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Sonny and Carly Name Their Baby “Donna” As GH Pays Tribute To Beloved Make-Up Artist Donna Messina

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Monday’s General Hospital brought with it a touching reveal, as the ABC daytime drama series honored the late Donna Messina who was an integral part of the GH family from 1983-2018 until her death.  Messina was the beloved make-up artist behind the scenes, who every actor came to know and love.

In story, Carly (Laura Wright) undergoes her c-section with Sonny (Maurice Benard) by her side to bring her new little bundle of joy into the world.  The baby is delivered and it’s a Corinthos baby girl!

Next, the doctors have to perform surgery on her due to the baby’s condition of spina bifada.  Before she is taken away, Sonny and Carly reveal her name is “Donna”.  While “Donna” is in surgery, and Carly is resting, Michael (Chad Duell), Joss (Eden McCoy) and Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) come to see her along with Sonny.  It is there that Sonny and Carly inform the kids that they have a baby sister … and she is named “Donna’.

That set the stage for a heart-tugging monologue by Maurice Benard, who explains that the baby was named after Donna Messina from the old neighborhood – an homage to the real Donna and her qualities – and also Benard’s treasured friendship with her.

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Sonny says of Donna: “She was kind and loyal and she knew how to keep a secret – you could talk to her about anything and your problems, who you love, your fears.  She would just listen, and she wouldn’t judge and she wouldn’t tell a soul.  She was tough as nails and she had no patience for fools.  And if you were annoying, she would get in your face.  She hated bullies, no matter young or old, it didn’t matter. And she was fearless, but most of all she was kind, loyal, and generous.  One of the greatest things about her was that she could always make you smile, no matter how you’re feeling. That was just the way she was.”

Messina lost her battle to cancer in December of 2018.

So, what did you think about how GH wrote in to the story their love for Donna?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Annette
Annette

I thank that is wonderful and is a beautiful thing to do for there friend It shows how much they cared for her.

Pat Feeney
Pat Feeney

What a nice tribute to Donna! She will
Never be forgotten by the GH cast.

Timmm
Timmm

Donna. Thats cool, they went traditional instead of soapy!

Margaret Rutledge
Margaret Rutledge

I love the tribute to donna.

Joann
Joann

Beautiful tribute!!

lynn slawson
lynn slawson

very nice

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I think that Donna was a very lucky lady, when alive to have the love, respect and admiration of all these people and how appreciative they were of what she gave them to honor her in this way. I was so sure they would name the baby Morgan, boy or girl.

Rodd
Rodd

The actors weren’t all that in the birthing scenes, but the writing and delivery from MB about Donna was a real unique and touching tribute to this lady.

Melissa Darling
Melissa Darling

Totally loved that ! The way it was portrayed made me think “Donna” must be a real person, so thanks to MFTV for the explanation. Well done, GH.

Tina Gray
Tina Gray

Such a beautiful tribute! Well done!

SHARON WILKINS SIMS
SHARON WILKINS SIMS

They didn’t need another child this is bogus!!!

Colin
Colin

Technically, this is their only child. Morgan is dead, and Michael is not theirs. He is hers and AJ’s. Sonny kidnapped Michael and illegally adopted him. That does not make him Michael’s father…it makes him his abductor. Can soap writers REALLY not think of any other storylines for women besides pregnancies?? DAYS takes the cake right now, with Kristen being pregnant! Kristen is old enough to be EJ’s mother…EJ is 40 ish, which puts Kristen at close to 60. Those must be some fertility drugs Rolf has!!

Shay
Shay

Sonny can never have enough offspring…..or, at least, that seems to be the prevailing opinion of GH showrunners! Personally, I would like to see him close up shop on his seemingly endless capacity for reproduction and retire to “gramps status!” Time for the “next generation” to take over….

SHARON WILKINS SIMS
SHARON WILKINS SIMS

I guess you are right

Shay
Shay

Sonny’s prodigious propensity for procreation is a bit of a running theme amongst certain aghast posters here at this website, Sharon. And I’m one of those who pleads guilty….Lol.

Cheryl
Cheryl

what a way to pay tribute to such an amazing woman!!!

rose
rose

Like others I feel naming the baby Donna was a nice lasting tribute to their friend and colleague. Except for one thing. Every time anyone says Donna, it can sound like the beginning of Dawn Of Day…not a memory I want to remember. Darn!

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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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Make sure to check out Benard’s new site, and let us know if you might be picking up one of the “State of Mind” shirts for yourself via the comment section below.

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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

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Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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James Patrick Stuart Finally Gets His Photo In The Hallways at General Hospital: Watch What Happens!

Where has James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin Cassadine) photo been all this time from the dressing room area at General Hospital?  Well, looks like we may have the answer to that question!

In a brand new video ditty posted by the folks at GH, Stuart is seen combing the hallways looking for his portrait along with the other major stars of the ABC daytime drama series .. problem is … it’s MIA! Something James takes notice off.

Then, in a time-jump (LOL), Stuart finally gets his big moment when he officially joins the ranks of the cast with his photo being unveiled right next to Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) picture.

The tweet accompanying the video relates: “Contrary to Valentin’s opinion… @japastu is having the best week ever.”   Of course, the tweet refers to Stuart’s character who has just had a disaster-filled wedding to Nina (Cynthia Watros)

Watch what happens below.

Then let us know what you thought of the clip and how much you enjoy the talents of JPS in Port Charles via the comment section below.

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