Genie Francis

Actress


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About this interview

Actress Genie Francis was interviewed for two hours in Beverly Hills, CA, consisting of two parts: one-half hour with General Hospital co-star Anthony Geary, and one-and-a-half hours alone. Francis talked about her father actor Ivor Francis and how he taught her respect for the craft of acting. She talked about her work in her first role in television as a guest actor on Family.  She described the role for which she is most known, "Laura Vining Spencer" on General Hospital.  She spoke frankly about the circumstances of her leaving and returning to play "Laura" several times over the years, including her month-long 2006 appearance that led her to a daytime Emmy Award nomination (and eventual win) as Best Supporting Actress.  She described "Laura" and related a number of the storylines she was featured in over the span of three decades playing the role.  She talked about her first on-screen and real-life kiss with Kin Shriner's "Scotty," her work with Anthony Geary who played "Luke," and her impressions of Jonathan Jackson who played her son "Lucky" in the 1990s. She talked about her work as an actress outside of General Hospital in the theater and on television in such projects as the television movie (and later series) Bare Essence and the miniseries North and South.  She also spoke about her late 80s work on Days of Our Lives, as "Diana Colville," a character that she felt was ill-defined and her early 1990s work on All My Children, as "Ceara Connor," that she found to be a much more well-defined part.  In their joint interview, Francis and Anthony Geary spoke about acting together as "Luke and Laura" and the fan reaction to their appearance at ABC's Super Soap Weekend in 2006.  The interview was conducted by Beth Cochran (Francis alone) and Barrie Nedler (Francis and Geary) on June 14, 2007.

"It's fun to do a soap because there's always a tomorrow, and because you get to grow with a character over the years." 

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Genie Francis on joining the cast General Hospital; on her character Laura; on some of the storylines
Genie Francis on taping her first on-screen kiss (with Kin Shriner) on General Hospital
Genie Francis on the evolution of the Luke and Laura storylines on General Hospital
Genie Francis on joining the cast of All My Children in 1990
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the fan reactions to their General Hospital characters
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early years and desire to become an actress
On joining the cast of General Hospital; on her character Laura; on some of the key storylines
On the evolution of the Luke and Laura storylines on General Hospital

Chapter 2

On leaving General Hospital 
On her acting process
On starring in the TV movie and then short-lived series Bare Essence  (where she met future-husband Jonathan Frakes)
On returning to General Hospital in 1993 and the storylines Laura was in
On her theater work; on the miniseries North and South
On joining the cast of Days of Our Lives in 1987
On joining the cast of All My Children in 1990

Chapter 3

On being forced to leave All My Children to make way for her return to General Hospital
On returning to General Hospital and some of the new storylines she had; on appearing on Roseanne
On her work after leaving General Hospital; on her return to the series in 2006

Chapter 4

On her theatre work; on current projects; on daytime television and her Emmy nominations; how she would like to be remembered

Chapter 5

START OF JOINT INTERVIEW WITH ANTHONY GEARY AND GENIE FRANCIS: Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their working relationship on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the beginning of the "Luke and Laura" storyline phenomenon on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their favorite storylines on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the wedding of "Luke and Laura" on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their favorite General Hospital storylines and their final thoughts on working together
Shows

All My Children

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Genie Francis on joining the cast of All My Children in 1990
Genie Francis on being forced to leave All My Children to make way for her return to General Hospital

Bare Essence

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Genie Francis on starring in the TV movie and then short-lived series Bare Essence

Days of Our Lives

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Genie Francis on joining the cast of Days of Our Lives in 1987

Family

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Genie Francis on her first professional acting job -- a guest role on Family

General Hospital

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Genie Francis on joining the cast General Hospital; on her character Laura; on some of the storylines
Genie Francis on taping her first on-screen kiss (with Kin Shriner) on General Hospital
Genie Francis on the evolution of the Luke and Laura storylines on General Hospital
Genie Francis on leaving General Hospital
Genie Francis on being forced to leave All My Children to make way for her return to General Hospital
Genie Francis on returning to General Hospital and some of the new storylines she had; on leaving the series in 2002
Genie Francis on her work after leaving General Hospital; on her return to the series in 2006
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their working relationship on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the beginning of the "Luke and Laura" storyline phenomenon on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their favorite storylines on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the wedding of "Luke and Laura" on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the fan reactions to their General Hospital characters
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the remarriage of "Luke and Laura" for their 25th anniversary on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on their favorite General Hospital storylines and their final thoughts on working together

North and South

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Genie Francis on appearing in the miniseries North and South

Roseanne

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Genie Francis briefly on her and Anthony Geary's guest appearance on Roseanne
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the beginning of the "Luke and Laura" storyline phenomenon on General Hospital

We Celebrated

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Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the wedding of "Luke and Laura" on General Hospital
Professions

Actress

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Genie Francis on being an adolescent TV performer
Genres

Daytime/Primetime Serials

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Genie Francis on taping her first on-screen kiss (with Kin Shriner) on General Hospital
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the wedding of "Luke and Laura" on General Hospital
People

Denise Alexander

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Genie Francis on working with General Hospital co-star Denise Alexander

Kirstie Alley

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Genie Francis on appearing in the miniseries North and South

Jonathan Frakes

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Genie Francis on starring in the TV movie and then short-lived series Bare Essence
Genie Francis on appearing in the miniseries North and South

Ivor Francis

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Genie Francis on her early years and desire to become an actress

Anthony Geary

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Genie Francis on the evolution of the Luke and Laura storylines on General Hospital

Douglas Marland

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Genie Francis on some of the General Hospital storylines created by Douglas Marland

Gloria Monty

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Genie Francis on working with General Hospital producer Gloria Monty
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the beginning of the "Luke and Laura" storyline phenomenon on General Hospital

Tristan Rogers

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Genie Francis on the evolution of the Luke and Laura storylines on General Hospital

Kin Shriner

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Genie Francis on working with General Hospital co-star Kin Shriner
Genie Francis on taping her first on-screen kiss (with Kin Shriner) on General Hospital

Elizabeth Taylor

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Anthony Geary and Genie Francis on the wedding of "Luke and Laura" on General Hospital

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