Pop Quiz with Genie Francis
An estimated 30 million viewers -- the largest audience ever for a daytime drama -- watched the November 1981 wedding of General Hospital's Luke and Laura. Since then, Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) have weathered affairs, an avalanche, a kidnapping and other dilemmas -- until June 18, when they signed divorce papers. Francis, 39, shared her thoughts on the end of a great American duo.
Your views on the divorce?
I think it's a sad thing. But [the producers] want to keep the story current. Who knows? They may even get another wedding out of it.
Was it emotional?
What led to the split?
Eight years ago, the writers used my character to get Luke and Laura to settle down. I think that began the trouble for the couple. Luke hated domesticity. And she needed it.
What happens now?
Laura is getting involved with her first husband, Scotty [Kin Shriner]. Our romance is a return to her youth in a very, very sweet way. I am happy about this change.
Does your real life compare with your television life?
She does everything before I do. Although I'm not getting a divorce! [Francis, married to actor-director Jonathan Frakes, has two children.]
Any memories of your TV wedding?
I remember wearing these really high spiky-heeled shoes that got stuck in the dirt. I remember wearing a silk dress that wrinkled so much I could not sit down in it. I remember my headdress poking into my head.
And how have you and Anthony Geary gotten along all these years?
He and I have a partnership that I haven't found anywhere else. I could act with him forever.