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Genie Francis Is Coming Back to GENERAL HOSPITAL!


Laura hasn’t been seen in Port Charles in months, but Genie Francis is on her way back to GENERAL HOSPITAL, so we’ll be seeing the mayor back in action before we know it! Laura was last seen back on July 15 when she decided to leave town and fly to Italy to help her mother, Lesley, after learning her home had burned down.

This exit was simply a way for the soap to write in Francis’ annual summer vacation, and judging from some photos she shared on Twitter, she’s been really enjoying herself! “We took up biking this summer,” Francis reported of how she and husband Jonathan Frakes got around Maine during her break. She also enjoyed some gardening, as well! “I will miss my bike and my tomatoes,” she added.

This means that Francis will soon be flying back to Los Angeles and the GH studio to bring Laura home to Port Charles. And just in time, too, because there is a lot of drama she’s missed during her absence! With The Hook running around town trying to kill people, she’ll definitely want to bring the criminal to justice.

Genie Francis summer 2022
Francis enjoyed fun in the sun with her hubby at home in Maine!Twitter

“Laura has been away from Port Charles for a while, but that does not mean she is out of the loop,” headwriters Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor previewed to Soap Opera Digest. “She’s a hero and she’ll be called upon to do her heroic best when the time arrives.” Hopefully, to stop The Hook’s rampage! 

The role of Laura Webber was originally played by Stacy Baldwin from 1974-76, but it was when Francis took over in 1977 that the character became a daytime legend! After leaving in the 80s, the actress found success in primetime but also returned to soaps to appear on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and ALL MY CHILDREN. Francis returned to GH in 1993, but exited again in 2002. Following a run on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS from 2011-12, she once again reprised the role of Laura in 2013, though only for a brief time. In 2015, she came back again as part of Anthony Geary’s final storyline as Luke, and signed another contract to remain on the soap.

While we’re happy to see that Francis enjoyed her time off during the summer, we’re just as happy to anticipate Laura’s return to Port Charles and all the drama and excitement that will bring. Welcome back!

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