NAME: Genie Francis
SOAP ROLES: Laura Webber Spencer, GENERAL HOSPITAL (1976-1982, 1983-1985, 1993-2002, 2006); Ceara Connor, ALL MY CHILDREN (1990-1992); Ceara Connor, LOVING (1991); Diana Colville, DAYS OF OUR LIVES (1987-1989)
2007 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2006 TV Land Award nomination for Most Wonderful Wedding
2002 Daytime Emmy nomination for America's Favorite Couple
1997 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1997 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Lead Actress
1982 Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series
1981 Soapy Award win for Outstanding Actress
1981 Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress - Daytime TV Series
1980 Young Artist Award nomination for est Juvenile Actress in a Daytime Series
COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Thom Racina: (wrote for Francis on GH) I'm almost too close to this one to see it clearly, but prejudice counts for something, and my Laura will always be on the list for me. I remember her best, or most compelling, in the Ice Princess days, on the boat and the island, leading to the wedding, that good girl who was attracted to the wild guy whose life we could all live vicariously. And she's a trooper.
Mimi Torchin: All I can say is GENERAL HOSPITAL was insane to ever let this iconic daytime actress off contract. GH, buy a clue. Francis is like money in the bank for you. You remember Luke and Laura, right? Because everyone else on the planet who ever saw or heard of a soap opera does.
Alan Carter: She might have also appeared on DAYS and AMC, but it was for playing Laura, of course, that made her a bonafide superstar. Considering the show put 90% of their future on the back of a teenager suggests America got it right when they made Luke and Laura a phenomenon.
Connie Passalacqua Hayman (Marlena De Lacroix): The growing heart of GENERAL HOSPITAL as Laura from the age of 14! Laura's now endless capacity for love is the antidote for Guza's ugliness. Bring her back now, you ABC Daytime bozos!
COMMENTS FROM CO-STARS/CO-WORKERS/INDUSTRY:
Kin Shriner: (worked with Francis on GH) We started together. She and I came into this whole mess together as kids. The last time I played on GENERAL HOSPITAL was with her, so we came in together and went out together.