"Delicate" and "transcendent" are adjectives that have been used to describe
Laura Spencer. As portrayed by Genie Francis, Laura has become one of the
most beloved characters in daytime television. Ms. Francis returned to
General Hospital on October 29, 1993, in this unique role; and in May 1997,
received her first Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress.
In 1981, after five years on General Hospital, Ms. Francis left the show,
and returned briefly two years later and again in 1984.
Following her work on General Hospital, Ms. Francis was featured in the
television movie, Bare Essence, in 1982. The movie was then developed into
a primetime series in which Ms. Francis re-created the starring role of
Tyger Hayes. She also co-starred in the hit ABC miniseries, North and South
(Books I and II), as the good Southern sister, Brett Main.
Genie's extensive television work also included recurring appearances on
Murder, She Wrote. Ms. Francis created the role of Ceara Connor on ABC's
daytime drama, All My Children, in 1990. Her portrayal of an adult incest
survivor earned her critical and viewer plaudits.
On the stage, she has appeared in Crimes of the Heart and See How They Run.
In 1991, Ms. Francis appeared in the Williamstown Festival Theater production
of Defying Gravity. That same year she made her New York City debut in The
Baby Dance at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village. She also
appeared in a Comedic Curtain Raiser at Manhattan Class Company for their
festival of One Acts, called "The Group."
Ms. Francis has been seen in the television movie, Perry Mason and the Case
of the Killer Kiss, and in ABC's Heaven and Hell, the third North and South
Genie is married to actor/director Jonathan Frakes, who starred in the popular
syndicated television series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation." They maintain
residences in both Los Angeles and Manhattan with their two children.