BREAKING NEWS: Genie Francis Returns to General Hospital!


Amazing news, General Hospital fans! Genie Francis is returning to Port Charles as Laura Spencer for the soap's 50th Anniversary, according to EW.com.

Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this season. She’ll report to the sudser’s Studio City, Calif., set sometime later this month for a Feb. 11 debut, which is actually 50 days before the series’ April 1 anniversary.

It’s unclear how long Francis, a.k.a. Laura, will stick around Port Charles this time.

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    luverica

    The only soap star I love more than Genie Francis is Susan Lucci. I’ve been waiting for this because GH, as Diva Jillian Bowe would say, is on FIYAH. I can’t wait. I want to marry Frank Valentini and have his children. :-)

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    Restless Fan

    I’m happy for Genie. I had high hopes when she joined Y&R but we the fans were already all too aware what a colossal train wreck Maria Bells writing was and skepticism has set in before she even joined.

    Speaking of Y&R, JFP should be doing exactly what RC and FV are doing and bringing back old faves instead of populating the canvas with newbies no one knows. Why is no one paying attention to what that has done to GH’s ratings?

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    pennywise555

    Well good for her. Although I hatred her on Y&R , I loved her as Laura on GH. I would flip over and watch if she actually has a story with Luke. The last time I went back she was in a coma, that was not interesting.

    They must keep this going…..Can Y&R steal Tristan Rogers now?
    Anna isn’t into Scorpio, and Jill has some unfinished business with Colin. ;)

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    pennywise555

    [quote=soapbaby]Amazing news indeed! I hope the writers do not botch up her return. It would be great to see Scott Baldwin, even for a brief turn.[/quote]
    Awww that would be cute. I forgot all about Laura & Scotty’s young romance. Now I remember-I hated her with Luke at first.

    Now that these shows are getting back some of their original players they should use flashbacks more often.

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    TV Gord

    I hope she arrives with news that somehow Lulu IS able to carry a baby to term.

    I’m really happy for all of Genie’s and Laura’s fans! This is certainly going to be an anniversary to remember!

    Maybe they can get Lindsay Lohan to show up as Liz Taylor as Helena Cassadine! ;-)

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    david46208

    @Jamey Giddens: Unlike Sony, ABC or whomever does not care how “difficult” Genie Francis is or what she said publicly about them in the past. They know when it is time to do what it do.

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    Divatude58

    Good for GH…and I hope it is as good for GF, who has not been shy in telling all how ill treated she has been by GH over the years.

    Side Note: Interesting that GH was willing to bring her back after her bad mouthing them while CBS and Sony are STILL black balling VR…to the detriment of the show no less and ratings no less.

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    giogio

    I hope they bring back Stephen Nichols (Stephan) so he can go after Laura again. Geneivieve and Tucker was a no show. While they are at it bring back Nicholas and Jax. Maybe even Emily for heaven sake. And Bobbie while they’re at it. And Roy DiLuca. Hell, bring them all back.

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    maxsmom

    [quote=luverica]The only soap star I love more than Genie Francis is Susan Lucci. I’ve been waiting for this because GH, as Diva Jillian Bowe would say, is on FIYAH. I can’t wait. I want to marry Frank Valentini and have his children. :-)[/quote]
    Jack Wagner is All I Need now that Ms. Francis is back with Sean Kanan, Finola Hughes, and Tristan Rogers.
    As for Mr. Valentini, the future bride line starts behind me.

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    maxsmom

    [quote=TV Gord]I hope she arrives with news that somehow Lulu IS able to carry a baby to term.

    I’m really happy for all of Genie’s and Laura’s fans! This is certainly going to be an anniversary to remember!

    Maybe they can get Lindsay Lohan to show up as Liz Taylor as Helena Cassadine! ;-)[/quote]

    ————————————————————————–
    TV Gord, comments like this are why, in true soap opera fashion, we are having a passionate love hate relationship of which you are unaware.

    this is a love

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    1titanman

    @Restless Fan your soo right! JFP listen up bring the old favs back to YR!
    @david46208 I agree bring VR back and recast Lily!

    To all the GH fans congrats! GH is the best and I’m hooked! Now I want to know from all the GHers fans. Monica, Tracy, Lucy, are on the show (Helena Luke fave pop up from time to time) you have some of the vets, and I’m all for the vets.

    Do any of you die hard GH fans/ watchers want Kenny Shriner & Jackie Zeman Scottie & Bobbi to return back to the show? Those two seem to have been a staple and I think they should return as well too.

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    Divatude58

    [quote=david46208]@Restless Fan: Hence Victoria Rowell is the equivalent return for Y&R.[/quote]

    This….there are no fan favorites for Y&R to bring back besides Victoria Rowell’s Drucilla (and maybe Kimberlin Brown’s Sheila). Unless they go back to the 80’s and bring back the Brooks or Prentiss’…other than that…It’s VR’s Dru.

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    Ellichae

    AT LAST. Good riddance, Stone Cold-, welcome back, Luke’s “Angel”! I just want L&L back together- as should be How about Laura carrying her own grandchild for Lulu & Dante? Now that’s a much better storyline than Maxie as a surrogate! Things are getting better for GH!! This Golden Anniversary will be that, indeed!

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    nysam

    Christmas came late this year!! This is the best news. The Queen of Daytime is back where she belongs. Would be nice if DC put up a more flattering photo of Genie.

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    MsAgentProvocateur1

    [quote=1titanman]@Restless Fan your soo right! JFP listen up bring the old favs back to YR! @david46208 I agree bring VR back and recast Lily![/quote]

    Unfortunately Sony/Y&R or whomever won’t budge, appears to be too mired in backstage histrionics, personal vendettas and flat out grudges to push past the ‘past’ even if this means better storyline possibilities and higher ratings.

    Speaking as an outsider to GH history, at least GH is trying to bring back as many of their most compelling characters as they can. Whether one personally likes VR or not, at the very least she played a compelling character–if Y&R cannot see that, well, I think they might be stuck at the ratings slump that they are currently in and they will have deserved it.

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    jcmellencamp78

    And I agree about VR. Personally, I think she is a self serving pain in the a$$. She is JUST as much to blame for all the backstage drama. That being said, if all these people want jobs, suck it up and work together. Eric Braden and Peter Bergman got into it years ago. Are they BFFs now? No! Are they professional? Yes.

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    TV Gord

    [quote=maxsmom][quote=TV Gord]I hope she arrives with news that somehow Lulu IS able to carry a baby to term. I’m really happy for all of Genie’s and Laura’s fans! This is certainly going to be an anniversary to remember! Maybe they can get Lindsay Lohan to show up as Liz Taylor as Helena Cassadine! ;-)[/quote]

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    TV Gord, comments like this are why, in true soap opera fashion, we are having a passionate love hate relationship of which you are unaware.

    this is a love[/quote]

    LOL! I appreciate that, maxsmom! :beer:

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    david46208

    @jcmellencamp78: Right when you are trying to save the genre or your show, you lay down law and say “THIS IS HOW IT IS GONNA BE!” Sorry but Michelle Stafford is not carrying Y&R. It is time to pull out the big guns. You have to throw every weapon you got at them ratings to get them up! This is a war to save daytime! And at least folks at ABC are throwing everything and the kitchen sink to do so.

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    logan_echolls

    I should be happy but I’m not. I still remember Robert getting stabbed in the chest by that middle age woman!!

    Also, since Genie is coming back, they better have a man for Tracy! I don’t want to see Tracy whining over Luke.

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    jcmellencamp78

    @david46208 Could NOT agree more about Stafford!!!!! I couldn’t stomach her under MAB. She has toned down so much under JG. Her and Peter Bergman play so well off eachother. Also, Christel Kalhil DEFINTELY isn’t carryin the show . So if she can’t play nice with VR, send Lily to Paris or something!

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    bishbay

    I don’t care for Sabrina or Britt–they’re so thinly written. I also don’t like the actress playing Sabrina, though I think the actress playing Britt is competent but in an impossible position. But here’s the thing with the newbies: They’re cheap! Cartini did this before in order to take the story in new directions and fill airtime on OLTL…it didn’t work out so well there but the economics of it are sound. Finola Hughes and Genie Francis are expensive and you can’t have them on the show every day.

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    blake3b

    More proof that Ron and Frank are the soap power team to be reckoned with! Sounds like the show is gearing up for a great 50th anniversary. And take that Jill Farren Phelps! I do love that this is after yesterday’s announcement. Pow! lol

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    DisillusionedGHfan

    Speaking of “Faces Of The Heart” ..heres a link to Dave Koz’s original video of the music starring GH’s Emma Samms, Holly! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf6bflrfcP4

    Welcome back Ms. Francis! It’ll be interesting to see how she returns, she’s been hinting she didn;t want to do typical Laura redux. So, either she’s been accommodated, or she just wanted to be home for the 50th?!? I wouldn’t be surprised if she comes back to help usher off Geary, who’s retiring from GH after the 50th celebrations come and go.

    Frankly, Genie could sit in Kellys and read me the phone book and I’d be a happy camper!

    I have to admit, Ron and Frank got thrown into GH with both feet firmly on the ground. It amazes how quickly they are fixing what Guza and Phelps spent a better part of a decade destroying!

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    jcmellencamp78

    While I am not fan of all the newbies, they are necescary. Not just for a bugetary reason, but they do help drive story. While FV/RC maybe don’t always execute a new addition perfectly, they do it much better than most regimes of recent memory. Guza and phelps shoved Claudia down our throats. Also, RC and FV don’t always put newbies at the expense of vets. (see MAB’s Y&R). Granted, they have done it in the past (see Ford Family on OLTL). But they also featured the Buchanan’s, Lord’s, and Cramers.

    I pose this question to the group: We might complain about the newbies, but didn’t we complain when the Unholy Trio dominated our screens for the better part of a decade?

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    Divatude58

    [quote=david46208]@jcmellencamp78: Right when you are trying to save the genre or your show, you lay down law and say “THIS IS HOW IT IS GONNA BE!” Sorry but Michelle Stafford is not carrying Y&R. It is time to pull out the big guns. You have to throw every weapon you got at them ratings to get them up! This is a war to save daytime! And at least folks at ABC are throwing everything and the kitchen sink to do so.[/quote]

    After this last disappointment, I have resigned myself to my favorite of all time never coming back to Y&R. But I admit to being just as vindictive as those that are keeping her away and am delighted that Y&R appears to be sinking fast and losing ground to GH and B&B. May all our faces be spited and missing a nose.

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    katehhoward

    I for one love Sabrina, Ellie, Felix, and I can stand Britt if they match her up with AJ. They have let go of Trey and I believe that there may be many of the actors who are not contracted, which leaves plenty of funds to continue with them.

    GF returning is great news, however I would prefer seeing her return with Scott. Luke and Laura is classic but a round two would require incredible writing ( A la Vicki and Clint). GF is still in her prime and should have a guy who can hold his own in a scene with her. I think AG is a great actor but I want him to fight for Laura. Duke and Laura would also be interesting but imagine a Robert and Laura story line. WOW!!!! Anyway I would just like Laura to have a good story with some hot twists and turns.

    Did anyone else hear about a new Ethan returning for Kristina? Hopefully one without an accent. If they bring Ethan back with an accent at least let it be revealed that he indeed is Robert and Holly’s son.

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    katehhoward

    I also hope GF returns as hot as when she left. It is amazing how when Vanessa Marcil was on the show they would dress her like a teen girl which turned me off completely. Yet when Finola Hughes wears similar attire, it just works for her. This just goes to show that older women can pull sexy off better than the youngons at times.

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    stefanstavros

    The number one reason I’m thrilled about this return is that it will hopefully take Luke completely out of Anna’s orbit. It better! I love Frank and Ron as I’ve reiterated many times on here, but that storyline move was simple blasphemy and so gross!

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    SwanQueen59

    I came home from teaching, fired up the old PC (yes, no lap top or i-pad here. Have enough trouble without all that new tech stuff, LOL!), and what should greet my wondering eyes ? This wonderful news that our Genie is coming back!!! :party: A big thank you to Mr. Valentini and Mr. Carlivati who have recognized the VALUE of verteran talent and have not been timid in getting them back into the mix. Do the stories have to improve? Absolutely, (I have tremendous reservations about the present surogacy debacle :~ ), but the addition of this same veteran talent offers opportunity for the writing and and production to be taken to a, if not sensible end, than at least a more satisfying one. And that is also a good thing. I pray that Genie’s Laura is given an intelligent story that capitalizes on her good nature as well as the resilient strength that I’ve always loved and admired. And I so want my beloved L and D to be in the center of that Spencer family circle with her. Now we have to get (fingers crossed), Lucky (JJ? Please?)back as well as Ethan (recast, obviously. As for Luke? You know at this point, if that “Super Couple” ship has sailed, I’m okay with it. As long as they recognize that it was there and don’t dismiss it or abuse it the way Guza and Wolf did, I’ll take Luke and Laura seperately. I just want Laura to be back in her rightful place in PC. And now, I do believe I’m going to crack open a refreshing adult beverage :beer: and toast General Hospitals great fortune. Welcome Home Laura, Welcome Back Genie!!! :bigsmile: You both have been missed!!! I am so excited!!! 0:)

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    pumpkin

    This team will probably give her good writing. Take her out of the coma crap and let her have a brain, if you know what I mean.

    I still don’t like the old Luke. He seems worn to me. I won’t bust any happy feelings many have at this point so I will leave it at that. I just know where I want the luke story to go. It is time. I am just not attracted to guys who cannot let go of youth. That is, unless they are a rock singer.
    In those cases, it is inevitable because of the profession. It is what it is.

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    tori87dec

    I’m thrilled Genie is returning to GH,I for one loved her as Genevieve and I also loved her with SN Tucker. It’s the writers fault for not writing for her character properly,they dropped the ball as SN and she have tremendous chemistry whether on Y&R or GH. I’d love it for him to return as Stefan. She and he made a much better match them old granddaddy Luke. TG has given several interviews lately and even though he said he and Genie were soulmates in the acting department he didn’t like the L&L scenario and it was boring to him. He said it would have to be beneficial for him and his character for Laura to return. I don’t want her with him as he’s way to old for her and Genie doesn’t need him to shine. She was on GH way before TG ever was and I believe he had alot to do with her not returning to the show more often. He likes playing a darker Luke so let him be and bring back Stephen Nichols for Genie so they can shine as they did many years ago. They also need to team up to kick Helenas but once and for all!

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    Clifford

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Jonathan Jackson reprise Lucky for GH’s 50th so we could have the Spencer family trio from the 90s all back on screen together again.

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    soapjunkie88

    Finally!!!! I’m excited to see Genie Francis back where she belongs. I really hope they can work out a long time deal and she’s not only back for a short stint.

    Now I only wish that Jonathan Jackson would return as soon as he finished filming the 1st season of “Nashville”. It would be great to see the Spencer family.

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    Screamer_2012

    Laura should be the surrogate for Lulu and Dante!

    It’s happened in real life with women much older. Why couldn’t Genie Francis do this storyline?

    I think this would be a great storyline for Laura’s return.

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    Angie Lucy

    Finally! I hope she connects with Lulu and Elizabeth. They both could use her support–Lulu because of what she and Dante are going through and Elizabeth because of Jake and because it would be nice to have someone on her side.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    I am so happy Genie Francis is returning as Laura! It wouldn’t be a 50th anniversary show without the great Luke and Laura. There has never been a couple, on any soap, that had the chemistry and magic together as them. I have a feeling Scotty will be making an appearance also. I am SO looking forward to these upcoming shows, and the Nurses Ball. Frank V., you’ve made a lot of people happy!

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    TomZulawski

    With all the villains back and working together, and with Helena being at the head of the table, my guess is Laura’s absence must be tied into Helena. Laura has always been Helena’s object of hatred and it wouldn’t surprise me if Laura’s catatonic state was induced by Helena since its been hinted that Helena owns the mental hospitals where Robin, Heather, and Laura were all housed. If Laura has been away from her children all this time, she more than likely is on the run or staying away in an effort to protect them. Genie Francis and Tony Geary are the reason daytime soaps exploded into the public conscience back in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Luke and Laura were a phenomenon never seen on daytime television before or since and no character or couple can compare to the popularity or impact these two characters had on the genre. Genie Francis for her contribution to half of that duo has earned the rights to be called the queen of daytime television. Welcome back Genie to General Hospital, a show that you helped make a household name and an iconic program loved by millions of people. I’m sure whatever Frank and Ron create for Genie, we the audience are in for some of the most amazing stories we have seen on GH in a decade. I say, buckle up, I think this is going to be beyond must see television, this is going to be early 1980’s edge of your seat, I can’t believe the show is over today and I cant wait until tomorrow.

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    Cornfed

    UN-freaking believable,YAY! I’m just now watching early Nov stuff and Jane Eliot (and Finola Hughes) are hitting it out of the ballpark — amazing stuff, probably THE BEST stuff Cartini have done, beyond OLTL in certain aspects…

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    soapfan616

    [quote=SwanQueen59]I came home from teaching, fired up the old PC (yes, no lap top or i-pad here. Have enough trouble without all that new tech stuff, LOL!), and what should greet my wondering eyes ? This wonderful news that our Genie is coming back!!! :party: A big thank you to Mr. Valentini and Mr. Carlivati who have recognized the VALUE of verteran talent and have not been timid in getting them back into the mix. Do the stories have to improve? Absolutely, (I have tremendous reservations about the present surogacy debacle :~ ), but the addition of this same veteran talent offers opportunity for the writing and and production to be taken to a, if not sensible end, than at least a more satisfying one. And that is also a good thing. I pray that Genie’s Laura is given an intelligent story that capitalizes on her good nature as well as the resilient strength that I’ve always loved and admired. And I so want my beloved L and D to be in the center of that Spencer family circle with her. Now we have to get (fingers crossed), Lucky (JJ? Please?)back as well as Ethan (recast, obviously. As for Luke? You know at this point, if that “Super Couple” ship has sailed, I’m okay with it. As long as they recognize that it was there and don’t dismiss it or abuse it the way Guza and Wolf did, I’ll take Luke and Laura seperately. I just want Laura to be back in her rightful place in PC. And now, I do believe I’m going to crack open a refreshing adult beverage :beer: and toast General Hospitals great fortune. Welcome Home Laura, Welcome Back Genie!!! :bigsmile: You both have been missed!!! I am so excited!!! 0:)[/quote]

    ******

    I was going to write a post but then I read yours. You said it all but perhaps in a much kinder way than I would have said it. Here’s hoping Ms. Francis stuck to her guns when she said she would only return to GH if Laura was no longer a victim. Given the way Laura has been written since around 1999 and this regime’s history of misogynistic plot devices, I hope Laura’s return is much more like her return in 1993 when Laura suddenly (when written by a feminist) was both strong yet vulnerable, optimistic yet intelligent, strong willed and no one’s victim but most endearingly an earth mother figure who had certainly grown up since her heyday in the 1980’s. Grown up women are in short supply in daytime. Hoping Laura is one of them.

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    mipeony

    I loved reading this first thing this morning! What a great pick me up to my day! I don’t care if Luke ever is seen in PC again, as long as Laura comes home strong, capable, and fixes the mess that her family has become without her! I would love to see Lucky and Stefan back, and not only because I don’t want to see that shrill holier than thou Lulu in every single scene with Laura. I hope to see Laura and Liz have many wonderful scenes as Laura gets to see her grandchildren. I also hope Anna and Laura have many scenes, and they could bring Robert back more also!

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    michaelmurmur

    Oh my God! Thrilled by the news!! Another returning vet who can really act! I hope they bring back Leslie, Scott and Bobbie, too! I think an interesting twist would be that the woman in white, who Helena had “killed,” actually turn out to be another child of Laura’s. Obviously, a different actor for the character but it would be a cool adventure if Laura found out and has to go on the run to rescue her other daughter. Just a thought!

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    iowaninmn

    I have always preferred Laura to Luke … she drew me to General Hospital before Luke was even in the picture.

    I really hope they can incorporate Leslie (Denise Alexander) into Laura’s return. I always loved Leslie and the relationship she had with Laura. I noticed that Lulu mentioned “Grandma Lesley” the other day. Wondered if it was a foreshadowing of an appearance. Hadn’t heard her mentioned in forever.

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    Cath

    I just knew as soon as GF was let go from Y&R (by JFP yet again :| ) that FV would pounce & just about do everything to get her back on GH in time for the 50th anniversary. I’m so happy. :bigsmile:

    I hope they get Jonathan Jackson back in time to complete the Spencer unit. It would be the first time AG, GF, JJ & JMB would all share the screen.

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