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Anne Meara Passes Away

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Anne Meara passed away on Saturday, May 23, at the age of 85. Although best known for her work on television in shows such as ARCHIE BUNKER'S PLACE and THE KING OF QUEENS (as well as being Ben Stiller's mom), daytime fans will remember her from her recurring role as Peggy Moody on ALL MY CHILDREN in the 90s (that's her attending Edmund and Maria's wedding in the photo above). Our sympathies go out to all her friend and family at this time.

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GH Friday Recap: Ava... Is That YOU?!

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The "death" of little preemie Jerome left Julian verklempt and unable to share that grief with his loved ones. Not wanting to leave him alone, Alexis had spent the night urged him to left his family show their love and support. Unaware of the events of the day before, Lucas showed up with a big smile and a bouquet of congratulatory mylar balloons, only for Alexis to break the unfortunate news. Lucas back out the door with his tail between his legs and the balloons over his head and swiftly filled in Sam and Kiki.

Sam took the news especially hard, considering she set off the confrontation between Julian and Olivia that resulted in the baby's premature birth. Patrick lent her a big, comfy shoulder. As she was heading out the door, he said those three little words for the first time: "I love you." And she said them back.

Shortly thereafter, Julian's family gathered and said they'd be there for him in any way he needed. In turn, he issued a promise that he was giving up the business for good. Yes, he had said it before, but the baby's death changed him. In the middle of his declaration, there was a knock at the door. Behind it, a gum-smacking, crass, brunette Brooklyn-ite... who looked an awful lot like Ava!

The day after Duke's funeral, Anna was not only haunted by the memory of shooting Carlos, but also by Carlos himself! She imagined him on a rampage following her around her hotel suite, screaming in her ear. Although still grieving Duke, Anna was a kind and polite to Sabrina when she came to visit, asking about Carlos' whereabouts. Anna attempted to dodge Sabrina's questions and then came up with a cover story: that Carlos attacked her and made a run for it.

Jake told Sloane that he wanted out of his undercover operation. As Jake erroneously saw it, Hayden was in coma because Shawn tried to shoot him and missed. He didn't want to risk anyone else being an innocent victim because of him, including Liz and Sam. Sloane threatened to ask the D.A. to press charges if Jake didn't cooperate. Jake knew what was at stake but walked away anyway.

T.J. visited Shawn in jail and began to trash his mother. He never imagined that his mother would put Shawn behind bars but, on top of that, he couldn't believe that she lied to him for all those years when he thought she was in jail. Nope. She had chosen a career over raising her own son. Shawn told the boy to stop disrespecting his mother, but T.J.'s head was way too hot!

Jordan, meanwhile, was desperate to save Shawn's hide and cut a deal with Scotty. All she had to do was talk Shawn into it. When she arrived at his cell, she told him that the D.A.'s office was willing to put him on probation... if he testified against Sonny. Shawn refused. Jordan pleaded with him but he refused to stab Sonny in the back. In complete desperation, Jordan blurted that he couldn't do that to T.J.... because T.J. was his son!

Monday's GH will be a rebroadcast but a fresh episode will air Tuesday, when Shawn weighs his options, Sloane has news for Jake... and what up with the wig, Ava? Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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View The WINTERTHORNE Trailer!

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Candy may be the Winterthorne family business, but it won't be the sugar that kills ya in this crazy clan! The highly-anticipated Web series -- starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan fave John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex), DALLAS icon Linda Gray (Sue Ellen; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Martha Madison (ex-Belle) -- will debut on Saturday, August 27.

Can't wait until then? You can catch a sneak peek of the tasty new show below!

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Cast Your Vote #23

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you think Valerie could really come between Dante and Lulu?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 28. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on an ABC, CBS or NBC soap, please mail your choices to:

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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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Dante's A Dad Again!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) who became a father for the third time on Sunday, May 17, at 11:50 p.m.! Adeline Pauline joins four-year-old sister Anbilliene, two-year-old Eliana and mom Linda Leslie to make the Zamprogna Family complete. "Home now," the actor tells Soaps In Depth. "Everyone's doing really well."

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New GH Mama!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Claire Coffee (ex-Nadine)! The actress took to Instagram to reveal that she and husband Chris Thile welcomed a baby boy into the world on Friday, May 15! Coffee, who currently appears on NBC's primetime drama GRIMM, posted that it was her show's season finale that day and she just had a baby. "I don't know what's more intense!" she wrote. "Just kidding, it's definitely childbirth, but watch tonight anyway!" You can see the full message and the Instagram photo of her and the bundle of joy by clicking here! Best wishes to the whole happy family!

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Two Bad Boys Out At GH!

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The second day of GENERAL HOSPITAL Live was also the last day on the set for two actors who are a part of the Port Charles underworld. Jeffrey Vincent Parise made his final appearance as Julian's right-hand-man, Carlos -- who was shot and killed by Anna in an act of vengeance for Duke's death -- in an exit which seemed pretty predictable as far as storyline goes.

But the announcement that really took viewers by surprise came from executive producer Frank Valentini, who shared during the behind-the-scenes video broadcast on Periscope that today was also Sean Blakemore's last day as Sonny's pal, Shawn, and presented both actors with a farewell cake. However, because the GH cast has actually taped several weeks ahead of what aired during Friday and today's live episodes, look for Blakemore to continue to air for a bit longer.

Tell us below, are you sad to see these actor leave the GH canvas?

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The Secrets Behind Lilly Melgar's Return to GH!

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Yep, that was Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily), who played Sonny's late wife, holding the cards with the credits on them at the end of GENERAL HOSPITAL's live show on Friday! How'd her "return" to Port Charles come about? "It all started at the GH after party after the Emmys," Melgar tells Soaps In Depth. "There was a group conversation going on and Frank [Valentini, executive producer] had a lightbulb moment! He pulled me away and said, 'I have this idea that'll be a really fun surprise for the fans!' That's how it happened!"

Melgar says she had an early morning call time at the GH studios the day of the live show. She immediately reconnected with friends who were both on the show when she was and some who weren't! "I went to the makeup room and saw Maurice [Benard, Sonny]," she says. "We hung out the entire time and had so much fun!" The actress made a new friend in Finola Hughes (Anna) and also saw pal Michelle Stafford (Nina). "She and I have been friends for years and to see her at a place I once called home was so awesome!"

GH did its live show twice on Friday and on the first airing Bernard stepped in during Melgar's segment and pretended to save her from a bomb, a nod to that famous moment when Lily was blown to smithereens back in 1996. "We rehearsed it where we did a 'no, you take it!' with the bomb, but we did it where he threw that bomb away which I thought was a better choice."

However, the show opted to not replay that moment for its second live performance that day when news broke of the sentencing of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"Frank said it'd be in poor taste to do it because of the timing, and we all agreed," Melgar notes somberly, before adding on a more positive note that her Twitter feed was non-stop for a full day following her appearance! Melgar's appearance at the end of the live show has only fueled speculation that Lily has been alive all these years, having escaped the car before it blew up, and that she's the mother of either Teresa Castillo's Sabrina or Elena Tovar's Rosalie.

It remains to be seen if Melgar will drop the "ex" from Lily but she's definitely added the term "Emmy-winning" before her name, having earned a golden statuette as a producer of web soap THE BAY. "That's been a huge morale booster," she says. "After the wave of having won comes the reality of knowing we have to up our game!"

For more on what Melgar's been up to, check out the current issue of CBS Soaps In Depth in which the actress reflects on her time as Claudia on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.

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GH Friday Recap: Bang! Bang!

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In the first of two shows live from the GENERAL HOSPITAL sound stage, executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati left viewers with not one, not two, but four Friday cliffhangers!

The walls at Wyndemere have ears! Liz was letting Nikolas know in no uncertain terms that she wasn't going to "let some bit-con [aka Hayden] ruin my happiness!" Right on cue, Hayden marched in with a smile of a piranha on her face and said, "Oh yea? What are you gonna do about it?" A verbal catfight ensued with Hayden threatening to tell Jake that he was really Jason Morgan. "Go ahead! Do it!" Nik urged her.

Meanwhile, Sam headed to the garage to give Jake a sizeable piece of her mind! "Tell me you didn't kill Duke!" she shouted over and over again. But he couldn't say it. Out of frustration, she slapped him. (Side note: without the quick edit and sound effects added, it was more like she was wiping mustard off his cheek.) Finally, Jake screamed back, "I didn't do it!" Minutes later, Hayden arrived, ready to spill the truth to Jake!

Twenty-four hours after promising Sonny he'd reveal the name of Duke's killer, Julian showed up to do just that. After a shoving match and some broken barware (no surprise there), Julian told Sonny that Jake was the shooter and he was alone in the garage! As Sonny was telling Shawn, "Jake dies tonight!" Julian stepped outside and called Sloane. It was all a set up so Sloane could catch Sonny in the act of murder!

Fresh from Duke's funeral, Anna paid Sabrina a visit. Sabrina admitted that she let Carlos hide in her apartment, but the minute she knew he shot Duke, she was horrified. "He told you, did he, that he had killed Duke?" Anna asked. "Yes," Sabrina confirmed. Anna had the proof she needed. She handed Sabrina her phone and told her she must find out where Carlos was. "It's the right thing to do," Anna said. Through tears, Sabrina spoke to a repentant Carlos and learned he was on Pier 54 waiting for a boat.

Shortly thereafter, Anna found Carlos on the dock. She pulled her gun and said he was under arrest for the murder of Duke Lavery. He toyed with her, saying he'd never go to jail because of reasonable doubt. She regretfully agreed... and pulled the trigger, shooting him in the chest!

Franco came knocking on Nina's hotel suite door, begging for forgiveness, but her ears were closed. Nina stepped out of the room for a few seconds and, when she returned, she was decked out in a wedding gown, veil and all! She announced that she couldn't sit around after he broker her heart so she moved on... and was getting married that day! Franco thought she was either delusional or trying to stick it to him. Then there was a knock on the door. Was it Nina's "fiancé"? From the look on her and Franco's faces, it wasn't housekeeping with fresh towels!

Live, Monday on GH, what does fate hold for Carlos, Jake, Hayden and Nina? Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Today's The Day! GH Goes Live!

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The GENERAL HOSPITAL cast and crew will put on the first of two live shows today, May 15, with a second one on Monday, May 18! (On the West Coast, a taped version of the live feed will be aired.) "Everyone's going to be tuning in to see if we screw up," chuckles Laura Wright (Carly).

In the two live episodes, one couple will wed, a character will be shot -- and so much more! Plus, on Periscope, you can see what's going on at the set during commercial breaks! You can download the social networking app here, then follow @generalhospital for the live video.

Read more after the jump!

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