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Ilene Kristen Interview – General Hospital – 41st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet

Ilene Kristen stopped by to chat with Michael Fairman on the red carpet at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The now recurring star of General Hospital where she plays Delia (formerly of Ryan’s Hope), the mother to Maura West’s Ava Jeromes, discusses her return to the soap in new scenes with Maura and none other than Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos)!

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rebecca1
rebecca1

Delia seems much like Roxie…not sure if Delia of GH was this way in Ryan’s Hope…or if they molded her for OLTL fans into a Roxie now known as Delia. She seems confident they’ll be asking her back…fun!

Franny Wright
Franny Wright

When Ilene was on GH last year, she acted more like Delia with a bit of Roxy thrown into the mix in the Ryan’s Bar scenes but is definitely more like Roxy in the current storyline. It should be fun to see her again next week….I wish she could become a regular!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think the only difference here would be her dynamic with her daughter. ON OLTL she loved Natalie (and Rex). Thus, her crazy, good-natured way of protecting them was specific to that.

I don’t see any warm fuzzies with her and Ava…though in both shows her maternal instincts kick in.

But ya…her overall loopiness is sooooo Roxie.

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

Shes a mix of OLTLs Roxy and Ryans Hopes Delia…and their physical resembalance is AMAZING…maybe Delia and Roxi are somehow related…maybe long lost twins!!!…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

actually…let’s take that further!!! maybe Delia DOES have a twin…played by Ilene! Delia could eventually leave…and Roxie could move to Port Charles with Natalie and Rex!

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

I want both Delia and Roxie on the show…Ava’s secret weapon to drive Sonny nuts…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

yes…that’d be fun but I doubt Ilene could pull double duty on an ongoing basis. I’m thinking one drops into town…the other leaves…etc…

andddddddd…it’s not gonna happen! 😉

Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck

I love Ilene and I think she definitely brings a new energy as Delia. I like the nod to ABC’s soap history by having her on the show from time to time. I have been watching Ryan’s Hope via Youtube and its nice that a great show from so long ago is not forgotten. Hope she gets to come back regularly.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think that with the demise of so many soaps the remaining ones are trying to get much of the soap world somehow incorporated into the remaining ones. Perhaps to increase viewership…if they bring on more players…more fan favorites from shows-gone-by…the potentially bring in more eyes.

Interesting concept and a good strategy if that’s the case.

rebecca1
rebecca1

still frustrated by the inability to edit comments here!!! In my perfect lil well-written world I would have said…”the remaining ones incorporated into their shows.

ugg!

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GH Cast Members Kick Off “25 Days Of Christmas” Toys For Tots Holiday Drive – Photo Gallery

Cast members from General Hospital celebrated “25 Days of Christmas” with a shopping spree at the Glendale Disney Store for Toys for Tots.

On hand were: Donnell Turner (Curtis), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), William deVry (Julian), Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina), Josh Swickard (Chase), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Chris Van Etten (Chet) along with the series EP, Frank Valentini, and Bill Burton ( Sr. ABC VP Daytime, Sports and Syndication)

As part of the “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on Disney|ABC Television, for every new, unwrapped toy donated at a Disney store in the U.S. or online through shopDisney.com,

Disney store | shopDisney will donate $5 to Toys for Tots, up to $1 million.  The campaign runs through Saturday,  December 15, 2018.

Additionally, beginning now through December 25 in the DisneyNOW app, if a user plays a mini-game on the “25 Days of Christmas” activity page, their gameplay will “unwrap” one gift.  Once 500,000 digital gifts have been “unwrapped,” Disney will make a $25,000 donation to Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots, a 71-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season.  The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributedby the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community.  Last year the Marine Toys for Tots Program fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7 million less fortunate children in 800 communities nationwide.  Since 1947 over 251 million children have been assisted. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org

Check out this photo gallery below of some of the images from GH’s shopping spree benefiting Toys for Tots.  

Which is your favorite pic?  Let us know via the comment section below, and if you will be donating as part of the Christmas toy drive.

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GH’s Laura Wright Stars With Bree Williamson & Eddie Matos In Her First Lifetime Movie, ‘Stalked By My Patient’

Soap opera fans familiar with Daytime Emmy-winner, Laura Wright’s work from General Hospital, Guiding Light and Loving, will get to see her act in a different venue when she stars in her first Lifetime movie premiering next week on December 14th (8pm EST).

Wright took to her Instagram posting the key art for the Lifetime movie, stating, “OK, guys!!! This is my first Lifetime Movie!!! I’m terrified to see this …truly. So different from what I do everyday on GH!!  I had a blast working with Bree Williamson, Eddie Matos and Rob Roberts.  So so grateful for the experience and I can’t wait to do more!!!”

The log line for the movies details: “Accomplished and beloved Dr. Hillary Spenser is known as “the Angel of the East Wing” for the way she treats her patients. One patient in particular, Gregory Lipton, mistakes her compassion for adoration and becomes obsessed, willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill his misguided vision of their future together. Bree Williamson, Laura Wright, Eddie Matos star. (2018)”

As for Wright’s co-stars; Williamson is best known from One Life to Live as Jessica Buchanan and more recently on GH as Claudette Boland, and Matos is remembered for his work on Port Charles. GH, B&B, and All My Children.

So, will you be checking out Laura on her first Lifetime movie next Friday? Let us know via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Mourns The Loss Of Their Beloved Donna Messina

On Friday, so many members of the General Hospital family, past and present, shared their heartfelt remembrances and sorrow via social media on the news of the passing of the longtime head of their hair and make-up department, Donna Messina.

The Daytime Emmy-winning Messina, passed away on Thursday.  She was considered to be a den mother to the entire cast of the show.  Here are just some of the messages shared by current and former GH notables:

Frank Valentini, “Donna Messina (Department Head, Makeup & Hair) joined the family on 8/26/1982. To say her presence will be missed is an understatement. She was an incredibly warm, witty and all around great gal. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones.”

Laura Wright: “We lost our GH mom ……. you will be deeply missed

Genie Francis: “God bless sweet Donna Messina. A great friend and mother hen of us all. We went to her with our feelings, we could speak freely & we knew we were safe..and when we needed it, she would give us a stern no bull talking to, to set us straight. There was no better friend. Godspeed.

Dominic Zamprogna: “Donna welcomed me and treated me like a long lost Italian family member from day 1. Always supportive always smiling. Heart. Broken. Rest easy beautiful Donna.”

Photo: Jim Warren via MBenardInstagram

Maurice Benard:  “Sometimes you meet someone in life you connect with and unfortunately life just takes that person away.  And no matter how much your heart breaks you want to remember the good times.  My best friend, my sister, Donna used to hate taking pictures.. I used to have to grab her and hold her. And we would laugh and laugh.  I will never forget this memory, and I will never forget what you meant in my life.”

Nancy Lee Grahn: “My longest & dearest friend at GH was deeply private. I hold that sacred as I do her life & afterlife. Still, TY for ur kind words of support. Love abounds here today.”

Steve Burton: “We lost a beautiful soul last night. Way too soon! The one who held it all together. Was always there for everyone. A mom to everyone. Someone we can all count on. Donna Messina. I love you. Thank you . Rest In Peace.”

Wally Kurth: “Our dear Donna Messina. We will miss you so much. I always loved sitting in your makeup chair, getting the low down, hearing the latest studio gossip. You were the heart and soul of the GH hair/makeup room. Heartbreaking. RIP”

Photo: Jim Warren via Wally Kurth Instagram

Jason Thompson: “Donna was truly a one of kind. You always got it straight from her.”

Kimberly McCullough: Sending my GH family so much love on this sad morning. We lost a good one.

Jon Lindstrom:  “Life is often mystifying in this way. Donna Messina preceded my arrival to “GH”, and I got there in ‘92! I loved her, as we all did, for her support and kindness, her no-bullshit attitude and honesty. I miss her already. R.I.P.”

Jean Passassante: “I’m devastated about Donna. I’ll always remember her kindness in trying to glitz me up for parties, and how she was everyone’s wise pal. Or Mom. Thinking of you, Mo, and the rest of the GH family.”

Share your condolences to Donna’s loved ones via the comment section below, and share your thoughts on the outpouring of love shown by the cast of GH with their touching sentiments for their longtime colleague.

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