Fans were as surprised as Curtis when he encountered his mom on the other side and immediately had many questions, primarily, who played Curtis’ mother on GENERAL HOSPITAL? Well, for her special appearance in the July 13 episode of the soap, Irene Ashford was played by actress Cheryl Francis Harrington.
GH isn’t even Harrington’s daytime debut — that was back in 2008 when she played Nurse Sherry on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. And in fact, the actress has appeared in Port Charles before! Back in April 2015, she played a Child Protective Services agent named Doreen Zupan, who arrived with Morgan and Kiki to take custody of Avery away from Michael.
Viewers might have also recognized Harrington from one of her numerous other roles in film and television. Launching her showbiz career back in the 80s, she’s worked regularly in the years that followed, with roles on shows like QUANTUM LEAP, L.A. LAW, SEINFELD, CHICAGO HOPE, DIAGNOSIS MURDER, BOSTON PUBLIC, NYPD BLUE, CRIMINAL MINDS, GREY’S ANATOMY, JANE THE VIRGIN, and BEL-AIR.
Harrington also voiced the character of Ms. Mambo Garcelle on the FOX/WB animated series THE PJs from 1999-2001 and can be seen in movies like American Tragedy, Domino, and Dolemite Is My Name.
This time on GH, Harrington played the role of Curtis’ late mother, Irene. Previously mentioned by Curtis and Marshall, Irene finally appeared on screen to welcome her son to the other side as he was fighting for his life while undergoing surgery. She urged him to come with her to see his brother, Tommy, but Curtis kept hearing TJ urging him to fight for Trina and Portia. Irene was eager to meet her granddaughter but soon realized that Curtis would not be coming with her today. She assured him that they would be together in the future, and vanished.
Might Curtis have future visions of his mother? Or perhaps Harrington could find herself cast in yet another new role on GH? Keep watching!
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