Jacklyn Zeman Talks About Working Alongside Elizabeth Taylor on General Hospital

Actress Elizabeth Taylor featured on General Hospital in 1981, making it her first and only soap opera role. Fellow co-star, Jacklyn Zeman, revealed what it was like to star alongside the Hollywood icon.

Elizabeth Taylor was among the biggest actors who came to daytime television in the 80s. 

The story arc of Liz Taylor may have been short, but she made a lasting impression throughout her time on the show.

She played the role of Helena Cassadine-the widow of Mikkos Cassadine- who placed a curse on the characters that had the biggest romance at that time, Luke and Laura.

Aside from General Hospital, Liz Taylor has been in other movies like The Last Time I Saw Paris, Giant, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Jacklyn Zeman is an American actress, popular for her role as Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer on General Hospital.

Jacklyn portrayed Barbara on the show from 1977 to 2007 and then became a recurring character from 2007 to 2010.

Jackie commented on what it was like to work alongside Elizabeth Taylor. 

She and other cast members remember Elizabeth as the ‘ultimate cool girl’.

Jackie shared that Elizabeth had a genuine love for Soap operas and even when many high profile actors would refuse to be on cameos on daytime soap operas, Liz was not that way.

Zeman says, “Ms Taylor had a spectacular existence — fame, money, jewels, yachts and husbands galore — but being on GH gave her real pleasure.”

She continues, “It was such an inspiration to see her come on our show and say, ‘I don’t care what anybody thinks!’ She didn’t need anybody’s validation. She was the ultimate cool girl.”

Elizabeth Taylor passed away in 2011 at the age of 79. 

Actress Constance Towers replaced her character as Helena Cassadine, playing the role on and off from 1997 to 2002. 

She has made guest appearances since then, with her most recent appearance being in 2022.

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