General Hospital Ball Buster Jane Elliot Talks 50th Anniversary!

What's going to happen at this year's Nurses Ball on General Hospital? Don't ask Jane Elliot. The scene stealer spoke with to discuss ABC's lone soap's 50th anniversary and what fans can expect. Warning, La Elliot seriously doesn't have much spoiler tea, because Frank Valentini has scoopage on LOCK!

Access: How exciting is the birthday stuff, the storylines and the Nurses’ Ball? What can you tease about that?

Jane: I can’t because it’s so hush-hush. I mean, I know that there [are] probably a dozen surprises of people coming back and I don’t know what they are because Frank [Valentini, ‘GH’s’ executive producer] has coded everybody’s name… If you call the call line, it’s the code name that’s getting called, so you literally don’t know who that person is until you’re standing on stage acting with them. One of the things that I like most about [Frank] is he believes in surprising the audience, he believes in not tipping your hand beforehand because it doesn’t give you a reason to tune back in… Frank does not want people to know what’s going to happen. He wants people to be surprised and there are some fabulous surprises coming.

Elliot also discussed how special the 50th anniversary of GH is to her personally.


Access: What does the 50th mean to you? You’ve been in and out of the soap since the late 1970s.

Jane: It’s such a privilege to be part of something for such a long time. It is the only place in the industry that you can do something like this unless you’re Rod Stewart and you do your 97th album. But to go back in and play the same part and work with a lot of the same actors and work with a lot of the same crew, and have that kind of continuity? I’ve come in and out, and in and out, and in and out like four times, and I’ve lived other lives and I’ve gotten married and divorced and raised children and been on other shows… I have gotten to live this full, rich life, with this being the constant in my life… That I was lucky enough to be hired to play a part that would have this kind of longevity is miraculous, because we all know, thousands of characters and thousands of actors have come and gone on ‘General Hospital’… So to have this character and this family to stay relevant over all of these years, and to give me a place to come home to is, unparalleled in show business, truly — that I get to be 66 years old and I’m a working actress and I raised two children on acting money alone. And most of it was ‘General Hospital’ money.

To find out what Elliot has to say regarding Julie Marie Berman's exit and more, click here!


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12 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Cornfed

    ME TOO — i mean how friggin great would it be to crash a luncheon given by Robin Mattson with NLG and JE as her guests??? I don’t wanna gush but i’d love to be there!

  2. Profile photo of bobbyew

    Love Jane Elliot. She is the main reason I watch GH she brings the funny and the serous like no one else. She has aged gracefully. She is so beautiful. Stay real! Thankyou for gracing our screens.

  3. Profile photo of alstonboy4315

    Jane Elliot is my favorite GH actress. I would much rather see her on 13 days a week than Cawnie Falcoloony and Kelly Sullivan gnawing at the scenery. Ron, please put Cartoon Kate, Betty Suarez 2.0 and Starrless Wonder on the backburner and give more airtime to Tracy Quartermaine!


  4. Profile photo of holdyoear

    Jane is Absolutely…. beautiful. She can wear any hairstyle and any hair color. I have always said she should do a book of her hairstyles over the years. Absolutely…. beautiful.

  5. Profile photo of LoveVillians

    What a beautiful talented lady. Love Tracy Quartermaine. She deserved a daytime award this year. Too bad she wasn’t nominated. I love her and Monica together.

  6. Profile photo of SwanQueen59

    A stunning woman, a class act and with a professionalism that should be emulated. Watching her is like watching a master class and every actor who has the good fortune to work with her should take notes. I love that she also has a classic glamour that has carried through to this high tech era.
    A treasure… 0:)

  7. Profile photo of Yoryla

    Love Jane Elliot!

    IMO it’s wonderful that Frank wants to tighten the ship and not let anything slip. It would great if it actually worked too. Many things will leak out no matter how hard they try. I actually many times wonder how many accurate spoilers leak out to soap boards before they aired. GH has much more leaks than Y&R or DAYS. And especially concerning DAYS it’s a wonder because they shoot so far ahead.

  8. Profile photo of ANGELWENDY15

    Love Jane Elliot also! I am so glad Cartini has recognized her talent and given her so much story-line lately. I’m glad she’s just not following Luke around all the time as she was under (Guza/Phelps). She handles comedy so well ans seems to be the driving force of the show right now. No wonder Tony Geary always gave her credit when he won his Emmy’s because she seems to push everyone to do their best.
    She has the best cheekbones and looks beautiful for a more mature woman (and no plastic surgery like some of the others).

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