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GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Emma Samms Is Recovering From Bell’s Palsy


Please join us in sending healing thoughts and best wishes to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Emma Samms, who is suffering from Bell’s Palsy. The actress, who rose to fame in the ‘80s playing Holly Sutton on the soap, shared the news on her Twitter page. “So,” she wrote. “For the past week I’ve had a thing called Bell’s Palsy. I have a wonky smile, am in slight danger of dribbling a cup of tea and can’t close my eye. Not the end of the world. Trying to style it out with the eyepatch.”

Bell’s Palsy is a form of temporary facial paralysis resulting from damage or trauma to the facial nerves. It can affect eye blinking and closing, facial expressions, and also tear and saliva glands. It affects tens of thousands of people every year, both men and women equally. Thankfully, the condition is treatable. In fact, many cases are so mild that they go away on their own in a couple weeks.

Samms also revealed on Twitter that she’s already been to the doctor and is receiving treatment. “Almost always goes away entirely, apparently,” she reported. “I’m on the steroids and various other meds, so I’m sure all will be well.”

GH Luke, Lulu, Holly, and Laura - JPI

Samms most recently appeared on GH in 2015 as part of Anthony Geary’s final storyline as Luke. (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/

In fact, Samms also assured GH fans that she will still be attending the GH Fantasy event on May 6 in Boston along with fellow vets Genie Francis (Laura), Lynn Herring (Lucy), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Finola Hughes (Anna), Ian Buchanan (ex-Duke), and Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie). “I’m absolutely fine,” she insisted. “Looking forward to meeting everyone.”

And the Bell’s Palsy also didn’t affect her return to the UK soap DOCTORS, where she is going to be reprising her role of Amanda that she played back in 2005. “Don’t worry,” she assured her fans. “It didn’t start until after I’d finished filming. Phew!

“Thank you so much for your good wishes, supportive words, and helpful tips,” Samms shared with her fans. “I’m definitely on the mend and what will be will be. There are bigger things to worry about than a wonky smile!”

We love that she’s maintained her sense of humor and positive outlook, and hope she’s feeling better very soon! For more on your favorite GH stars — past and present — keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!

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