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Is Richard Simmons Returning To General Hospital For The Nurses' Ball?

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80’s exercise guru Richard Simmons just may be headed back to General Hospital for the 50th Anniversary celebration as part of the Nurses’ Ball.  Will Simmons get all the attendees on their feet and lead them in a makeshift aerobics class?

Today, Richard posted to his facebook page and image of himself wearing a very special purple warm-up jacket with a statement that teases, “I’m sending you a big smile. I have a secret and you’ll know soon.”

As long time GH fans know, Simmons would lead the hospital staffers and the town of Port Charles in some aerobic classes to blow of steam and to lose some weight and stay in shape! Of course, there were many scenes between the women in the class, that were bitchy or funny!

Watch this retro GH clip after the jump from 1982 when Lesley Webber (Denise Alexander) leads an aerobics class for her friends with the help of Simmons!

What a blast from the past this would be if Simmons participates in the big anniversary bash! What do you think of Simmons relating he may be back for the Nurses’ Ball?

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jenny
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jenny

Check out Lesley LOL! Get down you sexy thing LOL

Oh and I spy Claudia-btw how about asking her and her hubby Brian back?

pattie117RaeRae
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pattie117RaeRae

I met RS a few times back in the 90’s. He was a always a nice guy. I’d love to see him back for the Nurses Ball!

aria
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aria

this scene is a trip, wow, everyone from tiffany, lesley, audrey,heather anne logan, ruby, audrey wow wow wow. and susan moore, this is a classic scene for sure.

ces
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ces

Great scene!! I actually remember this. Frightening. lol.. 🙂

louisa
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louisa

YES! Perfect. It’s not the 80’s without Richard Simmons.

jim
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jim

Richard and any GH vet would be warmly welcome back for the shows 50th. Its like a family reunion and it woulnt feel like a reunion without any of them. Hope those who are there talk about those, with flashbacks, who unfortunately couldnt be there and those who are no longer with us. Any reunion i attend is usually like that. How many i miss. I also miss nurses in those white uniforms. Today i can barely tell a nurse apart from a lab techician or even a patient. Anne, Leslie, CLaudia, Brian, Joe, Tiffany, Sean, Jeff, Terri(Jeffs sis)Rose, and… Read more »

jim
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jim

I also wish Susan or even Diana could come back as ghosts to haunt Heather. And I wish they could bring back the two actresses who played Heather b4 Robin M. and have current Heather in mental hospital with each of them as patients claiming to be the real Heather Webber.

David Larsson
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David Larsson

That would be AMAZING! Lets do it!

MK
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MK

Alice died of a heart attack in 1983. But the actress is alive. Angie Costello came back for the 30th and shared memories with Steve about him and Jessie. (That was the only mention of Jessie’s death).

jim
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jim

I 4got Alice died, and now thst you mentioned it i remember Angies visit during the 30th. I did tune in 4 that episode. Thanks for the reminder.

Phyllis
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Phyllis

Of course he is returning! That guy can’t keep a secret.

Tristan
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Tristan

What a GREAT blast from the past!!! So fun. Love seeing all the gals from the early 80s.

RobbyK
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RobbyK

Thanks for posting this great clip! I wanted to watch the next episode! Can someone remind me as to the history of the characters of Alice and Dan? It’s been awhile.-Thanks!

Mare
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Mare

Alice Grant was Rick & Lesley’s housekeeper. She was also the mother of GH’s very own current day psycho – Heather Grant-Baker-Webber. Alice died of an aneurism in 1983. Dan Rooney was the hospital administrator. Mr. practical. One of those supporting roles that grounded the show to a certain level of reality. LOL. He had romantic involvements with nurse Jessie Brewer & Ruby Anderson. Not sure when he left the show. As for watching the episode that follows this one: You can visit my YT channel for the next group of footage I have, but just forewarning, most of my… Read more »

GB
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GB

see charleson and zeman (that was her, right?) before surgery is both revealing and sad.

David Larsson
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David Larsson

Charleson still looks good, in my opinion.

ces
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ces

yeah, um they both really did a number on their faces.

Mare
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Mare

WOW! I feel honored! This is actually my video that I posted on YT… I think it would be great to see Richard Simmons come back and help Lucy & Sabrina with the nurses ball 2013. Richard & Lynn Herring together would be a hoot. Now – the BIG question is… WHY hasn’t Denise Alexander (Lesley Webber) been announced as a returnee??? After Rachael Ames (Audrey Hardy), Denise holds the record for tenure on the show in a reoccurring role – 40 years people!!! Laura’s back — trying to decide which X-hubby to choose, and LuLu’s having a baby (sort… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Perhaps Denise was asked.. Not all want to or can return 🙂

Mare
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Mare

Agree… Life situations can cause a previous cast member to decline gracefully. I respect that. Buy Denise has done mutiple radio interviews over the past several weeks for her current role in the web series “The Inn” and she has come right out and said that she would love ot be a part of the reunion but had not yet been approached…

ethel
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ethel

OMG! this brought back so many memories!

heidi
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heidi

What fun… thanks Michael!!! So great to see some of those ladies from the past. It would be fun to RS back for a cameo.

lisa
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lisa

Richard was part of the GH fabric – it’s only fitting that he should make an appearance.

David Larsson
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David Larsson

Why they didn’t bring back Susan Brown is beyond me.

Mare
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Mare

YUP.. Agree! Another long-time vet that was on forever!!

susan M.
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susan M.

Nice clip! Good to see Audry , Dr.Hardy, Ruby,Leslie… Richard looks thinner now & not
so full in the face.

k/kay
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k/kay

Mr. Simmons looks ill here awfully thin almot too thin. Back in the 90’s I owned a business in a shopping mall and he was there doing his exercise thing he seemed to be very sincere helping people with weight problems. Holding some kinda of convention in the middle of our mall I just remember looking out the door of the shop trying to figure out what all the fuss was about. He did pull in the crowds.

Bill Wilson
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Bill Wilson

Ummmm … Keep Richard … bring back Lesley!

Christy
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Christy

oh *squeal* te he he

Michael, sometimes I think the PTB read my comments – I was saying Richard Simmons coming back would be so fun!

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

Yes, that would be so nice to see him doing his thing in the halls of General Hospital again, It would be fun.

Tracy
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Tracy

It’s great to see them recognize Richard for the 50th, but I too heard the interviews as of a couple of weeks ago Denise hadn’t been asked!!! Are you kidding me? The show was a hair’s breath of being canceled in ’79 and Gloria Monty is rightfully given credit for changing the look of daytime TV, BUT it was the break up of Rick and Lesley and Alan and Monica that brought it to number 1, BEFORE the pairing of Luke and Laura. For her tenure at GH as well as Days of Our Lives and Another World for that… Read more »

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GH’s Michael Easton and Finola Hughes Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

It was an emotional week of episodes on General Hospital as the double-wedding of Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes), and Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) took a double nose-dive.

Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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