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Leslie Charleson Returning To General Hospital

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Great news GH longtime fans! Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) announced on her Twitter account on Saturday that she is returning back to the show after temporarily being replaced by Patty McCormack.

Back in April, Charleson revealed she had injured her leg,  McCormack stepped in to keep Monica’s story going which has seen the head of the Q household being part of Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) storyline, as well as Kiki’s (Hayley Erin) hospital harassment suit against Dr. Bensch (James DePaiva).

Look for Charleson to begin taping the week of July 23rd; meaning she should be back on-air as Monica by mid-August.

Leslie has now been with General Hospital for over 40 years since her debut back in 1977.

Glad to hear this veteran favorite is on her way back to the screen? Comment below.

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Denise A Daniel
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Denise A Daniel

So happy to have Leslie back & that she’s healed. I liked her replacement but thought she would make a better Audrey than Monica.

Jimh
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Jimh

yes,,,nice to see her back…but im not watching after Nelle’s story wraps…Patty McCormack seemed more suited playing Helene Cassidine or her sister…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Ooh! Good suggestion, jimh!

Jimh
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Jimh

Alex’s mom maybe????

Shay
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Shay

How about as Monica’s long-lost evil sister ala shades of. “Rhoda?”

Jimh
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Jimh

I will take that…her first job is to work as the Corinthos housekeeper who poisons the entire family…as she makes her escape she runs down Peter and a few others useless boring characters!!!

Shay
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Shay

Works for me, Jimh! Paging Patty McCormack…..Port Charles once again requires your presence!!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yay! Love Leslie and glad she’s back. I love her interaction with Drew. She was so kind to him when Sonny, Carly, Spinelli, Robin, all turned their backs on him. She’s gonna get a wakeup call regarding Nelle, but that’ll be fun, too. Not to mention the infamous Dr. Bensch situation.

su000
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su000

I like Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) but- I like Patty McCormack’s Monica much more.
Same as I like Maxies stand in better.

Steve
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Steve

One would have thought you’d learned from your criticism of Laura/Genie Francis 🙂

Although she wasn’t the first to play her, Leslie Charleson IS Monica. 40 years.

It’s her part (Gloria gave it to her) just like it’s her house (Alan gave it her).

Welcome back LC.

su000
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su000

hi Steve,
I never once ”criticized” Genie, I don’t do that.
I have never cared for Laura she irks me and I have said as much lol ..

I haven’t watched GH for four decades to be attached to Leslie Charleson’s Monica and I said I do like her.
However, I liked Patty McCormack’s Monica better.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

You have every right to like who you like, Su. We all prefer different characters and actors. It’s just that many get used to an actor in a role if that actors been playing him/her for years, and we, the viewer, identify with that actor AS the character. Again, an example would be Tom Ellis as Lucifer. Imagine if he left and someone else stepped in to play him. (Though it does and has happened even with prime time shows dating way back.) By the way, I liked Molly as Maxi, too. If she took over because Kristen decided to… Read more »

Phyliss Gladney Wood
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Phyliss Gladney Wood

I am happy that Leslie has recovered from her injury, and is back at GH. Now please bring back our GH queen Genie/Laura,and be great if you guys could get Tyler to return as well.Miss him,and miss Prince Nikolas Cassadine..Having some good storylines for both Nikolas C ,and Laura Collins is what we need ,and all our beautiful GH regular actors instead of all the new people brought on board and some given contracts..I have watched the show for many years and support our wonderful and outstanding actors that have been a part of our show for so years and… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

IF Genie ever comes back to GH, then I’ll watch again.

k/kay
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k/kay

Nancy please give it up this is Franks Gh and yes it will die but Genie is not coming back ! Back to what??? I have not watched in three months I have read weekly reports it is nonsense ! She was a very lively memory in the 80 and 90 but time moves on she is better off

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Oh thank heaven! I used to love Patty McCormack back in the day. I remember when she was a very little girl in The Miracle Worker, as Hellen Keller on the old Playhouse 90 and a teen on I remember Mama, with Peggy Wood and many other greats. BUT, she is not Monica, and I would wince seeing her in that role.I am sure she was not give much notice, in stepping in like that, and know she did her best. Would love to see more of her. Welcome back to Leslie Charleson!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Come on you guys.There has to be some old broad out there, close to my age, who remembers Mama!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Violet, I do “remember Mama” and “The Bad Seed”, Patty’s Oscar-nominated role. And I’ve been begging for the old “Playhouse 90” CLASSICS to get a DVD release. Those TV milestones need to be remembered, preserved, and treasured. “Twelve Angry Men”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, etcetera, weren’t just movies. They were often classic television plays FIRST. And most were done LIVE, so they had to get it right the first time! But, those were days when actors learned their craft and respected it, much like daytime actors. No “instant stars” like the “legends” who’ve been here less than 5… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound, You sure made my day today! So surprised to hear of someone remembering all you spoke of.Ronald Reagan’s G.E Theater was pretty good too. I will really have to forgive you now, for not caring for Wes/Peter.Ha! Have a good day.

Celia
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Celia

Welcome back, Leslie……all fixed and brand new. LOL…..cheers!! To your health!!
I wasn’t feeling it with the temporary replacement. Soooo happy to finally get you back!!

Shay
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Shay

I join you in welcoming back Leslie to the GH canvas, CeeCee, but I have to say that I thought Patty Mc Cormack did a superb job as Monica in the interim. I didn’t find her presence to be jolting whatsoever, and she picked right up where the character left off before Leslie’s departure. A total pro! Hope she gets another soap role as a reward for stepping in so skillfully at a moment’s notice.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Shaybelle,
I had never heard of Patty McCormack before now……she was just the opposite of Monica…. too smiley and cheerful; almost not into the role….just my feeling. The ‘interim’ was too long. LOL. Nonetheless, Leslie needed to heal fully and completely.
Take it from me, every time the weather turns —becomes inclement, that is, Leslie will feel pain, unfortunately.
I can’t even kneel on my knee, any longer….it’s that bad!!

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….I.previously knew of Patty from, of course, “The Bad Seed,” plus, she did a lot of episodic tv work during the late ‘70’s and ‘80’s…heck she even co-starred in that dreadful “Three’s Company” spin-off, “The Ropers” which I believe is currently running on retro tv? But, yes, she is generally a genial spirit in her roles, so that makes her quite likable, not to mention, I think, very youthful! I do wish that she had been given an opportunity on GH to share a momentary glimpse of what an adut “Rhoda” could have been….what a kick! As for your ongoing… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

HaHaHaHaHa….all that Church kneeling?!?! You’re right….Mass is excrutiating. I hope the Heavens do not punish me for laughing. I just do not kneel any more…..tying my daughter’s little sneakers, when she goes to the park with Daddy, is a chore…..I just squat or sit on the floor. LOL. And, Daddy has a long way to go….to reach the floor. HaHa. My son ties his sister’s shoes when he’s around…or Nanny. Next time I watch “The Ropers”, I will make sure to catch Patty. She just has such a happy face, even when not smiling. It’s not that I didn’t like… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, CeeCeeGirl! Same to you, yours and all of the nice people here at MFtv!!! And of course, Happy Birthday, America!!! I hear you about the mass thing…I haven’t been for quite awhile, but I have bony kneecaps and it really did hurt to kneel, no matter how well padded the kneelers in question happened to be! I really do not miss that at all! But yes, do look out for Patty on “The Ropers.” She was their next door neighbor/wife of Jeffrey Tambor’s character and they had an adorable little boy. Quite frankly, the show was pretty awful,… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Patty was good but you can never watch a replacement and not wonder how the original actor would have done things differently and often times better.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Yay!!! I get my Monica back. I missed you, Leslie. Patty McCormack did a very good job filling in for you but you’ve always been my favorite on the show.

Rodd
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Rodd

Very glad to hear she’s returning to the fold and in better health! Can’t wait to see her scenes air!

Charday
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Charday

This is great news. Leslie Charleson’s Monica has been missed, although the temp replacement did a good job.

Timmm
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Timmm

Patty did an admiral job BUT Leslie IS Monica! Glad she is okay and I hope she brings Jimmy Lee and Celia with her!

Nancy
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Nancy

Yay! Glad to hear you are doing well. Miss seeing you and spending time in the water with you and all the others. Good luck and may you spend many more years doing what you love.

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