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General Hospital (1963)

Country: USA

Genres: Drama

Director: Scott McKinsey, William Ludel, Owen Renfroe, Phideaux Xavier, ...

Writers: Robert Guza Jr., Charles Pratt Jr., Garin Wolf, Michele Val Jean, ...

Stars: Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Rebecca Herbst, Laura Wright, ...

During the original show up through the 1970s, the show primarily covered Dr. Steve Hardy (John Beradino) and his friend, Nurse Jessie Brewer (Emily McLaughlin). Late in the 1970s, the show was doing badly in the ratings, so a new executive producer, Gloria Monty, decided to move the show's focus away from the hospital and onto material more relevant to a younger audience than the stereotypical "bored housewife", thus bringing in Luke and Laura, (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) and eventually having them marry in a stereotypical fantasy wedding that would not be matched until the real-life marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

Seasons:   Unknown - 1

The role of Robert Scorpio was only supposed to last two days, but ended up staying for twelve years.
Luke and Laura's wedding in November 1981 remains as the highest watched Daytime event ever with close to 30 million viewers.
The show was originally going to be called "Emergency Hospital".
At age three, Rachel Ames's daughter Christine Cahill played her son, Tommy.
The show celebrated its 10,000 episode on 17 April 2002.
This is the longest-running dramatic serial on the ABC Network, and is the longest-running daytime drama produced on the West Coast.
John Ingle's first role was not Edward Quartermaine, but as a Police Commissioner in the mid-1980s.
During Steve Hardy and Audrey March's first marriage, the minister was Rachel Ames's father, Bryan Foulger.
Luke and Laura Spencer returned to the show on 29 October 1993.
John J. York was called upon to do test scenes for the casting of the character, Dominique Taub. He discovered too late that the scene in question involved him being slapped by all of the nine final actresses.
Elizabeth Taylor was the first Helena Cassadine. She loved the show so much that she donated the $2,000 from her stint to charity.
A Martinez looked so much like the original Roy DiLucca, Asher Brauner, that the show was able to use flashbacks as Roy was introduced onto the show.
During Ned and Lois's wedding, head writer Claire Labine made a guest appearance as one of Carmine and Gloria Cerullo's neighbors in New York.
A young Demi Moore got her start on General Hospital as Jackie Templeton in 1982.
In addition to Anthony and Victor Cassidine, there was another Cassidine brother: Mikkos' identical twin Pietros Cassidine, who was played by John Colicos and was considered the 'black sheep' of the Cassidines.
The (fictitious) ZIP Code for Port Charles, NY is given as 16543.
The brooch Anna Devane wore on her wedding dress when she wed Duke Lavery actually belonged to Ian Buchanan's grandmother.
The British Columbia scenes from 1993 to facilitate Luke and Laura's return were filmed in Rochester, New York.
After running over Stuart Damon's feet with her motorized wheelchair during a scene, Anna Lee was jokingly given a crash helmet with the name "The British Bullet".
Genie Francis asked to come back short term in 2004 in order to "wrap" up the attic storyline, however, she was declined.
There was a point where Emma Samms was torn between her roles on this show and on Dynasty. She was playing a dual role on both shows, dying her hair red for one and back to brown for another. Eventually the Dynasty job won.
The Spencer residence is 24 Royal Street.
Judy Lewis played Barbara Vining in the late-'70s, however, as a close friend of Gloria Monty, was asked to be her assistant, and stayed until 1980.
The show debuted in 1963 but by 1978 ratings for the show had dipped so low that the network considered cancelling it. Producer Gloria Monty came aboard as producer, made the show the #1 show on daytime TV and literally saved it.
Out of respect for John Beradino's long-term contribution to the show, his face has remained in the opening credits (at least through 1997).
The exterior of General Hospital is the University of Southern California Medical Center, located east of downtown Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Taylor was never on set during the wedding of Luke and Laura. Her scenes were edited in.
The Metro Court Hotel is located at 1420 Quartz Lane
During Ned and Lois's trip to Coney Island, Rena Sofer begged the producers for a stand in on the Cyclone. However, Wally Kurth egged her on to try it just once and after thirteen takes, she loved it.
After Laura's "death" in 1982, Anthony Geary suggested that Luke Spencer commit suicide. However, Gloria Monty refused to do that to the audience.
Denise Alexander was originally supposed to return in 1993, however, that idea was scrapped and she later returned in 1997 and has been on recurring ever since.
Darlene Conley was in the running for the role of Ruby Anderson. However, Norma Connolly beat her out, and stayed for over 20 years.
After a 14 year absence from the series, Finola Hughes returned in the role of Anna Devane on 12 May 2006.
In 1990, actress June Havoc appeared in her last television performance. She was the sister of Gypsy Rose Lee and Baby June from the musical about their mother "Gypsy".
Last screen appearances of Frank Aletter before he retired.
Eli Love's original name was going to be Apollo Love until Rick Springfield suggested the name Eli instead.The character was also made Australian as a nod to Rick Springfield's own Australian background.
Debrah Farentino auditioned to play Jackie Templeton.
The song "Elizabeth", which Lucky Spencer has sung to Elizabeth Webber on various occasions, was actually written by the original Lucky, Jonathan Jackson. ABC made him sell the rights of the song to them, which is why subsequent Luckys have been able to s
Towards 2005 and the beginning of 2006, the virus storyline brought back a herd of immensely popular characters. Rick Springfield had previously returned as Dr. Noah Drake and stayed throughout the beginning. Brad Maule returned as Dr. Tony Jones, and ask
While filming on location at Mount Rushmore, Sharon Wyatt's quick ad-libbing saved the show from having to re-shoot after a fan recognized her and walked into the scene saying, "Look, it's Tiffany." In character, she quickly replied, "You must recognize m
When ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live and replaced them with the lifestyle shows The Chew and The Revolution, General Hospital was left as the remaining daytime drama on the network. There was speculation that it would be canceled to make
On December 4, 2009, The Wall Street Journal published an article by 'James Franco' called "A Star, a Soap and the Meaning of Art: Why an appearance on 'General Hospital' qualifies as performance art" in which Franco summarized the history of Performance
When One Life to Live was canceled in 2012, the rights were licensed to the production company Prospect Park to continue the series as an on-line show, but financial and legal issues forced them to suspend their plans to continue the series. Former One Li
When Genie Francis was written out in 2002, Laura was originally supposed to remember her stepfather Rick molested her in the attic when she was a child. This was scrapped at the last-minute after several rewrites and Laura instead remembered she found Ri
Lucas Jones, despite only being a teenager, has been re-cast four times since being aged: Evan Bonifant (2002); CJ Thomason (2003 - 2004); Ryan Carnes (2004-2005); and Ben Hogestyn (2005-2006). The role will be re-casted for an 11th time upon the next act
After disappearing from the Port Charles Docks, Laura Spencer returned to the show on November 14, 1983, she was being held captive on the Cassadine Island. (In real life, Genie Francis returned for a six week stint in order to facilitate Anthony Geary's
Jack Crosby, a nephew of The Crosby tribe, was the first art director to design scenery for the new (1963) black and white television daily daytime drama series. The initial set design for a room, looked like an open book, with a right side wing joining a
In 1978 when ABC gave the show six months to raise its ratings by two points or else face cancellation, Gloria Monty was brought in to produce. On her first day at the job, she reviewed four episodes that had already been taped and decided they needed to