Jennifer Smith (General Hospital)
|General Hospital character|
|Portrayed by||Sally Struthers (2002)
Roseanne Arnold (1994)
Lisa Marie (1980)
|Last appearance||February 23, 2002|
Jennifer Smith is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. She is the daughter of notorious mobster, Frank Smith, and known for her broken engagement with Luke Spencer. Lisa Marie portrayed the character in 1980, Roseanne Arnold in 1994, and Sally Struthers in February 2002.
The role of Jennifer Smith was originated by actress and model Lisa Marie, in 1980. Shortly after, the character was written out of the show. In 1994, Jennifer returned to the canvass, portrayed by comedienne and Roseanne star Roseanne Arnold. Arnold, who is a fan of the series, appeared with her then-husband Tom Arnold, for three episodes in late March 1994. In return, Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, who portray Luke Spencer and Laura Webber, appeared in an episode of Arnold's sitcom, Roseanne. The role was played by All in the Family actress Sally Struthers for 10 episodes in 2002. Struthers said of Jennifer's return, "Needless to say, Jennifer has a few issues with Luke and Laura. She has some unfinished business."
In 1980, Jennifer Smith was in love with Luke Spencer. Luke was only involved with Jennifer to gain control of her father's, Frank Smith non mob related businesses. Laura Webber was jealous of their relationship. Luke and Jennifer decided to get married. Their wedding was going to be held on a yacht. Scott Baldwin discovered that Luke had raped Laura. He found his way on to the yacht and attacked Luke. Luke fell overboard and was presumed dead. He was not. He swam to a dock where Laura was waiting for him. They ran off together. After Franck was put in jail, Jennifer disappeared. She was later said to be in Europe.
In 1994, Luke and Laura ran into Jennifer and her husband, Billy "Baggs" Boggs in Atlantic City. It was clear that Jennifer had never gotten over Luke because she kept flirting with him. Billy was also attracted to Laura. Luke and Laura got away when they threatened to expose theft charges against Jennifer and Billy. If they were exposed, Jennifer would go to prison.
In 2002, Jennifer kidnapped Luke and Laura. She wanted Luke to marry her. She said if he didn't, she would kill Laura. She wanted Laura's death to be a wedding present to her. Roy DiLucca posed as the priest for the ceremony and Felicia Jones posed as his wife. Roy and Felicia helped Luke and Laura escape without harm.
The Milwaukee Journal said of the Luke and Jennifer's wedding scenes being interrupted by the 1980 Republican convention, "A soap fan's worst nightmare." The high profile appearances by Arnold and Struthers have gained significant critical attention. For their appearances as Jennifer, both actresses were named as some of the best General Hospital cameos of all time. Arnold is regarded not only as one of General Hospital's best guest stars, but one of the best celebrity appearances, in soap opera history.
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