Ames in 1973.
November 2, 1929
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Years active||1951-2007, 2009, 2013, 2015|
|Spouse(s)||Jack Genung (1952-19??) (1 child)
(1968-2012, his death) (1 child)
|Children||Christine Cahill (b. 1970)
Born Rachel Foulger, Ames is the daughter of actress (and later college drama instructor) Dorothy Adams and actor Byron Foulger. Ames attended University High School and UCLA after she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. In the early years of her acting career, she was credited as Judith Ames.
Ames is the longest-running performer on ABC's daytime serial, General Hospital, playing Audrey Hardy, R.N. from 1964 to 2007. She also played Audrey Hardy on the General Hospital spin-off series Port Charles. Her contract was not renewed for General Hospital in 2003, but she still appeared as a recurring character from 2003 until 2007, and made a brief appearance in 2009. On February 13, 2013 Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) announced on Katie that Ames returned to the show on March 29, 2013. She returned for a brief scene on October 30, 2015.
Ames has been nominated three times for a Daytime Emmy Award as "Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama" for her role on General Hospital, and in 2004, was given a "Lifetime Achievement Award" Emmy. In 1997, she appeared on ABC's special two-hour primetime preview of new daytime series Port Charles, a spin-off of the long-running Emmy winning hit General Hospital. Ames played her signature role of Audrey Hardy. Ames has also had dozens of TV guest-starring appearances (almost all before General Hospital) on series such as The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Virginian, Ironside, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and six different appearances on Science Fiction Theater.
Personal life and retirement
Ames married Jack Genung January 31, 1952, in Los Angeles. She and her second husband, Canadian-born actor Barry Cahill, had two daughters, Christine and Susan, and two grandchildren, Jocelyn and Marc. (One source says that Susan was Ames' daughter by her first marriage.) Cahill died in April 2012, after forty-two years of marriage.
In 2007, Ames retired from General Hospital after 43 years. However, it was announced on October 1, 2009, that she would reappear as Audrey in mid-October after a two-year absence from the show. She reprised Audrey again in April 2013, to coincide with General Hospital's 50th anniversary and again on October 30, 2015.
- General Hospital as Audrey March Hardy (February 23, 1964 - March 23, 2007; October 19, 2009 - October 20, 2009; April 1, 2013 - April 2, 2013, October 30, 2015)
- Port Charles - Audrey March Hardy (June 1, 1997 to 1998)
- Ironside - Carolyn Channing (1969)
- Wagon Train - Florence Yeager (1964)
- Ben Casey (1964)
- Arrest and Trial (1964)
- Wagon Train - Emily Dawson (1963)
- Wanted: Dead or Alive as Sarah Buchanan in "Angels of Vengeance" (1959) and as Ellie Morgan in "The Corner" (1958): credited as Judith Ames.
- The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp as Miss Nancy in "The Schoolteacher" (March 11, 1958)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents in "The Hidden Thing" (1956)
- Science Fiction Theater--Y.O.R.D. (1955)
- Laramie Episode: 30 (1960)
- "Rachel Ames Signed To Play Policewoman On 'Lineup' Series". The Oil City Derrick. September 19, 1959. p. 23. Retrieved October 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Aaker, Everett (2006). Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters. McFarland & Company, Inc.; ISBN 978-0-7864-6409-8. Pp. 13-14.
- "Marriages" (PDF). Billboard. March 1, 1952. p. 47. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
- "Barry Cahill obituary". Los Angeles Times. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Barry Cahill Dead at 90; Y&R Actor, Husband of Rachel Ames". We Love Soaps. 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "General Hospital Spoilers!". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved 2013-04-26.
- Archived 26 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine