Today in honor of the series 51st anniversary, TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan has a fantastic interview served up with the one and only Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine) of General Hospital!
Their chat runs the gamut from Tracy and Luke’s (Anthony Geary) relationship, how Tracy has changed since the Gloria Monty (former GH executive producer) dark days of her character to the more humorous side of her at times in 2014, and how she feels that is becoming the late Charita Bauer (Bert Bauer) of GL’s counterpart in Port Charles! In addition, Jane reveals more about her hair coloring relationship with DAYS Deidre Hall (Marlena), plus some tidbits on Elvis, and we learn what her favorite current television show is … Revenge! Here are just a few delicious excerpts below!
Jane on Tracy and Luke’s relationship: “With Luke, she’s actually showing signs of true love and understanding — qualities that are new to Tracy. Plus, Luke has fallen head over heels in love with her and that just doesn’t happen. Nobody falls for Tracy! And there’s nobody else left in her life. Her family is decimated. Well, Monica is still around but she’s annoying. With Luke, Tracy also gets Dante and Lulu and the baby. She wants family. She wants to belong.”
Jane on how Tracy has changed since her early days in Port Charles and has more humor to her: “That’s because (then executive producer) Gloria Monty was humorless. She was all about the drama — the melodrama — and so everything had to be very, very arch and dark. She was extremely specific about what she wanted and you played it her way, not your way. It wasn’t until later, when I worked with Hugo Napier (Larry) and Gerald Anthony (Marco_), that Tracy started lightening up. Loved those actors! You know, it’s so interesting to now be the oldest actor under contract at my show. How the hell did that happen?”
Jane on the evolution to how Tracy was the original brat child of Edward Quartermaine to who the character is now: “And I am now the Charita Bauer of GH! And, by the way, Charita was and remains my all-time favorite actor on any of the soap operas I’ve worked on, because she had such grace and humility. Every day at Guiding Light was like her first day on the job. She was so filled with gratitude for the work and she had such kindness and generosity toward everyone. She was the first to learn your name, the first to welcome you.”
What do you think of Jane Elliot’s comments on Tracy and Luke, and the evolution of Tracy? Comment below!