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180 March 8th, 2017 Jane Elliot To Exit General Hospital!

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For quite some time now fans of General Hospital have heard the rumblings that Jane Elliot was preparing to walk away from her beloved role as Tracy Quartermaine.

Since bursting on to the GH scene back in 1978 and then leaving and returning, following a string of other memorable primetime and daytime roles, Elliot has left an indelible mark that will never be forgotten in our genre. Now comes word via Daytime Confidential that Jane has informed ABC and the General Hospital executives that she plans on departing the show at the end of her contract this spring.

Right now, Elliot has been in major story with Michael Easton’s Finn and Rebecca Budig’s Hayden, and is always embroiled in the Quartermaine family drama.  With Jane’s departure it would sure seem to signal a major end of an era for the Q Clan.

So, if this holds true and Jane leaves, how do you think Tracy should exit the canvas?  Will you be devastated by her departure? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Ricardo says:

    I love Jane, she is a wonderful actress. I will miss her on GH.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Would be sad to see her go now that she has just begun to make up for all the
    “crazy” years she was written, not as the strong-willed, forceful Tracy that she always had been, but as a weak vessel falling at the feet of “Fluke,” that incomprehensible character!

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    Jenny replied

    Paging Anna Stuart!!!!

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    Celia replied

    Great idea, Jenny…..Love Anna Stuart ( Greelee’s mom and Vicki’s–AW).
    I don’t want Jane to leave, but if she must, then Anna is a great choice. What would be the reason for Tracy to up and leave? There are already so many loose ends as it is…..a recast would be the way to go.
    The irony would kick me in the rear if, Anna, as Tracy, would turn out to be Hayden’s bio mom and not Naomi. Together again?
    Now, all we need is for Walt Willy to show up as Dr. Webber, Hayden’s and Lizzie’s father.

    Shay replied

    You mean Dr. Gina Dante…..as Anna Stuart was once known in the Port Charles sphere. Been there, done that, as far as this actress is concerned!

  2. Connor (AvidSoapFan) says:

    I will be sad when she leaves. Such an amazing and remarkable actress, Jane Elliot, you WILL be missed!

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  3. David says:

    Recast Tracy with Robin Strasser, ex Dorian OLTL, she will be terrific as Tracy Quartermaine.

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    Richard replied

    That would be PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!

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    Karen replied

    She can not be replaced ! There are just some actors that leave an indelible mark.

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    Lew S. replied

    No, Jane Elliot cannot be replaced. Maybe she will leave to join Luke, wherever he is.

    NancyH replied

    My thought exactly!

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    PennySoap replied

    I agree!

    Dan replied

    Absolutely not. You don’t replace Jane Elliot.

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    Jeffre jonas morer replied

    No you do not! She is a daytime icon!

    Steve replied

    There are some roles that cannot be recast. Tracy Quartermaine is definitely one.

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    Rhonda replied

    I agree that Jane is not replaceable. However, the Q’s are on the endangered species list.
    Bring in Robin Strasser and/or Erika Slezak as some long lost Q relative.
    Then maybe Melissa Archer as someone’s daughter, also a long lost Q relative. Failing that bring back Skye Quartermaine.
    Before someone screams that the cast is too bloated, I need to remind them that the Q’s are rapidly disappearing. Let us beef up the Q mansion!

    Celia replied

    You are so right, Steve. Some characters/roles are too memorable to replace.
    But, I echo what Rhonda has said. It makes sense to recast.

    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Rhonda…Robin and/or Erika would be perfect to pick up the slack. GH really needs to revamp its Q family; Ned should be a constant (always loved him), more Dillon (love him, too), Jason should return to his Q roots and bring in Sam and kids, Michael should be at the house more, Monica needs to be the grand dame of the house now and Skye Quartermaine should have returned for AJ’s funeral!!!! and should return now.

    Personally, I could do without Melissa Archer. Never took to Natalie…

    Robin Strasser and Erika? They’d fit right into the canvas. I do believe Robin’s been starving for work ever since the demise of OLTL and would welcome a return to daytime; not so sure Erika would be into another contract. But she could somehow be incorporated.

    Losing Tracy is a biggie… ;)

    Eric replied

    She’s irreplaceable! Iconic role and actress that cannot be ever replaced! I hope she strolls off into the proverbial sunset with Luke….her one true love!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    GREAT idea!

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    Charday replied

    I like the long-lost Q relative(s) coming in, as Rhonda suggested.

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    Timmm replied

    Fing NO!

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  4. dmr says:

    This is sad news. I have always enjoyed Jane Elliot. I will miss her. Unfortunately, her exit will only further the demise of the beloved Quartermaine family.

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    KansasGuest replied

    I hope Jane will consider returning for short cameos on important occasions. It’s time the Q’s repopulated with the younger generation anyway. They are all there – Tracy’s kids and Alan’s remaining son. As much as they want to get away from it, it’s time Jason, Ned & Dylan do their bit to bolster the family name. Was a poor decision to make the next generation such slackers when it comes to business.

    My ideas – ELQ needs to buy Crimson, and put Nina & Dylan firmly in the circle of the Crazy Quartermaines. Lila’s little namesake needs to return with Skye – even if she’s not technically a Q by blood. With Michael & Ned running ELQ, Skye could come on to take a place on the hospital board. And, with her background, Griffin would finally get off Sonny’s back and find another reclamation project. Ned needs to marry Olivia because she would finally give the Q’s something they’ve been lacking – a REAL Italian Thanksgiving, with the best pizza they’ve ever tasted.

    It’s difficult to find something for Jason to do because he isn’t the corporate type. Security/risk management for ELQ’s holdings? Or, maybe he can join Sam in her PI firm with Curtis.

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  5. tsuds says:

    Always like a good murder mystery exit with a poison pickle relish concoction..

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  6. libby bess says:

    gh will not be the same without tracy have watched gh from day one wish her the best

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Ditto!

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  7. Patricio says:

    Heartbreaking .

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  8. Joan Faist says:

    Please leave it open so she could come back is that’s what she wants. Love Jane and her character, Tracy

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    Tamara replied

    I agree!

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  9. davlestev1 says:

    i don’t blame her. Get out while the getting is good. GOOD LUCK…enjoy your retirement.

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    Shes not jumping off a sinking ship! Shes retiring after a long, successful career.

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    rebecca1 replied

    LOL. Agree, Eileen!

    davlestev1 replied

    Good Lord people read between the lines…connect the dots..eileen haggis I mean by all means go while the character is in a good place in her mind to leave the show. AND STOP YELLING AT ME IN ALL CAPS JK ROWLING LOL. Some people. Well I never.

    JK replied

    THE LADY KNOWS WHEN TO RETIRE…..GH IS BETTER THAN EVER.

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    rebecca1 replied

    LOL, davelestev1…it’s all good but to be honest my first instinct was to agree with Eileen because it really did sound like you were implying GH isn’t that great…get out before it totally tanks. I think your words, “Get out” sorta set that tone.

    Peace!!! ;)

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    davlestev1 replied

    Well I did mean while she was happy with the character. But to be honest the whole of the ship that was once daytime sunk with the end of world turns/guiding light and abc’s double cancellation. Jane Elliot isn’t on a sinking ship..she’s clinging to a piece of floating drift wood like Days cast. The once tall mighty ship that sailed across three channels of called daytime drama is now lying in a ship graveyard. Oh how morbid I am hee hee.

    rebecca1 replied

    Nice visuals…imagery. Howeva…I only partially agree! Canceling so many soaps was the beginning of the end for the genre…and the abrupt cancellation of AMC (which I hadn’t watched in centuries, ahem…and my beloved OLTL was cruel and shocking. Cruel, because it came without warning and ripped a piece of history and continuity out from under viewers who watched for years.

    But I must say I honestly think GH has been great lately. I think Jane’s leaving when the show is at its best it’s been in a long time. Still, that has nothing to do with it. She’s been said to have considered retiring for quite a while. And I do think she was even more motivated when Geary left. Same age group…same shared history. Gave her that extra umph she needed to actually do it. Sucks though…

  10. Patricio says:

    I remember this phenomenal, uniquely beautiful actress steal every scene she was in back in the 1970s. She came and went from General Hospital but she made the soap opera villain a multi dimensional character. One that we loved to hate and we hated to love.

    I don’t know the details of your departure but Godspeed to you and thank you for sharing your talent for so many years.

    I say this with a heavy heart “you will be missed”

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  11. Sue M. says:

    She is the back bone of GH! Who will fight with Monica? She been on GH as long as I could remember.
    I think it is not a good move. Her character is quite important. Do not like it !!!

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    Eileen Hargis replied

    She wants to retire, its her choice. You want to change her mind on what SHE wants to do with her life??

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    Rhonda replied

    Eileen, folks get to express their sadness and disappointment that Jane is leaving this role she has been playing for many many years without you admonishing them.
    Do you not understand that this is a compliment to her as an actress?
    You tend to come off as being combative which is puzzling to me.

    Eileen H Hargis replied

    Jane said she was retiring and why. A fan said make her stay. I simply commented it was the actress’s choice and why badger her. You cant understand that??I merely replied to a fan. No combat motive there. Its just silly to wish someone didnt feel the way they do.

    Rhonda replied

    Yeah, but Eileen, you to tend to shout down fans about how they feel, this is not the first time. This seems to be a pattern with you.

    Celia replied

    Good grief!! For the life of me, I can never understand why be so contrary.
    Fans are just expressing their thoughts. Give us a break!!

    Celia replied

    @Rhonda.
    Agreed, Rhonda…..Eileen is in the habit of talking down to fans….the same over at Y&R.

  12. Steve says:

    To not distract from Jane during her exit, if it is deemed that Mr. Geary return, let it only be for one episode.

    An alternative “happy” ending has Larry Ashton returning for Ned’s wedding to Olivia F. Larry tells Tracy she’s the only woman he’s ever loved and legitimately has come into millions on dollars — her turn to live off him. Regardless, I hope Hugo Napier returns for at least one more scene of bickering.

    When Tracy leaves, Who’ll remind Monica that Alan gave her that house (because he was an idiot).

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    Paul replied

    Oh no, don’t get her struck with that low rent con Ashton again. If she has to go (sigh), better with her TRUE partner, Luke.

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  13. Dan says:

    Really sad to hear this, but it wasn’t unexpected. Jane has come and gone many times over the years. I’m actually surprised she stuck around for 14 years on this go around. Loved all the stuff she did with Tony Geary. But other than the storyline where she got sick last year, they really haven’t had a lot for her to do since Tony left.

    She’s one of the all-time soap icons and will definitely be missed. It’s sad to see how the once mighty and powerful Quartermaines have slowly dwindled down to almost nothing. But such is life, nothing lasts forever. Hope they give her a nice send off. And of course leave the door open for her to return.

    Thanks for many years of entertainment, Jane! You’ve been a pleasure to watch.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    And I HATED all the stuff she did with “him”! It destroyed the “real” character of Tracy Quartermaine. But she was just beginning to be written back as the original character–her acerbic nature softened, admittedly–but, judging from the recent interviews she has given, I think she didn’t mind the “softening.”

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    Timmm replied

    “HIM” won EIGHT Emmys!

  14. brian says:

    well… I will miss her tons….but I will retiring from my job at 57…so can we blame her for wanting time to do whatever she has planned.

    she has given us so much of her acting career and I am grateful to her for that

    all the best

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  15. Joe says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  16. Tammy says:

    If she feels that she can’t come back on reoccurring role from time to time then kill her off.
    Or make her go off with Luke somewhere …
    This way she had an open door if she wants to ever pop in.

    I don’t wanna see anyone else as Tracy.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    NOOOOOOOO! DON’T kill off a legacy character. Let her go off on a LONG trip to Tahiti or Rangoon or wherever. And Monica could mention her now and then–LOL!

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  17. Magneto says:

    Have her leave town with Luke and ride off into the sunset. They could bring Skye Chandler back to liven things up at the Q’s. I’m against a recast. Jane is Tracy Q.

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    Celia replied

    The Amsterdam sunset. LOL.

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    Shay replied

    Only if Tracy consumes another “space cake” by mistake, CeeCeeGirl!

    Celia replied

    @Shay.
    APPLAUSE!! Good one!!

    Celia replied

    @Shay.
    Hmmm, a nunnery. Will Ophelia be there?

    Shay replied

    Thank you, CeeCeeGirl!!!! As for your query regarding “Ophelia?” Why yes, I do believe she will be at that aforementioned nunnery…along with a more contemporary “character” who should also be “cloistered!”

    Celia replied

    @Shay.
    You are naughty, ma belle. LOL
    Hmmm. We should make a list of that particular ‘cloistered’ GH group.

    Shay replied

    WE SHOULD, CeeCee! And wouldn’t that be TOO much fun??????

  18. su0000 says:

    awww no..

    Jane Elliot / Tracy Quartermaine. My favorite!!!

    I knew she would be leaving, I just knew it :(

    Well, I’m happy for her, sad for me.

    I really hope Luke, her love, will walk into the sunset with her.
    It would be the end , or beginning, of their long time love story …
    A perfect ending- goodbye …

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    Rhonda replied

    Ah, that was nice, SUOO.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, Su0000, PULEEESE, no long walk off into the sunset with who-know-who! Let her leave with at least a shred of dignity–LOL!

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    Shay replied

    You mean another long walk away on a foggy pier with that reprobate of an ex….thanks, but no thanks!!!! Tracy Angelica Quartermaine deserves far better than that fate. I hope JE’s departure will be an inspiring and uplifting one for her iconic character…rather than a doom and gloom ending. Always leave the door open for a visit from Tracy, but NO recasts, please!

    Patricio replied

    Luke and her are a great exit for the fans.

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    su0000 replied

    Luke and Tracy are a love story..
    they have loved each other for like forever (after laura)
    they should be together at last..

  19. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    She leaves for Luke who is ill and marries him off camera…

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    i first seen Jane Eliot who played a nun in Elvis’s last movie Change Of Habit…

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    Mary SF replied

    One of my all time favorite movies– and Jane was wonderful as the spunky nun- and so young– wish her well in retirement.

    Daisy Day replied

    I love that movie. Love Elvis. Jane is fabulous!

    Shay replied

    Maybe Tracy will decide to retreat to a nunnery!

    Celia replied

    Hmmmm, Jimmy. I wonder why Sally Field wasn’t cast as the nun ( and her nun’s cap and wimple, LOL) for that movie!?….

    Celia replied

    I thought I had seen all of Elvis’ movies. I don’t seem to remember that one, Jimmy. ….’gotta’ raid Gran’s stash. I must have missed that one.
    But, I did watch “Escape from The Planet Of The Apes” with a then, 30-year-old, Eric Braeden.

    nancy dillingham replied

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! And UUGGHH! :)

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  20. Roberta G says:

    I hate to see her leave but if she is it would be the perfect time for Luke to show up and the two of them take off together.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (Am I repeating myself???? Well, so be it!

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    Timmm replied

    Grow up!

    Rhonda replied

    Well, to echo, Nancy, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
    Traci deserves better than that.

    rebecca1 replied

    Wow! You MUST be kidding! “Grow up?” Nancy (as well as the rest of us), can express her dislike for a character to her heart’s content. As for “growing up?” The amount of immaturity and cattiness that’s been displayed by the pot-calling-the kettle-black and friends… should take a seat and rethink that comment.

  21. Ray says:

    It is sad to see another legacy character leave their roles behind. I did not watch “Guiding Light” during JE’s era, but I loved her on “Days” as Anjelica. Jane has never been given the accolades she deserves as an actress. I think she is a powerhouse every time she is on the screen. Best of luck to your future and thank you for years of entertainment.

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    toscanti replied

    She was fantastic as “Carrie Todd Marler” on GL. She played multiple personality like no other. I’ll miss her on GH.

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    Kevin C replied

    I loved GL during the days that Douglas Marland was the head writer and YES, Jane as Carrie Todd Marler was superb but short lived for there was some conflict between the producer Allen Potter and Douglas Marland and the storyline ended along with Douglas Marland leaving Guiding Light which was a downfall for Guiding Light. In my opinion Douglas Marland was the best head writer GL has ever had and Guiding Light won 2 emmys for best writing and show during Douglas time on GL..I don’t blame Jane Elliott for leaving for she was kind enough to give us all these years of her talent. Wishing you nothing but the best Jane and enjoy your free time.

    Alan replied

    Doug Marland was a master of using a show’s history to generate story as well as telling young love stories that could build the next generation.

    Paul replied

    Maybe she should return to “Days” as Anjelica – it might help that currently terribly written show and other people her character was involved with (Justin, Adrienne, Victor) are still on the canvas. The only one on there I TRULY enjoy now is Meredith Scott Lynn as nosy, fun Anne Millbauer.

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  22. Deelo says:

    she will be missed; a wonderful actor – has seen GH through the good and the bad. The character is needed on GH as she is the matriarch of the Quartermane family so a recast (using Robin Strasser, if possible) would be warranted. But her shoes will not be filled, only changed. Wishing her the best on her future endeavors. She was classy, brawny, smart and funny as Tracy – thanks for the memories.

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  23. k/kay says:

    My dear lady I hope when you exit you can say I did it my way!!! Good luck god speed!!!

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  24. Celia says:

    Awwwww. Such sad news!!!! Wish you well, Jane.

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  25. giovanna says:

    I love Jane it’ll a sad day and an of an era for the quartermane the next genaration starts with michael let’s see how it goes

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  26. Jd says:

    Oh man…so sad. I love Jane and Tracy :(

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    nancy dillingham replied

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! :)

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  27. Natalie says:

    Love Jane Elliot as a Tracy Quartemaine and she should not be recast! If Jane would like to retire or move on leave Tracy open for Jane to pop in. Storyline option could be Tracy going overseas to work for ELQ, expanding the market. Please keep Wally Kurt/Ned in Port Charles as we need as many “Q’s” to keep the legacy going!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Now, I DO like that idea of “going overseas to work for ELQ–would be keeping in character.

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  28. Lisa says:

    I’m very saddened by this news.
    Jane please reconsider.
    On the other hand if she does leave – might I suggest bringing back Skye Chandler Quartermaine to helm ELQ.

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  29. NancyH says:

    Maybe GH will give her a storyline she can’t resist. I hope!

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  30. Bill says:

    Surprised she’s hung around this long. The writers at “General Hospital” have never been the least bit interested in re-invigorating the Quartermaine clan. Losing Alan and Edward was devastating, and bringing in Dylan and Ned part-time just didn’t cut it. Jane needs to leave and let the Quartermaines die with her. Another reason to jump ship from this mob-steered Titanic.

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    Don’t know if it’s the writers or the brass at ABC who have not been interested in re-invigorating the Quartermaines (given that this lack of interest has continued across numerous writing and producing teams, I would guess it’s ABC), but it’s certainly been a mistake, as has the continuing mob domination (which I also think comes from higher up).

    As other people have said, this departure is not a big surprise–but what a loss for the show!

    Maybe they’ll put Leslie Charleson back on contract (assuming she’s interested).

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    Timmm replied

    I agree Bill, NONE of the writing teams ever concentrated on PC’s FIRST FAMILY!

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  31. LIn says:

    I hope they don’t kill Tracy. Could she go to be with Luke? I’d love that. Have Luke off Camera writing letters or calling her asking her to join him. Or let her meet some other man and go to meet him. Or have her go on a trip. But please don’t kill her. If Jane ever decides to make a short visit- maybe Ned or Dillon get married or whatever. I am sad she is leaving. I’ve never enjoyed the character as I do now. I”m sorry to see her go. And I agree if they recast Robin Strasser would be great.

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  32. Ck says:

    A class act!

    I was introduced to Tracy during her 2003 return and have loved the character ever since. Her battles with Skye were legendary and her fight and devotion for Luke is once in a lifetime.

    Ms. Elliott, you are simply the best and I hope your send off is as epic as your return!

    This is truly the end of the Quartermaine Era of GH….

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    nancy dillingham replied

    See? That’s just it. Knowing the character of Tracy Q. as conceived and played from the beginning, she would never have stooped to THAT low level of fighting!

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    Jarrett replied

    She withheld her father’s heart medication in a fight about his will, Tracy Q. never had a problem stooping low.

  33. Rose says:

    I’m sure a lot of soul searching went into Jane’s decision. Am wishing her the best in her new future. But I’m really going to miss Jane as Tracey Q. Hope they have a nice exit for her that doesn’t include Luke. And also hope there is potential for an occasional visit back to Port Charles that doesn’t require her signing a contract.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    FINALLY, someone who agrees with me! “A nice exit that doesn’t include Luke.” Thank you, Rose!

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  34. Eva Roman says:

    Have Tracy find true love with a new man, not a recyled ex-husband.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    And someone else who agrees with me! (I’m racking up–and feeling better–LOL!)
    Now THAT’S a good idea–”true love with a new (strong) man” to match her strongness. I do like the sound of that!

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    Rose replied

    Yes!

  35. Rodd says:

    Jane Elliot cannot be replaced. There is only one Tracy Quartermaine. While I wish JE all the best in whatever she decides to do, I really wish she wouldn’t go. She and Tracy will be sorely missed. There will be such a huge hole on the canvass. And just as the Q’s were back on screen, what a shame.

    I do hope they bring in some of the other Q characters with the same actors/actresses playing the roles. No one can replace or fill the void, but seeing more Q’s in PC would certainly soften the blow.

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  36. Steve says:

    For those mentioning recast, it’s not an option. You can’t replace an actress who’s played the role (off and on) for almost 40 years! Regardless of who you brought in, viewers would never accept the new actress. Both Anna & Felicia were temporarily recast years ago and the newbies were quickly shuffled off.

    And as for Robin Strasser, although she didn’t originate the role of Dorian, OLTL recast her for 3 years in the early 90s. Elaine Princi was a fine actress, but never really Dorian. Would Strasser be a good (temporary) addition to GH? – probably, but never as Tracy

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    Llanviewer717 replied

    I agree with you Steve. I absolutely remember when OLTL recast Dorian in the 90s. Ms. Princi never caught on with the fans because Robin Strasser so totally inhabits Dorian. Jane Elliot totally inhabits Tracy Quatermaine.

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    And yet Robin Strasser wasn’t even the original Dorian; there were two actresses who played Dorian before her (and the original actress, Nancy Pinkerton, definitely had a strong presence and put her mark on the role). So it’s possible, sometimes, for a recast to capture the viewers’ hearts and imaginations and become the definitive performer in a role, even if the role is strongly identified with another performer.

    That said, I agree that Tracy is un-recastable. They should not try it, even with someone of Strasser’s talent. It would be a mistake.

  37. Patricia Sterrett says:

    I will miss Tracy. She is a big part of GH, but I wish her all the best.

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  38. 4ever DAYS says:

    It would be cool to see Jane return to DAYS and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) bed!

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    rebecca1 replied

    LOL…can’t see that. Never watched DAYS or saw them together in that capacity but after watching them as mother and son for so many years that would be just too freaky.

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  39. Mary SF says:

    I just hope they don’t kill off the character– but somehow I don’t see the character having a happy ending either— maybe it will be one of those open ended deals where the character has gone missing– wish Jane all the best and a huge thank you for entertaining us for so many years

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Had to reply here…Change Of Habit is my favorite Elvis movie..liked Jane, Mary Tyler Moore and Barbara Mcnair (spelling) as the nuns…

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, a fun movie–and Elvis also looked great in it! :)

    Shay replied

    Speaking of your “favorites,” jimh, I just had to ask if you have been watching “Broadchurch3?” In the latest (and last) installment of the series, Julie Hesmondhalgh (aka, Corrie’s “Hayley Cropper) has a featured role. I couldn’t help but think of you whilst viewing her fine performance! (Hope you are well…)

  40. aria says:

    this totally sucks! noooooooo, i can’t take this, hope she reconsiders…

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  41. JK says:

    CLASS ACT AND TERRIFIC ACTRESS…..WE WILL MISS HER BUT DO NOT TRY TO REPLACE THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN…..SHE MAY WANT TO RETURN NOW AND THEN….THIS IS A HUGE LOSS FOR G.H. AND THE VIEWERS….GOOD LUCK TO MS. ELLIOTT.

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  42. Gloria says:

    I’m very sorry to see Jane leave the show. She is one of my favorite characters and a wonderful actor. I wish her all the best and hopefully she’ll make a guest appearance once in awhile.

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  43. JMER says:

    It’s glaring and a huge loss only, because they’ve fired or not put on contract a number of other Classic GH vets so there really is not a lot going on with the core families–how do you bring their kids into the forefront eventually if their parents aren’t around to introduce them and groom them with front burner stories like Days, B&B and Y&R.

    Once Finola Hughes is gone, I likely won’t tune in ever again. The other Classic vets aren’t given enough to do to warrant it.

    They should be grooming Maxie, Griffin, Michael, Dillon, Dante, Lulu, Lucas, Valerie, Molly (and maybe Jordan too) to take on leading some of the bigger stories. Elizabeth is front and center but with Franco as her leading man, it’s a joke to a majority of the audience. Carly and Sonny, especially Sonny, have had their day in the limelight and the audience is tired of them. Jason hopefully can get a second wind but I don’t know.

    What’s going to happen to Hayden and Finn once Tracy is gone? Will they remain interesting?

    Why is there no Ned or Duke?

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  44. ppage says:

    I will never forget the scene in the late 1970′s when Tracy refused to give Edward his heart medication after a supssed heart attack. Riveting!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Now THAT was Tracy Quartermaine!

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    robbie replied

    Still shocking and truly memorable after all these years

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  45. Charday says:

    This is huge–hate to see her go, but please don’t kill the character. I’d go for a good re-cast and/or leave the door open for return guest appearances.

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  46. Max Daddee says:

    Very sorry to hear she’s leaving. There was no info provided as to why she wants to leave, so we don’t know if there’s a chance she’ll come back. I really started to like her character the past couple of years as she’s showed a more caring side, which for me has made her more likeable.

    With her leaving, and having been the rock of the Quartermain family for some time, there’s honestly not going to be much left of a strong key family left. Michael’s too young, Ned hasn’t been put in key storylines and Jason is Jason so Sam and family is his focus. GH writers best bring the Buchanans into town to put down roots. Nora’s already there, let’s hope she gets a recurring role and brings Clint and the boys in!

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    Steph replied

    Yesssss!

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  47. mark says:

    Too bad she is a real link with the past.

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  48. jeffrie says:

    Sad to see her leave i think Kim Zimmer would also be a great Tracy if they choose a recast!

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  49. Reed says:

    Jane has always been a treat to watch. As with Kin Shriner’s Scotty, you just enjoy the heck out of their scenes, even when there’s not much to play off of. It’s a real tribute to her ability to make the material entertaining and compelling–great range. I can honestly say that I never fast forwarded through any of her scenes, as her performances (regardless of the material she was asked to deliver) were always worthy. There’s no doubt in my mind that she made those around her better–your “A” game was always required when sharing the screen with Jane.

    Way too early to contemplate a recast. Yes, it’s been done before with other beloved characters (kudos to Billy Miller, but I’m still not feeling it). As with Kin, Finola, Genie, et al, give them some time off canvas and maybe they recharge, or perhaps we can entice them back with a juicy storyline. Or maybe Jane will be gracious enough to reprise her role every so often to maintain story continuity. We’ll take what we can get!

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  50. Llanviewer717 says:

    This is very upsetting news. Jane Elliot’s Tracy Quatermaine is a very unique and unforgettable character. She is a force to be reckoned with just like Robin Strasser’s Dorian Cramer Lord.

    If Jane has decided to retire, I say congratulations on an outstanding career and thank you for giving viewers such tremendous entertainment. I certainly hope TPTB aren’t going to kill Tracy. Hopefully, Jane will be open to dropping by for short visits now and then.

    I also feel bad for Leslie Charleson. She must be getting pretty lonely.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Unfortunately, Leslie isn’t on enough to be lonely. They throw her in every few weeks for a few snippets of dialogue.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Rebecca, thank you again for YOUR humanity (re your rebuttal to the uncharitable reply someone made to my light-hearted NOOOOOOOOO!). You’re a real sweetheart. So glad we enjoy posting together. Take good care–and thanks again. :)

  51. Lee says:

    Give her a raise or a long vacation but let her stay with GH!!!! She brings a lot of laughter to her fans and is never boring, she’s a number one actress and I do not want her to leave!!!!!!!

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    rebecca1 replied

    She doesn’t want to stay. I don’t think vacation and a raise would do it. She’s been talking of exiting for a while…hate it, but, sigh…that’s where she’s at.

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  52. Tina Gray says:

    Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Don’t do it Jane!!!!! You are the Quartermaines!!!!! We need you!!!!!!

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  53. Laura says:

    She goes on vacation and bumps into Luke and they live happily ever after!

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  54. Newmanwins says:

    GH has been great soap in recent weeks….it’s to the point you don’t want the hour to end…and now this bittersweet sendoff for Tracy will up the drama even more.

    I hope that Tony comes back for Jane’s goodbye…casting script has leaked out already about Luke getting in touch with Tracy.

    Someone posted it last weekend.

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    Paul replied

    It’s been great because Olivia Jerome is back in CRAZY action. I say keep her, Tracy I enjoy, but not as much as “Liv”.

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  55. Daisy Day says:

    I am very sad to see her go. I hope she’s able to come back for special occasions such as Thanksgiving and other special shows. One of the best actors on TV.

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  56. JLH says:

    Devastating news. She is am amazing actor.

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  57. Sandy says:

    Tracy, I have watched you for years and I will miss your sparky words. I wish you the best.

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  58. Kevin O. says:

    I am so saddened by this news. Jane is a gem, and certainly deserves to retire. But I will miss her talent and class dearly.

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  59. James R. Poissant says:

    I am upset to hear Jane is leaving but I know she has been around for a very long time and was excellent in anything she did. It is possible that Tracy will be recast as they have done that in the past. I know folks are wondering how this impacts Finn but somehow, I see Michael Easton morphing back into his OLTL character John McBain. Even if this doesn’t happen, we have to keep rooting for Finn and Hayden even if Tracy isn’t there. I just got out of bed but after seeing this, I am wide awake!!!

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    Lena replied

    I too will miss Tracy Quartermaine. I love Michael Easton, however Finn and Hayden need to be able to stand on their own. All Tracy did was prop them continually. Enough!

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  60. Timmm says:

    Jane is such a classy legend! I PRAY JELLY doesnt MUCK up Jane’s exit. I want Luke to come back and whisk her out of PC and the two of them live happily ever after! Oh yeah, Laura can finally open up the “Angel” envelope where Luke wishes her well and expresses his need for him and Tracy to go off into the sunset together.

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    Shay replied

    You mean the “Angle” envelope, Timmm???? LOL….

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  61. rebecca1 says:

    I had read Jane was thinking of retiring…and I’m sure Anthony Geary has been telling her how great life is without “having to get up for work!” LOL. Sigh…no laughing matter. While of course, it’s expected, people in all walks of life retire, it’s no less disappointing to a fan. I LOVE Tracy! She (and Anna) is the only legacy character featured regularly. As many have said, there’s no Quartermaine family left. Monica is barely featured and quite frankly the character at this point is not the vibrant character Tracy is.

    Ned and Dillon are her sons. Finn and Hayden are her friends. Lulu was her step-daughter. She’s still so connected and she provides much of the continuity between generations.

    Big loss to the show. I’ll miss her.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    Rebecca

    This is so sad!!

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    rebecca1 replied

    I know…all things must come to an end. Sad part of life…real and fiction. Sigh….

  62. Iakovos says:

    Oh no! this is not happy news but wow… we had Miss Elliot for 39 years! So many great stories and performances. BRAVA!

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  63. clb says:

    Jane cannot be replaced. Her best roles will always be Tracy Q (GH) and Carrie (GL). Enjoy your retirement and writers should leave the character open for guest appearances if needed for the storyline. GH is not going anywhere — the ratings are up!

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  64. Edna Graterole says:

    I will be so sad when she leaves. I remember her first time on the soap. I wish her all the luck in the world in whatever she does in her future. Love you Jane!!! <3 (:

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  65. Alan says:

    Jane’s talents have been wasted by the writers for quite a while now. I can’t imagine anybody being surprised she would leave after being handed material like worms in the brain and propping up the snooze fest Finn/Hayden “romance.”

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    Tea replied

    Great point Alan. A great actress deserved better stories. Too long in the shadow of Mr Geary. While great together, it always favored him.

    Btw I hope he comes back to take her away if no recast .

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    Steph replied

    Agreed she was endlessly propping Hayden and Finn:(((

  66. mike says:

    Great loss to the show. One of the best daytime actors of all time. I think the show is going to have to recast, Tracy is a character that is important to the foundation of the show. Without Tracy there is really no Quartermaines. They are going to need another powerful actress, the first one who comes to my mind is Kim Zimmer.

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    Patricio replied

    Hi Mickey Ms Zimmer would be brilliant1. I was thinking of Robin Strasser. Both New York based actresses.

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  67. Michelle says:

    I’m happy for Jane. But I’m sad for us Tracy fans and for us legacy GH fans. I have loved her story lines since the new writing team. I have loved her friendships with Laura, Finn and Hayden. Jane deserves a wonderful retirement if she is ready to retire. I wish her the best but I’m sad to see her go. I hope her exit story is well written.

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  68. Pat D says:

    I hope this is. Ms Elliott’s choice. I hope it is not a financial decision based on ABC and General Hospital. I have no doubt she must be one of the higher paid actresses. But you get what you pay for. However if she feels she needs a break and needs to retire after 40 years I say ” go with gods love and enjoy a long, long retirement.

    Thanks for sharing Tracy for so long! It was a blast!

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    Shay replied

    @Pat D….Whenever one reads of such decisions by a GH legacy player, that is, unfortunately, the first thing that comes to mind….I opined much the same about Anthony Geary, although his many demands and scheduled vacations were most likely far beyond anything that Jane ever requested, despite being equally well-deserved. I can understand the need to keep the budget in check, but there are too many times when the savings from cutting favorite traditional characters seem to go toward bringing on big names from other soaps, and this practice has been—and continues to be—-an utter failure, as far as I’m concerned.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Pat D…it’s Jane’s choice. She’s been wanting to retire for quite a while. If interested, you can look up previous interviews she’s done with several soap pubs where she’s expressed that decision. It’s horrible news for us, Jane/Tracy fans…always difficult to lose people (and characters) we’ve grown attached to!

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  69. Tea says:

    We careful with the recast. With a lesser address some of that Tracy storyline would have been downright creepy!

    I’ll be holding that is it from your fath we careful with the recast. With a lesser address some of that Tracy storyline would have been downright creepy!

    I’ll be holding life-saving medicine from your father?

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  70. Timmm says:

    First ABC needs to fire Valenti and JELLY if they want to stay in the soap business. Then they need to hire someone who has a passion for the soap and is a fan of the history. They did it over at Y&R and they were #1! They listened to the fans and made great changes! They have the Newmans and the Abbotts, front and center. BINGO! At GH, they need to have the Q’s and the Cassadines. Sonny should be DONE!

    The Quartermaines:

    I would have Bobbi live there with Monica.

    Ned and Olivia and Leo

    Kiki and Dylan [Recast him please!]

    ERASE AJ’s death and bring back Sean. Michael moves in. [Recasted]

    Brooklyn and Griffin

    Larry Ashford

    Build some real office setting sets for ELQ!

    Cassadines:

    Nick, Liz, Stephan, Laura, Valentin, Nina and Charlotte. I would also keep the Character of Rudd around and have Nick hire him as his right hand man. Good actor.

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    Shay replied

    And don’t forget about Celia Quartermaine and Jimmy Lee Holt, Timmmbo! It’s time to rebuild the Q clan from the ground up with real kin…no more hangers-on and adoptee wannabees out for a quick payday! By now, this aforementioned pair should have children, even grandkids….bring ‘em on! And please, no more Nina (or Hayden either, for that matter….)…they have no business being anywhere near these legacy characters regardless of the massive revisionism which has been employed as an attempt to shoehorn them into the Port Charles canvas!

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    Timmm replied

    MEOW! I didnt forget about JLH and his mullet! I just dont know if many of todays viewers know of him. IF Hayden or Nina were rubbing shoulders with a Q, they can stay. If not, GET EM OUT OF HERE! [DJT!] Like I said, Y&R is embracing their history, why not GH? A lot of people were happy to see Luke go so Laura could be her own women. How in the freak is that working out? Frank wants his OLTLers and the writers don’t even remember the beautiful Celia.

    Shay replied

    “GET ‘EM OUT OF (T)HERE, indeed, Timmmbo! Time to drain that GH swamp! (Or more precisely the leftover OLTL one…..) I realize that Jimmy Lee and Celia are of another long-lost era in Port Charles, but so was Olivia, and she is bringing it big time on today’s canvas! With the Q brood basically dwindling down to just Monica and her grandchildren plus Dillon and sometimes Ned, the family needs a shot in the arm whilst respecting the heritage of this legacy clan. During the ’80′s these two aforementioned characters loomed large in the scheme of all things Quartermaine, and now is the perfect opportunity to answer “whatever happened to?” these popular players.

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    Timmm replied

    Hi Shay, since this country seems so into dressing women up on SNL to portray men, why dont we dress Franco up to be Celia and Nina into Jimmy Lee Holt!

    Shay replied

    Hah!!!! I’ve always thought Nina has a very androgynous vibe, so she could probably take a good stab at Jimmy Lee, but I could not fathom Franco in drag as anyone but perhaps Mrs. Doubtfire or a faux femme ala a “Some Like It Hot” scenario!!!!

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    Celia replied

    Hope you’re not talking about moi there, Timmmy!!!!! Franco dressed as Celia? I barely reach my husband’s armpit sans my stilettos; and Franco would have to be on his knees, needing an extra-padded bra….LOL.
    who is this Celia? Competion? HaHa!

    Now–why have Bobbi move in with Monica? Where are you going with this, Timmmbo? DOUBLE LOL.
    I like Dillon, and I like Dillon with Kiki.
    I like the idea of Ned and Olivia and Leo.
    The same idea goes for erasing AJ’s death and for Michael and him to be together again as father and son. ( stick it to Sonny and Carly).
    No Nik Cassadine unless it’s Nick Stabile.
    Would love for Thaao Penghlis to return as Victor cassadine. I know he’s “dead”, but, the writers work magic, no?
    Lastly, who is Brooklyn?

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    Shay replied

    Hey CeeCeeGirl! I’m saying yes, Yes, YES to the Thaao!!!! He needs to come back to Port Charles and press Liesl on that duplicitous paternity deal that she felt compelled to “do away with” ala bullet! I know that means the writers will actually have to come up with some reasonably sane solution to “The Mysterious Case of Nathan’s Real Bio-Daddy,” but it’s about time, wouldn’t you say???? As for Celia, as in Quartermaine, she was (is?) a far-flung relative from the family tree of the GH clan, and was a beautiful brunette debutante whose presence loomed large during the “Ice Princess” storyline, since her fiance’ was the faux Dr. Grant Putnam who was in reality a Soviet agent out to retrieve said item…you’ve heard of him, right? Anyway, she arrived in town to wed her dashing doc (Sound familiar????) and met up with Jimmy Lee Holt, another illegitimate product of Edward’s loins. They had a combustible chemistry and became kissin’ (though distant…) cousins, then man and wife…though they apparently did not live happily ever. Haven’t seen hide nor hair of them since the ’80′s.

    Timmm replied

    IF I were to direct a comment to you I would say CELIA, my sweetie pie! There are VERY few who respond to me here since I wore my red, white and blue colors proudly on my chest! Wouldn’t want to lose a patriot like yourself!

    Kiki to ME is better than ever. Hats off to Haley. Not feeling Robert Palmer as Dillon.

    Brooklyn is Ned and Louis’s daughter played by the stunning Adrianne León. She played this character on and off for three years. Also was Coleen Carlton on Y&R for a year.

    Shay replied

    Well, hang in there, Timmmbo, you are in good company. Despite the fact that we are ready to move on from November and look forward to “Making America Great Again,” there are a notable few who cannot seem to let go of their anger and venom….the whining, moaning–and, in certain cases, silent treatment—continues. It’s like those proverbial children who didn’t get their ponies for Christmas and they still haven’t come to terms with it even though we are now entering spring. “Grow up,” indeed! We didn’t come here and incessantly bash BHO for his multitude of shortcomings over his eight long years in office…until the election threads, most of us didn’t make political comments at all. Apparently it is too much to expect that same courtesy from those now discontent with “our president.” Oh, and by the way, we can express our dislike for a character to our heart’s content…just as long as it’s not Alexis Davis…then there’s h#!! to pay!!!!

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  71. Paul says:

    This is TERRIBLE news, bad enough they only have Tonja Walker on for JUST a short run as Olivia Jerome, now we won’t have Tracy either?! Don’t think Robin Strasser should replace her, but the ABC / Prospect Park lawsuit is over, so they can use “OLTL” characters again like they are doing now with Nora. So maybe Dorian should resurface in Port Charles to pick up the slack for the departing Tracy…..

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  72. Dianne says:

    The end of an era. The Quartermaine family storylines were the best ever. Now the show has become nothing but the Sonny show, with everyone else there for nothing but small backup storylines. Good luck Jane, GH and the fans will miss you!

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  73. Karen Trawick says:

    She will be so greatly missed. I just hope they don’t bring Geary back to escort her off scene as Luke. The character deserves her dignity. She needs to leave I her own blaze and glory. Viva la Tracy Q!!!!!!!!

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  74. Charday says:

    Hey Michael Fairman, can you snag a Jane Elliot “exit” interview for the site?

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