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The Incomparable Nancy Lee Grahn Celebrates 20th Anniversary Milestone On General Hospital!

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Alexis Davis in the house!  Two-time Daytime Emmy winner Nancy Lee Grahn is celebrating this Wednesday her 20th anniversary as part of the canvas and cast of ABC’s General Hospital!

Grahn who also appeared on One Life to Live and Santa Barbara has made Port Charles her home for two decades, and as viewers know is in the middle of front burner storyline right now.

Last week, Nancy chatted with On-Air On-Soaps about the latest plight of Alexis Davis, where her life is spiraling downward following her husband Julian Jerome (William deVry) being found, “not guilty” of all murder or attempted murder charges.

Nancy tweeted on her big day today: “20 yrs today on my beloved General Hospital & I still love my job. Imagine that? I’m one lucky Diva. ” 

And later Nancy posted a love letter to GH via her facebook that said: “Dear General Hospital,  It was 20 years ago today that we fell in love. Our relationship has been nothing short of miraculous. To have found each other was hard enough, to have stayed together for 20 years in Hollywood is a rarity, but to still love each other after all this time, especially after I opened a Twitter account, is just beyond imagination. I am one lucky Diva.  A happy home is a must to hold a relationship together. We’ve been so fortunate to rent our home at ABC (They’ve always been my favorite letters). Thank God we have a long lease because our child Kate has 4 more years at a very expensive college. Our home is in such a magical neighborhood, too. Who doesn’t want live in a Disney zip code? It’s always bustling with characters…and birds that dress me every morning. We are so blessed to reside in the happiest place on earth.However, like any marriage, it’s not always perfect. We’ve had our share of tough times. Sometimes I just didn’t have the words to express myself, but through it all, I never stopped loving you.  I believe we’ve gotten through most things over the test of time by keeping it light. Really light. Like giant key-light light with pink tones that follow me wherever I go to keep things ‘fresh.’ May you always continue to light up my life….and my face.

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All in all, we really are good together. So many wonderful things have come about because we found each other, and saw the value in each other. I’m so excited about this anniversary…and about my presents. I can’t wait to see the 40 X 80 photo of me hanging in the hallway outside of Frank’s office that you are giving me for an anniversary present, along with the life-size image of me that you had mosaic-ed into the brick underneath the General Hospital sign as you enter the studio. And thanks in advance for Maurice’s parking space. It won’t kill him to walk an extra 68 feet.

You know, I truly think our marriage has lasted this long because of all the wonderful people in our lives that have been there for us, and will never give up on us. In order to sustain a relationship like ours, it takes a village…or an ‘army’. I have so much appreciation for all of them. I hope they know how much.  My beloved General Hospital, I couldn’t be more grateful for all that you’ve been to me and will continue to be. Did I mention that Kate has 4 more years at a very expensive college? I have loved every moment of our life together thus far.   Here’s to us. Here’s to our family. Here’s to 20 years…….and 20 more.”

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GH executive produer, Frank Valentini also shared the news of Nancy’s anniversary in Port Charles, tweeting: “Congratulations to Nancy Lee Grahn on her 20th General Hospital anniversary! It’s an honor to work with you!

So share your congrats to Nancy for a job well-done for 20 years of drama on GH! And then let us know what has been your favorite Alexis Davis moment through the years in the comment section below!

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Mo
Mo

I didn’t think she’d last on GH.

Loved her as Julia on SB.

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

Thats a soap i really miss…loved Julia and Mason(Lane Davies)

Mo
Mo

Yes.

Carol
Carol

I know she has played Alexis for 20 years but she’ll always be Julia to me. And I loved Julia + Mason also.

Timmm
Timmm

Thats great! She seems happy. Now lets get her help and find her a new love interest. AND, speaking of twenty years, that was also Tyler’s length on GH. If he is forever gone, bring in Michael Muhney as Nickolas. He will be awesome and will cut through all the BS and give GH some credibility again!

Dylan
Dylan

I loved her in the years before she was turned into a brain dead mob moll. So…1996-2002 I guess. Nancy’s talent and ability to play subtext has been the ONLY thing that has saved this character. Loved her with Ned, loved her with Jax. Then the downward trend started.

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

CoNANCYulations!!!!

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

My favorite moment…when Julian was about to kill her with the cursed dagger…it is cursed-she lived!!!!-lol

Mateo
Mateo

I love Nancy Lee Grahn. Her honesty and talent permeate all formats of media. Congrats Nancy on 20 years with GH……you’ve rocked each and every one. Cheers to 20 more.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

So well said. I echo your sentiments.

Patricio
Patricio

Congrats ! A solid part of the show since day 1. She was no doubt GH attempt to copy OLTL Nora>. They got a master actress to do it! Here’s to 20 more. The only thing that holds her great character back is her ties to Sonny.

She should be the centerpiece of the show with her daughters.

Dylan
Dylan

I never really thought of her as a Nora. I just saw her as basically continuing the character of Julia from Santa Barbara. If it was stereotyping, whatever…it worked. I honestly cant imagine Nancy playing anything but a strong lawyer. Sometimes when you are best identified with something…best to stay the course. Although I have despised the writing of her character for about 15 of those 20 years…I have always been amazed by and sometimes inawe of her work.

Patricio
Patricio

Great post Dylan- you are correct about Julis from Santa Barbara – good call.

Miss SB too. It never got the respect it deserved from the network. Never promoted the stars no Commercials for the show. Now the dying art for, our beloved soaps.

jlh
jlh

I’m not crazy about Alexis’ current storyline (I prefer her when she’s at 100% or at least 50% lol) but I’ve enjoyed the character from the get go. Congrats to Nancy and thanks too for all her years on GH.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wow! “Incomparable” and “one lucky DIVA.” 🙂

Harry
Harry

Indeed. Twenty years? It feels just like yesterday. Oh the swift trespass of time.
However, time’s hand has not shown itself on Nancy’s face.
Now, as an anniversary present give Alexis a decent man. How about a crusty attorney with whom she can go toe to toe with ala Spencer Tracy vs Katherine Hepburn?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Now, THAT I like , Harry! Tracy and Hepburn–incomparable screen team.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Crusty would’ve been Dr. Maze. Alexis doesn’t need crusty….unless it’s French bread. She needs dashing, handsome, witty, clever…Ned! Or someone Ned-esque.

Harry
Harry

When I say crusty, Bec, I do not mean old. I mean somewhat cantankerous and standoffish but also an intellectual. Think of a modern day Mark Darcy. I could see Alexis engaging in some witty repartee with her male equal. Of course, that would mean adding a new character so never mind. It’s just something I always wanted for Alexis.
That said, Ned will suffice quite nicely. Love him,
I wanted Dr Mayo to be paired up with either Tracy or Monica and he could become the new patriarch of the Q mansion and his cantankerous would be somewhat reminiscent of Edward Quartermaine. But of course, big head Paul had to go and kill Dr Mayo because he had bad handwriting or something.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Congrats Nancy! You are a force on and off the show and exude such intelligence and wit…again…on and off the show. You’re one of my favorite characters on GH. I applaud you and thank you for so many hours of entertainment!

Robin
Robin

Congrats Nancy! Knew you would be fantastic as an actress back in the NN days.

Dylan
Dylan

What are NN days?

Robin
Robin

Our high school

Harry
Harry

Oh of course!!! ….What?

Jane
Jane

She’s both sexy & beautiful and has sheer talent.

Lorraine
Lorraine

Congrats Nancy your one great actress. Love u on g.h.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

Ive never been a great big fan of Alexis, I never thought she’d last this long. The character has been one long bore for my entire adult life (until now). Self righteous characters never thrill me. She is finally in the middle of a good story. Congrats for dragging Alexis alon longer tHan necessary.

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Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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