Genie Francis

Genie Francis

Born: May 26, 1962
Age: 56
Birthplace: Lunenburg, Massachusetts, U.S.
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Biography

Eugenie Ann "Genie" Francis Frakes (born May 26, 1962) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Laura Spencer on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital.

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Early life

Francis was born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. Her father was actor Ivor Francis. Her mother, Rosemary Daley, is a former actress/model of Lithuanian descent. Genie has an older brother, Ivor Jr.; a younger brother, Kenneth; and an older half-sister, Shelley, from her father's first marriage.

Career

Francis began acting in the two part episode titled "Jury Duty" on the television series Family. Her biggest role came in 1977 with Laura Spencer on General Hospital as she was a recast. It would bring her instant stardom in the late 1970s. The television couple of Luke and Laura wed on November 17, 1981, with 30 million viewers tuning in to make the episode the highest-rated hour in soap opera history. At the peak of her success, Francis left the series in 1982 to try her hand at prime-time television. Soon afterward, she landed a starring role in her own series, Bare Essence, which was unsuccessful. She returned to General Hospital in 1983 for a limited run, to coincide with the departure of Luke when Geary decided to leave the series. Francis was also offered the lead role for the movie Splash but turned it down because she thought the script was silly.

In 1984, 1987 and 1990, Francis guest starred on Murder, She Wrote as Jessica Fletcher's niece Victoria. In 1985, she starred in the miniseries North and South as Brett Main Hazard. Francis would reprise her role of Brett Main Hazard in 1986 and 1994 in the miniseries North and South: Book II and Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III respectively. In 1993, she starred in the made-for-TV movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss as Kris Buckner which was based on the CBS television series of the same name.

Through the years, Francis has appeared on numerous other daytime soaps. She starred on Days of Our Lives as Diana Colville (a reporter who became involved with John Black, at the time believing himself to be Roman Brady) from 1987 to 1989 and on All My Children as con artist and incest victim Ceara Connor Hunter from 1990 to 1992. She reprised her role as Ceara on Loving in a crossover storyline in November 1991. Ceara was "killed off" when her character prepared to move to that soap's town of Corinth (although it was an unseen extra stepping off the bus into the line of fire), and ironically, years later, Genie would find herself once again in Corinth on General Hospital when ex-husband Luke found her tied up in the Alden family basement. She then returned to General Hospital in 1993. In 1994, when Francis became pregnant with her first child, the pregnancy was written into the show and she took six weeks off for maternity leave. However, in early 1997, when she was pregnant again, she took a much longer absence from the show, staying away for nearly a year and a half. Francis abruptly left General Hospital in 2002 due to contract issues.

In 2004, Francis appeared in Teacher's Pet and Thunderbirds. In June 2006, she began negotiating with the casting directors on the show to return to the role of Laura Spencer for a limited run through November. Francis returned with spectacular fanfare to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Luke and Laura's wedding. Though she reprised the role for only one month, Francis' stint garnered her a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which she won in June 2007. Francis returned to General Hospital in August 2008 to reprise her role, appearing until November 12. In December 2007, she had a starring role in the Hallmark Channel movie, The Note, which earned her critical acclaim. On January 31, 2009, Francis reprised her role of Peyton MacGruder in the Hallmark Channel movie, Taking a Chance on Love. In 2012, she again reprised her role as Peyton MacGruder in the Hallmark Channel movie Notes from the Heart Healer.

In March 2011, it was announced that Francis would join The Young and the Restless as Genevieve Atkinson, the long-absent birth mother of Cane Ashby. With her appearance, she was reunited with former General Hospital co-star Tristan Rogers, who portrayed Colin Atkinson, Cane's estranged biological father. She received her second Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Genevieve in May 2012.

On September 13, 2012, it was announced that Francis had been let go from her role on The Young and the Restless due to budget cuts. On January 8, 2013, executive producer Frank Valentini and Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Francis would return to General Hospital, first airing on February 11. However, she remained with the series for only five months, as Laura departed for medical treatment in France, returning on June 5, 2015 as part of a storyline to help facilitate Anthony Geary's departure from the show and would later sign a contract to remain with the show.

Other projects

Francis owned a store called The Cherished Home. It was located at 31 Searsport Avenue, Belfast, Maine 04915, and they also sold items online. The store sold cottage furnishings and home accessories. Francis sold the store in August 2012, due to her workload on The Young and the Restless. The store closed in the fall of 2012.

In May 2007, Francis began appearing in magazine advertisements as a spokesperson for the Medifast Diet, claiming she lost 30 pounds as of December 2007, using the diet.

In November 2009, Francis along with her brothers, Ivor Jr. and Kenneth released It's Christmas Time Again. They decided to donate a part of all record sales to the Sisters of Saint Francis Children's Mission in Cuernavaca. Francis decided to donate all of her proceeds/sales to this mission. This endeavor was a project involving various members of her family.

Personal life

Francis met actor/director Jonathan Frakes while filming the television miniseries Bare Essence. After meeting again during the filming of the miniseries North and South, Francis and Frakes started dating in 1985. They became engaged in 1986 and married on May 28, 1988. The couple have two children, Jameson Ivor Frakes, born in 1994, and Elizabeth Francis Frakes, born in 1997. They moved from Belfast, Maine, to Beverly Hills, California, in 2008 and later moved to Calabasas, California.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Teacher's Pet Marsha/Macia
  • Animated musical-comedy film based on the television series of the same name directed by Timothy Bj√∂rklund.
  • Credited as Genie Ann Francis.
Thunderbirds Lisa Lowe Science fiction-comedy-action-adventure film based on the 1960s television series of the same name and directed by Jonathan Frakes.

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Family Alice Dennison Episodes:
  • "Jury Duty: Part 1" (S 2:Ep 11
  • "Jury Duty: Part 2" (S 2:Ep12)
1977 General Hospital Laura Spencer #2
  • Contract role: 1977-1984, 1993-2002, 2013, 2015-2018
  • Recurring role: 2006, 2008
1981 Fridays Herself/Co-Host
  • Episode: "Episode #3.3" (S 3:Ep 3)
  • Special guest appearance with Anthony Geary
1982 Fantasy Island Christa Ackland Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl / The Whistle" (S 5:Ep 14)
1982-83 Bare Essence Patricia 'Tyger' Hayes Contract role
1984 Murder, She Wrote Victoria Episode: "Birds of a Feather" (S 1:Ep 2)
Hotel Jenny Bernard Episode: "Outsiders"(S 2:Ep 5)
1985 North and South Brett Main Hazard
  • Miniseries developed by Douglas Heyes.
  • Based on the novel North and South1 by John Jakes.
Glitter Guest Episode: "The Matriarch" (S 1:Ep 10)
1986 North and South: Book II Brett Main Hazard
  • Miniseries developed by Douglas Heyes.
  • Based on the novel Love and War by John Jakes.
Murder, She Wrote Victoria Episode: "Corned Beef and Carnage" (S 3:Ep 5)
1987 The New Mike Hammer Susan Timmons Episode: "Body Shot" (S 3:Ep 13)
Hotel Melinda Jenkins Episode: "Barriers" (S 4:Ep 18)
1987-89 Days of Our Lives Diana Colville Contract role
1990 Murder, She Wrote Victoria Episode: "The Fixer-Upper" (S 6:Ep 15)
1990-92 All My Children Ceara Connor Hunter Contract role
1991 Loving 2 episodes
1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss Kris Buckner
  • Made-for-TV movie directed by Christian I. Nyby II.
  • Based on the CBS television series of the same name.
1994 Roseanne Laura Spencer Episode: "Suck Up or Shut Up" (S6 : Ep 13)
Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III Brett Main Hazard
  • Miniseries directed by Larry Peerce.
  • Based on the novel Heaven and Hell2 by John Jakes.
1995 Terror in the Shadows Sarah Made-for-TV movie directed by William A. Graham.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Amber Lake Episode: "Don't Tug on Superman's Cape" (S 3:Ep 6)
1996 The Incredible Hulk Betty Ross Recurring
Sister Rose Erak Episode: "Innocent Blood" (S 1:Ep 50
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Gwen McMichael Episode: "Gwen, Larry, Dick & Mary" (S 5:Ep 10)
2000 Oh, Baby Rachel Episode: "Image" (S 2:Ep 21)
Roswell Mother Episode: "Destiny" (S 1:Ep 22)
2007 The Note Peyton MacGruder Made-for-TV movie directed by Douglas Barr.
2009 Taking a Chance on Love Made-for-TV movie written and directed by Douglas Barr.
2011 Bar Karma Waitress Episode: "Three Times a Lady" (S 1:Ep 9)
2011-12 Pretty the Series Dr. Kate Recurring
The Young and the Restless Genevieve Atkinson Contract role
2012 Notes from the Heart Healer Peyton MacGruder Made-for-TV movie written and directed by Douglas Barr.

Videos

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Luke and Laura, Vol. 1: Lovers on the Run Host/Laura Spencer Directed by David Seeger.
1995 Luke and Laura Vol. 2: Greatest Love of All

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Role Result Ref.
1979 Young Artist Award Best Juvenile Actress in a Daytime Series General Hospital Laura Spencer Nominated
1980 Soapy Awards Outstanding Actress Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Juvenile Actress in a Daytime Series Won
1981 Soapy Awards Outstanding Actress Won
1982 Young Artist Award Best Juvenile Actress in a Daytime Series Nominated
1997 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2002 America's Favorite Couple - (shared with Anthony Geary) Laura Spencer & Luke Spencer Nominated
2007 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Laura Spencer Won
2012 The Young and the Restless Genevieve Atkinson Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]