The character of Dr. Monica Quartermaine on General Hospital has been brought
to vivid life by Leslie Charleson, an actress who has all the grace, wit and
charm of her on-screen persona. She joined the cast in August 1977, and
remains one of the show's most popular characters.
The four-time Emmy-nominated actress began her television career as a regular
on another ABC daytime series, A Time for Us. She also spent two-and-a-half
years on the CBS daytime series, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, where she
garnered her first Emmy nomination for the role of Iris Donelly Garrison.
Of all the numerous commercials Leslie has done, she credits Pearl Drops
for getting her a part in the movie, Day of the Dolphin, directed by Mike
Nichols, in which she co-starred with George C. Scott. Then came a David
Merrick play with Tony Curtis called One Night Stand.
After that, Leslie moved to Hollywood and guest-starred on more than twenty
TV series, including Adam 12, Barnaby Jones, The Streets of San Francisco,
Medical Center, The FBI, Marcus Welby, M.D., Ironside, Kung Fu, Wild Wild West,
Emergency, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Cannon and The Rockford Files. It was on
Happy Days that Leslie gave Ron Howard his first on-screen kiss. She also
co-starred with Deidre Hall in the movie for television, Woman on the Ledge,
and most recently made a guest appearance on CBS' Diagnosis Murder.
Leslie is an active celebrity spokesperson for breast cancer, cystic fibrosis
and AIDS-related charities. She also proudly owns an Andalusian horse named
Andarra that she rides and exhibits.