With Jane Elliot leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL, the soap is pulling out all the stops to say farewell to the legendary Tracy Quartermaine!
Elliot’s final episode is scheduled to air on Thursday, May 4, but GH will be airing a very special episode on Friday, April 28, to celebrate the legacy she’s leaving behind. In the unique hour, Tracy finds herself on trial with Sonny presiding as judge, and Scotty defending her against Diane in court! It will be full of classic clips as the attorneys bring up all of Tracy’s past adventures, so you won’t want to miss it!
SPECIAL #GH EVENT: Help us say goodbye to Tracy Quartermaine with a walk down memory lane, airing FRIDAY 4/28 on ABC! #FarewellTracy pic.twitter.com/s5sYcFfsvX— General Hospital (@GeneralHospital) April 25, 2017
SPECIAL #GH EVENT: Help us say goodbye to Tracy Quartermaine with a walk down memory lane, airing FRIDAY 4/28 on ABC! #FarewellTracy pic.twitter.com/s5sYcFfsvX
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Elliot joined the cast of GH back in 1978, so there is a lot of history to pull from. Originally, the actress was only on the soap for two years, but returned in 1989 and stayed until 1993. However, during the beginning of that stint, Elliot went on maternity leave and was temporarily recast with soap actress Christine Jones (Janice, ANOTHER WORLD; Catsy, RYAN’S HOPE; Pamela, ONE LIFE TO LIVE). In 1996, Elliot returned to GH, but only briefly before the character of Tracy was brought over to sister soap THE CITY, where she remained until its cancellation in 1997. Her most recent return to Port Charles was in 2003, and Elliot has been appearing continuously since then.
Tracy is the spoiled daughter of Edward and Lila Quartermaine and has two children of her own: Ned Ashton and Dillon Quartermaine. Ned also gave her a granddaughter, Brooke Lynn Ashton.
When Tracy first appeared on GH, she immediately feuded with her brother’s wife, Monica, and tried to prove that her son wasn’t Alan’s but Rick’s. Edward was furious with her scheming and faked a heart attack to test her loyalty. Sadly, Tracy withheld his medication, and Edward denounced her as his daughter.
John Ingle (Edward), Anna Lee (Lila) and Elliot. (Photo Credit: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
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In 1989, Tracy came home again needing her mother’s help. She was stunned to discover that her son, Ned, was having an affair with Monica. But the Quartermaine family was thrown into turmoil when it was believed Edward had died in a plane crash. (Thankfully, he hadn’t!) Tracy grew closer to first husband, Larry Ashton, but eventually threw him out and fell for Paul Hornsby. Unfortunately, he left her and their newborn son, Dillon, to be with Jenny Eckert. In a rage, Tracy hit Jenny with her car and the young woman blackmailed her into divorcing Paul. Forced to vacate the Quartermaine mansion, Tracy refused to share custody with Paul and took Dillon with her to Europe.
Tracy returned with a vengeance in 1996, hoping to steal the family company from her son, but failed and ended up moving to New York City where she ended up marrying a gangster, Gino Soleito. Upon his death, she inherited his business, becoming the new “Godmother.”
In 2003, Tracy brought her now-teenaged son, Dillon, home with her, and immediately clashed with Skye over who was the real Quartermaine heir. Luke tricked Tracy into marrying him so he could get his hands on her money, but she began to actually have feelings for him, which got complicated when his great love, Laura, came out of a catatonic state. Tracy also had a brief stay in Shadybrooke when she was caught having conversations with her dead brother, Alan.
Elliot and Anthony Geary (Luke). (Photo Credit: Howard Wise/jpistudios.com)
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Despite Laura’s return, Luke chose to remain with Tracy, and she only agreed to remarry him if he signed a prenup so she’d know their union was for love and not money. He did, but after the ceremony, Tracy burned it in the fireplace. Anthony Zacchara blackmailed Tracy into marriage, and Luke agreed to help her get rid of the mobster.
Following Edward’s death, Tracy struggled to maintain control of ELQ and ended up involved in a ridiculous battle with A.J. over Pickle Lila, the family relish recipe. Luke and Tracy finally split for good when she wouldn’t take him back and he left town.
How will Tracy’s storyline come to an end? Will Luke return to take her away to live happily ever after? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!
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