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GH's Lady Jane Jacks, Barbara Tarbuck Dead At 74

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We seem to not be able to say goodbye to 2016 quick enough without news of people’s deaths in the public eye.

Now, General Hospital fans have learned on Wednesday morning that Barbara Tarbuck passed away on December 27th.  Tarback played the beloved mother to Jax (Ingo Rademacher), Lady Jane Jax.  She died at age 74.

In an ironic twist, when Jax left the canvas in a hurry in November, he had to scurry out of Port Charles to tend to his ailing mother in Australia, after coming to town to be with Carly (Laura Wright), following the death of her son, Morgan.

Laura Wright took to Twitter to share her reaction and condolences stating:  “So sad– what an amazing woman the world lost — Barbara was fearless #RIP”

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Among Tarbuck’s other television credits, they included roles on: ER, Cold Case, Santa Barbara, Falcon CrestDynasty, Dallas, American Horror Story to name but a few. Tarbuck was also a reknowned acting coach and appeared in numerous stage productions throughout the world.

In a year in the soaps that has seen us having to say goodbye to the likes of Agnes Nixon, Larkin Malloy, Claire Labine, and Joseph Mascolo among others, Tarbuck’s death punctuates that.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Barbara Tarbuck and her performance as Lady Jane Jacks in the comment section below.

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Timmm
Timmm

I cannot believe the irony of this. She wasnt on GH much but she was a good actress and I wish they could have had her straighten out Jerry! God bless Barbra!

Rose
Rose

Timmm…It was wonderful how “real” and how right Barbara seemed as Mom/Lady Jane to Jax and Jerry, even though she wasn’t on that much. I was hoping we would see her again in Port Charles on a short visit with Jax to see Josselyn. It must also be especially sad for Ingo who has recently had another lose within his own family recently.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Rose, can you imagine how weird Ingo must have felt to leave PC to be with his ailing mom and then the actress really dies?

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am very sorry to hear this news. She was wonderful as Lady Jane. May she rest in peace.

Joe
Joe

Can’t say buh-bye to 2016 fast enough. Terrible year for celebrity losses. I wish her peace!

Rose
Rose

Joe…And 2016 isn’t over yet.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

She was a great actress, made her role interesting and intriguing. I watched her on many shows
RiP

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Loved her!

Vicki
Vicki

She was a classy lady. RIP

Judy
Judy

I have never heard of her put my prayers go out to the family

Lia
Lia

This is so sad. My sympathy to her family and friends. She is missed, and always will be. I loved her work on GH, because she was the loveliest of the Jacks family. Her death and now Debbie Reynolds has made this a very heartbreaking day.

Terry
Terry

Can 2016 please come to and end without anymore deaths. This week alone was the worse. George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and Barbara Tarbuck.

Rosalie
Rosalie

So sorry for a great loss its always hard to say goodbye
R.i.p.
Big gh fan since i was a preschooler. When my mom used to watch it id cut school to come home to watch it..
Rosalie

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hopefully, there will be A LOT LESS celebrity deaths in 2017……….

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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Does GH’s Margaux Have A Connection To Someone In Port Charles? If So, Who?

This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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