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103 May 27th, 2016 CONFIRMED: OLTL Alum Bree Williamson Cast As General Hospital’s Claudette West!

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General Hospital executive producer, Frank Valentini will be reuniting with one of his former actresses from the cast of One Life to Live, when Bree Williamson takes on the role of the much-talked-about Claudette West, the ex of Nathan’s!

A rep for GH confirmed the casting news to On-Air On-Soaps. Meanwhile, late Thursday evening, Williamson confirmed it herself with a humorous tweet on Twitter and then an Instagram post starting with: “Power outage?!? What?!? #jokes #GH #excited”

During Bree’s One Life run she played Viki’s (Erika Slezak) daughter, Jessica Buchanan.  As viewers know, Jessica developed DID like her mother, which provided much story for Williamson.

Now in her new role as Claudette, it seems Williamson will definitely stir the pot and give Maxie a run for her money in the romance department with Nathan.  Daytime Confidential first broke the Williamson GH casting item.

And there is still that mystery surrounding how Nathan and Griffin (Matt Cohen) know each other.  Did Claudette cheat on Nathan with Griffin?  Oh, the tangled web we weave in Port Charles.  Look for Bree to make her GH on-screen debut in July!

What do you think of the confirmed casting news that Bree Williamson will play Claudette? Comment below!

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  1. Steve B says:

    Gorgeous, talented, dynamic–and gone too long from my TV screen. Welcome back, beautiful lady.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Ditto!

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    Dylan replied

    LOL. I am torn!!!! Torn between screaming ANOTHER POINTLESS NEWBIE ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? and screaming WHY HAS THIS GIRL NOT BEEN PICKED UP BY A SOAP YET?????? I love her…love her acting. I am so glad she is returning to daytime, but to put her in story with Ryan Paevey?? In quite an understatement, she will eat him alive with her acting chops. Isn’t she also taller than him?
    it’s good news…I love her…but I know how this story goes. Unless there is some REALLY good writing involved, that weaves this character into the canvas in a good way, Claudette West will be headed south in less than a year.

    Elizabeth replied

    I am SO sick of the way GH brings in so many new characters instead of writing for the legacy cast! Nothing against Bree, I’m sure she has many fans. But Frank needs to write for the cast he has instead of bringing in new players for each story that gets told. It just gets old. Maybe ABC will buy a clue and find their own new EP from the other side of the pond.

  2. Jay Keaveny says:

    I definitely want to see her cross paths with Roger Howarth and Michael Easton.

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    Jenna replied

    Of course we do.

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  3. Terry Chambers says:

    So Claudette is from Canada and Bree is from Pickering, Ontario, Canada. Coincidence?

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Probably…

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    Erick replied

    So she can use her real accent and say “aboot” and so on

    rebecca1 replied

    :) still don’t think that went into the decision.

    Dylan replied

    LOL. Just for the record, VERY few Canadians actually say ABOOT. That is a stereotype which actually fits better for people from Fargo, North Dakota. One thing I did notice very early on in her OLTL work was that she pronounced the word MOM like mum, which is something most Canadians do, as we took the British pronounciation. Most Americans pronounce MOM as it rhymes with TOM.

    Elizabeth replied

    As someone who has spent a fair amount of time in Fargo, I can tell you I never, in all that time, heard anyone who pronounced the word “about” as ” “aboot.” That isn’t the dialect in North Dakota.

  4. Soaphound says:

    Wow, another new character with an axe to grind. Wow, another love triangle with Maxie. Wow, even less time for Liesel, Monica, Tracy…yeah, I’m excited. YAWN.

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    Harry replied

    I hear ya. Meanwhile, Hayden’s family has their bags packed and are on their way to Port Charles.

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    Jenna replied

    Ugh! Not a fan of Hayden.

    Kay P replied

    Nothing against Bree, I’ve never seen her work but this cast is so crowded we never see legacy characters anymore. I mean Monica & Tracy weren’t even at the Nurses Ball & Monica is Chief of Staff & Tracy is a huge benefactor of the hospital. Not looking forward to this storyline at all, I hope it doesn’t drag on & Claudette doesn’t become a long timer like Hayden.

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    davlestev1 replied

    She was a force as Jessica Buchanan and did a ton of primetime..asemi regular on syfys Haven..Rebecca and Bree deserve the airtime..I love Hayden.. Monica and Tracy aren’t 20 or 50.. they don’t have the same stamina.. It seems some viewers want the “legacy” characters propped up by crutches and on 24/7. Lee/Gail/Audrey/Diana/Jesse/peter/Steve were all legacy characters for me way back in the day but the show had to keep moving.. Characters came and went and the good ones stayed.. It’s the nature of these shows

    Rebecca1 replied

    Bree is an excellent actress…sexy as hell and is probably going to be quite the threat to Maxie. Perhaps to others too.
    Maxie hasn’t had a story of her own in a long time; it’s overdue. I think every character is worth a story once they’re a regular player on the show.

    I agree with davlestev1 to a point; eventually legacy characters will go…hopefully by choice as in retirement or on to something else. But here I go back to the age issue again. The show should have a mix of the goings on in all the characters we’ve invested in regardless of their age. I like the stories equally…if they’re engaging, well written. I love Maxie, Spinelli, Nathan, Munro, Dillon, Kiki…but I also love Anna, Finn, Franco, Lucy, Scott, Ned etc, etc…AND I love Tracy, Monica, Our dearly missed Scorpio..my point is the ages run the gamut and that’s good. Monica and Tracy are around 68, 9… So what. That’s no reAson they should be seen less or shouldn’t have been at the Ball. There’s a lot of stories left for these characters if the writers write them.

    Justin replied

    I guess we’ve completely given up on any characters associated with GH Legacy. :-(

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    Ces replied

    That’s how I feel. There are a lot of talented actors out there that are no longer on soaps. Does that mean I need/want to see them all on GH?? NO. I’ve always said this cast is too bloated to care about any given storyline.
    Does anyone even care about Lucas and Brad anymore? They’ve had no story then poof, they’re getting married.
    We have too many characters with no point to be on the show: Hayden, Curtis, Valerie, Nina, Nathan, Sabrina…. oh, the list goes on & on ..
    and fan favorites like Genie & Jane get airtime whenever!
    Genie signed a new 3 year contract, but you wouldn’t know it since she’s on like 1x a month!
    GH – enough already – this isn’t the unemployment line for ex-Soapers!

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    Patricio replied

    Hi Ces- I wonder if these actors are all ” part time”? And therefore getting less pay. I mean to your point about these stories not holding any interest is so true. They have the talented actors- now how bout stories?!?!?!!

    Ces replied

    hi Patricio – I bet some are recurring like Wally Kurth is which is sad.
    Sad also to hear Lulu and Dante once again discuss having a baby; I mean, haven’t we been there already?
    Carly/Sonny/Ava conversations feel like Deja vu
    And the rest of them are seen so infrequently, I don’t even know what story they have?
    Now, we’re getting Hayden’s mom, Claudette and who know who else coming onboard…
    pathetic.

    Patricio replied

    I agree soap hound. Why can’t Tracy or Monica or Lesel have a long lost daughter who comes back to find get Mama! Give these actress’ some story.

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    Colleen replied

    I am sick of the various Ava plotlines. Why anyone even talks 2 her in Port Charles now is beyond me. Lying scum.

  5. Celia says:

    From the moment those mysterious white gloves came into play; I did say that, sooner or later, Claudette would materialize. So happy to see Bree on daytime again!! Love you, Bree!!

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    Timmm replied

    And then, out of nowhere, this mysterious, young Beauty named Celia appears out of thin air!

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    Celia replied

    HaHa, Timmmy. You are teasing, no? It’s Double C. LOL. You KNOW that, AND, I thank you so much for the compliment, sweetie-pie. Needed new email address for personal reasons. Plus, an illness in the family kept me away.
    My name is Cecelia, afterall, Timmmbo; and, my parents DO call me Celia. Love you still, my friend.

    Patrick replied

    “Aloha” Ms. Celia

    your name reminds me of Celia Rae Foote… from “The Help”… by the FAN tastic’ Jessica Chastain

    only one of… my all time favorite movies… PURE COMFORT… with a glass of wine

    love this movie for a lot of reason…

    most notably…. WOMEN rock rule and roll

    it’s good to share with you

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    Celia replied

    Ahhh, my poetic Patrick!!!! Missed parlaying with you, dear friend.
    I appreciate the comparison, and I thank you…too sweet.
    Women DO rock! So true, that!! LOL. We make the world go round…oh, yeah!!

  6. Letemeatc8ke says:

    Yaaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. elizabeth says:

    I would rather have her then Rebecca Budig. And to put more to that rather then all the new cast how about pay Tristan and Wally to come back full time as Ned and Robert!!!!!! Legacy characters

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    Timmm replied

    I am hoping Tristan returns to help solve this mysterious organ story

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  8. James R. Poissant says:

    Anybody from OLTL is welcome on GH as far as I am concerned. I loved that show so much. My only beef is that Bree won’t be playing Jessica but we know whose fault that is. Anyway, I do want to see what kind of trouble Claudette will cause for Maxie and Nathan.

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    Ces replied

    Yes, but this is GH, not OLTL. that show got canceled.

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    cj replied

    And what’s your point? We all know OLTL was cancelled. James is just saying that Bree is welcome. Are you saying she’s not welcome on GH?

    Elizabeth replied

    I’d much rather that we all FORGET that OLTL was cancelled…. and more than anyone I wish Frank Valentini would forget it. I am SICK to death of him hiring actors for every reason possible without any awareness of how overcrowded the cast is already!

  9. Harry says:

    Love her, and happy she got some work but saying that GH’s cast is already bloated may be the understatement of the decade. And the new characters keep coming.
    As Jim (Leave it to Beaver) said, perhaps we ought to get Donald Trump to put up a wall around Port Charles.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    The wall now is pointless…they’ll just fly them in over that dang wall or dig a tunnel underneath!!!

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    Harry replied

    Love ya, Jim. You are just so damn smart and funny, and yet endearing at the the same time.

    Timmm replied

    Have him take over elq!

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  10. Rose says:

    Thanks, Michael, for sharing this news. Looking forward to Ms. Williamson’s story on GH.

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  11. MBmomof3 says:

    Love Bree Williamson and have missed her on my screen. Awesome news!

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  12. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Next week…Jerry Ver Dorn cast as Rachel’s father…..the following week….Susan Lucci cast as Rachel’s ‘ younger’ sister Judith who gets involved in a love triangle with Rachel and Nik……following this……Godzilla joins the cast as Roxie The Lizard’s ex, Lizard Mobster Tokyo Joe, who is in a love triangle with Roxie and Hamilcuberry Finn and puts a hit out on Finn recruiting for the job his sidekick the Taco Bell Dog-’Here, Lizard! Lizard!…..lol

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    k/kay replied

    Jesus take the wheel we are circling the drain we are on our way to cancellation budget cut cast these people should not be in charge of a dog pound

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    Justin replied

    ROFLMAO, that’s great JimH, and sadly it’s kind of frightening because it’s within the realm of possibility with this show.

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    carol replied

    This is hysterical! You should think about taking over as head writer.

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    jaybird369 replied

    Hey Jim…as far as I’m concerned, your posts are TOTALLY SPOT ON AND/OR HILARIOUS!!!!! And Carol is SO RIGHT ON…you should write for GH!!!!! Just saying……….

    Later.

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    Ces replied

    Next week, I quit the show if more EX soap stars keep coming over ….

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    rebecca1 replied

    lol, actually, I’d love to see Jerry on GH. He’d actually be a great fit with Tracy!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    i agree…..

    Janet Byrnes replied

    certainly right.I loved them together on G L

    Patricio replied

    Love Van Dorn since another world! Then OLTL! Can’t wait to see him on daytime again! Wait….you’re tricking us. Godzilla wouldn’t fit in th GH! You crazy!

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  13. Daisy Day says:

    I hope Maxie kicks her butt. Maxie and Nathan are one of my favorite GH couples. I’ve never seen or heard of the new addition – Bree Williamson/Claudette – but I’m sure she’s no match for our Kirsten Storm/Maxie.

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    Kay P replied

    Unfortunately she won’t be acting w/ Kirsten Storms, she’s being temporarily re-cast as Nicholas has. I read her replacement is Molly Burnett formerly of Days.

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    Celia replied

    Sad, isn’t it, Kay P? As I said previously, Molly never struck me as the Maxie type. But, she is an actress, a professional. As such, I do hope she will be able to deliver Maxie to us in a neatly wrapped package with a prettily colorful bow as bright as Kirsten’s /Maxie’s magnetic personality.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Believe me, Bree is more than a match…

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  14. k/kay says:

    Well FV is on his way to casting every out of work actor on his show! But yet RH & TC can’t get their contracts solved please put me in charge I could straightened this shit out in thirty days !

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    Harry replied

    Here is the thing–it seems Frank is still smarting over the cancellation of OLTL and I get that. But he seems to be trying desperately to inject OLTL into GH which will not work.
    I just wish ABC could just bring back OLTL because Frank’s attempts to incorporate OLTL into GH has been disastrous.

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    Timmm replied

    Who is running abc? Why not stop this?

    rebecca1 replied

    I don’t think that’s what he’s doing, Harry. Initially when OLTL got the boot…everyone was shocked—actors, writers, fans. I and many OLTL fans were thrilled and excited to see McBain, Todd and Starr. It made going cold turkey a bit easier. When it didn’t work out, we had to lose them all over again. And then, great news for many of us (I know not all of us) they were back! I thought it was a brilliant idea to merge the worlds. The genre is seemingly on its last hurrah, many of the older actors are retired or gone and some of the “legacy” characters many of us want back are never going to be what they were. Gone is the WSB, most of the Cassadines, many of the Quartermaines, the Spencers, Robin, Frisco, Sean Donnelly, Tiffany, Holly, Luke…my point is the show is nevsr going to be the show it was.

    I think they’re trying to respect GH and fans looking for the legacy characters…we have Laura, Anna, Ned, Dillon, Scott, Bobby, Robin, Sonny, Tracy, Nick, Lulu, Maxi, Nicolas…they’re trying to recapture the “feel” of the hospital by centering more stories and characters around it…they’ve even triying to recapture the levity with new Amy. Will it be the same? No, But it can’t be. The actress and time has passed…
    I don’t believe Kristen Alderson left. i think they thought she wasn’t right for the part and they let her go. Of course I could be wrong, but if I’m not well then there was no favoritism…they replaced her with a non OLTL actress.
    As for Bree, she’s great and they needed a Claudette. Why? Because other characters have stories and she’s now part of Nathan, Maxie and possibly Munro’s.
    Doesnt mean I wouldnt love to have Scorpio back, see Scotty more, definitely more of Ned…but it also doen’t mean I won’t appreciate a new arc if it’s well done. and if it’s told with some of my fav actors from another show, I see that as a bonus.

    Ces replied

    AMEN!

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  15. SW says:

    Such happy news!!! Congrats Bree and welcome to GH!!

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  16. jeremy says:

    Glad to see her again and on GH, Great News!! :)

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  17. Phil says:

    Was hoping they would go for older and cast Kassie Depaiva, but oh well!

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  18. BreckRoy says:

    How is she Claudette West? Wasn’t he James Reeves then? I thought he adopted the alias to secretly investigate Silas? And kept it after his mother’s betrayal? How hard would this little bit of continuity have been?

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    rebecca1 replied

    You’re right BreckRoy. Great catch! Unless it was just reported incorrectly/accidentally here; I haven’t read other “news” yet so maybe that’s not her last name???

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  19. brian says:

    perfect weekend news ! love her acting very much !

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  20. Jimmy says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Bree Williamson and have said before that she should join the cast. I also figured that Claudette would be introduced for story purposes at some point since she’s been mentioned so much. But I don’t see the use for this character moving forward, especially with such a bloated cast.

    And since GH has GREATLY struggled to incorporate newly created characters into its canvas after their initial story has concluded (Silas, Nina, Franco, Hayden, Valerie, Lesil, etc.) I’m not very hopeful that this will play out well. Which is a shame, because Bree Williamson is very talented, and seems too good to be wasted on a poorly contrived character.

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    Harry replied

    Oh damn Jimmy–you said it well.

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    rebecca1 replied

    I’m so sick of the word bloated! Lol, can someone come up with something else?

    Harry replied

    over saturated?

    rebecca1 replied

    I guess that’s better than puffy!

  21. Alan says:

    Bree is a fantastic actress. It’s a shame Ron Carlivati isn’t still the headwriter — he gave her some amazing material on OLTL.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    He gave her multiple personalities. Don’t think we’ve had that yet on GH. Maybe Jessica Buchanan had a Claudia persona too! Lol…hmmmm.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Uhhhhh, cept for Luke. (Can’t believe I forgot that already. Lack of sleep, precious cat has been meowing on and off thruout the night for weeks!)

    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    We got a D.I.D. storyline when Ron was at GH; Kate Howard was a personality for Connie Falconeri.

    Alan replied

    Ron created Jessica’s alters Bess and Wes but Dena HIgley was responsible for the introduction of Tess.

    rebecca1 replied

    Scott (ATWT Fan) I forgot that one too!!! Yet when I was writing my comment I kinda felt like I was leaving something out again. I’m still blaming sleep deprivation…lil cat meowing her head off as I type! Time to recheck her thyroid.

  22. Rodd says:

    Yes, I’m excited to see this beautiful and talented actress back on my screen, but GEE-WIZ!, enough with all the new characters!!! Just stop it for a while. PLEASE!

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  23. Ces says:

    Hey folks, this is GENERAL HOSPITAL, NOT OLTL — remember that. Not everyone wants to see every OLTL reject come to this show. We already have a cast of 50+!

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    rebecca1 replied

    lol, I wouldn’t call them “rejects.”

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    Ces replied

    Lol!! You know what I mean ….

    rebecca1 replied

    :)

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  24. mgb357 says:

    terrific, maybe i’ll start watching again

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  25. Bruce says:

    Love love love Bree!! This news made me cry. So happy and I can’t wait. I hope she stays forever and ever.

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  26. jacque says:

    Welcome Bree. Look forward to seeing you on GH.

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  27. Shari says:

    Such good news! Bree is a fabulous actress.

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  28. cooks7570 says:

    Valerie is a Spencer, so there is a lot they can do with Valerie. I just wonder when we will be any getting Carly and Valerie scenes. Carly and Valerie are family, yet they don’t have scenes together. Plus we barely see Bobbie and Valerie together.

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  29. penny says:

    That Nathan story line is so boring to me because Nathan is boring. Ugh!

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  30. nellie says:

    Too little too late ABC you ruined daytime when you took away the fan favorite soaps. Know you are going to push the veteran GH actors aside and bring in actors from the old soaps just to appeal to the OLTL and AMC fan base. Get real and bring back the soaps/

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  31. Jane says:

    Disagree, get some one else. The talent just not the looks so much.

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  32. Tara says:

    They should bring back Emily Quartermaine played by Natalia Livingston! Helena hated her, she could have faked her death & held her on Cassadine Island! Then get rid of some of the pointless newbies such as Valerie and irritating characters like Ava Jerome! I really like Kiki, have Nina be her Mom, & Finn be Silas ( he was in the Witness Protection Program, but couldn’t bear being away from Kiki so the Program helped him create this new persona). Create a storyline where Monica & Bobbie are injected with tainted Botox & Juvederm!!!lol

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  33. Tara says:

    I am going to miss Kirsten Storms as Maxie, but I read that she’s going through a divorce so she understandably needs some time off from being perky. I really liked Bree Williamson as Jessica on OLTL. Hope that she will have the same success playing Claudette. Happy that they did not make Griffin be the transgendered Claudette! A Transgender storyline would be fine, but not that one!!!

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  34. Michael says:

    I loved Bree on OLTL and look forward to seeing her again on GH! She’s gorgeous and a talented actress.

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  35. Patrick says:

    all I know for sure

    Bree Williamson… is a lauded and revered actress

    dang it… and I believe it… @Rebecca1

    it’s agonizing…. to say the least

    when an actor (this gifted) is brought on… as a plot point… and is supporting… Nathan and Maxie… and she steals the show

    AND… she features with Nina and Dr. O

    just saying… it’s nice to see high caliber actor… who solidify any show… and brings attention to…

    what I’d rather see… is more familial relations with… Nathan… Nina… and Dr. O

    if Claudette is on for the long haul… all the better… all these strong women around Nathan… MAN

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Patrick..”good post and I agree!

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  36. Sprite says:

    Out of curiosity, does Bree speak French? I hope so if she is to play a French Canadian.

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    davlestev1 replied

    Lol a character should say you’ve spent your life French Canadian and now you come to America without a HINT of an accent or a loaf of French bread.. And where’s your scarf and beret.. HUH CLOWDETTE???

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    Celia replied

    Not everyone in Canada has a French accent or speaks French even. There is a big misconception where the French/English languages are concerned.
    Quebec has been trying to separate itself from Canada since its birth….for obvious reasons.
    Canada is a bi-lingual country. Only the province of Quebec is where French is spoken by most. There are those citizens living in Quebec who cannot speak a word of French.
    The US is also considered a bi-lingual country, Spanish being the second language. Does everyone speak Spanish? I surely don’t.
    Bree is a Torontonian. Only French teachers and their students speak French….not the general public. LOL.
    I am assuming Claudette is from Montreal, if she speaks French. I am anxiously waiting to see what Bree will do with her affectation of a French accent. But, considering she has been living in NYC for a prolonged period of time, she has probably lost the accent, oui?

    davlestev1 replied

    Ummmm I was just being goofy but OK thanks lol

  37. cj says:

    Welcome Bree. Loved seeing you on Castle.

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  38. rebecca1 says:

    @Colleen…I love Ava (hated her for what she did to AJ and the only way I can get back into her character is to push that horrific act out of my mind). But she’s such an interesting character: ruthless, cunning, seductive, manipulatuve yet loving, loyal, vulnerable. And Maura West is magnetic. Am loving her with Nicolas and hope they evolve them into a couple.

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  39. Martha says:

    I’m glad to see Bree on General Hospital and I also miss the cast of one Life to live.

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