TV Insider: 'General Hospital' brings back beloved character from the 70's
Fans of General Hospital will be delighted to hear that one of their favorite characters will return to the popular show.
As reported by TV Insider, the 56-year-old veteran actress Genie Francis will reprise her role of Laura Spencer on the ABC soap opera after she returns from Maine in August.
“I’m looking forward to coming home, and I am really excited about this new invigorating storyline they have for Laura. I look forward to the next chapter of this prolific and historic character.”
Genie Francis, TV Insider, July 31, 2018.
Even though Laura was created in 1974, Francis was only cast in the role in 1977 after actress Stacey Baldwin - who originally portrayed the character - was written out of the show in 1976.
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It was Francis' second acting job, having just started her career in 1976 as Alice Dennison in the ABC drama series, Family. She appeared in the two-part Jury Duty episodes.
Her hard work paid off, and she received the Soapy Awards and the Young Artist Awards for Best Outstanding Actress and Best Juvenile Actress in a Daytime Series, respectively.
Francis was a regular cast member from for seven years and pursued other interested during the eighties. She can be seen in TV shows such as Hotel, North & South, All My Children, and Murder, She Wrote.
She returned to General Hospital in 1993 for another nine years and then had sporadic appearances from 2013 onwards.
In 2011, she also joined the cast of The Young And The Restless in the role of Genevieve Atkinson. Francis appeared in a total of 120 episodes, as well as 379 General Hosptial episodes.
Earlier this year, another General Hospital cast member had to leave temporarily due to an injury. Lesley Charleson, who is most famously known for her portrayal of Monica Quartermaine, tripped over her dog.
Actress Patty McCormack filled in for her while she was away. Read more about it in "'General Hospital' star Leslie Charleson shares an update about her health after injury."