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GH's Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash Newlyweds! Couple Expecting First Child … A Baby Girl!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Congratulations are in order to the beautiful and talented duo of Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) and Brandon Barash (Ex-Johnny) of General Hospital! According to a story that just broke today via PEOPLE magazine, the couple were married back in June, and Storms is pregnant with the couple’s first child, a baby girl!

Barash told PEOPLE why the decision to keep everything hush-hush until now: “We kept things quiet because of everything that can go wrong during the first trimester. Kirsten did have a rocky [time] and we were in and out of the hospital.”  The pregnancy came as a surprise to the couple because of Kirsten’s battle with endometriosis.

Barash revealed, “We talked about wanting to have kids and Kirsten was told she could try hormone therapy. It was pretty bleak as far as the probability of her being able to get pregnant … but then we got back from a trip to Amsterdam and discovered we were expecting. We calculated that we conceived the baby in Tony Geary‘s (Luke’s) guest room!”

Brandon is very excited to welcome their baby daughter into the world! “We’re having a little girl in January. It’s been the most amazing couple of months of our lives.” 

Talk about life imitating art, since Kirsten’s Port Charles alter-ego, Maxie Jones has been pregnant and giving birth on the show too!  Send your well-wishes and congrats to Brandon and Kirsten here!

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natalie
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natalie

Congratulations on your marriage and impending parenthood. you were very smart to keep it a secret a special time like this should be cherished and enjoyed and given Kirsten’s medical issues this was a very smart move. I wish you all the best and long happy life.

Jan
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Jan

Oh my god never did I think they were married. But then I don’t follow the coupling
on that show or really any other. Just so surprise they’d be married.

des10261991
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des10261991

Congratulations!! What Wonderful news! God Bless You Both

janice
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janice

so happy for them. Now, I just wish Brandon would come back to GH!

B.J.
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B.J.

Me too! Congratulations to them both.

I really, really miss Brandon on GH as well. Hope to see him somewhere soon.

Anne
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Anne

All the best to a talented couple.

Kirsten did a great job today in the labor scenes. I imagine a real life pregnancy made those scenes more interesting to do. I miss Brandon. Please bring him back, GH.

Patrick
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Patrick

Maxie had me laughing out loud.

her water broke…. and when she was in the wheel chair….

“I need an outfit….” as they were heading to the hospital how Maxie is that.

her hair was a little out their… curly brown and blond ringlets…. oh well.

she was pushing it a little bit… yelping out…” I need Spinelli.”

Dale
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Dale

Congratulations to u both!!!! I had no idea u 2 were married!!! I hope u have a healthy baby girl!!!!

Beacon
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Beacon

GH should bring Brandon back to the show now he’s got a kid coming.

Kayla Roney
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Kayla Roney

I am totally happy for you two and your baby girl will be beautiful and blessed. Kirsten, you fans prayed for you and we waited patiently until you came back and are overjoyed that you are going to become a mother. Take care of your self just have a Happy healthy daughter and please do not name her Zenon lol.

Karen
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Karen

Congratulations on the marriage & impending birth of your 1st little girl. So i guess this makes Tony a godparent now??

Kelly Monaco Michael Easton
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Kelly Monaco Michael Easton

Congratulations to thd both of them!!

lisa
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lisa

I just found out in a news feed last week – that they were even dating.
Congrats !!

su0000
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su0000

what an awesome couple, in many ways,,

(I do miss BB/Johnny, he was a favorite of mine!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

This was a nice suprise…i wish soaps could suprise us like this…sometimes they do but not as well as they used to…spoilers(which i try to avoid) is what kills most of the fun watching soaps these days…CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEAUTIFUL COUPLE …would like to see Johnny return…as Sonnys sidekick and together they take down the Jeromes!!!

missellie
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missellie

Lots to look forward to….congrats!

aria
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aria

WOW, this is awesome news, they look great together. i’m so happy for them.

susiesullivan
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susiesullivan

congratulations to you both I love you on gh and miss johnny’s character wish he would make a repeat appearance well wishes to the new baby (georgie)maybe?

Nancy Rubenstein
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Nancy Rubenstein

Congratulations to two of my favorite soap stars. Wishing you a beautiful life together and a happy, healthy baby girl.

CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD
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CINDY BISCORNER-MEAD

I was shocked
to hear you two got married and now your going to be parents!!! That is so awesome and I am very happy for you both 🙂 Congrats to you and take care of yourself and just enjoy this time together before your little angel arrives!! God bless all three of you!! ((Hugs))

Mary Moore Fergen
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Mary Moore Fergen

Such great news about your marriage and daughter on the way, Kirsten and Brandon! Wishing you the best of luck and happiness!

Jake
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Jake

Congrats to both of you…best of luck!

Shirley A Miller
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Shirley A Miller

Congrats and all the best to you, Kirsten, Brandon, and your expected baby girl …..I am very happy for you!!! I sure wish you would come back to GH for at least a few episodes…… I really miss Johnny and I know a lot of GH fans do!!!!!!

gloria
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gloria

I could not be more surprised but how neat! They make a great couple & I wish them the best!

Jodee
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Jodee

I love her! So excited for them! Congrats to you both!

Emily
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Emily

Congrats to Kirsten and Brandon!!:) I enjoy both actors and glad they’re starting a family together. They look great tog and happy. Apparently w/a little help from Tony Geary, cool tidbit:)

All the best!!!

Shay
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Shay

Awww…congrats to the happy couple and their little “Maxiccara!” Oddly enough, I always found Storms’ portrayal as pregnant to suspend belief because she remained so perky, petite and perfect (unlike Britt who moves and totally behaves like a whale of an expectant mother….) Guess the joke was on us all!!!! Just hope they don’t name the baby “Georgie!!!” LOL…..

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL…. that’s so Funny…. the part about Britt. quite frankly… I was more invested in Britt’s… than Maxie’s pregnancy… I guess… cause we “know”, and/or thought we knew the outcome with Maxie… it wasn’t going to be hers…. from the start…. Ok… lambast me about Britt’s storyline… but… I wanted her to bond with this baby… and she, as a person…(her questionable… parents…) Britt’ was discovering her self… and questioning her being…. so… it all fit in my story, that Britt… play this all out from her point of view. and let the chips fall where they may…. her fallout,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

As someone who never was anti-Dr. Westbourne, I am actually enjoying Britt more and more, and it’s not simply because of her priceless relationship with the “mother of all mutters”….although it certainly helps!!!! Once we were treated to the “Britch’s” backstory, I found her to be intriguing and far more interesting than when she was simply this one-dimensional villainess with no explanation for her agenda/behavior. She obviously has a very damaged psyche, and is desperate for a road to redemption. At this point, it is hard to see that just becoming a mother will accomplish this objective, because it appears… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Britt.

“…She obviously has a very damaged psyche”

you said it perfectly.

how better to get involved with a story.

Kelly Thiebaud made this story… much more multi- faceted.. and multi-dimensional for Britt & the audience.

Britt’ mother… added personal intrigue… big.

Britt and Nicholas… pairing in the wings? who wouldn’t? Yikes!

props to Kelly Thiebaud again…. Jason Thompson and Tyler Christopher. Big.

mother/daughter duos are FUN, Interesting, and you cheer them on… Root…

a nice turn from the Patrick/Sabrina twist

she’s a keeper…. newbie on the rise.

Patrick
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Patrick

perhaps “Maxie” should name “her” daughter… Tiara….

Marisa
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Marisa

Congratulations on your wedding and new baby. I wish all three of you every happiness. I hope Brandon returns to General Hospital very soon. I miss him in the role of Johnny. I miss the role of Anthony and Joe Sr. as well. Three very talented actors gone.

heidi
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heidi

So happy for both Kirsten and Brandon!!! Congratulations to both of you!!! How exciting!!! So happy you found each other and so happy you are being blessed with a very lucky little girl!!! I wish you both all the best and hope Kirsten and Baby have a very safe and healthy delivery!!! I knew that the rumor was about the two of you and again so happy for both of you!!!

Diana Hege
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Diana Hege

Congrats to you both! i loved hearing you are married and having a child together.

claudia kurzyna
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claudia kurzyna

Congratulations to a beautiful couple!

Val
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Val

Congratulations on your Marriage and your Daughter due in Jan.

Diane
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Diane

Congratulations, you guys make a great couple. Love the show.

Yvonne
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Yvonne

Congratulations to you both, I never would have thought they were a couple. Love a good news story. God Bless the 3 of you!

Patricio
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Patricio

Mazes Tov! God bless you all!

Nan
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Nan

Congrats! It’s a bit ironic that Kirsten met her future husband via GH and they are having a baby and her tv mom, Kristina did as well!

Susan
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Susan

To the most loved couple,I wish you’ll good health and safe pregnancy,Maxie I fell in love with you as Belle and love your style onGH blessing to you two.

Ces
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Ces

Congrats to this adorable couple!!!! Hope they have a long and happy life together 🙂

Diane Dunn
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Diane Dunn

thinking a name like Antoinette would work, 🙂 great story! Congrats to all.

Valerie
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Valerie

Congrats 😉 may God bless you guys and your baby

Tisha
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Tisha

Beautiful couple

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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