Great news for soap fans — Genie Francis is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Laura! After her exit in January when Laura left to take care of Spencer in Europe, viewers have been eagerly awaiting news of her return to Port Charles. And now the actress is back at the soap’s studio and ready to get back to work! “Look at the beautiful flowers and balloons that were in my dressing room when I returned to work at GH!” she exclaimed on Twitter. “A special thank you to the #GenieIsGH fans!”
Back in August, Francis confirmed her return to the soap by showing off the new contract she signed with GH. “Laura is back,” the actress tweeted with a photo of the momentous occasion. “Starting another new chapter in my GH journey. Thank you to all my fans!”
“I’m really excited for Genie to be rejoining the cast and we have an amazing story for her,” GH executive producer Frank Valentini told TV Insider. Unfortunately, fans shouldn’t expect to see Laura back in Port Charles until the end of the summer or early fall. “I’m headed to Maine for the next month and then, after that, I’m back at GH,” Francis admitted to the site in a statement. “I’m looking forward to coming home and I am really excited about this new invigorating storyline they have for Laura — I look forward to the next chapter of this prolific and historic character.”
Francis took over the role of Laura from Stacey Baldwin in 1977 and the character quickly became a daytime legend with Luke and Laura’s wedding proving to be a milestone in daytime television. She has come and gone numerous times over the years, and every time Laura returns to town, it’s a cause for celebration. And since Laura left town shortly after tying the knot with Kevin Collins, she’s going to get quite a shock when she returns to find her hubby replaced by his evil twin, Ryan Chamberlain!
So stay tuned to see what happens when Laura returns to the canvas, and for more GH casting news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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