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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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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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