Actress Genie Francis left her role as Laura Spencer on “General Hospital” in 1981 at the height of her popularity. Francis recently spoke to Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now” to explain why. “I was very young. I was only 19. I was having trouble with drugs and alcohol,” she said. After spending a night in the hospital, she was told she had to return to work the next day. Then someone came to her dressing room to inform her what had been said about her on set. “They said it didn’t matter if you lived or died because Tony was the whole show,” the person told her. “That hurt,” the actress added.
Feeling that she didn’t matter to the show and that she was considered “nothing,” Francis thought, “Okay, watch this. I’m gone,” and in a moment of anger, she quit “GH.” She admitted the decision was rather hot-headed, saying, “I went a long distance to prove a point. A very long distance,” acknowledging that her actions hurt herself as well.
In 1983, Francis briefly returned to the role that made her famous and told People, “They never really gave me an exit,” she says. “It was unfair to me and unfair to the fans.” Costar Anthony Geary told the magazine, “It’s wonderful to see her. Genie and I had such a connection. Our hearts, minds, and imaginations seem to meet in outer space.”