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On this day in history - Genie Francis made her debut as Lauara Vining on 'General Hospital', a character later known as Laura Spencer. On February 8, 1977, Francis made her way to the screens as Laura Viving, taking over the role from Stacey Baldwin.
Laura is a fictional character from the ABC daytime sudser, who was originally played by Stacey Baldwin. The character was introduced in 1974 as the illegitimate daughter of Dr. Lesley Williams [Denise Alexander]. The character was written out in the summer of 1976. In early 1977, Genie Francis took over the role of the rebellious teenage Laura. In 1978, the character's popularity skyrocketed in the late 1970s and early 1980s due to her pairings with Scott Baldwin [Kin Shriner] and Luke Spencer [Anthony Geary] - the latter of the two becoming the defining Supercouple for the soap opera genre. Luke and Laura's 1981 wedding,which featured a guest appearance from Elizabeth Taylor was viewed by 30 million people. In 1982, Francis quit the show and the character was written out having disappeared. Francis returned to the series for brief stints in 1983 to reunite Luke and Laura, and then again in 1984 when Laura was revealed to be pregnant. She has since then return on and off. Her most recent pairing is with Dr. Kevin Collins [Jon Lindstrom].
Check out the video which shows Laura from her earlier set of episodes in 1977 and check out the throwback pics below!
Happy 40th anniversary Genie Francis!