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Risa Dorken Cast As GH's New Nurse Named … Amy!

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“Amy ___  to the seventh floor nurses station!”  That may be the call when actress  Risa Dorken makes her GH debut on May 4th!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Dorken has been cast as GH’s neweest nurse, but there is a key twist!

Apparently, her personality and the character description pretty much matches that of Amy Vining, the long-running blabbermouth nurse played by the late Shell Kepler (who passed away in 2008), and sister to Laura.  (Genie Francis).

The role in the casting breakdown described the new Amy as “a spunky new nurse who just can’t help herself from gossiping and putting her nose in other’s business.”

So, will Risa Dorken be Amy Vining’s daugther or relative, or is this a coinci-dink? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope she is related to Amy…sounds like she would be with that description…and she is very cute…at first i thought she was going to be Charlotte-Nathans ex-maybe she is and Amy’s kid too-this is a newbie i actually look forward to for a change-Please be Amy’s daughter and Nathans ex!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

or will she be Nina’s thought-dead child?…i prefer Amy’s daughter and Nathan’s ex

Harry
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Harry

Why the hell does her name have to be Amy? This is over kill.
Having her act like the classic Amy Vinning is good enough–no need to name her Amy.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

I thought Nathan’s ex was named Claudette?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

That was an error-i meant Claudette…

aria
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aria

this is awesome, its brilliant, we need a busybody nurse, so i like it as to weather she’s related to the late amy vining, i welcome it if it is, if it isn’t then thats ok too, but great idea from the writers.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

IMO it’s a nice homage to the character of Amy Vining. The character was never a pivotal one. But, it’s nice that GH never recast her, which they could have easily done. Having a nurse named Amy is a sweet sign that while she may be gone, she hasn’t been forgotten.

robbie
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robbie

Enough with the new characters! Felix could easily be the gossip at the hub

Marilyn
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Marilyn

We NEED some new people on the show. I.would prefer they bring back some oldies, but definitely need to keep mixing it up. I also think it would be cool if they gave some parts to some OLTL people. Oh I miss them!!

Madeline
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Madeline

Hell yes starting with Melissa Archer!

Ces
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Ces

We dont need more characters. Cast is beyond full & please no more OLTL actors.

Harry
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Harry

Marilyn? Are you kidding? We need more people on GH like Donald Trump needs more holes in his head.

Judy
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Judy

I so agree that we it would be nice to have some of the OLTL characters on the show. I like having Roger on the show. I liked him as Todd, but it got weird with him coming back at Todd for Starr who became Kiki than Roger comes back to become Franco. Just like Slyus who also played his dead brother for a while and now coming back as Fin. Why can’t they bring other people in so it doesn’t get confusing with crossovers.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Could she be Amy’s daughter? If so, who’s the daddy?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Finn?

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Okay I’ll buy it until proven otherwise. lol

JustSaying
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JustSaying

Last I remember Amy Vining died and I don’t remember Laura saying she had a niece. So I’m guessing “coinci-dink”.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I don’t know why but I don’t remember Amy dying. I hope this is a relative for Laura though. Could be something for Laura to have to deal with.

Brian
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Brian

The actress past away in real life but Amy has not passed away on screen. So she could have just moved away and finally had a child and this could totally be her daughter!

Bonnie
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Bonnie

would Amy really name her daughter after her?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lucille Ball named her daughter after her so its possible…or she is using her middle name-maybe she is Claudette Amy Vining West?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Wow, Wow, Jimmy!! Good one!! I did say that Claudette would show up sooner or later. Maybe, she wants her gloves back.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Claudette needed her Visa. I believe Nathan said she was Canadian ( Quebecoise). Perhaps, Amy, the mother, had her with a French-Canadian. But, she would not need to marry Nathan if that were the case because Amy Vining was American. Hmmmmm. Good theory, though, right?

Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)
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Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)

So, if this is the case… we know who Nathan has the hots for…

#TheBlondies lol

Mo
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Mo

Sounds fun. All shows need a character like this.

Days-where’s Maxine!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I liked Maxine…with the return of Valerie Grant they could have been cousins like i suggested in a letter to Corday sometime ago,,,

Jennifer
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Jennifer

The cast is bloated as it is! They tried to cry poor with Becky Herbst, but they keep adding new people like they have all the money in the world. Let me guess: Becky will be on her hiatus when “Amy” debuts.

Timmm
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Timmm

She looks like a cross between Tracy Abbott and Tanya Tucker! Not bad. I dont think she is related to Amy. Who would name their daughter after ones self? UNLESS, Amy is her middle name? BUT, I dont remember Amy even dating much. Who could the father be? SCOTT BALDWIN! Welcome Risa.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Finn is her daddy…thought she could be Claudette Amy Vining Finn West-ties her to Laura, Dr.Finn and Nathan-his ex wife…thats the way the writers should have written the character instead of writing in a whole new family-still hope she is tied to someone in PC!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lucie Arnez is sort of named after mom Lucille Ball so its possible…im named after my dad so why cant moms name their daughters after theirself?…i have heard of daughters named after their moms-not many do that but some have.

Timmm
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Timmm

And while we are at it, Tim is Timothy. Why isnt Jim Jimothy?

doribones
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doribones

My Aunt named her daughter, Joyce after herself.
I loved to hate Amy Vining, and am looking forward to the “character renewal”.

Susan
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Susan

Or Tim Tames.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Or she could be yet another daughter for Laura while in the sanitarium who turns out to be a Cassidine thanks to Helene and one of her sons-Stravos, Valentin…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

So pretty!

Fanny
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Fanny

Really pretty ! Pleased to see the Hospital on an IV drip.

Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)
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Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)

Maybe “Amy” could turn out to be a long-lost daughter somehow of Scotty Baldwin AND Laura Spencer. Lest us no forget, that when Laura and Lulu found that old (?album was it?) in the creepy and eerily Wyndermere… The album had to do with the older days with Laura and Scotty (with some ties into and mentions of Luke Spencer as well). Could see “Amy” being part of this key ticket that Helena Cassadine left behind for Laura in her will.

Timmm
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Timmm

ANYTHING that involves Scotty, I’m in! The problem with your theory is I cannot see Laura walking away from a child?

Melissa
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Melissa

Amy was Laura’s younger sister. Can’t tell from the photo how old this actress is, but I wonder if she can pass as Laura’s younger sister and be a recast of Amy Vining herself!

Melissa
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Melissa

Oh forget it. I just IMDB’d her and she is only in her early 20s. Would be nice for Laura to have a niece around.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I loved Shell Kepler as Amy Vining, and when things turned dark in Port Charles, I lamented she was given so little to do. There is much to be said for the continuity characters who may not have constant front-burner stories, but “pour the coffee” and give audiences the sense of comfort and home. Kudos to the writers for what perhaps creates that again. Yes, the cast is bloated and eventually we need to winnow the rolls.

Rose
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Rose

Worry about adding new characters, but Risa/Amy seems like a good addition based on the history of Amy Vining. Just wonder how she got passed an interview with Dr. O?

MT
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MT

I’m kinda excited i’m not gonna lie, this could be good

dmr
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dmr

Speaking of Laura, what happened to her and her quest for figuring out what Helena’s “gift” to her meant-another forgotten storyline?

Hayjay
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Hayjay

Sounds fun!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Not unless she’s French jimh. I believe Nathan said he married her to keep her from being deported. And Amy sounds like she’s going to be the good-natured hub of all things gossip, like her predecessor. But who knows…she is joining the cast as Claudette is being talked about. I don’t think so, but you never know…

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She dropped her accent like Madlyn had done?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hmmmm…

Joe
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Joe

Just what we need, another new character!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I have no idea who Amy Vining is. I shall educate myself.

Joe
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Joe

Amy Vining was classic. Played by Shell Kepler. She was Laura’s (adopted) sister. You may have heard the name Laura Vining. Amy was the hospital gossip. She was funny! Sadly, the actress passed away a few years ago. Not sure why a new “Amy” is being introduced. Hope whatever they are trying to pull works. The new actress has some big shoes to fill.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I know, Joe. But, I was sort of prepared, and braced myself as soon as the name Claudette came up.
I can’t say for sure, of course. But, why throw the name around if she were not to materialize?

Shay
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Shay

Hey, CeeCee….Just think how long we heard about Nina before she turned up…..and ever since she did, I’ve been wishing she hadn’t! How I hope we won’t have a repeat situation with Claudette.

Harry
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Harry

Shay, Hearing Silas wax poetic about his invisible friend brought back childhood memories of Big Bird waxing poetics about his invisible friend, the Snuffallagus (I have no idea how to spell that).
But damn, while I was expecting some mystical phantom animal to appear, I was instead stuck with Michelle Stafford snoring and hamming it up like the scene chewer she is.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay/Harry:
Just for interest sake…Mr. Snuffleupagus turned out to be real afterall. ‘Srsly’! Lol.

doribones
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doribones

I think Griffin was the guy Claudette was with while she was married to Nathan-maybe he shot Griffin, the secret he’s hiding from Maxie!

Beach Dreamer
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Beach Dreamer

It’s rude & disrespectful is what it is. I expect nothing less from GH these days though. Jelly & Co. spit on pretty much everything I ever loved about GH. Not sure what “demo” they’re going for with this one but it will fail like all the other stunts trotted out over the past 4 years. This isn’t a “nod”. This is erasing the past which is exactly what the past 2 regimes have tried endlessly to do. Too bad those of us who actually watched pre-2000 aren’t falling for it.

Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)
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Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)

Can you really blame some writers though, wanting and or at least trying to look past the past?

Dylan
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Dylan

Please make her Amy’s daughter!! Pretty please?!

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

Did they ever mention onscreen that Amy Vining died? I don’t recall any mention of it. I hope she is an Amy relative otherwise it would be be disrespectful to Shell’s memory. Maybe she could be a child that Amy had with that boxer Johnny (that was in the early 80s), which of course would be older than this actress is. But it would be a nod to history. As many others posted, the cast is already so bloated. I’d love to see more of Mac, Felicia, Robert, Kevin, Lucy, Epiphany, Diane, Milo, Max, TJ, Cam, Spencer, Laura, Scotty, and… Read more »

Queen Bee
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Queen Bee

She was murdered, but WE never saw a body. At least, that’s what my 9 yr old brain remembers.

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

I don’t remember her being murdered but I was not much older than you!

Lillian
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Lillian

A nurse named Amy! The many scenes between Shell Kelper and Jane Elliott at the nurses station brings back fond memories.

Lillian
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Lillian

JUST A SIDE NOTE: Kepler was a smart businesswoman. Way ahead of her time! She just maybe the first soap actor to have a product on the likes of HSN or QVC.

Jane
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Jane

Cast is a bit full now as it is. So I agree with another’s comment.

Pat kocher
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Pat kocher

I loved the old Amy she was so bubbley most of the time , that is when she wasn’t spelling guts out about things she would hear others talking about. I think her an the nurse who helped Sunny walk again would but heads . Would be funny it will be great to bring Amy in to shake up the 7th floor stiff necks , an some of the nurses, it will be great an funny for her to come back to put a different kind of spark of being a busy body who never keeps anything to her self,… Read more »

frances scialla
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frances scialla

would have been nice to have a different name and not Amy.Sure hope its not AMYVinnysdaughter. Would be great to have it be Claudette. Having watching this show from day one when it was only on for 15 mins cant wait to see what this new character will bring to the show.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

The writers said they wanted to center alot of the characters and stories back to the hospital thus we have three new doctors and now “Amy.” I don’t know what to think of their name choice yet. Either they’re trying to recreate something lost while introducing a “new” character to viewers who never knew the original, or it’s a nod to the original actress-character by creating a similar one who coincidentally has the same name…like the coincidence of the many same faces of Michael Easton or the nid to Roxy. Curious to see how it plays out. She could add… Read more »

penny
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penny

She has a couple of videos on youtube. She was definitely cast to play a relative of the other nurse Amy, same voice.

SoapPoop
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SoapPoop

I just saw her today and instantly ran to google, because after watching her with Kirsten Storms…I was convinced they were related. Obviously I am wrong, but they really do look like THEY could be family.

sandy
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sandy

Has anyone noticed that the new nurse Amy looks just like maxie. Are they sister’s in real life????

Judy
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Judy

If this new addition to gh is a throw back to charcter amy vinning them she is a welcomed site she can certainlty hold her own with dr. monica rhat’s for sure, espically after today’s run on description of how Jason came to be a quartermaine.

Krista Tonn
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Krista Tonn

I think Amy will be Amys daughter.

Annie
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Annie

I missed many years of GH & wondered what ended the story for Amy Webber? I sorely realize the actress passed away, so did the have nurse Amy Webber pass on the soap opera too? Always wondered now more than ever seeing Laura talking to a psycic & she mentioned Amy, is this a future role down the road perhaps!

Satan
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Satan

Amy just disappeared one day. I believe they mentioned the character’s passing in one of the recent anniversary episodes, but never went into details. Haven’t seen her down here in Hell, so I guess that means she went upstairs. Something that’s not always guaranteed for residents of Port Charles!

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