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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 May 1962Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameEugenie Ann Francis
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Genie Francis was born on May 26, 1962 in Englewood, New Jersey to actors Ivor Francis and Rosemary Daley. She grew up in Long Island, New York and California. She has an older brother, Ivor Francis, and a younger brother, Kenneth Francis, and a half-sister, Shelley Francis. The attractive, blonde Ms. Francis got her start in television on General Hospital (1963), as a teenager (following a guest appearance on ABC's prime-time series, Family (1976)) and literally grew up in the enormously popular role of "Laura". As portrayed by Genie Francis, Laura has become one of the most beloved characters in daytime television. In 1981, after five years on General Hospital (1963), Ms. Francis left the show and returned, briefly, two years later and again in 1984 and, finally, on October 29, 1993. The wedding of Laura to "Luke Spencer" (played by Anthony Geary) in November 1981, remains the most-watched daytime drama event in the history of television. The fictional couple's romance even garnered a cover story in Newsweek magazine. Genie's extensive television work also included recurring appearances on Murder, She Wrote (1984). She starred in the prime-time series, "Bare Essence" (1982), and the television miniseries, "North and South", both with actor Jonathan Frakes, who went on to become her husband. She successfully battled substance abuse problems. Francis created the role of "Diana Colville" on NBC's daytime serial, Days of Our Lives (1965), in 1987 and played the role for two years, but she didn't like it and she left. Soon she originated the role of "Ceara Connor" on ABC's daytime drama, All My Children (1970), in 1990. Her portrayal of an adult incest survivor earned her critical and viewer plaudits. On the stage she has appeared in "Crimes of the Heart" and "See How They Run". In 1991 Ms. Francis appeared in the Williamstown Festival Theater Production of "Defying Gravity". That same year Genie made her New York City debut in "The Baby Dance" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village. She also appeared in a Comedic Curtain Raiser at Manhattan Class Company for their festival of One Acts, called "The Group". In 1988, Genie married actor/director Jonathan Frakes, who starred in the popular syndicated television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). They maintain residences in both Los Angeles and Manhattan. Their first child, Jameson Ivor Frakes, was born on August 20, 1994. Their second child, Elizabeth Francis, was born on May 30, 1997. Ms. Francis has been with "General Hospital" on-and-off over the years, winning the much-coveted Emmy award as Best Supporting Actress for her role as "Laura" in 2007. But she stated she didn't want to play a wounded dove like Laura anymore and wanted to play stronger characters. In 2011 she got her wish when she started playing the role of the manipulative "Genevieve Atkinson" on another daytime drama, The Young and the Restless (1973). Although she earned an Emmy nomination for the role, she was let go in 2012 for economic reasons. Soon after she closed her store called "The Cherished Home" in Belfast, Maine, where had she sold cottage furnishings and home accessories. In 2013 she returned to her role as "Laura" on General Hospital (1963).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gisele Herbert < gisele@ptd.net>

Spouse (1)

Jonathan Frakes (28 May 1988 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (21)

Daughter of actor Ivor Francis and Rosemary Daley.
Two children Jameson Ivor (b. August 20, 1994) and Elizabeth Francis (b. May 30, 1997).
Has an older half-sister Shelley, an older brother Ivor, and a younger brother Kenny.
Met her husband during the filming of Bare Essence (1983).
Was on the cover of Newsweek with Anthony Geary in 1981.
Loves to knit.
Her first on-screen kiss was her first kiss in real life, on General Hospital (1963), to Kin Shriner.
Godmother of son Jameson is Elizabeth Berman (wife of Rick Berman- Star Trek producer/writer/creator).
Runs a cottage furnishings and home accessories store called "The Cherished Home" in Belfast, Maine.
Admitted in an interview that she had been addicted to heavy drugs during the early 1980s (2001).
Used to keep a picture of "Mr. Spock" from Star Trek (1966) on her refrigerator. Her husband, Jonathan Frakes, said when he picked her up at her home, he saw it when he was in her kitchen. He later went on to star in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York.
Had a chronic back problem.
She and her husband Jonathan Frakes have played a married couple in three different productions (as of 1996): Camp Nowhere (1994), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996).
Living in London with hubby Jonathan Frakes and their children. [July 2004]
She attended the Motor City Comic Convention in Michigan with her hubby, Jonathan Frakes. [May 2006]
Genie is returning to General Hospital (1963) as "Laura Spencer". [October 2006]
Just finished filming the sequel to Hallmark Channel's The Note (2007) with Ted McGinley - Taking a Chance on Love (2009). [December 2008]
Living in Belfast, Maine and operating an on-line, interior design/home store call "The Cherished Home" [July 2006]
Is in negotiations with General Hospital (1963) in returning to her legendary role of "Laura Spencer". [June 2006]
Her acting mentors were: Rachel Ames and Anna Lee.

Personal Quotes (6)

"I can't really say a permanent goodbye to General Hospital (1963), because it's just too painful. I don't really know. There would have to be some kind of clarity about equality. There would have to be some resolution for me."
  • TV Guide, September 2002.



I think my career would have gone further had I not reacquainted myself with Laura. But I'm sure there's some reason why I needed to be here. This is like a huge family to me. It's been a great place to be, lots of love and support in this building. I'm very grateful for that.
  • SOD, May 2001



That's what it's about for me now: my children and my husband, you know? That's the dream. And I got it - Intimate Portrait: Genie Francis (2001), November 2001.
"Gloria [Monty] put sex and romance into Laura's life and it bowled me over. Here I was doing things in front of 20 million people that I had never done in my own life. It certainly speeded up my growth process." TV Guide August 26th 1980.
It was great. We always work well together and we enjoy working together. Just the fact that we are together raises the bar in both of our minds. We both want to be on top of our game because we've got a lot to live up to. I know Tony feels that way and I feel that way. Fortunately for us, that chemistry was still there - which was a terrific relief to me! Apparently it's still very much alive for both of us. We're a good team.
We hadn't worked together in four years. Soon as we looked into each other's eyes, it was right back there. So I've had a wonderful time. There's nothing I like better than doing a love story, and there's nothing better than doing a love story with Tony (Anthony Geary).

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