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Lila Quartermaine becomes recurring character on GH


No Way Says GH--

Lila Stays in Port Charles!
Additional reporting by Sunni

Soapdom has just learned that the internet rumor regarding General Hospital firing Anna Lee (Lila Quartermaine) is not totally true. GH did not let the long-time matriarch go. It appears as though she has just been taken off contract and placed on recurring status this month.  What's more -- Soapdom got it straight from the show, that she will continue to play in upcoming storylines as required. 

“Anna Lee has been a beloved cast member of General Hospital for many years,” the spokesperson for GH told Soapdom. “It is our intent to continue to use her in a recurring role as Lila Quartermaine on the show as story needs may dictate."

The news, however, comes as a shock for the 90-year-old, wheelchair-bound actress, who states through her rep that she was promised a lifetime contract under the reign of GH's former executive producer, Wendy Riche.

"There is no such thing as a lifetime contract with [GH]," clarifies an ABC executive.

Lee was born in Igtham, Kent, England and is the daughter of a clergyman.  Her birth name is Joan Boniface Winnifrith.  Having a bent toward acting, her father encouraged her to pursue an acting career.   She trained at London's Royal Albert Hall, which led her to a career in British films first as an extra.  She soon proved her worth and landed starring roles.  Around this time, she married director Robert Stevenson, and the two relocated to Hollywood in the late 1930's. 

In addition to being a mainstay on General Hospital for over 25 years, Lee's list of credits is too substantial to list and includes over 100 feature films and television appearances.  Highlights include The Sound of Music, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  Playing the role of Lila on GH since 1978, Lee is a fixture in Port Charles.  We are delighted to know that she will be sticking around, even if only on recurring status. 

Let TPTB Know You Want More Lila

If you want to see more of Lila on General Hospital this is the time to let them know.  Here’s how:

Sign this petition.
http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/lila/

Call:
Comment line (voicemail):
323/671-4583
ABC (New York offices):
212/456-7777

...and email:
ABC e-mail for fan comments: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Most important -- send a POSTCARD to any/all of the following places:

Michael Eisner - CEO
Walt Disney Co.
500 S. Buena Vista Avenue
Burbank, CA 91521

Brian Frons- President, ABC Daytime
ABC/Disney
500 S. Buena Vista Avenue
Burbank, CA 91521

Felicia Minei Behr - Senior VP of Daytime Programming
ABC, Inc.
77 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Jill Farren Phelps, Executive Producer
Megan McTavish, Head Writer
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

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Visit Anna Lee online at  http://www.annalee.net

Thanks to Suzanne Lanoue, webmaster of Anna Lee Online, for the above contact info.

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