Leslie Charleson

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Leslie Charleson
Leslie Charleson 1967.JPG
Charleson in 1967
Born (1945-02-22) February 22, 1945 (age 69)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Bill Demms (April 1, 1988–1991)
(divorced)

Leslie Charleson (born February 22, 1945) is an American actress. Charleson has portrayed Dr. Monica Quartermaine on the ABC soap opera General Hospital since 1977.

Biography[edit]

Charleson was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Her sister is actress Kate Charleson, who passed away in 1996. Her career began on short-lived soap A Flame in the Wind in 1964. In 1967, she was an original cast member of Love is a Many Splendored Thing. She played Iris Donnelly Garrison and was a part of a highly popular love triangle [1] with David Birney and Donna Mills.

In 1976, Charleson appeared in the pilot for the Quinn Martin TV crime show Most Wanted, but neither she nor costar Tom Selleck were kept on for the series.[2]

In 1977, Fred Silverman, then President of ABC, asked her to join the serial General Hospital, which at that time was near the bottom of the ratings and near cancellation.[3] Charleson replaced Patsy Rahn as Monica Webber, a doctor caught between her husband Jeff Webber and his back-from-the-dead brother, her true love Rick Webber.[4]

In February 2007, she protested the firing of her on-screen husband Stuart Damon who played her character's second husband Dr. Alan Quartermaine, telling the press that she was not happy with the decisions of the producers and that all the actors on the show over 40 were worried about their own fate.[5]

Roles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schemering, Christopher (1987). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. New York: Ballentine. p. 150. ISBN 345-35344-7 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  2. ^ Etter, Jonathan. Quinn Martin, Producer. Jefferson: McFarland, 2003.
  3. ^ Schemering, Christopher (1987). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. New York: Ballentine. p. 117. ISBN 345-35344-7 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  4. ^ Schemering, Christopher (1987). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. New York: Ballentine. p. 117. ISBN 345-35344-7 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  5. ^ "General Hospital Heartbreak". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. pp. 1–2. 

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