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Monday, 11 August 2008
Calling All Angels to Fly once again -

From the desk of Jhill (One of the Operation Genie's Angels founders)

I think it would be a nice idea if everyone began to send Genie cards or little notes at Prospect Studios to show ABC how happy we are that she's back! I think we should put in BLOCK letters at the bottom of the envelope "Welcome Home Genie!" They log in the mail that arrives for the actors/actresses. The message inside to Genie will be private but they'll be NO mistaking to the mail department what it's all about. Perhaps, word will get back to JFP and/or Frons...


Genie Francis
c/o General Hospital
4151 Prospect Ave
Hollywood CA 90027

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 4:52 PM EDT
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Friday, 11 July 2008
Genie is coming home to GH, Aug. 26th!!!!

Granted it appears to only be for a short time, but regardless, our Angel is returning home to us!!!!

LOS ANGELES - Genie Francis is checking back into "General Hospital."

The 46-year-old actress again will reprise her role as Laura on the ABC daytime soap opera beginning Aug. 26.

The character's 1981 fairy-tale wedding to Luke (played by Anthony Geary) was watched by 30 million viewers and landed the couple on the cover of Newsweek magazine. Francis began playing Laura in 1976.

"This is a short visit," Francis told The Associated Press on Friday. "It's a mother-daughter story. Years ago when I started playing the character as a 14-year-old girl, it was a mother-daughter story, only I was the daughter. So it's kinda cool this is full circle. It's nice to come back for visits. `General Hospital' is my home."

Laura was last seen slipping in and out of a catatonic state in 2007. The upcoming appearance will feature Laura in a story line with daughter Lulu. Francis, who now runs a home-furnishing shop in Belfast, Maine, said she was told that Laura wouldn't be killed off during her latest guest stint.

"I would stay on, but `General Hospital' honestly doesn't seem to want that relationship with this character at the moment," said Francis. "They want little short doses during sweeps periods. It's not entirely up to me. I'm thrilled and delighted my audience stands behind me. If they didn't, you can be sure I wouldn't get to come back for these visits."

Francis won a supporting actress Daytime Emmy in 2007 for previously reprising the role.

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 4:54 PM EDT
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Monday, 26 May 2008
Happy Birthday Genie!!

Wishing Genie a happy, healthy and fabulous Birthday!!! Also, Genie and Jonathan will be celebrating their 20th anniversary on May 28th - and we send them blessings for many, many years more!!

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 7:55 PM EDT
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Sunday, 3 February 2008
Off the Topic - Shell Kepler, May she rest in Peace

Thoughts and prayers go out to Shell's family and friends.  What a devastating loss of someone so young and talented.  She was such a fabulous addition to General Hospital as Amy Vining, the town gossip and sister of Laura Spencer.  May she rest in Peace.


"Former General Hospital star Shell Kepler has died. The actress' death was sudden and the medical examiner has determined the cause of death was kidney failure. Kepler was 49.

Long-time General Hospital star Shell Kepler (Amy Vining) has died. The actress passed away suddenly from renal failure on Friday, February 1st, 2008. According to the actress' online biography, she was 46. The medical examiner said the actress was 49.

Shell became a fan favorite on General Hospital as nurse Amy Vining, sister of icon, Laura Spencer. Amy's family had adopted Laura as a baby, so the two were raised as sisters. The bond between the sisters remained strong even after Laura left the Vinings to go live with her biological mother, Lesley Webber. Amy soon followed her sister to Port Charles and became a nurse at General Hospital.

Amy had a penchant for gossip and trouble which were never in shortage at the hospital. Sadly, Amy never found true love. She remained single during all of the years on the show. The character was never officially written off. She last appeared in September, 2002. She and the rest of Laura's family were waiting for Laura at the church where Luke and Laura intended to re-marry. Luke and Laura never made it to the church. Luke had found Laura in the attic earlier that day along with the murdered body of her step-father, Rick Webber.

Since last appearing on General Hospital in 2002, Kepler has lived in Portland, Oregon. She was involved in charity fundraising and was, by all accounts, an accomplished writer and savvy businesswoman. The actress turned entrepreneur and is believed to have earned millions of dollars each year through the selling of her Lacy Afternoon fashion line on the Home Shopping Network.

Born October 5th, in Painesville, Ohio, Kepler was inspired to become an actress after seeing The Wizard of Oz at the age of two. Her first foray into professional acting came in the theater where she starred in productions of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Sound of Music when she was a young girl living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In the early 1980s, she fronted the band Shell and the Crush, releasing a five-song E.P. which contained songs like "Popular Girl" and "When You Look My Way". "

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 8:16 PM EST
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Monday, 28 January 2008
Time to dust off your Angels!!

Time to dust off your Angels - we've been quiet for awhile - but decided since the 45th Anniversary of GH is coming up, we wanted to make some noise again.   OGA is commencing again with letters to Anne Sweeney - rumor has it that she actually pays some attention to what the fans want.  And we want Genie back - we want more of the Luke & Laura Legacy, and we want Genie recognized for her 32 years as Laura Webber Spencer!!  Let Anne know we want more love in the afternoon and more Genie Francis.  Genie is the light in the darkness that GH has become and she can pull them out of the depths of despair!! So, pull out those pens, find those Angels and send your letters to:

Anne Sweeney
Co-Chairman, Media Networks
The Walt Disney Co & President
Disney - ABC-TV
500 South Buena Vista St
Burbank CA 91521

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 11:44 PM EST
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Thursday, 10 January 2008
A fabulous, touching interview with Jonathan Jackson

A couple months ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to find a wonderful person who said he would contact Jonathan Jackson on behalf of myself and Operation: Genie's Angels [OGA] in regards to engaging in an online interview about Genie Francis.  A week ago Jonathan contacted me and most graciously agreed to answer some questions for me, to give us just a bit of insight to the time he spent with Genie. 

Suzette[OGA] -  Jonathan, the first and foremost question would have to be, what was it like working with Genie Francis?

Jonathan - It was pure joy. I was 11 years old when I started and Genie treated me with such kindness and grace. She protected me and always taught me to trust my instincts. She was fun and very present in everything we did together.

Suzette[OGA] - I'm sure you've played the 'word association' game, Jonathan - where someone throws out a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind.  In that, if I say 'Genie Francis', what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Jonathan - Lovely

Suzette[OGA] -  I know that you and your brother Richard Lee have a band, Enation, and I read that years ago Genie and Tony presented you with your first guitar on your birthday - did that have any influence on your music?  Or were you already working on playing guitar?  And being as music is such an integral part of your life, I was wondering if there was any song, when you hear it, makes you think of Genie?

Jonathan - Actually, I got my first guitar when I was eight and it was an electric guitar. But, they gave me my first acoustic guitar and I played it all the time in my dressing room while I was on the show. Funny enough the song, "Don't Fence Me In" reminds me of Genie because they played as a joke in a scene.

Suzette[OGA] - Being so young when you began the role of Lucky Spencer, I know you had no idea who 'Luke and Laura' were. Genie seems to be such a down-to-earth person who is sensitive, somewhat shy, genuinely kind and with a good sense of humor.  In your experience working with her, would you say that is an accurate assessment? Can you add anything to that description?   And how did being such an iconic figure seem to affect Genie?

Jonathan - There was no presence of ego or self importance in Genie. She was unselfish and genuine. She is very funny, and there was a lot of joy when we worked together. 

Suzette[OGA] - Genie always seemed to portray the role of Laura Spencer effortlessly with such emotion and passion.  She had a way of drawing us in as viewers and making us believe in every word, every glance.  How much of herself did Genie bring to the role of Laura Spencer and how much was acting?

Jonathan - I don't think I could really answer that. She is very gifted and very available to the moment. 

Suzette[OGA] - What was Genie's biggest influence on you as a child actor, and what could you say you learned from her as a child that you still carry with you today as an adult? 

Jonathan - I learned so much it's hard to narrow it down. But, I would say I learned to listen in an emotional way from her. Being so young and witnessing such power from the person playing your mother was intense. In some ways it was quite easy. And again, to trust my instincts. 

Suzette[OGA] - From the first moment you began your role as Lucky Spencer, there always seemed to be the most fantastic connection between yourself and Genie.  I've heard both you and Genie comment on the bond that was there between you. The many fans of your work together have always agreed you were so believable as Mother and child; to what would you attribute that?

Jonathan - Just a divine connection. It was meant to be, that's what I would say. Genie has compassion in her, and my little heart resonated with that. These things can't be explained very well.

Suzette[OGA] - Adding to the previous question, when you left in 1999 Genie was said to have been disheartened by your decision to leave, although she completely understood the reasons.  She went on to produce some of her best work ever in her portrayal of Laura trying to come to terms with her life without Lucky.  Later, when asked, Genie said that time period was the hardest work she's ever had to do and she wishes never to have to repeat it.  I recall the last 'Laura and Lucky' scene vividly and I was wondering if there was as much Genie and Jonathan in those scenes as there was Laura and Lucky?  Was that relationship as
real to you as it so obviously was to Genie?

Jonathan - Yes, there was a deep relationship between the three of us, Genie, Tony and myself. We went through so much together and really cared about each other. Genie told me to go because she believed in me as a person and as an actor and that was beyond the show. 

Suzette[OGA] - Genie is on record as stating that you had a profound affect on her regarding motherhood.  Being as she 'mothered' you on the set, she stated that you showed her how fun and fulfilling the role of being a Mother could be and proved to her that she was ready for that in her own personal life.  Has Genie had a profound affect on you in some way? And in that, is there anything that you learned either through Genie or 'Laura' that you’ve found you wanted to pass down to your own children, Caleb and Adora?

Jonathan - She has said similar things to me and that really blesses me a lot. Genie is such a wonderful Mom, and I'm honored to have played a small role in opening that door up in her heart towards that. Genie treated me with so much respect as young boy and that has stuck with me. Children are young, but they are not stupid and we should never condescend them. They have valuable opinions and as a parent it is so much fun to really listen to my kids and value their hearts and minds.

Suzette[OGA] - Recently, Genie was on the press junket promoting her Hallmark movie, 'The Note'.  In one of her interviews she said in many ways, you were her first child, her first baby, and she stated she still has all of the Mother's Day cards and gifts you made for her years ago.  When you hear that, how does that make you feel?

Jonathan - Really touched.

Suzette[OGA] - Genie and Tony presented you with your first Daytime Emmy Award.  After Genie handed you the statue, you pointed to her and Tony and said, "I want to thank them!"  It was such a powerful gesture, Jonathan.  In that moment was there something in particular for which you were thanking Genie that you could elaborate on for us?

Jonathan - I was simply overwhelmed with gratitude for both of them. They were both such gifts from God in my life.

Suzette[OGA] - What influence, in regards to what you learned from her, did Genie have on you in your career after leaving General Hospital?  Is there anything that to this day you can look back and say, was influenced by 'learning at the feet' of Genie Francis?

Jonathan - The things I mentioned above are still things that are alive with me today. I have worked with many amazing people, but I still look back on those days with Genie and Tony as something altogether different. I simply would not be who I am as an actor with out sitting at her feet. I learned through experience from her. I was a sponge... emotionally available to receive what she would bring. 

Suzette[OGA] - Genie's latest movie, 'The Note', had an interesting premise to it - you only have a few minutes left to live and in those moments you take the time to write a note for a loved one, to whom you would say it and what you would say.  If you take that premise and give it a twist, if you could send such a note to Genie, what would you say?

Jonathan - That one's pretty deep, I'll leave that one for the real thing. 

Suzette[OGA] - You and Genie had such a powerful connection and bond, probably one of the most believable representations of a Mother-son in the history of daytime.  Is there any chance we might get to see an acting reunion between the two of you down the road?  It would be so wonderful to see you sharing the screen together again - just wondering your thoughts on such a possibility?

Jonathan - I would absolutely love that. It would be wonderful and exciting! 

Suzette[OGA] - Is there any last bit of insight into the luminous Ms. Genie Francis, that you might be able to share with us of which we might not already be aware?  Or just something you would like for us to know?

Jonathan - Genie is a remarkable individual. She has such a sensitivity in her heart and very sharp mind. She feels things on many different levels and is a great light in the world. She is filled with so much of God's heart, so much love.   

Suzette[OGA] - In all the years of soaps, there has never been - nor will there be - a relationship comparable to the one between Genie and Tony brought us in Laura and Luke Spencer.  What was it like to witness the incredible, unadulterated magic between them on a daily basis, and what did you take away from being such an integral part of their partnership?

Jonathan - There was something about the differences between them that just ignited the room. Tony is full of wit, sarcasm, rage, and mischief among other things and Genie is so full of innocence, honesty, compassion, and confidence and all of this was bouncing of each other in a myriad of ways constantly. They can both act anything they want, but the combination of such variance and brilliance electrifies the screen. They will always be a part of my life where ever I go.


Jonathan, I would like to take a moment to say thank you very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions for us!  Genie is such a tremendous influence and inspiration, it is wonderful to see how she has affected those she has been so close to, like yourself!!

Thanks again Suzette and God Bless,


Posted by operationgeniesangels at 12:39 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 10 January 2008 7:26 AM EST
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Wednesday, 12 December 2007
The Note - 3rd Highest Rated & Most Watched Original movie in history of Hallmark Channel

From 'The Programming Insider' by Marc Berman

Ratings Box:
What's Hot/What's Not

-Three Consecutive Weeks of Dominance for Hallmark Channel:
Ignited by original movies A Grandpa for Christmas, All I Want for Christmas and The Note, the home of family friendly programming, Hallmark Channel, has now aired the top-rated prime-time telecast of the day for three weeks in a row. Latest entry The Note debuted on Sunday, Dec. 8 with a 3.4 household rating, 2.8 million homes and 5.2 million unduplicated viewers. Comparably, The Note is now Hallmark's third highest-rated and third most-watched original movie in the history of the cable network.

Congratulations and Way to go Genie!!

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 7:28 PM EST
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Thursday, 6 December 2007
I am very seldom speechless -
But I find myself without words at the selflessness and strength of character, the incredible grace and dignity that Genie Francis exudes in every breath.. no need to wonder why I hold her in such high esteem and find in her an inspiration I have found in no other..

"The above represents a whole different caliber of class, folks."Matt Webb Mitovich

Indeed a caliber of class that simply cannot be equaled.

Genie Francis to General Hospital Fans: "I'm Sorry"

Genie Francis in 'The Note,' courtesy Hallmark ChannelInspired by the message at the heart of The Note, the Hallmark Channel movie she stars in this Saturday at 9 pm/ET, Genie Francis wants to make amends with any General Hospital fans who to this day — decades after the fact — were disappointed to see her quit the sudser at the peak of her popularity. "I know that Laura [Baldwin Spencer] meant a great deal to many people, and still does," says Francis. "I've long regretted not taking the fans into account when making the hasty decision to leave the show.

"Forgiveness and reconciliation are at the core of The Note, and filming it forced me to look inside myself at certain decisions in my past.... Right now I want to reach out to all of my fans and say that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for leaving you so abruptly, for not taking into account the feelings of the people who helped Laura truly take on a life of her own.

"It was the decision of a young, impetuous girl," Francis says in closing, "and the woman she has become asks for your forgiveness."

The above represents a whole different caliber of class, folks. — Matt Webb Mitovich

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 8:27 PM EST
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Sunday, 2 December 2007
Genie's scheduled TV appearances this week (12/3 - 12/8)

While we may not have her returning as Laura - we still have nearly a weeks worth of Genie on our screens this week.  Be sure to set to record!!

Monday, Dec. 3rd The View 10:00am Central on ABC

Wednesday, Dec. 5th New Morning 6:00am Central on Hallmark Channel

Thursday, Dec. 6th The Morning show with Mike & Juliet 9:00am Central on FOX

Saturday, Dec. 8th The Note 8:00pm Central on Hallmark Channel

Posted by operationgeniesangels at 1:06 PM EST
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Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Happy Thanksgiving - and reminders

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Don't forget to set your VCR's & DVR's for December 3rd, to catch Genie on 'The View'.  And December 8th, the Hallmark Channel for the debut of her new movie, 'The Note'.  Also, check out the new 'virtual' tour on the homepage of Genie's store, The Cherished Home.



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