In the quest for the truth about his past, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Franco tried going to his birth parents, but they were no help. However, his adoptive mother, Betsy Frank, held the answers he sought. If you’re confused about Franco’s family lineage, don’t worry, you’re not alone! And if you’re thinking that Betsy didn’t look the same as the first time she appeared on GH, you’re right, because actress Deborah Strang took over in 2017. She reprised the role again in 2022 on the anniversary of her son’s death.
Nurse Elizabeth “Betsy” Frank was introduced in July of 2010 during the highly-publicized run of actor James Franco, who originated the role of the obsessive artist Franco on the soap. The role at the time was played by the actor’s real-life mother, Betsy Franco. The obsessed artist had stolen Lucky and Liz’s son, Aiden, from the hospital and tried to give the baby to her as a way of apologizing for being such a terrible child. Betsy managed to convince Franco that she loved him and Dante Falconeri persuaded Betsy to give Aiden back to his parents.
Betsy returned for an appearance in 2013 when she was questioned regarding Kiki Jerome’s whereabouts. (At the time, Kiki was believed to be Franco’s daughter, originally named Lauren.) Betsy denied having any contact with the girl and accused Ava Jerome of keeping her from Franco. In 2014, she was once again questioned, this time about where Franco could be hiding with Nina Reeves and the baby she had abducted from Ava.
In 2018, Franco tracked down his adoptive mother again to ask about his mysterious past. Betsy claimed Drew Cain had died, but eventually revealed that she had sent him away after Franco had pushed him down a flight of stairs when he was three. As Franco and Drew both investigated their past together, they were surprised to learn that Jim Harvey was dating her while they were children. She then seemed to disappear and Curtis Ashford and Jordan Ashford discovered that Jim had been keeping her captive! While recovering in the hospital, Betsy finally told Drew the shocking truth that Jim had molested Franco when he was a child. Once Drew had taken care of Jim — permanently — Franco considered confronting Betsy for allowing that monster into their lives, but reconsidered seeing how frail his mother was.
In 2022, Besty’s name came up again when Liz suspected that she could possibly be behind the mysterious note signed “B” and the weird things that had been going on reminding her of Franco. After calling her and asking to speak, Liz was surprised when Betsy revealed she was already in Port Charles again. She admitted she knew Liz was moving on with another man and was pleased to hear that Franco’s murderer, Peter August, was now dead. Betsy also noted that the anniversary of Franco’s death was approaching.
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