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35 May 17th, 2012 GH’s Jane Elliot on Playing Tracy Q and Being in a Love Triangle with Luke and Anna!

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The reclusive Jane Elliot of General Hospital has a fantastic interview out with TV Guide, where the actress who has played Tracy Quartermaine for all she is worth and then some talks about  her character, the new GH regime, working with six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Anthony Geary (Luke) and having her upcoming first romantic triangle!   Not one to give many press interviews, this one was as compelling as ever.  Below are a few interesting excerpts!

Jane on how she is made playing a villainess work so well:  “Somebody has to wear the black hat and give the audience someone to shake their fists at. They want someone to hate.   And if that’s what you want to pay me to do, I’m happy to do it! A show owes it to the audience to give them a place to vent.  There is a profound contrast between the way I live my life and what I do when I go to work.  I never get the two of us confused.  I never wear makeup.  I certainly don’t dress like Tracy. I don’t have a Twitter account. I don’t go to fan club gatherings. I ‘m not one of those actors who spends a lot of time engaging with the audience.  I’m fierce about my anonymity, which is why it’s easy for me to play the villain. I’m not close enough to the audience to have them throw a pie in my face because of something Tracy just did.”

Jane on Frank Valentini taking over as EP of General Hospital:  “Frank Valentini is as good as it gets.  He has that old-fashioned Gloria Monty commitment to the job and is the first one in the building in the morning and the last one out at night. And he works all weekend! This is not to say that the people before him didn’t care, but he’s committed to this show in a very unique way.  There’s no substitute for loving the medium. You know that saying “A new broom sweeps clean”? Well, that’s Frank. As good as [former exec producer] Jill Phelps was and as much as I loved working with her, a new broom sweeps clean. Frank comes to this show with fresh eyes, with no disappointments, no frustrations over lost battles. He comes with everything he has to give.”

Jane on the fact that GH has recently remembered Tracy’s mob ties of the past!  “It was the biggest thrill when current head writer Ron Carlivati came to GH.  I tried for nine years to get Bob Guza to acknowledge that Tracy had been married to a member of the mob in New York and he completely ignored it.  But within minutes of Ron getting there he brought it up, and I love him for that! I’m told that they’re going to do a love triangle with Anna Luke and Tracy, and how thrilling would that be?  How good is that? In all my years on GH, Tracy has never been in a triangle!

Gotta love Jane Elliot!  So who would you like to see Luke Spencer end up with if it’s a choice between Tracy or Anna?  Weigh-in!

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  1. David Larsson says:

    While I did like the interview, I’m rather disappointed there wasn’t more. I want to see her discuss her time soaps overall, not just General Hospital. I want to see her discuss her first stint on General Hospital and what it was like. I’d love to see her talk about her time on Guiding Light, All My Children, and Days. There’s so much that can be talked about here.

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    ethel replied

    i would like that too david but michael only gave us excerpts so i guess we will need to buy tv guide to get the full interview……

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    Christy replied

    just click on the TV Guide link in the first paragraph above to get to the full article! :-) She talks about her (tracy’s) history back on The City, 3 decades + on GH, and about an old 1969 movie she did with Elvis & Mary Tyler Moore! It’s a good read!

    Thanks Michael for always giving us the link to the full articles.

  2. Debbie says:

    Definitely Tracy and Luke..not Anna

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    Elhu replied

    I love that Anna is back, but I agree with Debbie – Tracy and Luke all the way!!!! I love their dynamic together – touching, loving, humorous yet volatile at times – they bring it all to the table, when they are together!!! Great and honest interview from Jane!!!!

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    barbara t replied

    I agree, The very last thing I want to see is anna getting involved with Luke. Close friends yes, friends with benefits no, no, no.

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    Susan M. replied

    I don’t want Anna with Luke either……………….They don’t make a good couple at all…….They should just stay friends.. Any thing else would be WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!

  3. MBmomof3 says:

    Love Jane and Tracy. Hope she and GH will be around for many more years to come.

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    ethel replied

    i am hoping for luke & tracy – i love anna but luke & tracy can really go dark & anna is not cut out that way…………..

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  4. aria says:

    Jane is awesome, not sure i’m thrill about the show going in the triangle route w/ Tracy, Luke an Anna. I was actually loving the Luke and Anna “Friendship” it just sucks that for two great actors of the opposite sex to work together it has to be about them hooking up. instead of shows trying to always tell stories on couples or triangle, why can’t they tell beautiful stories on friendship? I like Luke w/ Laura or Tracy, and was loving the friend story of luke and anna, but if it is now going to turn into a love story or love mess, then i’m not as interested.

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    barbara t replied

    ARIA, That’s how I feel what’s wrong with a man and a woman being very good close friends with out the romance? I want that to happen with Luke and Anna.

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  5. Hope says:

    There is only one man for Anna…and that’s Robert Scorpio. With that said….it would be interesting to see a triangle between Anna, Luke and Tracy. But only if Scorpio comes back and throws a wrench in the whole thing. :) She can’t stay with Luke.

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    Sassy replied

    Isn’t Robert off with Holly now? Wasn’t Holly one of his great loves? Why wouldn’t he stay with Holly?

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    Hope replied

    Oh…it’s a loooong story! LOL! It’s also an age old debate as to who was his greatest love…Anna or Holly. I’m of the solid opinion that Anna was his greatest love and the best match for him. I think he belongs with her. I’m still waiting for their happily ever after… But many people will disagree. I just think it would be a great story for Robert to come back and find out that Luke lied to him AND hooked up Anna. Any time you can have Robert, Luke, Anna and other vets on screen is great to me. It also seems that Frank Valentini will treat the history of these characters with respect and care. They got my attention! I have high hopes for GH. :)

    barbara t replied

    Anna and Robert do belong together.That’s my happily ever after to.

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    Hope replied

    To me they are the greatest soap couple ever…it was simply true love at its best between the two of them. The writing was so awesome back then…but I have to believe they will have their happily ever after with the new writers. Fingers crossed. In the meantime you can watch all of their old stories from start to finish on youtube. Go to the Robert and Anna channel…Warning…you won’t be able to stop once you start! Those stories are still captivating!

    Susan M. replied

    I agree w/barbara t……………………………..

    barbara t replied

    Hope, Thanks for letting me know, I will go to u tube Id love to see the beginning and through till they broke up which was sad.Thanks.

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    Hope replied

    You’re welcome! Enjoy! :)

  6. heidi says:

    Tracy and Luke they are too good together and offer up too much story opportunities. Anna and Luke are great friends and would hate to lose that… but Tracy is Lukes yang.

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    barbara t replied

    Yeah shes Luke’s Spanky buns.I love tracy and luke together. Anna needs someone else now that Robert is gone.He can always come back, with Robin.

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    kay killgore replied

    Sorry it will always be Luke & Laura for me but we have moved on so I guess Luke & Tracy, not feeling it but that’s ok differnt time different moment!!!

    Christy replied

    hey Barbara… I think it’s more than a triangle coming up for Luke. I do like the chemistry, and comedy, of Luke with Tracy best. I see Luke caring for and protecting Anna, but wait — let’s not forget the other party lurking around waiting for her chance to pounce on Luke and claim him for her own, and willing to do whatever she wants to Tracy, Anna or anyone else she perceives as a threat — that of course if Heather! I think Luke is in for much more than he’s planned on with Heather out on the loose. And have we even seen him run into Felicia yet? :-) I could totally see Heather putting all 3 of those women locked up together so she can get Luke to herself.

  7. Brian says:

    I love Jane Elliot, and all the repsect she shows for the show, Ron, and Frank. It’s easy to see why and how GH is regaining it’s “powerhouse” status.

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  8. tricia says:

    I adore Anna and love the friendship between her and Luke, but Tracy & Luke is the best combo ever!

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  9. Patrick says:

    They layers, nuances, panning scenery…. the scene, where, Luke is in the ER, telling Lulu, who was shot, “i don’t know what i’d do if i lost you”… camera focuses on Anna, who holds her breath, with Elizabeth watching Anna… Dag! I broke down… sobbed for their losses… FINALLY, I’m believing Elizabeth has an outlet to reach in to, i never quite believed elizabeths scenes over losing jake (IMO she never really emoted her loss)… till Anna bumped back in to town. Anna is the lightning rod Port Charles needed. Anna tears up and wells up so much emotion… over Robin… and the tender scenes with Luke are heartfelt, and could lead to a romance. that being said… Tracy, is the quartermaine… along, with Monica… Tracy and Anthony are humorous. the quips tracy, has with both anthony and Luke are GH priceless… altho, for my money… it was Sky and Luke who had me going…. the lady quartermaines…. Tracy, Monica, and Sky… were a fierce trio. i kinda thought their was some spark with anna and mac… thro in alexis… finally giving mac his due. mentioning, that it was mac who took care of robin and maxie… now that’s class… and first rate.

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  10. Christy says:

    I don’t remember that old movie she was in, but it would be fun to watch her portraying a nun! :-)

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    barbara t replied

    I believe it was called” change of habit”, With Mary tyler moore and elvis was in it.I would like to see it to, Its a oldie.

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    Susan M. replied

    I saw that movie………….Hasn’t been the t.v. for a while……………

    Christy replied

    yes, after reading the full interview (link in 1st paragraph) I looked up the movie on the movie database and saw photos from the movie… I don’t remember it. Never saw it. Mostly remember Ann Margaret/Elvis movies….

  11. Michael says:

    Always fascinating to see what Jane Elliott has to say, but I do think she’s mistaken when she says that Tracy was never before in a triangle. Seems to me that back in her first few years on the show, Tracy was in a triangle with Mitch Williams and Susan Moore.

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    kay killgore replied

    Michael you are right she was also fighting for a guy with Jenny Eckhart they were Luke & Bobbies cousins back in the days of Gloria Monty. It was when TG came back and played the character of Bill Eckhart that family kinda fell flat.

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    barbara t replied

    Kay killgore, I agree with you about Luke and Laura being together but the writers of general hospital for some reason or the other didn’t want them together anymore and we all know the results to that, laura was written out of gh ( I still can’t believe they never brought her back to stay) And luke and tracy got together.

  12. Mrs_Big says:

    Luke & Anna as friends is fun but I agree with most who say they should stay that way. Anna is not giving off a vibe of being attracted to him anyway (last time I checked) so let’s leave it at that. Still waiting for a Duke & Anna reunion done Jesse & Angie style! They were the greatest 80s SuperCouple IMO with Robert & Holly a close second.Luckily R&H are off together somewhere.

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  13. lisa says:

    I like Luke being a good supportive friend to Anna…
    …and that’s how the relationship should stay.
    I love the “goodies” between Luke and Tracy…they should get back together.

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