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GH's Kirsten Storms On Exit Of Julie Berman, Jack Wagner, Maxie's Pregnancy & The Nurses' Ball!

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General Hospital is getting ready to celebrate with its fans next week when the show turns an astounding 50 years old!  Access Hollywood caught up with one of the fan favorites in Port Charles, Kirsten Storms to talk all things Maxie in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

One things that is certainly difficult for Kirsten, is the departure of her GH closest pal Julie Marie Berman (Ex-Lulu), who filmed her final scenes with Storms.  Kirsten told  ‘Access’ on Julie’s exit: “I actually got to have Julie’s last scene with her, which was so emotional. We could barely look at each other. It was great. She started a few months after I started. So I really do feel like my entire General Hospital experience has been with her. I feel lost without her now, but I know we have a great actress coming in (Emme Rylan) to pick up for Lulu and we’re just going to keep going with the story lines.”

Kirsten also has gotten the opportunity to work with her on-screen bio-dad during GH 50,  soap icon, Jack Wagner as Frisco Jones.  Fans have loved Kirsten and Jack’s scenes together since his return to GH.  Kirsten related,  “I love working with Jack. I was definitely nervous when I first worked him!  My mom watched him on Melrose Place when I was growing up. But he’s amazing. Talking to him, he has had a lot of crazy life experiences, and we have been able to put some of that stuff in to our scenes with each other.  And, I love the dynamic between Kristina Wagner (Felicia) and Jack.  It’s been really cool to see them together.”

As far as keeping the secrets to the upcoming Nurses’ Ball, Storms revealed, “Our boss Frank Valentini (GH EP) strikes the fear of God in all of us! (Laughs) They have been going to a lot of lengths to change the cast names on the scripts, so it doesn’t get out with who is coming back, but we all respect the show.  So we are all doing our best to keep our lips shut about things!”

The big question though remained! Will Maxie tell Spinelli she is pregnant with his baby? Or, still give it to Dante and Lulu and pretend it’s their child she has been carrying?  Kirsten expressed, “I don’t know if we are going to get the resolution that everybody is hoping for.  I think maybe some fans may be satisfied,  and I know some people are going to be disappointed, because there are people on both sides of this situation that want Maxie to tell the truth, or don’t want her to.   I have no idea what is going on, and they have not told me.  I hope I get to keep it.”

Now below, watch Kirsten’s video interview with Access Hollywood, then let us know, if you hope Maxie tells Spinelli that the she is baby is his, and she gets to keep it? Or, do you want Dante and Lulu to raise the little bundle of joy?  And, have you enjoyed the emotional scenes between Frisco and Maxie?  Weigh-in!

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Cat
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Cat

Yes! Spixie should raise their own baby. Spin wants to be a father and deserves to know he is going to be one!

mizz real
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mizz real

I AGREE GET ELLIE OFF SHES TO MUCH LIKE SPINILLIE ITS SICKING LET MAXINILLE HAVE THERE BABY

jim
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jim

Jack and Kristen have had some of the best father/daughter scenes iv ever seen lately on a soap. Hope J.W. makes future visits to the show if not staying but it would be better if he could and would stay but ill settle for occasional visits which is better than nothing. I feel Maxie will at the last minute decide to keep the baby. Maybe Ellie, instead of possibly going Britch on us, will learn about the baby and tell Spinnelli which doesnt necessarily mean he’ll dump Ellie for Maxie…at least for awhile.

su0000
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su0000

I hope spin never has to be with Maxie again..
She was terrible, gawdawful hurting him, she tore his heart out ; poor Spin..
Maxie does not deserve him.. Hope I never see them as couple, again..
Spin was her lap dog..

RUN SPIN RUN!!!!!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Maxie needs to tell Spinelli the truth, they belong together anyway. Lulu and Dante will get a child somehow.

su0000
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su0000

nawww lol Spinelli and Maxie are a terrible couple!
Maxie runs shotgun on poor sweet Spin..
I treat the gophers in my yard better than Maxie ever treated Spin..

Spin and Ellie are a perfect match ,,

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

I agree that Maxie treated Spinelli terribly. BUT she was young, fickle and didnt know who she wanted. Now she does. She has learned along the way and now is carrying hid child, the child he WANTS to have. You and I both know she will keep the baby, and when he finds out its his, Ellie will be history. She loves him but they have a fundamental difference in wanting children. This choice along wirh religion and money matters jave ruined many couples. Better they find this out now than later. We will see who is right. Maxie is… Read more »

L.o.v.i.n.g
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L.o.v.i.n.g

Starr should become Serena Baldwin
Tood should become Paul ( Tracy ex husnand, Dillon’s father)
John should be Caleb after some therapy with kevin Collins 😀

Tina
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Tina

They need to leave Starr with Michael they are so cute together, I agree John should be Caleb but Tod needs to go.

Greta
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Greta

Love Kirsten! Really looking forward to seeing how this baby storyline unfolds.

Patrick
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Patrick

Kirsten – I miss you as Belle. This is: currently: my favorite story-line. Jack Wagner, is impressive. His stoic, delivery.. is sexy! he’s leaving it to us… viewers… what to think about Frisco. and it’s sizzling… to imagine… well, maybe not… ie: a matter of choice… however… it’s catching to respond. you can see… the chemistry… the understood LOVE… Felicia and Frisco.. have. the underlying schematic… he’s “restless”, for adventure… and not entirely about Love.. settling down. sounds obvious… but…it’s a mother’s trial… she’s not undone by knowing LOVE w/ another. Mac.. is that good guy… like Spinelli… that I… Read more »

Tina
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Tina

Frisco needs to go and so Mac and Felicia can get on with their relationship.

louisa
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louisa

Love her! Maxie and Kirsten Storms are just the best. Her scenes with Jack Wagner were some of the most memorable for GH 50th Bring him back full time!

I hope Maxie remains front and center for a long time.

heidi
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heidi

Love Maxie and Kirsten!!! Totally a SPIXIE fan!!! Hope she tells Spinelli and she keeps the baby!

Absolutely adore all the scenes with Jack and Kirsten… they are doing a phenomenal job and I wish there were more!!!

Elizabeth Edgington
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Elizabeth Edgington

Hope she tells the truth & keeps the baby, but I will be happy either way!

Christina
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Christina

I think Maxie and Spinelli should have the baby. ( sorry cant not spell)

Mari
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Mari

I’m in the minority, but I really hope Dr. Britt was wrong and the baby is Dante and Lulu’s.

pati
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pati

me too

Yoli
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Yoli

Oh yes! I agree!

Ihatethechew
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Ihatethechew

Hope Maxie & Spinelli get back together & keep the baby. Also love to see Frisco back. Hope he stays or at least comes back from time to time.

On a negative note: hate the Roger Howarth,Michael Easton, Kristen Alderson situation. I love Todd, Starr & McBain. I heard that PP was impossible to deal with. Doesn’t surprise me. I love both shows but this is a lose/lose way to resolve- or not resolve this issue. Now we have the GH actors being forced to play different characters while OLTL re-casts the roles.

susan M.
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susan M.

I want Spinelli and Maxie back together also! Since he wants to have children in the near future and Ellie doesn’t want to have children at all!

mizz real
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mizz real

I AGREE

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Frisco if he wins her back, will go charging off to save the world and leave her again. Its what he does, and who he is. He loved his girls but he left them for Mac to raise and be a father to them. Its not biology that makes a parent, its the one
in the trenches, there day in and day out, being there. Frisco is the dasing, romantic, still sexy bad boy

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

We all have one in our history but rarely do we marry them cause we know they dont last!

susan M.
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susan M.

I think Felicia should stay with Mack! Frisco can’t stay in one place for very long! He never did. Mack alway’s has Felicia’s back! He is true blue ! He adores her & Maxi, who he raised not Frisco. Felicia told Mack & Frisco that she loves them both! Who will she pick to stay with??? I think she will pick Mack!

Toby Cassadine
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Toby Cassadine

Maxie will give up Jackal Jr. & the truth will be revealed @ the most inappropriate time after Dante & Lulu have had some quality bonding time with the new baby. That’s how soaps work. Sidebar: hope one of the 3 departed/returning actors will be the missing Q heir.

mizz real
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mizz real

THAT MIGHT BE STAR

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
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JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

Why don’t RC WRITE FOR SAM AND MAXIE?

I DONT UNDERSTAND IT!!!!!!

THEY WERE FRIENDS……..

Missy August
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Missy August

I’m really tossed up in the air about the baby that Maxie is Carrying. So we will just have to see how it turns out..I’m actually on both sides. However when Maxie had her Sonogram and Spinelli accidentally walked in She was just about to tell him and Ellie walks in (So uncool)

bonnie parrish
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bonnie parrish

tell everyone one the dam truth I hate her for what she did to ellie I want ellie to beat the crap out her once the kid is born she deserves it and dante and lulu turn on her then find out what brit knows and whats shes doing I want ellie to hook up ith matt hunter patricks brother Jason cook we all know tony killed lisa niles maxie is a bitch she trated matt like shit and I want her gone from gh

bonnie parrish
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bonnie parrish

bring matt back for ellie im pro matt and ellie

Annie
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Annie

Bring Matt back, period. He’s an amazing actor and easy to look at, too. Get rid of the oltl’ers because they’re pointless.

Yoli
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Yoli

Yes she needs to tell Damien it’s his baby. And she should keep it!

Samantha
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Samantha

I think Brit will grow a conscious and tell that she implanted herself with Dante and lulu’s embro. And maxie tells the truth about her baby. So donte and lulu get there baby and maxie gets to keep hers.

Nolegrad
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Nolegrad

I think Britt is having LuLu and Dabte’s baby from one of the embryos so LuLu will get a baby and Macie will keep hers.

Tess
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Tess

I am so hoping that Maxie will tell Spinelli, and that they become a couple and get to raise the little girl.

Susan
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Susan

I love Maxie,she should tell Spinelli,but not get back with him.She treated him like a dog,but when he met Ellie,she wanted him back. Britt should tell Dante and LULU that the baby she’s carring is their’s.I hate her,will Patrick’s wife ever return.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

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

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