Thursday, September 28, 2017

Anne Jeffreys Dead at 94

Golden Globe nominated actress Anne Jeffreys, who played Amanda Barrington on General Hospital and Port Charles, has died. She was 94.

Entertainment reporter for Los Angeles' KABC George Pennacchio was one of the first to tweet the news on Wednesday night. Others followed, including multiple friends on Facebook who confirmed the news. Details of her death were not widely available.

Jeffreys, who was born in Goldsboro, N.C., in 1923, got her start in entertainment as a teenager, beginning as a junior model and studying to eventually perform in the opera.

She eventually made her way into other stage musicals on Broadway.

Jeffreys had a long career on the stage, with starring roles in the 1948 Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me Kate" on Broadway as well as "Three Wishes for Jamie," "Carousel" and "Camelot."

In 1971, she joined the cast of NBC daytime drama Bright Promise as Sylvia Bancroft, the widow of the town founder with a 21-year-old daughter she clashed with on a regular basis.

"The nice thing about working in this series is that I go to the studio only twice a week," she said in a 1971 UPI interview. "The rest of the time I shop, cook, clean house and look after my family."

Her longest-running role was on the ABC soap opera General Hospital and its spinoff Port Charles, in which she played the snobby, wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington off and on from 1984 to 2004.

"I always enjoyed spending time w Anne. Always classy. Always a smile on her face. RIP," tweeted Wally Kurth (Ned Quartermaine on Genearl Hospital).

From 1982-1983, the actress appeared on CBS primetime soap opera Falcon Crest as Amanda Croft, a rival for Jane Wyman's Angela Channing.

She appeared in multiple movies and TV shows throughout her career, including episodes of Love, American Style, Murder She Wrote, Finder of Lost Loves and Baywatch.

Check out some of Jeffreys' work on General Hospital in the clip below (starts at 5:50).

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