Well you can’t do a 50th anniversary look at the legendary soap opera, General Hospital without a look at one of the shows most enduring stars. We are talking about Jane Elliot who for decades has played the feisty Tracy Quartermaine!
In a new interview with AccessHollywood.com via OMG Yahoo!, Jane discusses the big 5-0 celebration, the secretive behind-the-scenes work of executive producer Frank Valentini to bring fans the Nurses’ Ball with more surprises, losing cast mate Julie Marie Berman (Ex-Lulu) who decided to leave the series, and what is has meant being a Quartermaine. Here are some excerpts below:
Jane on what she can tease about the GH 50th anniversary Nurses’ Ball event: “I can’t because it’s so hush-hush. I mean, I know that there are probably a dozen surprises of people coming back and I don’t know what they are because Frank Valentini has coded everybody’s name… If you call the call line, it’s the code name that’s getting called, so you literally don’t know who that person is until you’re standing on stage acting with them. One of the things that I like most about [Frank] is he believes in surprising the audience, he believes in not tipping your hand beforehand because it doesn’t give you a reason to tune back in… Frank does not want people to know what’s going to happen. He wants people to be surprised and there are some fabulous surprises coming.”
Jane on the departure of Julie Marie Berman: “We’re actually friends off-screen… Julie started General Hospital when she was finishing up at USC. She was literally studying for her finals when she started… So it’s all she’s known. So it’s really time for her to spread her wings and see what life has to offer for her. So, I’m excited for her as much as I wish she wasn’t going.”
Jane on being a Quartermaine and Tracy recently losing her father, Edward: “I think the biggest loss for her is her father… She can change Luke, she can change ELQ, she can change her relationship with Monica. The only thing that’s not changeable, she is — in essence — an orphan now, she has no parents and that’s a very transformative thing in anybody’s life when you no longer have parents, and as connected as she was, I think there was part of her that thought it would be liberating to be free of her father and to be able to run the company the way she wanted to, to be – finally – the master of the ship that she always wanted to be, that her father would never let her be. And then in the end, it was not to be… she was going to have to fight a pipsqueak like A.J. for it.”
So GH fans, what do you think about Jane’s comments about what is going on behind-the-scenes with the Nurses’ Ball? What other surprises might be in store? Who do you want to ultimately want to end up running ELQ? Let us know!