Rachel Ames has the distinction of being the longest-running performer on ABC
Daytime's longest-running daytime drama. She joined "General Hospital" on
February 23, 1964 -- less than a year after the program's first airdate. She
has been nominated three times for an Emmy Award as Best Actress in a
Daytime Drama. Ms. Ames was introduced to the performing arts by her parents,
Dorothy Adams and the late Byron Foulger, both well-known motion picture and
A native of Portland, Oregon, Ms. Ames moved with her family to Los Angeles,
where she attended University High School and UCLA.
Rachel made her acting debut in the annual Pilgrimage play in 1949. She then
performed with her parents in a production of One Foot in Heaven at the
renowned Pasadena Playhouse. There she also did Broadway Jones, The Circle
and King of Hearts. Her other West Coast theater credits include Cradle Song
with her father, The Immortalist, Chanticleer, Mary Rose, Golden Boy and The
Human Voice. A few years ago, she co-produced and co-starred in Pieces of
Time with fellow General Hospital actors Peter Hansen and Susan Brown.
Early in her career, Ms. Ames was under contract to Paramount Pictures for
three years, where she was a member of the "Golden Circle" of talented
young performers. The actress made her motion picture debut in When Worlds
Collide. Her other feature films include Daddy's Gone A-Hunting.
During her television career, Rachel guested in the legendary series, Ben
Casey, Wagon Train, G.E. Theater and Ironside, among others.
Rachel and actor James Cahill were married in June, 1968. They have a
daughter, Christine. Rachel is also the proud grandmother of her daughter
Susan's two children, Jocelyn and Mark Thomas.
The actress' avocational interests include gardening, tennis and cooking.
She and her husband are also looking for a play to perform together.