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April 3, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Gloria Monty, a producer whose reinvention of the ABC daytime drama "General Hospital" in the late 1970s turned it into a pop phenomenon that helped modernize television soap operas, has died. She was 84. Monty, who was the model for the motherly soap opera producer in the 1982 Dustin Hoffman film "Tootsie," died of cancer Thursday at her home in Rancho Mirage, ABC announced.
GENIE FRANCIS, best known as Laura on the daytime soap opera "General Hospital," and her husband, JONATHAN FRAKES, who plays Commander William Riker on the hit syndicated science-fiction series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," have purchased a Beverly Hills-area home built a couple of years ago by actress Jane Seymour and her then-husband David Flynn. Francis, 32, joined ABC's "General Hospital" when she was 14.
February 27, 1994 | JANE SUMNER, Jane Sumner covers the Texas film and television industry for the Dallas Morning News
To its thousands of tourists, the city's green plasma, San Antonio is The Alamo, Riverwalk, nachos and a new sports arena dubbed "The World's Biggest Road Kill" because it looks like a dead armadillo with its legs up in the air. But the red-hot chili queen of a city is also a living museum, another country where the Dead have their own Day, and bus riders pass one of everything on their way to work in the morning.
October 3, 1996 | SHAUNA SNOW
TELEVISION Fainting Spells: HBO clearly set out to affect viewers with its upcoming movie, "If These Walls Could Talk," a hard-hitting look at abortion in three eras, starring Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek and Cher. And if the movie's East and West Coast premieres are any indication, affect folks it will.
October 15, 1985 | MORGAN GENDEL
The following TV miniseries are scheduled for the 1985-86 season. October "Tender Is the Night"--Oct. 27, Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26 on Showtime; six hours. Also Oct. 29, Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel about the romance between two American expatriates in 1920s Europe. Stars Peter Strauss, Mary Steenburgen, John Heard, Sean Young, Edward Asner and Piper Laurie. A Showtime/BBC co-production. November "North and South"--Nov. 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 on ABC; 12 hours.
March 31, 1991 | LIBBY SLATE
On Dec. 3, Gloria Monty returned, after a 4 1/2 year absence, as executive producer of "General Hospital," the ABC soap opera that she had propelled to daytime's No. 1 spot for most of the early 1980s.
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