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Rachel Ames
(Audrey Hardy)
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 television actors.

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.