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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Has a Feeling She Has ‘A Daughter Out There’

The latest promo for this week’s episodes of General Hospital has been released and from the looks of it – and a key episode set to air on Wednesday April 8th – the mystery surrounding if Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) biological daughter is alive, and if so who is it, looks to be kicking into high gear.

There is that necklace that Nina is looking at in the promo, Nelle (Chloe Lanier) who seemingly now is being given an opportunity to work with Nina thus getting closer to her who notices the necklace, and then there is Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), who many have thought could actually be Nina’s daughter given their original tense relationship.

And coming up on Wednesday, look for a special episode where the show looks at Carly’s (Laura Wright) past with her adoptive parents Frank and Virginia Benson before she came to Port Charles in 1996.

Look for Eden McCoy (Josslyn) to play a young Carly, Cynthia Watros to play Virginia, James Patrick Stuart to play Valentin, and Willa Rose to play a young Nelle.  What will we learn from that episode?

Now below watch the latest teaser from GH, and let us know if you think Nina will finally figure out who her real bio-daughter is via the comment section below.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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