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GH's Jane Elliot on Playing Tracy Q and Being in a Love Triangle with Luke and Anna!

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The reclusive Jane Elliot of General Hospital has a fantastic interview out with TV Guide, where the actress who has played Tracy Quartermaine for all she is worth and then some talks about  her character, the new GH regime, working with six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Anthony Geary (Luke) and having her upcoming first romantic triangle!   Not one to give many press interviews, this one was as compelling as ever.  Below are a few interesting excerpts!

Jane on how she is made playing a villainess work so well:  “Somebody has to wear the black hat and give the audience someone to shake their fists at. They want someone to hate.   And if that’s what you want to pay me to do, I’m happy to do it! A show owes it to the audience to give them a place to vent.  There is a profound contrast between the way I live my life and what I do when I go to work.  I never get the two of us confused.  I never wear makeup.  I certainly don’t dress like Tracy. I don’t have a Twitter account. I don’t go to fan club gatherings. I ‘m not one of those actors who spends a lot of time engaging with the audience.  I’m fierce about my anonymity, which is why it’s easy for me to play the villain. I’m not close enough to the audience to have them throw a pie in my face because of something Tracy just did.”

Jane on Frank Valentini taking over as EP of General Hospital:  “Frank Valentini is as good as it gets.  He has that old-fashioned Gloria Monty commitment to the job and is the first one in the building in the morning and the last one out at night. And he works all weekend! This is not to say that the people before him didn’t care, but he’s committed to this show in a very unique way.  There’s no substitute for loving the medium. You know that saying “A new broom sweeps clean”? Well, that’s Frank. As good as [former exec producer] Jill Phelps was and as much as I loved working with her, a new broom sweeps clean. Frank comes to this show with fresh eyes, with no disappointments, no frustrations over lost battles. He comes with everything he has to give.”

Jane on the fact that GH has recently remembered Tracy’s mob ties of the past!  “It was the biggest thrill when current head writer Ron Carlivati came to GH.  I tried for nine years to get Bob Guza to acknowledge that Tracy had been married to a member of the mob in New York and he completely ignored it.  But within minutes of Ron getting there he brought it up, and I love him for that! I’m told that they’re going to do a love triangle with Anna Luke and Tracy, and how thrilling would that be?  How good is that? In all my years on GH, Tracy has never been in a triangle!

Gotta love Jane Elliot!  So who would you like to see Luke Spencer end up with if it’s a choice between Tracy or Anna?  Weigh-in!

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While I did like the interview, I’m rather disappointed there wasn’t more. I want to see her discuss her time soaps overall, not just General Hospital. I want to see her discuss her first stint on General Hospital and what it was like. I’d love to see her talk about her time on Guiding Light, All My Children, and Days. There’s so much that can be talked about here.

i would like that too david but michael only gave us excerpts so i guess we will need to buy tv guide to get the full interview……

just click on the TV Guide link in the first paragraph above to get to the full article! 🙂 She talks about her (tracy’s) history back on The City, 3 decades + on GH, and about an old 1969 movie she did with Elvis & Mary Tyler Moore! It’s a good read!

Thanks Michael for always giving us the link to the full articles.

Definitely Tracy and Luke..not Anna

I love that Anna is back, but I agree with Debbie – Tracy and Luke all the way!!!! I love their dynamic together – touching, loving, humorous yet volatile at times – they bring it all to the table, when they are together!!! Great and honest interview from Jane!!!!

I agree, The very last thing I want to see is anna getting involved with Luke. Close friends yes, friends with benefits no, no, no.

I don’t want Anna with Luke either……………….They don’t make a good couple at all…….They should just stay friends.. Any thing else would be WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!

Love Jane and Tracy. Hope she and GH will be around for many more years to come.

i am hoping for luke & tracy – i love anna but luke & tracy can really go dark & anna is not cut out that way…………..

Jane is awesome, not sure i’m thrill about the show going in the triangle route w/ Tracy, Luke an Anna. I was actually loving the Luke and Anna “Friendship” it just sucks that for two great actors of the opposite sex to work together it has to be about them hooking up. instead of shows trying to always tell stories on couples or triangle, why can’t they tell beautiful stories on friendship? I like Luke w/ Laura or Tracy, and was loving the friend story of luke and anna, but if it is now going to turn into a love story or love mess, then i’m not as interested.

ARIA, That’s how I feel what’s wrong with a man and a woman being very good close friends with out the romance? I want that to happen with Luke and Anna.

There is only one man for Anna…and that’s Robert Scorpio. With that said….it would be interesting to see a triangle between Anna, Luke and Tracy. But only if Scorpio comes back and throws a wrench in the whole thing. 🙂 She can’t stay with Luke.

Isn’t Robert off with Holly now? Wasn’t Holly one of his great loves? Why wouldn’t he stay with Holly?

Oh…it’s a loooong story! LOL! It’s also an age old debate as to who was his greatest love…Anna or Holly. I’m of the solid opinion that Anna was his greatest love and the best match for him. I think he belongs with her. I’m still waiting for their happily ever after… But many people will disagree. I just think it would be a great story for Robert to come back and find out that Luke lied to him AND hooked up Anna. Any time you can have Robert, Luke, Anna and other vets on screen is great to me. It also seems that Frank Valentini will treat the history of these characters with respect and care. They got my attention! I have high hopes for GH. 🙂

Anna and Robert do belong together.That’s my happily ever after to.

To me they are the greatest soap couple ever…it was simply true love at its best between the two of them. The writing was so awesome back then…but I have to believe they will have their happily ever after with the new writers. Fingers crossed. In the meantime you can watch all of their old stories from start to finish on youtube. Go to the Robert and Anna channel…Warning…you won’t be able to stop once you start! Those stories are still captivating!

I agree w/barbara t……………………………..

Hope, Thanks for letting me know, I will go to u tube Id love to see the beginning and through till they broke up which was sad.Thanks.

You’re welcome! Enjoy! 🙂

Tracy and Luke they are too good together and offer up too much story opportunities. Anna and Luke are great friends and would hate to lose that… but Tracy is Lukes yang.

Yeah shes Luke’s Spanky buns.I love tracy and luke together. Anna needs someone else now that Robert is gone.He can always come back, with Robin.

Sorry it will always be Luke & Laura for me but we have moved on so I guess Luke & Tracy, not feeling it but that’s ok differnt time different moment!!!

hey Barbara… I think it’s more than a triangle coming up for Luke. I do like the chemistry, and comedy, of Luke with Tracy best. I see Luke caring for and protecting Anna, but wait — let’s not forget the other party lurking around waiting for her chance to pounce on Luke and claim him for her own, and willing to do whatever she wants to Tracy, Anna or anyone else she perceives as a threat — that of course if Heather! I think Luke is in for much more than he’s planned on with Heather out on the loose. And have we even seen him run into Felicia yet? 🙂 I could totally see Heather putting all 3 of those women locked up together so she can get Luke to herself.

I love Jane Elliot, and all the repsect she shows for the show, Ron, and Frank. It’s easy to see why and how GH is regaining it’s “powerhouse” status.

I adore Anna and love the friendship between her and Luke, but Tracy & Luke is the best combo ever!

They layers, nuances, panning scenery…. the scene, where, Luke is in the ER, telling Lulu, who was shot, “i don’t know what i’d do if i lost you”… camera focuses on Anna, who holds her breath, with Elizabeth watching Anna… Dag! I broke down… sobbed for their losses… FINALLY, I’m believing Elizabeth has an outlet to reach in to, i never quite believed elizabeths scenes over losing jake (IMO she never really emoted her loss)… till Anna bumped back in to town. Anna is the lightning rod Port Charles needed. Anna tears up and wells up so much emotion… over Robin… and the tender scenes with Luke are heartfelt, and could lead to a romance. that being said… Tracy, is the quartermaine… along, with Monica… Tracy and Anthony are humorous. the quips tracy, has with both anthony and Luke are GH priceless… altho, for my money… it was Sky and Luke who had me going…. the lady quartermaines…. Tracy, Monica, and Sky… were a fierce trio. i kinda thought their was some spark with anna and mac… thro in alexis… finally giving mac his due. mentioning, that it was mac who took care of robin and maxie… now that’s class… and first rate.

I don’t remember that old movie she was in, but it would be fun to watch her portraying a nun! 🙂

I believe it was called” change of habit”, With Mary tyler moore and elvis was in it.I would like to see it to, Its a oldie.

I saw that movie………….Hasn’t been the t.v. for a while……………

yes, after reading the full interview (link in 1st paragraph) I looked up the movie on the movie database and saw photos from the movie… I don’t remember it. Never saw it. Mostly remember Ann Margaret/Elvis movies….

Always fascinating to see what Jane Elliott has to say, but I do think she’s mistaken when she says that Tracy was never before in a triangle. Seems to me that back in her first few years on the show, Tracy was in a triangle with Mitch Williams and Susan Moore.

Michael you are right she was also fighting for a guy with Jenny Eckhart they were Luke & Bobbies cousins back in the days of Gloria Monty. It was when TG came back and played the character of Bill Eckhart that family kinda fell flat.

Kay killgore, I agree with you about Luke and Laura being together but the writers of general hospital for some reason or the other didn’t want them together anymore and we all know the results to that, laura was written out of gh ( I still can’t believe they never brought her back to stay) And luke and tracy got together.

Luke & Anna as friends is fun but I agree with most who say they should stay that way. Anna is not giving off a vibe of being attracted to him anyway (last time I checked) so let’s leave it at that. Still waiting for a Duke & Anna reunion done Jesse & Angie style! They were the greatest 80s SuperCouple IMO with Robert & Holly a close second.Luckily R&H are off together somewhere.

I like Luke being a good supportive friend to Anna…
…and that’s how the relationship should stay.
I love the “goodies” between Luke and Tracy…they should get back together.

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Nicholas Chavez Speaks Out on the Death of Friend and Former GH Castmate Johnny Wactor: “I’m Beside Myself with Sadness”

It has been another rough go for the General Hospital family following the news surrounding the shooting that killed beloved former cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) over the weekend.

Since that time, there has been an outpouring of grief, shock and sadness, and remembrances for the actor who died at 37-years-old.  Many of Johnny’s castmates have spoken out about the loss and shared heartbreaking tributes.

Now, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer Cassadine) who is soon-to-be-seen in Ryan Murphy’s limited series on Netflix, Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story, has also shared his sentiments. With heartfelt words, along with a photo of himself and Johnny, and another former GH co-star, Marcus Coloma (ex-Nikolas), Chavez explained the difficulty he is having processing Johnny’s death and the unbreakable bond they shared.

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Nick began, “Johnny — I’m beside myself with sadness. The last time I saw you, we ran into each other by accident in Los Angeles. When we recognized each other your face lit up and you ran essentially across the room to give me a big and tight hug. You were a strong and kind person”

He went on to say, these heartfelt words to Johnny, “You were a phenomenal friend and you always made me feel welcomed and loved. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been a part of your life and I’m praying for you and your family. I will miss you very much.”

Johnny Wactor run on GH lasted from 2020-2022, while Nicholas Chavez appeared from 2021 till early in 2024.

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New Details Emerge in Fatal Shooting of General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor; Was Protecting Female Co-Worker From Armed Car Thieves

The brother of Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) has come forward with some new information on the act of violence that took the life of the General Hospital favorite on Saturday May 25th in the wee hours of the morning in downtown Los Angeles.

As valiant as man as Johnny was to all those who know and loved him, he was through and through that man till the very end. According to Grant Wactor, Johnny actually shielded a female co-worker at the time of the crime before he was fatally shot.  Three men were trying to steal Wactor’s catalytic converter from his vehicle, one of which fired the shot that killed the former GH star.

According to a new report from the Daily Mail, Wactor was leaving his side job as a bartender at a downtown LA rooftop bar with a female colleague at around 3:25am when he saw the three men near his vehicle at West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street.

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Believing he was being towed, he approached the men to try to discuss it. One of the men then looked up and pointed a gun at Wactor, who put his body in front of his female co-worker as he was shot. Police say, the three men were all wearing masks, and then fled the scene in another car.  The suspects currently remain at-large.

Grant commented on his brother’s last act of bravery, “We’re Southern, born and raised, and we would never let a female walk to their car by herself.” He added that Johnny, “Thought his truck was being towed. So he said something to the guys, like, ‘Hey, are you towing?’ And then once he turned around, he saw what was happening and he put his coworker behind him. And that’s when they shot him.

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Sadly, Grant revealed, Johnny was shot in the chest, and that Johnny and his co-worker had to park about two blocks from the restaurant, so they were walking to their cars after they finished their shift when the incident unfolded.

Grant shared that he hopes justice will be served and the men are caught, “I hope they are able to track the people who did this. I am glad in a way that this is getting the publicity so that it could shed some light that things need to change, or find ways so that no one else has to experience this – whether it be a murder or being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In what has already been horrific that we lost Johnny to a senseless act of gun violence over an attempted theft, learning that the actor died right after protecting somebody else, only reinforces the kind of man Wactor was to all those who knew and loved him. Share your thoughts on the latest details on Johnny’s death via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Co-Stars Share Their Grief and Mourn the Loss of Johnny Wactor

There has been an outpouring of grief, sadness and remembrances for former General Hospital actor, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin 2020-2022), who the world learned was shot and killed on Saturday in a senseless theft and act of gun violence.

As previously reported, Wactor was only 37-years-old. The incident, as told by Wactor’s mother to TMZ, which ultimately took his life, occurred when three individuals attempted to steal the catalytic converter from Johnny’s car. Once alerted to the situation. Wactor did not try to stop or interfere in the theft but the unidentified suspects shot him anyway and then got a way.

Wactor’s talent agent, David Shaul, made this statement on his passing to Variety, “Johnny Wactor was a spectacular human being. Not just a talented actor who was committed to his craft but a real moral example to everyone who knew him. Standing for hard work, tenacity and a never give up attitude. In the highs and lows of a challenging profession he always kept his chin up and kept striving for the best he could be. Our time with Johnny was a privilege we would wish on everyone. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. After over a decade together, he will leave a hole in our hearts forever.”

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Many of Johnny’s former GH castmates took to social media in the last several hours with heartbreaking and touching words on the loss of Wactor. Here are just some below, and Michael Fairman TV will continue to update these remembrances as they are posted.

Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) – My heart is so utterly broken… Johnny was the absolute best. So genuine. So caring. Incredibly hard working and humble. With a huge heart that spread so much kindness and joy. He always made sure everyone around him felt seen, heard and loved. I admire the man he was so much and I’m a better person for having known him. We shared so many special moments, both on and off screen, and I will forever cherish them deeply in my heart. You will be so incredibly missed Johnny… I’m sure you’re already busy taking care of everyone up there.”

Maurice Benard (Sonny): “What can I say about something so senseless? Johnny was the sweetest guy coolest dude and just a great soul. This is beyond words you will be missed my friend.”

Chad Duell (Michael): “Some POS scum taking the life of someone who’s making something of themselves, and an amazing person. So disgusting and infuriating. Don’t know what else to say.. just so wrong.”

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Jon Lindstrom (Kevin): “When the tears slow down, I am literally sick to my stomach at this news. Johnny was one of those rare young men in this business who was kind, unassuming, humble, and always thought about other people. A talented young guy who just wanted to share that talent with the world. I wish I had enough love to fill the hole that his loved ones must feel right now, but I know that’s impossible. Johnny will be missed on this plane. For a long time to come. R.I.P.”

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis): “An absolutely inconceivable, enraging & senseless tragedy. Johnny was a lovely man. Condolences to his family & friends. May they find eventual peace & may his memory be a blessing.”

Finola Hughes (Anna): “Gutted…. 🕊️ sending my deepest condolences to his family 🤍 I feel I must add to this post. The shock is so terrible, for such a genuine young man to be taken so violently. I am incredibly sad for his family. He was a very hardworking person, kind and extremely respectful to his fellow cast members. I am so sorry for his loss 🤍 Johnny Wactor xxx”

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Kirsten Storms (Maxie): “I’m in a state of disbelief and complete sadness. I don’t typically do posts like this, but Johnny was such a special person and it feels important (for me) to put these words out there. To Johnny’s mother and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Johnny was one of those rare “real individuals” that you almost never come across. I was fortunate enough to have some really good conversations with him where we discussed things I don’t typically open up about. For some reason, we talked about the deep stuff. He was a safe space for those conversations and, in turn, he would talk about his life. He genuinely cared about people and their journeys in life. During his time on GH I witnessed him work hard and truly have respect for every single person in our building. I just cannot believe that his life was stolen from him the way it was. My heart hurts. RIP Johnny”

Bonnie Burroughs (ex-Gladys): “I am heartbroken and sickened by this terrible loss. Johnny I love you. My heart breaks for your real mom and your whole family. The world is darker now.”

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Ashton Arbab (ex-Dev): “Absolutely heartbroken while typing this. Johnny Wactor was not only my tv dad for more than 25 episodes on General Hospital but he was a great human, a kind soul, an inspiration and a one of a kind actor. May your soul rest in peace. Heaven gained an Angel.”

Perry Chen (Brad): Johnny Wactor was a beautiful, beautiful soul. So talented. As you can see from the promo clip, always up for anything. Funny as all heck. Fit as all hell but also loved ice cream and ate all the junk I did as well. We all were cheated of many years with him.

Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt):  “Johnny Wactor, you were one of the good ones. I’m so sorry this happened to you. RIP”

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William deVry (ex-Julian): “Honestly, words can’t begin 2 express the sadness with which 2 convey my feelings towards losing another GH Alum. The senselessness of this lose is beyond description. Johnny was such a good guy. Really horrible. RIP Johnny Wactor & much love & comfort to those who loved him.”

Laura Wright (Carly): “In shock. My heart breaks for Johnny’s family. You were an incredible man.”

Kathleen Gati (Obrecht): Another talented, kind and generous General Hospital colleague gone too soon. Deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and fans of Johnny Wactor.”

Cynthia Watros (Nina): “What a kind soul. We lost an amazing man.”

Briana Lane (ex-Brook Lynn): “The world lost a wonderful person yesterday and a true gentleman to everyone he met. I feel lucky to have known him and to have experienced the warmth he exuded so effortlessly. RIP Johnny Wactor”

Lydia Look (Selina): “Johnny, I’m crying and will be for a bit. I knew you were talented when you simply just took your shirt off when the rest of us were trying to outdo each other with our skits. I also knew there & then that you were fine as wine 😻 I also saw how you’d let others take the spotlight whilst confident & loving in your own space. Most of all, I learnt what a magnificent human you were in our long car rides between fan events. I will cherish our chats. Thank you.”

The official General Hospital social media accounts on X and Instagram shared: “The entire General Hospital family is heartbroken to hear of Johnny Wactor’s untimely passing. He was truly one of a kind and a pleasure to work with each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.”

What do you think about some of the remembrances of Johnny Wactor as shared by his former GH co-stars and friends af learning he was shot and killed? Comment below.

 

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