Genie Francis

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Genie Francis Frakes
Genie Francis 2013.jpg
Francis in 2013
BornEugenie Ann Francis
(1962-05-26) May 26, 1962 (age 51)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s)Jonathan Frakes (m. 1988)
Children2
 
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Genie Francis Frakes
Genie Francis 2013.jpg
Francis in 2013
BornEugenie Ann Francis
(1962-05-26) May 26, 1962 (age 51)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s)Jonathan Frakes (m. 1988)
Children2

Eugenie Ann "Genie" Francis Frakes (born May 26, 1962) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Laura Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital.

Early life[edit]

Francis was born in Englewood, New Jersey.[1] Her father, Ivor Francis,[1] a Canadian actor of English descent,[citation needed] died in 1986 from the effects of multiple strokes. He played a brief role on General Hospital as an adoption counselor when his daughter was also on the show. Her mother, Rosemary Daley, is a former actress/model of Lithuanian descent.[citation needed] Genie has an older brother, Ivor Jr.; a younger brother, Kenneth; and an older half-sister, Shelley, from her father's first marriage.

Career[edit]

Francis' best-known role, that of Laura Spencer on General Hospital, would bring her instant stardom in the late 1970s. The television couple of Luke and Laura wed on November 17, 1981, with 30 million viewers tuning in to make the episode the highest-rated hour in soap opera history.[2] At the peak of her success, Francis left the show in 1982 to try her hand at prime-time television. Soon afterward, she landed a starring role in her own series, Bare Essence, which was unsuccessful. She returned to General Hospital in 1983 for a limited run, to coincide with the departure of Luke when Geary decided to leave the series.

Through the years, Francis has appeared on numerous other daytime soaps. She starred on Days of our Lives as Diana Colville from 1987 to 1989 and on All My Children as con artist and incest victim Ceara Connor Hunter from 1990 to 1992. She reprised her role as Ceara on Loving in November 1991. She then returned to General Hospital in 1993. In 1994, when Francis became pregnant with her first child, the pregnancy was written into the show and she took six weeks off for maternity leave. However in early 1997, when she was pregnant again, she took a much longer absence from the show, staying away for nearly a year and a half. Francis abruptly left General Hospital in 2002 due to contract issues.

In June 2006, Francis began negotiating with the casting directors on the show to return to the role of Laura Spencer for a limited run through November. She returned with spectacular fanfare to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Luke and Laura's wedding. Though she reprised the role for only one month, Francis' stint garnered her a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which she won in June 2007. Francis later returned to General Hospital again in August 2008 to reprise her role, appearing until November 12.

In December 2007, Francis had a starring role in the Hallmark Channel movie, The Note, which earned her critical acclaim.[3]

On January 31, 2009, Francis reprised her role of Peyton MacGruder in the Hallmark Channel movie, Taking a Chance on Love. (The Note II).

In March 2011, it was announced that Francis would join The Young and the Restless as Genevieve Atkinson, the long-absent birth mother of Cane Ashby. With her appearance, she was reunited with former General Hospital co-star Tristan Rogers, who portrayed Colin Atkinson, Cane's estranged biological father. She received her second Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Genevieve in May 2012.

On September 13, 2012, it was announced that Francis had been let go from her role on The Young and the Restless due to budget cuts.[4]

On January 8, 2013, executive producer Frank Valentini and Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Francis would return to General Hospital, first airing on February 11.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Francis met actor/director Jonathan Frakes while filming the television miniseries Bare Essence. After meeting again during the filming of the miniseries North and South, Francis and Frakes started dating in 1985. They became engaged in 1986 and married on May 28, 1988. The couple has two children, Jameson Ivor Frakes, born in 1994, and Elizabeth Francis Frakes, born in 1997. They moved from Belfast, Maine, to Beverly Hills, California, in 2008 and later moved to Calabasas, California.[citation needed]

Other projects[edit]

Francis owned a store called The Cherished Home.[6] It is located at 31 Searsport Avenue, Belfast, Maine 04915, and they also sell items online. The store sells cottage furnishings and home accessories. Francis sold the store in the fall of 2012, due to her workload on The Young and the Restless. The store closed in August 2012.

In May 2007, Francis began appearing in magazine advertisements as a spokesperson for the Medifast Diet, claiming she lost 30 pounds as of December 2007 using the diet.

In November 2009, Francis along with her brothers, Ivor Jr. and Kenneth released It's Christmas Time Again. They decided to donate a part of all record sales to the Children's Mission in Cuernavaca. Francis decided to donate all of her proceeds/sales to this mission. This endeavor was a project involving various members of her family.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985North and SouthBrett Main HazardTelevision miniseries
1986North and South: Book IIBrett Main HazardTelevision miniseries
1994Heaven and Hell: North and South Book IIIBrett Main HazardTelevision miniseries
1994Camp NowhereMrs. Spiegel
1995Terror in the ShadowsSarah
2004ThunderbirdsUnnamed Newscaster
2007The NotePeyton MacGruderTelevision film
2009Taking a Chance on LovePeyton MacGruderTelevision film
2011Notes from the Heart HealerPeyton MacGruderTelevision film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1976–1982,
1983, 1984,
1993–2002,
2006, 2008, 2013
General HospitalLaura WebberContract role
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Soapy Award for Outstanding Actress (1981)
Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile Actress in a Daytime Series (1981)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for America's Favorite Couple (shared with Anthony Geary)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated — Soapy Award for Outstanding Actress (1980)
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Juvenile in a Daytime Series (1980, 1982)
1981FridaysHerself/Co-HostSpecial guest appearance with Anthony Geary
1982–83Bare EssencePatricia 'Tyger' HayesSeries regular, 11 episodes
1984, 1986, 1990Murder, She WroteVictoria3 episodes
1987–89Days of our LivesDiana ColvilleContract role
1990–92All My ChildrenCeara Connor HunterContract role
1991LovingCeara Connor Hunter2 episodes
1995Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanAmber LakeEpisode: "Don't Tug on Superman's Cape"
1997The Incredible HulkBetty RossVoice, 6 episodes
20003rd Rock from the SunGwen McMichaelEpisode: "Gwen, Larry, Dick & Mary"
2000Oh, BabyRachelEpisode: "Image"
2000RoswellMotherEpisode: "Destiny"
2011Bar KarmaWaitressEpisode: "Three Times a Lady"
2011–12The Young and the RestlessGenevieve AtkinsonContract role
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Young Artist Awards
YearAwardWorkResult
1980Young Artist Awards for Best Juvenile Actress in a Daytime SeriesGeneral HospitalNominated
1981Won
1982Nominated
Soapy Awards
YearAwardWorkResult
1980Soapy Award for Outstanding ActressGeneral HospitalNominated
1981Won
Soap Opera Digest Awards
YearAwardWorkResult
1997Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime DramaGeneral HospitalNominated
Daytime Emmy Awards
YearAwardWorkResult
1997Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalNominated
2002Daytime Emmy Award for America's Favorite Couple - (shared with Anthony Geary)Nominated
2007Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
2012The Young and the RestlessNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alexander, Rodi (2007-11-28). "Genie Francis Returns To The Tube in 'The Note'". The Independent (East Hampton). "Genie's first break into show business came about when her father Ivor (who was a renowned stage actor) decided he wanted to be a film actor. He packed up the family, left Englewood, and headed to California." 
  2. ^ Lang, Derrik J. (2008-07-11). "Laura to return to 'General Hospital'". Associated Press. 
  3. ^ 1
  4. ^ Lynette Rice (14 September 20accessdate=7 November 2012). "Genie Francis out of 'Young and the Restless'". EW.com. 
  5. ^ "Genie Francis returns to 'General Hospital' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Lynette Rice. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.thecherishedhome.com/

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