Jacklyn Zeman, nan surface character who portrayed Barbara “Bobbie” Spencer crossed much than 800 episodes of “General Hospital,” has died. She was 70 years old.
Zeman’s decease was announced by “General Hospital” executive shaper Frank Valentini connected Twitter connected Wednesday evening. No further specifications astir her decease are disposable astatine this time.
“On behalf of our ‘General Hospital’ family, I americium heartbroken to denote nan passing of our beloved Jackie Zeman,” Valentini wrote. “Just for illustration her character, nan legendary Bobbie Spencer, she was a agleam ray and existent master that brought truthful overmuch affirmative power pinch her to work.”
“Jackie will beryllium greatly missed, but her affirmative tone will ever unrecorded connected pinch our formed and crew,” Valentini continued. “We nonstop our heartfelt sympathy to her loved ones, friends and family, particularly her daughters Cassidy and Lacey.”
The soap’s accumulation besides released a connection connected Zeman’s death.
“Jacklyn Zeman has been a beloved personnel of nan ‘General Hospital’ and ABC family since she originated nan iconic domiciled of Bobbie Spencer complete 45 years ago,” it reads. “She leaves down a lasting bequest for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of nan bad woman turned heroine and will ever beryllium remembered for her benignant bosom and twinkling spirit. We are devastated by nan news of her passing, and nonstop our deepest condolences to Jackie’s family, friends and loved ones.”
Born successful New Jersey connected March 6, 1953, Zeman studied ballet arsenic a kid and attended New York University to study dance, but she shifted to acting pinch her first in installments coming connected “The Edge of Night” successful 1976. In nan aforesaid year, she received a lengthy arc connected “One Life to Live,” appearing successful much than 40 episodes.
She joined “General Hospital” successful 1977 and has since appeared successful much than 800 episodes complete astir 50 years. She played Bobbie Spencer, nan sister to Pat Spencer (Dee Wallace) and Luke Spencer Sr. (Anthony Geary).
Zeman is survived by her 2 daughters, Cassidy and Lacey.