Anthony Geary’s Jackie Zeman tribute reminds us of why General Hospital has been going strong for 60 years. …It’s not every day actors jump aboard the ship of a new working endeavor and sail off into paradise. In reality, a well-written storyline can only take a show so far. But it’s the actors who light up the screen that make the magic happen. Arguably, much of General Hospital’s success can be attributed to it’s extraordinary cast.
In television, many times the chemistry between co-stars is nonexistent. And sometimes there is some underlying reason that a show, a storyline, or even the characters themselves become a flop. Most gratefully, that’s not the case when it comes to the actors who made General Hospital what it is today. Jackie Zeman leaves her legacy as having been part of what was quite possibly the most iconic daytime tv crew. Her group of co-stars and off-screen pals include Anthony Geary (Lucas Lorenzo Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Webber Spencer Collins), Kristina Wagner and John J. York (Felicia and Mac Scorpio), among other veteran actors.
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Following the tragic news of Jackie Zeman’s passing, co-star and life-long friend Anthony Geary paid tribute to his former co-star and tv sibling. Geary’s statement was told to TV Line after news about Jackie broke out. He said, “I was fortunate enough to play Jackie Zeman’s big brother on General Hospital. In all those years, I never heard her utter one disparaging word about any actor, crew member or co-worker. In fact, I never heard Jackie express an unkind word about anyone, ever.
“In a highly competitive profession where ego, feelings and emotions are bread and butter, I’ve found this quality to be extremely rare. I expect it will be even more rare now that dear Jackie is gone,” he added. “She was quite simply one of the kindest, sweetest people I have ever known.”
That has got to be the most genuine thing to say about someone. Although we didn’t know her personally, it’s obvious that Jackie’s presence was a peaceful, lighthearted, and positive spirit to be around. Thanks to Geary, the fans have a better understanding of who Jaclyn Zeman was as a beloved mother, friend, actor, and more.
Over the years, Zeman and Geary became close friends. The love and respect they have for one another is crystal clear in Anthony’s statement. When reflecting on his friend’s life, he added, “I will miss her laugh, and the deep, soulful look in her eyes whenever she expressed the love and pride she had in her two lovely daughters. Tonight, l already miss her, and feel a powerful ache where Jackie’s smile used to be.”
We continue to keep Jackie’s loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep checking back for updates regarding GH’s tribute episode.
Marie is an avid General Hospital fan. Her passion for writing and the compelling nature of the storylines is a perfect equation for writing a GH blog. Micki has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oakland University and spends time writing poetry and song lyrics.