Tracy Quartermaine remains a fan-favorite on GENERAL HOSPITAL even though the character hasn’t been seen since 2017. Jane Elliot originated the character back in 1978 and has played Tracy on and off over the years leading up to her 2017 retirement. Although in 1989 she took maternity leave and was temporarily replaced with soap actress Christine Jones (Janice, ANOTHER WORLD; Catsy, RYAN’S HOPE; Pamela, ONE LIFE TO LIVE). In 1996, Elliot even crossed the character over to ABC sister soap THE CITY where she remained until its cancellation in 1997. She returned to GH in 2003 and remained until her 2017 departure. But fans were elated to learn that the actress would be coming out of retirement to reprise her role in December of 2019.
Tracy is the spoiled daughter of Edward and Lila Quartermaine and has two children of her own: Ned Ashton and Dillon Quartermaine. Ned also gave her a granddaughter, Brook Lynn Ashton. When Tracy first appeared in Port Charles, she immediately feuded with her brother’s wife, Monica Quartermaine, and tried to prove that her son wasn’t Alan Quartermaine’s but Rick Webber’s. Edward was furious with her scheming and faked a heart attack to test her loyalty. Sadly, Tracy withheld his medication, and Edward denounced her as his daughter.
In 1989, Tracy came home again needing her mother’s help. She was stunned to discover that her son, Ned, was having an affair with Monica. But the Quartermaine family was thrown into turmoil when it was believed Edward had died in a plane crash. (Thankfully, he hadn’t!) Tracy grew closer to first husband, Larry Ashton, but eventually threw him out and fell for Paul Hornsby. Unfortunately, he left her and their newborn son, Dillon, to be with Jenny Eckert. In a rage, Tracy hit Jenny with her car and the young woman blackmailed her into divorcing Paul. Forced to vacate the Quartermaine mansion, Tracy refused to share custody with Paul and took Dillon with her to Europe.
Tracy returned with a vengeance in 1996, hoping to steal the family company from her son, but failed and ended up moving to New York City where she ended up marrying a gangster, Gino Soleito. Upon his death, she inherited his business, becoming the new “Godmother.”
In 2003, Tracy brought her now-teenaged son, Dillon, home with her, and immediately clashed with Skye over who was the real Quartermaine heir. Luke Spencer tricked Tracy into marrying him so he could get his hands on her money, but she began to actually have feelings for him, which got complicated when his great love, Laura Spencer, came out of a catatonic state. Tracy also had a brief stay in Shadybrook when she was caught having conversations with her dead brother, Alan.
Despite Laura’s return, Luke chose to remain with Tracy, and she only agreed to remarry him if he signed a prenup so she’d know their union was for love and not money. He did, but after the ceremony, Tracy burned it in the fireplace. Anthony Zacchara blackmailed Tracy into marriage, and Luke agreed to help her get rid of the mobster.
Following Edward’s death, Tracy struggled to maintain control of ELQ and ended up involved in a ridiculous battle with A.J. over Pickle Lila, the family relish recipe. Luke and Tracy finally split for good when she wouldn’t take him back and he left town. After Luke suffered through some mental problems, Laura came back into his life and he left Tracy for another adventure with his ex-wife. Tracy ran into Paul Hornsby again and rekindled their relationship which made things awkward when Luke returned and wanted her back. Eventually, Luke left Port Charles for good and Tracy broke up with Paul after finding him in bed with Ava Jerome. Suffering severe headaches, Tracy learned she had brain cancer and after recovering, was horrified to learn that Paul was the serial killer stalking the hospital.
A painting that Edward had left to Tracy brought Samira Adin to Port Charles hoping to acquire it in order to sell it and use the money to save her daughter from human traffickers. Samira’s claims that her mother was close with Edward led Tracy to wonder if they were sisters but DNA tests proved it was all a big scam so Tracy paid Samira off to leave town. Then, Tracy sold the painting herself in order to fund the next chapter of her life, which she decided would not be in Port Charles. She was later seen making a fresh start with Luke in Amsterdam.
Tracy strolled through the front doors of the Quartermaine mansion at Christmas, 2019, and was stunned to find that the place had gotten a major makeover! Stay tuned to see what really brought Tracy home for a visit and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.