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Ten actors who helped make General Hospital shine

TV Squad - Santa Monica, CA, USA - In honor of General Hospital's 45th year on the air, AOL came up with a terrific photo trivia quiz which was like a trip down memory lane for longtime fans like me. Seeing all those familiar faces made me realize that through the years there have been some wonderful actors who've called Port Charles home. Here's ten that were memorable and, in my opinion, let an indelible mark on General Hospital.

Amber Tamblyn (1995-2001)
When the producers and writers of GH realized the quality of an actress they had with Amber Tamblyn, they took this 12 year old girl and made her an important part of the Quartermaines, a core family. She appeared as Emily Bowen, the daughter of Page, a woman Monica befriended while they were undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. When Page died, Monica and Alan adopted Emily and she became part of the family, and eventually the conscience of the squabbling, occasionally unscrupulous clan (along with Lila). Amber grew up on GH, going through growth spurts and the emotions of the awkward years. She never failed to convey a reality and truth in her acting. She was a shooting star, passing through GH on the way to bigger things, like Joan of Arcadia.

Emma Samms (1982-85; 1992-93; 2006)
Long before her stint on Dynasty and The Colbys, Emma Samms had captivated daytime watchers as Holly Sutton, the gorgeous, but devious, con artist who crossed paths with Luke (at a time when Laura was MIA), before finding her perfect mate in Robert Scorpio. Robert married Holly to keep her from being deported; and their marriage of convenience turned into a real love story. They were the TV equivalent of Nick and Nora Charles from the Thin Man movies, funny, loving, adventurous, playful -- everything but the martinis. Emma brought class to GH and played beautifully with both Anthony Geary and Tristan Rogers. Unlike so many soap heroines, Emma stood out as lovely, lovable and frothy, a welcome presence every time she rejoined the show.

Jack Wagner (1984-88; 1989-91; 1994-95)
As Frisco Jones, Jack Wagner got to do all kinds of fun things on GH. He was a singer with Blackie Parrish's band. He joined the Port Charles Police Department and was a rookie cop. He was recruited into the WSB (World Security Bureau) and became a spy. Along the way, he fell for Felicia -- a modern day, Aztec princess. If all this sounds ridiculous, it was. But it was also fun. Jack even had a number one AC hit with the song "All I Need" in part thanks to GH promoting the song. Wagner cut his teeth on the soap, perfecting the sardonic style he brought to Melrose Place. Good looking, but not a bodybuilder hunk, Jack was at his best playing against the hero type. If he left The Bold & the Beautiful (where he's currently Nick Marone) tomorrow to return to GH, he'd been a welcomed return.

Demi Moore (1982-83)
General Hospital was looking for an actress in the Margot Kidder/Karen Allen style (it was the era of Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark). When 19-year-old Demi Moore showed up, the first thing they loved about her was the voice. That husky growl contrasted with her good looks and mesmerizing eyes. She was cast as Jackie Templeton, an aggressive, ambitious reporter who caught the eye of Robert Scorpio. Demi's role on GH was short -- just two years -- but she made a strong impression. Within a few years she was part of Hollywood's Brat Pack and her movie stardom took off. GH sort of caught lightning in a bottle a second them when they brought Janine Turner -- pre-Northern Exposure -- on the show as Jackie's sister, Laura.
Source : Originally Published TV Squad - Santa Monica, CA, USA, Apr 20, 2008
Celebrities : Emma Samms, Amber Tamblyn, Demi Moore
Categories : Actor News, Comedian News, Soap Opera Stars, Celebrity News
Posted 4/20/2008 12:04:56 PM | Permalink
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