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GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Susan Brown Dead at 86

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Veteran actress Susan Brown, best known for playing Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin on GENERAL HOSPITAL, has died at the age of 86. “Sad to say one of my best friends and co-stars, Susan Brown, passed away today,” Kin Shriner (Scotty) reported on Twitter. “She played Gail Baldwin, my mother. RIP, Susan. I will miss all our laughs.”

Brown first joined the soap in 1977, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress just two years later in 1979. While she left GH in 1985, Brown continued to make occasional appearances before returning in 1992 on a recurring basis. Gail and Lee Baldwin were also part of the core family on the GH spin-off PORT CHARLES, and Brown and Peter Hansen could be seen making appearances on both shows. Their final episode of GH was in 2004 for a special hour honoring the late Anna Lee, who played Lila Quartermaine.

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Susan Brown and Peter Hansen in a promo photo circa 1977. (Photo Credit: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

In addition to GH and PC, Brown also appeared as Janet Lane on SANTA BARBARA and Adelaide Fitzgibbons on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Earlier in her career, she had roles on the short-lived serials THE YOUNG MARRIEDS, BRIGHT PROMISE, and RETURN TO PETYON PLACE.

Brown could also be seen in primetime series like KOJAK, MARCUS WELBY, M.D., BARNEY MILLER, and FRASIER. She was also a regular cast member of the short-lived ABC legal drama, MARIAH, in 1987.

But Brown will always be beloved to GH fans for playing Gail Baldwin over the years. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.

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