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Overview (2)

Born in White Plains, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)

Mini Bio (1)

Known to her generation as the "Queen of Daytime Soaps", Ms. McLaughlin's place in the history of the network soap opera cannot be overestimated. She was not only one of the founding cast members of General Hospital (1963) in 1963 (speaking the series' first line), but it was her negotiation with ABC-TV in the 1960s which won billing for actors on daytime serials for the first time. She was immensely popular with fans, and enjoyed telling the story of being with her movie actor husband, Jeffrey Hunter, only to have fans call her by her character's name ("Jessie Brewer") and not speak to him at all. Hunter's death in 1969 after just four months of marriage left her with a sense of loneliness, which was to follow her for the rest of her life. Still, she was for many years one of the biggest stars on daytime television. Though her role with the show diminished in the late 1980s, she stayed with the series until February 13, 1991, when she appeared for the last time. She died in April of that year.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (2)

Jeffrey Hunter (4 February 1969 - 27 May 1969) (his death)
Robert Lansing (15 June 1956 - 11 April 1968) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Graduated from Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) with a degree in English, and completed some work toward a graduate degree in American Literature.
Was on the cast of General Hospital (1963) for 28 years, starting with its premiere.
She adopted a 23 year old female fan in 1982.
Certificate of Merit, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, for Outstanding Contribution to Daytime Television.
"Soapy" Award, "Special Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement," Soap Opera Digest, 1980.
Bronze Halo Award, Southern California Motion Picture Council, 1982.
Honored with a caricature at the Brown Derby in Hollywood, 1988. She was the first daytime actress to receive the honor.
Had two walk-ons in episodes of TV's Studio One in Hollywood (1948).
Two children: Robert Lansing, Jr., and Mary Ann Anderson.
Worked for two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York while attending graduate school in the summer in Vermont.
Studied drama and dance under Sanford Meisner and Martha Graham.
Stepmother of Todd Hunter and Steele Hunter.
In 1973, she was honored by the Motion Picture and Television Fund's Screen Smart Set Women's Auxiliary.
Both of Emily's husbands made appearances on the original Star Trek series.

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