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GH’s Leslie Charleson Shares Fond Memories of Stuart Damon

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August 17 marked the 45th anniversary of Leslie Charleson’s first day at GENERAL HOSPITAL taking over the role of Monica Quartermaine from Patsy Rahn. And while she initially signed on for three years, the actress has now spent over four decades in Port Charles. And during that time, she and co-star Stuart Damon made Alan and Monica one of the soap’s most popular couples.

Damon was on GH for 30 years himself, so Charleson has plenty of wonderful memories of her late friend, which can make it hard to pick just one that stands out above any others. “There were so many good times,” she admitted to Soap Opera Digest. “I guess I would have to say when we worked with David Lewis (Edward) and Anna Lee (Lila) and it was like The Little Foxes

“The cat and mouse games that Alan and Monica played with and against each other were a lot of fun for us,” she continued. “We had a hard time not busting out laughing sometimes. Stuart and I were so good at playing off of each other, too.”

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A rare moment of happiness for the Quartermaine family.Cathy Blaivas/ABC via Getty Images

Of course, it wasn’t all fun and games with some storylines over the years taking heartbreaking and dramatic turns. “Of course, working with him on the breast cancer storyline, there was so much trust there all the time,” Charleson revealed. “ With him opposite me, I felt like I could do anything. And personally, we were great friends. We were also brutally honest with each other, and boy, could he make me laugh! He could also make me believe just about anything! He loved getting the better of me. Most of all I miss his hugs. He gave the best hugs.”

That chemistry came through on screen making Alan and Monica’s tumultuous relationship a major hit with viewers. “No matter what they’d gone through,” Charleson said of the pair, “they always found their way back to each other. They were each others’ one great love.”

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