The attractive, blonde Ms. Francis got her start in television on
"General Hospital" as a teenager (following a guest appearance on
ABC's prime-time series, "Family") and literally grew up in the
enormously popular role of Laura. "Delicate, " "transcen dent" and
"earth-angel" 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. In 1981, after five
years on "General Hospital, " Ms. Francis le ft the show, and
returned briefly two years later and again in 1984 and finally on
October 29, 1993. The wedding of Laura to Luke Spencer (played by
Anthony Geary) in November 1981, remains the most-watched daytime
drama event in the history of television. The fictional couple's
romance even garnered a cover story in Newsweek magazine. 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 critica l 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, Genie 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." Genie is married to
actor/director 'Jonathan Frakes' (qv), who starred in the popular
syndicated television series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
They maintain residences in both Los Angeles and Manhattan. Their
first child, Jameson Ivor Frakes, was born August 20, 1994.
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).