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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.

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
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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
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Pat Feeney

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

Timmm
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Timmm

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

Margaret Rutledge
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Margaret Rutledge

I love the tribute to donna.

Joann
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Joann

Beautiful tribute!!

lynn slawson
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lynn slawson

very nice

Violet Lemm
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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
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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
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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
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Tina Gray

Such a beautiful tribute! Well done!

SHARON WILKINS SIMS
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SHARON WILKINS SIMS

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

Colin
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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
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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
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SHARON WILKINS SIMS

I guess you are right

Shay
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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
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Cheryl

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

rose
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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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