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Nancy Lee Grahn Debuted 25 Years Ago Today as General Hospital’s Alexis Davis

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Back on September 26th, 1996, (25 years ago today!) the new character of Alexis Davis made her debut on ABC’s General Hospital, and brought to the iconic soap opera, the talents of Nancy Lee Grahn.

Grahn, had already made a name for herself with her captivating portrayal of lawyer Julia Wainwright Capwell on Santa Barbara for which she won a Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1989, in a tie with AMC’s Debbi Morgan.

Back in April, General Hospital, marked this milestone with a special episode for Grahn, that could be remembered come next year’s Emmys.

Alexis, or shall we call her “Natasha”, was introduced on GH as the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine and his mistress, whose throat was slit by Helena Cassadine, which has played into Alexis’ story for many years to come.  At the time of her entrance to the show, Wendy Riche was GH’s executive producer.

Through the years, viewers have witnessed Grahn’s portrayal of: a tough legal eagle, an honest depiction of a woman battling the bottle, failed romances, while all the time being a loving and faithful mother to her three daughters, Sam, Molly, and Kristina.

Nancy won her second Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy, this time for her role as Alexis in 2012, and has been a multi-nominee in the Lead Actress category for her performances on the ABC daytime drama series.

Kate Grahn, Nancy’s daughter took to social media within the last few hours since we posted this story to share a video on how thankful she and her mom are to GH fans and Nancy’s time on the show which afforded her the ability to have and raise Kate.  Check that out below.

Here’s to Nancy for giving us 25 years of her on-screen work as Alexis!

Congratulate Nancy and tell us your favorite Alexis Davis moments via the comment section.

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Kay
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Kay

She is a great actress the sad thing is she had to bring politics into everything we are all out here trying to find a escape from that and she just keeps it going . She always has so it has turned me off because I just wanted to be entertained and Nancy conservatives who have a different opinion watch GH you can turn people off no matter what side of the fence you are ion. Congrats for your tenure

Delonjo
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Delonjo

This isn’t fair. Reminds me of when I hear: “Just shut up and dribble.” No one has to be quiet for your comfort.

whynot
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whynot

If you can tolerate the Cheetoh you can certainly tolerate an actress on a soap opera who only reads the lines they write for her.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

Then just watch the show and don’t follow them on social media. That seems like the easy way to handle it. Nancy is a person aside from her character. You like Alexis. Focus on that.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

Agree with you. I understand and respect that she has different opinions and positions. The thing is –from her posts if you have opinions and positions which are different from what she thinks, she appears to be intolerant of others beliefs/opinions. Stick to acting and leave politicis out of it as other GH stars do.

Steve
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Steve

There’s no rules requiring viewers to follow actors social media posts. Nancy has a right to post as does every citizen. Ingo posts contradictory messages than Nancy, yet both are able to be professional in scenes where long term friends Alexis & Jax are concerned.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Congrats to Nancy!!!! 25 years flew by so fast. I love her portrayal as Alexis/Natasha. Hopefully, she’ll be freed out of prison sooner rather than later, so we can see her maybe mix it up with her family roots, the Cassdine’s, more interaction with her nephew Nicholas and also Spencer, too. I’m looking forward to a bigger and better storyline for NLG, she’s definitely worth it. I totally miss her with Julian. They totally ruined Julian the year he took orders from Olivia Jerome to kill Alexis. Her chemistry with Julian was off the charts. I also liked her relationship… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jeremy, you’ve hit it out of the park! In my mind anyway… I agree with your assessment of the actress (including her activism) as well as the character, including her romantic partners (particularly Julian, with whom the actress had amazing chemistry). Take care, Friend!

Mark
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Mark

I loved Nancy on Santa Barbara with lane Davies lol

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Mark,
Oh, me too. They were a wonderful couple. Remember the suprise wedding?

aria
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aria

congrats NLG, and to many more years.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Years back, I’d get a little thrill whenever Alexis was on. Nancy always had a fresh approach to the character; I never saw her “phone it in”. But, the past two or three years, I have the opposite reaction. I feel it’s just a matter of time before she does something madly self-destructive, then repents, then does it again…and again. Drinking, wrong men, ethically challenged decisions. It’s a sad treadmill the writers have placed her on. Nancy has valiantly kept Alexis human and watchable, but she deserves much better. Maybe this stint in jail will be a new beginning.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

She deserves a full redemption. It’s a soap. She can get her law license back. Many less likely things happen all the time (i.e. return from the dead!)

rose
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rose

Soap hound…I agree with you. Tough to watch a character who had so much promise when she came to Port Charles continually be given self-destruct stories by the writers.

Rodd
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Rodd

Ms. Grahn does exceptional work with anything they throw at her. But I especially like how they’re taking their time with her “repentance” storyline in the slammer. This feels so real because of the timing and what Nancy is bringing to the table in her spectacular performances.
Congratulations on 25 years! i look forward to seeing you on GH for many, many years to come!

Joel
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Joel

Never liked her. Who does she think she is knocking anyone who doesn’t agree with her politics? Not a nice person.

Timmm
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Timmm

Right. She is like Robert DE Niro, if you dont agree with his politics he has no use for you! Same with Nancy. And Nancy, enjoy the ONE thing you and Robert have in common!

Timmm
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Timmm

Alexis is a failure on so many levels. I dont know about her career but her love life, she is a relationship killer. Why not pair her with Harmony and let her completely change her life. It would be interesting to tell this story. I do like the actress who plays Harmony and they need to find a story for her.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Timmm,
I really envy you that you know Nancy Lee so personally that you can comment on her failures on “so many levels” I like and admire her for her accomplishments as an actor, mother and not being afraid to speak out on many issues, including politics. So many stars are reluctant to say anything,for fear they will be seen in a bad light as they have done with her. Nancy tells it likes it is, and knows she’ll never please everyone.

Timmm
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Timmm

Well Violet, I was speaking about her characters failures. I don’t care what she says in her personal life.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Timmm, So sorry, I misread you.

Satan
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Satan

I’m not sure if Alexis would ever “switch teams”, but if she did, I doubt it would be for Harmony, a woman who did significant damage to two of her daughters’ lives.

Timmm
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Timmm

Maybe Alexis would channel “Satan!”

Satan
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Satan

Well, I could always do that, of course… but we wouldn’t want Marlena to get jealous!

Satan
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Satan

When they were telling the alcoholism story, I really wish they would have brought Scotty Baldwin into it. He witnessed his father Lee – also a lawyer – self destruct with alcohol for years, but eventually managed to come out of it. Maybe he might have had some insights to share with Natasha, given that history?

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