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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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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

Photo: JPI

Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

Photo: JPI

I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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