One Night Only! A Conversation with Emmy-Winning “General Hospital” Icon Genie Francis


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Class Time:
Class Days: Sunday, August 16th. (One Night Only)
Date Class Begins: Aug 16, 2020
Class Length: 60 Minutes

Dreams really do come true! If you would have asked us at Dramaversity who was at the top of our wish list to have as a special guest, the first name would have always been Genie Francis.

Dramaversity is inviting you to take part in a ONE NIGHT ONLY conversation with Icon and Television star Genie Francis. Genie will share her story for the first 20 minutes with Host William Keck and Dramaversity founder Scot Pankey, then for the last 40 minutes we will open it up for the attendees to have the chance to speak to Genie LIVE and ask her questions you’ve been dying to ask. This LIVE VIRTUAL call is limited select lucky participants. Buy your ticket to the event TODAY!

In 2007, beloved television icon Genie Francis, the daughter of two actors, was awarded a Daytime Emmy for her outstanding portrayal of Laura Webber Baldwin Spencer Cassadine etc., etc, etc… It is a role she first began playing in 1977 that won her instant stardom. Her character’s infamous 1981 TV wedding to Tony Geary’s Luke Spencer was viewed by 30 million people, making it the highest-rated hour in soap opera history.

Genie left the series in 1982 to star in a series of other television projects, including the primetime soap, Bare Essence, and the hugely-popular 1985 miniseries North and South. She would reprise her role as Southern belle Brett Main Hazard in two follow-up North and South chapters. What makes these two projects extra special for Genie is that they introduced her to her husband, actor/director (and previous Dramaversity acting teacher) Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation), whom she married in 1988.

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, con artist Ceara Connor Hunter on both All My Children and Loving, and Genevieve Atkinson on The Young & the Restless, which reunited her with former General Hospital co-star Tristan Rogers.

In 2004, Francis appeared in the films Teacher’s Pet and Thunderbirds before returning to General Hospital in 2006 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Luke and Laura’s wedding. In 2007 she had a starring role in the Hallmark Channel movie, The Note, which earned her critical acclaim, and a pair of sequels, Taking a Chance on Love and Notes from the Heart Healer.

In January 2013, executive producer Frank Valentini confirmed that Francis would return to General Hospital, and in 2015 she returned to stay. And her fans could not be more happy.

Aside from acting, Francis also owned a store called The Cherished Home in Belfast, Maine, which sold cottage furnishings and home accessories. She and Jonathan are the parents of two wonderful children.


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William Keck

Since 2014, William Keck has produced the celebrity segments for Hallmark

Channel’s daily Home & Family daytime lifestyle/talk show. During this time he

produced several popular cast reunions of classic TV shows, which is one

of his passions. Prior to that, William was a Senior Editor and columnist for TV Guide

Magazine and the West Coast Celebrity Reporter for USA Today. He has moderated

dozens of TV cast panels, including many for the Paley Center, SAG-AFTRA and San Diego

Comic-Con. Follow William on Instagram @thewilliamkeck and on Twitter @WilliamAKeck.

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