Hi, my name is Jason Thompson and I’ve been called out to do the ice bucket challenge on several occasions. I haven’t actually done the water over my head, and there’s a reason for that! Every time I leave General Hospital, my hair and make up always looks so good I don’t want to ruin that. So I skipped the water and went straight to donating, and I encourage you do to the same thing. (x)
Photo: Everett Collection. Genie Francis as Laura Webber on “General Hospital,” 1981. The wedding of Luke and Laura was watched by a whopping 30 million viewers, making it the highest-rated hour in the history of American soap operas.
Concurrently, it is the world’s third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world’s second-longest televised soap opera still in production.
General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. It is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 11 wins.
I have been watching for about 36/37 of those years!