Friday, July 12, 2024

RIP Susan Brown, Beloved Actress Played Gail Baldwin on “General Hospital” for 15 Years


Soap opera fans are mourning Susan Brown, the beloved actress who played Gail Baldwin on “General Hospital” from 1979 to 2004.

Brown was 86 years old. Her TV career began in 1955, and she went on to be a regular in the New York soaps, taking roles in “As the World Turns” and “Edge of Night” among others. In the early 70s she starred in a short lived NBC soap called “Bright Promise” with two other actors who would go on to “General Hospital” with her, Anthony Geary and Ivor Francis. She was also featured in a number of prime time TV shows.

Brown was so elegant and well spoken that I always thought she was British. She came from San Francisco, as it turns out. But her poise and intelligence made her a standout on television.

Brown’s “General Hospital” husband, actor Peter Hansen, died last year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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