Emily McLaughlin

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Emily McLaughlin
1973 10th Anniversary General Hospital.jpg
McLaughlin and John Beradino (left) at the 10th anniversary of General Hospital, 1973
Born (1930-12-01)December 1, 1930
White Plains, New York, United States
Died April 26, 1991(1991-04-26) (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Robert Lansing (1956-1968) 1 Child
Jeffrey Hunter (1969-1969) (his death)

Emily McLaughlin (December 1, 1930 - April 26, 1991) was an American actress known for her long-standing role as Nurse Jessie Brewer on the soap opera General Hospital.

Early life[edit]

She was born in White Plains, New York, where her father was mayor. She was educated at Middlebury College.


She was married to actor Robert Lansing from 1956 to 1968, with whom she had a son. After their divorce, she married actor Jeffrey Hunter in February 1969. Three months after they married, Hunter died of a brain haemorrhage on May 27 at the age of 42.


She played Doris on "The Twilight Zone": Season 3, Episode 12. "The Jungle" (1 Dec. 1961). From 1963 to 1991, she starred in the soap opera General Hospital as Nurse Jessie Brewer, the trusted confidant to John Beradino's lead character, Dr. Steve Hardy.

Her character in General Hospital was seen less and less during the 1980s. Although she wanted the steady work and to keep her job, her failing health made it difficult. She was eventually demoted to day-player status, but still retained her billing at the top of the cast crawl. Towards the end of her life, she was only shown on the serial a few times a year, with her last appearance on the show aired on February 13, 1991 [1] when Jessie attended the funeral of a character, Dawn Winthrop . At 9:54 a.m. April 26, 1991, she died from cancer at age 60.

After her death, co-star John Beradino announced at the end of a General Hospital episode that Emily McLaughlin had died. However, the character Jessie Brewer was never written out of or referred to; she simply disappeared without explanation. Not until years later, during an anniversary episode, did Dr. Steve Hardy mention that Jessie had died.

Emily is interred next to Jeffrey Hunter in the Glen Haven Memorial Park cemetery in Sylmar, California.

Emily had an adopted daughter, [2] Mary Ann Anderson, who wrote and published Portrait of A Soap Star: the Emily McLaughlin Story.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Don Keefer, “Emily McLaughlin’s Life Story”. Afternoon TV. September 1975, pp. 48–61.


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