told Franco from jail) Scotty’s son.. Thus, Lee would be Franco’s grandfather.

Shay
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Shay

Thankfully, there is no actual Lee Baldwin blood coursing through the veins of that freaky force of nature, Franco….Whilst this miscreant of a man-child may be a perfectly predictable, perverse product as Heather and Scotty’s physical spawn, we can praise the Lord that the ever-upstanding senior attorney most blessedly contributed no DNA to the unfortunate gene pool that created this motley, mirthful menace who terrorized Port Charles. Hence Lee’s sterling character and reputation remains fully intact…even if he did adopt and rear that grandstanding, ambulance-chasing and too-often-laughable legal eagle, Scotty!!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think that maybe they won’t have all the remaining characters who knew Lee (due to budget); they’ll probably have those who are there in the present at a service perhaps?…and others seen in flashbacks.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Hi, Su…yes, Franco is Scotty’s son with Heather. It was a whirlwind when all this came out but when Heather explained it, it all made sense (in soap opera land anyway).

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I agree , Rebecca. Even if i can only have a couple of the characters who still appear on GH, the flashbacks alone will get me choked up. GH really had alot of glory days back then.

su0000
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su0000

rebecca1 and James..
thanks for clearing that up for me..
OK, then Heather and Franco should be there..
Franco has a grandpa to get to know !!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi James…yes; I agree. But I have a feeling they’re not going to devote an entire episode to him. It’ll probably be fragmented with the other stories. Hope I’m wrong…

Steve
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Steve

I’m not sure, but this episode was probably shot before Howarth signed his new contract, so he’d probably not be in it. A bit of a shame, as it would be nice to have a scene with Serena and Franco.

Also, the writers forget about Christina Baldwin/Collins. Lucy and Scott raised her “Port Charles” but I’m fairly certain that girl has not been mentioned since LH returned to the show in 2013.

Michael
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Michael

Monica should be present. Will be interesting to see if the current writers actually remember that Gail Baldwin (Lee’s wife) is the foster mother of Monica. She knew Monica as a child and took her in. They always had a special connection and was a confidant of Monica’s. And of course, Scotty’s three former leading ladies … Lucy, Bobbie, and Laura should all be present. Each woman also had their own connections with Lee through their own storylines and through their association with Scotty.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Balls of fire—I had forgotten that Monica was Gail’s foster child. How did I miss that? either way, very good observations and reasons you made, Michael!!!

Shay
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Shay

Absolutely, Michael. After catching Thursday’s episode, I was very disappointed that Lucy was the one who brought such sad tidings of Lee’s death to Scotty’s door….My view is that Monica, perhaps with Laura, should have been the one(s) to break this news to his son. What could have been a really poignant and heartfelt moment was ruined for me by Lucy’s annoying presence yet again. And I cannot even fathom why Serena’s visit is considered necessary…it seems that her being with the Baldwins when Lee passed was just a lame, contrived excuse for her to pop up in Port Charles.… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Totally agree Shay about how Scotty found out about Lee. I’m in the minority that I like Lucy but she tends to be a bit grating at times … Lynn plays her well as she keeps in character with what Lucy has become … I wouldn’t mind seeing her kind of reverse course a bit and play her a bit more devilish. GH needs someone other than a mob enforcer or a Cassadine to “stir the pot.” Lucy was good at that back in her heyday and no reason why GH couldn’t have a strong female villain that’s not mob… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Michael….I can appreciate your sentiments about the slapdash manner in which so many legacy characters and their progeny are handled on GH, so even if those aforementioned ones are not my particular favorites, it certainly doesn’t invalidate my own views to say you definitely have a point in how their existence has been all but forgotten, and often completely obliterated, from present day Port Charles! My argument against the Lucy/Serena scenario was based more upon whom I felt was the best choice of characters to deal with this sad subject in terms of the history of the show, rather than… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

I hope it will be in the regular GH time slot. Miss him as Scotty’s Dad. Glad he is being honored.

AJ
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AJ

It’s going to be within the regular episode of GH on Friday. It’s not a special.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I will DEFINITELY be watching……….

Celia
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Celia

I sooo envy you guys for having had the opportunity of watching GH, in all its glory and “Technicolor”, during its heyday. You are lucky, Jay. I will, definitely, watch.

Shay
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Shay

Oh, you really don’t know the half of it, CeeCeeGirl! It’s not just those far better storylines and production values that made the GH of yesteryear so superior to the current version…it was the rich, well-defined characters!!! Really beautifully-written, nuanced and portrayed by top-notch players like Mr. Peter Hansen! He was most definitely “old school” in his approach to acting….always professional in demeanor, polished and drop-dead handsome!!!! And his Attorney Lee Baldwin followed suit, and I don’t mean only in the three-piece variety sense! He was ever so dignified in his comportment and upheld the law with a respect you… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Celia…y-e-p…Technicolor…those were the days. Ah, memories……….

Later, my friend.

Shay
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Shay

@jaybird369…Thanks for your kind words about our shared perceptions of Lucy, especially since it seems that many viewers have a rose-colored view of this off-kilter character, which I totally fail to comprehend!!!..Perhaps because they are unaware of her truly sordid history in Port Charles??? Lucy had very shady, sensational beginnings as the clandestine mistress of a married man who also happened to be a serial killer, and as far as I’m concerned, she never really mended her evil ways from that inauspicious start…She pursued one already-spoken-for male after another, usually those with extremely healthy bank accounts, yet somewhere along the… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Hey Shay, Yes, Lucy has usually done what’s right for Lucy. But for many viewers, Lynn Herring sells it so well, we root for her to succeed. It’s also in tender moments (like her conversation with Scott on Thursday) that she becomes endearing. One of the more memorable scenes from the 80s was watching the transformation of Lucy Coe from mousy librarian to voluptuous home wrecker. Her marriages to Tony and Alan were doomed from the start. LH did stellar work around BJ’s death and when Lucy agreed to carry Scott and Dominique’s child, the character softened more, but never… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Shay…another thing about Lucy that has ALWAYS ANNOYED me: More and more, Lucy puts her nose and everything into other situations…which are none of her damn business!!!!! Oh…and you are SO RIGHT ON about Serena!!!!! To me, Serena was OK as a kid growing up back in the day. But…as an adult, I find Serena to be BEYOND ANNOYING!!!!!

Later, Shay.

Lin Herz
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Lin Herz

I loved Peter Hansen as Lee Baldwin. Also loved Susan Brown. I was so sad to read when he died. I will be watchign this episode for sure. I hope they will not have those on who did not know him and were not on the show when he was. It’s not “Sonny and Carly TV” and i like michael- butt he’s not part of it either.

elm1951
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elm1951

you are right because michael wasn’t even born when lee baldwin was around……….

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Lee and Susan were so great! And Scotty was a “real” young man albeit short-sighted and immature–but certainly not “crazy” and “immoral” character that he has devolved into.

downtownla
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downtownla

So glad they are honoring Lee Baldwin. I remember watching him and Gail. Great that Serena is coming back as well. Wonder if she will stick around.

Shay
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Shay

I could honestly do without Serena…I just hope that her annoying “mother,” Lucy Coe will not be crashing this memorial moment…she always ruins an otherwise dignified occasion. But as for Laura, Monica, and what little is left of the legacy crowd, yes, by all means, they should be there!

Timmm
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Timmm

Shay, thank you sweetie, Lucy is overwhelming and often ruins scenes with others! Might not be a popular opinion but I cannot stand her! I hated her with Alan and Doc. She was okay with Scottie because Scott is off center but thats about it! A one trick pony like Richard Simmons!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

And don’t forget nurse Audrey Hardy. I hope she puts in an appearance that is not in the form of a flashback. Steve, Audrey, Lee and Gail bonded alot back in the day. I am hoping this episode lives up to its promises. I also hope that Laura shows up with her mother. Lee was Laura’s ex father-in-law. Happy viewing all!!

Shay
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Shay

Right back at you, Timmmbo! Yes, Lucy and her tacky “look at me” antics too frequently overshadow what could be otherwise great scenes with beloved legacy characters that we already don’t see enough as it is.The effort to reinvent this woman as some sort of benevolent, ditzy do-gooder when at heart she is basically just a hyperactive husband-stealing, self-centered golddigger has always galled me..Those of us who remember her from her not-so-illustrious beginnings in Port Charles know that she has never really changed her stripes despite the fact she is trotted out on so many occasions where her annoying, OTT… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Shay…you are SO RIGHT ON about Lucy!!!!! What has always annoyed me about Lucy the most: Lucy always has to make everything about H-E-R!!!!! BEYOND ANNOYING!!!!! Oh…and back in the day, Tony aka Dr. Jones deserved WAY BETTER than that attention-seeking LOONY-TUNEY Lucy. Bottom Line Here: In Lucy’s case…ONCE A GOLD DIGGER, ALWAYS A GOLD DIGGER!!!!!

Have a good one, Shay.

Celia
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Celia

Thanks, Shaybelle. Such a beautiful woman!!!!

Mary Anne Buckles
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Mary Anne Buckles

Of course I’ll watch. Been watching GH since the Luke and Laura heydays! Glad the conversation has moved on to who makes the better Jason!

tonia
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tonia

I loved GH back when they had families like the Baldwins, Webbers, Q’s, Spencers, Now it’s just a mish mosh that leaves me sad, I love to see some nostalgia when GH was a must see show. I just hope they don’t write Sonny and Carly into the episode and ruin it. I”m sick of it being the Sonny show.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You said it, Tonia! Makes me sad and nostalgic also.

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

Word!

Steve
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Steve

For all the complaining and moaning we do about Frank and Jelly, this special remembrance shows they can understand the history of the show. If JFP and Guza were around, we’d never get what I’m sure will be touching and heartfelt.

While rarely driving story, Lee was THE lawyer in town and had an ear for any character who could use guidance. Hansen’ on-air report with Shriner was quite special.

Tomorrow, we can go back to criticizing, but for now, kudos to all involved in putting this tribute together

Michael S.
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Michael S.

Well said Steve! Lots of complaining going and missing the point that GH is taking the time to acknowledge the character and actor passing.

Everett
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Everett

I completely agree with you Steve! Lets enjoy the episode.

Debbie
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Debbie

RIP Peter Lee Baldwim was anamazing character the good old days with the Hardies and Baldwins. It’s going to be great to have Serena finally wondered when she would comeback. Scotty will have family finally. Hope Gail is able to come back also

Timmm
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Timmm

A feather in Frank’s cap. Peter was a legend in Hollywood and a special character on GH. I cannot wait to see what they do for him.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Guess it will be perfunctory, don’t you? (Sigh)

Shay
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Shay

@Nancy…Sadly, these days “perfunctory” is really the best for which one can hope from GH in reference to its legacy players! But it would be wonderful to be proved wrong just this once…especially with a well-deserved, substantive tribute to such a lovely man and actor!

Patricio
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Patricio

So proud of the powers to be to take time to honor this stalwart actor and character of Lee Baldwin. This is a gift to the longtime fans 50+ years who remember those glory days!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I loved Lee and Gail! Such an elegant couple.

dmr
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dmr

I’m really happy to see that TPTB will be honoring Peter Hanson with a special episode. I just hope that the episode only centers around Lee Baldwin and his family. I am hoping for a lot of vintage flashback episodes!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree…I hope they don’t do what they did with Tracy’s departure…a few flashbacks mixed in with regular story.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yeah but you know, somehow, someway Morgan’s name will be mentioned!

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm….”Morgan” would be the perfect trigger word for one of those inebriation-based games where everyone takes a swig when a certain reference is (repeatedly) mentioned. Instead of experiencing “love in the afternoon,” GH viewers would find themselves totally “drunk in the afternoon.” (But count me out….I’ve always been teetotal….LOL.)

Shay
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Shay

Well, you called that one, correctly Timmmbo! So did everybody who rightly predicted that we would have a heaping helping of Sonny and Carly in the mix. Plus, Nurse Amy and her continuing sob story….so she is going to take a “leave of absence” now? Can we make that a permanent one…pretty please??? Oh, and after watching Thursday’s episode in its excruciating entirety for those few seconds of Lee Baldwin bliss, I have to ask, did GH get a group discount on botox treatments, because other than the said esteemed-attorney in his glorious flashback clip, nobody else’s face moved even… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hey, Timmmbo! Just wanted to say thanks for your reply….it did reach my inbox and I really enjoyed your comments…especially the one about the “juiced up” old school mannequins…very well put! LOL…Hope you a great weekend, too!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m not going to hold my breath, are you?

AJ
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AJ

So odd the amount of people who think Sonny & Carly will be part of it. They won’t. That being said, I highly doubt the entire hour is going to be devoted to someone who hasn’t been on the show since the 90s. If I had to guess, it’ll be a quarter of the show (spread amongst the entire hour and since the hour show is less than 40 minutes, there may be 10 minutes devoted to Lee. So will Sonny & Carly be on that day? Maybe. If they are, will it be part of the Lee’s passing story?… Read more »

JMER
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JMER

Sonny gets stuffed into every other storyline including the Tracy going away one–I don’t blame anyone for thinking that.

Scott5
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Scott5

It’s not odd in the least. Go back and see how many episodes these two characters have been featured in the past month. There is a reason why people are worried that Sonny and Carly will be involved.

The fact that you find individuals concerned that these two characters will be featured is what I find odd.

Mike
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Mike

Tracy’s final episode was not totally centered around Tracy, Lukes final episode was not totally focused on Luke, so why would anyone think Lee’s would? Most fans of General Hospital now, probably don’t even know who Lee is except they may recall the last name ‘Baldwin’ from Scott. Otherwise most people never heard of Lee Baldwin, but I have watched General Hospital since the beginning of the Luke rape storyline so I remember Lee Baldwin very well. He’s been around since the 60’s and he was involved in the Luke & Laura saga so people show wanna know him and… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

I think the point of the Sonny and Carly comments, is that we’re just sick and tired of them being the focus of the show. I think what I’m reading is that people want to tune in to see a memorial for a character that represents what GH used to be, without having to see what the show has become, an endless story of a selfish, murdering mobster.

Shay
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Shay

Amen, Justin! Very well put!

Michael
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Michael

Agreed. When Ron Carlivati was on … he actually brought back a ton of vets and reduced the screen time of Sonny/Carly/Jason while still keeping them as leads. I always hated Sonny but less Sonny made me actually not fast forward through his scenes as the fewer storylines they gave him were actually good. What made GH so great back in the day was well-balanced stories that were spread evenly amongst its large cast. Lee Baldwin was no longer a “lead” actor in GH’s heyday of late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s …BUT he got to be featured in some stories… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

In the particular photo posted, actress Susan Brown looks like Ruth Warrick (Phoebe, AMC).

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

Yes she does!

Celia
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Celia

You think so, 4ever? I did not find Miss Ruth especially attractive; while the lady in the picture has a ‘cool’ beauty comparable to Liz Taylor. Just my opinion.
I am only judging by this picture, as I am not familiar with her.

Shay
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Shay

I’m with you on this one, CeeCeeGirl. Susan Brown, aka, “Gail” always had an aura of serene regality to her essence…just very classy and well-bred….she did not at all raise Hades and make scenes like that gloriously incomparable old Hollywood drama queen, Ruth Warrick and her uproariously fussy Phoebe Tyler. To give you some sense of Gail and Miss Brown, just consider this…she was selected to portray two former first ladies on the small screen, Nancy Reagan and Pat Nixon, both of whom were the very picture of composed comportment and simple elegance. I think that says it all.

Scott5
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Scott5

Don’t fool yourself into thinking Friday’s episode will be a Sonny-Free episode. When past viewers who were big fans of GH back in the 70’s tune in to GH for the first time in 25 years to see the tribute to Lee Baldwin, Varni will try and “hook” you all back by showing 38 minutes of Sonny and 6 minutes of the Lee Baldwin tribute because Varni believes people want to see the Sonny Show. Psst, Varni, take a look at your ratings and notice that Sonny and Carly have been on for 8 of the past 10 episodes. Never… Read more »

Justin
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Justin

I fear that you are correct.

Patrick
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Patrick

I read in a SOD issue not too long ago Kin Shriner sharing his love for his “father”. They share Birthday one day apart and Kin without fail would spend the day with Peter Hansen ( Lee Baldwin ) It pulls at the heart how the veterans of this beloved genre treated each other. WHAT a magical time. As I’ve posted. I fell in love with Scotty from the very start. Wow so in charge. Full on throttle with sexiness. MY MAN, who is still HOT to trot, and always in demand by the fans always brings showtime. His comedic… Read more »

sassyduck
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sassyduck

I’m so glad they are honoring Peter Hansen. I loved the Baldwin’s. Lee and Gail were one of my favorite couples, and such a class act. I have watched GH since the beginning when the main story line was about Angie and Eddie. I’ve followed GH’s characters with great delight and interest, and some disdain, at times. The storylines from the 60s, 70s, and especially the 80s and 90s always captured my attention. The legacy characters – Leslie, Audrey, Monica, Lee, Gail, Helena, Mac, Felicia, Kevin, Scott, Anna, Robert, Laura (and even Luke) gave amazing performances. And, who will ever… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Wonderfully put, especially your last paragraph. Are we currently being treated to characters and stories that will be worthy of flashbacks years from now? Given the nature of daytime and the number of actors that have graced our screens over the years, plenty of tributes will follow, but it would be nice to not have to simultaneously mourn the loss of a beloved actor and the show we feel we lost many years ago.

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

If Susan Brown (Gail) doesn’t appear, then I’m not sure how this will work. Unless Serena just comes to town to break the news to Scotty.

BTW, do we know where the eff Leslie is these days? Has it been established that she moved out of town? Because, if so, I must have missed that day. LOL

Steve
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Steve

Lesley hasn’t been mentioned in ages. Laura needed her mother after Nik died, but not even a reference.

Shay
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Shay

@Steve…Per your above post about Lucy/Bobbie…I’ve already pretty much stated my views on Lucy and her role in yesterday’s reveal about Lee’s death…it really didn’t work for me, and actually left me feeling very disappointed…I think there were other longer-term GH candidates who could have done a much more fitting and poignant job of delivering this news to Scotty…so, no, I’m not on board with Lucy’s special brand of hyperkinetic over-emoting as having been effective for me personally. The character simply grates on me no matter the situation, and that dates from Day One when her cover identity as a… Read more »

rose
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rose

Steve…I liked you comment further up about Lucy. Opportunists “yes.” Regardless I’ve always liked her character, and remember seeing her start out as the “mousy” librarian. She’s not evil, doesn’t kill anyone, or belong to one of the “gangs.” But admit I wasn’t happy with her when she tried to help sell GH to the developers. Naughty, naughty, especially for someone who has espoused the virtues of the hospital and championed the Nurses Ball. And she has caused a lot of havoc, but in her own unpredictable, quirky way. I’ve also mentioned elsewhere I was glad to see her spreading… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Kevin O….Last we heard, wasn’t she holed up in some Italian castle with Spencer??? At that point, the little Cassadine’s safety was thought to be in possible jeopardy, so off they went to a European safehouse. I don’t recall any updates about Leslie since then, but I could have missed her being mentioned in an off-handed manner. I mean, Spence is obviously alive, well and back in Port Charles…so, yeah, WHERE the heck is Dr. Webber????

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

These plans are a well-deserved send-off to a classy man, an indelible character, someone who personifies TRUE GH royalty.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

So very true, Brother. I WILL DEFINITELY be watching this upcoming Friday.

Later, Brother.

Peace.

Debra m
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Debra m

Finally a show I am actually looking forward to. I am glad they are showing the respect to Peter and giving him a tribute show. But please, if it is possible, no Sonny and Carly for at least one day!!! I want to see all the vets, Scotty, Lucy, Laura, Bobbie, all the ones who had connections with Lee. Would love to see Gail. She was always pure class. Those were the days when GH was at its best. Now I don’t even care if I miss a few shows. So sick of the Sonny/Carly show. LW is a great… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

I do hope Gail is able to be a part of this show. She was Lee’s wife on the show and would just complete the circle. I look forward to seeing a fitting tribute to Peter.

Gia
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Gia

Wonderful!!! I am looking forward to this.

Christy
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Christy

Always enjoyed him on the show. I remember him from wayyyyy back to the b/w days when Lee was married to looney Meg (Scotty’s mom).

Wish Franko could have met and had time with his grandpa! 😀

Susan Vasco
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Susan Vasco

I have been watching GH since 1965. Lee Baldwin was one of my favorite characters. In fact, I miss them all. Steve, Jessie, etc. May Peter rest in peace. I love seeing the “old time players” return and seeing those old GH scenes.

Carol Ann Bertucci
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Carol Ann Bertucci

Been watching, since beginning! Had to stop, in late,90,s did to someone’s illness, always at hospital, me, and Mom, didn’t know how to hook up vcf! So, I stopped for 14, years! Started, 2, or 3, nurses, balls, ago, bored! Didn’t know, all the kids, of NEA, Carly’s, where was Brenda, in order to find out, who all of the kids, belonged to, I would look up, on Internet! Boy, doesn’t anyone, import Charles, use Birth control!???????A bunch of sluts! Remembered, Laura, happy, Kevin back, Scotty, Want, more, Mac and, FeliciA, love Bobbie, saw HDR on home and family, last… Read more »

Judy
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Judy

I have been a Fan of GH since the beginning. I have been out of town and am just seeing 7/13 episode. I cried just hearing Lee had died. I am so looking forward to Fridays . The flashbacks will make me cry. But They Will be Tears of memories.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (the late Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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