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GH’s Genie Francis Talks Laura Then and Now on ‘A Spoonful Of Paolo’

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In an al- new episode of his web-based series, A Spoonful of Paolo, which is an interview show based on having your dreams come true, host Paolo Presta was beyond thrilled when he was able to visit the General Hospital studio and chat with GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

During their conversation, Francis talks about Laura’s strength of character and survival skills through the years, in that she is now the mayor of Port Charles, had survived being duped by Kevin’s evil twin, Ryan, and more throughout the years she has played the legendary character.

In a touching moment, Genie is shown a clip from 2015 when Presta interviewed her longtime co-star, Anthony Geary (Ex-Luke, where Geary reveals his thoughts on what made Francis so good and successful in the role of Laura, and why she was the perfect scene-partner opposite him for so many years, and how he was very protective of Genie in their early days in Port Charles.

Watch the full interview below.

Then let us know, what has been your favorite “Laura” moment on-screen throughout the years?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Rodd
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Such a beautiful interview! Just lovely.

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eric gagné

she seems really genuine and normal ,love her xx

Harry
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Harry

Well, I just absolutely love this interview! Genie has a brilliance with which we still have not caught up. Utterly delightful, just reading this cheered me up. Thank you.

Dan
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Paolo always does such wonderful interviews and this was no exception. He’s a real fan and it shows in his knowledge and appreciation of General Hospital history. Genie has been one of my favorites for years. I was overjoyed when she returned after her last unceremonious departure, and I’m glad they’ve finally been giving her some story that is worthy of her talents.

There is a great interview with Maurice Benard from 2016 on Paolo’s channel as well that I came across in watching the Genie interview. Definitely worth checking out for MB fans.

Dan S
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Dan S

great interview. she is the heart of GH!

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Now before everyone jumps on me. I love Laura as much as anyone, but I would just love to see her dressed as befitting our Madam Mayor.I am so sick of that long striped duster/coat she usually wears and the big sweater/shawl cover-ups, etc. So what if she’s a little heavy. There are plenty of becomming, fashionable things for her to wear. Look how they dressed Tracy and Traci on Y&R. Laura is so attractive, so get the wardrobe dept. busy with some new clothes for Laura.

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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